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Drama will unfold at the Frys.com Open

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By Joe Romaine

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A season that began with such promise for so many on the PGA Tour is slowly winding down. In 2012, golf fans saw the likes of Jason Dufner and Rickie Fowler break through for their first wins and the unquestionable resurgence of Tiger Woods is finally growing old.  Time is running short for aspiring Tour players yet to secure their cards for the 2013 season.

The 2012 PGA tour leader boards were dominated by household names such as Tiger, Rory, Ernie,and Bubba.  Very little room at the head table was saved for the young players on Tour hungry for success. But while the biggest names in the game are collecting a hefty purse and appearance fees in Turkey and elsewhere, some very talented players will be battling it out in California to earn a little security and a future home on the PGA Tour.

Tiger Woods made waves in 2011 by adding the Frys.com open to his fall schedule. Whether it was a PR move or an earnest attempt to ingrain his in-progress swing change to muscle memory, it proved successful.  All the drama and stories that Tiger’s presence produces always adds excitement to any event.  The Tiger versus Rory conversation has slowly supplanted the Tiger versus Phil banter.  However, the 2012 version of the Frys.com open possesses no such drama in which the fans and media can engage. In fact, at last count, this tournament will only field one of the current top 40 on the PGA tour money list.  But what the tournament will be lacking in media frenzy, it will have in grit and determination.  The field this week only consists of two winners from the 2012 season.  Although 16 major champion titles will be represented, only three of those have occurred within the last five seasons. With such a large percentage of the field yearning for success, all the drama this week will be right where it belongs — inside the ropes and on the course.

In its short five year history, the Frys.com open has provided some wonderful, close finishes. Three of the five editions of this tournament have been decided by a playoff. That translates to this event averaging extra holes every other year. Even in 2010, an ever-so-rare non-playoff year at the Frys, the tournament wasn’t without final-round entertainment. Rocco Mediate holed a 116-yard shot for eagle on the 17th hole Sunday to secure a victory — and his Tour card — by one shot.  It was his fourth hole out (one was an ace) of the tournament. With so many participants looking to secure a Tour card, for a first win of the year, or even a first career win, the intensity, drama and pressure will be immense.

Although 2012 victors will be scarce among the field this week, there will be some familiar names and faces stalking the fairways at CordeValle Golf Club.  Ernie Els is a four-time major winner, including this year’s Open Championship, and tied for fourth at last year’s Frys. If the Big Easy has even a decent week with his putter, the familiar sight of the big South African’s name will be high on the leader board come Sunday.  Another name, albeit not nearly as familiar as Els, is Bud Cauley.  Bud Cauley joined an illustrious list of names last year by playing his way onto the PGA Tour without going through the Q-School or the Web.com tour. Cauley finished solo third last year and should have plenty of confidence returning this week.

A few other names that stand out are Nicolas Colsaerts, Gary Woodland, Aaron Baddeley and Luke Guthrie.  Colsaerts is looking to secure a 2013 PGA tour card this week. He has expressed his affinity for the American Tour and if he shows just a glimpse of what he did during his first appearance at the Ryder Cup, there is no reason to doubt his imposing presence next year in the states. The uber-athletic Woodland will look to take advantage of his gargantuan tee shots and recent work with Butch Harmon to light up CordeValle. Much like Els, if Woodland has a good week on the greens, look for him to be a threat for his second career tour win.

One player that rarely, if ever, has issues with the putter is Aaron Baddeley.  Badds needs to reverse his trend of fading down the stretch in order to pick up his first tour win since 2011. Finally, Luke Guthrie is no stranger to winning. He has two Big Ten tournament titles to his name and also won two Web.com events in September alone. With his 2013 PGA tour card all but secured, look for Guthrie to play fearless golf and continue his momentum and be near the leaders on Sunday.

This week, the absence of the spotlight and glamour that comes with the biggest names in golf will be apparent. The roars of the galleries echoing through the grounds will be replaced with more subtle claps and muted cheers. But while the stage this week at the Frys.com open has changed, the drama sure to unfold will remain the same. A large majority of the players in this week’s field will be playing their hearts out and laying it all on the line in an attempt to secure not only a Tour card, but also a role on the main stage among golf’s elite.

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Joe Romaine is a high school math teacher and golf coach in sunny Arizona. His days are spent thinking about golf, watching golf, and relating golf to his students' math curriculum.

