Cut Line Hope-less Feeling

By Rex HoggardJanuary 14, 2011, 10:26 pm
The year’s first cut may still be a day away, the victim of torrential rains at the Sony Open, but “Cut Line” remains unaffected by La Nina – the weather cycle blamed for the current weather woes – or poor drainage.

Among this week’s early exits are LPGA commissioner Mike Whan and a desert exodus that has “Cut Line” wondering what’s next for the Bob Hope Classic?

Made Cut

Robert the Great. It may not sit well with the “Little League Dads,” and it will likely never lead to sporting immortality, but with a shoulder shrug Robert Garrigus showed why he’s one of the most refreshing players on the PGA Tour.

“That's how it goes. That's golf. I've lost about 133 golf tournaments, and it's not that big a deal,” Garrigus said following his missed 3-footer on the second playoff hole at last week’s Tournament of Champions.

From the depths of self-imposed drug rehab comes an enlightening perspective that transcends trophies and missed tap-ins.

Island hopping. It is, essentially, the best two-for-one on Tour. Play the season opener on Maui and then jump the short flight to Honolulu for the year’s first full-field event (Sony Open). It’s a good gig if you can get it, but the math has not always added up.

This year, however, the logistics of the Hawaiian two-fer have resulted in a stronger than normal field in Honolulu. Twenty-three of the 33 2010 winners who began their year at Kapalua signed on to play this week’s soggy Sony.

“If I win and go to Kapalua, I'm here (Sony Open). I don't see why you wouldn't play,” Jim Furyk said.

Of course, that shift may also have something to do with the frigid truth that there is currently snow on the ground in 49 of the 50 states.

Statute of limitations. “Cut Line” was rather clear on this last week, Camilo Villegas violated the Rules of Golf at the Tournament of Champions and it doesn’t matter if it came to light via a fellow competitor, Twitter, e-mail or smoke signal the integrity of the competition was rightfully upheld.

But the timing of Villegas’ subsequent disqualification, some 12 hours after he’d signed his scorecard, that has some demanding change. As is often the case, however, there is no easy fix. In fact, building in a “buffer” to avoid a similar situation in the future creates an entirely new set of problems.

“The whole reason the (Royal & Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews) and (U.S. Golf Association) have rejected it is there are too many ramifications if you do that,” Mike Davis, the USGA’s senior director of rules and competition, told “Cut Line.”

“If you gave Camilo a four-stroke penalty (and let him play) the problem with that is all the ramifications it has. You may all of a sudden screw up a cut. It could be the U.S. Amateur and you just played 36 holes of stroke play and your entire bracket could get messed up. Nobody likes these continued call ins, but to change it in this one instance would cause so many problems.”
Made Cut-Did Not Finish (MDF)

Magic Whan. It’s been a busy 2011 for LPGA commissioner Mike Whan, and the circuit is more than a month shy of its season opener.

Whan told the rank and file to hold off on booking their flights to the Tres Marias Championship in Mexico amid security concerns and now he has denied more non-member starts to teen phenom Alexis Thompson.

“We agreed for security reasons we are not convinced today that (the Tres Marias Championship) is a go,” Whan said. “We may have to move it back or postpone.”

As for Thompson, the 15-year-old wanted 12 sponsor exemptions instead of the current maximum of six. Whan said no, but did allow for non-members to compete in Monday qualifying. Thompson is a great talent, but if she wants more starts she should petition the tour for membership.
Missed Cut

Magic Whan II. The new LPGA chief isn’t batting 1.000, at least not when it comes to a proposed event that will pay players what is essentially Monopoly money.

Whan’s plan to award “mock” money to players at the inaugural Founders Cup with the actual purse going to charity is best described as the wrong execution of the right idea. Although Whan said he will pay players a stipend to help cover their expenses, the sacrifice is too great when your average LPGA player can expect somewhere between 12 and 15 starts.

Besides, if anyone in golf should be doing some pro bono work it’s the suits in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. According to reports Tour commissioner Tim Finchem earned $5.3 million in base pay and bonuses in 2008, enough to rank him third on the ’08 money list.

Tweet of the Week: @natalie_gulbis “1-11-11. Hope everyone has a great day!” she Tweeted . . . on Jan. 12.

Hope-less. The Bob Hope Classic is one of three Tour events that currently doesn’t have a title sponsor, and if the current trend continues that won’t change anytime soon.

As has become something of a tradition some of the Tour’s stars will play the European Tour’s Abu Dhabi Championship, including Phil Mickelson, next week instead of the Hope. Tour members must be granted a “conflicting event release” to play overseas the same week as a Tour event. For next week’s Hope the Tour has issued nine releases, the same as last year.

