Category: Rory Sabbatini


March 20, 2013

Rory Sabbatini's ex-wife slams him in Twitter rant

Posted at 6:55 PM by Golf.com

Last year, we compiled a list of the 50 must-follow tweeters in golf. We may have to add a 51st name to the ranking -- Amy Sabbatini.

Sabbatini jumped on the social media site Tuesday to post some unflattering tweets about her now ex-husband, Rory, a six-time winner on the PGA Tour. The following tweet was deleted earlier today, but we did a screen grab.

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Amy went on to tweet that she is filming a new reality show with Liz Estes, wife of Bob Estes, who has been shopping around a show based on PGA Tour wives for a few years.

 

 

They are currently filming the pilot, which, needless to say, will be must-see TV if/when it comes out.

 

June 25, 2012

Truth & Rumors: Bubba Watson won't play until British Open

Posted at 12:26 PM by Mark Dee

Bye-bye, Bubba, we’re gonna miss you. For three weeks, at least.

Watson was happy enough with his rebound at the Travelers, where he finished T2, that he’s taking a breather until the British Open, according to Jason Sobel at the Golf Channel.

At the Travelers Championship, though, Watson got back on track, finishing in a share of second place at the event where he won his first career PGA Tour title back in 2010.
“All in all, it was a great day. Came up a little short, but it was good,” he said after a second straight 65 on the weekend. “It’s good to get back and get under the gun and get under the pressure and get back to where I was starting at the beginning of the year.”
Watson revealed that he will skip each of the next three scheduled PGA Tour events, next competing at The Open Championship.

We hope Watson’s enjoying part-time work. Counting the Travelers, Watson has played in four tournaments since winning the Masters the first week of April. Until last week, Bubba showed some rust on the rudder, as he was all over the golf courses that he did play. But – Has he told you? – Bubba has a kid now, and the way he talks about young Caleb we suspect he'll be in for a happy, exhausting vacation.

Ace Prediction
What soothsaying spectator called Rory Sabbatini’s hole-in-one Sunday at the Travelers? We still don’t know. But someone did. Watch the video below, courtesy of the PGA Tour:



Jim Nantz picked up on it: Sabbatini’s peculiar response -– “You called it” -– suggests that he had ace on the brain heading to the tee. And he made it anyway. Golf’s tiny mysteries endure.

Pure Michigan
Shanty Creek Resort in Bellaire, Mich., somewhere near the top of the mitten, announced its plan to nearly double the size of the hole in an effort to make golf more fun for beginners, according to WorldGolf.com. They’ll keep the standard 4.25ers, and add the new caverns, which will be two inches larger than a Pizza Hut Personal Pan pie. As the article reports:

This is a very unique and unprecedented program we are implementing at Shanty Creek Resort. Guests will have an option every day to play either the regular tees to the traditional cups or move to the forward tees and play to the 8-inch cups," explains Brian Kautz, director of golf and PGA Professional for SCR. "We have four golf courses at our resort, so this was the perfect opportunity to convert one of our courses and implement this program. Hopefully, this will help grow the game of golf."
This initiative is part of the "Golf 2.0" campaign that Jack Nicklaus has been urging members of the PGA to adopt to restore fun, particularly for women and junior players, to the game.

Someday, when carts are hovercrafts and Ping is on the G2000, we’ll look back with nostalgia on the quaint, old days when cups were 4.25 inches, and drivers were only titanium. But remember: you’re gravity-defying lip outs will still smack Isaac Newton in the face, no matter how large the target.

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June 05, 2012

Truth & Rumors: Springsteen drummer to caddie at Open

Posted at 12:21 PM by Mark Dee

Former Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band drummer Vini "Mad Dog" Lopez, who quit the band because he "didn't blindly follow Bruce," will be backing up a different boss next week in San Francisco, Ian O'Conner of ESPN.com reports. Lopez was on the bag yesterday for Mark McCormick, a 49-year-old New Jersey club pro, who posted a 36-hole score of 4 under par to pick up one of the four spots up for grabs in the U.S. Open field at the Olympic Club. Unfortunately for Lopez, that means a week off from his current lounge act, License to Chill.

"Vini's the real celebrity out here," McCormick said. Lopez said he would cancel his band appearances to travel to San Francisco with his man. The drummer they called Mad Dog has been a longtime caddie and caddie master in Jersey, and he wants a piece of the big time.

