Monday, December 26, 2005
Sunday, December 25, 2005
Saturday, December 24, 2005
I've also spent some time watching the Military channel, History International, and the Biography channel.
Tuesday, December 20, 2005
There will no longer be Tuesday pro-ams on PGA Tour
PGA Tour events run by Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus were distinctive because the pro-am rounds were on Tuesdays.
That won't be the case next year for the Memorial of Nicklaus or Palmer's Bay Hill Invitational. PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem had said it would be best for all pro-ams to be held on the same day, and both tournaments confirmed they will move theirs to Wednesdays.
"I'm not objectionable to it," Palmer said. "In the beginning, we tried to do some extra stuff to make it attractive to the players, but now the indication is the guys want to come in on Tuesday night and play Wednesday in the pro-am as their practice round."
Memorial tournament director Dan Sullivan said a move to Wednesday was in the works long before the tour got involved. He was concerned about players who had been with their families over the Memorial Day weekend and might have to rush to get to Ohio for a Tuesday pro-am.
The PGA Tour has a policy that players must take part in the pro-am if they want to compete in a tournament. Phil Mickelson missed the Memorial last year, saying he wanted to spend three days at Pinehurst to prepare for the U.S. Open and couldn't get back for the pro-am.
Sullivan said the Memorial, which honors star players each year, would move that ceremony to 3 p.m. on Tuesdays. The pro-am is for only 18 players and features a shotgun start on 12 holes. That will take place at 12:30 p.m. Wednesdays, allowing others to practice in the morning.
The Tour Championship also has a Tuesday pro-am, and Mickelson used that as an excuse not to play this year. That pro-am also will move to Wednesday.
"There will be no Tuesday pro-ams next year," said Andy Pazder, the tour's vice president of competition. "That helps some players who have an obligation Monday and Tuesday, whether it's an outing or a commitment to sponsors."
Former Masters champion Fred Couples already has played Augusta National five times in two trips since the course opened after more changes to lengthen six holes.
He shot a 64 a few weeks ago but kept that nugget from players who came by his locker two weeks ago at Sherwood Country Club and milked him for information.
The first hole is 20 yards longer and now plays 455 yards, making it difficult to get up the hill.
"The last day, I hit 3-wood into No. 1," Couples said, neglecting to tell them it was 8 a.m. and not quite 50 degrees, so the ball wasn't traveling all that far.
He was asked what he hit on No. 7, which was lengthened 40 yards. It played as a 2-iron and a wedge when Couples won in 1992. He told them he killed a drive and had a 5-iron left.
David Toms walked by.
"It's perfect for you, the way you hit your 5-wood," Couples told him.
After they all left wide-eyed, Couples winked and said, "I've got them all scared now. It's not that bad."
Heather Daly-Donofrio has received the William and Mousie Powell Award for behavior and deeds that best exemplify the spirit, ideals and values of the LPGA Tour.
A Yale graduate who returned to coach at her alma mater while keeping a full schedule, Daly-Donofrio has won twice and averaged 22 stars a year. She balanced her time inside the ropes this year with serving as president of the LPGA Tour and co-chair of the search committee for a new commissioner.
Amy Read was honored with the Heather Farr Player Award, given to the LPGA player who shows determination, perseverance and spirit in fulfilling her goals. Farr died in 1993 after a 41/2-year battle with cancer.
Read has fought through injuries to her ankle, wrist, shoulder and knees, and has had eight knee surgeries since 1995. That was followed by two shoulder surgeries earlier this year, and doctors discovered she had Lupus, a chronic inflammatory disease.
Read is on the course nearly every day with hopes of playing Monday qualifiers to get back on tour.
Royal Birkdale is the latest British Open venue to strengthen its links by adding 154 yards, 16 fairway bunkers and redoing the 17th green.
The Open returns to Birkdale in 2008 for the first time since Mark O'Meara beat Brian Watts in a playoff.
"Royal Birkdale has always been a strong Open venue, and we feel that by introducing these changes, that challenge can be maintained," Royal & Ancient chief executive Peter Dawson said.
The most significant change is likely to be No. 6, a par-4 that will play 499 yards. A bunker will be added at the left corner of the dogleg right, 280 yards from the tee. Another bunker will be added left of the green.
In 1998, the sixth hole was the toughest at Birkdale, yielding only 16 birdies and playing to an average of 4.62.
Change of luck
Tiger Woods has his red shirt for Sunday. Michael Campbell once wore red socks for luck.
But not anymore.
"That was about 10 years ago," the U.S. Open champion said with a smile. "I did for a while, yeah. At the (1995) British Open, I wore red socks. And then I started missing cuts, so I changed back. They're black and gray now."
The last time anyone remembered Campbell and his red socks was in the first round of the Accenture Match Play Championship at La Costa, were Woods beat him, 5 and 4.
Tour officials had been leaning toward taking the World Cup to China in 2006, but instead it will be moving to the Sandy Lane Resort in Barbados, site of Tiger Woods' wedding last year. ... Vijay Singh will be playing next month n the Abu Dhabi Golf Championship, to be held opposite the Bob Hope Classic. Also playing Abu Dhabi are Colin Montgomerie, Sergio Garcia and John Daly. ... The 2007 Senior British Open will be held at Muirfield to coincide with the 50th birthday of Nick Faldo, who won two of his three claret jugs there.
Stat of the week
Ever since Augusta National changed its qualifications in 2000, only five Americans have had to rely on top 50 in the world ranking to get into the Masters.
"Daytime television is pretty depressing." _ Ernie Els, on the low point of a year in which he spent four months recovering from knee surgery.
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Monday, December 19, 2005
Saturday, December 17, 2005
| By VOA Sports |
17 December 2005
|South Africa's Retief Goosen Leads Ernie Els (AP Photo)|
Goosen shot a 4-under-par 69 in his third round Saturday and is 7-under-par 212 for the tournament.
