Creamer looks for 2nd major win at British Open

By Associated PressJuly 28, 2010, 8:27 pm

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SOUTHPORT, England – After struggling for years to win a major, Paula Creamer is aiming to make it two in a row at the Women’s British Open, which starts Thursday at Royal Birkdale.

Creamer shed the title of being the best women’s golfer to not win a major with her U.S. Women’s Open at Oakmont this month. Now she hopes the momentum will put her right back on top of the leaderboard at Birkdale.

“I know now what it takes to win a major and I’ve been waiting to do that for a very long time,” Creamer said. “I feel very confident coming into this event and I know what I need to do.”

Creamer played her first Women’s British Open when it was last held at Birkdale in 2005, finishing 15th. That tournament was plagued by some miserable weather, and Creamer said she won’t mind more of the same this time.

“I enjoy links golf, I always have,” she said. “It’s a nice change to come out, put your five layers on and play in your rain gear. It makes golf a little bit more interesting.”

Defending champion Catriona Matthew had a disappointing Evian Masters last week in France, but finished with an encouraging 5-under 67 in the final round to climb into a tie for 23rd.

The 40-year-old Scot, who claimed her first major championship in an emotional victory at Royal Lytham last year just 11 weeks after giving her birth to her second daughter Sophie, said she was happy with her practice round at Birkdale as well.

“I played well out there today and I had a good last round in the Evian on Sunday,” Matthew said. “My new coach Kevin Craggs feels I’m playing really well, so hopefully I can bring that form into the tournament.”

Top-ranked Jiyai Shin of South Korea won the Evian Masters, and is looking for her second British Open title after winning at Sunningdale two years ago.

“I’m really excited because the course is great,” Shin said. “I have a good strategy for links golf so I can’t wait for the tournament to start. My confidence is high after last week, but I also need to forget last week and focus on this.”

Laura Davies is making her 30th consecutive start in the tournament, and won here in 1986. Unlike Matthew, however, she had no plans of playing a practice round.

“I played in the Pro-Am on Tuesday, which I always enjoy, but I never play a practice round,” Davies said. “This is my 26th year on tour so it’s 25 and a half years since I had a practice round. Watching people chip and putt from every angle on the green for five or six hours is not my idea of fun.”

But even after all those years, Davies still has a childlike enthusiasm for the game.

“I can’t wait for tomorrow morning,” she said. “There’s always something to look forward to and I still want to win every time I tee up.”

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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

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