Notes A balky back Furyks return home

By Associated PressJuly 2, 2010, 4:30 am
2010 AT&T NationalNEWTOWN SQUARE, Pa. – Sean O’Hair’s balky back might spoil his homecoming.

O’Hair was bothered by a sore back Thursday in the opening round of the AT&T National after he hurt it last week while working out.

O’Hair said he was “a little surprised” he was able to play after shooting a 1-over 71 and planned to skip practice for rest and treatment for Friday.

O’Hair said his trainer told him the injury could be a bulging disc. He also complained of tight hamstrings.

He makes his home in the Philadelphia area and recently joined Aronimink Golf Club. He withdrew from the pro-am Wednesday because of the injury.

“It’d be nice to play really well in front of everybody, but at the end of the week, it’s just another golf tournament,” O’Hair said. “I’d love to play well at this golf course, but I can’t control my back.”

The AT&T National is the start of four straight tournaments for O’Hair, a decision he’s second-guessing because of his back. He wants to tough it out for the home crowd and for his club – yet stay healthy for the British Open.

“It’s in the best condition I’ve seen year,” he said. “Being in front of the home crowd and sleeping in your own bed, it’s fun.”

His score shows there was no home-course advantage. O’Hair said he wasn’t a regular at Aronimink and downplayed any connection that a familiar course should boost his score.

“I think the only thing you can do in a negative way is just put too much pressure on yourself, and I don’t think I’ve done that,” O’Hair said. “I’m not feeling great, so my expectations have come down quite a bit.”

FURYK RETURNS: Sean O’Hair isn’t the only player in the field with local roots. Jim Furyk heard plenty of fans wishing him luck, rooting him on and yelling, “Welcome home!” when he hit the first tee.

Furyk, who won the U.S. Open in 2003, was born in the nearby Philly suburb of West Chester and he was raised in Lancaster. For years, he hosted the one-day Exelon Invitational at various stops throughout the state. His event was the only professional golf that the Philadelphia area had on a yearly basis.

“A lot of people were out there cheering for me even at 8:26 on a Thursday morning, which is surprising,” he said.

Furyk is well-versed in the area’s place in golf lore.

“I grew up playing golf in this area and it’s like coming back to your roots,” he said. “It’s an area where I’m really comfortable with a lot of the golf courses here. It’s fun to have people pulling and rooting on your side. I haven’t had an opportunity to play that many tour events in the Pennsylvania area.”

Furyk should be back here next year when the AT&T National returns for a second season. The U.S Open will be held in 2013 at Merion Golf Club.

SPEED IT UP: Joe Ogilvie was one of four players tied atop the leaderboard at Aronimink Golf Club. He took nearly as much pride in the time it took him to post a 4-under 66—just a shade over four hours.

Ogilvie, who played with Jeff Maggert and Bill Lunde, can be one of the tour’s fastest players. He said the trio could have finished in less than four hours had it not been for a wait on the 17th hole and a ruling on the 18th.

“You’d be kicked out of Aronimink if you played in 4 hours and 15 minutes in foursomes, so you ought to be able to do it in threesomes,” he said.

Ogilvie’s dream pairings, however, wouldn’t be with player as swift with the club and decision making as he is each hole.

“I’m not used to playing with players as fast as I am, so I would tend to get in their way,” he said. “I’m used to waiting on guys to hit and I’m used to also saying, ‘God, how long does it take to lay it up?’ So it would give me less material if I played with really fast players all the time.

“It’s good to have some material.”

TIGER’S ROAR: Boo, who?

Not Tiger Woods.

The Philadelphia crowd muffled their infamous chorus of boos for cheers and applause at each sighting of Woods. If his sordid tales of infidelity turned off the crowd, it didn’t show in their “Go, Tiger!” screams at every hole.

“Unfortunately, we didn’t give them a whole lot to cheer about today,” Woods said.

Woods, the defending champion, shot a shot 73.

Woods teamed with rocker Jon Bon Jovi, a former co-owner of the Arena Football League Philadelphia Soul, for a fundraiser for their respective foundations on Wednesday night. The event raised more than $570,000 for the Tiger Woods Foundation and the Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation. Bon Jovi played an acoustic set of some of his greatest hits.

“It was neat to see him play acoustically,” Woods said.

Joe Ogilvie heard a more typical Philly reaction when he played with former Eagles quarterback Ron Jaworski in Wednesday’s pro-am.

“Our galleries were a little boisterous,” he said.

CADDIE TALK: Nick Watney has a different caddie, although he should look very familiar.

