Cut Line Missing Monty

By Rex HoggardOctober 15, 2010, 9:03 pm
HAMILTON, Bermuda – A few years ago a national golf magazine started a “Be nice to Monty” campaign. Following another round of utterly inflammatory remarks from Colin Montgomerie last week “Cut Line” is considering a “Monty for captain in 2012” push.

Without the Scot front and center the next two years, “Cut Line” may have to rename the “Missed Cut” portion of our weekly scorecard to “Missing Monty.”

Made Cut

Fall Seriousness. It is supposed to be a competitive afterthought, a reason to keep the remote fixated on football. The Fall Series is five events after the Tour Championship with only a handful of compelling storylines (top 125 and top 30 in earnings) to keep a viewer’s interest.

Instead Tour types have been treated to back-to-back keepers, last week’s McGladrey Classic at Sea Island (Ga.) Resort and this week’s Open at CordeValle Golf Club in California.

“It is as good as it gets,” Jay Williamson said of the McGladrey Classic.

Actually, next year is supposed to be even better when the moves to the exclusive Institute layout which features just 12 members. Not sure it’s a great “grow the game” initiative, but the Tour brothers should like it.

Charles Howell III. CHIII grew up in the shadow of Augusta National just over the fence at Augusta Country Club, so it was a bit surprising when he dropped the gloves during his post-round interview on Sunday at Sea Island to take a swing at the green jackets.

“If you win some of these tournaments, you should get in the Masters. I don't understand how you can make a decision where if a guy wins a Fall Series event he's not in the Masters,” Howell said. “You know, I think sometimes decisions like that are made that aren't the best decisions.”

Howell makes a fine point, but few friends down Magnolia Lane. The good news is he’s always welcome on the other side of the fence at ACC.

Tweet of the Week: @BradFaxon “Played the pro am today at the Open and on No. 1 hit my shot over the green and next to a dead tarantula. Never had seen one except zoo.”
Made Cut-Did Not Finish (MDF)

World Golf Ranking. It should have been magical performances, not convoluted math, that finally unseated Tiger Woods from atop the World Golf Ranking.

Woods has not played like the world No. 1 this season, but then neither has anyone else. Phil Mickelson had his chances and came up short, now it seems Lee Westwood, the most consistent player this season, will assume the top spot from the disabled list if the computer models are to be believed.

Change atop the world order is good for golf, but change just for the sake of it never feels right.

Lana Lawless. The former police officer has challenged the LPGA’s “female at birth” regulation, claiming that transgender athletes are embraced in nearly every other sport.

“I could participate in female wrestling in international Olympic events,” said Lawless, who noted that the International Olympic Committee has allowed transgender athletes since 2004 as long as the competitor underwent surgery and at least two years of hormone-replacement therapy.

From where “Cut Line” sits it’s not a fight worth the LPGA’s effort. At 57 there’s little, if any, chance Lawless could ever earn a tour card and, if she can, then the circuit has bigger competitive issues than a transgender athlete to deal with.
Missed Cut

Grand Shun. First it was Phil Mickelson – too busy eating veggies or investing in hamburger joints, we can only assume – then it was Louis Oosthuizen, who, in his defense, is nursing an injury, opting out of a guaranteed payday and two days of sun in Bermuda.

Ernie Els and David Toms are more than attractive fill ins, but even a “Silly Season” event deserves better than what is becoming a customary blow off.

We don’t want to say the frat brothers have become a tad spoiled, but do you remember the days when Kapalua and the World Cup and Grand Slam were considered perks, not punishments?

Colin Montgomerie. Instead of basking in his Ryder Cup swan song, the victorious skipper has chosen to gloat, and that’s not a good look on anyone.

Last week Capt. Monty made a curious point on the state of the biennial matches, saying, “We have always bowed to America’s dominance of the world ranking, with Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson one and two, respectively. But now we don’t just have Lee Westwood but also Martin Kaymer coming up as well.”

“There is a changing of the guard towards Europe and also the European Tour.”

To clarify, weren’t the Europeans considered the favorites to win the matches?
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Lewis hopes to win at Volvik with baby on the way

By Randall MellMay 27, 2018, 12:55 am

Stacy Lewis was listening to more than her caddie on her march up the leaderboard Saturday at the Volvik Championship.

Pregnant with her first child, she is listening to her body in a new way these days.

And she could hear a message coming through loud and clear toward the end of her round at Travis Point Country Club in Ann Arbor, Mich.

“The little one was telling me it’s dinnertime,” Lewis said.

Lewis birdied five of the last six holes to shoot 5-under-par 67 and move into position to make a Sunday run at winning her 13th LPGA title. She is two shots behind the leader, Minjee Lee, whose 68 moved her to 12 under overall.

Sunday has the makings of a free for all with 10 players within three shots of the lead.

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Lewis, 33, is four months pregnant, with her due date Nov. 3. She’s expecting to play just a few more times before putting the clubs away to get ready for the birth. She said she’s likely to make the Marathon Classic in mid-July her last start of the season before returning next year.

Of course, Lewis would relish winning with child.

“I don’t care what limitations I have or what is going on with my body, I want to give myself a chance to win,” she told at the Kingsmill Championship last week.

Lewis claimed an emotional victory with her last title, taking the Cambia Portland Classic late last summer after announcing earlier in the week that she would donate her entire winnings to the Hurricane Harvey relief efforts in her Houston hometown.

