Notes More Boo Boo-Boos on Sergios Card

By Associated PressSeptember 4, 2007, 4:00 pm
LEMONT, Ill. -- Sergio Garcia was disqualified at the PGA Championship when he signed an incorrect scorecard in the second round because Boo Weekley wrote down the wrong score and Garcia didn't stick around long enough to check it.
 
The PGA TOUR Playoffs pairings put them together the first two rounds at the Deutsche Bank Championship.
 
Three weeks later, not much changed.
 
'I fouled it up again,' Weekley said.
 
Turns out Weekley put down the wrong score for Garcia in the first round and the second round. The only difference was Garcia and PGA TOUR officials caught the mistake before he signed it.
 
'I don't know what it is about him,' Weekley said. 'I keep messin' up. It's aggravating.'
 
THE BOOK(S) ON JACK:
As publisher Martin Davis was working on a comprehensive book about Bobby Jones, he decided to call it 'The Greatest of Them All.' He shared this idea with frequent contributor, New York Times columnist Dave Anderson, who had only one problem.
 
'So what are we going to call the book on Jack?' Anderson asked him.
 
Available this week is a 328-page tribute to Jack Nicklaus that is titled, 'Simply the Best!'
 
The coffee table book follows other magnificent contributions by Davis on golf's greatest legends, such as 'The Hogan Mystique' and the aforementioned tome on Jones. It includes more than 600 photos, some of which Nicklaus himself had never seen.
 
Nicklaus was at the Deutsche Bank Championship for a Presidents Cup meeting with his U.S. team and to promote the book, a 3 1/2 -year effort that includes tributes from Arnold Palmer, Lee Trevino, Tom Watson and Gary Player.
 
'I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I've enjoyed living it,' Nicklaus said.
 
While his record 18 professional majors defines Nicklaus, the book brings out what Nicklaus considers to be his two careers.
 
The first one was a 210-pound bull with a crew cut who smashed the ball and is largely responsible for turning golf into a power game. The second is a 185-pound 'Golden Bear' who was among the best strategists in golf.
 
Nicklaus revealed during a reception why and how he lost weight, a change that occurred after the 1969 Ryder Cup.
 
He said his longtime doctor always told him he knew when it would be time to lose weight, and the light came on after returning from the Ryder Cup at Royal Birkdale.
 
'It was the first time I ever got tired,' Nicklaus said.
 
The weight-loss program was not as sophisticated as what you might see today. Nicklaus started with 'Weight Watchers,' and he spent three weeks running between shots while playing at Lost Tree.
 
'I would take five or six clubs with me and run after each shot,' Nicklaus said. 'It took me about 45 minutes, sometimes an hour. In three weeks, I lost 15 pounds.'
 
He won the Sahara Invitational that fall in his first event, then won the Kaiser International Open Invitational. When the 1970 season opened in Honolulu, he shot 63 in the first round.
 
Nicklaus still considers 1972 through 1975 to be the best golf of his career, winning 21 times and five majors.
 
'I don't think the weight loss hurt me,' he said.
 
GRAND SLAM BACK-UP:
Jim Furyk's offseason could include a trip to Bermuda for the PGA Grand Slam if PGA champion Tiger Woods elects not to go. Woods has never missed the Grand Slam when eligible, and a decision is expected this week.
 
'I would like to play,' Furyk said last week.
 
Furyk is the first alternate based on his runner-up finish at Oakmont and top 15s at the Masters and British Open. Ernie Els is next on the alternate list of past major champions, followed by Retief Goosen and Mike Weir.
 
Furyk isn't sure, however, if the PGA of America will take him.
 
He will be playing in South Korea the week before, and he has verbally committed to a skins game the day after. The earliest he could get to Bermuda would be Monday evening on Oct. 15, meaning he would miss the pro-am. The Grand Slam is Oct. 16-17.
 
There is precedence for missing the pro-am. When the Grand Slam was held at Poipu Bay in Hawaii, Phil Mickelson skipped the pro-am in 2005 citing family obligations, while Woods missed that year with a stomach virus.
 
'I know there's precedence,' Furyk said. 'But I'm also an alternate. I like the PGA of America. And I would love to go, as long as I could work everything out.'
 
STRICKER'S SILLY SEASON:
When Steve Stricker had a breakthrough year in 1996 by winning two times, he got so caught up in the end-of-the-year festivities that he didn't take enough time for himself.
 
