Notes Ferries Serene Feeling Pink Panther

By Associated PressJune 18, 2006, 4:00 pm
U.S. OpenMAMARONECK, N.Y. -- Playing in the final twosome in the U.S. Open with Phil Mickelson is enough to make anyone nervous.
Not Englishman Kenneth Ferrie. He had no angst at all, even though he was participating in his first major tournament in America and was teamed with the guy almost everyone wanted to win.

As he stepped onto the tee on No. 1, Ferrie thought he was going to be the one to walk away from Winged Foot on Sunday with the $1,225,000 top prize.
'I kind of had a bit of a serene feeling,' he said. 'I can't explain it, I don't know why. I kind of had a sneaking suspicion maybe today was meant to be my day. Lots of players say when it's their week, things go their way and they feel a certain way.
Kenneth Ferrie
Kenneth Ferrie shares a laugh with Phil Mickelson's caddie during the final round.
'I felt that way this week.'
Ferrie maintained that winning feeling after parring the fist six holes. But his putter didn't maintain that positive vibe, and he bogeyed four of the next five holes to fall out of contention.
He finished with a 76 for an 8-over 288 total, good for a sixth-place tie.
'I couldn't buy a putt today. That was the problem. Lots of fairways, lots of greens, lot of putts,' he said. 'It was just one of those days. The birdies that went in the first three rounds didn't go in today, and I didn't make too many saves either.
'Six bogeys and 12 pars was about as bad as it could have been,' he concluded.
Ferrie came in tied for the lead with Mickelson, who ultimately experienced his own collapse with a double bogey on 18.
'I'm sure he didn't play his best, but he hit it where he needed to make his saves,' Ferrie said of Mickelson. 'It was kind of a comedy of errors. I feel for him.'
Maybe because he knows what it's like to let a potential victory slip away. Ferrie three-putted on Nos. 7 and 8, and any shot he had of rebounding ended with bogeys on 10 and 11.
'I'll wake up tomorrow when I get back home, sit down and look at things and analyze what happened,' he said. 'I'm sure I'll be really pleased with what I've done this week.'
Ian Poulter wasn't content with merely proving that he's an excellent golfer. He also made a fashion statement Sunday while vying for the U.S. Open title.
The 30-year-old Englishman wore a pink shirt, pink pants and had his caddied tote a pink bag that listed Poulter's Web site (
'I like the color pink. I thought it would be appropriate for Sunday,' said Poulter, who has won six tournaments on the European tour.
One of his head covers was a caricature of himself, with spiked hair and a pink visor. His corporation is selling a limited edition of 300 of them, and Poulter knew a fine performance Sunday could only boost sales.
'It can only help,' he said. 'I'm a noticeable character out there anyway, everybody knows that. It's not just this week's performance that people are going to notice. I am playing great golf and I have been for the last few months.'
Poulter, who teed off in the penultimate twosome with winner Geoff Ogilvy, shot a 74 Sunday to tie for 12th at 9 over.
But he sure put on a show doing it.
'The New Yorkers had a lot to say,' Ogilvy said. 'In New York they've got to yell at somebody, and they decided to yell at the guy that's dressed in pink.'
A quirky putter deprived J.B. Holmes from deriving maximum satisfaction out of playing the final round of the U.S. Open.
Holmes, a strong candidate for PGA Tour rookie of the year honors, shot a second straight 75 to tied for 48th at 17-over 297.
'I should have shot a 65 today, I putted that bad,' he said. 'I had 35 putts yesterday and 36 today. C'mon. Even if you putt bad, you should have 31, 32 putts.
'I feel like I can compete in a major. I'm a good enough ball-striker. I've just got to learn how to putt.'
Holmes last played in the U.S. Open as an amateur in 2003 and failed to make the cut. He entered this Open with far more confidence, because he's already got one win (FBR Open) and two top-10 finishes.
'I've played in tour events all year, made cuts, been successful out there. I'm playing the same people,' he said. 'Being in a major is a big deal, but I looked at it as just another tour event. That's why it's disappointing to play like this.'
Tim Herron decided against playing the final 18 holes with a partner, so he walked the course alone Sunday after starting the round as the lone player at 18 over.
As he walked up the 18th fairway, Herron was a solitary figure while his caddie struggled to keep pace.
If nothing else, Herron's decision to walk alone made for a quick work day. He started at 9:50 a.m. and plunked in a par putt on 18 at 12:32 p.m.
Given the option of taking a partner or doing it alone on Saturday, John Cook took on club pro Andrew Svoboda and carded a 74.
Herron went the other way and shot a 77 to finish 63rd at 25 over.
Afterward, he declined to explain his decision.
'I'm done. Sorry,' he told reporters.
Peter Hedblom, who aced the par-3 third hole on Saturday, double-bogeyed the same hole Sunday. ... Colin Montgomerie's second-place place finish was the best at the Open since a second in 1997. He has five top-10 finishes. ... Four players eagled the par-4, sixth hole: Kent Jones, Steve Stricker, Jeff Sluman and Henrik Stenson. The pin was in front of the green, which made the hole 307 yards instead of the usual 321.
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    By Nick MentaNovember 18, 2017, 8:47 pm

    Sung-Hyun Park started the day with a three-shot lead and slowly gave it all back over the course of a 3-over 75, leaving the CME Group Tour Championship and a host of season-long prizes up for grabs in Naples. Here’s where things stand through 54 holes at the LPGA finale, where Michelle Wie, Ariya Jutanugarn, Suzann Pettersen and Kim Kaufman share the lead.

