Notes First Annika Now Monty Ready to Re-Marry

By Associated PressAugust 28, 2007, 4:00 pm
DeutscheBank Logo 2007NORTON, Mass. -- Colin Montgomerie is about to be a married man again.
 
The tempestuous Scot confirmed Tuesday that he is engaged to Gaynor Knowles. According to the Daily Mail, Montgomerie proposed over the weekend in front of their seven children -- three of his from his 14-year marriage, and four of hers from her marriage to Scottish furniture tycoon George Knowles Jr., who died of a heart attack in 2003.
 
'We are just thrilled and looking forward to the future together,' Montgomerie said in a statement. 'We have not yet made any formal plans, but will be planning with the respective families in the coming weeks.'
 
THE TIES THAT BIND:
Brad Faxon and Brett Quigley have more in common than their New England roots.
 
Faxon is out for the year after having surgery on his right foot to remove bunions. Quigley will have surgery on his right knee to repair torn cartilage as soon as he is eliminated from the FedExCup, which would be early as this week if he finishes lower than second at the Deutsche Bank Championship.
 
And both might be paying close attention to the money list the last two months.
 
Faxon, 46, didn't make a cut until March and his best finish was a tie for 33rd in Hartford. It became difficult to push off on the inside of his right foot, and equally painful was not playing well enough to qualify for any of the majors for the first time in his career.
 
'It was getting worse,' Faxon said. 'The surgeon told me if I didn't do surgery soon, I'd have a more difficult surgery later.'
 
Faxon's two-year exemption from winning in Hartford runs out this year, so he is hopeful of staying in the top 25 on the career money list to use a one-time exemption for 2008.
 
He is No. 24 by about $900,000 over David Duval, who might play in the fall depending on his family situation. Of greater concern are the players right behind Duval -- Jerry Kelly, K.J. Choi and Adam Scott, all of whom are within $2 million of Faxon, with three FedExCup events worth at least $7 million each.
 
If he stays inside the top 25, Faxon will use the one-time exemption. If he falls below that, Faxon said he probably would use his status as a past winner and ask for sponsors' exemptions to get by next year, wanting to save his one-time exemption for top 50 in career money until he is closer to being eligible for the Champions Tour.
 
Quigley's right knee began bothering him in February, and only recently did he discover it was a torn meniscus. He took cortisone shots before The Barclays, but still walked with a noticeable limp. He will miss the rest of the year after surgery.
 
Once the FedExCup is over, the PGA TOUR reverts to the money list and the top 125 keep their cards for 2008. Quigley tied for 25th at Westchester and earned $49,035. That put him at $717,411 for the year.
 
He should be safe.
 
A year ago, Darren Clarke nailed down the 125th spot on the money list at about $660,000, and tour officials still believe $700,000 is a safe number. Then again, no one knows what to expect out of the seven tournaments that make up the Fall Series, especially since the first one at Turning Stone has a $6 million purse.
 
For the most part, the Fall Series could exclusively be for players beyond the top 70, which could mean more starts and more money earned over the final two months of the season. Quigley could help himself with another strong week in Boston.
 
If for some reason he fell out of the top 125, he could apply for a minor medical exemption.
 
'That would be a last resort,' Quigley said. 'I don't even want to go down that road.'
 
SUPER OCHOA:
Before taking a much-deserved vacation, Lorena Ochoa stopped by Palm Desert, Calif., on Tuesday where she was given a key to the city in advance of the Mexican star defending her title in October at the Samsung World Championship.
 
That's where it all started for Ochoa.
 
Her comeback victory in the California desert over Annika Sorenstam essentially wrapped up LPGA player of the year honors, and she's been on a roll ever since. Her victory at the Safeway Classic on Sunday was her third in a row and sixth of the year; no one else on the LPGA Tour has won more than twice.
 
Ochoa broke the LPGA single-season earnings record with $2,891,590, about $28,000 more than Sorenstam won in 2002 when the Swede captured 11 titles in 23 starts. Ochoa has played 19 times this year, and is a lock to become the first $3 million woman in golf, with at least four tournaments left on her schedule.
 
