Jason Gore should laugh it up today since he’s playing with Jimmy Fallon, Anthony Anderson and Thomas Gibson. Gore (Hart, Pepperdine) 71-72–143 and is tied for 94th.
This just in: John Daly just played his first bogey-free round in THREE years. Daly – who has won two major championships – has struggled mightily with his game the last few years but shot a 2-under 70 at La Quinta on Thursday. The last time he shot a bogey-less round was at Tamarisk Country Club – which used to be on the Bob Hope circuit – in 2005.
PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem responded in a statement to Golfweek’s magazine cover of a noose. It was referring to Kelly Tilghman’s slip on air when she discussed what younger players could do to beat Tiger Woods. She said: “lynch him in a back alley.”
“Clearly, what Kelly said was inappropriate and unfortunate and she obviously regrets her choice of words. But we consider Golfweek’s imagery of a swinging noose on its cover to be outrageous and irresponsible. It smacks of tabloid journalism. It was a naked attempt to inflame and keep alive an incident that was heading to an appropriate conclusion.”
D.J. Trahan is in a four-way tie for the lead at the Bobe Hope at 9-under par. I was just about to write Trahan was the sole leader when he bogeyed the first hole at Silver Rock and now Justin Leonard, Todd Hamilton and Robert Gamez all moved up on top of the leaderboard. That’s the nature of a tournament that’s played on five courses over four days – there’s a lot of movement and we’re in just the second day.
On the over of this week’s magazine, Golfweek has a controversial picture of a noose. This was to promote the magazine’s story on Kelly Tilghman (The Golf Channel), who in talking about what younger players could to do beat Woods, said “lynh him in a back alley.” She was suspsended for two weeks and is not at this week’s Bob Hope Classic.
Tim Petrovic, Matthew Goggin, Joe Durant, Omar Uresti and Shigeki Maruyama all shot 65s to lead the tournament. Four of the five players shot 65s at the Classic Club while Uresti’s came at PGA West. Today was the first round and there are four left. If you don’t see any big names on the leaderboard that’s because none of the top-20 players are in the field and just three of the top-30 are here.
Charley Hoffman is a San Diego native and big Chargers fan. He’s also the defending champion. That means he’ll be out on the Classic Club golf course when the Chargers play the Patriots for the AFC title.
“Hopefully, I’m playing, I’m in contention, I’m not really worrying about it,” HOffman said. “That’s the main thing for me, obviously. If I’m not playing that well I’m going to be asking around to see how it’s going. And a lot of the guys, a lot of the galleries sneak the phones in and sneak the PDAs in and you can usually get some scores and updates and such. Hopefully, they’re not beating us too bad going into the fourth quarter, and we have a chance to win, and I have a chance to win.”