Watney, who had been with Tim Goodell, began working this week with Chad Reynolds, who had been on the bag for Vijay Singh the last few years until leaving the big Fijian. Singh is using David Clark.

Brett Quigley, meanwhile, changes caddies frequently, and he also had a familiar face on the bag at Aronimink – just not in golf circles. His good friend Adam Oates, the former NHL star. Oates is working his fifth tournament with Quigley, who opened with a 67, and he arrived his this week after taking the job as an assistant coach with the New Jersey Devils.

Oates is the second NHL player to caddie on the PGA Tour this year. Dan Quinn is a part-time caddie for Ernie Els.

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Angela hits Sergio in stride on field at Superdome

By Grill Room TeamDecember 18, 2017, 3:22 pm

Sergio and Angela Garcia's super 2017 keeps getting more ... Super ... Dome. (+1 awful blog lede.)

The couple started the year with Sergio's win at the Masters, then embarked on a whirlwind green jacket media tour, then kicked off El Clasico, then attended Wimbledon, then got married, then announced they were expecting their first child ...

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And now, they're throwing each other passes on the New Orleans Saints' home turf at the Superdome.

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Newsmaker of the Year: No. 1, Justin Thomas

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 18, 2017, 1:00 pm

He won a major, captured the FedExCup and was named the PGA Tour’s Player of the Year. It should come as no surprise that Justin Thomas holds the top spot on our Newsmakers list for 2017.

Thomas entered the year ranked outside the top 20, and few might have pegged him for a transcendent campaign. But he kicked off January with a win in Hawaii, added another before leaving the Aloha State and never looked back.

Thomas’ seminal moment came in August when he captured the PGA Championship at Quail Hollow for his breakthrough major title. One month after greeting Jordan Spieth behind the final green at Royal Birkdale, this time it was Thomas’ turn to have friends stick around to snap pictures with the trophy that signaled his arrival among golf’s upper echelon.

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In addition to racking up the hardware – five in total, including the inaugural CJ Cup at Nine Bridges in his first start of the new wraparound season – Thomas dazzled with style. His runaway win at the Sony Open included an opening-round 59, and his third-round 63 at Erin Hills marked the first time anyone had ever shot 9 under on a U.S. Open venue.

Thomas’ consistency was rewarded at East Lake, when a runner-up finish at the Tour Championship netted him the season-long title and $10 million prize. It was in the subsequent press conference where he shared the goals list he had written into his cell phone in February, having ticked off nearly every one. It showed a dedicated attention to detail as well the tactical approach with which Thomas had steered his rapid ascent.

Heading into a new year, he’s now very clearly entrenched as one of the world’s best. And as his career progresses, it’s likely we’ll look back at 2017 as the point where Thomas first transformed great potential into eye-popping results.

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Cabreras win PNC Father/Son Challenge

By Associated PressDecember 17, 2017, 11:36 pm

ORLANDO, Fla. - Angel Cabrera and Angel Cabrera Jr. closed with a 12-under 60 for a three-shot victory in their debut at the PNC Father/Son Challenge.

The Cabreras opened with a 59 at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club and were challenged briefly by the defending champions, David Duval and Nick Karavites, in the scramble format Sunday. The Argentines went out in 30, and they had a two-shot lead with Cabrera's son came within an inch of chipping in for eagle on the final hole.

They finished at 25-under 199 for a three-shot victory over Duval and Karavites, and Bernhard Langer and Jason Langer. The Langer team won in 2014.

Mark O'Meara and Shaun O'Meara tied for fourth at 21 under with Jerry Pate and Wesley Pate.

Cabrera wasn't even in the field until two-time U.S. Open champion Curtis Strange and his son, Tom Strange, had to withdraw.

Duval and his stepson went out in 28, but the Cabreras regained control by starting the back nine with back-to-back birdies, and then making birdies on the 13th, 14th and 16th. The final birdie allowed them to tie the tournament scoring record.

''This is certain my best week of the year,'' said Cabrera, the 2009 Masters champion and 2007 U.S. Open champion at Oakmont. ''To play alongside all the legends ... as well as playing alongside my son, has been the greatest week of the year.''

The popular event is for players who have won a major championship or The Players Championship. It is a scramble format both days.

In some cases, the major champions lean on the power of their sons for the distance. O'Meara said Saturday that his ''little man'' hit it 58 yards by him on the 18th. And on Sunday, Stewart Cink said son Reagan told him after outdriving him on the opening four holes, ''In this tournament I may be your son, but right now I'm your Daddy!''

Jack Nicklaus played with his grandson, G.T. They closed with a 64 and tied for 15th in the field of 20 teams.