Cut Line Catty Daly

By Rex HoggardJanuary 28, 2011, 11:17 pm

Farmers Insurance OpenSAN DIEGO – In a “Cut Line” first, a player on the leaderboard has gotten the metaphorical axe. But if John Daly gets the call for a curious sense of self-entitlement, Torrey Pines should get a call from the U.S. Golf Association for being entitled to another U.S. Open.

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Phil and Amy Mickelson. Their emotional embrace behind Augusta National’s 18th green last year feels like a lifetime ago and it appears the Mickelsons are still learning to deal with Amy’s ongoing cancer treatments. All of which made her presence at Torrey Pines for Rounds 1 and 2 so encouraging.

Amy’s return and Phil’s first-round 67, which matched his best card on the South Course since the Rees Jones redesign in 2001, were not mutually exclusive events it seems.

“I forget how much I missed having her out here. It's been a good day,” Mickelson said.

Lucas Glover. Tales from the blogosphere of Glover’s professional demise appear to be greatly exaggerated. The former U.S. Open champion turned up at Torrey Pines hungry and, well hairy.

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Lucas Glover sits at 4 under through two rounds at Torrey Pines. He's saving birdies for the weekend in his beard.

Many players grow “off-season” beards but Glover took it to a new level, so much so one caddie referred to him as “Grizzly Adams.”

According to a member of Camp Lucas, he started growing the beard in the fall but had to start over following a nasty shaving incident. No worries, however, it takes about four days for Glover to go from Mr. Clean to Mean Joe Green.

“Winning a U.S. Open. So easy, even a caveman can do it,” tweeted Justin Rose complete with a scruffy snapshot of Glover.

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New cell phone policy. Or, for those historically inclined, the ode to the obvious policy considering that fans have been sneaking cell phones into golf tournaments for years.

In fact, when the proposal was first introduced to the Tour’s Policy Board last year incoming board member Paul Goydos deadpanned, “We don’t allow cell phones at tournaments?”

But now the Tour is on the record in an effort to attract new fans that may have been turned off by the ban, but four events into the experiment the circuit is experiencing some growing pains.

On Friday at the Farmers Insurance Open officials confiscated 13 cell phones from the throng trailing Tiger Woods at Torrey Pines . . . on the first hole.

U.S. Golf Association. Maybe it was Woods’ first competitive return to Torrey Pines since his historic U.S. Open victory in 2008, or maybe it was just the song of crashing waves on Black’s Beach.

Either way, it’s time for the USGA to quit stalling and pull the seaside muni back into the national championship fold.

“I thought it was a great venue. There were a zillion people here, and the playoff was ridiculous. It was the coolest thing I've ever seen, so I'm surprised (Torrey Pines hasn’t been offered a second U.S. Open),” said Rocco Mediate, the affable antagonist at the ’08 Open.

You do the math, another muddy People’s Open at Bethpage Black? Or sun and fun in SoCal?

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Tim Finchem. It was an occasion to take the high road and open the door for healing. Instead, the commissioner offered only a backhanded snub when asked about the Lee Westwood v. Players Championship row earlier this week.

When asked about the Englishman’s decision not to play The Players, the commissioner, who supported a late-in-the-game decision to alter Tour rules in attempt to lure Westwood to TPC Sawgrass in May, took a different course.

“I'm not going to argue whether a European Tour player is doing the wrong thing, if (European Tour commissioner) George O'Grady feels because it's so important for that player to play over there,” Finchem said. “Candidly, it's probably more important on the European Tour that some of those players play over there than it is for us that they play here.”

Who says the new grooves rule did away with spin on the PGA Tour?

Tweet of the week: @IanJamesPoulter “Tiger give us a smile. Tiger Tiger give us a smile. Tiger give us a smile. Come on @TigerWoods shall we sing a song for you?”

