Norman Tees Up with Presidents to Aid Tsunami Victims

By Associated PressMarch 9, 2005, 5:00 pm
HOBE SOUND, Fla. -- Former President Bill Clinton joked about his golf game and said he's not worried about surgery set for Thursday as he and former President George H. W. Bush played in a Wednesday charity event to raise $2 million for tsunami victims.
The surgery will remove a rare buildup of fluid and scar tissue that is pressing on his left lung -- a complication from his heart surgery six months ago. The condition was discovered during a recent X-ray and is considered low-risk. Clinton said he knew he needed the operation before he and Bush embarked on a tour of tsunami-ravaged countries last month and scheduled it around the trip and the charity golf event.
'I've had an unusual life. If something happens -- if I get struck by lightning on the golf course today -- I'd wind up ahead of where 99.99 percent of the people that ever lived,' Clinton said. 'I'm just grateful for every day when the sun comes up. But it is not a dangerous procedure, unless something totally unpredictable happens.'
Sitting with Bush and golfer Greg Norman, who organized the charity tournament, Clinton joked about a previous visit he made to Norman's Jupiter Island home. During that 1997 visit, then-President Clinton planned two days of golf but stumbled on some steps and ended up in the hospital with a knee injury instead.
'At least I get to play before I go to the hospital this time,' Clinton said, sitting indoors next to a fireplace on an unusually chilly and rainy Florida day.
The tournament at the Medalist Golf Club, about 100 miles north of Miami, is expected to raise more than $1.8 million with about 70 golfers paying $30,000 each.
'Golf and golf lovers are generally what I call bright points of light. They want to help others,' Bush said.
He also joked about his golf game and said the tournament would have a 'no laughing rule ... which is in effect every time I swing.'
The better golfer of the two, Clinton gave Bush a handicap of a few strokes for the event but said he questioned whether that was fair against the athletic Bush, who went skydiving for his 80th birthday.
'He should be giving me strokes. He's the one jumping out of airplanes,' Clinton said.
For Clinton's operation, known as a decortication, doctors at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center will remove scar tissue either through a small incision or with a video-assisted thorascope inserted between his ribs.
Clinton's wife, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, said she would be in New York for the surgery and was 'very confident about the outcome.'
'We have no reason to believe it's anything other than a routine procedure that has to be taken care of,' she said. 'Bill has decided he wants to deal with it and get it behind him, which I think is the right decision.'
Clinton, 58, has been active since his Sept. 6 heart surgery, presiding over the opening of his presidential library in Little Rock, Arkansas, before joining Bush for the public relations campaign to help raise private funds for the victims of the Asian tsunami.
He underwent quadruple coronary artery bypass surgery after suffering chest pains and shortness of breath. He blamed his blockage on a history of heart disease in his mother's family and his penchant for junk food.
Before going to Asia, he passed a full physical and scored in the 95th percentile for his age in a stress test, said Dr. Allan Schwartz, chief of cardiology at New York-Presbyterian.
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Sharma closes on Monday, wins Joburg Open

By Associated PressDecember 11, 2017, 12:43 pm

JOHANNESBURG – Shubhankar Sharma won his first European Tour title by a shooting 3-under 69 Monday in the final round of the weather-delayed Joburg Open.

The 21-year-old Indian resumed his round on the eighth green after play was halted early Sunday afternoon because of storms. He parred that hole, birdied No. 9 and made par on every hole on the back nine.

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Sharma finished at 23-under 264, three strokes ahead of the pack, and qualified for next year's British Open, too.

''I actually wasn't going to come here about a week ago ... so I'm really happy that I came,'' said Sharma, who shot 61 in the second round. ''I don't think I'm ever going forget my first time in South Africa.''

Erik van Rooyen (66) was second, three strokes ahead of Shaun Norris (65) and Tapio Pulkkanen (68).

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Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 11, 2017, 12:30 pm
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Sharma among three Open qualifiers at Joburg Open

By Will GrayDecember 11, 2017, 12:16 pm

Shubhankar Sharma earned his first career European Tour win at the rain-delayed Joburg Open and punched his ticket to The Open in the process.

Sharma returned to Randpark Golf Club Monday morning after storms washed out much of the scheduled final day of play. Beginning the re-start with a four-shot lead, he hung on to win by three over South Africa's Erik Van Rooyen.

Both men can make travel plans for Carnoustie next summer, as this was the second event in the Open Qualifying Series with three spots available for players not otherwise exempt who finished inside the top 10. The final spot went to Shaun Norris, who tied for third with Finland's Tapio Pulkkanen but had a higher world ranking (No. 192) than Pulkkanen (No. 197) entering the week.

The Joburg Open was the final official European Tour event of the year. The next tournament in the Open Qualifying Series will be the SMBC Singapore Open in January, where four spots at Carnoustie will be up for grabs.

Newsmaker of the Year: No. 6, Dustin Johnson

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 11, 2017, 12:00 pm

Only Dustin Johnson could win four times in 2017 and it still feels as though he underachieved.

That’s unfair, perhaps, but it’s a testament to Johnson’s awesome ability – and his incredible run of form last spring – that observers can’t help but shake the feeling that his year could have been even better.

In February, he rose to the top of the world rankings for the first time, the culmination of a long, bizarre journey in which he often battled himself (through major blunders and, reportedly, drug-related suspensions) as much as his peers. Johnson’s blowout victory at Riviera was his first of three consecutive titles (including two WGCs), as he achieved Tiger-like levels of dominance and rolled into the Masters as the prohibitive favorite.

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Expectations for this star-crossed talent are always different, and so the surprise wasn’t that he blew that major but that he didn’t even give himself a chance. In one of the biggest stunners of the year, Johnson’s manager announced on the eve of the first round that his client had suffered a back injury while slipping on a set of stairs in his rental house. Just like that, the year’s first major was thrown into chaos, with Johnson unable to play – the line of demarcation in his good-but-not-great year.

Though he added a playoff victory at the end of the season, Johnson failed to factor in any of the remaining three majors and was surprisingly inconsistent, perhaps because of swing compensations after the injury.

Would DJ have denied Sergio Garcia a green jacket? Would he have created even more separation at the top of the world rankings? Would he have defended his Player of the Year title? Unfortunately, we’ll never know.

In typical DJ fashion, he left us to ponder what could have been.

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