Duval and Tracy Try Each Others Sport

By Associated PressAugust 3, 2006, 4:00 pm
CASTLE ROCK, Colo. -- Paul Tracy and David Duval each tried out a different kind of driving Wednesday.
In the morning, Duval took a spin with Tracy in a Mustang GT pace car for the Grand Prix of Denver. In the afternoon, Tracy got driving tips from Duval at Castle Pines Golf Club, site of The International.
Both events will take place next weekend and the dual driving competition highlighted a novel co-promotion between the PGA TOUR and Champ Car.
So, is Duval a better racer than Tracy is a golfer? Or is it the other way around?
I think we both stink, respectively, probably, Duval said with Tracy nodding in agreement.
I dont ever get to race a car and he doesnt ever get to play golf. Youre talking about two different things that you cant just jump in and start doing.
Duval said he loved zipping around the portion of the downtown Denver track that snaked through the Pepsi Center parking lot.
Its a lot of fun to get out with somebody that knows what theyre doing and can handle a car, said Duval, who survived several doughnuts.
Tracy said he hadnt played golf more than three times in his life, but he grabbed a driver and ripped a straight 220-yard shot on his first swing on the driving range.
And I have a stiff back from that wrestling match I was in a couple of days ago, too, cracked Tracy, who caused a crash that led to a fight with fellow driver Alex Tagliani at the San Jose Grand Prix last week.
Champ Car didnt find the fight a laughing matter and on Wednesday placed Tracy on probation for three races, fined him an undisclosed amount of money and stripped off seven championship points. Champ Car fined Tagliani an undisclosed amount for his part in the confrontation.
Tracy did not immediately comment on the sanctions.
After Duval gave Tracy some pointers on his stance and swing, however, the balls starting slicing and hooking and searching for the squirrels.
The first three times I hit the ball was basically beginners luck. I just walked up and hit it, but after I started adjusting my swing and changing my footing and started thinking about how to hit it, I couldnt hit it anymore, Tracy said.
Tracy and Duval played the 10th and 18th holes at Castle Pines and Tracys long game was surprisingly good, although his putting left a little to be desired.
When it was suggested he should take up golf in his spare time, however, Tracy grimaced.
You know what my problem with this is? This takes too long. Ive got to be going like this, Tracy said, snapping his fingers three times. I dont think I have the patience for golf. Id kind of be like Happy Gilmore out there.
Duval said race car drivers were better athletes than golfers.
I think youre talking about an endurance and a heart level, the beats are up there for the entire race, Duval said. Are some of the golfers good athletes? Yes. Are they highly skilled professionals? Yes. But it is a game, I dont know if youd call it a sport.
The mental aspect of golf and racing are actually pretty similar, Tracy said.
People (debate) whether race car drivers are athletes. But what we do takes a high level of concentration for two to four hours, he said. Its the same in golf. For us, theres no time-outs, theres no breaks in between.
Both walked off the course with a newfound admiration for each other and his profession.
Anytime youre around excellence, Duval said, its a real treat.
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Day, Spieth chasing Davis after Day 1 of Aussie Open

By Jason CrookNovember 23, 2017, 6:50 am

The PGA Tour is off this week but a couple of the circuit’s biggest stars – Jordan Spieth and Jason Day – are headlining the Emirates Australian Open, the first event in The Open Qualifying Series for the 2018 Open at Carnoustie. Here's how things look after the opening round, where Cameron Davis has opened up a two-shot lead:

Leaderboard: Cameron Davis (-8), Taylor MacDonald (-6), Nick Cullen (-5), Jason Day (-5), Brian Campbell (-4), Lucas Herbert (-4), Stephen Leaney (-4), Anthony Quayle (-4)

What it means: Jordan Spieth has won this event three of the last four years, including last year, but he got off to a rocky start on Thursday. Playing in the windy afternoon wave, the world No. 2 bogeyed his first two holes but rebounded with birdies on Nos. 4 and 5. It was more of the same the rest of the way as the 24-year-old carded three more bogeys and four birdies, getting into the clubhouse with a 1-under 70. While it certainly wasn't the start he was hoping for, Spieth didn't shoot himself out of the tournament with 54 holes left to play, he has plenty of time to claw his way up the leaderboard.

Round of the day: With Round 1 in the books, the solo leader, Davis, is the easy pick here. The 22-year-old Aussie who turned pro last year, came out of the gates on fire, birdieing six of his first seven holes, including four in a row on Nos. 4 through 7. He did drop a shot on the ninth hole to go out in 30 but rebounded with three more birdies on the back to card a 8-under 63. Davis, who was born in Sydney and played this year on the Mackenzie Tour in Canada. He will attempt to get his Web.com Tour card next month during qualifying in Arizona.

