Loren Roberts yields spotlight to Watson - COPIED

By Associated PressJuly 31, 2009, 4:00 pm
CARMEL, Ind. ' Even though Loren Roberts is fresh off a win at the Senior British Open, Tom Watson has been the center of attention this week at the U.S. Senior Open.
 
Roberts understands. His win came just a week after Watson nearly won the British Open.
 
Instead of feeling slighted, Roberts appreciates what Watsons performance has done for the sport. Roberts said more people noticed his Senior British Open win than he expected.
 
I think its a direct result of all the notoriety that Tom kind of got for golf, Roberts said.
 
Roberts has placed in the top six in five of his past seven senior events. He got off to a good start on Thursday, shooting a 4-under 68 in the first round of the U.S. Senior Open. That leaves him tied for seventh place.
 
Roberts will have a chance to match or surpass Watsons feat at the British Open next year. His win at the Senior British Open automatically qualified him for next years regular British Open.
 
I would probably say of all the Open rotation, that might be the one that I would possibly have a chance to play well, Roberts said. Im looking forward to it. I mean, how could you not look forward to going back to the old course?
 

 
EVENTS TOO CLOSE: Greg Norman said this week hed prefer more time between the British Open, the Senior British Open and the U.S. Senior Open.
 
The three events are held during consecutive weeks. Norman was still suffering from jet lag after shooting a 6-under 66 on Thursday.
 
Golf-wise, it really doesnt bother me, playing three in a row, he said. I really wish they could get together and separate them for the good of all of us ' for the players and everybody.
 
Norman said if not for the prestige of the events, hed skip at least one of them.
 
If they werent the three tournaments they were, I wouldnt play three in a row, he said. Flipping from one side of the Atlantic to the other, I wouldnt do it. You know, I didnt do it in my younger days, I wouldnt do it when I am 54.
 

 
WATSON OK: Watson could have used the kind of extra time that Norman suggests.
 
Watson said he felt sick after eating Chinese food toward the end of his stay in Britain and missed Tuesdays practice round.
 
He regained enough strength to practice Wednesday, and said he felt fine Thursday.
 
I probably lost a little weight, he said. I didnt feel too weak out there today. I felt weak yesterday. I really felt weak yesterday.
 
Watson shot a 1-under 71 on Thursday, and is tied for 25th place.
 
The course played tough for me today, he said. It didnt play tough for all the rest of these guys today. The rest of these guys shot a pretty low number out there today.
 

 
VAUGHAN STRONG:: Bruce Vaughan has found his form.
 
The 52-year-old from Hutchinson, Kan., didnt finish in the top 10 in any event this season until an eighth-place showing last week at the Senior British Open.
 
Vaughan was strong again to start the U.S. Senior Open, shooting a 4-under 68 on opening day. He felt he could have done better.
 
I left a few putts out there, got away with a few shots, he said. And played OK, you know, nothing crazy, nothing bad. So Im happy with it, and a little disappointed.
 
His formula for success seems simple.
 
I just kept the ball in front of me and didnt do anything stupid.
 

 
ALLEM PLAYS WELL: South African Fulton Allem shot a 5-under 67 and is tied with Andy Bean for fifth place.
 
He birdied three of his last four holes to pull within one shot of co-leaders Joey Sindelar, Greg Norman, Dan Forsman and Tim Jackson.
 
Allem hasnt placed better than 15th in his past eight Champions Tour events. He finished second in the Allianz Championship.
 
Allems career highlight came when he beat Norman to win the Southwestern Bell Colonial in 1993
 

 
MARION REPLACES SOBB: Jim Sobb withdrew Thursday because of a lower back injury. It would have been the Barrington, Ill. natives second U.S. Senior Open.
 
Kevin Marion of Lake Forest, Ill., took his place and shot a 3-over 75 in the opening round.
 
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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.