"When you're on stage at Giants Stadium with Bruce," Lopez said, "the lights are on us and it's total darkness in the crowd. You don't see the people, you hear them. At Olympic, you'll see everyone. The people are right there."

The caddie wants to see Tiger and Phil more than the drummer wants to see the Boss. "Bruce calls and says, 'Hey Vini, I haven't seen you in a while, so why don't you come down and hang out?'" Lopez said. "Bruce calls me when he needs me."


After looping for McCormick the last 22 years, looks like Lopez will at last stop hiding on golf's backstreets.

Sabbatini, Levin among notables who failed to qualify for U.S. Open

So you know Davis Love III and Casey Martin are headed back to Olympic for next week's U.S. Open. But it's the morning after, and it's time to count casualties from Sectional Qualifying, which wrapped up at nine courses yesterday. (The last two -- in Oregon and Tennessee -- are slated to finish up in the next couple days.)

At the top of the heap is Spencer Levin, who followed up a disappointing Sunday in Ohio with a disappointing Monday in Ohio. Both Levin, currently ranked 61st in the world, and Memorial runner-up Rory Sabbatini posted two-round scores of 5-over, five shots out of the playoff at even par.

Sabbatini and Levin weren't the only notables on the wrong side of the cut line in a stacked Columbus qualifier. Big names who won't be at Olympic include Camillo Villegas, who delivered the dreaded, always mysterious NC ("no card"), Ricky Barnes, who withdrew after carding a first round at 1-over, Ohio-native Ben Curtis, who finished two shots off the qualifying score, and Ryan Moore, who finished three strokes out.

To see who else survived the scrum, head over to the USGA for results from every qualifier.  

Tahoe casino sets odds on celebrity golf event, makes Romo favorite

Coming to a bookie near you: Tony Romo (5/2) is the favorite to win the American Century Celebrity Golf Champion next month in Tahoe, according to The Sacramento Bee. For those who bet on stuff like that. Or those who care. Longer shots: Charles Barkley, Kevin Nealon, Dennis Haysbert are coming in early at 500-1. So you're saying there's a chance...

And finally...

"America's Finest News Source" (i.e., The Onion), is doing our job for us with this Tiger headline: "Tiger Woods Back Again After Being Back From Being Back. Or, you know, making fun of us. We earnest folks at Golf.com stuggle with snark.

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January 16, 2012

Truth & Rumors: Sabbatini, Vijay in verbal altercation; Lexi's family reveals secret

Posted at 2:00 PM by Jeff Ritter

If Rory Sabbatini was striving to do a better job at controlling his temper on the course in 2012, he can now toss that New Year's resolution out the window.

At least this time, he wasn't the one who started it.

Last year, the fiery South African nearly came to blows with Sean O'Hair during the second round at the Zurich Classic. On Saturday at the Sony Open, Sabbatini was paired with Vijay Singh, who reportedly became incensed with Sabbatini's caddie following a blown par putt, and a profanity-laced argument soon followed. Here's the report from the New York Times' Karen Crouse.

According to volunteers who said they witnessed the incident, Singh, just after missing a 6-foot par put on the first hole of his third round, swore at Doran for moving while he had lined it up. When Sabbatini spoke up in defense of Doran, Singh swore at him loudly enough for volunteer marshals near the gallery ropes to hear. Singh and Sabbatini continued to jaw at each other. A security volunteer, Alan Awana, said he had never seen anything like it in his more than two decades working on the tournament.

The PGA Tour does not publicize disciplinary action against players, although it's believed Sabbatini may have been suspended for at least one week last season for his altercation with O'Hair. Stay tuned to see if either Sabbo or Vijay suddenly withdraws from any upcoming events.

Lexi's Parents Reveal Family Secret

Randall Mell at Golfchannel.com has an excellent feature on Lexi Thompson's family, which revealed a secret in hopes of dispelling gossip outside the ropes.

Judy Thompson, the mother of Lexi and her older brothers Nicholas and Curtis, used to be married to Lexi's uncle, Paul Curtis "Curt" Thompson, who is the father of Nicolas. But Curt died tragically in a skiing accident in 1983, and Judy eventually married Curt's brother, Scott, who is the father of both Lexi and Curtis. Mell explains more:

They are revealing their scars reluctantly, only because they have heard whispers grow more loudly, because they dread gossip taking cruel, inaccurate twists. They’re disappointed they feel pressure to share private family matters, but they’re doing it so the story isn’t turned into something ugly.

