Notes Day advances in Match Play

By Associated PressFebruary 25, 2011, 5:04 am
2005 WGC Accenture Match PlayMARANA, Ariz. – Jason Day played some more mind games in his 4-and-2 victory over Paul Casey on Thursday in the Match Play Championship.

The 23-year-old Australian made Casey putt out from about 1 1/2 feet – a distance normally conceded in match play – on the par-5 13th just to irritate the Englishman.

“He looked really angry at me, too,” Day said. “It was only about a foot and a half. … But it’s not about that hole, it’s about the future holes coming on. So if I can make him a little angry, if I can get him out of his game plan and force him to make silly decisions out there, that’s obviously part of the mind games that you play.

“Obviously, match play is a different format to stroke play. At the end of the day, you’re all mates and stuff. But when you’re playing against the guy across from you, you want to try to beat him as quick as possible.”

On Wednesday in a 3-and-2 victory over K.T. Kim, Day made a point of walking in front of the South Korean player throughout the match.

“Paul walks pretty quick, so it was pretty tough to stay in front of him,” Day said. “The competition is very, very tough. Just being out there reminds me of all the old days when I was back playing as an amateur and as a junior. There’s a few little mind games out there.”

Day won the Byron Nelson Championship last year for his first PGA Tour title. He also won a 2007 Nationwide Tour event in Ohio at 19 to become the youngest winner in the second-tier tour’s history.

In the third round, he’ll face J.B. Holmes, a 1-up winner over Ernie Els.

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OGILVY ADVANCES: Geoff Ogilvy won the par-4 18th with a par to beat Thomas Bjorn 1-up, setting up a third-round match against Bubba Watson.

Ogilvy, the 2006 winner at La Costa and 2009 champion on The Ritz-Carlton course at Dove Mountain, beat Padraig Harrington 4 and 3 in the first round. Bjorn was coming off a 19-hole victory over Tiger Woods.

“Obviously, one of my favorite tournaments. I enjoy the format,” Ogilvy said. “It’s kind of a weird one, you could come here and be here for three hours, or come here and play more golf than you’ll ever play in a golf tournament. The cliche is one day at a time. I try to win the match I play that day. And if I do, I get to come back tomorrow and do it again.”

The Australian returned to play three weeks ago in the Phoenix Open after gouging his right index finger on a coral reef in Hawaii before the season-opening Tournament of Champions. He needed 12 stitches to repair the cut.

“There’s no mark there anymore,” Ogilvy said. “It’s a tiny bit sensitive. It’s on the firing line, where the right finger is touching the grip. It’s more comfortable to put something over the top, so I don’t have to think about it. As far as hitting golf balls, it’s a hundred percent, but just a little red and sensitive still.”

OVERPOWERING: J.B. Holmes beat Ernie Els 1-up, blasting drive after drive well past the South African star.

Holmes won the par-5 second hole with a birdie after hitting a 373-yard drive, hit a 362-yarder on No. 5, a 350-yarder on No. 7 and won the par-4 10th with a birdie after a 356-yard blast. He then drove 370 yards on No. 17.

“I’ve been hitting my driver great this week,” Holmes said. “I was 40, 50 yards past Ernie a few times today. … I would assume it’s intimidating to see that. I’ve got lower irons and I always get to see what they do.”

In the field as an alternate when Tim Clark withdrew Tuesday because of an elbow injury, Holmes arrived at Dove Mountain early Wednesday and got about 4 1/2 hours of sleep before beating Camilo Villegas 4 and 2 in the first round.

“I got some sleep last night, so I’m good,” Holmes said.

DIVOTS: Ben Crane’s 8-and-7 victory over Rory McIlroy matched the second-largest margin in tournament history. Tiger Woods set the record in the 2006 first round, beating Stephen Ames 9 and 8. In the other 8-and-7 wins, Ames beat Robert Karlsson in the 2007 first round and Woods routed Stewart Cink in the 2008 final. … Eight Americans – Crane, Rickie Fowler, Hunter Mahan, Nick Watney, Bubba Watson, Matt Kuchar, J.B. Holmes and Ryan Moore – advanced to the third round. Last year, only four U.S. players reached the round of 16. … The second-round losers received $95,000. The third-round losers will get $140,000.
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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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Growing family

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Departure from TaylorMade

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Victory at Valderrama

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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.