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Rico Hoey’s decision to turn pro right after NCAAs pays off

Last December, Rico Hoey was among 16 U.S. players who attended the Walker Cup practice session at Los Angeles Country Club. At that time, Hoey figured he’d remain amateur after his final semester at USC, play in the U.S. Amateur at Riviera in his hometown Los Angeles and have a good chance to make it back to LACC in September as a member of the 10-man U.S. Walker Cup squad. Hoey turned pro after the NCAA Championship at Rich Harvest Farms, signed with management company Yee & Dubin, inked equipment and apparel deals with Callaway, and headed off to Canada as a member of the Mackenzie Tour. Some questioned the decision, but Hoey didn’t want to end up in a situation like the ones LSU’s Sam Burns, UNLV’s John Oda and Hoey’s college teammate Sean Crocker experienced this summer.

Monahan, the man with the plan

Jay Monahan settled into his chair with an easy smile and slight hunch, giving the commissioner’s annual State of the PGA Tour news conference a fantasy football draft feel. Of the litany of things that have changed the last year since Monahan took over for Tim Finchem, however, friendly body language doesn’t begin to accurately portray the differences between the old and new bosses. As metaphorical extremes go, maybe the easiest way to judge the gulf between current and former regimes was Monahan’s socks, a flowery pattern that fit playfully with the predictable loafers and blue blazer, which firmly announced there is new management now calling the shots in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. As best anyone can tell, he didn’t own flowers, just a stoic, B-to-B pragmatist who, in fairness, oversaw unprecedented growth during his tenure as commissioner.

Clarke: ‘Good guy’ Woods didn’t pay for many dinners

And like a lot friendly relationships, it appears that while these two really respect each other, they reserve the right to poke fun if the moment strikes. And that moment struck last week when the 2011 Open champion Clarke joined the Dubai Eye Sports Tonight Podcast to talk all things golf, including Tiger. While Clarke couldn’t have said nicer things about the 14-time major winner for most of the chat – such as he was a “good guy” and that he is the greatest golfer of all time – the most revealing quote came when the topic turned to Woods picking up a dinner tab. “He had a very successful savings account,” Clarke said through a laugh. “He didn’t quite pay for too many dinners whenever we were