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Tiger Woods fires second-round 76, will miss Genesis Open cut

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Tiger Woods’ trip to Los Angeles is over sooner than he’d hoped. Woods fired a 5-over 76 during the second round of the Genesis Open to miss the presumed cut at Riviera by four strokes (the second round won’t be completed until Saturday morning due to darkness).

Hopes were high Woods would continue to build on a T-23 finish at the Farmers Insurance Open. Unfortunately, that wasn’t the case, as the driving woes that plagued him at Torrey Pines followed him to the Riv, despite changing shafts in his TaylorMade M3.

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Wayward off the tee, Woods made eight bogeys Friday, unable to grind out a decent score as he did with his opening-round 1-over 72. He was unable to rely on his putter the way did in this first round, three-putting back-to-back holes (No. 11 and 12). A stretch of three straight bogeys sunk Woods’ hopes of hanging around for the weekend.

(c/o PGATour.com)

We won’t have to wait long to see the Big Cat back in action, however, as Woods committed to next week’s Honda Classic at PGA National in Florida. Woods most recently put a peg in the ground at the course in 2014, where he ultimately withdrew due to back spasms.

The 79-time PGA Tour winner hasn’t teed it in back-to-back weeks since 2015, so while fans may not be encouraged by his play, at least he continues to be free from any issues with his surgically repaired back.

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Tiger Woods shoots an opening-round 72 (1-over) at the 2018 Genesis Open

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After hitting just 17 fairways all week at the 2018 Farmers Insurance Open, where he finished T23, Tiger Woods switched driver shafts and added 0.75 degrees of loft in his TaylorMade M3 driver ahead of the 2018 Genesis Open this week. He went from using a Mitsubishi Tensei CK Pro White 70TX shaft, to a Matrix TP6HDe shaft — he used a TP7HDe shaft back in 2015.

So how did the switch work out for him at Riviera CC on Thursday?

Well, he hit driver 9 times during his round of 72 strokes; four went right — one of which got lost in a tree and he had to re-tee — one went left, and four found the fairway. He hit 8-of-14 fairways in total; no Fred Funk, but an improvement. Woods’ bigger issue on Thursday, actually, was that he hit only 7 greens in regulation, leaving himself a few tricky up-and-downs. Despite hitting only 38 percent of greens, Woods managed to make 5 birdies, and he continues displaying prowess on the greens (1.784 Strokes Gained Putting, and 82 feet worth of putts made).

He also showed some flashes of old Tiger with Arnie-esque follow through.

Of course, that means he missed the fairway way right, and he did go onto bogey the hole, but the shot made for some excitement on golf twitter, at least.

According to @RandallMellGC, Tiger described his round in a post-round interview: “I fought hard. I made a few simple, silly mistakes, bad shots here and there, missed on the wrong side, made a few birdies as well. 1-over’s not bad.”

Yea, that’s about right.

Tiger currently sits at T66, and six shots off the leader. Lots of golf to play, but he’ll likely be contending with the cutline come Friday afternoon. How do you think Tiger will finish this week at the 2018 Genesis Open?

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Bill Haas injured in fatal car crash in Los Angeles

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Bill Haas was involved in a fatal car crash in Pacific Palisades, Calif., site of the Genesis Open, Tuesday night.

The 35-year-old was riding in the passenger seat of a Ferrari driven by a member of the family with whom Haas is staying this week. According to LA County fire officials, the Ferrari collided with a BMW driven by a 50-year-old woman. Haas and the driver of the BMW were transported to a local hospital. The 71-year-old male driver of the Ferrari was pronounced dead on the scene.

The Ferrari also reportedly “clipped” a vehicle driven by actor Luke Wilson prior to the rollover. Wilson was not injured, per a police report.

Per PGATour.com, Bill Haas’ manager, Allen Hobbs of Players Group Management, released the following statement Wednesday morning.

“Last night in Pacific Palisades, California, Bill Haas was involved in a serious car accident in which the driver—a member of the family with whom Haas and his family were staying for the Genesis Open—was killed. While Bill escaped serious injuries and has been released from the hospital, he is understandably shaken up and—more importantly—his deepest condolences go out to the host family during this tragic and difficult time.“

“Bill will withdraw from the Genesis Open and plans to head home to Greenville to recover. He appreciates the support of friends, family and the golf world as a whole, and he has asked for privacy as he processes what has happened.“

Geoff Shackelford tweeted this video of the KTLA coverage of the crash.

Bill Haas’ father, Jay, spoke with Todd Lewis on Golf Channel’s morning drive earlier in the day, saying his son was “very fortunate.” Beyond swelling in one of his legs and pain, Haas sustained no serious injuries, according to his father.

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