The Fighter: Letters to Jarrod

By Rex HoggardFebruary 21, 2014, 9:53 pm

Date: 9/11/2013

Hey Jarrod,
I have followed your golfing career both from the good times and the not so good times, as a boy born and breed in Finley along with reading the shepp news and various golf magazines it has been a joy to watch your golfing career go from strength to strength. As a father of 2 little ones you are a true inspiration to fathers the world over. Good luck with your comeback next week in Melbourne you will have no issue making the cut and finishing the event on top.

You are already a winner in a lot of ways.

Cheers Tony

 

Date: 08/02/2008

You are an inspiration. We just lost our 14 year old daughter to AML after a 13 month battle. She read your story in the Brisbane paper and was inspired to fight from it. She cut it out and had it on the wall.

Good Luck with the Golf.

 

Date: 9/03/2012

Sorry to hear of your illness. You have fought this battle before. Stay tough and go forward in the knowledge that many of your friends are with you every step of the way. You can beat this just like you did many years ago. Our thoughts and prayers will be with you 24/7. Trust the new addition to the family will be the ultimate medication. Best Regards

 

Date: 9/03/2012

Jarrod,
You can beat this. You have beaten it once and you will beat it again. You and your family will be in my prayers. Best of luck to you and your wife and congratulations on becoming a father! My wife and I are expecting our first in August, so I know how excited you are. Stay strong, stay positive, don't get down....this will just be another speed bump in what promises to be an amazing life for you.

 

Date: 10/03/2012

Hi Jarrod, I just heard the news about your relapse. I'm a first time cancer survivor (only heard the news a week ago), so I have a little bit of an idea what you're going through, but I imagine the second time would be even harder. Good luck with everything, and I really hope it all works out in the end. I hope you stay strong and positive throughout, no matter how hard it might seem.

 

Date: 10/03/2012

Hey Jarrod,
Wanted to drop you a line mate to let you know that Felicity and I are thinking about you and Briony. Wishing her the most amazing birth and sending you the most positive thoughts and encouragement in the road ahead. Can’t imagine how you feel with chemo coming up but do know how it feels when you see your baby for the first time. Hang in there mate. Enjoy every moment. It’s amazing.

 

Date: 12/03/2012

First, I want to congratulate you and your wife on the birth of Lusi Joy. How exciting to have a baby come into your life!

Second, Jarrod, I want to wish you all the best in your fight against leukemia. No one should have to deal with this once, for you to go through this a 2nd time is ridiculous.

I know this is a tough fight, so every time you're down I want you to think of that ace you made in Phoenix, and that amazing reaction from the crowd. I hope to see you back on the tour soon.

 

Date: 12/03/2012

Hi Jarrod,
Firstly, congratulations to both yourself and Briony on the wonderful birth of your beautiful little angel, Lusi. A new and amazing experience for you both. Secondly Jarrod are our hearts and thoughts are with you as you go through this next challenge in your life. We know you'll come through this with courage and strength again. It's just not fair that you should have to.

Love to you, Briony, Lusi and all the family.

 

Date: 12/03/2012

Jarrod,
Congratulations on the safe arrival of Lusi, and best wishes for the coming months.

Our A-Grade pennants team dedicated its win yesterday to you. You have always held a giggle in our hearts since your trot up the 18th at NSW to mark your ball in the Australian Open... :-)

Be strong, mate- be there for Briony and Lusi, no matter how long it takes. When they are looked after, we'll be lining up to have a quick 18 with you.

All the best!

 

Date: 13/03/2012

Jarrod, I was involved with you and your wonderful family as one of your social workers at RCH in '99 when you were first diagnosed with AML. I well remember your great courage last time and know that with the strength of your family, particularly now your wife and baby girl (how exciting!), that you will manage the high demands of your treatment ahead of you. I wish you and your family the very best of success for the coming months that are likely to be very difficult.

 

Date: 13/03/2012

Hi, Jarrod. I just wanted to wish you the best of luck with your chemotherapy. I also had AML diagnosed in 2009, recurrent in 2010. They were able to get me into a second remission and now I've had a stem cell transplant from a matched unrelated donor (in Jan 2011) and am doing fine!

I know it's a long haul, but I made it and I'm 50! As I'm sure you remember from last time, once you are through everything, it quickly becomes a bad memory and you can get back to enjoying life.

