After dispute Mickelson to use Ping lob wedge

By Associated PressJanuary 27, 2010, 11:29 pm

SAN DIEGO (AP)—Phil Mickelson has been one of the strongest critics of theU.S. Golf Association’s new regulation that bans square grooves, so it was notsurprising that he became the latest player to put the Ping-Eye 2 lob wedge inhis bag.

The Ping wedge, which has square grooves, is not affected in this new era ofV-shaped grooves because of a lawsuit Ping filed against the USGA that wassettled 20 years ago. Under the settlement, any Ping-Eye 2 made before April 1,1990, is allowed.

Some have said players using the Ping wedges are violating the spirit of therule.

Mickelson doesn’t buy it.

“I’ve sent in grooves that are legal but have not been approved for play,”he said. “And I feel like the Eye-2 grooves are not legal, or don’t conform,but they are approved for play. And after talking about it to the tour and theUSGA, the only thing that matters is, ‘Are they approved for play?’

“So I don’t feel that there’s any problem if I were to play those clubs orif anybody else were,” Mickelson said. “All that matters is that it is OKunder the Rules of Golf.”

Mickelson isn’t alone. John Daly has been collecting Ping-Eye 2 wedges overthe last few months and used them in Honolulu. Ditto for Dean Wilson . Amongother players using the Ping wedges are Brad Adamonis and Hunter Mahan , whosecaddie found the beryllium copper wedge that Mahan is using at Torrey Pines.

Mickelson had several wedges from when he played at Arizona StateUniversity. He is only using the lob wedge, which he had Callaway bend from a60-degree to a 64-degree club.

He said he believes he will pick up even more spin this year in his otherwedges because he said Callaway was “fractionally more aggressive” with theV-grooves, and he is using a slightly softer ball.

MAHAN ON TIGER: Hunter Mahan looks forward to the return of Tiger Woods ,although he believes the landscape will have changed. Mahan said on Wednesdaythe intimidation factor was gone even before Woods was caught in a sex scandal.

“We stopped being intimidated by him,” Mahan said. “No one is scared ofhim. We saw Y.E. Yang play with him and flat-out beat him at the PGA last year.I think people have figured out he’s just a human being.”

The difference, Mahan said, was that Woods achieved so many “unhumanlikethings” on the golf course.

He was among those who wonder if Phil Mickelson can fill the void untilWoods returns from his indefinite break.

“I think he sees this as an opportunity to step up and kind of be the man alittle bit,” said Mahan, who has been Mickelson’s partner at a Ryder Cup andPresidents Cup.

It’s also a chance for other players to take advantage of Woods’ absence andshow there’s more to golf than one player.

“It’s an opportunity to step up and show this is not a one-man tour,”Mahan said. “Hopefully, Tiger will come back and be part of it, not thecenterpiece.”

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Day's wife shares emotional story of miscarriage

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 12, 2017, 4:12 pm

Jason Day’s wife revealed on social media that the couple had a miscarriage last month.

Ellie Day, who announced her pregnancy on Nov. 4, posted an emotional note on Instagram that she lost the baby on Thanksgiving.

“I found out the baby had no heartbeat anymore. I was devastated,” she wrote. “I snuck out the back door of my doctor, a hot, sobbing, mascara-covered mess. Two and a half weeks went by witih me battling my heart and brain about what was happening in my body, wondering why this wouldn’t just be over.”

The Days, who have two children, Dash and Lucy, decided to go public to help others who have suffered similar heartbreak.

“I hope you know you aren’t alone and I hope you feel God wrap his arms around you when you feel the depths of sorrow and loss,” she wrote.  

Newsmaker of the Year: No. 5, Sergio Garcia

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 12, 2017, 1:00 pm

This was the year it finally happened for Sergio Garcia.

The one-time teen phenom, known for years as “El Nino,” entered the Masters as he had dozens of majors beforehand – shouldered with the burden of being the best player without a major.

Garcia was 0-for-72 driving down Magnolia Lane in April, but after a thrilling final round and sudden-death victory over Justin Rose, the Spaniard at long last captured his elusive first major title.

The expectation for years was that Garcia might land his white whale on a British links course, or perhaps at a U.S. Open where his elite ball-striking might shine. Instead it was on the storied back nine at Augusta National that he came alive, chasing down Rose thanks in part to a memorable approach on No. 15 that hit the pin and led to an eagle.


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A green jacket was only the start of a transformative year for Garcia, 37, who heaped credit for his win on his then-fiancee, Angela Akins. The two were married in July, and months later the couple announced that they were expecting their first child to arrive just ahead of Garcia’s return to Augusta, where he'll host his first champions’ dinner.

And while players often cling to the notion that a major win won’t intrinsically change them, there was a noticeable difference in Garcia over the summer months. The weight of expectation, conscious or otherwise, seemed to lift almost instantly. Like other recent Masters champs, he took the green jacket on a worldwide tour, with stops at Wimbledon and a soccer match between Real Madrid and Barcelona.

The player who burst onto the scene as a baby-faced upstart is now a grizzled veteran with nearly two decades of pro golf behind him. While the changes this year occurred both on and off the course, 2017 will always be remembered as the year when Garcia finally, improbably, earned the title of major champion.


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Man of the people


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Growing family

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Departure from TaylorMade


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Squashed beef with Paddy

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Victory at Valderrama


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Montana parents can't watch kids play high school golf

By Grill Room TeamDecember 11, 2017, 9:47 pm

Well, this is a one new one.

According to a report from KTVQ in Montana, this line in the Montana State High School Association rule book all but forbids spectators from observing high school golf in that state:

“No spectators/fans are allowed on the course except for certain locations as designated by the tournament manager and club professional.”

Part of the issue, according to the report, is that most courses don't bother to designate those "certain locations" leaving parents unable to watch their kids compete.

“If you tell a parent that they can’t watch their kid play in the Thanksgiving Day football game, they would riot,” Chris Kelley, a high school golf parent, told KTVQ.

The report lists illegal outside coaching as one of the rule's chief motivations, but Montana State women's golf coach Brittany Basye doesn't quite buy that.

“I can go to a softball game and I can sit right behind the pitcher. I can make hand signals,” she is quoted in the report. “I can yell out names. I can do the same thing on a softball field that might affect that kid. Football games we can yell as loud as we want when someone is making a pass or a catch.”

The MHSA has argued that unlike other sports that are played in a confined area, the sprawling nature of a golf course would make it difficult to hire enough marshals to keep unruly spectators in check.

Meanwhile, there's a lawyer quoted in the report claiming this is some kind of civil rights issue.

Worth note, Montana is one of only two states that doesn't allow spectators on the course. The other state, Alaska, does not offer high school golf.