Canadian still trying to make cut after five events

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Matt McQuillan

Matt McQuillan

Kingston golfer Matt McQuillan fell just short of making the cut at the PGA Tour’s Puerto Rico Open on Friday.

The tour rookie shot two-over-par 74 in the second round, leaving McQuillan at one-over for 36 holes. The cut line was one under.

McQuillan now has missed the cut in his past five tournaments after qualifying for the final two rounds in his PGA Tour debut — the Sony Open in Hawaii.

McQuillan is not in the field next week at the Transitions Championship in Palm Harbor, Fla.

Americans Chris Tidland, Troy Matteson and James Driscoll lead the Puerto Rico Open at 10 under. Calgary’s Stephen Ames is one stroke back, while David Hearn of Brantford is four shots off the pace.

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The PGA Tour and Trackman make announcement

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TrackmanThe PGA TOUR and TrackMan have extended their partnership with the recent signing of a new five-year agreement.

Under the contract extension, the PGA TOUR will continue using TrackMan for the measurement and reporting of player launch, flight, and club delivery statistics at its weekly PGA TOUR events.

The PGA TOUR collects TrackMan data for all PGA TOUR events. The collected data is used for PGA TOUR research, as well as selectively being made available privately to syndication clients and publicly to fans.

TrackMan operations are handled by the PGA TOUR’s ShotLink staff. ShotLink incorporates TrackMan data into the myriad of other ShotLink statistics that are made available to the players, media and fans.

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This week Mitsubishi Electric Championship power rankings

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Bernhard Langer

Bernhard Langer

The Champions Tour returns this week to kick off the 2011 season at the Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai.

Tom Watson won the title in dramatic fashion last year with a final-round 65 to hold off the fast-charging Fred Couples. The exciting finale set the stage for a series of classic finishes on the Champions Tour in 2010.

Here are the first Champions Tour Power Rankings for 2011:

Power Rankings: Mitsubishi Electric Championship
Rank Player Comment
Bernhard
LANGER
Achieved a Champions Tour first last year with his third Player of the Year award and returns to a course where he won in 2009.
Fred
COUPLES
Runner-up last year to Tom Watson despite a final round 64 which kick-started his remarkable early-season run as a Champions Tour rookie.
Tom
WATSON
The defending champion starts every season with the same goal — to win. Hell have good vibes again Hualalai after last years solid performance.
Fred
FUNK
The 2008 winner warmed up against the kids at last weeks Sony Open in Hawaii, narrowly missing the cut by 1 shot after rounds of 69-69.
Tom
LEHMAN
A victory here could be a precursor to a very big year, indeed, for the 2010 Senior PGA Champion who finished fourth hear a year ago.

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Checking out the Power Rankings of the Bob Hope Classic

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Matt Kuchar

Matt Kuchar

Cover your eyes, kids, because there’s gonna be a shootout in the desert.

If par-net-triple bogeys are your thing, then pull up a chair. The Bob Hope Classic will offer its usual go-low-or-go-home fare at the same quartet of courses that were in play a year ago — PGA West’s Palmer Private (host), PGA West’s Nicklaus Private, Silver Rock’s Palmer Course and La Quinta Country Club.

All four ranked inside the seven easiest of all tracks in relation to par in 2010, eight most vulnerable in terms of birdie average; and top 11 pushovers in putting.

Save the random career week with the blade, mallet, two-ball, center-shafted, broomstick and all other iterations of the 14th club, the primary goal is greens in regulation. In other words, birdie opportunities. Plenty of them.

No worries with the weather this week. It’s going to be absolutely perfect. High temperatures will sit in 70s. Sunshine and light winds will complement throughout.

