Hooks Cuts from Southern Hills

By Rich LernerAugust 13, 2007, 4:00 pm
  • If Tiger wins two majors each of the next three years, its possible he could break Jacks record at, fittingly, the home of golf, St. Andrews, in 2010.
  • 200 sportswriters and broadcasters from around the world agree on two things: Tigers the best and the Twix Ice Cream bar is ridiculously good.
  • Woody Austin was impressive on the course and entertaining in the press center. But saying he outplayed Tiger on Friday? Austin compared his 70 to Tiger's 63, saying, 'Does that mean he played better than me or he's better than me? I don't agree with that.' Uh, yeah, Woody, that's exactly what it means.
  • Comic/caddie/broadcaster Michael Collins quipped that he sweated in Tulsa like Mike Tyson at a spelling bee.
  • Add Tigers right cross after the bomb at eight to the montage of memorable Tiger video clips that includes the finger point at Valhalla and the uppercut after the Masters chip-in at 16.
  • Tiger wins majors so many times on Friday and Saturday.
  • I said Saturday night with Tiger leading by three that he might lose the lead'when Tulsa freezes over. Late on the backside I was nervously looking for a parka and a beanie.
  • Ernie appears closer to winning a major than at any time in the past four years. It is critical that he gets it done so hed at least matches Raymond Floyd with four and elevates his stature historically. Threes no small feat, but one more erases, to some degree, the notion that Ernie was a guy who never could really beat Tiger.
  • Tigers the best coach in sports; better than Phil Jackson or Bill Belichick. Why? He formulates and executes game plans brilliantly. He knows when to push, when to pull back, how to improvise, when to go deep and especially how to dig deep.
  • Good for Lucas Glover and Hunter Mahan in being selected by captain Jack Nicklaus for the U.S. Presidents Cup team. And good for Paul Azinger. The U.S. Ryder Cup captain may need the services of Glover and/or Mahan in 2008, and it will be of benefit to all for them to have some team experience.
  • Good for Gary Player picking Mike Weir, as well. With no one really standing out between Nos. 11-25 on the International list, Player made the sensible choice. His squad will now have a clear home-turf advantage, which might not have been the case had no Canadians been competing at Royal Montreal.
  • I still believe Tiger will someday win the single season slam. Next year offers a chance beginning with Augusta National and Torrey Pines, where hes won five times.
  • I told Tiger that we know him as the best golfer in the world, and then asked how hed like daughter, Sam, to brag to her friends about her father when shes old enough. Competitive to the core, he joked that first of all shell never beat him in any games! He then turned serious and explained that hed like her to say that her dads always there for her, just as his parents were there for him.
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    Watch: Hahn slam-dunks ace on 11th hole

    By Golf Channel DigitalJune 23, 2018, 7:20 pm

    There are aces, and there are slam-dunk aces. No question which one this one by James Hahn on the 154-yard 11th hole was.

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    Els' nephew Rebula wins Amateur Championship

    By Golf Channel DigitalJune 23, 2018, 7:05 pm

    Ernie Els is one proud uncle.

    His nephew, Jovan Rebula, won the Amateur Championship on Saturday at Royal Aberdeen to become the first South African to capture the title since Bobby Cole in 1966.

    Rebula, a junior at Auburn, will join his famous uncle in Carnoustie next month for The Open. He also will get invites to the 2019 Masters and the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach.

    Rebula defeated Ireland's Robin Dawson, 3 and 2, in the 36-hole final.

    "It’s unreal," Rebula said. "It’s really something that is hard to describe. I feel like many have been in this position before but it’s an unreal feeling. It hasn’t sunk in quite yet but hopefully tomorrow morning I can wake up and I will feel a little different."

    Rebula received plenty of texts from Els throughout the week, and the encouragement paid off. Rebula opened a 1-up lead after 18 holes, and he extended his advantage by winning the 26th and 27th holes. He was 5 up with six to play before finally closing out Dawson on the 16th hole with an up-and-down from the bunker.

    "It’s been a long week and especially today," Rebula said. "I should have finished maybe a couple of holes earlier, but it’s been awesome. A very tiring week. I’m standing here right now and there’s so much adrenaline pumping through me."

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    Squirrel gets Rory's round off to a rocky start

    By Will GrayJune 23, 2018, 6:42 pm

    CROMWELL, Conn. – Rory McIlroy’s third round at the Travelers Championship got off to a peculiar start before he even hit a shot.

    McIlroy had just been introduced on the first tee at TPC River Highlands and was ready to unload on his opening drive of the day when a squirrel ran across the tee box a few feet in front of him.

    McIlroy stopped his swing and laughed it off, but the squirrel continued to linger for several seconds, criss-crossing from one side of the packed tee box to the other. And while this was no black cat, the pump-fake to start his round didn’t exactly help the Ulsterman.

    McIlroy ultimately blocked his drive into the right rough after enduring his brief rodent delay en route to an opening bogey, and amid soft conditions at TPC River Highlands he played his first five holes in 2 over. McIlroy started the day at 7 under, three shots behind leader Brian Harman.

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    Kaymer in six-way tie for BMW International lead

    By Associated PressJune 23, 2018, 5:29 pm

    PULHEIM, Germany - Danish golfer Lucas Bjerregaard shot a 5-under 67 to equal the week's lowest round for a six-way share of the lead after the third round of the BMW International Open on Saturday.

    Bjerregaard had eight birdies, a double bogey and a bogey to finish on 5-under 211 - jumping 23 places and joining local favorites Martin Kaymer and Maximilian Kieffer, England's Chris Paisley and Aaron Rai, and Australia's Scott Hend at the top of the leaderboard.

    Bjerregaard was fortunate to play before the wind picked up again later in the afternoon.

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    Kaymer, the 2008 champion, delighted the home supporters with two birdies in his last three holes for a 71.

    Finland's Mikko Korhonen and Chile's Nico Geyger were one shot off the lead after rounds of 69 and 73, respectively.

    Defending champion Andres Romero equaled the week's best round (67) to be among a large group two shots off the lead going into Sunday, including three-time European Tour winner Andy Sullivan.

    Romero is bidding to be the first player to retain the title.