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 … The PGA Tour's biggest problem, as any tournament sponsor or TV network can tell you, is its inability to deliver its best players. In NASCAR, the best drivers race week in and week out. Not in golf, where top players cherry pick their spots and sometimes opt to play on different continents, thus hurting their home tour's product. As Larry Bohannan points out in The Desert Sun, SBS champ Geoff Ogilvy won't be playing the Bob Hope Classic, which starts next week. He'll be at the Abu Dhabi Championship, a European tour event in the United Arab Emirates. So will American Anthony Kim, who lives in La Quinta, site of the Hope.
"The disappointment is that American players raised on the PGA Tour are choosing to play in Abu Dhabi or Doha, Qatar (opposite the San Diego tournament) rather than playing on PGA Tour events those weeks.Some players, such as La Quinta's Anthony Kim, will play in Abu Dhabi. Others, such as Steve Stricker and Kenny Perry, won't play in Abu Dhabi but will begin their travel around the world the week of the Hope to play in Doha a few days later."
Feel-good moment of the day wrote GolfWeek's Beth Ann Baldry Michelle Wie The deal that provided General Motors cars for Tiger's use ended two weeks ago according to USA Today will be repaired and sold It is all but certain that the PGA Tour event at Torrey Pines will not have a title sponsor this year writes Union-Tribune golf expert Tod Leonard
That's right, Johnny. Veteran tour player Brad Faxon, an eight-time winner who has struggled to come back from knee surgery, will join the NBC Sports golf team in 2010
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