Els, playing in only his third tournament since undergoing knee surgery, is three strokes off the lead at 4-under-par 215. Els also fired a 4-under-par, 69 in his third round.
Overnight leader Ross Fisher is tied with another South African Darren Fichardt for third place at 3-under-par, 216. Fichardt shot a 4-under-par 69 Saturday while Fisher had a 5-over-par 78 in his third round.
The tournament is being played on the Gary Player-designed Fancourt Golf Club Course, a par-73 layout that measures 6,799 meters. This year's winner takes home more than $189,000.
Some information for this report provided by AP.
Thursday, December 15, 2005
Tuesday, December 13, 2005
I agree that people who complain most about the season lasting so long seem to be the ones who play those silly season events. No one forces these guys to play ANY golf at all. They make out their schedules. They are responsible. Believe me, I'm just a lowly worker bee at my place of employment, but even I know that I control my vacation leave and how hard I work when I'm there.
Sunday, December 11, 2005
Friday, December 09, 2005
Wednesday, December 07, 2005
GIVEN the sort of money that they earn, the likes of Adam Scott and Sergio Garcia having the odd friendly bet among themselves would hardly be here or there, really. Well, that's what we thought until we caught up with Scott, the affable young Queenslander, on the eve of the Australian Masters at Huntingdale yesterday. Scott, you may remember, was the focus of our attention two weeks ago when he turned up at the Australian Open with an unruly mop of hair — quite a contrast for a bloke who cares about his grooming so much that only a few months ago he was voted by Esquire magazine as one of the 10 best-dressed men in the world. In fact, it was so unruly he was asked at a news conference if he was growing a mullet but denied he was, saying only: "It's just growing long for the time being." Well, not only has Scott's hair grown appreciably in the past fortnight but we now discover there is, in fact, a very good reason for it. It's all to do with a bet he had recently with Spaniard Garcia and another PGA Tour player, South African Tim Clark, on who could grow the longest mop before getting so sick of it they had to cut it off. Now the exact size of the wager is not known but what we can tell you is there's a lot at stake, and it is not necessarily just the money. Quizzed about it yesterday, Scott admitted his hair was "getting out of hand" but hinted there was no chance of him backing out just yet. Noted Scott: "There's too much pride at stake."
Sunday, December 04, 2005
Saturday, December 03, 2005
Cabrera posted a two-over 74 to end at seven-under-par 209. He was joined there by South African Tim Clark, who carded the low round of the day, a five- under 67, and Australian Adam Scott (68). Defending champion Retief Goosen posted the only other sub-par round, as he shot one-under 71. He stands at six-under-par 210 and was joined there by former U.S. Open champion Jim Furyk (72). Cabrera, who led after round two, played the front nine at plus-two with a birdie, a bogey and a double-bogey. However, he birdied the 10th and 11th at Gary Player Country Club to get back to nine-under. The Argentine tripped to a bogey on the 12th. Cabrera birdied the par-five 14th for the third round in a row, then birdied the 16th to climb to 10-under. Cabrera struggled badly at the 17th. He found some deep rough off the tee and chose to layup. His third shot bounded over the green and into the water. Cabrera played his fifth just short of the green. He managed to get up and down for triple-bogey, but his lead was lost. Clark opened with back-to-back birdies from the first. He birdied Nos. 8 and 9 to move to six-under. Clark sank a birdie on the 11th and another on the 12th before a bogey on 14 dropped him to minus-seven. He parred his final four holes to remain there. Scott played the front nine at two-under with three birdies and a bogey. He bogeyed the 10th and 13th, but got those shots back with an eagle on the 14th. The Australian closed with consecutive birdies from the 17th to share the lead. First-round leader Darren Clarke stumbled to a four-over 76 to drop to three- under-par 213. He fell into a tie for sixth alongside Luke Donald (75). Ernie Els, playing for the first time since July knee surgery, carded a one- over 73. He stands at minus-one, where he was tied for eighth place by Chris DiMarco, who shot a third-round 72. Sergio Garcia, like Cabrera, was victimized by the 17th. He quadruple-bogeyed the 17th en route to a 74 that dropped him to 10th place at two-over-par 218. Kenny Perry, plus-seven, and Stewart Cink, 11-over-par 217, round out the 12- player field.
Thursday, December 01, 2005
SUN CITY, South Africa — Ernie Els is back after the longest layoff of his career and unconcerned that playing tournament golf will aggravate his sore knee.
The two-time U.S. Open champion, who also won the 2002 British Open, injured his left knee in a boating accident in July and underwent surgery.
"The knee is still uncomfortable, but the doctor assures me there's no way a golf swing will damage my knee," Els said Wednesday. "It tends to swell up at the end of each round and that's the worst part really."
He returns to tournament play Thursday in the Nedbank Golf Challenge.
"It's been 4½ months since I played in a tournament," Els said. "I'm feeling pretty anxious. I felt very unsure the first time I played 18 holes."
Els did so at the end of October in Wentworth, England. This time, he'll face hot and humid conditions on the 7,832-yard, par-72 Gary Player Country Club course against several top players.
Els is the most experienced player in the 12-man field with 13 appearances and three victories. But he faces a tough group led by defending champion Retief Goosen, Sergio Garcia, Adam Scott and Luke Donald.
"It helps if you've been here before because then you're used to the crowds, the course, the grandstands and everything else," Els said. "I'm just fortunate to have my health back, to be playing again. The last 20 weeks or so have been a period of reflection for me."
Also entered in the $4 million event are Jim Furyk, Darren Clarke, Angel Cabrera, Stewart Cink, Tim Clark, Kenny Perry and Chris DiMarco.
Clarke finished third in 1999 and fourth in 2003, but has won at Sun City — in the Dimension Data Pro-Am.
Furyk has posted low rounds here. He shot a 64 in 1998 and a 66 last year — the lowest round of the week.
Wednesday, November 30, 2005
Sun City - Only four first timers have ever won the Nedbank Golf Challenge at their first attempt and the last time that was achieved was in 1986 by Mark McNulty.