Trash talk Twitter-style, but Woods wasn’t interested in Poulter’s reindeer games and when asked about the Englishman’s jabs he flashed a knowing smile and said, “He's probably just bored and has nothing to do. I was at home and working on my game, and flying out here. That's just Poults being Poults, and that's fine.”

Hope-less. John Daly has stretched the bounds of reason, and acceptable behavior, chronically in his career, but on Thursday at Torrey Pines he took his self-entitled outlook to a whole new stratosphere.

Following an opening-round 67 that put him in the hunt at Torrey Pines, Daly used the occasion to vent some misplaced venom toward two tournaments that had the audacity to pass on his schtick this year.

“I'll never go back to the (Bob Hope Classic) and I'll never go back to Phoenix, no matter what happens. I won't even send letters anymore. I'm not saying that to ditch the tournaments,” said Daly, who did not get a sponsor exemption into either the Hope or Waste Management Phoenix Open this year.

“I felt like I did my part. It hurt me for those two tournaments not to give me spots. So I'll go to Europe on those weeks.”

Just a thought, but if Daly really wanted to play the Hope and Phoenix he may have given Q-School a try, but then they don’t give exemptions out at the Fall Classic either.

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High school seniors win U.S. Amateur Four-Ball

By Associated PressMay 24, 2018, 1:44 am

TEQUESTA, Fla. - The 18-year-old Hammer, from Houston, is set to play at Texas next fall. Barber, from Stuart, Fla., also is 18. He's headed to LSU.

''Growing up watching U.S. Opens and U.S. Amateurs on TV, I just knew being a USGA champion is something that I desperately wanted,'' said Hammer, who qualified for a U.S. Open three years ago at 15. ''And to finally do it, it feels incredible. It feels as good, if not better, than I thought it would. And especially being able to do it with Garrett. It's really cool to share this moment.''

Hammer and Cole won the par-4 eighth with a birdie to take a 2-up lead. They took the par-4 10th with a par, won the par-5 13th with an eagle - Barber hit a 4-iron from 235 yards to 3 feet - and halved the next two holes to end the match.

''Cole didn't want me to hit 4-iron,'' Barber said. ''He didn't think I could get it there. I was like, 'I got it.' So I hit it hard, hit pretty much a perfect shot. It was a crazy shot.''

The 32-year-old Dull is from Winter Park, Fla., and the 42-year-old Brooke from Altamonte Springs, Fla.

''Cole Hammer is a special player,'' Brooke said. ''Obviously, he's going to Texas (and) I'm not saying he is Jordan Spieth, but there are certain things that he does.''

In the morning semifinals, Hammer and Barber beat Idaho high school teammates Carson Barry and Sam Tidd, 5 and 4, and Brooke and Dull topped former Seattle University teammates Kyle Cornett and Patrick Sato, 4 and 3.

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Watch: Pumped up Beef deadlifts 485 lbs.

By Grill Room TeamMay 24, 2018, 12:19 am

Andrew "Beef" Johnston has been playing some solid golf on the European Tour this season, and he is clearly pumped up for one of the biggest weeks of the year at the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth.

Judging from the video below, Beef will have no problems lifting the trophy on Sunday as he reportedly deadlifted 220 kg ... (Googles kilogram to pounds converter, enters numbers) ... that's 485 lbs!

@beefgolf with a new deadlift PB 220kg ! #youcantgowronggettingstrong

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Arizona captures NCAA DI Women's Championship

By Jay CoffinMay 23, 2018, 11:56 pm

STILLWATER, Okla. – Turns out this match-play format provides fireworks. Almost always.

In the four years since the women’s NCAA Championship has switched from the stale, 72-hole stroke-play format the championship matches have been pure magic.

This year, for the third time in the past four years, the final outcome came down to the last match and Arizona took home its third title with a 3-2 victory over Alabama on Wednesday when junior Haley Moore defeated senior Lakareber Abe on the 19th hole.

The Wildcats also won NCAA titles in 1996 and 2000, the latter when current Arizona coach Laura Ianello was on the team as a player.

