Frank Lickliter shoots 63 to lead US Bank

By Associated PressJuly 18, 2009, 4:00 pm
US Bank Championship in MilwaukeeMILWAUKEE ' Frank Lickliter shot his best round in nearly three years, posting a 63 to surge to the top of the leaderboard at 11-under 199 after the third round of the U.S. Bank Championship on Saturday.
 
Greg Chalmers, who led by two strokes after Fridays second round, was one behind Lickliter after shooting a 69. Jeff Maggert and Chris Riley finished two back at 9-under 201.
 
Lickliter, who last won on Tour in 2003, started the day 4 under, but birdied six out of seven holes at one point, making his only mistake in the middle of that stretch with a bogey on No. 7.
 
He had two more birdies on the back nine with a chance for even more on No. 18, but he missed an eagle putt that wouldve set a personal best for him and settled for a par.
 
Lickliter, a two-time tour winner who had the 54-hole lead heading into the final day in each, enjoys his time in Milwaukee, and hes the type of guy this blue collar town can relate to.
 
He loves just about every type of hunting, a cold Guinness beer and chows on two orders of fried calamari every night at a seafood joint thats near the course.
 
Its little things like that, Lickliter said. Russell Moccasin is just up the road. They make hunting boots, my favorite hunting boots. We went up there Thursday after I got done playing. Just really cool things to do.
 
Lickliters family is traveling with him, including is 1 1/2 -year-old fraternal twin boys ' Steele and Storm ' and hes played well at Brown Deer Park Golf Course in the past, including a fourth-place finish in 2006.
 
Most cities have beer, Lickliter joked. This place is like coming home. The people are so great and they love golf. Its just a great place to be.
 
The best of Lickliters birdies came on the front nine. He hit a flop shot on the par-3 5th from about 16 feet out that rolled in and sank a 21-footer from the fringe on No. 6. He also hit a 28-footer on No. 13 to move to 10 under.
 
Thats one of the best putts Ive made, Lickliter said. About three different breaks in it, and (I) actually read it right.
 
Meanwhile, Chalmers, the left-handed Australian, said his putting showed a bit of his nerves on Saturday. He had only led after 36 holes once before and fell apart in that tournament in 2000 by stepping on his ball and drawing a penalty on the first hole of that third round.
 
This time, he lost his two-shot cushion, but stayed close after a rocky front nine with consecutive birdies at Nos. 14 and 15. He also ran into trouble on the par-5 18th with three shots in the rough, but saved par.
 
I didnt have a great idea of where the ball was going to go early until the mid-parts of my round, Chalmers said. I felt much better probably about 12, 13 onwards.
 
Less than a month after shooting a 62 at the Funai Classic in 2006, Lickliter went overseas for a USO/Armed Forces Tour. He said he broke his right arm near the elbow while in Iraq and spent seven weeks only doing rest and rehabilitation.
 
Lickliter, who works extensively with the Wounded Warrior Project that helps injured soldiers, declined to elaborate on how the accident occurred, beyond saying he fell, which drew a laugh from his fiancee sitting in the back of the room. He later said he didnt want his injury to cast a negative light on his visit with the troops.
 
I didnt get to touch a club and when I got back out, Id only been hitting driver for two days, Lickliter said. I probably came back a little early.
 
He also struggled with his swing and tried to work around the injury with little initial success. Now, hes feeling good and having fun again and his recent scores show it.
 
I know Im doing a lot of good things, Lickliter said. I made a bunch of birdies last week and made some birdies this week. And Im going to try to keep making birdies tomorrow.
 
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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.