Here it is, the simple and complicated truth: Scott Thompson isn’t really Nicholas’ father. Well, not his biological father, though Nicholas will tell you Scott is his father in every other way imaginable.

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Translation (we think): "Excited to begin the year in Palm Springs. It's going to be a very good week, but we will try not to make it so dramatic."

May 17, 2011

Truth and Rumors: Sergio's Major Streak Over?

Posted at 1:23 PM by Michael Chwasky

If it weren't for Tiger's fall from grace, not to mention the number one spot in the world rankings, the biggest story in golf might be the plight of Sergio Garcia. Undoubtedly one of the most talented players the game has seen in recent years, El Nino has gone from being the second ranked player in the world in '09 to currently sitting at 73rd, a spot that fails to qualify him for the upcoming U.S. Open at Congressional. If he misses the event it will break his current streak of 47 majors in-a-row, which began at the Open Championship at Carnoustie in 1999.

Garcia, who hasn't won a PGA Tour event in three years and failed to make the 2010 European Ryder Cup team, must make it into the top 50 in the world rankings by June 13th or be in the top 10 on the PGA Tour money list by May 23rd if he wants to avoid playing in a 36-hole U.S. Open qualifier. According to the Spaniard, slogging through one of the toughest tests in golf in an attempt to earn a spot at Congressional is unlikely.

"I don't think so," he said. "If I don't qualify [through the rankings], then I don't deserve to play."

In regard to the streak of majors played, Garcia doesn't seem overly concerned.

"I don't care about the streak," he said. "I don't care about records and things like that. I worry about enjoying it and doing what I love and doing the best I can. I'm not going to look back when I'm 55 and say I should have tried to play 100 million in a row instead of 99."

Another issue for Garcia is that he currently is not exempt for this year's British Open at Royal St. George's either. However he has indicated that he will play in a British Open qualifier on May 23rd in Texas.

Note: Sean O'Hair, who finished 12th at the 2010 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach, is also not exempt for Congressional - the USGA recently changed the exemption from top 15 to top 10 finishers from the previous year.

Rory Sabbatini and Sean O'Hair apologize and move on
While replacing his swing coach and caddie are surely stressful for Sean O'Hair, at least the tension between he and fiery Rory Sabbatini seems to be over. According to O'Hair, he and Sabbatini had a phone conversation shortly after their heated on-course argument at The Zurich Classic of New Orleans and straightened things out.

"He apologized and I apologized," O'Hair said. "Life goes on."

This was the second publicized incident in which Sabbatini's behavior has caused problems in 2011 - at the Northern Trust in L.A. he reportedly used profanity while addressing a young volunteer who was helping him look for a lost ball. O'Hair declined to say what the argument was about, but did mention that it was not about slow play.

Darren Clarke eyes return to Ryder Cup
After putting an end to a three-year winless drought at The Iberdrola Open in Mallorca last weekend, Northern Irishman Darren Clarke is setting his sights on the next Ryder Cup.

"I feel there is a lot of golf left in me. I need to get the consistency back again. I would like to qualify for another Ryder Cup team and another win would take me back into the top 50. It was nice to win again but I want to be doing it more frequently."

Though Clarke has not played in a Ryder Cup since The K Club in '06 (which Europe won), his big win over up-and-coming Englishman Chris Wood apparently has him brimming with confidence.

"My swing is getting better and better. If I can get myself into contention to win, then great, and I can get up the world rankings again."

Here's a glimpse of DC's post-win press conference in Spain:

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March 05, 2011

What to Watch For: Sunday at the 2011 Honda Classic

Posted at 8:11 PM by Ryan Reiterman

March5_sabbatini How Low Can Rory Go?
For the last two days Rory Sabbatini has carded the low round of the day. On Friday, Sabbatini tied the course record with a 6-under 64. On Saturday, he made only one bogey and five birdies for a 4-under 66 and a five-shot lead heading into the final round.

The good news for Sabbatini is he may not have to go low on Sunday. With a five shot lead, Y.E. Yang, Jerry Kelly and the rest of the field will need to play aggressive if Sabbatini manages to stay at 9 under or better. That could be a tall order for Sabbatini's challengers as PGA National is one of the toughest courses on Tour -- only 14 of the 77 players shot under par in the third round.

And Sabbatini is not known to give up the lead. In his five previous wins he's won four times with at least a share of the lead. 

