Hooks and Cuts: All over the map

By Rich LernerJune 28, 2011, 7:40 pm

Cleaning out the notebook after a couple weeks on the road. From Tiger Woods, to Rory McIlroy, to Yani Tseng, here is my latest hooks and cuts:

- Tiger Woods always has been more interesting when he plays than when he talks.

- Rory McIlroy’s humility is as appealing as his swing. I like that he admits that Tiger’s U.S. Open rout was more impressive than his because Tiger was the only one to break par at Pebble Beach back in 2000. Rory was one of 20 to do so at Congressional.

- American golf certainly isn’t bad, but it’s difficult to point to a guy under 30 and say, “he’s got it all.”

- Yani Tseng has grown up since her father backed off, giving her room to be her own person.

- I’ve not heard any love whatsoever for Royal St. George’s.

- My last four flights have been on SBA – Screaming Baby Airways. They have several daily non-stops to Orlando and the Magic Kingdom.

- Cristie Kerr, Paula Creamer and Morgan Pressel are the faces of American women’s golf – all dress well, look good and play well. They acknowledge, too, that there’s an expectation to do all three, which they don’t think is the same for the men.

- Y.E. Yang was there for the end of Tiger and the start of Rory.

- There is no shortage of Korean companies that want to do business with the LPGA. There is, however, a shortage of American companies, though I’m told a few domestic events will be added over the next two years.

- iPads and iPhones are alive and well. Eye contact and conversation are on life support.

- If it’s Rory vs. Tiger Sunday on the back nine of a major in the U.S., the crowds will be tilted in whose favor?

- Sergio Garcia is good again, and that’s good.

- The John Huston Era has begun on the Champions Tour.

- Erik Compton said goodbye to his family twice, on his way to the operating table to get a new heart. Somewhere in Indiana, another family must’ve experienced a bittersweet moment when Compton won on the Nationwide Tour. Erik’s last donor was a vibrant college athlete who was killed in a motor accident.

- If it rains at Merion for the 2013 Open at 6,900 yards and change, what do they do? Fairways 15 yards wide? Eight-inch rough?

- Yani just hits it better than anyone else on the LPGA – longer, higher and straighter. As tough as Pressel is, it’s tough to compete when you’re spotting Tseng 30 yards off the tee.

- A pro gave me a lesson. I’m ready to give it back.

- If it’s a major … men, women, or even the older guys, I’m in. I just like watching majors.

- I like hoops, too. And I think NBA owners are going to back off labor Armageddon because the league is the hottest it’s been since MJ’s final, glorious days. The good will goes away quickly in a lock down.

- It took 25 years but there’s another Freddie on the scene. Of course, there’s really only one Freddie, just as there’s really only one Freddy Yock (Travelers champ Jacobson).

- It may not be a 'Citizen Kane' classic, but Scorsese’s 'The Departed' is inching toward the Shawshank-Gladiator-Godfather-Casino-Goodfellas-Braveheart echelon of watch-it-every-time-it’s-on Hall of Fame.

- I don’t think Rory will duplicate Tiger with five wins a year every year for 10 years, but I’m comfortable saying he’ll win a handful of majors before he’s done. There’s an undeniable bigness to his game and he loves the big moment, whether it’s his 62 to win at Quail Hollow or his 63 to open at St. Andrews. Or, of course, his 16 under to decimate the field at Congressional.

- By 2016 Olympic golf will feel important because our network will have pushed it and promoted it in a way tennis never did.

- Finally, a nod to the Babe, Babe Didrickson Zaharias, whose 100th birthday was June 26. Fifteen months after a cancer diagnosis, she won the U.S. Open by 12. A ground breaker and founding member of the LPGA, Babe was not only one of the greatest golfers that ever lived, but possibly the greatest all-around female athlete that has ever lived.

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Woods wins Tour Championship by two strokes

By Golf Channel DigitalSeptember 23, 2018, 9:56 pm

Tiger Woods cruised to his first victory in five years and No. 80 of his career Sunday at the Tour Championship. Here's the lowdown from the final round at East Lake.

Leaderboard: Tiger Woods (-11), Billy Horschel (-9), Dustin Johnson (-7), Hideki Matsuyama (-6), Webb Simpson (-6), Justin Rose (-6)

What it means: Coming off four back surgeries, Woods didn't know if he would play competitive golf again. Now, he has win No. 80 of his career after a vintage performance at the Tour Championship. Woods started the day with a three-shot lead, birdied the first hole and never looked back. His closest pursuers, Justin Rose and Rory McIlroy, never put any pressure on Woods. Woods' lead got down to two strokes after bogeys at 15 and 16, but a clutch par putt on 17 gave him a two-shot cushion. The 14-time major champ is now two wins away from Sam Snead's all-time wins record after collecting his third Tour Championship title.

Round of the day: Outside of Woods' clinical performance, Hideki Matsuyama and Rickie Fowler both shot 5-under 65s to finish in the top seven.

Best of the rest: Billy Horschel fired a 4-under 66 to finish in second place.

Biggest disappointment: McIlroy (74) and Rose (73) were both three behind Woods starting the day, but they didn't put up a fight. McIlroy was 4 over par on the front nine, and Rose fell apart on the back nine and had to make birdie on 18 just to win the FedExCup title.

Shot of the day: Woods holed a 3-foot par putt on the 17th hole to keep a two-shot lead heading to 18.

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Stricker wins Sanford for third Champions title of season

By Associated PressSeptember 23, 2018, 9:55 pm

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - Steve Stricker won the inaugural Sanford International on Sunday for his third PGA Tour Champions title of the year, closing with a 3-under 67 for a four-stroke victory.

The 51-year-old Stricker birdied three of the first four holes and offset bogeys on 13 and 18 with birdies on 15 and 16. He shared the lead after each of the first two rounds, shooting 63-67 at Minnehaha Country Club.

Stricker also won in Arizona and Mississippi in consecutive starts in May for his first senior victories. Next week in France, he will be one of U.S. Ryder Cup captain Jim Furyk's assistants.

Stricker finished at 13-under 197, and match Paul Broadhurst for the tour victory lead.

Tim Petrovic (65) and Jerry Smith (70) tied for second.

Brandt Jobe, tied for the second-round lead with Stricker, had a 72 to drop into a tie for fourth with Kevin Sutherland (67) at 8 under.

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Tiger Tracker: Tour Championship

By Tiger TrackerSeptember 23, 2018, 9:30 pm

Tiger Woods closed out his 80th PGA Tour win with a tap-in on the final hole of the Tour Championship at East Lake. We've been tracking him.

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Lewis wins Portugal Masters for second time

By Associated PressSeptember 23, 2018, 6:19 pm

VILAMOURA, Portugal – Tom Lewis won the Portugal Masters for a second time after shooting a 5-under 66 in Sunday's final round.

Lewis finished three strokes ahead of fellow Englishman Eddie Pepperell (67) and Australia's Lucas Herbert (71).

Sergio Garcia prepared for the Ryder Cup next weekend with a 65 to finish seven strokes behind Lewis.

Lewis made six birdies along with a single bogey on No. 10 to finish the tournament at Dom Pedro Victoria Golf Course on 22-under 262.

Herbert led through the first three rounds only to struggle on the final day. He hit a double bogey on the final hole to finish the round on par.

Lewis had trailed Herbert by nine shots after the first round.

''It's been a rough ride but this week I played hard,'' Lewis said. ''I obviously got off to a bad start, to finish the way I've been finishing has been brilliant.''

Lewis first won the tournament in 2011.

''I think this one means more,'' Lewis said, ''it means a lot to come and win this again.''