LoveDaly Campbell Woods

By Associated PressMarch 19, 2003, 5:00 pm
ORLANDO, Fla. -- They come from different demographic backgrounds, but Davis Love III and John Daly are in the same neighborhood on the PGA Tour.
Both are living in motor homes while traveling the Tour.
'It's been great,' said Love, who plans to take his motor home to 15 tournaments. 'I haven't been this excited about traveling on TOUR in a long time, because I have my stuff with me all the time, and it makes it a lot of fun.'
Daly, who has never been fond of flying, is the veteran of motor homes. He and Love were in the parking area during The Honda Classic .
'He was trying to tell me how to fix my generator, and he was wrong. Keep him away from the tools and we're OK,' Love said with a laugh. 'He's been a great neighbor. Everybody says, 'Well, he must be fun to be around.' He's quiet ... which I've been shocked to see, which is good. He's enjoying himself.'
CAMPBELL AMONG THOSE ON THE MASTERS BUBBLE: The Players Championship is shaping up to be two tournaments in one for a couple of players on the bubble for getting into The Masters.
Starting this year, The Masters tweaked its qualifications by moving back its deadline until after The Players Championship for getting into the top 50 in the world ranking. Also, The Masters will take the top 10 on the PGA Tour money list after The Players Championship, an increase from the top three.
With two weeks to go, who's on the bubble?
Chad Campbell is No. 9 on the money list and will have to play well to make his first trip to Augusta National. Jay Haas is No. 55 in the world ranking and No. 12 on the money list in what could be his last trip to The Masters.
Also needing two good weeks on the money list are Tim Herron (No. 12) and Frank Lickliter (No. 18), who won in Tucson last month.
Seven other PGA Tour winners since the last Masters currently are not eligible -- Chris Smith (Buick Classic), Spike McRoy (B.C. Open), J.P. Hayes (John Deere Classic), Gene Sauers (Air Canada Championship), Dan Forsman (SEI Pennsylvania Classic), Bob Burns (The Disney Golf Classic) and Luke Donald (Southern Farm Bureau Classic).
MYSTERY SPONSOR: When a title sponsor could not be found for the event at Hilton Head Island, residents of the South Carolina town agreed to a hospitality tax that would raise $1.8 million and help the tournament cover the costs.
That's no longer the case.
The Heritage Classic Foundation last week signed a four-year sponsorship deal worth $22 million. The town council was to meet Tuesday to rescind the hospitality tax, which was to take effect April 1.
The only mystery now is the sponsor.
Speculation is centered on MCI, the title sponsor for 14 years before WorldCom took over. WorldCom was dropped last year, two days before it filed for bankruptcy.
Tournament director Steve Wilmot said the new sponsor is in no hurry to reveal itself, and the announcement might not come until April 14, the week of the tournament.
NORTHERN IRLEAND GETS 2007 WALKER CUP: The Walker Cup between the United States and Britain-Ireland will be played in Northern Ireland for the first time in 2007.
The biennial golf event for top amateurs will be held at Royal County Down, the Royal & Ancient Golf Club said Tuesday.
The 1991 event was played at Portmarnock in the Republic of Ireland.
This year's Walker Cup will be played at Ganton Golf Club in northeast England. The 2005 event will be played at Chicago Golf Club.
The United States leads the series 31-6, with one tie.
DIVOTS: Tiger Woods has added a Humvee to his collection of cars. ... CNBC will take over weekend coverage of the Bay Hill Invitational if NBC News pre-empts sporting events. ... David Duval has reported no symptoms from vertigo since he left Doral, and plans to play in the Bay Hill Invitational.
STAT OF THE WEEK: There have been no first-time winners on the PGA TOUR this year through 11 events. The eight players have combined for 101 victories and 15 majors.
FINAL WORD: 'I'm not knocking Phil Mickelson by any means, but Phil hasn't won. And the difference between winning a major and winning a regular tournament is night and day.' - Jack Nicklaus.
Full Coverage of the Bay Hill Invitational
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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.

Full list of 2017 Newsmakers of the Year

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.

Masters victory

Article: Garcia defeats Rose to win Masters playoff

Article: Finally at peace: Garcia makes major breakthrough

Article: Garcia redeems career, creates new narrative

Video: See the putt that made Sergio a major champ

Green jacket tour

Article: Take a look at Sergio's crazy, hectic media tour

Article: Garcia with fiancée, green jacket at Wimbledon

Article: Watch: Garcia kicks off El Clasico in green jacket

Man of the people

Article: SERGIO! Garcia finally gets patrons on his side

Article: Fan finally caddies for Sergio after asking 206 times

Article: Sergio donates money for Texas flood relief

Article: Connelly, Garcia paired years after photo together

Ace at 17th at Sawgrass

Growing family

Article: Sergio, Angela get married; Kenny G plays reception

Article: Garcia, wife expecting first child in March 2018

Departure from TaylorMade

Article: Masters champ Garcia splits with TaylorMade

Squashed beef with Paddy

Article: Harrington: Garcia was a 'sore loser'

Article: Sergio, Padraig had 'great talk,' are 'fine'

Victory at Valderrama

Article: Garcia gets first win since Masters at Valderrama

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Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 12, 2017, 12:30 pm
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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.