Best of the rest: Making his first start in his home country in four years, Day started on the 10th hole at The Australian Golf Club and made four birdies to one bogey on the back side before adding four more circles after making the turn. Unfortunately for the 30-year-old, he also added an ugly double-bogey 6 on the par-4 eighth hole and had to settle for a 5-under 66, good enough to sit T-3. Day, who has dropped to No. 12 in the world rankings, is looking for his first win on any tour since the 2016 Players Championship.

Main storyline heading into Friday: Can the upstart 22-year-old Davis hold off the star power chasing him or will he fold to the pressure of major champions in his rearview mirror? Day (afternoon) and Spieth (morning) are once again on opposite ends of the draw on Friday as they try to improve their position before the weekend.

Shot of the day: It’s tough to beat an ace in this category, and we had one of those on Thursday from Australian Brad Shilton. Shilton’s hole-in-one on the par-3, 188-yard 11th hole came with a special prize, a $16k watch.

Quote of the day: “Just two bad holes. Pretty much just two bad swings for the day,” – Day, after his 66 on Thursday. 

Watch: Shilton wins $16k timepiece with hole-in-one

By Golf Channel DigitalNovember 23, 2017, 2:50 am

Australian Brad Shilton made a hole-in-one on the par-3, 188-yard 11th hole during the first round of the Australian Open, and he was rewarded handsomely for his efforts - with a Tag Heuer watch worth $16k.

Day gets in early mix with 66 in return to Australia

By Associated PressNovember 23, 2017, 2:32 am

SYDNEY - Jason Day's first tournament round in Australia in four years was a 5-under 66 to put him among the leaders early Thursday at the Australian Open.

Day's round came unhinged late with a double-bogey 6 on the par-4 eighth hole, his second-last of the day. He hit his tee shot into the trees on the left, hit back out to the fairway, missed his approach to the green and then couldn't get up and down.

''That was brutal,'' Day said of the 481-yard hole that played into gusting winds.

But Day recovered quickly to birdie his last to sit three strokes behind fellow Australian and early leader Cameron Davis, who started on the first, had six front-nine birdies and shot 63 at The Australian Golf Club.

In between the two was Australian Taylor MacDonald, who shot 65.

''It was a pretty solid round, I didn't miss many fairways, I didn't miss many greens,'' Day said. ''I'd give myself a seven or eight out of 10.''

Defending champion Jordan Spieth, attempting to win the Australian Open for the third time in four years, was off to a poor start among the afternoon players, bogeying his first two holes.

The Sydney-born Davis played most of this season on the Mackenzie Tour in Canada and will attempt to secure his Web.com card in the final round of qualifying from Dec. 7-10 in Chandler, Arizona.

''Everything went to plan,'' Davis said. ''I got off to a great start. I was hitting my spots and was able to keep it together on the back nine.''

NOTES: Australian Brad Shilton had the first ace of the tournament, using a 5-iron for a hole-in-one on the par-3, 188-yard 11th hole, his second hole of the day. Australian veteran Geoff Ogilvy, the 2006 U.S. Open winner, shot 69. He and Rod Pampling (68) played the first round with Day.

Day: Woods feeling good, hitting it long

By Golf Channel DigitalNovember 22, 2017, 9:33 pm

Jason Day says Tiger Woods told him he feels better than he has in three years, which is good news for Woods a week ahead of his return to the PGA Tour at the Hero World Challenge.

Day, a fellow Nike endorser, was asked about Woods during his news conference at the Emirates Australian Open on Wednesday. "I did talk to him," Day said, per a report in the Sydney Morning Herald,"and he did say it's the best he's ever felt in three years'" Day said.

"He doesn't wake up with pain anymore, which is great. I said to him, 'Look, it's great to be one of the best players ever to live, but health is one thing that we all take for granted and if you can't live a happy, healthy life, then that's difficult.'"

The Hero World Challenge will be played Nov. 30-Dec. 3 in the Bahamas and broadcast on Golf Channel and NBC.

Day, who has had his own health issues, said he could empathize with Woods.

"I totally understand where he's coming from, because sometimes I wake up in the morning and it takes me 10 minutes to get out of bed, and for him to be in pain for three years is very frustrating."

Woods has not played since February after undergoing surgery following a recurrence of back problems.

"From what I see on Instagram and what he's been telling me, he says he's ready and I'm hoping that he is, because from what I hear, he's hitting it very long," Day said.

"And if he's hitting it long and straight, then that's going to be tough for us because it is Tiger Woods. He's always been a clutch putter and in amongst the best and it will be interesting to see.

"There's no pressure. I think it's a 17- or 18-man field, there's no cut, he's playing at a tournament where last year I think he had the most birdies at."