Hooks Cuts from Torrey Pines

By Rich LernerFebruary 1, 2010, 9:41 pm
SAN DIEGO – Hooks and Cuts consisting of layups, dust-ups and give-ups.
  • I hope John Daly plays well, but with 45 missed cuts including 14 WDs in his last 70 starts over four years, he reminds me of Mike Tyson. He’s a beat up fighter who has taken one too many punches, whose legs won’t move, whose fists won’t fire. Talent doesn’t go along for the kind of ride Daly’s been on and wake up refreshed on a Thursday morning. Talent dies young when it’s neglected.
  • From Bubba Watson and Tim Clark at the Bob Hope to Michael Sim at Torrey, the Tour’s suddenly gone basketball old school. The layup is back in vogue.

  • Scott McCarron was wrong to say Phil Mickelson is cheating by using the old Ping wedge, because technically it’s not cheating. But I like Lee Westwood’s position. Europe’s No. 1 is a long time Ping guy who says he could easily skirt the new rule because he has thousands of Ping wedges, but he chooses not to.

  • Robert Allenby is going to win this year, isn’t he?

  • I get that guys these days are really good from 85 yards, but the layup is really bad theater.  On the other hand, the final-hole-down-by-one-go-for-it-in-two long ball is one of the game’s most dramatic moments. Can he get there? Yes he can. What’s the carry? 225. Where’s the trouble? Staring him right in the face, water front. What’s he hitting? Five-wood. Silence. Hold your breath. Ball airborne. Wet or dry? Win or lose?

  • There are times in life when even if something is legal it just may not be the right thing to do.

  • Watson laying up when he could’ve reached with 3-iron at 14 at the Hope on the final day, making par and ultimately losing by one is like Babe Ruth sacrifice bunting and the Yankees not being able to push the run across.

  • Ernie Els will win soon. He’s putting better and he’s not as road weary since he is not traveling the Middle East for the first time in 15 years. He promised daughter Samantha he’d be home more.

  • Just when the Tour needed some go-for-broke heroes, we get the safety first brigade.

  • Speaking of heroes, I was watching Peyton Manning and Drew Brees in an interview and Chris Berman asked Manning what he likes about Brees. Manning said he likes that Brees takes chances, that he goes for it.

  • With 37 wins, Phil Mickelson certainly knows what he’s doing, but still times have changed.  Can you imagine Jack Nicklaus flying Jack Grout in for a lesson before the final round of a tournament he’s in position to win?

  • David Feherty delivered a good line after Sim’s chip shot on 18 came up short. “He layed up three times on this hole,” Feherty said.

  • It feels like the worst is over for Tiger Woods. If in fact he’s in sex rehab the story now moves in the direction of getting well, not getting caught. But it’s doubtful that the digging into his past is done.

  • Would you watch the first two Hawaii events in primetime if they ran from Tuesday through Friday instead of Thursday through Sunday? I would. Why go up against the NFL Playoffs and get your brains beat in on a January weekend? It’s time for the Tour to think far outside the box.

  • While we’re at it, is it time for the Bob Hope to go from five to four rounds and bring in Freddy Couples and, say, Kevin Costner or Matt Damon as co-hosts?

  • Putting Laker legend Jerry West in charge at the Northern Trust looks like a good move. One of the greatest pure shooters in history later became one of the best franchise builders. And even the Pau Gasol deal he appeared to gift wrap to his beloved Lakers while he was running the Memphis Grizzlies has turned out to be pretty good for a suddenly on-the-rise Memphis club.

  • Unless you live in Indy, it's hard to root against New Orleans in this Super Bowl, isn’t it?
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UCLA junior Vu named WGCA Player of the Year

By Golf Channel DigitalMay 22, 2018, 3:23 pm

UCLA junior Lilia Vu was named Player of the Year on Tuesday by the Women’s Golf Coaches Association (WGCA).

Vu recorded the lowest full-season scoring average (70.37) in UCLA history. Her four tournament wins tied the school record for most victories in a single season.

Vu was also named to the WGCA All-America first team. Here's a look at the other players who joined her on the prestigious list:

WGCA First Team All-Americans

  • Maria Fassi, Junior, University of Arkansas
  • Kristen Gillman, Sophomore, University of Alabama
  • Jillian Hollis, Junior, University of Georgia
  • Cheyenne Knight, Junior, University of Alabama
  • Jennifer Kupcho, Junior, Wake Forest University
  • Andrea Lee, Sophomore, Stanford University
  • Leona Maguire, Senior, Duke University
  • Sophia Schubert, Senior, University of Texas
  • Lauren Stephenson, Junior, University of Alabama
  • Maddie Szeryk, Senior, Texas A&M University
  • Patty Tavatanakit, Freshman, UCLA
  • Lilia Vu, Junior, UCLA
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Stroud's caddie wins annual PGA Tour caddie tournament

By Rex HoggardMay 22, 2018, 3:15 pm

Casey Clendenon, who caddies for Chris Stroud, won the gross division of the annual PGA Tour caddie tournament on Monday, shooting a 5-under 66 at Trinity Forest Golf Club, site of last week’s AT&T Byron Nelson.

Scott Tway (65), who caddies for Brian Harman, won the net division by two strokes over Wayne Birch, Troy Merritt’s caddie.

Kyle Bradley, Jonathan Byrd’s caddie, took second place with a 71 in the gross division.

The tournament was organized by the Association of Professional Tour Caddies, and proceeds from the event went to two charities. The APTC donated $20,000 to Greg Chalmers’ charity, MAXimumChances.org, which aids families living with autism. The association also donated $10,000 to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. 

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Bjorn adds four Ryder Cup veterans as vice captains

By Will GrayMay 22, 2018, 1:05 pm

European Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn has added a quartet of vice captains for the biennial matches this fall in Paris.

Bjorn had already named Robert Karlsson as his first assistant, and he announced Tuesday at the BMW PGA Championship that his group of advisors will also include major champions Padraig Harrington and Graeme McDowell, and former world No. 1s Lee Westwood and Luke Donald.

Westwood is among Europe's most decorated Ryder Cup players, and his addition in this role signals he likely won't participate as a player in the matches for the first time since 1995. The Englishman has spoken openly about his desire to captain the European squad at Whistling Straits in 2020, but he's been quiet on the course in recent months, with a missed secondary cut at the Houston Open his only start since mid-February.

Harrington is seen as another possible captain for the 2020 matches, and he'll don an earpiece for the third straight Ryder Cup, having represented Europe as a player on six straight teams from 1999-2010.

Donald played on four Ryder Cup teams from 2004-12, with the Europeans winning each time he was on the roster. This will mark his first stint as a vice captain, as Donald announced last month that he would be sidelined indefinitely while recovering from a back injury.

At age 38, McDowell will be the youngest vice captain in the room, having holed the winning putt eight years ago at Celtic Manor. He won the French Open in both 2013 and 2014 at Le Golf National, site of this year's matches, and will also be making his debut as a vice captain.

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Bidder pays $50,000 to caddie for Woods

By Grill Room TeamMay 22, 2018, 12:28 pm

Someone has paid $50,000 to caddie for Tiger Woods at this year’s Hero World Challenge.

An unnamed bidder paid for the opportunity at an auction Saturday night at Tiger Jam, where monies are raised to support the Tiger Woods Foundation.

The Hero World Challenge will be contested Nov. 29-Dec. in Albany, Bahamas. The pro-am is scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 28.