Power Rankings: Bob Hope Classic image image Matt
KUCHAR
He’s picked up right where he left off in 2010. In 144 holes this year, he has one eagle, 40 birdies and just 12 bogeys (nothing worse) en route to T6 and T5 paydays. Shared runner-up honors with Tim Clark at last year’s Bob Hope. image image Bill
HAAS
The defending champ is coming off a solo eighth at Kapalua. He led last year’s Hope in greens and swallowed just four bogeys (nothing worse) all week. Has ranked inside the top 35 on the PGA TOUR in greens hit in each of the last three years. image image D.J.
TRAHAN
Complete no-brainer here. He’s chased his victory here in 2008, when he rode a hot putter, with a tie for 14th (2009) and solo seventh (2010). Seventh on TOUR in greens in regulation in each of the last two years. image image Steve
MARINO
Rededicated to his game. Co-runner-up at the Sony Open, where he co-led the field in greens hit. Best finish in three starts at the Hope is a T25 in 2009. Ranked inside top 25 on TOUR in GIR in 2008 and 2009. Repeat: Rededicated. image image Ryan
MOORE
Making his first start of the year. Has three top 10s in as many starts dating back to the BMW Championship in September. In four career appearances here, has two top-10s and two missed cuts. In the top tier of talent in this field. image image Tim
CLARK
Blisters on his feet may bump him from the field, but he still deserves to be included here. Finished tied for second at the Sony; co-led the field in greens. In four Hope starts, has two T2s and a T5. image image Bubba
WATSON
Tied for second here last year, and ranked T2 in greens hit that week. Fired a 62 at Silver Rock in the second round and a career low. Finished 55th on TOUR in GIR and eighth in birdie average in 2010. image image Rory
SABBATINI
Always difficult to wrangle with numbers and trends, but a T13 at the Sony fulfilled his spot at No. 14 in my Power Rankings Plus last week. Hasn’t competed at the Hope since a tie for 10th in 2006. image image John
SENDEN
Placed T20 at last week’s Sony Open, his ninth top 20 over his last 11 starts worldwide. Led the PGA TOUR in greens in 2009 and 2010. Owns 9-for-9 record at the Hope, with five top 25s. image image Matt
BETTENCOURT
Finished T19 at Kapalua, and then T5 at the Sony for his first two top 20s on the PGA TOUR before June. Co-led field at Waialae in greens hit. Incredibly streaky, thus earning a spot in this feature.

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Matt McQuillan makes cut in first PGA event

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Matt Mcquillan

Matt Mcquillan

Though it was not a super Sunday in Hawaii, Matt McQuillan’s debut on the PGA Tour certainly will go down as a success.

The Kingston golfer made the trimmed-down cut with a big finish in the second round of the rain-delayed Sony Open on Saturday, allowing McQuillan to play the final 36 holes on a gruelling Sunday.

While McQuillan settled for a tie for 54th (56 players played the final two rounds instead of the usual 70 and ties due to the rain-out on Thursday), just earning Sunday playing privileges was quite a feat for a man ranked 1,000th in the world golf rankings. For his efforts, McQuillan earned $12,705 US.

McQuillan, who was five-over for the final two rounds to finish at two-over for the tournament, qualified for Sunday play by notching birdies on his final two holes on Saturday. He made a clutch 12-foot birdie putt on his 17th hole and then two-putted on his final hole ― the par-5 ninth ― to move on.

“He wasn’t sure if he needed one or two (birdies heading to his 17th hole),” Kevin Dickey, McQuillan’s coach, said. “When he walked up to (the final) green, he knew he needed to two-putt.”

Playing 36 holes with no more than a half-hour break on Sunday proved to be a daunting task.

In the big picture, however, the result has to please McQuillan. Twenty-seven rookies teed off at the Sony Open and just five were still playing on Sunday.

Three Canadians were in the field (the others were David Hearn of Brantford and Chris Baryla of Vernon, B.C.), but only McQuillan survived the axe.

And 144 players started play and many big names exited before McQuillan, including Vijay Singh, John Daly and Charles Howell III.

“Overall, it’s fantastic,” Dickey said. “He’ll make some money and everything helps in the re-shuffle. He got up and down quite a bit. He knows even when he’s not playing great, he can hang in there.”

American Mark Wilson won the tournament at 16-under.

McQuillan heads back to California on Monday. He is the third alternate for this week’s Bob Hope Classic in La Quinta, so he has to play the waiting game.

Next week’s Farmers Insurance Open in San Diego features a bigger field ― meaning McQuillan is a very good bet to get in for that tourney.

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Local Club Pro gives insight to Waialae Country Club

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Kevin Carll

Kevin Carll

This week’s Sony Open at Waialae Country Club in Honolulu is the first full-field event on the 2011 PGA Tour schedule. Before the first tee shot was struck, we caught up with Waialae Country Club PGA Head Professional Kevin Carll, who gave us some insight into the event, as well as what it was like to be a competitor.