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    What it means: It wasn’t the Saturday she wanted, but Park, who already wrapped up the Rookie of the Year Award, is still in position for the sweep of all sweeps. With a victory Sunday, she would claim the CME Group Tour Championship, the Race to CME Globe’s $1 million jackpot, the Rolex Player of the Year Award, and the money title, as she ascends to No. 1 in the Rolex world ranking. Meanwhile, Thompson, too, could take the $1 million and Player of the Year. As those two battle for season-long prizes, a host of other notable names – Wie, Jutanugarn, Pettersen, Korda, Lewis and Charley Hull (-8) – will fight for the Tour Championship.

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    Best of the rest: Amy Yang will start the final round two behind after a 7-under 65. The three-time LPGA Tour winner could pick up her second title of the season after taking the Honda LPGA Thailand in February.

    Biggest disappointment: On a day that featured plenty of low scores from plenty of big names, Lydia Ko dropped 11 spots down the leaderboard into a tie for 23rd with a Saturday 72. The former world No. 1 needed two birdies in her last five holes to fight her way back to even par. Winless this season, she’ll start Sunday four back, at 6 under.

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    By Randall MellNovember 17, 2017, 11:24 pm

    NAPLES, Fla. – Sung Hyun Park says she can feel her heart pounding every time she steps to the first tee.

    She says she always gets nervous starting a round.

    You don’t believe it, though.

    She looks like she would be comfortable directing a sky full of Boeing 737s as an air traffic controller at Incheon International Airport . . .

    Or talking people off the ledges of skyscrapers . . .

    Or disarming ticking bombs . . .

    “In terms of golf, I always get nervous,” she insists.

    Everything about Park was at odds with that admission Friday, after she took control halfway through the CME Group Tour Championship.

    Her Korean nickname is “Dan Gong,” which means “Shut up and attack.” Now that sounds right. That’s what she looks like she is doing, trying to run roughshod through the Tour Championship in a historic sweep of all the LPGA’s most important awards and honors.

    Park got just one look at Tiburon Golf Club before this championship began, playing in Wednesday’s pro-am. Then she marched out Thursday and shot 67, then came out Friday and shot 65.

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    There’s a long way to go, but Park is in position to make an epic sweep, to win the Tour Championship, that CME Globe jackpot, the Rolex Player of the Year Award, the Rolex Rookie of the Year Award, the Vare Trophy for low scoring average, the LPGA money-winning title and the Rolex world No. 1 ranking.

    Nobody’s ever dominated a weekend like that in women’s golf.

    It’s all there for the taking now, if Park can keep this going.

    Park has another nickname back in South Korea. Her fans call her “Namdalla.” That means “I am different.” She’ll prove that if she owns this weekend.

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    “I don’t think it’s quite that far a lead,” Park said of her three-shot advantage. “Two, three shots can change at any moment.”

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    Not when Park unsheathes a driver on a tee box.

    “She’s the most fearless driver of the ball out here,” Rankin said. “I would put Lexi a close second and everybody else a distant third. She hits drivers on holes where you shouldn’t, and she hits it long and she just throws it right down there between hazard stakes that are 10 yards apart, like it’s nothing. Now, that’s a little hyperbole, but she will hit driver almost everywhere.”

    David Jones, Park’s caddie, will attest to that. He was on Park’s bag when she won the U.S. Women’s Open in July and won the Canadian Pacific Women’s Open in August.

    “She reaches for driver a lot because she is a good driver,” Jones said. “She isn’t reckless. She’s as accurate with a driver as she is a 3-wood.”

    Park and Thompson played together in the first round. Park is eighth on tour in driving distance, averaging 270 yards per drive, and Thompson is third, averaging 274.

    Thompson loves to hit driver, too, but . . . 

    “Lexi hit a lot of 3-woods compared to us when we played together yesterday,” Jones said.

    Jones doesn’t find himself talking Park out of hitting driver much.

    “It’s really simple,” Jones said. “When you hit driver as straight as she does, why mess around?”

    Count Golf Channel analyst Brandel Chamblee, a student of the swing, among admirers of Park’s abilities.

    “No other swing in the game comes close to her technical perfection and elegance in my opinion,” Chamblee tweeted Friday.

    Come Sunday, Park hopes to complete a perfect sweep of the LPGA’s most important awards.