Notes Mickelsons Wrist Not 100 Percent

By Associated PressJuly 4, 2007, 4:00 pm
AT&T NationalBETHESDA, Md. -- Phil Mickelson said his injured left wrist was 'not quite a hundred' percent after his round in the pro-am.
 
Mickelson hasn't played since missing the cut at the U.S. Open, when he wore a brace on his wrist.
 
'I'm going to be leery all year,' Mickelson said. 'But I think it will be OK.'
 
Mickelson was asked if can earn some bragging rights against Tiger Woods this week if he wins a tournament with Woods' name on it.
 
'Well, if he passed out the trophy, it would be pretty cool,' Mickelson said.
 
TIGER AND BUSH ON FIRST TEE
It took an ex-president to steal the spotlight from Tiger Woods.
 
George H.W. Bush and wife Barbara caught up with Woods' group at the 16th fairway during Wednesday's pro-am at the AT&T National. Bush walked the final holes with Woods in front of a huge gallery and even hit a couple of tee shots at the 18th.
 
That was a warmup for the big event. Woods drove the former commander in chief in a golf cart to the first hole for the opening ceremony. Woods placed a ball on a tee so that Bush could hit the ceremonial first shot of the tournament.
 
'If anybody laughs when I hit it, they're dead,' Bush said with a chuckle. 'We've got Secret Service here.'
 
Looking down the fairway, Bush added: 'There's no way I can hit it down there.'
 
His drive went 100 yards or so and landed in the rough, just a few feet short of a 60-foot-long American flag held by local veterans. Bush tipped his cap and the crowd cheered. He then greeted wounded veterans who were special guests for the ceremony.
 
'It's just a great way to celebrate the Fourth,' Bush said, referring to his decision to participate. 'It's what they call a gimmie.'
 
FRED'S IN NO FUNK:
It's clearly a big Washington-area tournament when Fred Funk isn't one of the main attractions.
 
Funk, the former University of Maryland golf coach, always did his best to promote the PGA TOUR's previous stops in the nation's capital, even as many top names stayed away. The big blow came last year, when the tour pulled out altogether.
 
'I was really upset,' Funk said. 'The tournament has always been well-supported, a lot of fans have come out, and then we lose it. That just didn't make sense that we were not in the capital.'
 
Now golf is back, and so is Funk, who is playing some of his best golf at age 51 with no plans to make the full-time jump to the Champions Tour any time soon. His goal is the make the Presidents Cup team.
 
'I've worked so hard to be on the PGA TOUR that I don't want to leave it until I have to,' he said.
 
Funk is a year older than Nick Faldo, who recently spoke of being envious of Funk for playing so well at that age.
 
'Nick saying that, he doesn't want to work at it as hard anymore,' Funk said. 'He's been there, done that. For me, I'm still hungry to do it. That's the biggest difference, I think.'
 
ANOTHER WOODS WHO CAN PUTT:
That guy named Woods who made the birdie putt at the seventh hole? It wasn't Tiger.
 
Sgt. Michael Woods was serving as Tiger Woods' guest caddie for the hole and was stunned when the world's top golfer asked for advice on the 12-foot putt.
 
'He asked me to put the bag down and called me over to him, and he asked me: 'What do you see?'' the sergeant said. 'I said: 'Fairway leans to the right; you should hit it to the left.' And he said: 'Here you go.' So I took the putt.'
 
The ball went in. Tiger Woods raised his arms in celebration and gave the other Woods a hug. Instant celebrity followed.
 
'I've been playing golf a little bit. I'm trying to get decent at it, and that was probably the best putt I've ever seen in my life,' said the 32-year-old soldier, who works in administration at Fort Belvoir, Va. 'I'm nervous right now. I'm shaking.'
 
DEFENDING CHAMPION, SORT OF:
Ben Curtis won last year's PGA Tour stop in Washington, the final Booz Allen Classic at the nearby TPC at Avenel.
 
That makes him the closest thing to a defending champion at the AT&T National.
 
'It does sort of feel like you're defending, even though everybody knows it's the inaugural year of the event,' Curtis said. 'It's just good to be back in a familiar area and somewhere where you get some good feelings.'
 
Curtis won twice on the tour last year, and both tournaments went belly-up. His other win came at the 84 Lumber Classic.
 
'It just seemed like I won last year, and they decided to take it off the schedule,' he said.
 
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    Angela hits Sergio in stride on field at Superdome

    By Grill Room TeamDecember 18, 2017, 3:22 pm

    Sergio and Angela Garcia's super 2017 keeps getting more ... Super ... Dome. (+1 awful blog lede.)

    The couple started the year with Sergio's win at the Masters, then embarked on a whirlwind green jacket media tour, then kicked off El Clasico, then attended Wimbledon, then got married, then announced they were expecting their first child ...


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    And now, they're throwing each other passes on the New Orleans Saints' home turf at the Superdome.

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    Newsmaker of the Year: No. 1, Justin Thomas

    By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 18, 2017, 1:00 pm

    He won a major, captured the FedExCup and was named the PGA Tour’s Player of the Year. It should come as no surprise that Justin Thomas holds the top spot on our Newsmakers list for 2017.

    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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    In addition to racking up the hardware – five in total, including the inaugural CJ Cup at Nine Bridges in his first start of the new wraparound season – Thomas dazzled with style. His runaway win at the Sony Open included an opening-round 59, and his third-round 63 at Erin Hills marked the first time anyone had ever shot 9 under on a U.S. Open venue.

    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.

    Heading into a new year, he’s now very clearly entrenched as one of the world’s best. And as his career progresses, it’s likely we’ll look back at 2017 as the point where Thomas first transformed great potential into eye-popping results.

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    Cabreras win PNC Father/Son Challenge

    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.

    They finished at 25-under 199 for a three-shot victory over Duval and Karavites, and Bernhard Langer and Jason Langer. The Langer team won in 2014.

    Mark O'Meara and Shaun O'Meara tied for fourth at 21 under with Jerry Pate and Wesley Pate.

    Cabrera wasn't even in the field until two-time U.S. Open champion Curtis Strange and his son, Tom Strange, had to withdraw.

    Duval and his stepson went out in 28, but the Cabreras regained control by starting the back nine with back-to-back birdies, and then making birdies on the 13th, 14th and 16th. The final birdie allowed them to tie the tournament scoring record.

    ''This is certain my best week of the year,'' said Cabrera, the 2009 Masters champion and 2007 U.S. Open champion at Oakmont. ''To play alongside all the legends ... as well as playing alongside my son, has been the greatest week of the year.''

    The popular event is for players who have won a major championship or The Players Championship. It is a scramble format both days.

    In some cases, the major champions lean on the power of their sons for the distance. O'Meara said Saturday that his ''little man'' hit it 58 yards by him on the 18th. And on Sunday, Stewart Cink said son Reagan told him after outdriving him on the opening four holes, ''In this tournament I may be your son, but right now I'm your Daddy!''

    Jack Nicklaus played with his grandson, G.T. They closed with a 64 and tied for 15th in the field of 20 teams.