PGA.com: Thanks for joining us, Kevin and Happy New Year. I think it’s safe to say that the Sony Open in Hawaii routinely lends itself to some of the most dramatic, exciting finishes golf fans get to see all year. Why is that?

This week’s Sony Open in Hawaii will take place at Waialae Country Club.

Carll: That’s a great question. The 18th hole is a reachable par 5 and there’s a lot that can happen coming down the stretch when the finishing hole is a par 5. Also, 17 is nothing more than an 8 iron with the trade wind. So, there’s the possibility of a birdie-birdie finish. What’s more exciting than that?

PGA.com: One thing that I’ve heard will make it all the more exciting this time around, is the fact that the closing holes on the weekend will be broadcast in 3-D. How neat is that?

Carll: I’m looking forward to it. We have a few of the Sony flat-screens with 3-D technology in the men’s grill in the clubhouse. We have 100-plus 3-D glasses available to members. The technology itself, I haven’t seen, but I’m excited about it.

PGA.com: As the first full-field event of each new season, I would imagine it’s your goal to set the bar high for other tournaments. You’ve already got the Paradise setting, but what specifically do you think up that fans might not otherwise suspect?

Carll: I think it’s the magic of Hawaii, everything about the islands. It’s a big hit for families to come over — the Tour wives and children. The weather is usually in the mid-to-low 80s and the Pacific Ocean is right near course – almost right on the course, actually.

PGA.com: You actually played in the Sony Open eight years ago. What was that week like?

Carll: That particular week was surreal for me. It’s something I dreamt about when I picked up the game as a child. I almost had to pinch myself to make sure I wasn’t dreaming. That was quite a few years ago, obviously. I missed the cut, played awful, but really enjoyed myself. Now as head professional, biggest challenge is the weather. The next couple of days might be wet and that will be a challenge for our superintendant. The most challenging part of the job is the stuff you can’t control.

PGA.com: Waialae is such a great venue for a tournament and I think that has a lot to do with the variety of champions the course yields. Bombers have won. Short knockers have won. Superstars have won. Guys that aren’t household names have won. It’s probably as level a playing field as any course on Tour. What do you think is the reason for that?

Carll: It’s a very traditional layout. There’s not a whole lot out there that’s hidden. It’s out in front of you. Tight fairways that are firm, a lot of doglegs, you have to control your ball around the course. Some of the doglegs limit the amount the long hitters can cut off, which makes it a strategic course where positioning is extremely important.

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Canadian PGA Tour Pro Matt McQuillan shines on first event

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Matt McQuillan

Matt McQuillan

Matt McQuillan can honestly say he was not a nervous wreck on the first tee at his first career PGA Tour event.

The Kingston golfer got the jitters out of the way earlier.

“I was definitely way more nervous on the practice tee,” McQuillan, 29, said. “Once I settled down and just started hitting some shots, I just stuck to the basics. I felt pretty good and I hit it great most of the day.”

The scorecard backed up McQuillan’s thoughts. The professional journeyman shot a 2-under 68 on Friday in the rain-delayed opening round of the Sony Open in Honolulu — an outstanding start for the recent PGA Tour Qualifying School graduate.

With heavy rains washing out a practice round on Wednesday and the first round Thursday at the Waialae Country Club, McQuillan showed no signs of rust, notching seven birdies on the day.

After the conclusion of his morning round, McQuillan stood in the top 10, four strokes behind Stuart Appleby of Australia. McQuillan’s score matched those posted by notable names like Davis Love III and John Daly.

“It all seems a bit surreal,” McQuillan said. “It’s definitely right where you want to be.”

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Johnson pulls out of Sony Open over girlfriend issues

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Dustin Johnson

Dustin Johnson

Dustin Johnson says he hasn’t been dating anyone for two months, not even Natalie Gulbis.

Johnson spoke out Saturday because he was tired of hearing gossip and innuendoes that he withdrew from the Sony Open in Hawaii because his girlfriend found out about a relationship with Gulbis.

He said he broke up with college girlfriend Amanda Caulder a few months ago. Caulder has since moved out of South Carolina.

“For people to say I went home to repair the relationship is completely false,” Johnson said. “We’re not in a relationship. And yes, me and Natalie have spent some time together, but we’re not in a relationship. There’s all kinds of stuff going on in the media. Actually, some of this stuff is comical.”