'Last year was a very important year for me, kind of a breakthrough,' Ochoa said. 'I won six tournaments, and I thought it would be hard to hit that mark this year, but that was my goal. Right now, I'm just letting it happen and enjoying it. I know there are too many players behind me, so I need to keep working hard.'
 
Actually, no one is in her league right now.
 
The only one who can catch her for LPGA Tour player of the year is Suzann Pettersen, who would have to win six times and have Ochoa miss every cut to catch her.
 
TIGER TALK:
Tiger Woods and Rory Sabbatini would seem like a fun match in the Sunday singles at the Presidents Cup, but Geoff Ogilvy of Australia believes International captain Gary Player should consider Nick O'Hern or Mike Weir to take on the world's No. 1.
 
'Tiger has done all right against Rory the last few times,' he said.
 
O'Hern is the only player to have beaten Woods twice in professional match play, both times in the Accenture Match Play Championship. Weir is the most popular player in Canada, and to put those two together at Royal Montreal, Ogilvy said, 'You wouldn't find atmosphere like that anywhere in the world.'
 
As for O'Hern?
 
'He's the most annoying guy on our team in match play,' Ogilvy said. 'I think he would frustrate Tiger, which he has done twice.'
 
DIVOTS:
Phil Mickelson and Annika Sorenstam will be among 30 Callaway Golf staff professionals who will carry a commemorative teal bag during September to raise awareness of ovarian cancer. ... The new Fall Series event in Florida now has a new name. The Ginn sur Mer Classic at Tesoro will be played Oct. 25-28 at The Tesoro Club in south Florida. ... Tadd Fujikawa has received an invitation to the Boise Open on the Nationwide Tour next month. The 16-year-old missed the cut at the Reno-Tahoe Open in his professional debut.
 
STAT OF THE WEEK:
For the first time since the end of 2001, four Americans are among the top five in the world ranking.
 
FINAL WORD:
'I got done being amazed by what he can do a long time ago, so who knows? But he's made it more difficult for himself would be my guess.' -- PGA TOUR commissioner Tim Finchem, on Tiger Woods' chances of winning the FedExCup by skipping the first of four playoff events.
 
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    After Further Review: Tiger's return comes at perfect time

    By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 22, 2018, 2:19 am

    Each week, GolfChannel.com takes a look back at the week in golf. Here's what's weighing on our writers' minds.

    On the current state of golf as Tiger Woods returns to competition ...

    Less than four days before Tiger Woods returns to official competitive golf for the first time in a year, Jon Rahm, the new second-ranked player in the world, won on the PGA Tour and Rory McIlroy made an impressive 2018 debut on the European Tour (T-3).

    Not since Ben Hogan, Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus crossed paths at the 1960 U.S. Open has there been so many superstars all poised for big seasons, with world No. 1 Dustin Johnson having already won this year and Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas both coming off stellar seasons.

    It’s a good time for golf. - Rex Hoggard


    On Tommy Fleetwood's continued success ...

    There have been scores of talented European players whose skills didn’t translate to the PGA Tour … and maybe, in a few years, Tommy Fleetwood will prove to be no different.

    He sure looks like the real deal, though.  

    His title defense in Abu Dhabi – on the strength of a back-nine 30 in windy conditions – was his third title in the past 12 months and 11th top-10 overall. A few of those have come in majors and World Golf Championship events, too, which led the reigning Race to Dubai champion to accept PGA Tour membership for this season.

    Beginning at Riviera, he plans to play exclusively in the States through May, then reassess for the rest of the year. Hope he sticks, because he’s a fun personality with tons of game. - Ryan Lavner

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    Rahm passes Spieth to become world No. 2

    By Nick MentaJanuary 22, 2018, 1:25 am

    With his win Sunday at the CareerBuilder Challenge, Jon Rahm picked up his second PGA Tour victory and moved to No. 2 in the FedExCup points standings.

    He picked up one more No. 2, too.

    The 23-year-old Spaniard passed Jordan Spieth to move to No. 2 in the Official World Golf Ranking, behind only Dustin Johnson.

    In 19 months, since June 2016, Rahm has rocketed from No. 776 in the world to No. 2, thanks in part to his low divisor, his number of events played.

    Asked after his playoff victory over Andrew Landry to discuss his rapid ascent up the world rankings, Rahm was almost at a loss.