The Challengers
Sabbatini's 6-under 64 on Friday is the low round of the week, so given that number it seems there's only a select few with a realistic shot of winning. Charles Howell III, Ricky Barnes, Tommy Gainey and Matt Bettencourt are tied for sixth, eight shots behind Sabbatini. If any one of those players shoots a 64 that leaves them at 7 under. Couple that with a bad round by Sabbatini and they'd have a shot.

Rookies Kyle Stanley (2 under) and Gary Woodland  (3 under) are also in the picture, but it's hard to see an inexperienced player going low in the final round at PGA National. 

If Sabbatini slips up, he'll likely have to worry about Yang or Kelly, both tied for second and five shots back. Keep a close eye on Yang. He won the Honda in 2009, a few months before he took down Tiger Woods at the PGA Championship. Plus, Yang already has two top 10s this year, including a T5 last week at the match play.

(Photo: Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

May 26, 2010

Truth and Rumors: Nicklaus thinks Pavin needs "brain scan," Trump is tripped and Sabbo's wife goes off

Posted at 12:45 PM by Steve Beslow

Jack Knows Best

Jack Nicklaus may be retired from playing golf, but he's definitely not retired from talking about it. When asked about Ryder Cup Captain Corey Pavin's recent comments about the uncertainty behind Tiger's spot on the team, Nicklaus had plenty to say, notes Brian Keogh of The Irish Times.

Nicklaus, who celebrated his 70th birthday in January, reckons leaving Woods out of the side would give a whole new meaning to the term “no brainer”.

“He’d (Pavin) need a brain scan if he left Tiger out of the team,” Nicklaus told local reporters at the unveiling of a project to design two courses at the exclusive La Moraleja, 10 miles from the venue for this week’s Madrid Masters, the Real Sociedad Hípica Club de Campo.

“Of course he should pick Tiger. The truth is that Tiger is going through some personal problems, which I’ve nothing to say about, and he’s also got some problems with his game, which he’s going to have to resolve himself. But Tiger will be in the team, I have no doubt.”

Am I the only one who loves the new, ornery Jack? He's really taken on the great elder-statesman tradition of saying what everyone else is thinking. At the end of the day, I can appreciate why Pavin took a stand on the issue: to imply that anyone, even Tiger, has a guaranteed spot on the team at this point would be foolish and counterproductive, even if it's completely true. The truth probably lies somewhere between Pavin's statements and Jack's: Tiger will have the opportunity to play in the Ryder Cup, either by climbing his way up the standings or as a captain's pick. But it will be Woods, not Pavin, who decides whether his game and his personal life are stable enough to make it worth his while.

Trumped

It seems that real estate tycoon and golf aficionado Donald Trump has run into more trouble with his planned Scottish resort. Severin Carrell of The Guardian details the latest bump in the road for The Donald.

Opponents of Donald Trump's proposed £1bn golf resort in Aberdeenshire claim they have thwarted his plans to forcibly purchase land in a mass protest backed by celebrities and conservationists.

Scores of people including comedian Mark Thomas and mountaineer Cameron McNeish have been made joint owners of one acre of land previously owned by Michael Forbes, the quarryman and salmon netsman who has become Trump's most famous opponent.

The land is part of Forbes's 23-acre property which sits inside the proposed resort close to one of two planned 18-hole golf courses and, in a play on words, has been nicknamed The Bunker.

Campaigners in the protest group Tripping up Trump today unveiled an online appeal for sympathisers to register their names as joint owners, in a campaign likened to the mass purchase of land next to Heathrow to block the airport's third runway.

Although Trump has said Forbes's home is not necessary for his resort, the billionaire property developer's executives have said he could seek the compulsory purchase of Forbes's land and three other private houses and properties inside or next to the site.

This is one of those tricky situations that comes up all too often in the golf world (and the rest of the sports world as well). Considering the Aberdeenshire council already approved Trump's plans late last year, it's likely this is a mere speed bump on Trump's quest to create the "world's greatest golf course." And while Forbes may have found some sympathy with the already rich and the likewise disenfranchised, something tells me local workers and businesses aren't going to let him stand in the way of a billion-Euro payday.

Rory may not be the angry one in the family

You know how they say when a couple is together long enough they start to look alike? Stephanie Wei at Wei Under Par has found out that they can start to sound alike too:

As you may have heard, last week the nice people at TaylorMade posted a good luck message to Rory Sabbatini on their Facebook page.