 

Date: 24/03/2012

Hi Jarrod,
I was diagnosed a month after you and I remember seeing you at the Royal Children's Hospital. I have followed your career, What an inspiration you are! Mildura had the relay for life today. I walked in the Survivors Walk for you mate! Good luck and best wishes on fighting that cancer.

 

Date: 25/04/2012

Jarrod,
I was diagnosed with AML in 2008 while I was in the hospital I watched a video that had you and your story in it. I love the game of golf, your story helped me get through a tough time and gave me hope that I to could once again be out there playing. My thoughts and prayers will be with you during this tough time you and your family are going through. I wish you all the best. Keep fighting the fight and stay strong.

 

Date: 25/05/2012

You’re a legend big fella! People like you are why I'm proud to call myself Australian. This is one cut you will NOT miss mate. I love the game of golf and all it stands for, patience, dedication, self-belief. All the great qualities I know you possess.

My thoughts and best wishes to you and your family,

 

Date: 16/07/2012

Dear Jarrod,
I'm a 16 year old boy from Melbourne who plays at 13th beach and it deeply saddens me to hear of your current battle. To put it lightly you are my idol. Haha. It would be a great honour to meet you one day because you just seem like a great bloke that simply loves his family and his golf, maybe even play with you one day. You are my absolute motivation to not only make it as a PGA pro and get on tour but also to get as far as possible and live life to the fullest. I’m sure you hear this all before but I know you will get better and best of luck for the future. P.S if you can make a 1 on 16 at the waste management you can beat this! Catch you later mate, all the best for the future and it would be great to meet one day.

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Tiger Tracker: 147th Open Championship

By Tiger TrackerJuly 20, 2018, 10:15 am

Following an even-par 71 in the first round of the 147th Open Championship, Tiger Woods looks to make a move on Day 2 at Carnoustie.


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McIlroy responds to Harmon's 'robot' criticism

By Mercer BaggsJuly 20, 2018, 6:53 am

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Rory McIlroy said during his pre-championship news conference that he wanted to play more "carefree" – citing Jon Rahm’s approach now and the way McIlroy played in his younger days.

McIlroy got off to a good start Thursday at Carnoustie, shooting 2-under 69, good for a share of eighth place.

But while McIlroy admits to wanting to be a little less structured on the course, he took offense to comments made by swing coach Butch Harmon during a Sky Sports telecast.

Said Harmon:

“Rory had this spell when he wasn’t putting good and hitting the ball good, and he got so wrapped up in how he was going to do it he forgot how to do it.


Full-field scores from the 147th Open Championship

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“He is one of the best players the game has ever seen. If he would just go back to being a kid and playing the way he won these championships and play your game, don’t have any fear or robotic thoughts. Just play golf. Just go do it.

“This is a young kid who’s still one of the best players in the world. He needs to understand that. Forget about your brand and your endorsement contracts. Forget about all that. Just go back to having fun playing golf. I still think he is one of the best in the world and can be No.1 again if he just lets himself do it.”

McIlroy, who has never worked with Harmon, responded to the comments when asked about them following his opening round.

“Look, I like Butch. Definitely, I would say I'm on the opposite end of the spectrum than someone that's mechanical and someone that's – you know, it's easy to make comments when you don't know what's happening,” McIlroy said. “I haven't spoken to Butch in a long time. He doesn't know what I'm working on in my swing. He doesn't know what's in my head. So it's easy to make comments and easy to speculate. But unless you actually know what's happening, I just really don't take any notice of it.”

McIlroy second round at The Open began at 2:52 a.m. ET.

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How The Open cut line is determined

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 20, 2018, 5:57 am

Scores on Day 1 of the 147th Open Championship ranged from 5-under 66 to 11-over 82.

The field of 156 players will be cut nearly in half for weekend play at Carnoustie. Here’s how the cut line works in the season’s third major championship:


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• After 36 holes, the low 70 players and ties will advance to compete in the final two rounds. Anyone finishing worse than that will get the boot. Only those making the cut earn official money from the $10.5 million purse.

• There is no 10-shot rule. That rule means anyone within 10 shots of the lead after two rounds, regardless of where they stand in the championship, make the cut. It’s just a flat top 70 finishers and ties.

