Notes Blood Pressure Tiger the Jokester

By Associated PressMay 12, 2007, 4:00 pm
2007 THE PLAYERSPONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- J.P. Hayes' latest trip to Florida is turning out much better than his last one.
 
Hayes shot a 4-under 68 in the third round at The Players Championship on Saturday and was five shots behind leader Sean O'Hair heading into the final round.
 
Hayes felt he should have been closer, but a bogey on the par-4 18th -- he needed three strokes to get in from 26 feet -- provided a bitter finish to an otherwise solid round.
 
'Very frustrating,' said Hayes, a two-time winner on the PGA Tour. 'I second-guessed myself. I hit a good drive and a good second shot, but walked away with bogey. It's tough to swallow, but that's the way it goes. It's a tough hole.'
 
It may have been difficult to handle, but it paled in comparison to how his last tournament in Florida -- the PODS Championship in Palm Harbor in March -- ended.
 
Hayes withdrew a few shots into the final round after complaining of minor chest pains and dizziness. He was taken to a local hospital for tests and observation. He was released the next day, then flew home to Texas for more tests.
 
He was eventually diagnosed with vasovagal syncope.
 
'It's basically a low blood pressure situation,' Hayes said. 'When I stand up and get moving, instead of my blood pressure picking up, it will drop. That's it in a nutshell.'
 
The symptoms had been affecting Hayes since October, but they peaked at the PODS.
 
'I barely could make it and almost lost it going down the first hole,' he said. 'That was kind of a last straw. I was determined at that point to find a solution to what was going on, and I did.'
 
Hayes takes medication now and drinks plenty of water, knowing heat and dehydration exacerbate the condition.
 
He took more than a month off, but has played three tournaments since the scare. But he has finished each of them outside the top 20.
 
'It's gotten better,' said Hayes, who will enter the final round Sunday in a three-way tie for 10th. 'It's nothing serious is the bottom line.'
 
CASPER THE BLIMP
Typical of any big sporting event, the blimp hovered over the TPC Sawgrass on Saturday, offering television viewers glorious views of the Stadium Course. There was one noticeable exception.
 
The blimp was plain white, and that wasn't by accident.
 
'We wanted to reduce commercialization of the event,' said Henry Hughes, chief of operations for the PGA Tour.
 
In other words, the tour paid for the blimp.
 
The blimp typically has a corporate logo, which is most of the exposure. Hughes also said there is a deal between the blimp and the network, in which the network will say something like, 'This view provided by XYZ blimp, with John Doe as the pilot.'
 
There was only one question no one could answer: Why didn't the tour put its own logos on the blimp?
 
CONSTRUCTION ZONE
When Henrik Stenson walked onto the practice range Saturday morning, playing partner Tiger Woods had a surprise for him: Woods donned a construction helmet.
 
Why? Stenson slammed his 3-wood to the ground Friday after hooking his tee shot into the water on the par-4 18th. The club head broke off and hit a cameraman in the hand.
 
'I wasn't really tense, but it was a fun joke,' Stenson said after shooting a 6-under 66 in the third round and moving to 2-under 214, seven shots off the lead. 'It was funny.'
 
DIVOTS
The Players Championship went 33 years without a double eagle, then had two in as many days. Hunter Mahan holed out from 227 yards on the par-5 11th Friday, and Peter Lonard drained a 5-iron from 229 yards on the par-5 second Saturday. ... Tom Pernice Jr. didn't have as rare a feat Saturday, but he had one of the best shots of the day. Pernice found the greenside bunker on No. 17, the famed island green, and had to stand with one foot in the bunker and one out. Using a 54-degree wedge and an awkward stance from about 50 feet away, Pernice knocked it to within a foot. ... Robert Karlsson had an interesting scorecard, finishing the third round with eight birdies, a bogey and three doubles.
 
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  • Happy Thanksgiving: Biggest turkeys of 2017

    By Grill Room TeamNovember 23, 2017, 3:00 pm

    Thanksgiving brings us golf's biggest turkeys of the year. Donald Trump, Grayson Murray and a certain (now-former) tournament director headline the list. Click here or on the image below to check out all the turkeys.

    Tributes pour in for legendary caddie Sheridan

    By Randall MellNovember 23, 2017, 2:54 pm

    Tributes are pouring in as golf celebrates the life of Greg Sheridan after receiving news of his passing.

    Sheridan, a long-time LPGA caddie who worked for some of the game’s all-time greats, including Kathy Whitworth and Beth Daniel, died Wednesday in Indian Rocks Beach, Fla., at 63. He was diagnosed in July 2016 with brain and lung cancer.

    Sheridan worked the last dozen years or so with Natalie Gulbis, who expressed her grief in an Instagram post on Wednesday:

    “Greg…I miss you so much already and it hasn’t even been a day. 15+ seasons traveling the world you carried me & my bag through the highs and lows of golf and life. You were so much more than my teammate on the course…Thank you.”

    Sheridan was on Whitworth’s bag for the last of her LPGA-record 88 titles.

    “When I first came on tour, I would try to find out how many times Greg won,” Gulbis told Golfweek. “It’s a crazy number, like 50.”

    Matthew Galloway, a caddie and friend to Sheridan, summed up Sheridan’s impressive reach after caddying with him one year at the LPGA Founders Cup, where the game’s pioneers are honored.

    “Best Greg story,” Galloway tweeted on Thanksgiving morning, “coming up 18 at PHX all the founders were in their chairs. Greg goes, `Yep, caddied for her, her and her.’ Legend.”

