Sunday, December 14, 2014


Jason Day contemplates putt at Naples, Florida


The Australia-USA combination of Jason Day and Cameron Tringale survived a final-round run by the defending champions to win the Franklin Templeton Shootout Saturday in Naples, Florida.
Day and Tringale shot 7-under 65 in the better-ball format at Tiburon Golf Club, finishing at 32 under.
 They made just one birdie between them in their first eight holes, but closed strongly, combining for six birdies on the back nine.

Matt Kuchar and Harris English, who combined to win the event a year ago, ended up a shot back despite carding a final-round 62. Kuchar nearly holed an eagle chip on the final hole.
Billy Horschel and Ian Poulter tied for third with Keegan Bradley and Camilo Villegas at 29 under

1 Jason Day and Cameron Tringale -17 -8 -7 -32$385,000 each
2 Harris English and Matt Kuchar -15 -6 -10 -31 $242,500 each
T3 Keegan Bradley and Camilo Villegas -13 -5 -11 -29 $130,000 each
T3 Billy Horschel and Ian Poulter -11 -7 -11 -29 $130,000 each
T5 Graeme McDowell and Gary Woodland -13 -9 -6 -28 $95,000 each
T5 Jerry Kelly and Steve Stricker -12 -4 -12 -28 $95,000 each
T7 Charles Howell III and Scott Verplank -11 -8 -7 -26 $83,750 each
T7 Justin Leonard and Rory Sabbatini -12 -5 -9 -26 $83,750 each
9 Ryan Palmer and Jimmy Walker -13 -4 -8 -25 $80,000 each
10 Patrick Reed & Brandt Snedeker -11 -7 -6 -24 $77,500 each
11 Sean O'Hair and Kenny Perry -12 -3 -7 -22 $75,000 each
12 Retief Goosen and Mike Weir -12 2 -5 -15$72,500 each
First Round, Scramble - Each player hits a drive on every hole and the best drive is selected. Each player then plays a second shot from the spot where the selected drive lays, and the best second shot is selected. This process is repeated until the hole is completed.
Second Round, Modified Alternate Shot - Each player hits a drive on every hole and one drive is selected. The player whose drive is NOT selected hits the second shot, and they alternate shots until the ball is holed.
Final Round, Better Ball - Each player plays through every hole using his own ball. The player whose score is the lowest on each hole will be the team score for that hole.



By Geoff Shackelford
Fox's first foray into golf broadcasting featured one compelling moment in four hours dominated by too much announcer talk and a rough-edged production.
For six minutes, however, everything came together when Billy Horschel and partner Ian Poulter both drove into a far portion of the 17th-hole fairway bunker only to find their path to the green obstructed by a camera tower.
What happened next reminded viewers that (A) Tour players can be remarkably whiny and rude even when they know their on camera, and (B) that there is no more compelling scene than the combination of great pictures, sound, well-timed commentary and a little controversy.
When PGA tour rules official John Lillivis arrived on the scene only to tell Poulter and Horschel that a drop away from the temporary immovable obstruction would give them a line they did not care for, the two grew pouty and wanted the camera on the tower removed."I don't want that camera there. Because if this thing is cutting…" Poulter said.
"Hey dude with the camera in the tower, are you able to move that camera that way," Horschel asked. "Buddy we're talking to you."
The harassment continued as the Fox announce team kept quiet. Horschel kept up the badgering.
"What if he just lowers it to underneath the bar? Can you lower it?"
The cameraman finally spoke. "I'm going to walk away."
Not the answer Horschel was looking for.
"Who told you to walk away? No no no, buddy, don't walk. Don't leave yet. Who told you can't do it?"
"The guy on the other end," the cameraman said meekly, not wanting to be the story.
At this point Fox's shrewd decision to be different than other networks by having former USGA Executive Director David Fay on hand proved brilliant, as Fay was able to explain the dynamics of the situation while allowing Norman to point out that Poulter and Horschel would not have wanted to take drops anyway because their golf balls would have plugged in the sand. Norman and Buck mocked the badgering of the cameraman, with Buck noting it was against union rules.
Meanwhile the PGA Tour's Slugger White was contacted by Lillivus and it was agreed they could take the camera off its tripod. Once the cameraman disassembled the camera from the base, Norman threw in a subtle jab to let it be known what he thought of the dramatics.
"Okay Ian Poulter, you better step up there 'sunshine' and hit a good shot here."
Poulter chunked his shot badly, appearing to try a line that proved his point about need a drop. Horschel took a safe line but also only advanced his ball a hundred yards or so. The entire escapade had wasted a lot of time but gave the Fox team a chance to shine by largely staying out of the way.
"That camera was in no danger," Buck concluded after the two poor shots never sniffed the tower. Norman agreed.
The Golf Gods took note too, as Poulter and Horschel threw away any chance of winning the tournament on the final hole with a best-ball bogey. Hardly a surprising thing considering the lousy karma accrued from their 17th hole antics



Post a Comment

<< Home

Copyright © Colin Farquharson

If you can't find what you are looking for.... please check the Archive List or search this site with Google