Show and Spell

By Rex HoggardMay 29, 2009, 4:00 pm
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It is the most entertaining, disturbing, heartening and crushing television of the year. The Scripps National Spelling Bee is an ESPN phenomenon that identifies the fifth-grader with the biggest brain all the while exaggerating the uselessness of our public school education.
 
Its also the perfect theme for this weeks Cut Line, because as champion Kavya Shivashanka proved, youve got to be in it to win it to bring home Laodicean.
 
Made Cut
 
  • Assiduous, adjective: Can I have the definition? Hard-working, as in the best way to define Michael Allens dogged career.
     
    A few years back we were talking with the endearing journeyman when he mentioned hed interviewed for the club professional job at a new Donald Trump golf course. He didnt want to quit, but two kids at home and more trips to Q-School than any one man should endure made the prospect of hawking golf shirts in a shop somehow tolerable.
     
    Flash forward a few years and the freshly minted 50-year-old now has his first Tour-sanctioned title, a major and more motivation than ever to prove that after 334 starts he can land his first Tour title. Now that is assiduous.
     
  • Monomaniacal, adjective: Can you use the word in a sentence? Davis Love III has a monomaniacal desire to play every major championship.
     
    To recap, Love went 72 holes last week at the Byron Nelson Championship, a full turn that included a second-round 64, played in Mondays 36-hole British Open qualifier in nearby Plano ' where he shot 67-65 to earn a trip to Turnberry and his 23rd consecutive Open Championship start ' and headed across town for this weeks event at Colonial.
     
    After Colonial he heads to Memorial and another 36-hole Monday marathon in Ohio for U.S. Open qualifying. There are American tour pros who have passed on a spot at the Open Championship because of the flying or the food or an aversion to roundabouts, but not Love. But then DL3 seems to understand better than most, the only way to win a major championship is to play in one.
     

     
    Made Cut ' Did not finish (MDF)
     
  • Well-nigh, adverb: Can I have the origin of the word? An old English word dating from the 12th century meaning near or almost.
     
    We applaud AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am officials for bouncing Poppy Hills from the events rotation in favor of Monterey Peninsula CCs Shore Course, a drastic upgrade by nearly all accounts, but the Claim bake folks seemed to have come up a club short.
     
    If they really wanted to woo the cream of the tour crop back to the Crosby they should have moved heaven and earth ' Monterey is where the two meet, or so the legend goes ' to pull Cypress Point back into the fold.
     
    Cypress Point, a perennial nations best in nearly every ranking and part of the Pebble Beach rotation before the club ran afoul the Tours membership policies in the early 1990s, would give the Pro-Am the tours best 1-2 combination and would likely assure one of the years deepest fields.
     
  • Meddlesome, adjective: May I have an alternate pronunciation? Med-l-suh m, as in the LPGAs newest media-driven suggestion.
     
    New media is a brave new world and traditional boundaries no longer frame the fairways, but LPGA commissioner Carolyn Bivens comment that shed love it if players Twittered during the middle of a round, may be a bit too new and too much media.
     
    We have a pretty good idea what is going through Paula Creamers mind after a three-putt at the 71st hole, theres no need for a quick Tweet on the way to the 18th tee to confirm.
     

     
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  • Peculiar, adjective: Can I have the definition? Strange; queer; odd. Can you use it in a sentence? The Tours peculiar move to pull the Northern Trust Open into the Championship Management fold was a surprise.
     
    Making NBA great Jerry West the front man for the Tours L.A. stop appears to be a non-issue. Hes a huge draw in the community, passionate about golf and a quick study of tournament operations, as evidenced by his intense tour of The Players operation earlier this month at TPC Sawgrass.
     
    But the Tours move to run the event along with the Los Angeles Junior Chamber of Commerce was curious. Championship Management is the Tour division that operates the circuits top events ' including the WGCs, Players, Presidents Cup and two of the four playoff stops ' but normally doesnt meddle in the affairs of rank-and-file tournaments.
     