    In a first-person column for Golf Magazine last year, Gulbis focused on Sheridan while writing about the special bond between players and caddies. She wrote that she won the “looper lottery” when she first hired Sheridan in ’04.

    “Greg and I have traveled the world, and today he is like family,” Gulbis wrote. “Sometimes, he’s a psychologist. Last year, my mom got sick and it was a distraction, but he was great. When I used to have boyfriend issues and breakup issues, he was my confidant. In a world where caddies sometimes spill secrets, Greg has kept a respectful silence, and I can’t thank him enough for that. He’s an extension of me.”

    Four months after Gulbis wrote the column, Sheridan was diagnosed with cancer.

    “The LPGA family is saddened to hear of the loss of long-time tour caddie, Greg Sheridan,” the LPGA tweeted. “Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and players he walked with down the fairways. #RIP.”

    Dean Herden was among the legion of caddies saddened by the news.

    “Greg was a great guy who I respected a lot and taught me some great things over the years,” Herden texted to GolfChannel.com.

    Here are some of heartfelt messages that are rolling across Twitter:

    Retired LPGA great Annika Sorenstam:

    LPGA commissioner Mike Whan in a retweet of Gulbis:

    Golf Channel reporter and former tour player Jerry Foltz:

    Christina Kim:

    LPGA caddie Shaun Clews:

    LPGA caddie Jonny Scott:

    LPGA caddie Kevin Casas:

    LPGA pro Jennie Lee:

    Fitzpatrick one back in 2018 Euro Tour opener

    By Associated PressNovember 23, 2017, 1:37 pm

    HONG KONG – S.S.P. Chawrasia had six birdies and a bogey Thursday for a 5-under 65 and a one-stroke lead at the Hong Kong Open, the first event of the 2018 European Tour season.

    Playing in sunny but breezy conditions at the Hong Kong Golf Club, the greens had the players struggling to gauge the approach.

    ''Very tough conditions today,'' Chawrasia said. ''It's very firm greens, to be honest. I'm just trying to hit the second shot on the green and trying to make it like a two-putt.''


    Full-field scores from the UBS Hong Kong Open


    Shubhankar Sharma and Matthew Fitzpatrick (both 66) were one shot behind, while seven others were tied for fourth a further stroke behind.

    ''Hit it great tee to green,'' Fitzpatrick said. ''I think I had like seven or eight chances inside 15 feet, and on a day like today when it's so windy and such a tough golf course, with how tight it is, yeah, it was a good day.''

    Justin Rose, who won the title in 2015, shot was 2 under with five birdies and three bogeys.

    ''I think the course played a couple shots harder than it typically does,'' Rose said. ''I like this course. I think it offers plenty of birdie opportunities.''

    Masters champion Sergio GarciaRafa Cabrera Bello and defending champion Sam Brazel (69) were in a group of 16 at 1 under.

    Day, Spieth chasing Davis after Day 1 of Aussie Open

    By Jason CrookNovember 23, 2017, 6:50 am

    The PGA Tour is off this week but a couple of the circuit’s biggest stars – Jordan Spieth and Jason Day – are headlining the Emirates Australian Open, the first event in The Open Qualifying Series for the 2018 Open at Carnoustie. Here's how things look after the opening round, where Cameron Davis has opened up a two-shot lead:

    Leaderboard: Davis (-8), Taylor MacDonald (-6), Nick Cullen (-5), Day (-5), Brian Campbell (-4), Lucas Herbert (-4), Stephen Leaney (-4), Anthony Quayle (-4)

    What it means: Spieth has won this event three of the last four years, including last year, but he got off to a rocky start on Thursday. Playing in the windy afternoon wave, the world No. 2 bogeyed his first two holes but rebounded with birdies on Nos. 4 and 5. It was more of the same the rest of the way as the 24-year-old carded three more bogeys and four birdies, getting into the clubhouse with a 1-under 70. While it certainly wasn't the start he was hoping for, Spieth didn't shoot himself out of the tournament with 54 holes left to play, he has plenty of time to claw his way up the leaderboard.


    Full-field scores from the Emirates Australian Open


    Round of the day: With Round 1 in the books, the solo leader, Davis, is the easy pick here. The 22-year-old Aussie who turned pro last year, came out of the gates on fire, birdieing six of his first seven holes, including four in a row on Nos. 4 through 7. He did drop a shot on the ninth hole to go out in 30 but rebounded with three more birdies on the back to card a 8-under 63. Davis, who was born in Sydney and played this year on the Mackenzie Tour in Canada. He will attempt to get his Web.com Tour card next month during qualifying in Arizona.

    Best of the rest: Making his first start in his home country in four years, Day started on the 10th hole at The Australian Golf Club and made four birdies to one bogey on the back side before adding four more circles after making the turn. Unfortunately for the 30-year-old, he also added an ugly double-bogey 6 on the par-4 eighth hole and had to settle for a 5-under 66, good enough to sit T-3. Day, who has dropped to No. 12 in the world rankings, is looking for his first win on any tour since the 2016 Players Championship.

    Main storyline heading into Friday: Can the upstart 22-year-old Davis hold off the star power chasing him or will he fold to the pressure of major champions in his rearview mirror? Day (afternoon) and Spieth (morning) are once again on opposite ends of the draw on Friday as they try to improve their position before the weekend.

    Shot of the day: It’s tough to beat an ace in this category, and we had one of those on Thursday from Australian Brad Shilton. Shilton’s hole-in-one on the par-3, 188-yard 11th hole came with a special prize, a $16k watch.

    Quote of the day: “Just two bad holes. Pretty much just two bad swings for the day,” – Day, after his 66 on Thursday.