Sunday, July 31, 2005
Saturday, July 30, 2005
Friday, July 29, 2005
The International just wasn't the same last year without Sergio Garcia attracting a stampede of young fans as if he were a rock star.
Well, he's back. On Thursday, Garcia confirmed a commitment that he announced during the U.S. Open in June, letting International officials know he would return to Castle Pines next week. Garcia, 25, skipped last year's event to practice for the PGA Championship. He had played in five consecutive Internationals since turning professional in 1999.
Garcia won the Booz Allen Classic in June, his sixth PGA Tour victory, and tied for fifth in the British Open two weeks ago. He ranks seventh on the PGA Tour money list.
"Sergio has a huge following and has been playing some of his best golf this year," said Larry Thiel, executive director of The International. Also committing Thursday were two-time British Open champion Greg Norman, who won the 1989 International; another two-time majors winner, Mark O'Meara; and Steve Pate, who was granted a sponsor's exemption.
"Sergio has a huge following and has been playing some of his best golf this year," said Larry Thiel, executive director of The International.
Also committing Thursday were two-time British Open champion Greg Norman, who won the 1989 International; another two-time majors winner, Mark O'Meara; and Steve Pate, who was granted a sponsor's exemption.
PGATOUR.com Senior Correspondent
Former U.S. Open and British Open champion Ernie Els is sidelined indefinitely after undergoing surgery on his left knee Thursday. Els suffered the injury last week while on a sailing holiday in the Mediterranean, according to information on the player’s website, ErnieEls.com.
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Thursday, July 28, 2005
Wednesday, July 27, 2005
Jul 28 10:00-12:00 PM ET TNT
Jul 29 10:00-12:00 PM ET TNT
Jul 30 2:00-3:30 PM ET ABC
Jul 31 1:30-3:00 PM ET ABC
Tuesday, July 26, 2005
Retief did pretty good for someone suffering from jet lag.
I think it would drive me nuts to have Phil Mickelson reading my putts for me (If I played golf that is).
Phil reminded me of Tom Cruise - the way he would explain what he thought about putt reading and such reminded me of how Tom Cruise kept trying to convince the world that prescription drugs are bad. Only Phil does hit putts and Tom Cruise has never had post partum depression. Phil may have more credibility there.
As for John Daly, I didn't pay much attention to him because I'm currently reading A Good Walk Spoiled by John Feinstein and I was at the part about Daly's comments just before and during the British Open. I didn't want to think one certain thing or another about Daly last night until I had finished up that part of the book. I wanted to get the whole story first. For me, the story's still out on Daly even after finishing that part of the book. Unfortunately, I have this bad habit of not believing anything I read, see or hear, so I am considering the book as only one source of information and not the only source.
And finally, Tiger Woods - what can I say about his memorable performance? He was in the water, he missed some putts, he went from bunker to bunker on one hole. Tony did not appreciate me bringing all that up this morning at work - hahahahaha.
Sunday, July 24, 2005
Courtesy of: LadiesEuropeanTour.com
(Evian Masters GC, Evian-les-Bains, France – July 23 2005) Eighteen-year-old Paula Creamer claimed her second professional title at the Evian Masters with an impressive eight-shot lead over fifteen-year-old amateur Michelle Wie and Lorena Ochoa.
Creamer secured her win at fifteen-under-par 273 (68-68-66-71).
Saturday, July 23, 2005
Friday, July 22, 2005
Thursday, July 21, 2005
Vic Feuerherd - Wisconsin State Journal
July 21, 2005 MILWAUKEE - Like any golfer just starting out on his professional career, Kevin Hall tees it up with a dream in mind.
That will be the case this afternoon at 1:30 when he makes his PGA Tour debut at the U.S. Bank Championship at Brown Deer Park Golf Course.
"Everyone daydreams," he said when asked about the possibility of winning.
"But I have to keep telling myself, 'Stay in the present. Keep it one stroke at a time.'"
But how Hall said it is different.
His fingers moved at a rapid pace, outlining either every letter or every word for translator Tracey Weigel, who put Hall's thoughts into words for reporters in the media tent.
Hall, 22, is deaf. He is here on a sponsor's exemption. But Hall is not just a tournament sideshow. He was an accomplished golfer at Ohio State, where he earned All-Big Ten Conference honors as a senior in 2004. He's played in three Nationwide events, the minor leagues of the PGA.
By his own admission, he is a "feel-good story." People see him, he said, and they find it "inspiring."
