Architect Dye among six inducted into Hall of Fame
The 2008 class featured an amateur, an architect and an author, along with three major champions.
Craig Wood was the only player elected through the PGA Tour ballot. Wood, the first player to win the Masters and U.S. Open in the same year and the first to lose all four majors in extra holes, received the minimum 65 percent of the vote.
Three-time major champion Denny Shute and Bob Charles, the first left-hander to win a major, got in through the Veterans category.
Carole Semple Thompson, an amateur who won seven USGA championship and took part in 14 Curtis Cup matches; and Herbert Warren Wind, the writer who famously described a three-hole stretch at Augusta National as Amen Corner, were selected through the Lifetime Achievement category.
They brought membership in the Hall of Fame to 126.
Dye, selected through the Lifetime Achievement category, dismissed his career as digging up other peoples property, but he shaped it into courses that held major championships, Ryder Cups and PGA Tour events. He became the fourth Hall of Famer whose primary occupation was a golf course architect.
He started with a nine-hole course near Indianapolis and turned that into a design business that produced more than 120 courses that have hosted major championships, Ryder Cups and PGA Tour stops'Kiawah Island, Whistling Straits and Oak Tree among them.
He has been a designer who has really tested us, said Greg Norman, who introduced Dye. Pete has the ability to make you remember every shot you played.
His courses were often described as Dye-abolical for the severe punishment of missed shots, none more famous than the island green on the par-3 17th at TPC Sawgrass.
His highest praise?
Still coming, he said. Hasnt gotten there yet.
And his worst criticism? The list is too long, which might be a compliment in itself.
Ive got a million of them, Dye said. Im the only person in the world to build a golf course and have all the PGA professionals condemn the golf course.
That would be TPC Sawgrass, which Dye built from a swamp in northeast Florida. It has staged The Players Championship since 1982, and with an island green and television coverage, it has become one of the most well-known courses in the world.
Dye didnt start work until 1960, long after the careers of Wood and Shute.
In some respects, Wood was the Greg Norman of his era with a career remembered as much for his two majors as some of his heartbreaking defeats. Wood, who died in 1968, won 21 times on the PGA Tour, including consecutive majors in 1941 when he captured the Masters and U.S. Open.
But he also was the first player to lose all four majors in extra holes, none more memorable than in 1935 at Augusta National. He was the leader in the clubhouse until Gene Sarazen holed out from the 15th fairway for double eagle, then beat Wood the next day in a playoff. Two years earlier, he lost a playoff in the British Open at St. Andrews to Shute.
It was the first of three majors for Shute, who was quiet and shy, but described by Byron Nelson as a lot better than people realize. Shute won the PGA Championship in consecutive years (1936-37), a feat that stood for 63 years until Tiger Woods matched him in 2000.
Shute, who died in 1974, won 16 times on the PGA Tour and played on three Ryder Cup teams.
Charles is the first player from New Zealand in the Hall of Fame, but is better known as the first lefty to win on the PGA Tour at the 1963 Houston Open, and more famously, win the first major at the British Open that summer.
He later won 23 times on the Champions Tour, and the 72-year-old broke his age in 11 of 12 rounds this year.
Its certainly a very proud moment for me, Charles said. Ive had 50 years of traveling around the world playing competitive golf. Ive won a few awards in my career, and this is something special.
Wind was educated at Yale and earned a masters degree in literature from Cambridge. Jerry Tarde, chairman of the Golf Digest Companies, introduced him as the most important golf writer of the 20th century.
Wind, who died in 2005, began working for The New Yorker in the 1940s and was drawn to golf. He wrote The Story of American in Golf that was published in 1948, and remains one of the most definitive accounts of professional and amateur golf.
He also wrote with Ben Hogan a book titled The Modern Fundamentals of Golf, which remains the benchmark for instructional books.
Wind joined Sports Illustrated in 1954, where he spent seven years. He was covering the Masters in 1958 when he came up with the phrase Amen Corner to describe the 11th, 12th and 13th holes.
Semple Thompson won her first tournament by beating her mother in the Western Pennsylvania Womens Championship. She went on to compete in more than 100 USGA championships, winning seven of them. She played on 12 Curtis Cup teams and was the U.S. captain for two more. She also served on the USGA executive committee.
Semple Thompson was the sixth female amateur to be inducted.
Park collapses; leaderboard chaos at CME
Sung-Hyun Park started the day with a three-shot lead and slowly gave it all back over the course of a 3-over 75, leaving the CME Group Tour Championship and a host of season-long prizes up for grabs in Naples. Here’s where things stand through 54 holes at the LPGA finale, where Michelle Wie, Ariya Jutanugarn, Suzann Pettersen and Kim Kaufman share the lead.
