Casey and Garcia limber up for BMW International

By Associated PressJune 23, 2010, 11:16 pm

EuropeanTour_smlMUNICH, Germany – Paul Casey and Sergio Garcia will switch allegiances from the PGA Tour and return to their European Tour roots on Thursday when they tee up for the first round of the BMW International Open.

Their primary concern is to get their games in shape at the start of a three-week build up to the 150th British Open, which starts at St. Andrews on July 17. However, they both have a second agenda.

England’s Casey, currently ranked 8th, and the Spaniard Garcia, who in 1999 at 19 became the youngest player to make his Ryder Cup debut and has figured in all four matches since, are currently not in the frame to play against the Americans at Celtic Manor in October.

Casey lies 13th in the overall qualifying table which will provide nine automatic members of the European team, while Garcia is 19th.

With a combined total of eight Ryder Cup appearances and with both men being in their early 30s – and approaching their golfing prime – many would have expected the pair to face Corey Pavin’s team.

However, with so many European triumphs on both sides of the Atlantic this year, their current form would not make either of them a strong candidate for a wild card from Colin Montgomerie.

“The Ryder Cup is a worry because there is such strength in depth here in Europe at the moment,” Casey said. “And I certainly want to play at Celtic Manor. But with The Open Championship coming up, getting into shape for that has to be my priority.”

Summing up his approach, he said: “Start playing well now and hopefully the results will come and the Ryder Cup take care of itself.”

Speaking at the Golfclub Munchen Eichenried, where he and Garcia will face strong opposition from other top U.S. Open performers like Ernie Els and Martin Kaymer, Casey admitted to a bout of jetlag.

“I will just have to rely on adrenalin to get going.”

Nick Dougherty, who produced the third victory of his career when winning the 2009 BMW International, hopes that good memories of the Eichenreid course will help lift his game from a slump.

“There is a lot I can draw upon, because I know I can shoot the low numbers you need to win around here,” said the 28-year-old Englishman, who is currently 107th in Europe’s second Race to Dubai.

“But it’s getting harder all the time to win in Europe with the strength of our golf as it is. Several years ago you might look at the field in a tournament and say that five guys could win.

“But now every time you look it seems that there is 25 guys who could win and the numbers growing all the time.”

One person Dougherty will not have to beat is Frenchman Gregory Havret, who has withdrawn citing tiredness after his exertions in finishing second at Pebble Beach.

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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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Growing family

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Victory at Valderrama

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Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 12, 2017, 12:30 pm