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Love the way this course looks.  I'm a California boy so I like the brown foothills.  Never got a chance to play here but heard great things about it.

 

Ernie Els and John Daly are in the field.  Interesting article on John Daly taking steps in the right direction

 

 

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When you consider the big picture of John Daly's life, last Saturday wasn't even a blip on the radar screen. A 63 followed by an 86 created some buzz in the media center, caused a few players to scratch their heads, but we've come to expect a certain "inconsistency" out of Daly.

But Saturday was different.

There was no walking off the golf course or hitting golf balls that were still moving. Daly tried 86 times -- he simply played badly.

I was standing by the third green when the meltdown happened. Daly had just lipped out a putt at the second for a double bogey and drove into a lateral hazard to the left of the third fairway.

Daly walked down into the desert wash and disappeared from view. I then saw three quick puffs of dust emerge like smoke signals of distress. Those were strokes of frustration leading to an eventual quadruple-bogey 8.

While hitting those shots out of the arroyo, Daly jarred his elbow. He did not use that as an excuse, explaining he had a case of the "lefts" that he couldn't fix.

We have seen Daly play rapidly and post a big number in the past but there was effort on Saturday.

That was a big round for John. He had a chance to make a major move on the money list. A chance to be totally exempt for 2013, but when he walked out of that dry wash on the third hole, he was already slipping down the money list.

Daly made the cut and actually lost places, dropping to 137th on the money list with $488,505 in earnings. He needs to make anywhere from $125,000 to $250,000 -- perhaps more -- in the next three tournaments to be fully exempt.

To Daly's credit, he has succeeded this year in an area that's difficult to improve. He would have ranked 179th in strokes gained-putting in 2011 (if he had enough qualifying rounds), but this year he has improved to 23rd.

That's a remarkable jump for a 46-year-old and age has not robbed Daly of his length.

He's still "Long John Daly."

More than 50 percent of his drives travel more than 300 yards and he averages 307.2 yards per hit. That's eighth-best on TOUR.

Daly is four years away from the Champions Tour but let's savor his remaining time on the PGA TOUR.

It's a different John Daly. There is still some inconsistency but there is also the effort to improve.

 

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I'm lying down with a busted ankle watching tv in the daytime, so I'm pretty much watching a lot of netflix and Golf Channel.

 

What was the show on Golf Channel in the morning? The camera's followed a few pros around during a pre-Frys.com practice round course and asked them questions before and after each shot.

 

I really enjoyed that.  Do they do this for all tournaments?  It actually got me to start caring about the players, and it was a really fun look into what players are thinking before each shot.

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I will be there tomorrow watching live.
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Daly seems to be struggling with an opening 75 and poor putting, but is even today with 2 birdies after a 3 bogey/1 birdie start.   

 

Colsaerts has a very good chance to lock up a PGA Tour card for 2013...going into the week he was just inside the top 125  (if he was a PGA Tour member) and is currently in 2nd...I think we will see him play as a full time member over here next season.

 

Patrick Cantlay had a nice opening round but is looking at Q school unless he can win about 700 K the next 3 weeks (or build on his Web.com playoff loss and move from about 100 on their $ list with only 3 starts into the top 60 for their Tour Championship...top 40 their will get him to Q school finals, otherwise he is looking at starting at stage 2 (based on making the cut at the US Open).

 

So far, the player of the week has been Nick O'Hearn who has struggled most of the season...he will need to keep up his strong play to move from 152 on the $ list into the top 125

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Originally Posted by Roblar View Post

I'm lying down with a busted ankle watching tv in the daytime, so I'm pretty much watching a lot of netflix and Golf Channel.

 

What was the show on Golf Channel in the morning? The camera's followed a few pros around during a pre-Frys.com practice round course and asked them questions before and after each shot.

 

I really enjoyed that.  Do they do this for all tournaments?  It actually got me to start caring about the players, and it was a really fun look into what players are thinking before each shot.


I didn't see said show and I might be mistaken; but all that sounds like "On the Range". And yes I think they do it for every tournament, the Wednesday before it starts, and then replay it.

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Originally Posted by Roblar View Post

I'm lying down with a busted ankle watching tv in the daytime, so I'm pretty much watching a lot of netflix and Golf Channel.

 

What was the show on Golf Channel in the morning? The camera's followed a few pros around during a pre-Frys.com practice round course and asked them questions before and after each shot.

 

I really enjoyed that.  Do they do this for all tournaments?  It actually got me to start caring about the players, and it was a really fun look into what players are thinking before each shot.

 

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Originally Posted by vanpooten View Post

I didn't see said show and I might be mistaken; but all that sounds like "On the Range". And yes I think they do it for every tournament, the Wednesday before it starts, and then replay it.

Actually, I think Roblar is talking about something slightly different.  I saw it as well, but only for the last couple of weeks, and my TV's guide just labeled it as "PGA Tour Golf - Wednesday pro-am"  This week's had 3 guys following 3 players.  I didn't notice the 'On The Range' show either week, so maybe they are just trying out slightly different formats of the same type of thing in the same time slot.

 

It was cool though ... sort of a more current version of "Playing Lessons with the Pros."

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Originally Posted by Golfingdad View Post

 

Actually, I think Roblar is talking about something slightly different.  I saw it as well, but only for the last couple of weeks, and my TV's guide just labeled it as "PGA Tour Golf - Wednesday pro-am"  This week's had 3 guys following 3 players.  I didn't notice the 'On The Range' show either week, so maybe they are just trying out slightly different formats of the same type of thing in the same time slot.

 

It was cool though ... sort of a more current version of "Playing Lessons with the Pros."

Yeah - that sounds right.  Thanks.  I'll definitely look for it in the future -- the most informative/enlightening golf show I've seen on TV IMO.

 

*and yuck about my previous post: "cameras" not "camera's" d2_doh.gif

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That sounds even better than On The Range, I'd like to see that as well.
 

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