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Davis Love III wins Children’s Miracle Network

Davis Love III hit into the rough and a bunker on the last two holes, managing to get up and down for par to complete a final round 8 under par 64, winning for the first time in over two years. With his 20th career PGA Tour victory Mr. Love III earned a lifetime exemption on Tour.

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Davis Love III hit into the rough and a bunker on the last two holes,  managing to get up and down for par to complete a final round 8 under par 64,  winning for the first time in over two years.  With his 20th career PGA Tour victory Mr. Love III earned a lifetime exemption on Tour.  “I always questioned, ‘Am I doing the right thing? Why am I still doing this,”’ the 44-year-old Love said. “I didn’t doubt my desire, or that I could still compete, it was just the little things I had to do.”  After stepping into a hole during a recreational round last year and suffering two torn ligaments,  he spent a lot of time improving his conditioning.  Mr. Love III also spent time talking with noted sports head shrinker Bob Rotella.  I’ve never understood the need for a psychologist, but then, despite more than a few testimonials, I’ve not considered myself to be a head case. 

One shot behind Mr. Love III was Tommy "two gloves" Gainey, whose 30 on the back nine closed out his 64 on Sunday.  Mr. Gainey, whose money total was a sorry $65,405 coming into this week, went from number 228 on the money list to number 148 thus assuring himself a pass into the finals of Q school and at least 15 sponsor exemption starts next year.  “I played horrible, terrible this year,” Gainey said. “I had one week, and this was the week. I definitely assured myself of a place to play next year.”  There is nothing smooth and fluid about Mr. Gainey’s swing.  I don’t remember seeing a more violent slash at the ball at any level.  Compare that to the touch around and on the greens Mr. Gainey displayed, which was quite impressive and I believe we have a modern day Jekyll and Hyde disguised as a golfer.  You don’t see many guys hit 172 yard 9 irons into a par 3…amazingly marvelous entertainment. 

 

 

Scott Verplank and Steve Marino had the 54 hole lead and wound up tied for third after shooting 71’s.  Mr. Verplank shot 38 on the front side, and even four birdies in a row on the back nine wasn’t enough to get him into serious contention.  Mr. Marino was tied for the lead with Mr. Love III when he reached the 320 yard par 4 13th hole, the second easiest hole on the course.  His tee shot cleared the trees and wound up just in front of the bunker guarding the green.  From that point on it was a marvelous impression of a weekend hack.  His short pitch didn’t clear the bunker, plugging in the steep sided face.  The only shot was to smack the wedge into the sand underneath the ball and pray for a result.  With a stance that allowed zero weight shift, Mr. Marino hoseled a shot at a 45* angle that stayed short of the green.  Two shots later and Mr. Marino had his second bogey of the week from which he never recovered. 

One of the stories of the week was that of Erik Compton who was playing on a sponsor’s exemption.  He shot an even par 72 Sunday to finish a 6 under par and tied for 60th.  Nothing spectacular unless you know he’s six months removed from his second heart transplant.  He’ll be playing in the second stage of Q school next week in an effort to win a tour card.  It’s painful enough to have your chest cracked open once, must less twice.  And to be able to play competitive golf just six months later is phenomenal.  Thank goodness Mr. Compton has a swing much less violent than that of Mr. Gainey. 

A lot of happy stories from this final event of the year.  Which is nice, considering not much happy has been in the news lately.  I for one, need a break.

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  1. Jebb

    Nov 11, 2008 at 5:44 am

    Mr Schuster,

    Great story and congratulations to DL III and Two Gloves.

    I’m even warming to your over-use of the word “Mr” aswell!!

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Morning 9: Match 2: The most-watched golf telecast ever | Rory: Players don’t want fan-less Ryder Cup | Justin Thomas aces broadcast debut