Now everyone knows Sabbatini has a bad rap — he’s infamous for his temper and his less-than-sunny personality. Then there’s the whole run-in he had with Ben Crane a few years back. The list of negative Sabbo-stories seems never-ending. Apparently his wife, Amy, is just as explosive and sassy as her husband.

The social media scuffle began when a TaylorMade fan presented his opinion on Sabbatini.

Check out Wei's page to catch the actual back and forth between "fan" Don Walker and Amy Sabbatini, complete with screen caps from the Facebook exchange and a few less-than-friendly suggestions on how to spend one's time. Wei makes sure to mention that, despite his reputation, Rory Sabbatini is often cited as a generally nice guy (from my limited experience with him, I would agree), though that might just be in comparison to his better half.

April 28, 2010

Truth & Rumors: Kim hangs tough, the Road Hole expands and Sabbatini complains

Posted at 12:21 PM by Steve Beslow

Kim toughs it out
It's no secret that Anthony Kim's been in pain over the last few weeks with a detached ligament in his left thumb that will eventually require surgery. It's also no secret that he's playing some fantastic golf, including a win at the Shell Houston Open and a T3 at the Masters. Kim will tee off again this week at Quail Hollow, but Hank Gola of the New York Daily News tells us the story behind Kim's eventual surgery and rehab.

"The doctor told me when the pain gets too hard to deal with, that's when I should do it. But as of now, he said it can't get any worse, so I guess that's a good thing. I'm just going to keep playing until I can't anymore."

Kim's doctor is also telling him he'll have to miss between two and three months, including rehab, so he's trying to figure out just when that break should occur. He's No. 3 on the PGA Tour money list and No. 10 in the world. He knows he's not going to be able to make it through the end of the season.

"I don't think I'm going to take that chance because I want to play in the Ryder Cup. ...That's a huge goal of mine," he said. "It was probably one of the greatest moments I've ever had (in 2008). I want to be healthy for that. I just want to time that right.

"But at the same time, I want to play in all the majors, too, so in golf, there's not really a good time to take time off."

I know it's going to sound sappy, but it makes me feel warm and fuzzy hearing Kim talk so emphatically about playing in the Ryder Cup. Ever since Robert Allenby called out the young Californian's fondness for celebration and referred to him as America's "loosest cannon" at the 2009 President's Cup, Kim has been a man on a mission: to prove that he not only loves golf, but that he loves competing for his country. Consider me convinced, and consider Allenby lucky he won't be playing for team Europe. 

The long(er) and winding Road Hole
Late last year, the Royal and Ancient began coyly suggesting that they would be making some key alterations to the links at St. Andrews in preparation for the British Open. They later confirmed that the most noteworthy modification would be a lengthening of the Old Course's famous "Road Hole." Ryan Ballaengee on the Waggle Room blog takes us through the changes:

As we first told you last October, the R&A had been plotting a forty yard extension of the hole by creating a new teeing ground across the hole's actual road namesake. At a press briefing today at St. Andrew's, Royal & Ancient chief Peter Dawson officially unveiled the new Road Hole at the Old Course.

The new tee, across the road, has been created in an effort to (a) force more players to hit driver off of the tee and (b) require a longer iron shot into the green, thus trying to make the deep pot bunker guarding the green and the actual road behind it more likely to come into play.

Dawson described the diminishing challenge by saying, "We don't see many players on the road these days, and that's because of the distance control they can achieve and the accuracy with these shorter iron clubs. What we're trying to do here is restore the hole to its previous challenge where the players are having to hit into the green with a much longer iron club than they have been in recent times."

The R&A can talk all they want about forcing "more players" to take certain shots, but this is the most clear example of Tiger-proofing since Augusta National hulked-up in 2001. That being said, it's hard to blame the Brits for trying to keep the Tiger at bay. He's won the last two Open Championships that were held at the Old Course, destroying golf's greatest natural treasure to the tune of -19 in 2000 and -14 in 2005.

Wie's opportunity
In what has become a rare optimistic take on the LPGA after Lorena Ochoa's surprise retirement last week, Jim Brighters of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer claims that there are good things to come for the ladies' Tour and for its most enigmatic star.

Just a few years after Annika Sorenstam walked away from the game, Lorena Ochoa followed suit.

When Sorenstam retired, she left the tour in the very capable hands of Ochoa. The Mexican star was already ranked No. 1 in the world, so Sorenstam's departure, while huge, was not catastrophic for the Tour.