Although eight of those players hold duel membership on the PGA and European tours, on the ground in California it still adds up to one of the weakest fields on Tour. As tournament patriarch Bob Hope once said, “If you haven’t got any charity in your heart, you have the worst kind of heart trouble.”
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2018 NCAA Golf Championships TV Schedule

By Golf Channel DigitalMay 21, 2018, 12:29 pm

Golf Channel will shine a spotlight on college golf across the next two weeks at the 2018 NCAA Division I Women’s and Men’s Golf National Championships. With more than 60 hours of live tournament and news coverage on-site from Karsten Creek Golf Club in Stillwater Oklahoma (Monday-Wednesday May 21-23 and May 28-30), Golf Channel’s coverage connects 18 straight days of live tournament golf.

Watch live coverage of the NCAA Golf Championships beginning Monday, May 21 at 4pm ET on Golf Channel and streaming.

Keep up with the social media conversation by following Golf Channel on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Join in by using #NCAAGolf 

Golf Channel NCAA Women’s Golf Championships Coverage (all times ET)

Monday, May 21: Individual National Championship  4-8 p.m. (Live)

Tuesday, May 22:Quarterfinals, Team Match Play 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. (Live)

Tuesday, May 22: Semifinals, Team Match Play 4-8 p.m. (Live)

Wednesday, May 23:Team Match Play National Championship 4-8 p.m. (Live)


Golf Channel NCAA Men’s Golf Championships Coverage (all times ET)

Monday, May 28: Individual National Championship 4-8 p.m. (Live)

Tuesday, May 29: Quarterfinals, Team Match Play 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. (Live)

Tuesday, May 29: Semifinals, Team Match Play 4-8 p.m. (Live)

Wednesday, May 30: Team Match Play National Championship 4-8 p.m. (Live)

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AT&T Byron Nelson purse payout: Wise a millionaire

By Golf Channel DigitalMay 21, 2018, 12:05 pm

PGA Tour rookie Aaron Wise earned his first Tour title on Sunday at the AT&T Byron Nelson. Here's a look at how the purse was paid out at Trinity Forest:

1 Aaron Wise -23 $1,386,000
2 Marc Leishman -20 $831,600
T3 Branden Grace -19 $400,400
T3 J.J. Spaun -19 $400,400
T3 Keith Mitchell -19 $400,400
T6 Ryan Blaum -16 $257,950
T6 Kevin Na -16 $257,950
T6 Jimmy Walker -16 $257,950
T9 Adam Scott -15 $207,900
T9 Charles Howell III -15 $207,900
T9 Kevin Tway -15 $207,900
12 Brian Gay -14 $177,100
T13 Rory Sabbatini -13 $148,867
T13 Ethan Tracy -13 $148,867
T13 Matt Jones -13 $148,867
T16 Russell Knox -12 $115,500
T16 Hideki Matsuyama -12 $115,500
T16 Bronson Burgoon -12 $115,500
T16 Derek Fathauer -12 $115,500
T16 Joel Dahmen -12 $115,500
T21 Jordan Spieth -11 $80,080
T21 Billy Horschel -11 $80,080
T21 Robert Garrigus -11 $80,080
T21 Peter Uihlein -11 $80,080
T21 Martin Piller -11 $80,080
T26 Tyler Duncan -10 $55,825
T26 Anirban Lahiri -10 $55,825
T26 Parker McLachlin -10 $55,825
T26 Martin Flores -10 $55,825
T26 J.T. Poston -10 $55,825
T26 Shawn Stefani -10 $55,825
T32 Cody Gribble -9 $39,116
T32 Johnson Wagner -9 $39,116
T32 Geoff Ogilvy -9 $39,116
T32 Nick Taylor -9 $39,116
T32 C.T. Pan -9 $39,116
T32 Scott Piercy -9 $39,116
T32 Nicholas Lindheim -9 $39,116
T32 Fabian Gomez -9 $39,116
T32 Beau Hossler -9 $39,116
T32 Nate Lashley -9 $39,116
T42 Zac Blair -8 $23,184
T42 Abraham Ancer -8 $23,184
T42 Maverick McNealy -8 $23,184
T42 Denny McCarthy -8 $23,184
T42 Jonathan Byrd -8 $23,184
T42 Eric Axley -8 $23,184
T42 Sam Ryder -8 $23,184
T42 Brian Stuard -8 $23,184
T42 J.B. Holmes -8 $23,184
T42 Sung-hoon Kang -8 $23,184
T42 Andrew Putnam -8 $23,184
T53 Ben Crane -7 $17,659
T53 Steve Wheatcroft -7 $17,659
T53 Troy Merritt -7 $17,659
T53 Patrick Rodgers -7 $17,659
T53 Corey Conners -7 $17,659
T53 Robert Streb -7 $17,659
T59 Ryan Armour -6 $16,632
T59 Peter Malnati -6 $16,632
T59 Vaughn Taylor -6 $16,632
T59 Dominic Bozzelli -6 $16,632
T59 Adam Schenk -6 $16,632
T59 Hudson Swafford -6 $16,632
T59 Michael Thompson -6 $16,632
T66 Matt Atkins -5 $15,862
T66 Roberto Diaz -5 $15,862
T66 T.J. Vogel -5 $15,862
69 Sang-Moon Bae -4 $15,554
T70 Tom Lovelady -3 $15,246
T70 Cameron Percy -3 $15,246
T70 Rod Pampling -3 $15,246
73 Brian Davis -1 $14,938
74 Mark Wilson 1 $14,784
75 Robert Allenby 2 $14,630
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Howell, Uihlein qualify for U.S. Open via OWGR

