Hooks Cuts From Sony

By Rich LernerJanuary 15, 2009, 5:00 pm
  • I visited Olomana Golf Links Tuesday morning, where President-elect Barack Obamas played on several occasions. Its a pretty 40 year-old public track, 5,900 yards from the white bays and 42 bucks a round, including cart. The course is only 12 miles from his boyhood home in Honolulu.
  • Last week Boo Weekley introduced us to the camouflage Aldila shaft in his driver. Normally called the VooDoo, his is tagged, what else, the BooDoo shaft. Now I get word Clevelands unveiling camouflage wedges. They sold 20 in a day and a half at the companys eastern test site, Cartersville Country Club, north of Atlanta. What the hells camouflage got to do with golf? That question came from Boos caddie, Joel Pyland.
  • Tadd Fujikawa is back in the Sony Open field. His Friday finish in 07 was one of the happiest single days Ive ever witnessed in golf. Tadd joked that hes seen the replay too many times. Ive memorized every word. It was a fun time for all of us. Yes, all of us.
  • Jeff Sluman, tuning up for his Champions Tour season with a start at the Sony said, Ill be a young man next week but this week Im an old S.O.B.!
  • Peter Lonard on fellow Aussie Geoff Ogilvy: Hes a great chipper and putter and hits it miles. Thats a pretty good combination when you get your brain right.
  • Jeff Klauks beginning his first season on Tour just as dad Fred starts his retirement after two decades as superintendent of TPC Sawgrass. Hes so much more relaxed, said Jeff. Fred and wife Peggy are in Honolulu watching Jeff this week.
  • Rick Price is a rookie at age 40. He went through Q-School 19 times and beat the bushes on the old Space Coast Tour, Tommy Armour Tour, Gateway Tour and Golden Bear Tour. Did he ever get discouraged and think about quitting? No, because I figured I get to get up every day and do what I love to do.
  • Slumans advice for first timers: Watch the better players and see what theyre doing right ' and youre doing wrong.
  • Lonards caddie Scott Martin, who carried Fujikawas bag at Disney in 07, still believes in the mighty little Hawaiian: His martial arts background will be a huge factor in the long run. Hes physically and mentally tough.
  • Zach Johnson on the Sony Open: Its one of the more underrated tournaments we play ' nice amenities, classic golf course and great greens. And if theres any wind its difficult.
  • I asked Boo if hes surfed since landing on Waikiki. No way man, said big Boo.They got sharks out there. Im in the eatin business. I aint into gettin eatin.
  • Klauk likes the advice from Johnson, a Masters champ: Its just golf.
  • As for the President-elects famously cool, laid back demeanor, it is in part the result of his Hawaiian background. We call it local style, said the head pro at Olomana, Norman-Ganin Asao. In August, the President-elect showed up in shorts and sandals before putting on the golf shoes. Thats local style.
  • Look for a very funny ad from Srixon featuring Boo and Vijay Singh sometime during the Florida swing.
  • Watched something damn near as beautiful as the Waikiki sunset on Tuesday ' Brad Faxon on the putting green from 25 feet. No tension. So pure. So free.
  • The plan for Fujikawa, now 18, is to play mini-tours on more of a full-time basis. Its hard to get momentum when you only play one tournament a month, he explained.
  • Scotty Cameron, hanging at Waialae, has been making putters for a quarter century. His off-the-top-of-his-head list of best rollers of the rock hes ever seen, in no particular order: Tiger Woods; David Frost; Brad Faxon; David Graham; and Mark OMeara, pre-claw.
  • Five years ago Casey Wittenberg was being touted as a cant-miss star. He struggled, but here he is at 24, ready to start his first full season on Tour. Those days on the Hooters Tour make you appreciate this, he told me Tuesday.
  • Former Big Breaker Kip Henley, now on the bag for Brian Gay, marvels at his bosss ability to carve out a great living in the power era. Gay barely flies it 245-250 yards while the big boys blow it out there 290 plus. But man, from 110 yards and in, Henley tells me, this guy can really cover it.
  • Camerons a huge Fujikawa fan. Hes a grinder with a huge heart, a bulldog, said Cameron.
  • President-elect Obama shot in the high 90s at Olomana on December 21, according to the clubs pro, Asao, with a handful of pars to go with some big numbers. Someday the President-elect, a solid basketball player who came off the bench for the Punahou High team that won the Hawaii state title in the late 70s, would like to become a single-digit handicap in golf. For now, with the economy in a shambles and war on two fronts, he is, politically speaking, playing a 650-yard, uphill par-5 into a two-club wind... with hickory shafts.
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    Watch: Na punctuates caddie tiff with hole-out

    Microphones captured a fascinating and testy exchange between Kevin Na and his caddie, Kenny Harms, on Na's final hole, No. 9.