There are three newcomers in this year's field - Angel Cabrera of Argentina, American Stewart Cink and Englishman Luke Donald - and it is the latter who believes he can break the mould this year.
"I don't see why not," said the 27-year-old shortly after scoring a two-under-par 70 in Wednesday's Pro-am.
"There's no reason why I can't do well here. I like the way the course is set up. It suits my game," said Donald. "Any consistent player with good control who can hit accurate iron shots can do well here."
All the first-time winners came in the early years of the tournament. The initial event was won by Johnny Miller while American Ray Floyd took it the next year. German Bernhard Langer won at his first attempt in 1985 and McNulty achieved the same feat a year later.
Donald is also delighted to be paired with South Africa's Tim Clark on Thursday morning. "Tim and I have become quite good friends. We both have very similar games so we're not exactly going to be out-driving each other by 40 yards.
"It's a good draw for me."
Cink, who at 40-1 is the biggest outsider in the field, said he did not expect to be given a hard time by South African fans.
"All over the world people obviously cheer for the hometown favourites but they do appreciate good golf. I would think South Africans are no different."
He added that with regard to Sun City itself, the reality was even better than anything he had ever been told about. "I have come with my wife and kids and I have to say this place is unbelievable. I think you can stay here for a couple of months and not do the same thing twice.
"This is probably the best resort I have ever seen in my life."
Cink is paired with Spain's Sergio Garcia on Thursday while Cabrera will play with Australian Adam Scott.
Sunday, November 27, 2005
Saturday, November 26, 2005
Friday, November 25, 2005
Wednesday, November 23, 2005
As for my views on the tournament, I'm hoping Michael Campbell makes a few birdies coming in. I really don't want him to end up last. I'd like to see everyone end up within 3 or 4 shots of each other.
And of course, they would have to show beautiful, sunny, warm Hawaii while I'm here in cold, snowy WV.
Sunday, November 20, 2005
Saturday, November 19, 2005
While I'm on the subject of names, I found this cool website that lists many, many golf courses and has broken the list down into cute categories. It makes you think about the people who names these courses. Check out Fun With Golf Course Names.
Friday, November 18, 2005
Monday, November 14, 2005
Sunday, November 13, 2005
Saturday, November 12, 2005
Friday, November 11, 2005
Sunday, November 06, 2005
Saturday, November 05, 2005
Now, why didn't my local ABC station air golf today? I had to sit through horrible football games waiting on the satellite installation guy. Up until this point I didn't know what to think about the new proposed PGA schedule and how it was supposed to end earlier in the year so as to not compete so much with football. Now I do know what to think. Maybe the networks would actually air golf when they are supposed to with this new schedule.
And really, Tiger was playing today. I can't believe college football meant more to ABC than Tiger Woods.
Friday, November 04, 2005
Thursday, November 03, 2005
Bart Bryant had a 62 today.
Wednesday, November 02, 2005
Starting in 2007 the PGA Tour calendar will centre around the Cup, a points-based competition that will lead into a late summer playoff and culminate with the Tour Championship in September that could see the winner walk away with $10 million.
From January to August players will earn points at every tournament to provide the seeding basis for a playoff built around three blockbuster events followed by the Tour Championship.
"I think that it's going to bring us (top players) a bit more together throughout those first probably eight months of the year," said Spain's Sergio Garcia. "Certain months of the year you're going to see a lot more of us than you usually see.
"Scheduling for top players like we are will definitely be a bit different than it is now. We'll be playing a lot more here in the US and I think that's always great."
Under pressure from advertisers to bolster faltering late season television ratings and from players for a more compact schedule, PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem revealed his blueprint for the future during his 'State of Tour' address.
It was delivered on the eve of this year's season finale which begins on Thursday at the East Lake Golf Club.
While the new format could monopolise the top players in the meaty part of the calendar, the shorter defined season could also open the door for a return to the European and Asian circuits later in the year.
Australia's Adam Scott believes it will be possible to keep his European and US PGA Tour cards with thoughtful planning.
Asked how it would affect him he said: "It's tough to say because I haven't seen the schedule yet. But I don't think it will have an effect on being able to play both tours.
"As long as majors and world golf events still count for both I think it's not too hard to get up 11 events in Europe.
"I'm sure the Tour and everyone will take that into consideration when making the schedule because they want players like Sergio, who's European, to be...over here as well and not making decisions on whether to play the PGA Tour or in Europe."It's a little more compact, intense season with the FedEx Cup. And it gives players the opportunity at the end of the year to take some time off, for myself and the international players to go back to Australia and play events without having to be dragged into December and playing at Christmas time."
By RONNIE RAMOS
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Published on: 11/02/05
Tiger Woods spent Tuesday playing golf with a U.S. Senator, the president of CVS/pharmacy and the president of the restaurant company that owns, among other things, all those Longhorn restaurants.
"We were hoping we would be playing a scramble," said Tom Ryan, CVS/pharmacy president.
Ryan, Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.) and Woods played their own ball. No hitting the best shot of the foursome stuff (the pros did play the course at 7,153 yards; the amateurs at about 6,800 yards). Tuesday's Southern Company Pro-Am was that unique day when amateurs could walk down the fairway with the best players in the world. The hacker with a 20 handicap is hitting balls out of the same sand bunker Vijay Singh just escaped.
Not sure how that putt breaks? Sergio Garcia, come over and tell me what you think.
"It's an amazing experience, seeing it from the player's perspective," said Danny Yates, who played with Garcia. "You can see exactly what they're facing — what it's like to hit out of the rough. That's pretty cool." Yates, a scratch golfer, is not easily impressed. He's played on two Walker Cup teams and then served as the U.S. captain two other times. Even he was jazzed about the opportunity to play with Garcia. "Who wouldn't be — walking down the fairway with Sergio, having him look at your putts."
Mark Lazarus, president of Turner Entertainment Group, said the experience is unique to professional golf. "You can drive a race car, but not when other NASCAR drivers are out there. Out here, you are walking alongside the best in the world. It's fun and a real treat."
