Can Moore Win the Masters

By Steve BurkowskiApril 6, 2005, 4:00 pm
Editors Note: Each week Steve will answer your email questions during College Central and here in his weekly column.
 
John asks: After seeing your interview with UNLV senior Ryan Moore, do you believe he can win The Masters?
 
Never say never, but it would be hard to imagine Ryan Moore donning the green jacket come Sunday evening. This is no knock on Moore, but I have to be realistic on this one. I do think he will play well, make the cut, and finish in the top 16 and earn a return trip to Augusta in 2006. Ryan is the rare player who has such a confidence in his ability, and has the game to back it up. After playing a practice round with Phil Mickelson on Tuesday, Phil told the media he fully expects Ryan to have one of the better finishes by a college player in recent memory. It was just last year when Casey Wittenberg, who was just a freshman at Oklahoma State finished in a tie for 13th. Ryan will tee it up Thursday with Mickelson and Stuart Appleby.
 
Mary asks: The Duke women won this past weekend in Greensboro with just four players in their lineup. How disconcerting is it for the other teams to get beat by a squad which is shorthanded?
 
I dont think you can ever be upset when losing to the No. 1 team in the country. That being said, when you face a group who must count every stroke, and not have the luxury of a throw-out score, I can see where teams might wonder what they have to do to overtake the Blue Devils. Keep in mind, Duke has two of the best five players in the country in Liz Janangelo and Brittany Lang. While both players finished in the top 5 at Wake Forests event, Duke is now starting to get solid production from freshman Jennifer Pandolfi. Duke is No. 1 for a reason, and will continue to contend whether they have four or five players in the lineup each and every week.
 
Jeff and Theresa ask: My daughter is in ninth grade in Ontario, Canada, and has been playing the game for four years. She has dreams of playing college golf in the U.S. How can we get her name out to the coaches around America?
 
We get several questions a week regarding this topic, and I am more than happy to share the information again. Get your daughter involved in as many big-time events as you possibly can. The more she is able to play in the States, the better off she will be. The AJGA is my first suggestion, as they have sent dozens of junior golfers to top-notch colleges around the nation. USGA events would be the next step, i.e. the U.S. Juinor Amateur and U.S. Amateur championships. Collegegolf.com is a fantastic website to familiarize yourself with the process and contacts for all schools in the United States. Hope this helps.
 
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    Fowler (oblique) withdraws from playoff opener

    By Will GrayAugust 15, 2018, 8:44 pm

    The injury that slowed Rickie Fowler at last week's PGA Championship will keep him out of the first event of the PGA Tour's postseason.

    Fowler was reportedly hampered by an oblique injury at Bellerive Country Club, where he started the third round two shots off the lead but faded to a tie for 12th. He confirmed the injury Tuesday in an Instagram post, adding that an MRI revealed a partial tear to his right oblique muscle.

    According to Fowler, the injury also affected him at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, where he tied for 17th. After receiving the test results, he opted to withdraw from The Northern Trust next week at Ridgewood Country Club in New Jersey.

    "My team and I feel like it's best not to play next week in the Northern Trust," Fowler wrote. "I will be back healthy and competitive ASAP for the FedEx Cup and more than ready for the Ryder Cup!!!"

    Fowler is one of eight players who earned automatic spots on the U.S. Ryder Cup team when the qualifying window closed last week. His next opportunity to tee it up would be at the 100-man Dell Technologies Championship, where Fowler won in 2015.

    Fowler has 12 top-25 finishes in 18 starts, highlighted by runner-up finishes at both the OHL Classic at Mayakoba in the fall and at the Masters. He is currently 17th in the season-long points race, meaning that he's assured of starts in each of the first three playoff events regardless of performance and in good position to qualify for the 30-man Tour Championship for the fourth time in the last five years.

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    Playoff streaks in jeopardy for Garcia, Haas

    By Will GrayAugust 15, 2018, 8:12 pm

    Since the advent of the FedExCup in 2007, only 13 players have managed to make the playoffs each and every year. But two of the PGA Tour's stalwarts head into the regular-season finale with work to do in order to remain a part of that select fraternity.

    Sergio Garcia has rarely had to sweat the top-125 bubble, but the Spaniard enters this week's Wyndham Championship 131st in the current standings. Left with even more work to do is former FedExCup winner Bill Haas, who starts the week in Greensboro 150th.

    Garcia got off to a strong start in the spring, sandwiching a pair of top-10 finishes in WGC events around a fourth-place showing at the Valspar Championship. But quality results largely dried up after Garcia missed the cut at the Masters; he has made only two cuts in 10 Tour starts since April, including early exits in all four majors.


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    Garcia has some history at Sedgefield Country Club, having won this event in 2012 to break a lengthy U.S. victory drought. He also finished fourth in 2009 but hasn't played the Donald Ross layout since a T-29 finish as the defending champ in 2013.

    It's been a difficult year for Haas both on and off the course, as the veteran was involved as a passenger in a car accident on the eve of the Genesis Open that killed the driver. He returned to action three weeks later in Tampa, and he tied for seventh at the RBC Heritage in April. But that remains his lone top-10 finish of the season. Haas has missed 11 cuts including three in a row.

    While the bubble will be a fluid target this week at Sedgefield, Garcia likely needs at least a top-20 finish to move into the top 125 while Haas will likely need to finish inside the top 5.

    One of the 13 playoff streaks is assured of ending next week, as Luke Donald has missed most of the year with a back injury. Other players to qualify for every Tour postseason include Phil Mickelson, Matt Kuchar, Zach Johnson, Adam Scott, Bubba Watson, Justin Rose, Brandt Snedeker, Charles Howell III, Charley Hoffman and Ryan Moore.

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    Airlines lose two sets of Olesen's clubs in 10 days

    By Grill Room TeamAugust 15, 2018, 7:50 pm

    Commercial airlines losing the golf clubs of a professional golfer is not exactly a groundbreaking story. It happens.

    But European Tour pro Thorbjorn Olesen is on quite the roll, losing two sets of clubs and five suitcases in the span of 10 days.

    Olesen, the reigning Italian Open champ, claimed his primary set of golf clubs were lost last week. Having little faith they'd be found before this week's Nordea Masters, he decided to bring his backup set for the event in Sweden.

    A veteran move by the 28-year-old, unless, of course, those clubs were lost too. And wouldn't you know it:

    After pestering the airlines with some A+ GIFs, Olesen was reunited with at least one of his sets and was back in action on Wednesday.

    He also still plans on giving his golf bag away to some lucky follower, provided it's not lost again in transit. Something he's no longer taking for granted.

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    Podcast: Brandel compares Tiger and Hogan's comebacks

    By Golf Channel DigitalAugust 15, 2018, 6:48 pm

    Tiger Woods on Sunday at Bellerive recorded his seventh runner-up finish in a major and his first in nine years.

    A favorite guest of the Golf Channel Podcast, Brandel Chamblee joins host Will Gray to compare and contrast Tiger's return to competitive golf with that of Ben Hogan and Babe Didrikson Zaharias in the 1950s.

    Chamblee also discusses Brooks Koepka's major dominance, Bellerive as a major venue, Tiger and Phil as Ryder Cup locks, and who else might be in line to receive Jim Furyk and Thomas Bjorn's remaining captain's picks.

    Finally, Brandel shares what it was it was like to qualify for the Senior Open Championship and compete for a major title on the Old Course at St. Andrews. Listen here: