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Tuesday, November 19, 2019
Ted hasn't cashed a check in 4 events . . .

    Ted Potter will try to end his recent cool streak at the $6.6 million RSM Classic beginning Thursday at Sea Island, Georgia. Ted hasn't make a check in four events since the wrap-around season began, but he's played well at Sea Island's Seaside course in the past. Last year, he posted rounds of 68-70-69-66-273, 9 under par over the par-71 layout, and tied for 46th.

    Charles Howell III won the event last year and its $1,152,000 check, and he'll return in a field once again sparsely sprinkled with veteran Tour players. Among them are host Davis Love III, Bill Haas, Stewart Cink, Jim Furyk, Zach Johnson, K. J. Choi, Webb Simpson, Matt Kuchar, Alex Noren, Boo Weekley and J. J. Henry. 

    Brendon Todd, winner of last week's Mayakoba Golf Classic at 20 under par, is playing, as are Vaughan Taylor and Adam Long, two of the three who tied for second at 19 under. 

    Two Gators are entered - Billy Horschel and Brian Gay - and one Seminole, Hank Lebioda. Horschel's rounds of 65-71-66-68-270, 14 under, were good enough for a tie for eighth in Mexico, while Gay's 66-72-69-65-272 put him in a tie for 14th. Gay contributed a notable hole-in-one, one of two in the event - Kuchar had the other.   

    

    

Wednesday, November 13, 2019
Ted has missed four cuts this season without cashing a check . . .

    Ted Potter won't be in Mexico for this week's Mayakoba Golf Classic, and he'll make his PGA Tour return next week at the RSM Classic in Sea Island, Georgia. Ted played in the RSM last season and finished at 9 under par, tieing for 46th.

    Ted has played in just four events in the new wrap-around season without making a check. He has had three missed cuts and withdrew in the fourth. After the RSM, he'll be idle again until the Sony Open in Honolulu beginning Jan. 9. Ted missed the cut at Greenbrier even though he was 3 under, and at the Shriners Hospitals for Children, at which he was 4 under. 

    Matt Kuchar is the defending champ in the Mayakoba, which will be another in a long line of events featuring the new, young breed of Tour players that have dominated the entries in so many recent events. Included on the list of marquee names entered are Jason Day, Zach Johnson, Davis Love, Keegan Bradley, Charley Hoffman, Charles Howell III and Tony Finau. 

    Kuchar collected $1,296,000 last season when he won by a stroke over Danny Lee, who is also returning. Matt created a firestorm after his 2018 victory when he only paid substitute local caddy David Ortiz a measly $5,000, when a normal check for a fill-in caddy is 5 to 7 percent of the winner's share. Five percent in this instance would have been $64,800.

    After taking a tremendous amount of criticism from all angles, including from PGA players, Kuchar later sent Ortiz another $45,000. It's hard to understand what Kuchar did, since he's earned more than $50 million in his career.  

    There are two Gators playing: Billy Horschel and Brian Gay, and one Seminole, Hank Lebioda. 

    

      

Friday, November 1, 2019
Rory eagled final hole to move up to 2nd . . .

    After two rounds of the WGC-HSBC Championship in Shanghai, Matthew Fitzpatrick's 66-67-133, 11 under par, is one better than Rory McIlroy (67-67-134), who achieved his lofty position via an eagle 3 on the par-5 18th hole of the Sheshan International Golf Club.

    Fitzpatrick has accounted for five victories in Europe, but hasn't been able to win on the PGA Tour, although he has been in position to do it several times, including a second-place finish at Bay Hill. 

    Xander Schauffele, red-hot Sungjae Im and Adam Scott are tied for third at 9 under, all shooting 66-69-135. Justin Rose, Bubba Watson and Tony Finau are tied for 11th at 5 under, while Gator Billy Horschel, Phil Mickelson, Sergio Garcia and Henrik Stenson are tied for 20th at 4 under, Hideki Matsuyama is 2 under and Jordan Spieth is 1 under. 

    At the Bermuda Championship in Southampton, Bermuda, Scottie Scheffler's 9-under 62 leads Wes Roach by one, with Russell Knox, Bo Hoag and Central Floridian Rob Oppenheim all at 7 under 64. 

    Seminole Hank Lebioda's 5-under 66 put him in a tie for seventh, and Gator Brian Gay is tied for 34th at 2 under. The projected cut as round 2 is being played is 1 under.

   

 

 

    

    

Wednesday, October 30, 2019
Tiger fooled them all but one . . .

    'They' said he would never again win any tournament. 'They' added that there was no doubt he would never again win a major. A majority said he'd never play again. So 'they' were all wrong on every count. (Except for one guy who didn't believe any of it and wrote it often. To protect the guilty I won't mention his name).

    To me, one of the major points 'they' made wasn't even that he wouldn't be good enough to win - it was that he'll 'be 43' when he returns. 43!!!! Like 43 is a time when people are put out to pasture. Jack Nicklaus won the Masters at 46. Bernhard Langer has been the best player on the Champions Tour for a decade or so and he's 60 now. Give me a break.

    So Eldrick Woods won the Tour Championship, and then the Masters, and now the Zozo. He's tied the immortal Sam Snead for the all-time victories lead with 82, and won his 15th major to get within three of Nicklaus. And how good did he look winning in Japan? He's never been so cool, so focused, so determined - and so slim. 

    Tiger won over the par-70 Accordia Golf Narashino Country Club at 19 under par, three better than Hideki Matsuyama, who posed the only threat of any consequence over the last 36 holes. But Tiger never wavered, nor did his fans, and the crowds that followed him for the first 65 holes were overwhelming. The Japanese love him, too. 

    This drama is far from over. If his back and his knees hold up, there's no telling what Tiger can accomplish before he finally decides to go out on his own terms. There seems little doubt now that he'll pick himself for the President's Cup team that he will captain, and there won't be one ounce of dissent. He's also thinking Olympics, and wouldn't that put a stamp on his unreal resume.

    P. S. Tiger added $1,755,000 to his already record PGA Tour money-earnings - now up to $120,459,468. That's about $30 million more than second-place Phil Mickelson. 

    P. P. S. Gator Billy Horschel tied for sixth in Japan at 11 under; Seminole Daniel Berger tied for 17th at 7 under.  

      

  

Sunday, October 27, 2019
Only Hideki Matsuyama has a chance to catch Tiger . . .

    Tiger Woods left the course as darkness set in at the Zozo Championship (early this morning in the U. S.) and he has just seven holes left tonight to secure victory for the 82nd time on the PGA Tour, and tie Sam Snead for that prestigious honor. Tiger's three rounds of 64-64-66 - and 2-under for 11 holes in round 4 - puts him at 18 under over the Accordia Narashino course in Chibu, Japan, with only Hideki Matsuyama having any real chance of overcoming his three-stroke deficit.  

    The hometown hero is at 15 under and has six holes left to play, but it's another three back to Gary Woodland and Sungjae Im at 12 under and it would be a major stretch to think either one could catch Tiger, unless Tiger's patched-up knee buckles. Tiger has made seven bogeys over 65 holes, along with 25 birdies, and it's not likely that he's going to falter considering the zone he's in. He's rarely missing greens, and when he does, he's usually in good position to get it up and down.

    Rory McIlroy made a big push with a third-round 63, and he's 1-under through 16 in the finale, 11 under overall. Gator Billy Horschel is at 10 under with 68-67-64 and he's 1-over after 12 in round 4. 

    

 

Saturday, October 26, 2019
He's two ahead of Woodland; Berger Tied for 5th . . .

    Tiger Woods pulled out of his first-round tie with Gary Woodland at the rain-plagued Zozo Championship by posting his second straight 6-under-par 64 over the par-70 Accordia Golf Narashino Country Club in Chiba, Japan. Woodland added a 4-under 66 to his opening 64 and is still alone in second at 10-under 130. With the weather wreaking havoc with the schedule, the event won't wind up until Monday in Japan, although it will be Sunday night in the U. S. 

    As opposed to his first round where he opened with three straight bogeys on holes 10-12, then rebounded with nine birdies the rest of the way, Tiger played those three holes in birdie-birdie-par, then added birdies on 13, 17 and 18 for a 5-under 31. On the front, where he made five birdies on Thursday, he made just two in round 2 along with one bogey for a 1-under 35. 

    Behind Woodland in third place at 8 under were Keegan Bradley (69-63-132) and hometown favorite Hideki Matsuyama (65-67-132). Seminole Daniel Berger added a 66 to his opening 67 and is tied for fifth at 7-under 133. Gator Billy Horschel (68-67-135) is tied for ninth at 5 under. 

    After a 2-over-72 in the opener, Rory McIlroy came back with a 5-under-65 and is tied for 21st at 3 under.  

    

 

Thursday, October 24, 2019
He's tied for the lead at 6 under . . .

    After three holes at the Zozo Championship in Chiba, Japan, Tiger Woods looked like he was set for another disappointing performance while in search of his 82nd career victory and a tie with Sam Snead for the all-time lead.

    Then a funny thing happened: Tiger went on a roll and wound up the day tied for the lead with Gary Woodland. Tiger bogeyed holes 10-12 and parred No. 13. Then he went bananas. He birdied 14, 15 and 16 to quickly get back to even par, and added anther on 18 to turn in 1-under 35. On the front, he made four birdies on the first eight holes, then birdied 9 for a front-nine 29 and a 6-under 64, the first time he has been below 70 in the first round during the wrap-around season. On 9, he slammed his driver into the ground when his tee shot flared toward the trees on the right side. But the ball hit high on a big tree and bounced left into a pretty good spot in the rough. He then lofted a high iron to within five feet of the hole to set up his ninth birdie, all the while yelling "down, down, down."  

    Tiger and Woodland hold a one-stroke edge on Hideki Matsuyama, with Seminole Daniel Berger fourth at 3 under. Gator Billy Horschel is tied for seventh at 2 under. 

    There is no cut at the Accordia Golf Narashino Country Club with only 78 players in the field. 

    Round 1 can be seen on tape this evening at 6 p. m, and round 2 appears to be in danger of succumbing to bad weather.


Monday, October 21, 2019
Zozo Championship worth $9.75 million . . .

    Justin Thomas added a Sunday 67 at the CJ Cup @ Nine Bridges and captured the event by two strokes over Danny Lee, who dropped out of a 54-hole deadlock with a final-round 69. Thomas finished at 20 under par. In third place were the trio of Hideki Matsuyama, Gary Woodland and Cameron Smith at 15 under.

    Other scores of note: Jordan Spieth, 12 under; Viktor Hovland and Phil Mickelson, 7 under; Billy Horschel, 2 over; and Jazz Janewattananong, 3 over. Hovland's streak of 19 consecutive rounds in the 60s ended Saturday, but he began a new streak with a Sunday 69. 

    The next event begins in Japan Thursday and the $9,750,000 Zozo Championship has drawn a strong field, including Tiger Woods, along with Thomas, Hovland, Matsuyama, Spieth, Rory McIlroy, Horschel, Bubba Watson, Woodland, Jazz and several other big guns.

 

Saturday, October 19, 2019
Spieth is four back . . .

    Viktor Hovland's PGA Tour record of 19 consecutive rounds in the 60s came to a crashing halt at the [email protected] Bridges in Korea when the red-hot rookie shot a 2-over-par 74 in the third round. As a result, he fell 11 strokes behind Justin Thomas and Danny Lee, both 15 under par.

    Cameron Smith is third at 13 under, two better than Wyndham Clark and Jordan Spieth, who are still within hailing distance of the lead at 11 under. Byeong Hun An is another stroke behind at 10 under. There are eight deadlocked at 9 under, a list that includes Emiliano Grillo, Gary Woodland (shot 65 in round 3), Ian Poulter (66) and Graeme McDowell.

    Phil Mickelson is tied for 41st at 3 under, while Gator Billy Horschel is tied for 67th at 5 over (71-74-76). Brooks Koepka (69-75) withdrew after the second round.

    The player with the most intriguing name in the field - Jazz Janewattananond - is tied for 61st.  

    

Friday, October 18, 2019
Justin is 13 under par in field of 78 . . .

    Only 78 players showed up for the CJ @ Nine Bridges at Jeju Island, Korea, and after 36 holes, Justin Thomas leads the way with 68-63-131, 13 under par. He holds a two-stroke lead over Byeong Hun An (64-69) and Danny Lee (67-66).  

    Emiliano Grillo (69-66-135) and Jordan Spieth (70-65-135) are tied for fourth at 9 under. 

    Seminole Brooks Koepka is at even par with rounds of 69-75-144, and Gator Billy Horschel is 1 over, tied for 54th with 71-74-145. Phil Mickelson is tied for 33rd at 2 under after rounds of 70-72-142. 

    Rookie Viktor Hovland broke a PGA Tour record when he shot 69 in the first round, marking his 18th consecutive round in the 60s. Bob Estes held the record of 17, set in 2001. The PGA has kept track of the statistic since 1983. Hovland then added to the record with a second-round 69.   

Monday, October 14, 2019
Next U. S. event is at Sea Island, Nov. 21

    The field for the next PGA Tour event - the CJ Cup at Nine Bridges, to be played on Jeju Island in Korea beginning Thursday, begins a string of tournaments to be decided on foreign soil. The Tour doesn't return to the United States until the RSM Classic at Sea Island, Georgia, on Nov. 21.

    The CJ Cup roster is replete with players from Korea, Japan, China, Thailand, etc., but it actually has many more familiar names than all of the events that have been played at U. S. venues in the past couple of months. The list includes defending champ Brooks Koepka, Phil Mickelson, Jason Day, Justin Thomas, Tommy Fleetwood, Sergio Garcia, J. B. Holmes, Emiliano Grillo, Hideki Matsuyama, Billy Horschel, Ian Poulter, Jordan Spieth and Gary Woodland. 

    However, the most intriguing name in the field has to be Thailand's Jazz Janewattananond, who is 23 and looks like he's 15.

    After the trip to Korea, two events will be played in Japan, then Bermuda, Shanghai and Mexico. Most likely, Ted Potter will be back for the Mexican tournament. 

    Lanto Griffin shot a final-round 69 to hold on for victory at 14 under par in the Houston Open yesterday. He was one stroke better than Scott Harrington, who closed with 69 to finish at 13 under, and Mark Hubbard, who also shot a final 69. There was a group of five tied for fourth at 11 under.

    Gators: Matt Every tied for 28th at 5 under, closing with 71, and Brian Gay tied for 42nd at 4 under, with a final 72.   

Saturday, October 12, 2019
Ted makes just 3 pars in round 2 . . .

    It was the perfect day to make an upward move - with so many players having problems at the Golf Club of Houston leading to a rare dropping of the projected cutline from minus 1 to even par. But Ted Potter was unable to take advantage of the opportunity after his opening-round 73, 1 over par.

    Ted turned in one of the most bizarre rounds of his long career at the Houston Open, and finished with a 4-over-par 76, again missing the cut with a two-day total of 5 over.  

    Ted made what is probably the least number of pars - three - in any round since he joined the tour in 2011. On the other 15 holes he made three devastating doubles, all on par 4s, along with seven birdies and five bogeys. If he had made just two pars and a bogey on the three holes he doubled, he would have made the cut.

    The leader at 10-under 134 is Peter Malnati, who posted a 65, lowest round of day two. He's two strokes better than three 8-under shooters, Sepp Straka, Talor Gooch and Scott Harrington. 

    Both Gators made the cut and both Seminoles fell by the wayside. Matt Every (70-72-142) is tied for 31st at 2 under and Brian Gay (69-74-143) is another stroke back at 1 under. Hank Lebioda missed the cut at two over (74-72-146) and Daniel Berger never got it going and wound up at plus 8 (77-75-152).       

     

Friday, October 11, 2019
Makes four birdies after two bad holes . . .

    After six holes at the Houston Open yesterday, Ted Potter looked like he had no chance for redemption as far as making the 36-hole cut by tonight. But Ted persevered, and wound up with a 1-over-par 73, just two strokes away from the early projected cut line of 1 under.

    Ted began with four straight pars, then got himself into deep trouble with a triple bogey seven at the par-4 fifth, followed by a double bogey six at the par-4 sixth. After a par on 7, he birdied 8 and 9 to get back to 3 over. On the back, he parred seven in a row before making birdies at 17 and 18 to complete his 1-over round. 

    Austin Cook and Talor Gooch tied for the 18-hole lead at 8-under 64, with Sepp Straka one stroke behind.

    Both Gators are inside the cut line, Brian Gay with a 3-under 69 (tie for 23rd), and Matt Every with a 2-under 70 (tie for 36th). 

     Seminoles Daniel Berger (77) and Hank Lebioda (74) are outside the line. 

    

      

 

Monday, October 7, 2019
Time-tested veterans are still among the missing . . .

    The old-timers' list for the Houston Open consists of Stewart Cink, Jason Dufner, Bill Haas, J. J. Henry, Hunter Mahan, Henrik Stenson, Omar Uresti and Boo Weekley, none likely to be listedas among the favorites to take home the major share of the $7.5 million. The No. 1 alternate is Stuart Appleby.

    Otherwise, the field hoping to tear up the Golf Club of  Houston is again loaded with the Young Turks who have been dominating the Tour for months. Ted Potter is in after his major disappointment in Las Vegas when he bogeyed two of the last three holes on Friday and missed the cut by one stroke. Two Gators are playing - Brian Gay and Matt Every - along with  two Seminoles - Daniel Berger and Hank Lebioda. 

    Kevin Na defeated Patrick Cantlay on the second playoff hole in Vegas after they tied for the lead at 22 under. Na closed with 70, and Cantlay with 68. Both birdied the par-4 18th on the first go-around, then Na made par and Cantlay took a bogey to end it. Pat Perez finished third at 21 under.

    Three players tied for fourth, including Bryson DeChambeau and Adam Hadwin, who both shot Sunday 63s. Gay was steady all week and wound up tied for seventh at 19 under, while Every and Berger were part of an 11-way deadlock for 18th at 15 under.    

    

Sunday, October 6, 2019
Cantlay is two behind . . .

    Kevin Na added  a 10-under-par 61 to his previous rounds of 68 and 62 and at 22 under takes a two-stroke edge into today's final round of the Shriner's Children's Hospital Open in Las Vegas. In a day replete with low scores, Patrick Cantlay shot 63 and is second at 20 under, followed by Pat Perez, who is third at 18 under after a Saturday 62

    Gator Brian Gay is 15 under (65-69-64-198) and is tied for eighth, while Seminole Daniel Berger (66-67-69-202) is tied for 28th at 11 under. Gator Matt Every is tied for 39th at 10 under, with rounds of 70-66-74. After rounds of 65-69, Phil Mickelson tailed off in round 3 for a 74 and is tied for 69th at 5 under. 

Saturday, October 5, 2019
Ted drops from 6 under to 4 under with 3 to play . . .

    Ted Potter came to his 16th hole (no. 7) at the Shriner's Children's Hospitals Open yesterday in great shape. After his opening-round 1-under-par 70, Ted was sailing along with five birdies and nary a bogey in round 2, putting him at 6 under with three holes to play, one better than the projected cut line of minus 5. 

    But he took bogeys at the seventh and eighth holes to drop back to 4 under, and needed a birdie at the par-5 ninth to make the cut line. Ted hit his third shot 11 feet, 3 inches from the hole, but he missed the birdie putt and was free to leave Las Vegas and head for his next venue, the Houston Open. He wound up with 70-68-138. 

    Nick Taylor, who led after the first round , tailed off on Friday and there are four new names tied at the top at 12 under; Brian Stuard, Patrick Cantlay, Lucas Glover and Kevin Na. Matt Jones is alone in fifth at 11 under. 

    Seminole Daniel Berger made the cut with 66-67, 9 under, as did Gator Brian Gay (65-69) and Phil Mickelson (65-69), both at 8 under. Gator Matt Every made the cut at 6 under (70-66), but Seminole Brooks Koepka didn't.     

Friday, October 4, 2019
Ted birdies all 3 par-5s . . .

    After missing the cut in his first two events of the new season, Ted Potter used the par-5s to his advantage to post a 1-under-70 in the first round of the Shriner's Hospitals for Children Open in Las Vegas. He'll have a little work to do today to make that first cut since the early projected line has fluctuated at 2 to 3 under.