But before you walk the fairways, you have to get off that first tee. In front of a crowd, right after Woods has launched one. Any tips? "I try to look at it as just another round of golf," said Gene Lee, president of RARE Hospitality International, Inc. which owns the Longhorn and Capital Grille restaurant chains.
Dean Myers, a Coca-Cola vice president who played with Stuart Appleby, said he was nervous about his first tee shot. "Then my wife reminded me that no one really cares how you're going to hit the ball," he said. "It went right down the middle."
The pros, used to the crowds — and the required pro-am rounds — take it all in stride. "You get used to the crowds, it's part of the game," Garcia said.
Garcia, overcoming jet lag from his trans-Atlantic flight the day before, was not pleased with his game Tuesday. Yet he signed autographs on every hole, helped his amateurs line up most of their putts and said hi to any kids who came by.
When Yates' tee shot on a par 3 landed 10 feet from the hole, Garcia turned to the crowd and said, "That's our pro."
Forget the amateurs, said Myers, the Coca-Cola vice president. "This Pro-am is a great opportunity to see the pros play up close without the crowds," he said. A ticket good for Tuesday's Pro-am and today's practice round was $25. "It's one of golf's best-kept secrets."
Monday, October 31, 2005
Sunday, October 30, 2005
Friday, October 28, 2005
The next thing you know, they will be wanting to turn James Bond into Jane Bond. There are some things, you just shouldn't change.
Jean Van de Velde, famous for losing a British Open, says he wants to play in the women's equivalent at Royal Birkdale next year.
The Frenchman, who let slip the 1999 championship at Carnoustie by running up a triple-bogey seven at the 72nd hole, is unhappy at the Royal and Ancient Golf Club's (R & A) recent decision to allow women to qualify for the British Open.
"It's crazy that women should be allowed to try to qualify for our Open when men cannot do it for their Open," Van de Velde told reporters after struggling to a seven-over-par 78 in the first round of the Volvo Masters.
"I intend to make a stance. What kind of discrimination is this?
"I think it is a farce and those poor guys who won the British Open three or four times must be spinning in their graves."
Van de Velde intends to contact the Ladies Golf Union (LGU), governing body for the Women's British Open, to insist he gets a chance to qualify, even though he knows their rule is that any participant must be "of the female gender".
"I am definitely going to approach them (the LGU) to get an application form," he said.
Van de Velde appreciates he would have a huge golfing advantage over the women.
"I know we have an unfair advantage, so if we have an unfair advantage, let them play with themselves and let us play with ourselves."
Earlier this month, the R & A ruled that the top five women from each of their four majors will be allowed to enter regional qualifying for the 2006 British Open at Royal Liverpool Golf Club.
But Van de Velde believes the R & A have more important issues, like testing players for drugs, to address than allowing women to play in British Open qualifying.
"I definitely anticipate my entry form being accepted (by the LGU) because if it doesn't then I will definitely take advice on what I can do about it and I will see how far it can go," he said.
"If they do allow me to, I'd definitely go and play, just to make a point. I would be very happy to use the ladies' locker-room.
"Where do we draw the line? If we allow women to try to qualify for the men's Open it implies women can play with men, so why not men playing with women?"
Former Ryder Cup player Barry Lane of Britain applauded Van de Velde's stance, saying "they (the R & A) are going overboard".
Lane added: "If 100 men decided to take the same stance and they all qualified off the ladies' tees, they could take most of the Women's British Open spots."
Thursday, October 27, 2005
SOTOGRANDE, Spain -- Colin Montgomerie moved closer to winning the European Tour money title, shooting a 4-under-par 67 Thursday for a share of the first-round lead in the Volvo Masters. The Scot was tied with defending tournament champion Ian Poulter. Montgomerie holed a 111-yard wedge for an eagle on the par-5 eighth and birdied the last hole on the 6,952-yard Valderrama course. "It's always lucky," Montgomerie said. "It was a wedge of 111 yards. I hit it 112 and it backed into the hole. You intend to hole it but it's always lucky when it comes off."
U.S. Open champion Michael Campbell had a 72 was 23rd in the 55-man field. Montgomerie, trying for his eighth career Order of Merit title and his first since 1999, leads Campbell by $182,000. The New Zealander is the only player who can catch Montgomerie, but must finish ahead of him here to do so. Luke Donald, Jose Maria Olazabal and Sergio Garcia shared third place after 68s. He struck his approach to 8 feet at the first hole and made a birdie. He gained another shot at the second hole when Campbell bogeyed from a bunker, and birdied the third from 18 feet.
English Ryder Cup player Poulter is trying to extend his streak of winning one title every year since 2000.
Montgomerie, second in the British Open and winner of the Dunhill Links Championship at St. Andrews last month, made a superb start to his round. "The first hole was crucial," Montgomerie said. "I was anxious, obviously. I felt anxiety which was understandable. But I got rid of that in the first three holes." He dropped two shots when Campbell birdied the long fourth hole and Montgomerie bogeyed the sixth after driving into the rough and hitting into a greenside bunker. "That was a good bogey," Montgomerie said. "When I saw the lie in the bunker with a big tree in the way, I was looking at a double. I was lucky." He immediately birdied the short sixth hole from 30 feet, and the eagle at the eighth gave him a four-shot edge on Campbell.
"It wasn't great, it wasn't brilliant," Campbell said of his round. "All credit to Monty. He played great today. "It's a very fickle golf course. I've just got to be patient the next three days and pick up some ground."
Montgomerie said Bernhard Langer's decision to pick him as a wild card for last year's Ryder Cup was responsible for his current form. "Bernhard gave me an opportunity," said Montgomerie, who sank the winning putt in Europe's 18½ to 9½ victory at Oakland Hills. "That was a crucial move on his part for my career, because it was going in one direction -- the wrong direction."