This year, he is limiting his silly-season schedule to two events that could not be farther apart, even though separated by only three weeks on the calendar. Stricker said he would play the Nedbank Challenge in South Africa, then the Target World Challenge in California.
 
He is looking forward to Sun City, primarily as a father-daughter trip with 9-year-old Bobbi. They plan to arrive early to take in a safari and some other sightseeing.
 
'I asked her if she wanted to go to South Africa and she said, 'Sure!' She has no idea where South Africa is,' Stricker said. 'She probably thinks it's the next state over. But it will be fun. Nikki (his wife) and I went in '96 and we had a blast.'
 
Stricker only played in the pro-am last year at Target, which is hosted by Tiger Woods. He had such a good time that he recently called tournament organizers asking if he could play the pro-am again. No need for that now. With his stellar season, he is No. 5 in the world and is eligible for the tournament. That means he can stay all week.
 
DIVOTS:
Dick Ferris, former chairman of United Airlines, is retiring from the PGA TOUR policy board after serving for more than 20 years, the last 14 years as the chairman. He will be replaced by Ed Whitacre, chairman emeritus of AT&T, and the executive largely responsible for putting together Tiger Woods' involvement with the new AT&T National. ... The FBR Open contributed $7.8 million to local charities, the highest of any PGA TOUR event in 2007 and $1 million more than the tournament raised last year. ... The Royal & Ancient has created the Mark. H. McCormack Medal for the leading player in the World Amateur Golf Ranking. McCormack, the late founder of IMG, also has his name on the trophy given to the professional who leads the world ranking for the most weeks in a year.
 
STAT OF THE WEEK:
Phil Mickelson, who withdrew from the BMW Championship, has never finished in the top 25 in 10 starts at Cog Hill.
 
FINAL WORD:
'We had a Nationwide Tour gallery.' -- Arron Oberholser, after playing in the final group at the Deutsche Bank Championship with Brett Wetterich. They were behind the Tiger Woods-Phil Mickelson pairing.
 
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    Kelly beats Monty with two-shot swing on final hole

    By Associated PressJanuary 21, 2018, 3:21 am

    KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii – Jerry Kelly made an 18-foot birdie putt on the final hole, Colin Montgomerie missed a 6-footer for par and Kelly turned a one-shot deficit into a victory Saturday in the Mitsubishi Electric Championship, the season opener on the PGA Tour Champions.

    After Kelly drove it well right into lava rocks on the par-4 16th, leading to bogey and giving Montgomerie the lead, Montgomerie made a mistake with his tee shot on the last, finding a fairway bunker. Montgomerie's approach went over the green and after Kelly converted his birdie, the 54-year-old Scot jammed his par putt well past the hole.


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    It was the third win on the over-50 tour for the 51-year-old Kelly, who finished tied for 14th last week at the PGA Tour's Sony Open in Honolulu. That gave him confidence as he hopped over to the Big Island for his tournament debut at Hualalai. The limited-field event includes winners from last season, past champions of the event, major champions and Hall of Famers.

    Kelly closed with a 6-under 66 for a three-day total of 18-under 198. Montgomerie shot 69. David Toms shot 67 and finished two shots back, and Miguel Angel Jimenez was another stroke behind after a 66.

    Bernhard Langer, defending the first of his seven 2017 titles, closed with a 70 to finish at 10 under.

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    Rahm manages frustration, two back at CareerBuilder

    By Randall MellJanuary 21, 2018, 1:21 am

    Jon Rahm managed the winds and his frustrations Saturday at the CareerBuilder Challenge to give himself a chance to win his fourth worldwide title in the last year.

    Rahm’s 2-under-par 70 on the PGA West Stadium Course left him two shots off the lead going into the final round.

    “I wasn’t really dealing with the wind that much,” Rahm said of his frustrations. “I was dealing with not being as fluid as I was the last two days.”


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    The world’s No. 3 ranked player opened with a 62 at La Quinta Country Club on Thursday and followed it up with a 67 on Friday at PGA West. He made six birdies and four bogeys on the Stadium Course on Saturday.

    “The first day, everything was outstanding,” Rahm said. “Yesterday, my driver was a little shaky but my irons shots were perfect. Today, my driver was shaky and my irons shots were shaky. On a course like this, it’s punishing, but luckily on the holes where I found the fairway I was able to make birdies.”