But Ochoa will be gone by Sunday night, which means welcome to the Jiyai Shin era. OK, not really. Shin will assume the No. 1 ranking, but this tour now belongs to one person: Michelle Wie.

Remember a few years back when Wie was just using the LPGA Tour as a warm-up for the PGA Tour? She had won only one USGA amateur event, and only once threatened to make a cut on the PGA Tour, but oh yes, Wie was going to play with the big boys.

Now Wie owns the LPGA Tour, and will do it with just one tour victory.

This actually isn't that far from my reaction to the news in last week's roundup, that Ochoa's retirement is a huge opportunity for Michelle Wie. But Brighters takes a leap that I'm not willing to take...that Wie is actually ready to step into this spotlight. While she seemed to really turn a corner at last year's Solheim Cup, it's impossible to ignore Wie's inability to really come to terms with her past mistakes, something that became abundantly clear with the selective amnesia she showed when asked about pulling out of Annika's tournament in 2007 and the mixed signals about her wrist injury over the years. Frankly, I think she's grown up a ton in a very short period of time, and there's no denying that she has the chance to really do something special. But it seems like when Brighters looks at Wie, he sees a young Phil Mickelson...for the moment, I still see a young Sergio Garcia.

Members Only
Last, but assuredly not least, the always-awesome Stephanie Wei of "Wei Under Par" has tons of great info from last night's Player's Only meeting at Quail Hollow. An excerpt won't do it justice (just read the whole thing), but my favorite tidbit involves Rory Sabbatini. Rory was up to his trademark complaining, but this time it wasn't just about slow play (his personal crusade). Sabbatini also took golf commentators to task for being too dull, saying something along the lines of, “When I want to take a nap, I turn on the Golf Channel.” I'll tell you what I like about Sabbatini, he's no hypocrite: he plays fast, and he's never boring.

January 11, 2010

The Daily Flogging: SBS notes, Ryan Moore's chipping lesson, Harrington's plans and more

Posted at 11:02 AM by Gary Van Sickle

The Flogging is a smorgasbord of news, opinion and occasional grass clippings from around the wide world of golf. Here's what you've been missing, you lucky bastards…

The SBS Championship, the artist formerly known as the winners-only Mercedes Championship, kicked off a new season of golf for American TV viewers. Once Thursday's action started, we could put a cork in the Tiger Woods talk and actually check out some fresh golf. Be honest -- who thought we'd start 2010 being sick and tired of hearing about Tiger?

Geoff-ogilvy-sbs Geoff Ogilvy won for the second straight year. He survived a 10-birdie charge by Rory Sabbatini (remember him?) and blew past U.S. Open champion Lucas Glover, who stumbled badly on the weekend, and Sean O'Hair, who finished poorly with a snipe-hook into the jungle. Ogilvy is 46 under par in his successive victories at the season's lid-lifter.

Give this opener an A-minus for the Hawaiian ocean views, if nothing else, since North America is locked down in icicle mode. Plus, the first two weeks of the season, when golf is shown in prime time on Golf Channel, are two of the most enjoyable weeks of the year. You work or play golf during the day, watch golf on TV at night. It's a beautiful thing.

Lorne Rubinstein states the obvious in the Toronto Globe & Mail (and sometimes the obvious needs stating) that hey, these Aussies are really good: "The more anybody is around professional golf, the more impressive is the contribution that Australians have made to the win column." A long line of champions from Down Under pre-dates even Greg Norman, Rubinstein points out, giving mention to Peter Thomson, David Graham, Jan Stephenson and the oft-overlooked Kel Nagle. This is not Earth-shattering stuff but it bears repeating that per capita, Australia may be golf's finest proving ground. (Sorry, Fiji.)

Will this win launch Ogilvy to No. 2 or No.1 in the world and make him a consistent threat in the majors? A lot of observers believe Ogilvy could get there, but he's teased us before. Maybe the this-could-be-the-start-of-something-big column will be the Tuesday follow-up. Larry Dorman in The New York Times picked up on Ogilvy's comments on why he and fellow Aussie Stuart Appleby, who won three straight times at Kapalaua, may have a home-course advantage. "You rarely shoot straight at the pins in Australia, much the same as here," Ogilvy said. "Much of the time you use the slopes to work the ball toward the hole. I feel like now I may have figured it out."

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