    Peculiar indeed.
     
  • Extenuation, noun: Can you use it in a sentence? Sergio Garcias extenuation of his poor play seemed hollow.
     
    Garcias admission to the U.K. press this week that he had split with girlfriend Morgan-Leigh Norman, the daughter of Greg Norman, had a cathartic feel to it, but using the episode as an excuse for poor play smacks of denial.
     
    While Cut Line is glad Garcia is coping with his loss in such a mature way, he may have wanted to wait until after next months U.S. Open to clear all of his emotional baggage. What do you think Bethpage galleries can rhyme with Morgan-Leigh?
     

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    Storms halt Barbasol before Lincicome tees off

    By Associated PressJuly 20, 2018, 11:29 pm

    NICHOLASVILLE, Ky. - Brittany Lincicome will have to wait until the weekend to resume her bid to make the cut in a PGA Tour event.

    Overnight storms delayed the start of the second round Friday in the Barbasol Championship, and an afternoon thunderstorm suspended competition for good. The round will resume Saturday morning with much of the field still to play.

    The second stoppage at Champions Trace at Keene Trace Golf Club came 20 minutes before Lincicome's scheduled tee time.

    Lincicome was near the bottom of the field after opening with a 6-over 78 on Thursday. The first LPGA player since Michelle Wie in 2008 to start a PGA Tour event, she needs a huge rebound to join Babe Zaharias (1945) as the only female players to make the cut.

    Troy Merritt had the clubhouse lead at 15 under, following an opening 62 with a 67.

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    Third-round tee times for the 147th Open

    By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 20, 2018, 9:05 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Eighteen major champions made the cut at The Open and will be playing the weekend at Carnoustie, including 60-year-old ageless wonder Bernhard Langer, and both major champs so far this year, Patrick Reed and Brooks Koepka.

    Twenty-four-year-old Gavin Green will be first off solo Saturday at 4:15 a.m. ET. Reed and Rhys Enoch will follow along 10 minutes later.


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    Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods, both at even par for the tournament, six shots behind leaders Zach Johnson and Kevin Kisner, are in consecutive groups. Mickelson is playing with Austin Cook at 8:05 a.m. and Woods is with South Africa’s Shaun Norris at 8:15 a.m.

    Jordan Spieth and Rickie Fowler, both three shots off the lead, are also in consecutive groups. Fowler is at 10 a.m. with Thorbjorn Olesen and Spieth is 10 minutes later with Kevin Chappell. Rory McIlroy, looking to win his first major since the 2014 PGA Championship, is at 10:40 a.m. with Xander Schauffele. McIlroy is two shots behind.

    Johnson and Kisner are last off at 11 a.m.

    4:15AM ET: Gavin Green

    4:25AM ET: Rhys Enoch, Patrick Reed

    4:35AM ET: Kiradech Aphibarnrat, Justin Rose

    4:45AM ET: Yusaku Miyazato, Tyrrell Hatton

    4:55AM ET: Ross Fisher, Keegan Bradley

    5:05AM ET: Ryan Fox, Jason Dufner

    5:15AM ET: Bryson DeChambeau, Henrik Stenson

    5:25AM ET: Tom Lewis, Sam Locke (a)

