Euro Players Will Miss Tiger at Majors Ryder Cup

By Associated PressJune 19, 2008, 4:00 pm
European TourMUNICH, Germany -- Many of the top European golfers were surprised and disappointed at Tiger Woods absence for the rest of the season, and amazed at how he gutted his way to another U.S. Open triumph despite needing knee surgery.
Several players at the BMW International Open said Thursday that playing the majors wont be the same without the imposing presence of Woods, the worlds top golfer. They also fear television ratings and fan interest will plummet in his absence'and they will miss trying to beat him.
It is a big deal, no Tiger at the British Open, U.S. PGA, the Ryder Cup, said Graeme McDowell. The best player in the world by a long way is not going to be there. It will take away from the atmosphere'disappointing.
Woods revealed Wednesday he has played for at least 10 months with a torn ligament in his left knee, and suffered a double stress fracture in his left leg two weeks before the U.S. Open. He will have season-ending surgery, knocking him out of the final two majors and the Ryder Cup.
Bernhard Langer said losing Woods would put the Americans at a disadvantage against Europe at the Ryder Cup on Sept. 19-21 at Valhalla, outside Louisville, Ky. Langer captained the European team four years ago when it won by a record nine points.
As a captain I would love to have him on my side'if he cant play I think its for the worse, Langer said. Hopefully he will recover real soon.
The two-time Masters champion said the Ryder Cup has become such an unusual and huge event that fan interest will remain without Woods. But Langer said other tournaments that were on Woods schedule could face a loss of television ratings and crowds.
Woods won his 14th major at the U.S. Open, where he went 91 holes on a leg that got worse over each of the five days, finally defeating Rocco Mediate on the 19th hole of a playoff.
It was even more impressive now, his win in the U.S. Open, although he could have won one-legged, said American John Daly, who has been playing in European tournaments. It is a blow to all the fans who follow him. The sponsors, the money, wouldnt be where it is if it wasnt for him.
Ross Fisher got a firsthand look at Woods when they were paired in the final round at the 2007 Dubai Desert Classic. He finished fifth, while Woods tied for third.
To go out and win with a knee injury like that is phenomenal, Fisher said. It just shows how mentally strong he is and what a great golfer he is. To hear he is not going to play for the rest of the year is a massive blow to golf. You want to play against the best.
Colin Montgomerie, who hasnt won a major despite topping the European Tour eight times, said winning the British Open or PGA in Woods absence will not diminish the accomplishment of whoever hoists the trophy.
In four years time you wont know if Tiger Woods was playing or not, he said. Everybody is disappointed he wont be at the Open or PGA or other world events. We wish him well and we realize now with him not playing the power one individual has in the game.
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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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