Kim storms up leaderboard in Canada

By Associated PressJuly 26, 2008, 4:00 pm
RBC Canadian OpenOAKVILLE, Canada ' Anthony Kim made nine birdies and an eagle in 21 holes Saturday in the Canadian Open for a share of the lead with Chez Reavie during the suspended third round at rain-softened Glen Abbey.
 
Kim, tied for 26th at 4 under through 15 holes when second-round play was suspended Friday night, went birdie-birdie-eagle Saturday morning for a 2-under 69, then added a bogey-free 64 in the third round to match Reavie at 15 under.
 
Ive put myself in a good position, said Kim, seeking his third victory of the year. Im looking forward to the challenge tomorrow.
 
Reavie was 2 under through 16 holes when darkness ended play on the course saturated by more than 8 inches of rain in a week. He had a 25-foot putt from the fringe on No. 17 when he called it a day.
 
When we got up to 17, I didnt want to putt. It was too dark to read my putt, said Reavie, the 26-year-old former Arizona State player in his first PGA TOUR season. We figured we had to play 18 in the morning, so what difference does finishing 17 do.
 
Kims morning finish gave him a 7-under 29 on the back nine after he played the front nine Friday in 5-over 40. The 23-year-old American played the final nine holes of the second round and first nine holes of the third in 11-under 60.
 
He birdied the par-5 18th in fading light to tie Reavie.
 
It was a pretty long day, Kim said.
 
Scott McCarron had a 63'the best round of the week'to get to 12 under. He had 11 birdies, three bogeys'all in the first four holes'and four pars.
 
Steve Marino (67) also was 12 under, and Billy Mayfair (68) followed at 11 under. Marino birdied the final five holes on the front nine.
 
Canadian star Mike Weir birdied four of the last five holes for 68 to join to Mark Calcavecchia (67), Sean OHair (67) and Nicolas Thompson (70)at 10 under. Two-time defending champion Jim Furyk was 8 under after a 67.
 
Im happy where Im at, Weir said. This has been tough for everyone.
 
Because of the wet conditions, players were allowed to use preferred lies in the fairways for the third straight day.
 
Reavie played 33 holes in 13 under Friday, shooting 65-64 for a tournament-record matching 13-under 129 total and a three-stroke lead after the completion of the suspended second round Saturday morning.
 
He made a 15-foot birdie putt on No. 10 to take a three-stroke lead over Kim and Marino at 16 under, but had three bogeys, two birdies and a par on his final six holes to drop back to 15 under.
 
Bands of rain showers moved in soon after the second round finished, flooding bunkers and fairways. Third-round play was suspended because of lightning at 12:44 p.m., and rain kept the players off the course for 2 hours, 40 minutes.
 
Divots:
Furyk won in 2006 at Hamilton and 2007 at Angus Glen. Reavie has an apparel deal with Toronto-based Quagmire Golf. The winner will receive $900,000 from the $5 million purse.
 
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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.