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By Rex HoggardJune 19, 2009, 4:00 pm
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FARMINGDALE, N.Y. ' There wasnt a cut at the 109th U.S. Open on Friday. May not trim the field until the summer solstice if the weatherman has Saturdays forecast correct.
But we here at Cut Line play by none of the staid rules that govern U.S. Golf Association championships, no need for 36 to trim the field or 72 to crown a champion. All we need is a wireless connection and some questionable, curious and commendable happenings.
Made Cut
  • Phil Mickelson: Playing with a heavy heart with your attention split between the most demanding golf in the game and your ailing wife three time zones away is never easy. That Lefty posted a 1-under 69 in Round 1 that could have just as easily been a 66 is a testament to his talent and his desire to deliver that silver trophy Amy Mickelson requested.
    Phil faded late Friday, starting his second 18 even par through 11 holes, but he added another chapter to his New York legacy.
  • USGA: Set-up man Mike Davis has been given plenty of credit for bringing a level of pragmatism to the national championship. Graduated rough and tee box options are the tools of the trade and the payoff is a grudging respect from Tour pros normally more than happy to knee-cap Open set ups.
    Maybe the greatest measure of set-up success is the potpourri of a leaderboard after two disjointed rounds. Mike Weir and David Toms, tied at third and 34th, respectively, are the type of players who used to win the national championship. While Gary Woodland and Ricky Barnes have never met a hole they couldnt dismantle with a single, soaring drive and are tied for 12th and second, respectively.
  • NYC galleries: The media has had big fun with jokes at the expense of Phil Mickelsons waistline, but the NYC galleries had no trouble hoisting the big man on their shoulders Friday.
    Despite an unsteady finish, five boroughs worth of the faithful cheered and pleaded Mickelson all the way around on Friday. Gotta win it for us, Phil, one man yelled. There hasnt been that kind of performance anxiety since Cosmo Kramer of Seinfeld fame promised a sick child Yankees slugger Paul ONeil would hit him two dingers in a single game because, as the funnyman reasoned, two homeruns are better than one.

    Made Cut ' Did not finish (MDF)
  • Adam Scott: The Aussie teed off in Rounds 1 and 2 at last years Open shoulder-to-shoulder with the world Nos. 1 and 2 in a perfect-for-prime-time pairing. So far this year hes played like a guy who should be sleeping in his car to get a tee time on the Black.
    Scott has missed seven of his last eight weekends on Tour and has been a nonstory at the majors since 2006, having not finished in the top 10 in his last nine Grand Slam starts.
    Scott is on a roll at Bethpage, sitting tied for sixth through 29 holes, but he needs to start capitalizing to keep from becoming the young phenom who has flopped.
  • USGA: Amid all the good will Davis & Co. have wrought with the new user-friendly set ups, the association seems bent on rubbing folks the wrong way.
    Among the gaffes, the USGA announced the mens and womens Opens will be played at Pinehursts No. 2 Course in 2014 in consecutive weeks. Thats fine for the men, but take a look at Bethpage this week. The beautiful park has been transformed into a muddy mess. Which means the women may be left with a No. 2 that resembles, well, No. 2.
    The USGAs dogmatic devotion to never allowing players to lift, clean and place their golf balls regardless of monsoons or mud is also curious. You want 72 holes to crown a champion? Fine. Lift, clean and place will speed up play and make a well-placed drive in the middle of a fairway mean something.
    (On Tour) we probably would have played it up before the start of the first round given the forecast, Zach Johnson said. We try to be practical about the situation, but you accept it and go play.

    Missed Cut
  • Bethpage Opens: The Black is unquestionably a brilliant test to determine a major champion, is arguably the nations preeminent muni and the proximity to such a large metropolitan area is always a bonus.
    But the out-and-back routing is a logistical nightmare, the weather in consecutive Bethpage Opens has had far too much impact on the outcome and the traffic is unbearable.
    If the USGA is married to keeping the Black in the Open rota may we humbly suggest they dig it up and move it to Southern California.
  • USGA ticket policy: In a Cut Line first, the association won, placed and no-showed in this weeks edition thanks to its Thursday ticket faux pas.
    After Thursdays rains washed Round 1 into Long Island Sound, officials originally said there would be no make-goods for first-day ticket holders because enough golf had been played. Who knew the USGA was a fan of the 11-hole round?
    Less than 24 hours later the USGA caved under intense criticism, reversing its policy and allowing Thursdays jilted ticket holders access to Mondays round. Seems the U.S. Open has its first scheduled Monday finish.

