A newborns impeccable timing No wiggle room

By Associated PressAugust 6, 2009, 4:00 pm
WGC-Bridgestone - 125wAKRON, Ohio ' Eve Rose Fisher already has impeccable timing.
 
Her dad, Ross, was jousting for the lead at the British Open two weeks ago while mom Jo was pregnant with her. Even though Ross said he would leave Turnberry in an instant ' in mid-round, if need be ' to attend Eves birth, he didnt have to.
 
She was born six days after Stewart Cink beat Tom Watson in a playoff for the claret jug, with her jittery first-time father tying for 13th with a closing 75.
 
Eve Roses timing allowed her father to hurry home and spend some time before going through the entire birth experience.
 
Awesome. Its a truly amazing experience, one Id recommend to any male, her father said Thursday after shooting an even-par 70 in the opening round of the Bridgestone Invitational. Were having quite fun. Ive only been with her for just over a week, but its really cool. Pretty amazing.
 
The 28-year-old Englishman ' with Jo already four days overdue ' birdied the first two holes at Turnberry to briefly take the final-round lead before a quadruple-bogey 8 on the fifth hole put an end to his shot at winning.
 
After Eve Rose made her appearance, the family was able to bond for a several days in Cheam, England, before Ross flew back to the States for this weeks Bridgestone and next weeks PGA Championship at Hazeltine. Jos mother moved in for a while to help out in Ross absence.
 
He said leaving home was difficult.
 
Yeah, its tough, but this is my job and what I choose to do and Jos happy with that, he said. Im missing home and shes obviously missing me but its only two weeks and then Ive got three weeks off to look forward to.
 
Fisher had no problem focusing on his game.
 
Thats what Ive come here to do, he said. Soon as Ive finished hopefully Sunday evening next week, then golf can be put to the back of my mind.
 

 
NO WIGGLE ROOM: Danny Lee, the youngest U.S. Amateur champion ever, must play well ' and soon ' if he wants to avoid going to qualifying school.
 
Lee, one of only seven players at the Bridgestone who has not qualified for next weeks PGA Championship, shot a 2-under 68 on Thursday.
 
I was impressed with myself, he said. Im really happy with what Ive done today.
 
He is badly in need of a good finish. He has missed the cut in five of his nine starts since turning pro after playing at the Masters. The highlights include a tie for seventh at the AT&T National and a tie for 13th at the Byron Nelson.
 
To avoid having to go to Q-school, he must earn roughly $188,000 combined at the Bridgestone and the Wyndham on Aug. 20-23.
 

 
SIMPLE APPROACH: Asked what he would do to kill time after his opening 68, Miguel Angel Jimenez said, I will eat first, smoke my cigar and then hit a few putts and then perhaps go to the swimming pool.
 

 
COMPETITIVE NATURE: Phil Mickelson was away from the tour for six weeks after the U.S. Open while wife Amy battled breast cancer. In addition, Mickelsons mother also was diagnosed with it.
 
One thing he missed a lot during that hiatus was the competition.
 
Ive always loved competing, whether it was for a soda, a golf ball, tees or on the PGA Tour for huge purses, he said. I missed the competition. I also missed just being on the golf course. Its where Ive grown up.
 

 
OPEN HANGOVER: Few players are prepared for the many obligations and rising expectations after winning their first major championship.
 
Lucas Glovers victory in the U.S. Open at Bethpage Black in June has turned his world upside down. There were requests to appear on late-night talk shows and far more demands from sponsors and media. Such a watershed win can knock anyones game off kilter.
 
You get over it a little bit on the golf course, said Glover, who opened with a 1-under 68. Off the golf course, of course theres still a little bit going on.
 
He figured it sure beats the alternative.
 
Its a good problem to have, said Glover, laughing.
 

 
DIVOTS: Lee Westwood double-bogeyed the first hole and had another double and two bogeys, yet countered that with seven birdies in a round of 69. Ernie Els holed his second shot for eagle from 137 yards on the 399-yard, par-4 first hole. With his ball wedged near a tree root and with a limited backswing, Sergio Garcia slashed a low runner of a third shot that chased more than 100 yards to the green on the final hole. Garcia then holed the par-saving 14-foot putt for a 68. The first-round leader has won just seven of the 32 stroke-play PGA Tour events this year.
 
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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.