Notes Furyk Injured Tigers Funky Hair

By Associated PressSeptember 22, 2005, 4:00 pm
2005 PresidentGAINESVILLE, Va. -- At first, it looked like a romantic scene, perhaps from a picnic in a park. Jim Furyk lay in the shade on the grass, on his back with his knees up, while wife Tabitha kneeled over him and smiled.
Only this was the rough just off the No. 5 fairway during first day of the Presidents Cup on Thursday. Furyk was hurting -- muscle spasms on the right side of his ribcage -- and his wife was trying to comfort him.
Jim Furyk
Jim Furyk receives treatment on his back as wife Tabitha looks on.
Furyk called for a chiropractor, Tom LaFountain, who massaged Furyk's ribcage while playing partner Fred Funk putted at the fifth green. LaFountain gave Furyk several more massages throughout the round. At the ninth tee, Furyk lay face-first on the ground while LaFountain massaged some more. The spasms particularly gave Furyk trouble on his backswing, although he played a solid round in a match against Vijay Singh and Mark Hensby that ended in a tie.
``I'll be OK. I'll be ready to go tomorrow,'' said Furyk, who said the injury was an aggravation of something he felt at last week's 84 Lumber Classic. ``I'm in a little bit of pain. I probably need some rest for it to subside, and I don't think I'm going to get any this week.''
U.S. captain Jack Nicklaus was less optimistic. He called Furyk's status ``uncertain'' for Friday and put Furyk in the final grouping in Friday's fourballs to give his player extra time for therapy in the morning.
Furyk and Tiger Woods are scheduled to play Stuart Appleby and Mark Hensby. If Furyk can't play, Woods will play a singles match against either Appleby or Hensby, as chosen by International captain Gary Player. If Furyk withdraws during the match, Woods will finish 1-on-2 against both Appleby and Hensby.
``He'll either tell me he can start and play or he'll tell me he can't,'' Nicklaus said. ``I don't have an input in that. I think the spirit of the matches are that we want everybody to play.''
David Toms had no physical problems in his first competitive round of golf since his health scare last weekend.
As for his golf game, that's another matter. On Thursday, Toms and Stewart Cink were routed 6 and 5 by Mike Weir and Trevor Immelman in foursomes.
``I'm sure he's far more disappointed in his golf than he is his health,'' U.S. captain Jack Nicklaus said.
Toms was airlifted to a hospital during last week's 84 Lumber Classic and was diagnosed with a condition related to an abnormal heartbeat. He is taking medication and will have a procedure done next week.
``David said he's feeling fine,'' Nicklaus said. ``He hit the ball well, just didn't make any putts. He's quite ready to go. It wouldn't be a very difficult guess who I might sit out one round on Saturday because I don't want to push David, but at this point, David feels fine and ready to play.''
No wonder Tiger Woods didn't want to expose his hairdo.
The world got its first glimpse at Woods' new 'do Thursday when he had to wear a suit and tie for the opening ceremony of the Presidents Cup. Essentially, it looks as if someone took a paint brush and put huge light-blond splotches in Woods' hair.
Tiger Woods
Tiger Woods looked more like a leopard on Thursday.
Woods covered up the look when he donned a hat for the actual matches later in the day. Woods also refused to take off his hat for reporters after his practice round on Wednesday.
Asked to explain the new look, Woods said: ``Just having fun. Got to do it while I've still got it.''
Former Presidents Bush and Clinton, who have worked together to raise money after the tsunami and Katrina disasters, were paired again Thursday for the more leisurely duty of launching the sixth edition of the Presidents Cup.
``You can tell us apart,'' Clinton told the crowd during the opening ceremony, ``because he's the guy who jumps out of airplanes when he's 75 and 80, and I'm the guy that tore his leg up falling off a 9-inch step in Greg Norman's house.''
Clinton also praised the decision to call the 2003 Presidents Cup in South Africa a draw when darkness halted play after three playoff holes between Tiger Woods and Ernie Els.
``I love the way they ended that tournament two years ago,'' Clinton said. ``I kept thinking if they had been in office instead of me, we'd have peace in the Middle East.''
Emcee Stone Phillips got into the act by noting that both former presidents are avid golfers.
``President Bush has been known to play from the blue tees on occasion,'' Phillips said. ``And President Clinton has been known to venture into red state territory.''
Bush said the importance of the fund-raising efforts mean much more than any political differences between himself and Clinton.
``I'm a little tired of people saying 'You're the odd couple,''' Bush said.
When the U.S. team realized there was table tennis available at their accommodations this week, Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods couldn't wait to pick up the paddles.
``Within 30 seconds, Phil and Tiger are playing pingpong -- real blood and guts,'' teammate Fred Funk said.
Funk doesn't know who won, but he used the story to illustrate the camaraderie among the Americans.
``We just hate reading that we're not a team of togetherness,'' Funk said, ``just because we get beat at the Ryder Cup.''
International team captain Gary Player put Michael Campbell in the wrong country during the opening ceremony.
Player spoke of the huge crowds that welcomed Campbell back to Australia -- instead of New Zealand -- after Campbell's U.S. Open victory this year. Player was quickly corrected.
``Guys, when you get to 70, you're allowed a mulligan,'' said Player, who turns 70 in November.
The five Presidents Cup rookies went 3-1-1 during the opening day foursomes Thursday. Angel Cabrera and Trevor Immelman were on winning pairs for the International team, and Scott Verplank helped gain a point for the Americans. Mark Hensby was involved in a tie match for the Internationals, while teammate Nick O'Hern was the only first-timer to lose.
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    Thomas entered the year ranked outside the top 20, and few might have pegged him for a transcendent campaign. But he kicked off January with a win in Hawaii, added another before leaving the Aloha State and never looked back.

    Thomas’ seminal moment came in August when he captured the PGA Championship at Quail Hollow for his breakthrough major title. One month after greeting Jordan Spieth behind the final green at Royal Birkdale, this time it was Thomas’ turn to have friends stick around to snap pictures with the trophy that signaled his arrival among golf’s upper echelon.

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    Thomas’ consistency was rewarded at East Lake, when a runner-up finish at the Tour Championship netted him the season-long title and $10 million prize. It was in the subsequent press conference where he shared the goals list he had written into his cell phone in February, having ticked off nearly every one. It showed a dedicated attention to detail as well the tactical approach with which Thomas had steered his rapid ascent.

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    By Associated PressDecember 17, 2017, 11:36 pm

    ORLANDO, Fla. - Angel Cabrera and Angel Cabrera Jr. closed with a 12-under 60 for a three-shot victory in their debut at the PNC Father/Son Challenge.

    The Cabreras opened with a 59 at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club and were challenged briefly by the defending champions, David Duval and Nick Karavites, in the scramble format Sunday. The Argentines went out in 30, and they had a two-shot lead with Cabrera's son came within an inch of chipping in for eagle on the final hole.

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