Vijay Singh +3 --- Not having a good year
Sean O'Hair +2 --- Announcers have named him Rookie of the Year
Carlos Franco +1 --- Always one to watch, he's had a good last few months
Jason Gore E --- He's on a roll
David Toms +1 --- I would feel more comfortable if he was taking it easy before his surgery
John Cook E --- Good round for a part time announcer
Justin Rose -1 --- He's had a good year, especially good last few months. Friendly to the fans
Brandt Jobe -1 --- He always seems to be in the hunt on Sunday. A good one to watch
Lucas Glover -3 --- Last week's winner. he should have a good couple of rounds.
Retief Goosen -4 --- Watch him because he's 4 in the world.
Tom Lehman -4 --- I think this might be a very good round for him.
Jeff Brehaut -6 --- Leader
Who will be there on Sunday competing for a win? It's hard to tell. Retief and Vijay would surprise me if they were there. After the year they've had, I'm not sure I can be confident about them. There are a lot of players who need good showings so it's really difficult to pick a favorite to root for.
Tuesday, October 25, 2005
Sergio got some practice today answering my phone. I came home to two messages. One of them was a telemarketer selling, rather ironically, satellite dishes and the other was a hang-up. I think it's absurd that I have the number for only one day and I'm getting telemarketer calls. I swear I think the phone company sells our phone numbers to these call centers.
Monday, October 24, 2005
When I get time I will get caught up on all the golf news and probably post some comments. It's good that the PGA tour saw another first time winner this past week and the Funai tournament. He called Judy Rankin "ma'am". I thought that was so cute. Those southern boys have such good manners. You know his parents and grandparents are proud :)
I do find it odd that Tiger Woods would miss a cut in a tournament that produced such low scoring.
Thursday, October 20, 2005
Sunday, October 16, 2005
Saturday, October 15, 2005
Well, I'm off now to get an update on Michelle Wie..............
Monday, October 10, 2005
I updated the spotlight section over in the sidebar. Check it out.
Sunday, October 09, 2005
Sergio did do well and ended up tied for 3rd. He could have done better but did have some really good moments, like the eagle on the 7th hole.
Colin Montgomerie was even par on the day, which was kind of surprising. I would have expected him to be at least one under on the final round.
It looks like 67 was the lowest round of the day and several people made that score, including Tiger Woods who won in a playoff with John Daly. Nike really does need to get started on those gallery helmets I mentioned in a previous post. I think that last putt that Daly missed was just a mental error. Maybe he was thinking of the next hole and didn't stop to think that if he missed that putt there wouldn't be a next hole. It was over really quickly.
Finally, I am very pleased that Henrick Stenson was 2 under on his round and ended up tied for 3rd. Yesterday I suggested he might do well today. Apparently my jinxing ability favors Furyk :)
Saturday, October 08, 2005
Tomorrow will be very exciting. I don't know if Montgomerie will have a really good round. I don't think he'll be more than 2 under. John Daly is probably in the best position. He's been 3 under pretty much every round. I don't think he would have a bad round tomorrow. As for Sergio, it doesn't seem to me like there might be a low round in him for tomorrow. I'd say if he's 1 or 2 under, that might be a good round for him.. Tiger hasn't had a really low round or a really high round yet, so he's due for one or the other. The two players to watch will be Furyk and Stenson - Furyk for his accuracy and putting, and Stenson because he's a European Tour guy and the conditions favor him.
Now that I've gone out on this limb and forecasted Sunday's round, the Golf Gods will go out of their way to make me wrong. Have at it. I'd love to be wrong about Sergio and see him win this thing :)
Friday, October 07, 2005
San Jose Mercury News
SAN FRANCISCO - Give golfer David Toms credit. In a sports world full of comebacks - from losses, slumps, injuries - he has done something much more dramatic.
At 38, Toms is returning from a literally heart-stopping health scare.
"It's really not that big a deal," Toms insisted before proceeding to nonchalantly recount the harrowing scene last month when he slumped to the ground at the 84 Lumber Classic in Farmington, Pa., his heartbeat racing out of control, fearful he was about to die.
Not a big deal?
"Well," he conceded, "it was just a really scary thing."
But Toms, who spent two days in the hospital and will have what he calls a minor surgical procedure next month, will be in the 71-player field on Thursday when the American Express Championship tees off at San Francisco's Harding Park municipal course.
And if dealing with his heart condition wasn't enough, Toms has been busy trying to help mend the broken hearts of hurricane victims in his native Louisiana. His charitable foundation has raised about $1 million to assist people ravaged by the Katrina and Rita storms.
"It's unbelievable how everybody has been affected down there," Toms said.
"Unbelievable" might also be a good description for how quickly Toms returned to the golf course. It was just three weeks ago that he was stricken.
Toms, an 11-time PGA Tour winner, has been enjoying another stellar season. He's No.4 on the money list with earnings of $3.66million. But on Sept.15, he made headlines of a different kind.
Married with two young children, Toms knew he had a rapid-heartbeat condition - he has had about a half-dozen episodes over the past four years. He also had a routine physical two weeks before the 84 Lumber tournament, and was pronounced in good health. But on the course that day, his heart began racing and wouldn't stop. He clutched his chest and dropped to one knee.
"I was scared because I didn't know what it was," Toms said. "I didn't know if I was going to be OK. I wondered if I might die. My family wasn't there. But I did have my trusty caddie by my side."
Toms said he was unsure if his caddie, Scott Gneiser, knew CPR. And he didn't want to find out, either.
"I don't think I would let him that close enough to do CPR," Toms joked.
The humor might come easy now as he downplays the incident, but at that moment the situation was deadly serious. In the ambulance, paramedics administered a drug that momentarily stopped and then restarted his heart. When he was flown to a Pittsburgh hospital, an administrator there reported erroneously that Toms' condition was critical - news that immediately was flashed around the country on ESPN. In truth, Toms was stable - but terrified.
"The doctors were at a loss about what was happening until the tests came back," Toms said. "Looking back on it, it honestly just wasn't that big a deal. It happens to people every day. I was lucky that I had good care right away."