Hall went profoundly deaf at the age of 2
Hall said going to Ohio State was a big change from his days at a school for the deaf.
"My college experience broadened my horizons," he said. "I can see the world from a different angle. It helped me (learn) to communicate with people, meet new people. It helped me to see the world."
Now he's trying to fulfill his goal of making it on the Tour.
"I'm ready," he said. "I just have to believe in myself."
Hall received the exemption at the urging of U.S. Bank officials, who were familiar with his game from his days in Columbus, where U.S Bank is located.
"I was walking on air," he said of the beeper message he received from his father recently notifying him of his spot in the field. "It's a wonderful opportunity."
Hall admits there are advantages to being deaf on the course.
"I can't hear the distractions," he said. "But I still struggle with the mental game like any other golfer."
The disadvantages are different, too. Hall, who reads lips, recalled a tournament in Texas when he didn't understand an official's comment and ended up being penalized for breaking a lift, clean and place ruling.
Hall was accompanied by his father, Percy. His mother is coming for the start of the tournament today.
"If I make the cut - when I make the cut - more people will come," he said.
Hall admitted golf is not a popular game in the deaf community. Hall takes pride in his deafness. He is an African-American, which also makes him stand out in a game dominated by hearing whites.
"I represent the deaf community at home and all over the U.S.," he said. "If people identify me as a deaf golfer, that brings attention to the deaf community. Those people look up to me. They look up to me as motivation for their lives.
"If my identification is as a deaf golfer, that's fine. That's what I am now. Eventually, people are going to know me as Kevin."
Hall's expectations are simple.
"If I finish the tournament feeling good, that's success," he said. "I'll give it my best and that will be a successful week for me."
Tuesday, July 19, 2005
Monday, July 18, 2005
Sunday, July 17, 2005
Some other observations:
Graeme McDowell had the low round of the day at 67. Fred Couples ended up in a tie for third, Sergio Garcia a tie for 5th, Nick Faldo a tie for 11th, and Sean O'Hair a tie for 15th. I will be interested to see what the world rankings look like after this.
Saturday, July 16, 2005
Friday, July 15, 2005
My thoughts on the 2nd round:
I expected Tiger to be 4 or 5 under on this round, so that didn't surprise me. The guys at 6 under should have made a charge, but since Saturday is called Moving Day in golf, I hope there will be some golfers come out to challenge for the top of the leaderboard. They have to expect Tiger to be at least 3 under on his round tomorrow and again on Sunday so the others really do need some good low rounds out there.
David Toms disqualified himself - a classic example of why golf is the ultimate great sport and all kids should learn golf instead of playing GTA 3 on the playstation. Toms should get an award for ethics for what he did.
They said something about Fred Couples' back so I will have to go looking for that story. I think the announcer guy said Fred's back went out on the 13th hole, but I think he made birdies after that so if Fred was in some pain but finished his round, he deserves an award also for intestinal fortitude (as they say in the world of pro wrestling).
Sean O'Hair is still hanging in there and doing well. If he keeps it together and comes out with a good finish in this tournament, I may have to add him to the side-bar as one of my favorites.
What's with TNT not showing Nick Faldo? I saw one brief glimpse of him and caught the tail end of an interview. He's a previous winner on that course, you'd think they would spotlight him a little bit more. Hopefully ABC will do that this weekend. If Faldo was smart, that would have been in his contract with ABC :)
Why are they still talking about Phil Mickelson? One announcer guy suggested Mickelson could challenge Tiger on the weekend. I think Phil's something like 8 shots back. He would have to make up 8 shots and probably 4 or 5 extra and hope that Tiger falters. That's a lot to ask of Phil and Tiger I think.
It's amazing to me how John Daly can just come out of nowhere and be tied for 15th place after 2 rounds. I think this proves that the man has a gift that few others out there have.
Remesy and Butterfield missed the cut. So, I feel better having shined my spotlight on them over in the sidebar since we aren't going to hear about them this weekend.
Other notables who missed the cut:
I added the Leaderboard to the Sidebar. Click on it under the British Open section to see the full leaderboard.
Jack Nicklaus - I'm too young to have been a big fan of his and I didn't agree with his opinion on the Casey Martin cart-riding issue a few years back, but it shouldn't be a sad day for golf. Nicklaus ended his career playing and playing well. He finished ahead of about 60 players, some of whom have made millions in the sport and are Majors winners to boot.
