Mediate leads by three at Fryscom Open

By Associated PressOctober 16, 2010, 5:00 am
Frys.com OpenSAN MARTIN, Calif. –  Rocco Mediate holed a 7-iron approach from 160 yards for eagle on the par-4 fourth hole and finished with a 6-under 65 on Friday to increase his lead to three strokes in the Frys.com Open.

The 46-year-old Mediate, looking for his first PGA Tour victory in eight years, made the eagle on the 426-yard hole a day after a hole-in-one on the par-3 third hole. He had a 13-under 129 total on the CordeValle Golf Club course in the Fall Series event.

Ryudi Imada (67) was second, and Dean Wilson (64) and David Duval (65) followed at 9 under.

U.S. Ryder Cup player Rickie Fowler shot a 65 to join Tim Herron (67), Will MacKenzie (68), Henrik Stenson (67) and Bo Van Pelt (68) at 8 under.

Mediate had eagles in consecutive rounds for the first time since 2001.

“It is just weird,” Mediate said. “A lot of stuff is happening. When that went in, I was ‘Really?’ I was pleased, but shocked.”

Mediate, for years troubled by back problems, was slightly on edge because of his 7:20 a.m. tee time, concerned that he couldn’t get loose in the cold.

“I was a little nervy to start because I was concerned the morning might be chilly,” Mediate said. “I don’t do well in the cold. But it wasn’t too bad. I hit a couple of putts and got some momentum.”

Mediate birdied four of his first 12 holes before his eagle, which made up for a later bogey.

“That was my record by miles, 34 holes without a bogey,” Mediate said. “I was so disappointed, but how could I be that angry? I wanted to go at least 36 holes. I actually tried to bogey the ninth hole too.”

Mediate said he took a putting lesson from Lee Trevino in May, and it has made a huge difference in his results.

“I spent four or five hours with him and learned so much about moving the ball to the right,” Mediate said. “It was priceless. I didn’t want to leave. Him and I are the same; we’re nuts.”

Wilson said he took advantage of smoother greens, birdieing six of eight holes at one point, recovering nicely from an early bogey.

“I think there is a lot of danger out there,” Wilson said. “I need to drive the ball well, get it on the fairway. The greens were nice and smooth in the morning, versus yesterday when they were a little bumpy.”

Duval said he played consistently well in the second round.

“I wasn’t real close to a bogey,” he said. “I felt like I hit the ball pretty well. I had a few mistakes but I came here and have gotten into a rhythm so far.”

Fowler birdied four of his final five holes to move into the top five.

“I drove the ball better,” Fowler said. “Rocco set the pace and I needed to stay with the pace. I think I did that.”

Defending champion Troy Matteson missed the cut, following his opening 72 with a 76.

The tournament, the third of five Fall Series events, is in its first year at CordeValle Golf Club after three seasons at Grawhawk in Scottsdale, Ariz.

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Suspended Hensby offers details on missed drug test

By Will GrayDecember 12, 2017, 11:30 pm

One day after receiving a one-year suspension from the PGA Tour for failing to provide a sample for a drug test, Mark Hensby offered details on the events that led to his missed test in October.

Hensby, 46, released a statement explaining that the test in question came after the opening round of the Sanderson Farms Championship, where the Aussie opened with a 78. Frustrated about his play, Hensby said he was prepared to give a blood sample but was then informed that the test would be urine, not blood.

"I had just urinated on the eighth hole, my 17th hole that day, and knew that I was probably unable to complete the urine test for at least a couple more hours," Hensby said. "I told this gentleman that I would complete the test in the morning prior to my early morning tee time. Another gentleman nearby told me that 'they have no authority to require me to stay.' Thus, I left."

Hensby explained that he subsequently received multiple calls and texts from PGA Tour officials inquiring as to why he left without providing a sample and requesting that he return to the course.

"I showed poor judgment in not responding," said Hensby, who was subsequently disqualified from the tournament.

Hensby won the 2004 John Deere Classic, but he has missed six cuts in seven PGA Tour starts over the last two years. He will not be eligible to return to the Tour until Oct. 26, 2018.

"Again, I made a terrible decision to not stay around that evening to take the urine test," Hensby said. "Obviously in hindsight I should have been more patient, more rational and taken the test. Call me stupid, but don't call me a cheater. I love the game. I love the integrity that it represents, and I would never compromise the values and qualities that the game deserves."

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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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Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017

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