Johnson, a four-time PGA TOUR winner, played in the final group of two majors last year and competed in the Wendy’s Three-Tour Challenge with Gulbis in Las Vegas in November. She was in his gallery last week at Kapalua on the weekend of the Hyundai Tournament of Champions, and told golf.com they were dating. “I’ll let Dustin handle our PR,” she told the website.

“We’re not dating,” Johnson said Saturday in a telephone interview.

He said he had some personal matters that came up at home in South Carolina, and although he declined to be more specific, said it had to do with his family. He plans to play next at Torrey Pines in two weeks.

“It’s nothing bad, nothing too serious,” Johnson said. “People are making up all kinds of stuff, and I’m like, ‘Where do they even get this from?’ No one has talked to me.”

It’s not the way Johnson, whose worldwide earnings of more than $5.54 million were the most of any American last year, had hoped to start the season. Most of the talk has always been about his golf, from his four wins in three years on TOUR to his two-stroke penalty in a bunker on the final hole that cost him a spot in a playoff at the PGA Championship.

“My life is playing golf,” the 26-year-old Johnson said. “I’m out here to win golf tournaments. My personal life is not what I want to answer questions about.”

Johnson said he would play five straight weeks starting with the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines. Because he withdrew from the Sony Open, he said he would play the Waste Management Phoenix Open, go for a third straight win at the AT&t Pebble Beach National Pro-Am and finish off the West Coast at Riviera at the Northern Trust Open and the World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship.

“As for me and my personal life,” Johnson said, “I’m a single guy.”

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Mother Nature attacks Waialae course

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Waialae Washout

Waialae Washout

All those rookies ready to start their PGA Tour careers will have to wait another day.

The opening round of the Sony Open, the first full-field event of the season, was washed out Thursday because of heavy overnight rain that left too much water on Waialae Country Club. Once the sun came up and officials could see, it was a quick decision. Some fairways and bunkers were filled with large puddles.

“The golf course is under water,” PGA Tour Tournament Director Mark Russell said. “We’ve got some more rain coming, and we just didn’t think that we could get it in tournament condition today.”

The plan is to play the opening two rounds on Friday and Saturday, with 36 holes on Sunday. The cut will be the nearest number to 60 players, although everyone in the top 70 will get credit for making the cut and will get paid.

Rain is not unusual, although Russell could not remember an entire day being washed out in three decades working this tournament.

The pro-am was canceled Wednesday because of rain and wet conditions, and with the course at its limit because of rain over the holidays, nearly 4 inches fell overnight.

The locker room was lined with golf bags that had rain covers on, along with extra towels to prepare for the conditions. Players were looking for something to do, because even the practice range was closed.

Jhonattan Vegas of Venezuela, one of 26 rookies in the field who was to tee off Thursday morning, was asking about golf courses on the other side of Oahu until learning it rains even harder there.

Finishing on Sunday takes on even more importance. The PGA Tour next goes to the California desert for the Bob Hope Classic, a 90-hole tournament that starts Wednesday across four golf courses. If there is a Monday finish, players in the Hope would not be able to arrive until Tuesday afternoon and would not be able to see any of the courses ahead of time.

Where last week’s season-opening Hyundai Tournament of Champions was a reunion of winners, the Sony Open is more of a meet-and-greet.

It’s the first full-field event of the PGA Tour, a time filled with as much optimism as curiosity. It is not unusual to see veterans looking at names on the golf bags to figure out who some of these guys are. There are 26 rookies at Waialae, 10 of them who have never teed it up in any PGA Tour event.

“You walk on that range and you feel like you’re on a different tour,” Ernie Els said.

Paul Goydos, starting his 19th year on tour, mentioned that he had already met three players in the dining room.

Did they know him?

“Yeah, I think so,” Goydos said. “But when they say, ‘My dad loves your game,’ that’s when you know you’re in deep trouble.”

Goydos had hit his tee shot when he made a quick detour to the practice range to adjust his driver. When he got back to the first fairway, another player was right ahead of him. It was 20-year-old Bio Kim, the youngest player on tour this year, and among those who had never competed in a PGA Tour event.