Thursday, July 14, 2005
Wednesday, July 13, 2005
Tuesday, July 12, 2005
ST ANDREWS, Scotland (Reuters) -- Ireland's Padraig Harrington pulled out of the British Open on Tuesday following the death of his father, organizers said.
Harrington's father Patrick, a former policeman, had been suffering from cancer of the oesophagus.
He was diagnosed in March, one week after his son became the first Irish player to win a PGA Tour title at the Honda Classic in Florida.
Harrington, ranked ninth in the world, skipped last week's Scottish Open at Loch Lomond after his father's condition worsened.
Henrik Stenson of Sweden, at world number 78 the highest-ranked player not already exempt, will take Harrington's place in the 156-strong field at St Andrews.
Ryder Cup player Harrington, who clinched his second PGA Tour victory by holing a 65-foot eagle putt on the final hole of last month's Barclays Classic, was among the favourites for this week's major.
The 33-year-old from Dublin triumphed by six shots in a strong field at the JP McManus Invitational Pro-Am in Ireland last week and is an experienced links course golfer in windy conditions.
He has produced two top-10 finishes in nine British Open starts, and tied for 20th when the championship was last held at St Andrews in 2000.
Monday, July 11, 2005
Sunday, July 10, 2005
|Clark Sails to victory at Loch Lomond|
Sun 10-Jul-2005 16:18 (GMT)
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(From the Houston Chronicle)
Silvis, IL (Sports Network) - PGA Tour rookie Sean O'Hair fired a six-under 65 on Sunday to come from behind and win the John Deere Classic. O'Hair finished at 16-under-par 268 for his first career victory on the PGA Tour.
Robert Damron shot a 67 at the TPC at Deere Run to join Hank Kuehne in a tie for second place at 15-under-par 269. Last year's winner Mark Hensby posted a 64 to finish one shot further back alongside Wes Short and third-round leader J.L. Lewis.
O'Hair was five shots back to start the day and birdied two in a row from the second to move to 12-under. He parred his next four holes and added a birdie at the par-four eighth to make the turn at minus-13.
The 22-year-old picked up a birdie at the par-five 10th to get within one shot of the lead. O'Hair kept pace over the next three holes and drained an 18-foot putt for a birdie at the par-four 14th to move into first place.
O'Hair maintained his composure over the closing holes and hit his second shot into a front bunker at the par-five 17th. O'Hair played his third shot out of the sand to two feet and tapped in for birdie to reach 16-under.
O'Hair, who was the runner-up at the Byron Nelson Championship, hit his drive in the rough at the par-four closing hole behind the trees lining the right side of the fairway. He had an opening and knocked his second shot across the fairway and watched as it rolled into the hazard above the water.
He was unable to ground his club for his third, but he played his shot within seven feet of the hole. O'Hair calmly rolled in the par-saving putt for his maiden title, and a decision on whether or not to go to St. Andrews next week for the British Open.
Kuehne had three birdies over his first seven holes to grab a share of the lead, but he found trouble with a bogey at the par-four eighth. He countered with a birdie at the par-four 14th, but gave that shot back with a bogey at the following hole.
He reached the green in two at the par-five 17th and two-putted for birdie to get within one of O'Hair. Kuehne hit another huge drive at the last, but sent his second shot over the back of the green. Kuehne was unable to convert for birdie to finish second along with Damron.
Shigeki Maruyama, Richard S. Johnson and Hunter Mahan tied for seventh place at 13-under-par 271. Kevin Stadler, Jeff Brehaut and D.J. Trahan followed at 12-under-par 272.
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Saturday, July 09, 2005
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Friday, July 08, 2005
Now, as for the question of Michelle Wie playing on the Men's Tour - I think it's good for golf. She is so young that all this media attention will bring a lot more young kids into golf and in ten years we will see the result when new golfers come on tour, younger and more talented than we've seen in the past.
Will Wie's performance open up the floodgates for all the LPGA players to invade the PGA tour? I don't think so. It takes a lot for a female to play on the Men's tour considering the courses are much longer and the competition is much tougher, so I really don't see this one event hurting the PGA tour.
But let's address the true heart of the matter - finding out just what you're made of. I don't think it hurts anything for a female to find out where she stands in comparison with the men. It's a good measuring stick. And if you think for a minute Steffi Graf never thought about how she would fare in a match against Andre Agassi, then you should probably think about that one again.
