Notes Day to Forget for Stadler Home Advantage

By Associated PressMay 27, 2006, 4:00 pm
2006 Senior PGA ChampionshipEDMOND, Okla. -- Craig Stadler nearly matched his worst round ever as a professional, shooting a 13-over-par 84 -- even though he didn't three-putt any green. His worst hole was No. 4, on which he recorded a quadruple-bogey 7.
After that, Stadler said he 'just kind of misjudged the wind (for) a few holes and after that it was, just get it over with. And I didn't get it over with very well. I made a hell of a (bogey) 4 on 17' after hitting his first tee shot into the water.
He said he won't drop out of the tournament despite the poor round.
'I will come out and go through the motions and try to play a good round tomorrow,' he said, 'but it's for absolutely nothing other than trying to shoot a good score after today and convince myself that I'm not a 20 handicap.'
Stadler's worst professional round came in the 1978 Tournament Players Championship, when he shot an 85. He also had an 84 in that tournament in 1977 and 1983.
For members of the so-called 'Oak Tree Gang,' conditions at Oak Tree Golf Club on Saturday for the Senior PGA Championship were perfect: hot and windy.
In other words, it was the Oak Tree they'd warned fellow players about.
'It's Oklahoma,' defending champion Mike Reid said, 'and you're going to get days like this.'
Used to playing in such weather, tournament leader Gil Morgan and the other two Oak Tree members still in the tournament, David Edwards and Doug Tewell, either moved up the leaderboard or held their own. At one point, all three were simultaneously on the 15-player board before Tewell dropped off.
Morgan and Tewell were two of the nine players who shot par or better Saturday. Morgan shot an even-par 71 and enters the final round at 6 under. After a 3-over 74, Edwards is in 10th at 1 over, while Tewell's even-par 71 left him at 4 over and tied for 19th.
With the wind routinely blowing between 18 and 25 mph and gusting up to 35 mph, local course knowledge was a definite asset for the Oak Tree golfers, other players said.
'This golf course is a very tough golf course to judge the wind,' said Tom Watson, one of golf's best wind players. 'There's a little home-course advantage when it blows like this.'
Morgan, Edwards and Tewell 'know the areas you don't want to hit it in,' said Loren Roberts, who's tied for third, three shots behind Morgan. 'Every hole has got several of them.'
Tewell was 3 under for his round through 14 holes before bogeys at No. 6, No. 7 and No. 8.
Fellow players 'were worried about the rough getting up, and I said, 'Don't worry about the rough. The wind will dictate the scores here.' It's just a tough day and you just have to stay extremely patient,' Tewell said. 'It was hard over some of those 4-footers just standing still.'
Loren Roberts, who shot an even-par 71, said one shot saved his round Saturday -- the one that led to his 6-foot eagle putt on the 528-yard par-5 16th.
After his drive left him 205 yards from the hole, he pulled out his 3-iron and aimed at a bunker to the right of the green.
'It didn't really hook, but it kind of hit over in the right edge of the green and just kind of circled all the amphitheater there, all the way around to about 6 feet right behind the hole,' Roberts said.
Three other players -- Jim Ahern, Dave Barr and Eduardo Romero -- also recorded an eagle Saturday on No. 16. Of the 14 eagles thus far in the Senior PGA, all but two have come on the 16th hole.
With a 'howling' wind at his back, Peter Jacobsen hit a 7-iron on the par-3, 197-yard No. 4 toward the middle of the green.
'I guess there's a tree there,' he said. 'I didn't realize it was there until my ball caught the tree, fell down in the bank and it was just on the edge of the water.
'So I took my socks off, put my shoes back on, crawled back in there and just tried to get it on the green, which I did. I hit a pretty good shot. I wasn't motivated to go in that water at all, but you get motivated when you can save a stroke.'
Once on the green, Jacobsen two-putted to end up with a bogey. He finished with a 4-over 75 and is three shots behind Gil Morgan.
Only three golfers shot under-par rounds Saturday. Mike McCullough and Dick Mast finished at 2-under 69, while D.A. Weibring fired a 70.
As a result, McCullough jumped from a tie for 55th after the second round into a tie for 14th at 3 over for the tournament. Mast and Weibring are tied for seventh at 1 under.
R.W. Eaks, who was 1 under through two rounds, withdrew from the tournament Saturday after bogeying his first two holes. He cited back problems as his reason for departure ... For the second time in three days, Tom Watson took a double bogey on No. 4, four-putting the hole Saturday after hitting into water Thursday. He shot a 74 Saturday but still is in ninth, trailing Gil Morgan by six shots.
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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.