Bo Van Pelt picks up playoff win in Milwaukee

By Associated PressJuly 19, 2009, 4:00 pm
US Bank Championship in MilwaukeeMILWAUKEE ' Bo Van Pelt won for the first time on the PGA Tour with a birdie on the second hole of a sudden death playoff over John Mallinger on Sunday at the U.S. Bank Championship.
 
Van Pelt had two putts to win, leaving a 26-footer a little short before sinking a 2-foot birdie for his first victory in his 229th tour event.
 
On the second playoff hole, the 29-year-old Mallinger rolled his second shot in a greenside bunker. Mallinger got out, but left himself a 28-footer for birdie that he pushed right of the hole and settled for par.
 
That would be plenty for Van Pelt, who had a chance on the first hole to end it, but looked nervous and missed a 13-foot eagle putt. He settled for a tap-in birdie to put the pressure on Mallinger, who made a 5-footer setting up the final scramble.
 
Van Pelt gets a $720,000 check and the satisfaction that hes finally won on Tour after 10 years of finishing no better than second at the 2008 Puerto Rico Open.
 
The 34-year-old Van Pelt shot a 64 in the final round and did not have a bogey to move from 7 under to 13 under, finishing with a 4-foot putt for birdie on No. 18. Van Pelt made his move with three straight birdies on the back nine at Nos. 13-15, sinking a 22-footer at the par-5 15th to go to 12 under.
 
Then he had to wait and watch the scoreboard. Van Pelt went to the driving range with his caddie alone and as each group came in, a few more onlookers joined him.
 
Mallinger, who was also looking for his first Tour title, shot a 65 on Sunday and used an eagle on the par-5 15th to vault among the leaders.
 
He went to 13 under after a birdie on No. 16, but gave it back on the next hole when his sand shot went across the green and back into the rough.
 
But Mallinger quickly regrouped, sinking a 2-foot putt for birdie on No. 18 to send this tournament to a playoff for the first time since 2001 as both players had to wait for the forgotten final group to finish.
 
Frank Lickliter, who led at 11 under after 54 holes and Greg Chalmers, who started the day one back and was the leader after each of the first two rounds, both struggled on the front nine Sunday and never recovered.
 
The tournament must find a new title sponsor to return next season after U.S. Bank earlier announced it was ending its relationship with the 42-year-old event following a six-year run.
 
Were going to continue our efforts to try and find a sponsor, meet with people, talk with the PGA Tour and proceed on our mission, tournament director Dan Croak said.
 
Croak said the PGA Tour has not given him a deadline to find a new sponsor, but knows the sooner the better.
 
I remain very hopeful, he said.
 
Jerry Kelly and Steve Stricker, both from Wisconsin, are working together on a new concept for the tournament that they plan to pitch to sponsors and the PGA Tour.
 
While Kelly, who finished at 12 under and in third place, said he cant get into the specifics, one key component could be to move the event into a new time slot that isnt opposite of the British Open, which its been since 2007.
 
Several PGA Tour events are facing the same economic pressure and may not return.
 
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    Suspended Hensby offers details on missed drug test

    By Will GrayDecember 12, 2017, 11:30 pm

    One day after receiving a one-year suspension from the PGA Tour for failing to provide a sample for a drug test, Mark Hensby offered details on the events that led to his missed test in October.

    Hensby, 46, released a statement explaining that the test in question came after the opening round of the Sanderson Farms Championship, where the Aussie opened with a 78. Frustrated about his play, Hensby said he was prepared to give a blood sample but was then informed that the test would be urine, not blood.

    "I had just urinated on the eighth hole, my 17th hole that day, and knew that I was probably unable to complete the urine test for at least a couple more hours," Hensby said. "I told this gentleman that I would complete the test in the morning prior to my early morning tee time. Another gentleman nearby told me that 'they have no authority to require me to stay.' Thus, I left."

    Hensby explained that he subsequently received multiple calls and texts from PGA Tour officials inquiring as to why he left without providing a sample and requesting that he return to the course.

    "I showed poor judgment in not responding," said Hensby, who was subsequently disqualified from the tournament.

    Hensby won the 2004 John Deere Classic, but he has missed six cuts in seven PGA Tour starts over the last two years. He will not be eligible to return to the Tour until Oct. 26, 2018.

    "Again, I made a terrible decision to not stay around that evening to take the urine test," Hensby said. "Obviously in hindsight I should have been more patient, more rational and taken the test. Call me stupid, but don't call me a cheater. I love the game. I love the integrity that it represents, and I would never compromise the values and qualities that the game deserves."

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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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    Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017

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