By Will GrayMay 21, 2018, 11:02 am

Charles Howell III and Peter Uihlein both used strong play at the AT&T Byron Nelson to maintain their positions inside the top 60 in the latest Official World Golf Ranking, thereby ensuring exemptions to next month's U.S. Open.

Howell moved up three spots to No. 56 in the world thanks to a T-9 finish at Trinity Forest. He'll make his 10th career U.S. Open appearance, but just his second since 2009. Howell missed the cut at Olympic in 2012.

Uihlein finished T-21 in Dallas, which was barely enough to hold onto a top-60 spot as he actually fell two positions to No. 59. The former U.S. Amateur champ will make his third U.S. Open appearance and second in as many years.

Updated Official World Golf Ranking

The drama for the final spot came down to the wire on Sunday, where Adam Scott's bid to unseat Chesson Hadley at No. 60 came up just short. Needing a solo ninth-place finish, Scott ended up in a three-way tie for ninth to begin the new week at No. 61. Hadley, who didn't play the Nelson, remained No. 60 and will make his U.S. Open debut.

Others to punch tickets to Shinnecock Hills include No. 52 Luke List, No. 53 Chez Reavie and No. 57 Dylan Frittelli. A second and final top-60 cutoff will be done based off the June 11 world rankings following the FedEx St. Jude Classic, with U.S. Open sectional qualifying conducted in England and the U.S. on June 4.

The only change among the top 10 in the rankings this week came at No. 10, where Paul Casey moved past Tommy Fleetwood despite an off week for both players. Justin Thomas remains world No. 1 for a second week, followed by Dustin Johnson, Jordan Spieth, Jon Rahm and Justin Rose. Rickie Fowler remains No. 6, with Jason Day, Rory McIlroy, Hideki Matsuyama and Casey rounding out the top 10.

Taking the week off following a T-11 finish at The Players Championship, Tiger Woods fell two spots to No. 82.

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After Further Review: Nelson lost in the shuffle?

By Golf Channel DigitalMay 21, 2018, 3:40 am

Each week, takes a look back at the week in golf. Here's what's weighing on our writers' minds.

On the Nelson's future ...

If the goal was “different” by bringing the AT&T Byron Nelson to Trinity Forest, consider it achieved. But bringing a world-class field south of Dallas could still be tricky.

Yes, the tournament can always rely on local resident and AT&T spokesman Jordan Spieth to throw his hat in the ring. But even with Spieth strolling the fairways this week, the field strength was among the worst all season for a full-point event.

The debut of the sprawling, links-like layout likely did little to sway the undecideds, with only the third round offering the challenging conditions that course co-designer Ben Crenshaw had envisioned. And the schedule won’t do them any favors next year, as a revamped itinerary likely puts the Nelson right before the PGA Championship at Bethpage Black.

The course will inevitably get better with age, and Spieth expects positive word of mouth to spread. But it might be a while before the stars truly align for an event that, for the moment, feels lost in the shuffle of a hectic schedule. – Will Gray

On Jordan Spieth's putting ...

Jordan Spieth’s putting is plainly bad right now, but it isn’t going to stay this bad forever.

He is the second ranked player on Tour in strokes gained: tee-to-green, just like he was last year. This putting slump has lingered, but it’s unfathomable to think this guy just forgot how to putt.

Sooner rather than later he’s going to remember he’s Jordan Spieth and the 40-footers are going to start pouring in. He’ll be telling Greller to go get the ball because he’s too far away and the tee is in the other direction.

Bottom line, the ball striking is for real and the putting slump will pass. He’ll win soon – maybe even as soon as this week. – Nick Menta

On golf and gambling ...

On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court over tuned a federal ban on sports betting in most states, a move the PGA Tour and many professional sports leagues embraced as a tool to both build fan interest and grow revenue.

Experts estimate sports betting could become a $150-$200 billion annual industry, and even a small piece of that could be significant for golf, but there will be risks.

Unlike any other sport, golf is played on multiple fields simultaneously, which inherently creates risks when gambling is introduced to the equation. Although the Tour has gone to great pains to head off any potential problems, like all bets gambling comes with great rewards, and great risks. – Rex Hoggard