A victory Sunday would also come with a lot of emotion.

It’s been an interesting year for Lewis.

There’s been the joy of learning she’s ready to begin the family she has been yearning for, and the struggle to play well after bouncing back from injury.

Lewis missed three cuts in a row before making it into the weekend at the Kingsmill Championship last week. That’s one more cut than she missed cumulatively in the previous six years. In six starts this year, Lewis hasn’t finished among the top 50 yet, but she hasn’t felt right, either.

The former world No. 1 didn’t make her second start of 2018 until April, at the year’s first major, the ANA Inspiration. She withdrew from the HSBC Women’s World Championship in late February with a strained right oblique muscle and didn’t play again for a month.

Still, Lewis is finding plenty to get excited about with the baby on the way.

“I kind of had my first Mother’s Day,” Lewis told last week. “It puts golf into perspective. It makes those bad days not seem so bad. It helps me sleep better at night. We are just really excited.”

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Rose hasn't visited restroom at Colonial - here's why

By Nick MentaMay 27, 2018, 12:20 am

In case you're unaware, it's pretty hot in Texas.

Temperatures at Colonial Country Club have approached 100 degrees this week, leaving players to battle both the golf course and potential dehydration.

With the help of his caddie Mark Fulcher, Fort Worth Invitational leader Justin Rose has been plenty hot himself, staking himself to a four-shot lead.

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"Yeah, Fulch has done a great job of just literally handing me water bottle after water bottle. It seems relentless, to be honest with you," Rose said Saturday.

So just how much are players sweating the heat at Colonial? Well, it doesn't sound like all that water is making it all the way through Rose.

"I haven't even seen the inside of a restroom yet, so you can't even drink quick enough out there," he shared.

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Up four, Rose knows a lead can slip away

By Nick MentaMay 26, 2018, 11:21 pm

Up four shots heading into Sunday at the Fort Worth Invitational, Justin Rose has tied the largest 54-hole lead of his PGA Tour career.

On the previous two occasions he took a 54-hole Tour lead into the final round, he closed.

And yet, Rose knows just how quickly a lead can slip away. After all, it was Rose who erased a six-shot deficit earlier this season to overtake Dustin Johnson and win the WGC-HSBC Championship. 

"I think I was in the lead going into the final round in Turkey when I won, and I had a four-shot lead going into the final round in Indonesia in December and managed to put that one away," Rose said Saturday, thinking back to his two other victories late last year.

"I was five, six back maybe of DJ, so I've got experience the other way. ... So you can see how things can go both ways real quick. That's why there is no point in getting too far ahead of myself."

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Up one to start the third round Saturday, Rose extended his lead to as much as five when he birdied four of his first six holes.

He leads the field in strokes gained: tee-to-green (+12.853) and strokes gained: approach-the-green (+7.931).

Rose has won five times worldwide, including at the 2016 Rio Olympics, since his last victory in the United States, at the 2015 Zurich Classic.

With a win Sunday, he'd tie Nick Faldo for the most PGA Tour wins by an Englishman post-World War II, with nine.

But he isn't celebrating just yet.

"It is a big lead, but it's not big enough to be counting the holes away. You've got to go out and play good, you've got to go out positive, you've got to continue to make birdies and keep going forward.

"So my mindset is to not really focus on the lead, it's to focus on my game tomorrow and my performance. You know, just keep executing the way I have been. That's going to be my challenge tomorrow. Going to look forward to that mindset."

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Grillo still hunting follow-up to debut win

By Nick MentaMay 26, 2018, 10:53 pm

Following a round of 1-under 69 Saturday, Emiliano Grillo will enter Sunday's final round at Colonial four shots behind leader Justin Rose.

Grillo is hunting his first win since he took the 2015 Safeway Open in his rookie debut as a PGA Tour member. 

The young Argentinian finished 11th in the FedExCup points race that season, contending in big events and finishing runner-up at the 2016 Barclays.

In the process, Grillo had to learn to pace himself and that it can be fruitless to chase after success week to week.

"That was a hot run in there," Grillo said Saturday, referring to his rookie year. "I played, in 2016, I played the majors very well. I played the big tournaments very well. I was in contention after two, three days in most of the big events.

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"I think, you know, I wanted to do better. I pushed for it. Some of the tournaments I ended up being 50th or 60th just because I wanted to play. I wanted to play well so badly. That played against me, so I learned from that. In that rookie year, I learned that."

Grillo was still plenty successful in his sophomore season, advancing to the BMW Championship last fall.

But now he's beginning to regain some of that form that made him such an immediate success on Tour. Grillo has recorded four top-10 finishes year - a T-9 at Mayakoba, a T-8 at Honda, a T-3 at Houston, and a T-9 at Wells Fargo - and will now look to outduel U.S. Open champs in Rose and Brooks Koepka on Sunday at Colonial.

"Well, he's top 10 in the world, so everything he does he does it pretty well," Grillo said of Rose. "You know, he does his own thing. Like I say, he's top 10 in the world. Nothing wrong with his game. ...

"He's in the lead on a Sunday. Doesn't matter where you're playing, he's got to go out and shoot under par. He's got 50 guys behind him trying to reach him, and I'm one of those. I've just got to go out and do what he did today on those first five or six holes and try to get him in the early holes."