He was diagnosed with supraventricular tachycardia, a non-life-threatening condition that is being regulated with medication. A week later, he was playing with the victorious U.S. squad at the Presidents Cup competition in Virginia. (He set off a security alarm during a team visit to the White House because of radioactive residue in his body from medical tests.)
On Nov.17, he'll undergo a procedure at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota to repair the damaged nerves that cause the rapid heartbeat. Just don't ask him too many details.
"You'll have better luck looking it up on the Internet and telling me about it," Toms said. "I'm sure I'll be a little worried about it that week because anytime somebody messes with your heart, it makes you think. But right now, it really doesn't concern me."
Maybe that's because he has so much else on his mind. Monday, he hosted a charitable golf tournament in Birmingham, Ala., for his foundation, which benefits abused, abandoned and underprivileged children. Ever since Katrina struck Aug.29, Toms, who lives in Shreveport, La., has used the foundation to raise money for the displaced.
"Helping kids is something that's near and dear to us, so we're trying to directly help families with young kids who have been affected," said Toms, who attended Louisiana State.
On the course, Toms is able to block everything out and concentrate on golf. He likes his chances this week because he thrives on courses with traditional layouts - like Harding Park.
But he's also looking forward to the season's end, getting his heart problem resolved and preparing for what he would like to be a quiet 2006.
"Hopefully next year will have less newsworthy events, other than playing good golf."
As for Tiger Woods, I just have one thing to say. He knows the cameras are always on him, so can't he find some milder cuss word to use when he misses a shot? Little kids look up to him and since kids grow up fast anyway, wouldn't it be nice to have one aspect of their lives that could actually expose them to well behaved sportsmen to teach things like fair play and grace in the face of adversity? It would be great if all these kids grew up to be successful, rich athletes, but most will end up working in offices with many different types of people. Currently where I work, we have some co-workers who use the most vile cuss words to describe customers and other co-workers in other offices. It's embarrassing to be represented by these people. I have never used a cuss word out loud at work. Not only do I think it's just plain inappropriate in an office setting, I don't think it shows respect for the co-workers who might be very religious and could be very offended by hearing those kinds of words.
Wednesday, October 05, 2005
(And there is not one ounce of sarcasm in this post. All of this is absolutely sincere.)
Honolulu, HI (Sports Network) - Michelle Wie has announced her decision to become a professional golfer.
Wie, who will turn 16 years old next Tuesday, will play her first tournament as a professional at the LPGA Tour's Samsung World Championship, which starts October 13 in Palm Desert, California.
"I'm happy to say that I'm a pro as of today," Wie said in making the announcement. "I'm really excited for everything to come and for next week, as my first tournament [as a pro]. It's all very exciting."
Wie has also inked endorsement deals with both Nike and Sony, each worth a reported $5 million a year. She will wear Nike apparel and will play the company's clubs.
Sony, of course, gave her sponsor's exemptions into the PGA Tour's Sony Open in Hawaii the past two years. She will compete against men as a professional for the first time next month at the Casio World Open in Japan.
Wie missed the cut in PGA Tour events this year at the Sony Open and John Deere Classic, but had a strong LPGA Tour campaign playing on exemptions.
In seven events, she finished no worse than tied for 23rd and was the runner- up at the LPGA Championship. She also tied for 14th at the Nabisco Championship, tied for second at the Evian Masters in France and tied for third at the Women's British Open.
Despite her success, Wie still plans to continue her education.
"My first priority is school," Wie added. "I know that I am going to graduate high school and hope to achieve my goal of graduating college."
Wie cannot officially join the LPGA Tour until she turns 18 years old, but can play as many as eight events in each of the next two years on exemptions. She is also expected to continue playing against men on PGA Tour sponsor exemptions.
She has also decided to donate $500,000 to victims of the recent hurricanes.
Monday, October 03, 2005
Saturday, October 01, 2005
Friday, September 30, 2005
AUSTRALIA's Gavin Coles, back after missing six weeks with a cracked rib, resumed the battle to keep his USPGA Tour card with a four-under-par 68 first round at the Chrysler Classic of Greensboro yesterday.
Coles sustained the injury while hitting a tee shot at a tournament in July.
"I'd hurt my back two weeks prior and it progressively got worse," said Coles, who ended the day tied for 15th with compatriot Geoff Ogilvy, six strokes behind American leader Charles Warren at Forest Oaks, North Carolina.
"All of a sudden (a rib) snapped.
"I finished the round and played the next round as well after they drugged me up. It was probably not the right decision but I don't think I could have done more damage."
Coles was sidelined for six weeks and has only made one cut since his return, falling to 174th on the money list. It means he has much work to do in the final month of the season to jump into the top 125 on the money list and keep his card for 2006.
But yesterday was a step in the right direction as he matched Ogilvy, who has no such problems, not having missed a cut since March.
"I played really well. I could have had two or three better if I'd made a few putts, but all in all I'm very happy," Ogilvy said.
In Tucson in February, he scored his first professional victory, and top-six finishes at the British Open and US PGA Championship stamped him as a player to watch in the majors.
"I'm driving it better than I used to, and golf's a lot easier when you're playing from the fairway more often," he said.
"A few years ago I was an awful driver. I could drive it well for a week, but not for months."
The other Australians were further back. Steve Elkington and Robert Allenby shot 70, Peter Lonard and Brendan Jones 71, Steve Allan 72, Adam Scott 73 and Scott Hend 74.
Paul Gow shot 81, but was disqualified for signing for an 80. He made bogey at the par-three fourth hole, but signed for a three.
Huston, who began the day at Forest Oaks Country Club four shots back of overnight leader Charles Warren, has had just one bogey through two rounds to sit on 12-under 132.
Choi had just one blemish on his card mixing a bogey on the par-four fifth with four birdies for a three-under 69 to reach 11-under 133 at the midway point of the $5 million event.
