Loves Major Streak in Jeopardy

By Associated PressApril 2, 2008, 4:00 pm
2007 Shell Houston OpenHOUSTON -- Tiger Woods winning streak ended at Doral. Another impressive run could end this week at the Houston Open.
 
Davis Love III must win to qualify for next weeks Masters and continue the longest active streak of major championship appearances. Love hasnt missed a major since the 1990 U.S. Open, a run of 70 in a row.
 
The streak is on his mind, but hes realistic about his chances. Love tore ligaments in his left ankle when he stepped in a hole while playing golf last September and spent five months recovering after surgery.
 
This is a week to try to get in the Masters, Love said Tuesday. This is also a week to try to get my year going.
 
Hell play in his seventh event of the year this week'ahead of his doctors expectations'but hes finished no better than a tie for 24th at Pebble Beach in February and missed three cuts.
 
When I first started back, they (doctors) said, Dont even worry about the Masters. Youre not going to have enough time to be ready even to play in it, much less win a tournament before it. I feel like Ive got a leg up, Love said. Now, Ive played six times and I havent made any progress. At least Ive played, Ive gotten some rounds in and Im still playing, so Ive still got a shot.
 
Love has been in this spot before, in 1995, and won in New Orleans the week before the Masters to earn an invitation. He was the runner-up to Ben Crenshaw at Augusta after shooting a 66 in the final round.
 
But that was 13 years ago, when he was playing better and with much more confidence than he is now.
 
Love played 10 holes at the Tournament Course at Redstone on Tuesday and said the layout perfectly suits his game. Not even he knows if hes ready to start winning again.
 
Its a little bit different this year, coming off an injury, he said. I havent really had a chance to win this year. I havent had a lot of great rounds. Its a whole different feeling.
 
Love has gone into every tournament this year thinking about his streak of majors'to the point where its become a distraction. He hasnt broken 70 in a first round and opened with a 76 in New Orleans last week before missing the cut.
 
I think its kept me from getting off to good starts, Love said. If I do get off to a good start, it will be there at the end. But Ive just got to get going, period. One good round is going to be pressure to play two good rounds and two good rounds is going to be pressure to play three.
 
The first tournament I played was my best tournament. I was just going on adrenalin and excited to be back, he said. I really havent played a good tournament since then. I need to just get the year rolling.
 
The ankle injury didnt affect Loves swing, but walking courses is a challenge now. He had the ankle enclosed in a protective boot for most of his rehab and the other muscles in his leg weakened as a result.
 
Former touring pro Mike Hulbert, Loves close friend and part-time caddie, told him to stay patient and that might be the most difficult part for Love.
 
Most people, when they come back from that, they go back to playing a little bit of golf or playing a little bit of tennis, he said. Theyre not walking 6-8 miles a day, hitting golf balls and trying to play to get in the Masters.
 
Im not coming back and gradually working back into a normal life. Im coming into a highly competitive, highly stressful (situation). One week youll be walking around in the rain and one week youll be walking around in the mud, one week, itll be hilly. Im not giving it any breaks.
 
At first, doctors told Love that the ankle injury might sideline him for the entire year. Whether he makes the Masters or not, Love knows his situation couldve been much worse.
 
Ive got to be thankful that Im playing. I couldve had this whole year off, it was that bad of an injury, he said. We jumped on it with good doctors and I got a good therapist and I did the right things. Im very thankful that Im back playing.
 
Im not thankful for my scoring average, Im not thankful that Im coming up on my third tournament that Im not exempt for, but Im thankful Ive got a chance to play, that Im still out here playing, he said. It wouldnt have taken much to be a year or two off, or a career-threatening injury. Im happy to be here.
 
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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.