    Na was in the right rough, 185 yards from the green, which was guarded by water. He vacillated between a hybrid and an iron, but with either club he would have to hit "a 40-yard cut," as Harms termed it.

    "Over the green's dead," Harms warned.

    "It's not gonna go over the green, Kenny," Na replied.

    Na finally settled on an iron and said to Harms, "As long as you're OK with this club."

    "I'm not," harms replied. "I'm not OK with either one of them."

    "I'm going with this," Na ended the discussion.

    He missed the green with his approach shot, but avoided the water. After taking a free drop away from some TV cables, he had 92 feet 3 inches to the cup and of course, holed the pitch shot for a birdie-3, a 62 and a one-shot lead at the end of the first round.

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    Na (62) leads Hoffman by one at Colonial

    By Nick MentaMay 24, 2018, 10:38 pm

    Kevin Na leads the Fort Worth Invitational by one over Charley Hoffman following a first-round 8-under 62. Here's where things stand through 18 holes at Colonial.

    Leaderboard: Na (-8), Hoffman (-7), Emiliano Grillo (-6), Jhonattan Vegas (-6), Andrew Putnam (-6), Beau Hossler (-6)

    What it means: The veteran Na is in search of just his second PGA Tour victory in 367 events played. The 34-year-old's lone victory came at the 2011 Shriners to go along with nine runner-ups, the most recent of which was a tie for second at this year's Genesis Open. Na missed three straight cuts in April but has rallied back with a weekend stay at The Players and a T-6 at last week's Byron Nelson. Ranked 75th in the world, he is not currently qualified for the U.S. Open or the Open Championship. 

    Round of the day: Na turned in a clean card Thursday with six birdies and an eagle at the par-5 first, his 10th hole of the day. He closed with a chip-in birdie at No. 9 following a friendly disagreement with his caddie (more on that below). 

    Best of the rest: Hoffman was likewise bogey-free, drawing seven circles. The four-time Tour winner and typically steady performer has yet to register a top-10 finish this season.

    Biggest disappointment: Not that a round of 1 under is tragically disappointing, but Jordan Spieth has a pretty solid history of going low at this event and contending for the title. He's seven back through Round 1.

    Shot of the day: Satoshi Kodaira recorded the second albatross in tournament history when he holed a 3-iron from 234 yards at the first.

    Honorable mention: Na got into a pretty good back-and-forth with his caddie about whether to lay up or try to clear the water from the right rough at No. 9. Na went for it, avoided hazard, and holed this chip for birdie. 

    Quote of the day: "I told you." - Na, after his chip-in

    Golf Channel's NCAA Golf Coverage Continues Mon-Wed., May 28-30 With the NCAA Men's Golf Championships

    By Golf Channel Public RelationsMay 24, 2018, 10:24 pm

    Two National Championships to be Decided Over a Three-Day Span – Individual (Mon., May 28) and Team (Wed., May 30)

     Eight of the Top-10 Ranked Programs in the Country Set to Compete; Reigning NCAA Men’s National Champions Oklahoma and Current Top-Ranked Oklahoma State Paired Together Starting Friday

     Buick and Stifel Co-Presenting Sponsors of Golf Channel’s Coverage of the NCAA Women’s and Men’s Golf Championships

    ORLANDO, Fla., May 24, 2018 – Coming on the heels of Wednesday’s dramatic championship match where Arizona defeated Alabama in a playoff to claim their third women’s golf team national championship, Golf Channel returns to Karsten Creek Golf Club in Stillwater, Okla. next week for the 2018 NCAA Division I Men’s Golf National Championships. Taking place Monday-Wednesday, May 28-30, Golf Channel’s coverage will feature nearly 30 hours of live tournament and on-site wraparound news coverage, showcasing the top men’s college golf programs in the country.

