Notes Masters memories for Mickelson

By Associated PressApril 29, 2010, 3:20 am

Quail Hollow ChampionshipCHARLOTTE, N.C. – One picture getting plenty of attention the day after the Masters was Phil Mickelson in a green jacket. There was nothing unusual about that except for where the photo was taken.

Mickelson was in his car at the window of a Krispy Kreme doughnut shop in Augusta, Ga.

The three-time Masters champion says he doesn’t eat a lot of carbohydrates or sugars during the tournament, which was only a problem because his kids wanted doughnuts. So he made a deal that he would take them to Krispy Kreme on Monday after the Masters.

As for the green jacket?

“It was a little chilly, so I threw on a jacket,” he said Wednesday.

The surprise was when he returned home to San Diego. His family left Augusta a few hours after going to Krispy Kreme, and when the plane landed, Mickelson noticed he had received texts and e-mails about the photo, which was taken by an employee.

“It’s fascinating because it just shows how things have changed over the last 15, 20 years since I was out on tour,” Mickelson said. “When I went to college we didn’t have cell phones, and since I’m out of college and out on tour, everybody is media now. The lady behind the counter at Krispy Kreme is media, and it’s an interesting thing to get used to.”

Mickelson took time during his two-week break to watch highlights from Augusta National, and while he had full confidence in his majestic 6-iron off the pine straw and over Rae’s Creek on the 13th hole Sunday, he conceded that it sure looked different on TV.

“I guess if you’re on the outside looking in and you see this guy in the pine needles and the trees and stuff, trying to hit a shot through the trees and around the trunks and over the water, I could see somebody questioning that,” Mickelson said. “But when you’re in it, when you’re out there in it and you see the lie and you see the shot and you see the target, it doesn’t seem as daunting.

“But as I kind of looked back and saw some of the pictures, I was like, “What was I doing?’ But it worked out.”

PRIVATE LIFE: Nothing about Tiger Woods’ private life is all that private any longer. If he didn’t realize that already, there were photos and comments about Woods going to a Nickelback concert in Orlando, Fla., after the Masters.

“A couple of band members are friends of mine, and that’s why I went,” Woods said. “I just had a great time. And unfortunately, I got criticized for seeing my friends.”

Woods was asked if he felt as though he could start leading a relatively normal life away from golf.

“No, there’s paparazzi everywhere – at home, helicopters here and there, people driving by, paparazzi camping out in front of the gates. That hasn’t changed,” he said.

UNDER HIS THUMB: Despite winning the Houston Open and challenging at the Masters, Anthony Kim is not at full health. He will need surgery at some point to reattach the ligament in his left thumb.

When? That’s the big question.

“The doctor has told me when the pain gets too hard to deal with, that’s when I should do it,” Kim said. “But as of now, he said it can’t get any worse, so I guess that’s a good thing. I’m just going to keep playing until I can’t anymore.”

Kim said proper recovery would take two or three months, depending on the amount of damage and how surgery goes. He made it sound unlikely that he would wait until the end of the year.

“I don’t think I’m going to take that chance because I want to play in the Ryder Cup, and that’s a huge goal of mine,” he said. “It was probably one of the greatest moments I’ve had playing golf, or greatest weeks I’ve had playing golf. So I want to be healthy for that. I just want to time it right. But at the same time, I want to play in all the majors, too, so in golf there’s not really a good time to take time off. I just have to get with my team and see what’s the right plan.”

DOUBLE EAGLE HAS LANDED: Tiger Woods is still trying to find his rhythm from a five-month layoff, although he showed glimpses during one of his practice rounds at home in Isleworth with John Cook. He made the third albatross of his career with a 5-wood from 260 yards on No. 17.

“Never saw it go in,” Woods said. “The green is slightly elevated, so I knew it landed on the green, and when we got up there, there was a ball mark and there was no ball. And that’s a pretty good feeling, especially when we had a few dollars on the line, too. That put me up on the last hole. So I was even more happy.”

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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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Growing family

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Departure from TaylorMade

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Squashed beef with Paddy

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Victory at Valderrama

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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.