Thursday, December 5

Michelle Wie Joins CBS Golf Broadcast Team; She Will Be a Contributor at the 2020 Masters

LOTS OF CHANGES AT CBS GOLF.

The broadcast team has been largely overhauled, including this announcement mentioned near the end of a CBS Sports press release on Tuesday:
Additionally, Michelle Wie, the five-time LPGA TOUR winner, will contribute to CBS Sports' multimedia golf coverage this season, including the Masters.
Wie should be a good addition.

Wie left the LPGA Tour in June to deal with a chronic left-wrist injury. Her first experience in the broadcast booth was working for Golf Channel at the 2019 Solheim Cup.

Tuesday, December 3

MORNING DRIVE: Tiger Woods Previews Hero World Challenge and Highlights One Bahamas Fund for Hurricane Dorian Relief



THE HERO WORLD CHALLENGE TEES OFF ON WEDNESDAY at Albany Golf Club in the Bahamas. The field of 18 includes most of the U.S. Presidents Cup team that will face the International team next week in Australia.

Above Tiger Woods talks to the Golf Channel's Lisa Cornwell about this week's tournament and supporting relief efforts related to Hurricane Dorian.

Spain's Jon Rahm Named 2019 European Tour Golfer of the Year

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JON RAHM, WHO RECENTLY WON the European Tour's Race to Dubai, is the golfer of the year on the European Tour.

More from EuropeanTour.com:
Rahm was selected by a panel comprising members of the golfing media as the winner of the prestigious annual award after a superb season in which he won two Rolex Series events, defended his national Open title and became the first Spaniard since Severiano Ballesteros to finish the year as European Number One after sealing the Race to Dubai title in a dramatic finale to the 2019 campaign. 
The 25-year-old finished tied ninth at The Masters, tied third in the U.S. Open and was runner-up at the Estrella Damm N.A. Andalucia Valderrama Masters before securing his first European Tour title of the year at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open – his third Rolex Series victory in the space of three years.
Rahm went on to successfully defend his title at the Open de Espana (Spain Open) and completed the season with a victory at the DP World Tour Championship.

Rahm said: "It is a huge honor for me to be named the Hilton European Tour Golfer of the Year. To emulate another of Seve's achievements in winning this award is very humbling, and I'm so proud of what I have achieved this year."

Saturday, November 30

Davis Love III: 'I Think If [Tiger's] Healthy, He Goes to 100 Wins'

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IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Davis Love III, host of the RSM Classic and new CBS Golf guy, made a bold statement about Tiger Woods, as quoted at GolfDigest.com.

"I think if he's healthy, he goes to 100 wins," Love said.

And this:

"He hasn't really gotten going good. See, I think he's different than Jack [Nicklaus]. He won the Masters at, what, 46, right? But he wasnt' really playing full time. If he was playing good he could win any time. And Greg [Norman] was sort of the same way and he just kind of stopped playing.

"Tiger Woods isn't going to sit around. I think he's going to go for 100. But if he gets hurt again … every time he gets hurt it"s just going to get harder and harder. But if he stays healthy. ..."

And also this:

"My same old argument, and I've told him this, is if he just played a couple more tournaments and got in a rhythm when he's healthy, he could win [more]. I've watched him more from the inside the last few years, and he doesn't let up on anything."

Wow. That's a big number, even for Tiger.

I'm not seeing it. I'm not sure Tiger can physically compete enough to have the number of opportunities he'd need to win another 18 PGA Tour events. And, unless he plays the PGA Tour well into his fifties, time is running out.

But I've doubted Tiger before and he has done the unimaginable. Namely, win the 2019 Masters to end an 11-year drought in the majors and recently draw even with Sam Snead at 82 tour victories.

Back to the leftovers.

Wednesday, November 27

Golf Is Hard Example #13,479: The Golf Retail Store Clerk (VIDEO)


I HAVE NOTHING TO ADD.

Well, except for Happy Thanksgiving!

MORNING READ: The PGA Tour Money List Is Dead

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FOR MORNING READ, JOHN HAWKINS writes about the demise of the PGA Tour money list:
The money list is dead. 
Actually, it died more than 10 years ago, but it can take a while to notice such things, and most people have more important things to lie awake about, anyway. 
Although there was no funeral, the money list definitely was buried. You can find it in a faraway corner of the PGA Tour website, where it rests in peace with a bunch of picayune statistical data.
There was a time when the dollar tally basically governed the pro game, not only determining exempt status but who got to play where. 
A victory still earns a man 18 percent of the total purse on any given week, but since the advent of the FedEx Cup in 2007, players officially are ranked by points accumulated, not nickels collected. 
In fact, the Tour doesn't even publish individual earnings on its final leaderboards, which is a bit like buying a Rolls-Royce, then hiding it in your attic. Read more
(Psst. If you want to see the PGA Tour money list, go here.)