    5:35AM ET: Paul Casey, Chris Wood

    5:45AM ET: Bernhard Langer, Rafa Cabrera Bello

    6:00AM ET: Paul Dunne, Brett Rumford

    6:10AM ET: Masahiro Kawamura, Shubhankar Sharma

    6:20AM ET: Cameron Smith, Brendan Steele

    6:30AM ET: Marc Leishman, Lee Westwood

    6:40AM ET: Byeong Hun An, Kevin Na

    6:50AM ET: Julian Suri, Adam Hadwin

    7:00AM ET: Gary Woodland, Si-Woo Kim

    7:10AM ET: Yuta Ikeda, Satoshi Kodaira

    7:20AM ET: Marcus Kinhult, Thomas Pieters

    7:30AM ET: Beau Hossler, Haotong Li

    7:45AM ET: Cameron Davis, Sean Crocker

    7:55AM ET: Louis Oosthuizen, Stewart Cink

    8:05AM ET: Phil Mickeslon, Austin Cook

    8:15AM ET: Tiger Woods, Shaun Norris

    8:25AM ET: Lucas Herbert, Michael Kim

    8:35AM ET: Jason Day, Francesco Molinari

    8:45AM ET: Sung Kang, Webb Simpson

    8:55AM ET: Patrick Cantlay, Eddie Pepperell

    9:05AM ET: Matthew Southgate, Brooks Koepka

    9:15AM ET: Kyle Stanley, Adam Scott

    9:30AM ET: Charley Hoffman, Alex Noren

    9:40AM ET: Ryan Moore, Brandon Stone

    9:50AM ET: Luke List, Danny Willett

    10:00AM ET: Thorbjorn Olesen, Rickie Fowler

    10:10AM ET: Jordan Spieth, Kevin Chappell

    10:20AM ET: Zander Lombard, Tony Finau

    10:30AM ET: Matt Kuchar, Erik Van Rooyen

    10:40AM ET: Rory McIlroy, Xander Schauffele

    10:50AM ET: Pat Perez, Tommy Fleetwood

    11:00AM ET: Kevin Kisner, Zach Johnson

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    Facial hair Fowler's new good-luck charm

    By Rex HoggardJuly 20, 2018, 8:12 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Before, during and after the Fourth of July, Rickie Fowler missed a few appointments with his razor.

    He arrived in the United Kingdom for last week’s Scottish Open still unshaved and he tied for sixth place. Fowler, like most golfers, can give in to superstition, so he's decided to keep the caveman look going for this week’s Open Championship.

    “There could be some variations,” he smiled following his round on Friday at Carnoustie.


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    At this rate, he may never shave again. Fowler followed an opening 70 with a 69 on Friday to move into a tie for 11th place, just three strokes off the lead.

    Fowler also has some friendly competition in the beard department, with his roommate this week Justin Thomas also going for the rugged look.

    “I think he kind of followed my lead in a way. I think he ended up at home, and he had a little bit of scruff going. It's just fun,” Fowler said. “We mess around with it. Obviously, not taking it too seriously. But like I said, ended up playing halfway decent last week, so I couldn't really shave it off going into this week.”

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    Spieth (67) rebounds from tough Round 1 finish

    By Ryan LavnerJuly 20, 2018, 7:55 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Guess whose putter is starting to heat up again at a major?

    Even with a few wayward shots Friday at Carnoustie, Jordan Spieth made a significant climb up the leaderboard in the second round, firing a 4-under 67 to move just three shots off the lead.

    Spieth showed his trademark grit in bouncing back from a rough finish Thursday, when he mis-clubbed on the 15th hole, leading to a double bogey, and ended up playing the last four holes in 4 over.

    “I don’t know if I actually regrouped,” he said. “It more kind of fires me up a little.”


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    Spieth missed more than half of his fairways in the second round, but he was able to play his approach shots from the proper side of the hole. Sure, he “stole a few,” particularly with unlikely birdies on Nos. 10 and 11 after errant drives, but he took advantage and put himself in position to defend his claret jug.

    Spieth needed only 25 putts in the second round, and he credited a post-round adjustment Thursday for the improvement. The tweak allows his arms to do more of the work in his stroke, and he said he felt more confident on the greens.

    “It’s come a long way in the last few months, no doubt,” he said.

    More than anything, Spieth was relieved not to have to play “cut-line golf” on Friday, like he’s done each start since his spirited run at the Masters.

    “I know that my swing isn’t exactly where I want it to be; it’s nowhere near where it was at Birkdale,” he said. “But the short game is on point, and the swing is working in the right direction to get the confidence back.”