    NCAA Men’s Golf Championships Coverage: Coverage begins on Monday, May 28 to crown the individual national champion and to track the teams attempting to qualify for the eight-team match play championship. Golf Channel’s coverage on Tuesday and Wednesday, May 29-30 will include all three rounds of the team match play, ultimately crowning a team national champion.

    In addition, Golf Central will surround live tournament action with pre-and post-event news coverage produced on-site at Karsten Creek Golf Club, as well as daily news updates on Morning Drive and online via Golf Channel Digital. News and tournament coverage also will be live streamed on Golf Channel Digital. College Central, Golf Channel’s online home for college golf, will provide comprehensive editorial coverage throughout the championships.

    Golf Channel NCAA Men’s Golf Championships Coverage (all times ET)

    Monday, May   28

    Individual   National Championship

    4-8 p.m.   (Live)

    Tuesday, May   29

    Quarterfinals,   Team Match Play

    11   a.m.-1:30 p.m. (Live)

    Tuesday,   May 29

    Semifinals,   Team Match Play

    4-8 p.m.   (Live)

    Wednesday, May   30

    Team Match   Play National Championship

    4-8 p.m.   (Live)

    Stifel and Buick Sign on as Co-Presenting Sponsors for Golf Channel’s NCAA Golf Championships Tournament Coverage: New for 2018, Stifel Financial Corp. and Buick have signed on as co-presenting sponsors for Golf Channel’s tournament coverage of the 2018 NCAA Women’s and Men’s Golf Championships. In addition, Stifel has extended its partnership with the Fred Haskins Commission, Golf Channel and Golfweek as presenting sponsor of the Fred Haskins Award, given annually to nation’s outstanding male collegiate golfer.Golf Channel will announce the Fred Haskins Award presented by Stifel following the conclusion of the NCAA Men’s Golf Championships, on a live edition of Golf Central, Wednesday, June 6 at 6 p.m. ET. The show will include profiles on the top candidates for the award and a live interview with the winner, who also will receive an exemption to compete in the 2018 Greenbrier Classic on the PGA TOUR. The Haskins Award honors the nation’s most outstanding male Division I collegiate golfer as selected by his peers, coaches and the golf media.

    Semifinal Teams in Match Play to Receive Invitations to Compete in East Lake Cup: The East Lake Cup, taking place in late October at historic East Lake Golf Club, will feature the top-performing teams from the 2018 NCAA Women’s and Men’s Golf Championships. Invitations for the field have been extended to Arizona, Alabama, Southern California and Stanford – semifinalists in the NCAA Women’s Golf Championships, and also will be extended to the semifinalists in the Men’s Championships. Modeled after the NCAA Golf Championships, the format for the East Lake Cup consists of an opening round of stroke play to crown an individual male and female champion and determine seeding for the following two days of match play competition. Golf Channel will air live coverage of the East Lake Cup Monday-Wednesday, Oct. 29-31.

    College Central – Golf Channel Digital Coverage: Golf Channel will provide comprehensive coverage via College Central,Golf Channel Digital’s home for college golf. Led by Jay Coffin, and Ryan Lavner, College Central will be the source for all things college golf, including tournament results and scores, features and columns, video highlights and breaking news.

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    Country singer Owen shoots 86 in Web.com debut

    By Will GrayMay 24, 2018, 7:51 pm

    Country music star Jake Owen struggled in his Web.com Tour debut, shooting a 14-over 86 in the opening round of the Nashville Golf Open.

    Owen, who played as a 1 handicap earlier this year while teaming with Jordan Spieth at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, put three balls out of bounds over his first nine holes, including two en route to a quadruple-bogey 9 on the par-5 18th hole. After making the turn in 46, Owen came home in 40 without making a single birdie.

    Owen is playing as an amateur on an unrestricted sponsor exemption, the same type used by NBA superstar Steph Curry on the Web.com Tour last year and by former NFL quarterback Tony Romo this year on the PGA Tour. Curry missed the cut after rounds of 74-74 at the Ellie Mae Classic, while Romo shot 77-82 at the Corales Punta Cana Resort & Club Championship.

    Full-field scores from the Nashville Golf Open

    Owen tallied nine pars, six bogeys, two doubles and a quad in his opener and was the only player from the morning wave who failed to break 80. The closest player to him in the standings was two-time major champ Angel Cabrera, who opened with a 79.

    While Owen struggled against a field full of professionals, he took the setback in stride and even took to Twitter in the middle of his round to fire back at some of his online critics: