Notes Man of the Match TigerJack History

By Associated PressSeptember 30, 2007, 4:00 pm
MONTREAL -- David Toms topped the Presidents Cup scoring table, beating Trevor Immelman 2 up Sunday to finish with 4 1/2 points in five matches.
 
'I played pretty well and I played with some good partners,' Toms said. 'It's been absolutely fantastic overall. It was a great atmosphere.'
 
Toms teamed with Jim Furyk and Zach Johnson in foursomes and Woody Austin and Tiger Woods in fourball play at Royal Montreal.
 
'I got to play with Tiger for the first time and that was fun,' Toms said.
 
Scott Verplank won all four of his matches. The 2001 Canadian Open winner at Royal Montreal, Verplank beat Rory Sabbatini 2 and 1.
 
'I just love playing team golf,' Verplank said. 'I have a pretty decent record in the Ryder Cup and I have a pretty good record in this just because I enjoy it so much.'
 
Canadian Mike Weir's 1-up victory over Woods gave him an International-best 3-1-1 record. Els was second at 3-2-0.
 
CAPTAIN JACK
The eve of the final matches at the Presidents Cup is usually when the American team presents captain Jack Nicklaus with a gift, and this time it was Tiger Woods who came up with the present.
 
It was a Chelsea Ship Strike antique clock, which Barbara Nicklaus said every U.S. president since Woodrow Wilson has owned.
 
The gift was fitting because her husband has just taken ownership of a new boat.
 
'It said, 'To Captain Jack and his First Mate,'' she said. 'And they put the names of every player on the bottom. It was a perfect gift for his new boat.'
 
She said the new Nicklaus boat wasn't quite as big as Woods' 155-foot yacht 'Privacy.' But they have one thing in common. Woods said he has a Chelsea Ship Strike on board, too.
 
HISTORY LESSON
Tiger Woods lost the 18th hole and his match with Mike Weir after pulling his drive into the pond on the left side of the fairway.
 
Thirty-two years earlier, U.S. captain Jack Nicklaus hit into the same pond on the final hole of regulation in the Canadian Open, leading to a bogey en route to a playoff loss to Tom Weiskopf.
 
'He doesn't want to know about my history,' Nicklaus said.
 
Woods was asked if Nicklaus had told him about it.
 
'No,' said Woods, who played the closing hole for the first time in five matches.
 
Assistant captain Jeff Sluman then joined in.
 
'Jack, ever hit a shot to the left?' Sluman asked Nicklaus, famous for playing a high left-to-right shot.
 
'I didn't hit enough club,' Nicklaus replied.
 
FASHION STATEMENT
The International players' wives were a hit in their Canadian national team hockey jerseys.
 
'Liezl Els and Bricia Weir came up with that and the concierge at the hotel got them for us,' said Vivienne Player, captain Gary Player's wife.
 
'I wish we'd had them all week.'
 
She then quickly changed the subject to Mike Weir's victory over Tiger Woods.
 
'It's all about Mike Weir,' she said. 'What a thrill. To come back and beat Tiger was even better than if he had stayed ahead and won.'
 
FINALLY
Phil Mickelson won for the first time in seven Presidents Cup singles matches, routing Vijay Singh 5 and 4 to improve to 1-3-3.
 
'I didn't know that was the record, but it's nice to get a win,' Mickelson said. 'I was excited to have a chance to play Vijay. ... It was a fun match and I feel like I played well and had control for a long time.'
 
Mickelson finished the week 2-1-2.
 
'It's been such a fun week for us,' Mickelson said. 'I think the people in Canada treated us so well.'
 
Mickelson rebounded quickly after losing the first hole to Singh.
 
'I hit a terrible drive ... and ended up hitting it over the green and made bogey and gave him the hole,' Lefty said. 'I believe that was the last fairway I missed. I was able to play aggressive and attack pins and ended up making some birdies.
 
'He had a couple of great up-and-downs on 4 and 5, one of the best up-and-downs I'd ever seen, he was 50 yards left of the green on 4 in the trees and looked like he had no shot. He and I have played a lot of golf together in the last month or so, and I guess you play enough golf with someone, you start playing like him, because he was hitting it like I usually do, and getting up-and-down.'
 
SAY CHEESE
Three photographers were charged with taking pictures on the first tee of every player in every match posing with the Presidents Cup, along with each match referee and dignitaries.
 
On Sunday, they wanted a picture of themselves posing with the gold trophy.
 
But who would take the photo?
 
PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem volunteered, and it was a peculiar sight to see Finchem squinting into a camera trying to focus.
 
Worse yet, he didn't even have a credential for it.
 
FRIENDLY FORMAT
The United States is 5-1-1 in the Presidents Cup, but has lost five of the last six Ryder Cup matches -- including three in a row.
 
'It's always different teams,' Tiger Woods said. 'The format's different, too. Less matches (in the Ryder Cup). Here you have to play every player each day. You can't hide somebody here. If someone's struggling, they're exposed.'
 
SIMPLE EXPLANATION
Geoff Ogilvy was asked to explain what the International team needed to do differently to win.
 
'Win more matches. Play better,' the Australian said. 'I mean, we just didn't win enough matches. There's no science behind it. You've just got to play better.'
 
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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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    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.