Friday, November 22

Caddie Movie Is Story of All Loopers, for All Times

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By John Coyne

Bestselling author John Coyne became a caddie at Midlothian Country Club near Chicago when he was 10 and oversaw the caddie yard as a teenager. Learn about his golf novels at JohnCoyneBooks.com.

I WATCHED (AGAIN) LOOPERS: THE CADDIE'S LONG WALK on a flight returning to New York from London. It was on this Delta flight that I got to view the film "up close and personal."

I must say it had a real affect, bringing me to misty tears as I remembered my own caddie days at Midlothian Country Club, south of Chicago. starting at the age of ten to when I was made caddie master at 16. I had my last "loop" at 21, the summer after graduating from St. Louis University and just before I headed off to Texas and basic training with the Air Force.

Having written three novels all entitled "The Caddie…" I am, of course, attached to the role of the caddie in golf. I have seen what an enriching experience it is for anyone who has looped at one time or another. It changed our lives, whether we realize it now or not. Growing up as a caddie is an education about life and this film touches on that role. 

The film includes all types of caddies, from girls and boys' first jobs, to the ageless professional caddies. In doing so, it also tells how the caddie role has changed over time.

My first experience with professional caddies was in 1949 when I was too young to caddie in the last Victory Open held at Midlothian won by Bobby Locke. Locke's caddie, Kenny Burke, was a year older than me, and he earned $75 from Locke.

It was at this tournament that I met a few pro caddies working the tour, such as it was in those days. 

These men wandered into the caddie yard from wherever they had last been in the world. Old guys, grown men, who lived on the edge of society, earning what they could to make it through the day. They kept us kids enthralled with stories about legendary players like Ben Hogan, Sam Snead and Jimmy Demaret.

Years later, writing an occasional article for a golf magazine, I got to interview the new professional caddies, guys like Angelo Argea who looped for Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player's Rabbit Dyer, and Tom Watson's caddie, Bruce Edwards. From Edwards I learned he was from an upper class family in Connecticut who decided he wanted to caddie for a living. Bruce met Tom, the year he turned pro, at a St. Louis PGA event. Edwards was told by another part-time caddie, a lawyer from Philly, to try and grab the bag of this new player on tour, Tom Watson.

The movie goes into that chance meeting and the beginning of their long career together, their friendship, and how Watson helped Bruce, financially and in other ways, during the last years of Edwards' life. 

The film does much more than just tell one story. It is the story of all loopers, for all times, and how professional (and amateur) caddies' lives have changed, as have the lives of their pros. Television and players like Arnold Palmer and Tiger Woods brought real money into professional golf. 

We tend to forget that until the late 1950s there were only a few pros who could make a living playing full-time on the tour (and no caddie could). The majority of pros were "home pros" who "followed the sun" only by working at one private country club up north over the summer, then having a second job down south in the winter. Some pros got help from their club members who financed them money (for a percentage of their wins) to play events on the winter tour.

Golf money winnings, as we know, are still a long way from what baseball and basketball and other sports pros earn in a season. But the game has enough money in it today for players and their loopers in that televised roadshow that is the pro tour. It's a career. It's a way of life. 

And for caddies, regardless of their ages or place of employment, on the tour or at the club, it still means: Show up. Keep up. Shut up.

Yet, as we know from hanging around any caddie shack, and for having seen this film, loopers still have a lot to say.  

Wednesday, November 20

The Hong Kong Open Is Postponed Due to Ongoing Unrest

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AS THE ASSOCIATED PRESS REPORTED, The Hong Kong Open scheduled to begin November 28 at Hong Kong Golf Club is postponed.

Organizers hope to reschedule the tournament early next year.

Here's the statement from TheHongKongOpen.com:
Hong Kong Open Postponed 
Regrettably, the European Tour, in conjunction with tournament co-sanctioning partner the Asian Tour, has taken the decision to postpone next week’s Hong Kong Open, scheduled to take place at Hong Kong Golf Club, Fanling from November 28 to December 1. 
Organisers are hoping to reschedule the tournament to early 2020. 
Thank you for your support and understanding.
European Tour CEO Kevin Pelley said: ''We feel this is the correct but unfortunate course of action.''