Els Advances Casey Knocked Out in Quarters

By Associated PressOctober 12, 2007, 4:00 pm
HSBC World Mach Play ChampionshipsSURREY, England -- U.S. Open champion Angel Cabrera eliminated titleholder Paul Casey 4 and 3 Friday in the second round of the World Match Play Championship.
 
Six-time champion Ernie Els kept his bid for a seventh title alive by ousting Andres Romero 6 and 5, while Henrik Stenson and Hunter Mahan also advanced to the semifinals.
 
Stenson, winner of the Accenture Match Play Championship in California in February, had an impressive 7 and 6 victory over Anders Hansen, who beat British Open champion Padraig Harrington on Thursday. Hansen had a hole-in-one at the 10th.
 
Mahan, the last of three Americans left in the tournament, trounced Soren Hansen 6 and 4.
 
In Saturday's semifinals, Cabrera plays Mahan and Stenson meets Els.
 
Cabrera took a three-hole lead after hitting two birdies and an eagle on the first five holes. His eagle at the long fourth came after a 5-wood second shot rolled within one foot of the flag.
 
Casey won the sixth and seventh, but Cabrera kept a one-hole lead at lunch. He won the first hole of the afternoon with a 20-foot birdie and was four up with nine to play.
 
He then chipped in a crucial shot from the rough to save par on the 10th and halve the hole.
 
'That was a big turnaround,' Cabrera said. 'I thought I'd lost the hole but I got a half. It felt like a win.'
 
Els won the first two holes against Romero with birdies, then bogeyed the next two and lost both. He pulled away with four birdies in the last seven holes on the back nine to go into lunch four up. Els was seven holes ahead with seven to play, but Romero won the next two before Els finished the match by holing a 35-foot putt at the next.
 
'I was a little out of synch with my irons this morning but my short game saved me,' Els said. 'I'm really striking the ball nicely and I made some good long putts.'
 
Stenson was even better, using superb iron play to get birdies at five of the last seven holes in the morning against Hansen. He led by four then and by eight after 27 holes.
 
Stenson has struggled with his game in recent weeks, after becoming a father three months ago.
 
'Maybe the head hasn't been in the right place,' he said. 'I think this was the right event to get me going.'
 
Mahan, who upset Justin Rose on Thursday, took the lead at the fourth against Soren Hansen and gradually pulled away.
 
'I played very well and solid this afternoon and didn't make it easy for him,' Mahan said. 'Angel is playing really well but I'm looking forward to taking him on.'
 
Earlier, Stenson and Romero completed first-round victories in matches delayed by fog Thursday morning.
 
Stenson eliminated Woody Austin 1 up, while Romero beat Niclas Fasth 3 and 2.
 
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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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    Montana parents can't watch kids play high school golf

    By Grill Room TeamDecember 11, 2017, 9:47 pm

    Well, this is a one new one.

    According to a report from KTVQ in Montana, this line in the Montana State High School Association rule book all but forbids spectators from observing high school golf in that state:

    “No spectators/fans are allowed on the course except for certain locations as designated by the tournament manager and club professional.”

    Part of the issue, according to the report, is that most courses don't bother to designate those "certain locations" leaving parents unable to watch their kids compete.

    “If you tell a parent that they can’t watch their kid play in the Thanksgiving Day football game, they would riot,” Chris Kelley, a high school golf parent, told KTVQ.

    The report lists illegal outside coaching as one of the rule's chief motivations, but Montana State women's golf coach Brittany Basye doesn't quite buy that.

    “I can go to a softball game and I can sit right behind the pitcher. I can make hand signals,” she is quoted in the report. “I can yell out names. I can do the same thing on a softball field that might affect that kid. Football games we can yell as loud as we want when someone is making a pass or a catch.”

    The MHSA has argued that unlike other sports that are played in a confined area, the sprawling nature of a golf course would make it difficult to hire enough marshals to keep unruly spectators in check.

    Meanwhile, there's a lawyer quoted in the report claiming this is some kind of civil rights issue.

    Worth note, Montana is one of only two states that doesn't allow spectators on the course. The other state, Alaska, does not offer high school golf.