Goydos introduced himself, and jokingly said, “I’m sure his dad has seen me play.” Kim, a South Korean who once lived in Irvine, Calif., for five years as a teenager, was asked if he knew anything about Goydos.

“You shot 59,” he said to him with a smile.

“At least I’m known for one thing,” said Goydos, who hit golf’s magic number at the John Deere Classic last year.

Such introductions are part of the charm of the Sony Open, a tournament that brings together veterans and rookies, old and new. The field includes 54-year-old Fred Funk, and he’s not even the oldest player at Waialae. That would be 67-year-old Dave Eichelberger, now a PGA Club Professional who recently won the Aloha PGA Section title and earned a spot in the field.

The rookies include Joseph Bramlett, a Stanford graduate who made it through Q-School on his first try and became the first player of black heritage since Tiger Woods to join the PGA Tour. There’s Keegan Bradley, the nephew of LPGA Tour star Pat Bradley, a pair of Nationwide Tour grads in Jamie Lovemark and Kevin Chappell.

This is the time to dream big.

Bramlett, who qualified for the U.S. Open last summer, knows he has never had any success on the PGA Tour. He also has never experienced any prolonged failure, which allows for such high hopes.

“Everyone is pretty optimistic,” Jim Furyk said. “You’ve got goals, New Year’s resolutions, things you want to achieve. If you’re not optimistic this time of the year, I’d sure as hell hate to see what your attitude is like in October.

Ryan Palmer is the defending champion, and the field features four players from among the top 15 in the world, most of whom were at Kapalua last week for the season-opening Hyundai Tournament of Champions.

Furyk had played four times before he got his PGA Tour card, and he remembers starting his rookie season in 1994 at the Sony Open. His father was with him and stepped away when Furyk took his spot on the practice range. Facing a hard Kona wind, into this face and blowing to the left, he took out a sand wedge and his first shot fat.

“I blew all this dirt and sand up in the air and it just coated the guy next to me, almost like I could hear it hitting him,” Furyk said. “I looked over to see who was behind me, and it was Lanny Wadkins.”

Another shot, same result.

Furyk tried his best to make light of the situation, no matter how mortified he was.

“I said, ‘I guess I’ll aim a little farther right on the next one,”’ Furyk said. “He was over his ball, and he looked up and said, ‘That would be nice.’ That was the only conversation.”

Welcome to the tour, kid.

Furyk turned out OK. He now has 16 wins, a major, a FedExCup title and he’s closing in on $50 million for his career.

Who’s next?

The player getting most of the attention is Lovemark, who won the money list on the Nationwide Tour last year and was part of the three-way playoff in Arizona in 2009 that also featured Rickie Fowler.

Of the American rookies last year, the only guy who won a tournament was Derek Lamely in Puerto Rico, an opposite-field event. Then again, no one paid much attention to Ben Curtis in 2003 in his rookie year until he was holding the claret jug.

Most rookies at least have the experience of having played on the Nationwide Tour. They know what it’s like to look for a good hotel, leave early after missing the cut, and realize that it doesn’t take long for fortunes to change.

Goydos spent a couple of years on the old Hogan Tour, which he said helped — but only so far.

“The first tournament I played, I remember walking through the locker room and Davis Love was walking in the opposite direction,” Goydos said. “The guy looked 9 feet tall.”

One theory is that rookies are more optimistic because they don’t know what they’re getting into yet.

“The older you get, the less you realize you know,” Goydos said. “It’s the same way with golf. You get out here long enough, you realize, ‘Wow, it is really hard to win.’ But maybe that’s another reason why I’ve only won twice.”

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Canadian Matt Quillan debut at Sony Open delayed by Mother Nature

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Matt Mcquillan

Matt Mcquillan

Kingston golfer Matt McQuillan will have to wait at least a day to take his first swing on the PGA Tour in Honolulu, Hawaii.

At 1:08 p.m., the tour announced that no golf would be played on Thursday at the Sony Open because heavy rains have made the Waialae Country Club unplayable.

McQuillan was scheduled to tee off at 1:30 p.m.

The first round is now slated to be played on Friday with the second round on Saturday. The tour is hoping to play the final 36 holes on Sunday.

McQuillan earned his tour card last month at PGA Tour Qualifying School in Winter Garden, Fla. He has been in Hawaii gearing up for the tournament since last weekend.

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