John Daly’s comeback didn’t start as planned in the first round of the Sony Open in Hawaii yesterday. Daly’s five bogeys and three birdies (73) left him eight strokes back of the leaders and he’ll need a great round today to make the cut. Daly tried going “old school” at the Sony with a set of old Ping wedges with square grooves. How does he get away with square grooves, when the USGA has banned them? Easy: these clubs are so old that they were grandfathered in when Ping sued and then settled its lawsuit with the USGA. The ruling stated that any Ping-Eye 2 clubs made prior to April 1, 1990 are approved for tour use under the rules of golf. Daly had used these wedges when he won the 1991 PGA Championship. Maybe he thought some of that old magic he used at Crooked Stick was still left in them.
Tadd Fujikawa is back home playing in Hawaii and playing in The Sony Open. We loved him at the US Open in 2006 when he qualified as a fifteen year old. He has been working on his game and will play on the eGolf Professional Tour this year which plays most of its tournaments in North Carolina. He shot a 72 in the first round.
I had been wondering what happened to Brian Hewitt of The Golf Channel and I found him when I came across a new website, “Global Golf Post.” Brian Hewitt is the editor of this web-based, weekly digital golf magazine and it looks very interesting. I thought Hewitt was excellent on TGC and his magazine appears to be just as good as his work on The Golf Channel. Click here and check it out.