Was it fair for Wie to accept a sponsor's exemption when there are other male golfers who have played better, or played more, or had some success that she hasn't? Why shouldn't she? She has to look out for herself in life and set and achieve goals for herself. There's nothing wrong with that. And why shouldn't the sponsor extend an exemption to a phenomenal player who will shine the media spotlight on the event? She's 15 and can play better than a ton of people in the world. So what if she hasn't won anything yet, if she couldn't play and compete, the sponsor wouldn't have offered her a spot. And if she completely embarrasses herself this week, she won't get another exemption for a year or two.
Wie may not make the cut, but half the field won't make the cut and they are men. Yeah, she's 15 and a female, but when it's all said and done, she may end up being just one of the guys.
So, Welcome to all the new visitors and Thanks to all those who visit and keep coming back!
Thursday, July 07, 2005
| By Steve Schy |
06 July 2005
The one meter 83 centimeter tall Hawaiian is playing the TPC (The Player Club) at Deere Run on a sponsor's exemption. And her appearance has made Wie the main attraction at the tournament, with ticket sales up about 10 percent over last year.
But Wie, whose long-term goal has always been to play against the men, missed the cut in her two previous PGA appearances at the Sony Open in Honolulu. Even so, the teen sensation believes she will be a contender. "You know, every time I come into it (a tournament) I feel like I have a chance to win. If I don't feel like I have a chance to win, then I have no chance to win," she said.
Compatriot Zach Johnson, who played a practice round with Wie on Tuesday, was impressed with her play. "Oh, yeah, I think she can be in contention. I don't think there is any doubt. She's good. When you have a phenom like that, regardless, male or female, you have to showcase it in some fashion," he said.
Among those in the field are British Open champion Todd Hamilton of the United States, and fellow major champions David Toms and David Duval of the United States, and Zimbabwe's Nick Price. Australian Mark Hensby is the defending champion.
Tuesday, July 05, 2005
Everywhere you see Tiger Woods, you can't help but notice the mob scene. They pack the greens, line the fairways. On Saturday, when he finished his round at the Cialis Western Open, thousands of people filed out.
Everywhere you see Chris Couch, you can't help but notice his wife, Morgan, trying to corral their two sons around her feet. Was Chris nervous Friday night, after taking the tournament lead?
"No, no,'' Morgan said. "We just went out to dinner and ...
"MOM, LOOK AT THIS ROCK,'' Christian Couch, who's 4, said while picking up some gravel. "MOM, LOOK AT THIS ROCK. MOM ...''
Ah, the joy of kids.
Monday, July 04, 2005
Sunday, July 03, 2005
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Saturday, July 02, 2005
The Official Tiger Woods Website
The Tiger Woods Foundation
The Tiger Woods Learning Center
I will have to remember to put his Foundation website in the future Charities section.
Jul 2 2005
Thomas back on top a year after being hit for sorry six in Dublin
By Dale Rankin
THOMAS BJORN has exorcised his Smurfit European Open nightmare to play like a dream in this year's tournament Bjorn pulled out of the event in Dublin last year and fled back to his home in Wentworth as he fought the demons which had left him a nervous wreck on the course.
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Furyk, Curtis lead Western Open
Lemont, IL (Sports Network) - Jim Furyk shot a four-under 67 Saturday to join Ben Curtis in the lead after the third round of the Cialis Western Open. The duo finished at 12-under-par 201, three shots clear of Tim Herron.
Friday, July 01, 2005
Jack Nicklaus will be featured on a 5-pound ($9) note to be issued by the Royal Bank of Scotland to commemorate his last appearance as a professional golfer in the British Open at St. Andrews, the Washington Post reported.
Royal Bank, which sponsors Nicklaus, will release the note on July 12, two days before the tournament. No living person other than a member of the British Royal Family has ever appeared on a Scottish or English banknote.
"That's pretty special," Nicklaus said Thursday. "The tribute that RBS has done for me is unbelievable and one I have a hard time fathoming."
Nicklaus will play his 38th and last British Open at the venue where he won two of his three titles, in 1970 and 1978. He has said it's likely the last tournament of his career.
By Norman Dabell in Straffan, Co Kildare
Thomas Bjorn's often complex character underwent a stern test yesterday in the European Open, and this time, rather than giving up, the Dane passed it convincingly at the K Club.
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TORONTO, July 1 (Reuters) - American Chris Couch enjoyed a sizzling back nine to card a flawless four-under 67 as he took the second round clubhouse lead at the Western Open on Friday.
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