    Ted made three birdies and three bogeys on the front side for an even-par 35, and two birdies and one bogey on the back for another 35. There are three par 5s on the par-71 course and he birdied all three. He's tied for 85th. 

    Nick Taylor took the first-round lead with an 8-under 63, one stroke better than Brian Harman. There are five tied at 6-under 65, including Phil Mickelson and Gator Brian Gay. Seminole Brooks Koepka shot 1-under 70, while Daniel Berger is tied for eighth after a 5-under 66. Koepka's younger brother, Chase, also shot 66. 

    Gator Matt Every is another at 1-under 70. 

    

 

Monday, September 30, 2019
Cameron Champ wins by one at Safeway . . .

    The field for this week's Shriner's Hospital for Children Open is the first event of the season that will feature a huge group of veterans, as opposed to the first few where the Young Turks took over the playing field. Of course, the way they are performing, that's not to say that one of the Turks won't jump up and win this one, too.

    Cameron Champ, the 54-hole leader, held on with a final-round 69 to win the Safeway Open at 17 under, one stroke better than Adam Hadwin, who closed with 67. Marc Leishman moved up to third at 14 under after posting a 65, tied for the low round of the day with Corey Connors. Tied for fourth at 13 under were Charles Howell III, Zac Blair and Justin Thomas. Champ's payday amounted to $1,188,000. 

    Seminole Daniel Berger and Gator Brian Gay were among those in a deadlock at 8 under, and Seminole sophomore Hank Lebioda tied for 44th at 5 under. In the new 65 and ties making the cut format, 67 players finished the 72 holes.

    The lure of Las Vegas may be the reason for the many veterans vying this week for the major share of the $7 million purse, and the list includes Seminole Brooks Koepka, Phil Mickelson, Hideki Matsuyama, and defending champ Bryson DeChambeau. And, of course, Ted Potter, Berger, Gay and fellow Gator Matt Every.     

Sunday, September 29, 2019
Cameron Champ holds a three-stroke lead . . .

    Unless Justin Thomas shoots the lights out, the parade of Young Turks winning PGA events should continue today at the Safeway Open in Napa, California. Cameron Champ can become a champ again; he's sailing along at 14-under-par 202 (67-68-67) and all he has to do is repeat any of those rounds and he'll be home free.

    Sebastian Munoz, Adam Hadwin and Nick Taylor are tied for second at 11 under, while Thomas is tied at 10 under with Chez Reavie, Colin Morikawa and Nick Watney. So, if Thomas doesn't shoot eight or nine under, one of the Turks will keep their streak going. Ironically, the last two winners of the Sanderson Farms Championship, Champ and Munoz, will be in today's final group.

    Among the others high on the board are Gator Brian Gay (70-67-70-207) and Charles Howell III at 9 under, and Seminole Daniel Berger and Bryson DeChambeau at 8 under. Veterans Brandt Snedeker, Jim Furyk and Francesco Molinari are at 7 under. Seminole Hank Lebioda is tied for 47th at 3 under.

    The cut came at 2 under, and among those missing it were Kevin Na, Emiliano Grillo, Charley Hoffman, Gator Matt Every (76-70), Fred Couples, John Daly and amateur Tony Romo (70-78). 

    The Tour heads for Las Vegas next week for the $7.5 million Shriners Hospital for Children at TPC Summerlin and Ted Potter will be back for this one. 

Saturday, September 21, 2019
At even par, Teed had no chance to make the cut . . .

    Ted Potter was among those who withdrew from the Sanderson Farms Championship without finishing yesterday, after darkness halted play for the second straight day.

    Ted shot 1-over-73 on Thursday, and was going to the 18th tee yesterday at 1-under for the round when the horn blew. At even par for the two rounds with one to play, he no doubt figured there was no reason to hang around and play No. 18 today when there was no chance to make the cut of 3 under. He had made four birdies and three bogeys when play was halted.

    Byeong Hun An was the leader at 12-under-132 when darkness came, but there are 20 groups still having to finish this morning. There's a group of four tied for second at 10 under. Gator Brian Gay shot 69-72-141, and at 3 under can keep going if the line stays there. Seminole Hank Lebioda is out after rounds of 78-75.