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    Group standings at WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play

    By Golf Channel DigitalMarch 22, 2018, 7:20 pm

    Here are the group standings for pool play at the 2018 WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play Championship in Austin, Texas. The player with the most points in each pool advanced to Saturday's Round of 16 in Austin, Texas. Click here for scoring and click here for the bracket.

    Group 1 Group 2 Group 3 Group 4
    (1) D. Johnson: 0-1-0 (2) J. Thomas: 1-0-0 (3) J. Rahm: 0-0-1 (4) J. Spieth: 2-0-0
    (32) K. Kisner: 0-0-1 (21) F. Molinari: 1-0-0 (28) K. Aphibarnrat: 1-0-0 (19) P. Reed: 2-0-0
    (38) A. Hadwin: 0-0-1
    (48) P. Kizzire: 0-1-0 (43) C. Reavie: 0-1-0 (34) H. Li: 0-2-0
    (52) B. Wiesberger: 1-0-0
    (60) L. List: 0-1-0 (63) K. Bradley: 0-0-1 (49) C. Schwartzel: 0-2-0
    Group 5 Group 6 Group 7 Group 8
    (5) H. Matsuyama: 1-0-0 (6) R. McIlroy: 0-1-0 (7) S. Garcia: 1-0-0 (8) J. Day: 1-0-0
    (30) P. Cantlay: 0-1-0
    (18) B. Harman: 0-0-1 (20) X. Schauffele: 1-0-0 (25) L. Oosthuizen: 1-0-0
    (46) C. Smith: 1-0-0 (44) J. Vegas: 0-0-1 (41) D. Frittelli: 0-1-0 (42) J. Dufner: 0-1-0
    (53) Y. Miyazato: 0-1-0 (51) P. Uihlein: 1-0-0 (62) S. Sharma: 0-1-0 (56) J. Hahn: 0-1-0
    Group 9 Group 10 Group 11 Group 12
    (9) T. Fleetwood: 1-1-0 (10) P. Casey: 1-0-0 (11) M. Leishman: 0-1-0 (12) T. Hatton: 1-0-0
    (26) D. Berger: 0-2-0 (31) M. Fitzpatrick: 0-1-0 (23) B. Grace: 0-1-0 (22) C. Hoffman: 0-1-0
    (33) K. Chappell: 1-1-0 (45) K. Stanley: 1-0-0 (35) B. Watson: 1-0-0 (36) B. Steele: 1-0-0
    (58) I. Poulter: 2-0-0 (51) R. Henley: 0-1-0 (64) J. Suri: 1-0-0 (55) A. Levy: 0-1-0
    Group 13 Group 14 Group 15 Group 16
    (13) A. Noren: 2-0-0 (14) P. Mickelson: 0-1-0 (15) P. Perez: 0-0-1 (16) M. Kuchar: 0-0-1
    (29) T. Finau: 2-0-0 (17) R. Cabrera Bello: 1-0-0 (24) G. Woodland: 0-0-1 (27) R. Fisher: 0-1-0
    (39) T. Pieters: 0-2-0 (40) S. Kodaira: 0-1-0 (37) W. Simpson: 0-0-1 (47) Y. Ikeda: 1-0-0
    (61) K. Na: 0-2-0 (59) C. Howell III: 1-0-0 (50) S.W. Kim: 0-0-1 (54) Z. Johnson: 0-0-1
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    Watch: Bubba hits 366-yard tee shot ... with an iron

    By Golf Channel DigitalMarch 22, 2018, 6:47 pm

    You know Bubba Watson is plenty long off the tee. And when you put a little wind to his back and let him hit downhill, the ball is bound to travel a great distance.

    But, still, this is a 366-yard tee shot at the par-4 ninth hole at Austin C.C. ... with an iron. Yeah, it runs for a long time. But, again, 366 ... with an iron.