    “It's hard to believe to be honest, passing Jordan Spieth,” he said. “That's a three-time major champion. I only have two wins. He's got 10-plus, right? It's again – I've said it many times – I never thought I was going to be at this point in my life right now.”

    Rahm may only have two PGA Tour titles, but this is his fourth worldwide win in the last year, dating back to last season’s Farmers Insurance Open. He also took the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open and the DP World Tour Championship on his way to claiming the European Tour’s 2017 Rookie of the Year Award.

    Dating back to the start of last season on the PGA Tour, Rahm has racked up 12 top-10s, three runner-ups, and two wins.

    He will head to Torrey Pines next week ready to defend for the first time.

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    Brady compares self to Woods after winning AFC title

    By Jason CrookJanuary 22, 2018, 1:05 am

    Tom Brady and Tiger Woods are two of the all-time greats in their respective sports ... a fact that is not lost on the five-time Super Bowl winning quarterback.

    Fresh off leading the New England Patriots to a AFC Championship victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars, Brady was asked about winning the game despite a cut on his throwing hand - which made national news heading into the matchup.

    His response invoked the name of a certain 14-time major winner, something that would be tough to pull off, if not for the fact that he is, you know, Tom Brady.

    “I think it's kind of arrogant to say it bothered me when we had a pretty good game, so I wouldn't say that," the 40-year-old told reporters after the game. "It's like when Tiger Woods said, ‘That was my C game’ and he won the tournament."

    Tiger Woods winning with his "C game" may be a distant memory for golf fans, but no matter what game he brings, his next chance to win comes next week at Torrey Pines during his official comeback to the PGA Tour.

    Brady has a shot at his sixth Super Bowl title in two weeks. The Patriots would probably benefit from him bringing a little better than his "C game" as well.

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    Rahm beats Landry in playoff to win CareerBuilder

    By Nick MentaJanuary 22, 2018, 1:00 am

    Jon Rahm birdied the fourth extra hole Sunday to defeat Andrew Landry in a playoff, win the CareerBuilder Challenge and move to No. 2 in the Official World Golf Ranking. Here’s how things played out in overtime at PGA West:

    Leaderboard: Rahm (-22), Landry (-22), John Huh (-20), Adam Hadwin (-20), Martin Piller (-20), Kevin Chappell (-19), Scott Piercy (-19)

    What it means: This is Rahm’s second PGA Tour win and his fourth worldwide victory in the last year, dating back to last season’s Farmers Insurance Open. Rahm took the early lead Thursday with an opening 62 and after rounds of 67-70, he started the final round two back. On Sunday, he made five birdies without dropping a single shot on the intimidating Stadium Course. In the clubhouse at 22 under, Rahm watched as Landry made birdie on 18 to force a playoff.

    Rahm missed birdie putts that would have ended the tournament on the final hole of regulation and on each playoff hole. Finally, on his fourth trip down 18 of the day, his birdie bid found the cup. With the victory, Rahm passes Jordan Spieth to move to No. 2 in the Official World Golf Ranking, trailing only Dustin Johnson. He enters next week at Torrey Pines looking to defend for the first time.

    Best of the rest: A two-time Web.com winner playing his second full season on the PGA Tour, Landry shot 68 Sunday, making birdie on the 72nd hole to force extras. Once Rahm finally made birdie on the fourth playoff hole, Landry's putt to extend slid by on the right edge. This is Landry's best career finish on the PGA Tour. Had he won, he would have secured full Tour status through the 2019-20 season and earned invites to the Masters, Players, and PGA Championships.

    Round of the day: Sam Saunders fired an 8-under 64 to register this best finish of the season, a tie for eighth at 18 under. The reigning Web.com Tour Championship winner was 9 under par through 12 holes before making bogey at 13 and parring his way into the clubhouse.

    Biggest disappointment: Overnight leader Austin Cook was eyeing his second win of the season but never contended. The RSM champion carded two double bogeys Sunday en route to a 3-over 75, dropping him from the 54-hole lead to a tie for 14th.

    Shot of the day: Rahm's putt to win:

    Quote of the day: "One of us had to do it and either one of us would have been a well-deserving champion." - Rahm on his playoff victory over Landry