Sitting three-shots off the pace are South African Tim Clark (69) and 2003 champion Shigeki Maruyama of Japan (65) at nine-under 135.
Warren, who opened with a course record 62, slipped back into the pack with a two-over 74 joining Swedes Carl Pettersson (67) and Daniel Chopra (69) at eight-under 136.
Spain's Sergio Garcia, the world number six, stayed in contention returning a three-under 69 for the second consecutive day to sit six back of the leader on six-under 138.
Wednesday, September 28, 2005
Tuesday, September 27, 2005
Monday, September 26, 2005
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Robert Gamez won the Texas Open on Sunday snapping a massive drought and in doing so moved up 113 places to No. 148 in this week's Official World Golf Rankings.
Gamez went 394 events without a victory until yesterday. The 15 years and six months between wins was the longest stretch in PGA Tour history. Butch Baird held the previous record of 15 years and five months (May 1961-October 1976).
Outside of Gamez' big jump, there was little movement in the top-20 in the world. That is due impart to the fact that there was a pair of team, match- play events this past weekend, The Presidents Cup and the Seve Trophy.
Tiger Woods maintained his large lead at the top of the world rankings despite his singles loss to Retief Goosen in The Presidents Cup. Woods was followed by Vijay Singh, Phil Mickelson, Ernie Els and Goosen.
Sergio Garcia held on to the sixth spot while Adam Scott, Chris DiMarco and Jim Furyk followed again.
The first change came in the 10th spot as Angel Cabrera moved to 10, while Kenny Perry slipped to 11th. David Toms and Padraig Harrington exchanged slots as well with Toms now 12th and the Irishman sliding to 13th.
Luke Donald and Michael Campbell held steady at 14 and 15 respectively. Darren Clarke moved up one to 16 as Davis Love III dropped one notch to 17. Tim Clark and David Howell kept their 18th and 19th positions from one week ago.
Thomas Bjorn inched back into the top-20 at 20th this week and Fred Couples dropped to 21st despite his heroics at The Presidents Cup.
Sunday, September 25, 2005
The next most memorable moment I think is Chris Dimarco's win on the 18th hole. He was just as excited as Fred and with good reason. When the day started there were a lot of arm chair captains on tv second guessing Jack Nicklaus' decision to have Dimarco and Mickelson anchor the team today, but Jack's strategy proved to be correct and he proved the tv people wrong. It's good to see Dimarco get the winning point; he seems to really love the team concept. And he reminds me of Fred Couples, which isn't a bad thing. I did have an interesting thought while I watched Dimarco today. In the local paper there is a Bull Dog puppy for sale. And I thought, "if I owned that dog, I'd name him Dimarco". Chris Dimarco just reminded me of a scrappy bulldog who wouldn't give up without a fight. Of course I could name a pet Stewart or Nick and cover four or five golfers all at once. I did name a couple of calves Fred and Payne once. I think they ended up being someone's dinner.
I guess the big elephant in the room, so to speak, is Tiger's loss to Retief Goosen. I don't find it that surprising. Tiger isn't number 1 in the world because he can play the best all the time. He's number 1 because he can string together enough good rounds in every tournament to beat the others. Today, he only had one round to play and Retief was killing him with those long putts. I will admit I didn't root for Tiger the same way I did for Davis Love or Fred Couples. But I didn't root against him either. Mainly I just kept telling the tv (aka Tiger) "You're the number 1 player in the world, you'd better win this." That's as supportive as I think I could be.
All in all, this was a very exciting President's Cup. I'm almost tempted to order the official tape of the event.
I like the Alternate Shot format. That's much more exciting to see how the team mate plays your game and vice versa. And it encourages more teamwork than just playing your own ball. As for the teams, Dimarco and Mickelson and Leonard and Verplank could be the next Love-Couples iconic pairing. It's great that they are doing so well. Tiger and Vijay are still competitive bordering on hostile at times. Good thing Jim Furyk was there to calm Tiger down a bit and remind him that it's team competition. I'm glad to see the NBC folks pointing out how great Jim Furyk did yesterday. It was one of those rare days that they weren't wearing the Tiger blinders and just mindlessly touting Tiger's greatness even though he kept missing his drives. There was some honest comentating yesterday. Goosen and Scott were phenomenal and as I've already alluded to, very easy on the eyes. I'm glad Goosen is doing well. It seems like after the US Open thing, everyone just started commenting on all his mistakes and never remarked on any of his good shots. True, he went through some rough patches after the US Open, but I think he won two tournaments back-to-back just recently. In the afternoon matches I was confused with the Couples and Love match. On the one hand, they were doing great, but on the other hand, they weren't doing great. It was weird. But it was great to see them paired together. Another handsome team. A lot was made about Vijay changing putters from one week to the next, but I think I saw Phil Mickelson change putters between the morning and afternoon matches. Maybe Phil should start using Michael Campbell's eyesight drills and leave the putter alone. I don't play golf but I would think putting has more to do with the green and less to do with the putter. Don't they all have a flat surface that hits the ball? I'm sure that's oversimplifying the game a bit :)
Ones to watch today:
Furyk vs Scott
Couples vs Singh
Dimarco and Whoever he's playing
Saturday, September 24, 2005
Friday, September 23, 2005
David Duval and Michael Putnam have made the cut. Yay for them! Michael Putnam just turned pro a few weeks ago and had that amazing run at his first pro event. And David Duval was one of the world's best a few years ago and is gradually making his way back to good form.
Dean Wilson is leading the event and shot an 8 under round today. I think that was the best round of the day too. Jeff Maggert, John Senden, Olin Browne, Woody Austin, Bob Heintz, and Robert Gamez are close behind and could provide some great entertainment this weekend.
And apparently Rita may have an impact on the event. It will be interesting to watch to see what happens.
Wednesday, September 21, 2005
Crane, others exit: Ben Crane's gain at last weekend's 84 Lumber Classic in Pennsylvania was the Valero Texas Open's loss.