Leaderboard: Kaufman (-10), Wie (-10), Jutanugarn (-10), Pettersen (-10), Stacy Lewis (-9), Karine Icher (-9), Austin Ernst (-9), Lexi Thompson (-9), Jessica Korda (-9), Pernilla Lindberg (-9)
What it means: It wasn’t the Saturday she wanted, but Park, who already wrapped up the Rookie of the Year Award, is still in position for the sweep of all sweeps. With a victory Sunday, she would claim the CME Group Tour Championship, the Race to CME Globe’s $1 million jackpot, the Rolex Player of the Year Award, and the money title, as she ascends to No. 1 in the Rolex world ranking. Meanwhile, Thompson, too, could take the $1 million and Player of the Year. As those two battle for season-long prizes, a host of other notable names – Wie, Jutanugarn, Pettersen, Korda, Lewis and Charley Hull (-8) – will fight for the Tour Championship.
Round of the day: Kaufman made four birdies on each side in a bogey-free 8 under-par 64. A lesser-known name on a stacked leaderboard, she seeks her first LPGA victory.
Best of the rest: Amy Yang will start the final round two behind after a 7-under 65. The three-time LPGA Tour winner could pick up her second title of the season after taking the Honda LPGA Thailand in February.
Biggest disappointment: On a day that featured plenty of low scores from plenty of big names, Lydia Ko dropped 11 spots down the leaderboard into a tie for 23rd with a Saturday 72. The former world No. 1 needed two birdies in her last five holes to fight her way back to even par. Winless this season, she’ll start Sunday four back, at 6 under.
Shot of the day: I.K. Kim aced the par-3 12th from 171 yards when her ball landed on the front of the green and tracked all the way to the hole.
Kim, oddly enough, signed her name to a scorecard that featured a 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7. It was all part of a 1-under 71.
Watch: Pros try to hit 2-yard wide fairway in Dubai
While in Dubai for the DP World Tour Championship, the European Tour prestented a little challenge to Ross Fisher, Richie Ramsay, Nicolas Colsaerts and Soren Kjeldsen. On a stretch of road outside of town, the four players had to try and hit a 2-yard wide fairway. Check out the results.
Rose (65) leads Rahm, Frittelli in Dubai
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – Justin Rose will take a one-shot lead into the final day of the season-ending Tour Championship as he attempts to win a third straight title on the European Tour and a second career Race to Dubai crown.
The 37-year-old Rose made a gutsy par save on the final hole after a bogey-free round for a 7-under 65 Saturday and overall 15-under 201.
The Englishman leads South African Dylan Frittelli, who produced the day's best score of 63, and Spain's Jon Rahm, who played in the same group as Rose and matched his 65.
Rose is looking to be Europe's season-ending No. 1 for the second time. His leading rival for the Race to Dubai title, Tommy Fleetwood, is only two shots behind here after a second straight 65 on the Earth course of Jumeirah Golf Estates.
Fleetwood did his chances no harm by overcoming a stuttering start before making eight birdies in his final 11 holes to also post a 65. The 26-year-old Englishman was tied for fourth place at 13 under, alongside South African Dean Burmester (65) and Thailand's Kiradech Aphibarnrat (67), who closed with five birdies in a row.
''So, last day of the season and I've got a chance to win the Race to Dubai,'' Fleetwood said. ''It's cool.''
Masters champion Sergio Garcia, the only other player with a chance to win the Race to Dubai title, is tied for 13th on 10 under after a 67.
Fleetwood had a lead of 256,737 points going into the final tournament and needs to equal or better Rose's finishing position to claim the title. If Rose doesn't finish in the top five and Garcia doesn't win, Fleetwood will have done enough.
Rose is hoping to win a third straight tournament after triumphs in China and Turkey.
Rose, who made some long putts for birdies apart from chipping in on the 13th hole, looked to be throwing away his advantage on the par-5 18th, when his second shot fell agonizingly short of the green and into the water hazard. But with his short game in superb condition, the reigning Olympic champion made a difficult up-and-down shot to stay ahead.
''That putt at the last is a big confidence-builder. That broke about 18 inches right-to-left downhill. That's the kind of putt I've been hoping to make. That was a really committed stroke. Hopefully I can build on that tomorrow,'' said Rose. ''I know what I need to do to stay at the top of the leaderboard. If I slip up tomorrow, he's (Fleetwood) right there. He's done everything he needs to do on his end, so it's a lot of fun.''
