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PGA Tour: The "Honda": Driver's Seat or On Yer Bike?: Notes from the Ballwasher

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Post by kwinigolfer Wed 25 Feb 2015, 4:35 pm

First topic message reminder :

1).Seems early in the season but the best consecutive streak of courses played on Tour ends at three as the Tour waves goodbye to California for a couple of months and goes coast-to-coast, to Florida. This week also signifies the end of the first one third (give or take a decimal point or so) of the PGA Tour season.

2).There are 47 PGA Tour events, played during 43 weeks, but there are only 39 weeks of tournament play before the FedEx Play-Offs begin for the Tour's Top 125 Points getters.
So golfers who have scarcely played this season only have approx 26 weeks left to secure a Play-Off place, and earn a "card" for next year; deduct one week off that for each of three Majors, a TPC and WGC:MatchPlay event you miss; plus limited field "Invitationals" that might not invite you!

3).Got that? Hope some of the Tour's overseas players have figured it out as some will have to play an intensive schedule, or gamble on reaching that Top 125. Points threshold will likely be a dozen either side of 500 FedEx points.
(Strongly suspect that one or two (Scott? Stenson?) won't give a damn, but for most it's crucial.)

4).Overseas golfers who are behind the pace they need to squeeze in the mandated 15 PGA Tour events include, by number played thru last week:
3).Garcia, Westwood, Poulter, Donaldson, Schwartzel, Els.
2).Rose
1).McDowell, Kaymer, Scott, Oosthuizen, Stenson, Dubuisson.

5).Let's imagine how Westwood will reach, say, 14:
Honda, WGC:Cadillac, Bay Hill or Houston, Masters, Quail Hollow and/or Memorial, WGC: MatchPlay, TPC, US Open (he should qualify for Chambers Bay), Open Championship (if he qualifies, EDIT: He IS qualified, Tks SJ), Bridgestone, PGA Championship.
That gets him to 14 or 15 and, with a running start, he should achieve the Top 125.
Hopefully Donaldson knows his way around the PGA Tour to manage his schedule appropriately. Poults and Schwartzel will play where/what they have to, and there are enough tournaments that Sergio and Ernie usually play for them not to be too concerned.

6).Rose should also be OK, but what about the onesies?
Oosthuizen has a 5-year exemptions which will expire this year, so Top 125 is imperative for him, and he and Dubuisson are going to have to play some unfamiliar courses if they are to satisfy 15 tournaments AND Top 125. Early days of course, but they need to get their thinking caps on or they'll be on their bikes.

7).So: Who's in the "driver's seat"?
Top overseas golfers so far are Sang-Moon Bae and Jason Day, and Hideki Matsuyama.
Top Europeans, with FedEx Points-to-date are:
416: Martin Laird
358: Garcia
354: Knox
317: Casey
212: Lingmerth
192: Cejka
165: Westwood
Most of the rest will be OK, but there will be a surprise failure or two, there always is.
(Sterne won't be a surprise failure; he's played 6 events, missed every cut, and doesn't even have a profile page on pgatour.com. The ultimate dis?)

8).Lots of golfers "lost" last week's Northern Trust LA Open before James Hahn won it, Goosen and Garcia of course, but also Casey and Dustin Johnson with late bogeys, while Jordan Spieth can't be too pleased with bogeying his 72nd hole to fall out of a potential play-off. Two thoughts:
~Was Paul Casey's match-play expertise his play-off undoing? He sees DJ and Hahn in highly bogeyable positions on #10 and plays it relatively safe. So they produce worldies to make birdie, and Casey is left with a lonely walk back to the club-house.
~And: The PGA Tour made something of a mockery of the great "short par-4" 10th hole with its set-up for Rounds 1, 2 and 3 when conditions were pretty hard and fast and the green was beyond fiery. Conventional wisdom seems to be that the green will have to be re-done to prevent the carnage (not all of it self-inflicted) that messed up so many rounds.

9).One American golfer doing very nicely thank you on the European Tour is Paul Peterson. He's already played 3 tournaments as an affiliate member and risen to 38th on the R2D. Love to see the recent US contribution to the European Tour, and very interested to see how Koepka fares in his home State this coming month.

10).Back to "Bermuda" greens this week so the recent form book may be turned upside down. Terrific European contingent on hand and it could have been larger still if European Tour Cadillac contestants had succeeded in Monday qualifying, Marcel Siem, Alex Levy and Mikko Ilonen all coming up short; good for them for giving it a whirl though, hope they do well next week and show that they deserved a chance in the Honda field.
It's going to be warm this week, but characteristically breezy and, perhaps stormy.
Let's hope there's another European (Freddie Jac e.w.?) or two who puts himself in the Tour's driver's seat at an event that's favoured non-Americans in recent years. No European wins this season so far. Overdue!


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Post by kwinigolfer Thu 05 Mar 2015, 1:59 pm

Lairdy,
I really meant hosting tournaments to boost the game in GB&I, but good to know Monty had a slice of the Turkey - probably all the stuffing as well.

Mac,
There has to be a protocol of order of play otherwise you'll have balls flying everywhere. And repeats of Tiger/Sergio at the TPC!

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Post by McLaren Thu 05 Mar 2015, 2:00 pm

I would rather wait on the next tee having proved a point to a slow player than just be waiting on the tee.
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Post by McLaren Thu 05 Mar 2015, 2:01 pm

Kwini

I get there should be a protocol of order of play, but is it a rule? You could break protocol when needing to make a point as long as no penalty was issued.

There seems to be little players can do about slow partners in the group so if this can be done without penalty at certain points then why not make the protest.
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Post by golfermartin Thu 05 Mar 2015, 3:10 pm

The rules of golf determine that the player further from the hole plays first. However, there is no penalty for infringement, unless the order of play has been agreed to give a player an advantage. So I guess it really comes down to etiquette since there's no sanction.

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Post by puligny Thu 05 Mar 2015, 3:15 pm

The problem (one of) with slow players is that their actions do not bother them, but wind others up like a top! Penalties for slow play are useless, unless they are applied regularly and consistently! Great shot to 17 in playoff Padraig, you're there for 3, same as your playing partner! That might sort it?

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Post by JAS Thu 05 Mar 2015, 8:30 pm

I think once a group is "on the clock" and it's clearly down to one of the 3, the other 2 should be given carte blanche to play ready golf. If nothing else it should help to isolate and easily identify the culprit and lead to the slow player being penalised alone and not the whole group. and yes, penalties most definitely SHOULD be applied regularly and consistently until slow play is stamped out. One of the biggest problems in the amateur game is that amateurs watch the pro's and think it's OK to take 5 and a half hours to get round.

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Post by Davie Thu 05 Mar 2015, 8:53 pm

I can't think of anyone who thinks it's "ok" to get round in five and half hours. However I do know people who think 4.5 hours for a 4-ball is acceptable on a course that should be sub 4 hours

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Post by kwinigolfer Thu 05 Mar 2015, 8:56 pm

Good idea JAS.
And a nice round by your mate Howler again.

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Post by MustPuttBetter Thu 05 Mar 2015, 9:22 pm

I just assume golf is going to take in excess of 4 hours when I show up. Possibly nearer 3.5 if it's matchplay or almost certainly less if a friendly knockabout
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