    Watson won the hole with a par and made the turn, 2 up, in his Day 2 match against Marc Leishman at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play.

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    Romo starts hot, stumbles to 77 in PGA Tour debut

    By Will GrayMarch 22, 2018, 5:14 pm

    There was plenty of good, but also plenty of bad for Tony Romo in his PGA Tour debut.

    Playing in the Corales Punta Cana Resort & Club Championship on a sponsor exemption, Romo shot an even-par 36 for his opening nine holes in the Dominican Republic. The former NFL quarterback bogeyed his first two holes, but steadied the ship with three birdies in a five-hole stretch from Nos. 4-8.

    The early highlight of the round came at the par-4 fifth hole, where Romo drained a putt from across the green for his second straight birdie:

    But the back nine wasn't as kind for the 37-year-old, who dropped five shots in a four-hole stretch from Nos. 13-16. It added up to a 5-over 77 in the opening round, which left Romo ahead of only Guy Boros among the players who had finished in the morning wave.

    "I hit two poor tee balls. Just didn't commit to it, and ultimately just got put in a tough spot where you're just trying to make par," Romo said. "I hit a lot of good shots, and they ended up a couple times in some poor spots. But you learn the golf course as you play it throughout the week."

    Romo has played as an amateur partner in the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, and has played individually in U.S. Open local qualifiers and mini-tour events as an amateur. But this marks his first attempt to gauge his game against the best players in the world who are not in Austin for the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play.

    Romo was even par through 12 holes before a three-putt bogey from the fringe on No. 13. A nasty lie in the rough led to a double bogey on the par-5 14th, and Romo had to hit provisional tee shots on both Nos. 15 and 16. While he ultimately found his original ball on both holes, he left with a pair of bogeys.

    "I really hit some good shots, and I'm close," Romo said. "I had a chance to be under par pretty easily there for a while, and then two or three shots on the back nine cost me. But that's golf."

    Romo will tee off at 1 p.m. ET Friday in the second round alongside Dru Love and Denny McCarthy.

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    Horschel, Kisner & Perez join "Feherty," Monday, March 26 at 9 p.m. ET

    By Golf Channel Public RelationsMarch 22, 2018, 5:10 pm

    PREVIEW: Perez details rocky collegiate golf experience at Arizona State

    Billy Horschel, Kevin Kisner and Pat Perez – each winners of multiple events on the PGA TOUR – will join David Feherty on his self-titled, Emmy-nominated series Feherty presented by Farmers Insurance®, Monday at 9 p.m. ET on Golf Channel.

    “This might be the biggest group of benign social deviants I’ve ever had the privilege of speaking to,” said Feherty. “They’ve been responsible for nine career wins on TOUR collectively, but they’re each also capable of getting into some mischief.”

    The episode – filmed in Naples, Fla. – will touch upon several topics, including:

    • Their respective upbringings and corresponding introductions to golf.
    • Reflections on their junior golf and collegiate playing days, and how it helped prepare them to compete as a professional.
    • Contemplating which mulligan(s) they’d take in their life if given the opportunity.

    Future guests on Feherty this year include Paul Azinger, Stewart Cink, Boo Weekley and Paul Goydos, among others.

    A two-time Emmy-nominated host (Outstanding Sports Personality – Studio Host) Feherty has been described as “golf’s iconoclast,” by Rolling Stone, and “the last unscripted man on TV,” by Men’s Journal. His all-star lineup of golf-enthused and culturally relevant guests feature celebrities from across entertainment, sports and politics. To date, Feherty has sat down with four U.S. Presidents (Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, Barack Obama and Donald Trump); sports legends Charles Barkley, Nick Saban, Stephen Curry and Bobby Knight; Hollywood icons Matthew McConaughey, Larry David and Samuel L. Jackson; World Golf of Fame members Nancy Lopez, Jack Nicklaus, Annika Sorenstam, Lee Trevino and Tom Watson; and a host of current golf superstars including Paula Creamer, Jason Day, Rickie Fowler, Rory McIlroy, Phil Mickelson, Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas and Michelle Wie. Feherty is produced by Golf Channel’s original productions group, which also oversees production for Driver vs. Driver and Golf Films.