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April 06, 2007
Volume VI, Issue 5
 
Fringe Clippings
 
So, was that 5-wood tailor made in Cleveland?
 
Although he now represents TaylorMade, David Toms has had difficulty parting with a Cleveland 5-wood he still has in his bag. And for good reason. Toms used the club to make a hole-in-one at the 2001 PGA Championship, which he went on to win by a stroke over Phil Mickelson. He’s been looking for a hybrid to replace it but can’t pull the trigger. “It’s just my little blankie, I guess,’’ Toms said. “If I find a new club that I hit better, maybe I’ll get it out of there, but for now it’s still in the bag.’’
 
A million here, a million there, it’s just so hard to keep track…
 
When Mark Calcavecchia won the PODS Championship, the $954,000 he earned pushed him over the $20-million mark, making him the 12th player in PGA Tour history to surpass that total. He ranks behind Tiger Woods, Vijay Singh, Phil Mickelson, Davis Love, Jim Furyk, Ernie Els, David Toms, Justin Leonard, Nick Price, Kenny Perry and Fred Funk. When told of reaching the milestone, Calc quipped: “Hard to believe: $3-million in debt and I’ve won $20-million.’’
 
Wow, since I’m not likely to play on the Tour, I wonder if I can get one on Ebay…
 
Nike Golf recently took the unusual step of recalling some of its Sumo Squared drivers because they were found to be slightly beyond USGA regulations. It has offered customers a replacement driver that conforms to USGA rules. The company said that none of its PGA Tour staff was using the driver that exceeded a measurement called “characteristic time’’ because those clubs are handled at a different facility. K.J. Choi used the Sumo to win the Chrysler Championship in October. Tiger Woods has not used the club in competition. Now, how many amateurs out there do you think wouldn’t mind having a club in their bag that is “slightly’’ beyond regulations? Hmmmmm.
 
Surely he must eat, too...
 
John Smoltz plays baseball for a living, but he probably loves golf more. The Atlanta Braves pitcher has nine tees, two greens, a bunker and a water hazard in his back yard. “I don’t do anything but sleep, play baseball, golf and hang out with my kids – not in that order,’’ he said.
 
Who is Rachael Hetherington?
 
Annika Sorenstam is a tough lady to beat, particularly in a playoff. The sudden-death playoff at the MasterCard Classic in Mexico (March 8-12) was a rare playoff defeat for the No. 1 player in women’s golf. Sorenstam’s playoff record slipped to 15-6 on the LPGA Tour after falling to Meaghan Francella. Up to that point her playoff record was 15-5 meaning she won 75% of the time. Annika had not lost in a playoff since 2003, when she fell to Rachel Hetherington at the Giant Eagle LPGA Classic. Three of Sorenstam’s six playoff defeats have come against Hetherington. Another way to look at it is three of Hetherington’s eight LPGA victories have come in playoffs against Sorenstam. Incidentally, Rachel Hetherington is currently # 27 on the 2007 LPGA money list.
 
 
Paralysis by Analysis
 
Rules and more rules...
 
  1. Your ball comes to rest near a live rattlesnake, a beehive or an alligator. Do you have to play the ball as it lies, or are you allowed some relief?
    1. Play it as it lies.
    2. What are you nuts? Of course take relief and a penalty.
    3. Drop without penalty.
  2. Your ball lands in a patch of cactus or poison ivy. Do you have to play the ball as it lies, or are you allowed some relief?
    1. Play it as it lies.
    2. What are you nuts? Of course take relief and a penalty.
    3. Drop without penalty.

Click here for the ruling.

  1. Regarding snakes and alligators and such, the answer is (c). Drop without penalty. It is unreasonable to expect a player to play from a dangerous situation. You may drop without penalty not nearer the hole in a spot removed from the danger. If the ball lies in a hazard you must drop it in the hazard or in a similar nearby hazard. If you must drop outside the hazard, you do incur a one-stroke penalty.
  2. Regarding the cactus or poison ivy, the answer is (a), or (b) if you don’t mind a penalty. The ball “plays where it lays.”
 