Crane, one of the PGA Tour's hottest golfers over the second half of the season, was one of several late withdrawals for this week's Open. A third-place finish at the 84 Lumber, worth $299,200, brought to almost $800,000 Crane's earnings from the past two tournaments.
With his bank account flush, Crane joined Tim Herron, fourth at the 84 Lumber, Brandt Jobe, Kevin Na, Justin Bolli, Danny Ellis, D.J. Trahan and Joey Snyder III in dropping from the field.
Alternates who have been added to the event include Brenden Pappas, Glen Day, Matt Kuchar, Craig Bowden, John E. Morgan, Arjun Atwal, David Peoples, Per-Ulrik Johansson and Richard S. Johnson.
Rested and ready: Defending tournament champion Bart Bryant teed off for his practice round early Tuesday, and came off the course pronouncing himself fit and prepared for Thursday's opening round.
Bryant, who owns the La Cantera resort course record with a third-round, 10-under 60 last year, has been nursing a sore wrist. But he stayed home the past three weeks and said the pain has subsided.
Cameron crows: Cameron Beckman's tie for fifth at last week's 84 Lumber, worth a season-high $154,500 payday, has moved him to 159th on the money list at $361,281 overall. Beckman is working to move into the top 125 to secure his PGA Tour card for next season.
Money matters: Two-time Open champion Duffy Waldorf is one of three golfers who have raked in seven figures in winnings at the event. Justin Leonard, with $1.40 million, and Loren Roberts, with $1.27 million, are the only competitors ahead of Waldorf's $1.01 million total.
- Richard Oliver
|Couples||1:10 pm ET||Goosen|
|Furyk||1:20 pm ET||Hensby|
|DiMarco||1:30 pm ET||Clark|
|Verplank||1:40 pm ET||Appleby|
|Perry||1:50 pm ET||Cabrera|
|Cink||2:00 pm ET||Weir|
Tuesday, September 20, 2005
The New zealander is aiming to lead his multi-national outfit to a first-ever victory over the US on home territory.
He said: "I've taken on a lot of new responsibilities since I won the US Open, and this is one of them.
"Their big advantage is playing on home soil. But we've got eight guys in the top 30. That's a pretty strong team."
Campbell leads an International squad which includes Fiji's Vijay Singh, Canada's Mike Weir, Argentina's Angel Cabrera and South Africans Tim Clark, Trevor Immelman and Retief Goosen.
Adam Scott is among five Aussies in the line-up, but he said: ""It doesn't matter where you are from - we're all under the same flag this week.
"Hopefully we can contribute points."
Compatriot Nick O'Hern added: "The great thing about this week for us is it's pretty much a team feeling.
"We're all pretty good friends and we're going to have some pretty good parties - not parties, dinners - this week."The sixth edition of the biennial Presidents Cup is taking place at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Club at Lake Manassas, near Gainsville, Virginia.
By Robert Lusetich in Manassas, Virginia
ADAM Scott caught the flu in Singapore and it won't go away, but it has been a small price to pay.
As he prepared to practise for the Presidents Cup with some of his International team-mates at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Club on Washington's outskirts yesterday, Scott, 25, was in buoyant mood. Seven-stroke wins - even in the Singapore Open - tend to encourage it.
The last time we saw Scott, at the USPGA in New Jersey, playing golf seemed to hold the appeal of root canal surgery.
"Yeah, it got to the point where it just wasn't fun for me any more," Scott said.
He left Australia at the start of the year and had simply burned out from living out of a suitcase, shuffling from tournament to tournament, for eight months.
"I just really needed a break," he said. "It's one of those things where I had to listen to my body but listen to my mind more importantly. My mind wasn't in the game.
"I put too much pressure on myself ... I was playing well [but] I just wasn't scoring well and it was so frustrating."
The antidote was, oddly, to go home to the Gold Coast and play golf. Not just golf: he surfed, played tennis and chilled out, too. But mainly, he spent his days on the links with mates.
"Yeah, it's bizarre that I ended up playing a lot of golf at home with my mates but all of a sudden it was relaxing. It was fun again," he said.
"Normally for me it's fun to play out here but those last couple of weeks, at the PGA and the NEC (World Series of Golf), it was a grind. Anyway, a few weeks back home and I went to Singapore and it was back to the old frame of mind and I really enjoyed it."
This week, during the sixth Presidents Cup which starts tomorrow (US time), Scott predicted he would need to draw on that experience often against the US team.
"You have to be so mentally tough for this event because there's a lot of pressure. You're not just playing for yourself out there, you don't want to let anyone down," he said.
Scott, who finished with a 3-2-0 record at the Presidents Cup in South Africa two years ago, will need to do a lot of heavy lifting with Ernie Els sidelined with a knee injury.
"Look, there's no question that Adam, and a lot of the other players, will need to do more because not having Ernie Els here hurts us a lot," International captain Gary Player said yesterday.
Scott said the external pressure couldn't be greater than that which he puts upon himself, but felt confident he would answer the challenge.
He also said that the Presidents Cup, still in its relative infancy, had already grown in stature, in part because of the thrilling 17-all tie in South Africa, which finished with Els and Tiger Woods trading long putts in near darkness on the third and final play-off hole.
"The event in South Africa was awesome, the whole week," Scott said. "And then the finish was unbelievable. It's one of my favourite memories. It was the most exciting play-off you'll ever see. It really pissed me off that it was a draw, but it was awesome anyway. If this can tap into that, I think this event will take off."
He also disputed the widespread belief that the US players did not care much for it. Scott cited David Toms, who collapsed on the course last week.
Toms was diagnosed with supraventricular tachycardia, an electrical problem in the upper chamber of his heart that can be treated with medication and fixed by surgery, but he put off an operation until after the Presidents Cup.
"Now it's an anticipated event for (US players). I think it got off to a start where it was a pain in the arse for them to play it, but I think it's got something about it now," Scott said.
The US has won three of the five Presidents Cup, losing once (in Melbourne seven years ago) and drawing.