“Arizona is my home, it is where I went to school and [the championship] needs to be back home,” Ianello said. “So I am so proud to be the coach to bring it back.”

Two days ago, Arizona was in the midst of an epic collapse. The Wildcats were safely in the third position after 54 holes of stroke play and needed only to be inside the top eight after 72 holes to advance to the match-play portion of the event.

But they played the worst round of the day and were on the outside looking in with one hole remaining when junior Bianca Pagdanganan made eagle on the par-5 18th hole. That propelled the Wildcats into a playoff against Baylor that they ultimately won.

On the first day of match play, Arizona continued to ride the wave of momentum by defeating Pac-12 rivals UCLA, the top seed, and Stanford, a match-play stalwart the past three years.

Next up for Arizona was Alabama, the top-ranked team in the country and the second seed this week after stroke play.

NCAA Women’s DI Championship: Team scoring

NCAA Women’s DI Championship: Individual scoring

“Win or lose tomorrow, this has been a hell of a ride,” Ianello said, attempting to take pressure off her team, which, on paper, looked like an underdog.

But you know the saying, anything can happen in match play, and often does.

Alabama coach Mic Potter put out his three first-team All-Americans in the first three spots hoping to jump out to an early lead. Junior Lauren Stephenson played poorly in the opening match and lost, 4 and 3, to freshman Yu-Sang Hou.

Kristen Gillman and Cheyenne Knight dispatched Wildcats Gigi Stoll and Pagdanganan easily in the second and third matches.

Arizona’s Sandra Nordaas beat Angelica Moresco, 1 up, in the fourth match meaning the fifth and final match, which was all square after 16 holes, was going to decide the NCAA title.

Lakareber lost the 17th hole when her approach shot sailed well short and right of the green in thick, gnarly rough. She attempted to advance the ball but could not and headed to the final hole 1 down.

With seemingly every golf fan in Stillwater on site, including several men’s teams here to participate in next week’s championship, Abe hit a laser second shot into the par-5 18th hole setting up a 12-foot look for eagle. Moore missed her birdie putt and Abe won the hole to set up extra holes to decide the championship.

In the extra frame, Moore was left of the green in two shots and Abe was short in the greenside bunker. Moore chipped to 4 feet and Abe’s bunker shot was 6 feet away. Abe missed, Moore made and Arizona walked away with the hardware.

“It means so much, it’s actually like a dream,” Moore said. “I’m just so happy for my team right now.”

Potter has been a head coach for 35 years – at both Furman and Alabama – and finally was able to collect his first NCAA Championship in 2012. Being so close to a second one will sting for quite a while but he will be able to live with the outcome for one simple reason.

“They fought their hearts out all year,” Potter said. “I just want to congratulate them for the way they battled, not only today, but in match play. Everyone gave their best on every shot - that’s all we can ask.”

Arizona def. Alabama, 3-2

Yu-Sang Hou (AZ) def. Lauren Stephenson (AL), 4 and 3

Kristen Gillman (AL) def. Gigi Stoll (AZ), 4 and 3

Cheyenne Knight (AL) def. Bianca Pagdanganan, 4 and 2

Sandra Nordaas (AZ) def. Angelica Moresco (AL), 1 up

Haley Moore (AZ) def. Lakareber Abe (AL), 19th hole

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Elway to play in U.S. Senior Open qualifier

By Golf Channel DigitalMay 23, 2018, 10:25 pm

Tony Romo is not the only ex-QB teeing it up against the pros.

Denver Broncos general manager and Hall of Fame quarterback John Elway will try to qualify for the U.S. Senior Open next week, according to the Denver Post.

And why not? The qualifier and the senior major will be held in Colorado Springs at the Broadmoor. Elway is scheduled to tee off May 28 at 12:10 p.m. ET. The top two finishers will earn a spot in the U.S. Senior Open, June 27 to July 1.