 
Reading the Line
 
He’s just better than us. Ya think?
 
When Tiger Woods won the CA Championship at Doral for his 56th PGA Tour victory, it wasn’t some regular event where half the field has never won or is simply trying to keep their card. This was the best of the best, an all-star game of sorts, a field arguably as good as the one that will assemble for the Masters, where Woods will attempt to win his third straight major championship and 13th overall. And yet the final round was simply in exercise in making another victory official – even if it got a little closer than expected at the end.

Because Woods’ success when ahead going into the final round is so phenomenal, it was hard to conjure up any way he could lose. Despite a rather ordinary day, Woods still won playing safe at the final hole. He won for the 39th time in 42 attempts when holding a third-round lead. And he’s never squandered a lead of more than one stroke.

“He’s just better than us, I think,’’ said U.S. Open champion Geoff Ogilvy. “If I knew what he was doing, I’d try to do it myself . . . I mean, it’s good for us because it makes us try to get better. It’s kind of fun playing now, because he’s getting pretty close to being the best golfer of all time. It’s fun watching.’’ Nobody got closer than the two strokes runner-up Brett Wetterich finished behind Woods -- and that wasn’t until the 18th hole.
 
The thrill of victory, the agony of defeat. Good going, kid...
 
The final round of the Kraft Nabisco Championship was all you want for golf drama – unless you were one of the players coughing up the tournament. Morgan Pressel, who began the day as an afterthought tied for 10th, shot a 3-under-par 69 and then saw everyone else around her implode, allowing her to become the youngest winner of an LPGA major. Pressel, 18, who shot an over-all 3-under 285 for the tournament win finished one stroke ahead of Norway’s Suzanne Pettersen, who played the last four holes at 4 over par, including a bogey-double bogey-bogey stretch. Her 20 foot birdie putt on the 18th hole came up short. Meanwhile Se Ri Pak shot 77, Paula Creamer was never a threat, and Brittany Lincicome’s putt to tie also stayed out. Pressel, who had the 2005 U.S. Women’s Open snatched from her when Birdie Kim holed a bunker shot on the 72nd hole, stole one this time. Sorenstam shot 75 and finished at 296, her highest 72-hole score in a major since the '98 U.S. Women's Open.
 
Golf’s Holy Grail...
 
We were reminded again just how hard it is to break the 60 barrier in golf when Brandt Snedeker went 10 under through 10 holes during the first round of the Buick Invitational. With three more birdies, he would have shot 59, but alas, Snedeker had to “settle’’ for a 61.

Despite advances in technology which allow players to hit the ball farther and straighter, nobody has broken 60 on the PGA Tour in this decade. Only Al Geiberger (1977 Memphis Open), Chip Beck (1991 Las Vegas Invitational) and David Duval (1999 Bob Hope Chrysler Classic) have achieved the feat.

Annika Sorenstam is the only player to shoot 59 in LPGA Tour history, doing so in 2001. It has never happened on the European Tour and just three times on the Nationwide Tour.

Of course, there are many of us who shoot 59 – and then walk off after 12 holes.
 
Masters week...
 
Augusta National Golf Club (Viewers guide). Trust me, Fringe Faithful, this and a six-pack will make watching more fun.

Hole #1, Par 4, 455 yards. Dogleg right that plays uphill.

Hole #2, Par 5, 575 yards. Dogleg left. Fairway bunker on right comes into play. Green guarded by two bunkers in front.

Hole #3, Par 4, 350 yards. Tricky green that slopes sharply from right to left.

Hole #4, Par 3, 240 yards. Long iron for power hitters, others will use fairway metals. Deep bunker protects right of green.

Hole #5, Par 4, 455 yards. Beware the deep fairway bunkers!

Hole #6, Par 3, 180 yards. Elevated tee shooting to a generous size green.

Hole #7, Par 4, 450 yards. Narrow fairways guarded by Georgia pines. Green surrounded by 5 bunkers.

