McDowell Wins Scottish Phil Fades

By Associated PressJuly 13, 2008, 4:00 pm
2006 Barclays Scottish OpenGLASGOW, Scotland -- Graeme McDowell won the Scottish Open with three straight birdies on the back nine for a 3-under 68 and a two-stroke victory Sunday.
 
Phil Mickelson had a 73 and finished 11 shots off the lead in a tie for 38th.
 
McDowell trailed Simon Khan by two shots until Khan double bogeyed the 12th. McDowell then birdied the next three holes to move ahead and went on to win with a total of 13-under 271 at Loch Lomond.
 
James Kingston (66) finished second. Richard Green and Miguel-Angel Jimenez shot 69s to tie for third at 274. Khan had a 72 to finish fifth, another stroke back, but secured a spot for the British Open that starts Thursday at Royal Birkdale.
 
Ernie Els (69) tied for ninth.
 
Mickelson knows he has work to do before the British Open.
 
I had a great week this week even though I didnt play the way I wanted to, Mickelson said. I had three good days at Birkdale before this tournament. So this gives me the opportunity to look at some of the strengths I had here as well as the weaknesses, and see if I can put it all together for this week.
 
Ill spend most of my time on the short game. I turned that around a little today, but overall for me the whole week, it wasnt what I was expecting. I wasnt pleased with the way I chipped or putted this week.
 
McDowell has now almost certainly clinched a debut appearance in the Ryder Cup at Valhalla in September.
 
I regard the Ryder Cup as a major, said McDowell, who played at the University of Alabama. Its something I have really wanted to do.
 
The win put McDowell sixth on the list from which the top 10 qualify.
 
McDowell holed putts of 10 and 12 feet for birdies on Nos. 6 and 8. He played a bump-and-run shot up close from off the 13th green to set up the first of his run of birdies, drove the green and two-putted the 14th, and then struck a 9-iron to four feet at the next.
 
Mickelson never got going Sunday. He missed the greens at Nos. 2 and 3 after perfect drives and, despite some superb chips, had two bogeys in his first five holes, including at the fifth for the successive day after acing it Friday.
 
I was trying to build some momentum, he said. With the putter, Im trying to feel good on it, trying to get better speed and a better line. With chipping, Im trying to be more aggressive.
 
Els, who won here in 2000 and 2003, wasnt happy with his final round.
 
I think I could have done a lot better. I played well from tee to green today but the putts dried up, he said. The stroke is not that bad. Its just the speed and the read every now and again.
 
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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.