The last player to win three tournaments in a row on the European Tour was Rory McIlroy, when he won the Open Championship, the WGC-Bridgestone and the PGA Championship in 2014.
Fleetwood was 1 over after seven holes but turned it on with a hat trick of birdies from the eighth, and then four in a row from No. 13.
''I wanted to keep going. Let's bring the tee times forward for tomorrow,'' quipped Fleetwood after closing with a birdie on the 18th. ''Just one of them strange days where nothing was going at all. A couple sloppy pars on the par 5s, and a bad tee shot on fifth and I was 1-over through seven on a day where scoring has been really good ... Ninth and 10th, felt like we had something going ... it was a really good last 11 holes.''
If Park is nervous, she sure doesn't show it
NAPLES, Fla. – Sung Hyun Park says she can feel her heart pounding every time she steps to the first tee.
She says she always gets nervous starting a round.
You don’t believe it, though.
She looks like she would be comfortable directing a sky full of Boeing 737s as an air traffic controller at Incheon International Airport . . .
Or talking people off the ledges of skyscrapers . . .
Or disarming ticking bombs . . .
“In terms of golf, I always get nervous,” she insists.
Everything about Park was at odds with that admission Friday, after she took control halfway through the CME Group Tour Championship.
Her Korean nickname is “Dan Gong,” which means “Shut up and attack.” Now that sounds right. That’s what she looks like she is doing, trying to run roughshod through the Tour Championship in a historic sweep of all the LPGA’s most important awards and honors.
Park got just one look at Tiburon Golf Club before this championship began, playing in Wednesday’s pro-am. Then she marched out Thursday and shot 67, then came out Friday and shot 65.
At 12 under overall, Park has a three-shot lead on Caroline Masson and Sarah Jane Smith.
She is six shots up on Lexi Thompson, who leads the CME Globe point standings in the race for the $1 million jackpot.
She is 11 shots up on world No. 1 Shanshan Feng.
And 11 shots up on So Yeon Ryu, who leads the Rolex Player of the Year point standings.
There’s a long way to go, but Park is in position to make an epic sweep, to win the Tour Championship, that CME Globe jackpot, the Rolex Player of the Year Award, the Rolex Rookie of the Year Award, the Vare Trophy for low scoring average, the LPGA money-winning title and the Rolex world No. 1 ranking.
Nobody’s ever dominated a weekend like that in women’s golf.
It’s all there for the taking now, if Park can keep this going.
Park has another nickname back in South Korea. Her fans call her “Namdalla.” That means “I am different.” She’ll prove that if she owns this weekend.
Park, 24, isn’t assuming anything. She’s humbly aware how much talent is flooding the LPGA, how the tour’s depth was underscored in a year where five different players have reigned as world No. 1, five different players won majors and 22 different winners stepped forward in 32 events.
“I don’t think it’s quite that far a lead,” Park said of her three-shot advantage. “Two, three shots can change at any moment.”
About those nerves that Park insists plague her, even Hall of Famer Judy Rankin can’t see it.
Not when Park unsheathes a driver on a tee box.
“She’s the most fearless driver of the ball out here,” Rankin said. “I would put Lexi a close second and everybody else a distant third. She hits drivers on holes where you shouldn’t, and she hits it long and she just throws it right down there between hazard stakes that are 10 yards apart, like it’s nothing. Now, that’s a little hyperbole, but she will hit driver almost everywhere.”
David Jones, Park’s caddie, will attest to that. He was on Park’s bag when she won the U.S. Women’s Open in July and won the Canadian Pacific Women’s Open in August.
“She reaches for driver a lot because she is a good driver,” Jones said. “She isn’t reckless. She’s as accurate with a driver as she is a 3-wood.”
Park and Thompson played together in the first round. Park is eighth on tour in driving distance, averaging 270 yards per drive, and Thompson is third, averaging 274.
Thompson loves to hit driver, too, but . . .
“Lexi hit a lot of 3-woods compared to us when we played together yesterday,” Jones said.
Jones doesn’t find himself talking Park out of hitting driver much.
“It’s really simple,” Jones said. “When you hit driver as straight as she does, why mess around?”
Count Golf Channel analyst Brandel Chamblee, a student of the swing, among admirers of Park’s abilities.
“No other swing in the game comes close to her technical perfection and elegance in my opinion,” Chamblee tweeted Friday.
Come Sunday, Park hopes to complete a perfect sweep of the LPGA’s most important awards.