Hole #8, Par 5, 570 yards. If the distance is not enough, remember it is up-hill. Avoid the fairway bunker on the right. Green tucked to the left.

Hole #9, Par 4, 460 yards. Hit tee shot right for good angle to the green. Do not leave your approach to the green short or ball will roll back in your direction.

Hole #10, Par 4, 495 yards. Catch the slope in the fairway and you shorten the hole. Scores show this to be the most difficult hole. Beware.

Hole #11, Par 4, 505 yards. Fairway tighter than in previous years. A middle fairway shot sets you up for a green in regulation. Easy game.

Hole #12, Par 3. 155 yards. Gauge the wind correctly, fly over Rae’s Creek, and land softly on shallow green. Then just putt.

Hole #13, Par 5, 510 yards. Fly over the trees and aim for middle of the green. This sets you up for a good line to the green. A branch of Rae’s Creek is still a consideration as it winds in front of the green.

Hole #14, Par 4, 440 yards. Wow, no bunkers. What’s the catch? A green with wicked contours feeding the ball to the right.

Hole #15, Par 5, 530 yards. Green can be reached in two. And it is tempting. But, remember a pond guards the front and a bunker is placed to the right. Remember 1935? Of course not. The year Gene Sarazen scored a 2 on this hole for a double eagle! Wowzer…..

Hole #16, Par 3, 170 yards. Hole plays entirely over water. Green slopes from right to left. Bunkers on the right of green. Of course.

Hole #17, Par 4, 440 yards. Eisenhower tree, 210 yards from the tee box. Try to avoid it. Green protected by 2 bunkers.

Hole #18, Par 4, 465 yards. The last hole before winning a Green jacket!
 
 
2007 PGA Tour Schedule   Winner
Mercedes Benz Championship Jan 4-7 Vijay Singh
Sony Open in Hawaii Jan 11-14 Paul Goydos
Bob Hope Classic Jan 18-21 Charley Hoffman
Buick Invitational Jan 25-28 Tiger Woods
FBR Open Feb 1-4 Aaron Braddeley
AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro AM Feb 8-11 Phil Mickelson
Nissan Open Feb 15-18 Charles Howell III
WGC-Accenture Match Play Feb 21-25 Henrik Stenson
The Honda Classic Mar 1-4 Mark Wilson
Tampa Bay Championship Mar 8-11 Mark Calcavecchia
Arnold Palmer Invitational Mar 15-18 Vijay Singh
WGC-CA Championship Mar 22-25 Tiger Woods
Shell Houston Open Mar 29-1 Adam Scott
The Masters Apr 5-8
Verizon Heritage Apr 12-15
Zurich Classic of New Orleans Apr 19-22
EDS Byron Nelson Championship Apr 26-29
Wachovia Championship May 3-6
The Players Championship May 10-13
AT&T Classic May 17-20
Crown Plaza Invitational at Colonial May 24-26
The Memorial Tournament May 31-3
Stanford St.Jude Championship Jun 7-10
U.S. Open Championship Jun 14-17
Travelers Championship Jun 21-24
Buick Open Jun 28-1
The International July 5-8
John Deere Classic July 12-15
U.S. Bank Championship July 19-22
British Open July 19-22
Canadian Open July 26-29
Reno-Tahoe Open Aug 2-5
WGC-Bridgestone Invitational Aug 2-5
PGA Championship Aug 9-12
Wyndham Championship Aug 16-19
The Barclays Aug 23-26
Deutsche Bank Championship Aug 31-3
BMW Championship Sep 6-9
The Tour Championship Sep 13-16
Turning Stone Resort Championship Sep 20-23
Viking Classic Sep 27-30
The Presidents Cup Sep 27-30
Valero Texas Open Oct 4-7
Frys.com Open in Las Vegas Oct 11-14
Fry.s Electronics Open Oct 18-21
Running Horse Golf Championship Oct 25-28
Walt Disney World Resort Classic Nov 1-4
 
 
 

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