Doral winner Justin Rose is especially im-
pressed with fellow Brit Tom Lewis’ plan. The
21-year-old Lewis turned pro late last year and
won an event before mostly shutting down for
the rest of the year.
“I thought it was incredibly long-sighted,”
said Rose, who turned pro at 17. “I think he
took a great decision – he actually felt like after
he won, he wasn’t really playing great and he
was working on a couple of things on his swing
that he thought were going to pay off down the
road. So he shut it down at the end of the year
and didn’t chase playing in too many events.
“I see a lot of kids, me included, you come
out and you think it’s so important to, one, have
your Tour card immediately, but to get into the
top 50 in the world, get into The Masters, get
into the majors. That will all happen in time and
I think you need to focus on the development
of your game, and I think that’s what he’s done
really smartly so far.”
Lewis was in the field at the Transitions on a
sponsor’s exemption. He shot 72-73 and missed
the cut by four shots.
B opening 66. Perry endorses the Transitions
eyewear (the glasses “transition” from light
to dark when the wearer enters a bright area).
Mostly these days Perry plays on the Champions
Tour. Most recently, he won the ACE Group Clas-
sic in Naples, Fla., at TwinEagles GC by three
strokes. It was his second Champions Tour title.
the Deutsche Bank Championship
last September. He underwent surgery on
his left wrist that same month, which led to
the five-month recovery period. Lucas Glover
(70-75 – 145, MC) returned to action since
withdrawing prior to the start of the Hyundai
Tournament of Champions after spraining liga-
ments in his left knee while paddleboarding.
Stewart Cink carded his fourth career hole-in-
one, acing the 190-yard, par- 3, eighth hole Sat-
urday, with a 6-iron. It was the eighth hole-in-one
in event history and Cink became the first player
with multiple aces in the Transitions Champion-
ship. Cink’s other ace in this event came at the
eighth hole on the Copperhead Course in the final
round of the 2003 event. His hole-in-one was also
the 15th on the 2012 PGA Tour.
DECEMBER 15, 2011. TOMMY GAINEY PLAYS
GOLF ALONGSIDE ANNIkA SORENSTAM,
FREDRIk JACOBSON AND OLIN BROwNE
ON ThE ROOFTOPS OF LAS VEGAS.
You have to like the candor in this quote
from 36-hole leader Dufner on the dark side
of Tour life: “Some of the worst moments are
just days that people never see, you play on a
Thursday and just lose your mind and all of a
sudden the week is over and you miss the cut.”
Two veterans made their 2012 PGA Tour
debuts at the Transitions Championship. Scott
Verplank (75-69 – 144, MC) made his first
start since he was forced to withdraw from
More Dufner. This time on playing with Tour
political intellectual Joe Ogilvie when asked if A