• There is only a single cut at The Open. PGA Tour events employ an MDF (Made cut Did not Finish) rule, which narrows the field after the third round if more than 78 players make the cut. That is not used at this major.

The projected cut line after the first round this week was 1 over par, which included 71 players tied for 50th or better.

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The Open 101: A guide to the year's third major

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 20, 2018, 5:30 am

Take a look at some answers to frequently asked questions about The Open:

What's all this "The Open" stuff? I thought it was the British Open.

What you call it has historically depended on where you were. If you were in the U.S., you called it the British Open, just as Europeans refer to the PGA Championship as the U.S. PGA. Outside the U.S. it generally has been referred to as The Open Championship. The preferred name of the organizers is The Open.

How old is it?

It's the oldest golf championship, dating back to 1860.

Where is it played?

There is a rotation – or "rota" – of courses used. Currently there are 10: Royal Birkdale, Royal St. George's, Royal Liverpool and Royal Lytham and St. Annes, all in England; Royal Portrush in Northern Ireland and St. Andrews, Carnoustie, Royal Troon, Turnberry and Muirfield, all in Scotland. Muirfield was removed from the rota in 2016 when members voted against allowing female members, but when the vote was reversed in 2017 it was allowed back in.

Where will it be played this year?

At Carnoustie, which is located on the south-eastern shore of Scotland.

Who has won The Open on that course?

Going back to the first time Carnoustie hosted, in 1931, winners there have been Tommy Armour, Henry Cotton (1937), Ben Hogan (1953), Gary Player (1968), Tom Watson (1975), Paul Lawrie (1999), Padraig Harrington (2007).

Wasn't that the year Hogan nearly won the Slam?

Yep. He had won the Masters and U.S. Open that season, then traveled to Carnoustie and won that as well. It was the only time he ever played The Open. He was unable to play the PGA Championship that season because the dates conflicted with those of The Open.

Jean Van de Velde's name should be on that list, right?

This is true. He had a three-shot lead on the final hole in 1999 and made triple bogey. He lost in a playoff to Lawrie, which also included Justin Leonard.

Who has won this event the most?

Harry Vardon, who was from the Channel Island of Jersey, won a record six times between 1896 and 1914. Australian Peter Thomson, American Watson, Scot James Braid and Englishman J.H. Taylor each won five times.

What about the Morrises?

Tom Sr. won four times between 1861 and 1867. His son, Tom Jr., also won four times, between 1868 and 1872.

Have players from any particular country dominated?

In the early days, Scots won the first 29 Opens – not a shocker since they were all played at one of three Scottish courses, Prestwick, St. Andrews and Musselburgh. In the current era, going back to 1999 (we'll explain why that year in a minute), the scoreboard is United States, nine wins; South Africa, three wins; Ireland, two wins; Northern Ireland, two wins; and Sweden, one win. The only Scot to win in that period was Lawrie, who took advantage of one of the biggest collapses in golf history.

Who is this year's defending champion?

That would be American Jordan Spieth, who survived an adventerous final round to defeat Matt Kuchar by three strokes and earn the third leg of the career Grand Slam.

What is the trophy called?

The claret jug. It's official name is the Golf Champion Trophy, but you rarely hear that used. The claret jug replaced the original Challenge Belt in 1872. The winner of the claret jug gets to keep it for a year, then must return it (each winner gets a replica to keep).

Which Opens have been the most memorable?

Well, there was Palmer in 1961and '62; Van de Velde's collapse in 1999; Hogan's win in 1953; Tiger Woods' eight-shot domination of the 2000 Open at St. Andrews; Watson almost winning at age 59 in 2009; Doug Sanders missing what would have been a winning 3-foot putt at St. Andrews in 1970; Tony Jacklin becoming the first Briton to win the championship in 18 years; and, of course, the Duel in the Sun at Turnberry in 1977, in which Watson and Jack Nicklaus dueled head-to-head over the final 36 holes, Watson winning by shooting 65-65 to Nicklaus' 65-66.

When I watch this tournament on TV, I hear lots of unfamiliar terms, like "gorse" and "whin" and "burn." What do these terms mean?

Gorse is a prickly shrub, which sometimes is referred to as whin. Heather is also a shrub. What the scots call a burn, would also be considered a creek or stream.