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1. 5.8 million average viewers for The Match
AP report…”Two of the biggest names from the PGA Tour and the NFL proved to be must-see TV.”
  • “Turner Sports said the Sunday telecast of “The Match: Champions for Charity” attracted an average of 5.8 million viewers across four of its networks. Turner says it was the most-watched golf telecast in cable TV history.”
  • “It said the previous record was 4.9 million viewers on ESPN at the 2010 Masters, the year Tiger Woods returned to golf for the first time since the scandal in his personal life.”
  • “Woods and Peyton Manning scored a 1-up victory over Phil Mickelson and Tom Brady at Medalist Golf Club, a match that featured high entertainment with shots and with words, along with raising $20 million for COVID-19 relief funds.”
2. Shackelford’s take
A few observations from the scribe…“While still an overnight, it easily bests the previous week’s relief fund match that drew a 1.5 and total of 2.3 million viewers across three channels, including a 1.5 rating on NBC and a .24 on Golf Channel).”
“More incredibly, this means The Match 2 out-rated any major championship round on cable.”
“Given a so-so promotional run-up, a slow start to the show (caused in part by a slight weather delay) a dreary day to watch, and a long telecast, the rating is a stunning statement about the remaining star power of the contestants.”
3. JT’s TV debut
Adam Woodard at Golfweek…”That said, whenever he decides to put down the clubs, he should immediately pick up a mic.
The former Alabama star made his broadcast debut as an on-course reporter on TNT/TBS alongside CBS Sports’ Amanda Balionis on Sunday during The Match: Champions for Charity, which saw Tiger Woods and Peyton Manning defeat Phil Mickelson and Tom Brady. Thomas received rave reviews from golf Twitter during and after the event. He was brilliant. His rapport with Woods and Mickelson allowed them to open up on a different level compared to the original The Match in 2018.”
“Most importantly, Thomas didn’t overdo anything. Unlike some broadcasters, he knew fans weren’t watching for him and he never once tried to steal the spotlight. He didn’t speak just to talk. When he had something to say, it was insightful or funny. Like a golfer picking out which holes he can attack and score on, Thomas picked his spots on where to interject throughout the broadcast like someone who’s been doing it for years, let alone a day.”
4. Tiger looked terrific 
Bob Harig writes…”For the first time in 98 days, we got to see Woods in action. And the last time we saw him, he didn’t look good. Woods shot 77 at Riviera Country Club on Feb. 16 and finished last among those who made the cut at the Genesis Invitational. And he complained that his back was stiff”
  • …”Woods hasn’t played since but neither has anyone else. And the time off has done him some good.”
  • “Woods didn’t miss a fairway. His swing looked smooth and in rhythm. He hit some deft pitch shots and a really nice long bunker shot. And all of this in difficult, rainy conditions.”
  • “It was just a charity match, but he looked pretty good. Who knows when Woods will resume his schedule when the PGA Tour returns next month, but his game looks good to go.”
5. Rory McIlroy: ‘Majority of players’ want 2020 Ryder Cup postponed until 2021 
Adam Woodard at Golfweek…”Rory McIlroy has a hunch about the Ryder Cup, and it’s one that golf fans around the world aren’t going to like.”
  • “In an interview with BBC Sport, the world No. 1 said: “My personal hunch is that I don’t see how it is going to happen, so I do not think that it will happen.”
  • “Wisconsin’s Whistling Straits is scheduled to host the 2020 Ryder Cup Sept. 25-27, but amid the coronavirus pandemic the event would most-likely take place without fans (if held at all).”
  • “I think the majority of players would like to see it pushed back until 2021 so that they can play in front of crowds and have the atmosphere that makes the Ryder Cup so special,” explained McIlroy. “The players are the ones that make the Ryder Cup. If they are not on board with it and don’t want to play then there is no Ryder Cup.”
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Gotta say, The Match: Champions for Charity, was a fun escape from reality and further fueled the “we need golf back” fire. I dedicate this DailyWRX to The Match, thanks for thrills boys.

No matter how hard you try to make this a meme…

It’s Tom Brady. He wins….always, no matter what. He’s a Mount Rushmore guy.

This gave me goosebumps…

Its an exhibition match for charity, and I’m over here jacked up like its Balboa vs. Drago. SMH. I love TW.

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Sunday red is back. ????

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Yes…

To all of it.

Phil…

Please just run for President and get it over with, you got my vote…..in perpetuity. I mean hellacious seeds? Yes I want hellacious seeds. Please.

DM @johnny_wunder

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Justin Rose, Honma officially part ways

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Justin Rose and Honma Golf have officially severed ties, per a joint statement released Friday evening.

Former World No. 1 and current World No. 14, Rose (previously a TaylorMade staffer) made waves in the equipment industry when he signed on as a full-bag Honma staffer at the beginning of 2019. He made waves again in late February when he arrived at PGA National with a TaylorMade SIM driver in his bag.

The next week, at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, Rose swapped out his remaining Honma wares for a TaylorMade SIM Max fairway wood, a Cobra Speedzone Pro 5-wood, TaylorMade P730 irons, and TaylorMade and Titleist wedges.

Full text of the statement from Honma/Rose below

“Honma Golf Limited (“Honma”) announces that, following a successful partnership with the former No. 1 player in the world, Honma and Justin Rose have agreed that Justin will no longer be one of Honma’s brand ambassadors. We are proud to have been a key part of Justin’s journey to regain his position as World Number 1 in early 2019, including a win at the Farmers Insurance Open in his second event with Honma equipment in play.”

“For over a year, Justin worked closely with our team to help develop innovative and top­ performing lines of Honma woods and irons. His pursuit of perfection, approach to product testing and feedback has produced great value to Honma. Justin’s expert input and desire for maximum ball speed inspired our team to make the Honma TR20 460 and 440 drivers among the fastest drivers in the game. Consistently, and excitingly, our nationwide team of fitters are seeing the new TR20 460 and TR20 440 drivers produce some of the fastest speeds on the market. We wish him the very best in his pursuit of more majors and career success,” said John Kawaja, President Honma Golf North America.”

“I have enjoyed working with the Honma team and collaborating closely with them to design and develop excellent golf equipment. I was able to see firsthand the innovations that the craftsmen at Honma bring to their clubs. I am hopeful that during our time of partnership, we have laid the groundwork for Honma to continue to expand their brand. We both feel it is the right time to pursue our own paths,” said Justin Rose.”

Per Honma PR: “This will be the official statement and we are unable to provide any further comments”

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