    Rahm is projected to move to No. 2 in the world rankings with a finish of sixth or better on Sunday.

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    Cook leads by one entering final round at CareerBuilder

    By Associated PressJanuary 21, 2018, 12:51 am

    LA QUINTA, Calif. – Austin Cook hit a hybrid into the fairway bunker on the par-4 18th on a breezy Saturday afternoon at La Quinta Country Club, then chunked a wedge and raced a chip 20 feet past the hole.

    Kip Henley, the longtime PGA Tour caddie who guided Cook to a breakthrough victory at Sea Island in November, stepped in to give the 26-year-old former Arkansas star a quick pep talk.

    ''Kip said, 'Let's finish this like we did on the first day at the Nicklaus Course.' We made a big par putt on 18 there and he said, 'Let's just do the same thing. Let's get this line right and if you get the line right it's going in.'''

    It did, giving Cook an 8-under 64 and a one-stroke lead in the CareerBuilder Challenge going into the final round on the Stadium Course at PGA West. Fellow former Razorback Andrew Landry and Martin Piller were tied for second, and Jon Rahm and Scott Piercy were a another stroke back after a tricky day in wind that didn't get close to the predicted gusts of 40 mph.


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    ''I know that I wouldn't have wanted to play the Stadium today,'' Cook said. ''I think we got a great draw with the courses that we got to play on the days that we got to play them.''

    Cook played the final six holes on the front nine in 6 under with an eagle and four birdies.

    ''Starting on my fourth hole, I was able to make a birdie and kind of get the ball rolling and it never really stopped rolling,'' Cook said. ''Kip and I were doing really good at seeing the line on the greens.''

    After a bogey on 10, he birdied 11, 12 and 15 and parred the final three to get to 19-under 197.

    ''I think that tonight the nerves, the butterflies, all that will kind of be a little less,'' Cook said. ''I've been in the situation before and I was able to finish the job on Sunday. I think it would be a little different if I didn't play like I did on Sunday at Sea Island.''

    He's making his first start in the event.

    ''I came in from Hawaii on Monday, so I only had two days to prepare for three courses,'' Cook said.

    Landry, the second-round leader, had a 70 at the Stadium. Piller, the husband of LPGA tour player Gerina Piller, shot a 67 at La Quinta. Winless on the PGA Tour, they will join Cook in the final threesome.

    ''Piller's a good guy and we have played a lot together and same with Cookie,'' said Landry, the only player without a bogey after 54 holes. ''Hope the Hogs are going to come out on top.''

    Rahm had a 70 at the Stadium to reach 17 under. The third-ranked Rahm beat up the par 5s again, but had four bogeys – three on par 3s. He has played the 12 par 5s in 13 under with an eagle and 11 birdies.

    ''A little bit of a survival day,'' Rahm said.

    The wind was more of a factor on the more exposed and tighter Stadium Course.

    ''The course is firming up,'' Rahm said. ''I know if we have similar wind to today, if we shoot something under par, you'll be way up there contesting it over the last few holes.''

    Piercy had a 66 at the Stadium.

    ''I controlled my ball really well today,'' he said.

    Adam Hadwin had a 67 at La Quinta a year after shooting a third-round 59 on the course. The Canadian was 16 under along with Grayson Murray and Brandon Harkins. Murray had a 67 on the Nicklaus Course, and Harkins shot 68 at the Stadium.

    Phil Mickelson missed the cut in his first tournament of the year for the second time in his career, shooting a 74 on the Stadium to finish at 4 under – four strokes from a Sunday tee time. The 47-year-old Hall of Famer was playing for the first time since late October. He also missed the cut in the Phoenix Open in his 2009 opener.

    Charlie Reiter, the Palm Desert High School senior playing on the first sponsor exemption the event has given to an amateur, also missed the cut. He had three early straight double bogeys in a 77 on the Stadium that left him 1 over.

    John Daly had an 80 at La Quinta. He opened with a triple bogey and had six bogeys – four in a row to start his second nine - and only one birdie. The 51-year-old Daly opened with a 69 on the Nicklaus layout and had a 71 on Friday at the Stadium.

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    Phil misses CareerBuilder cut for first time in 24 years

    By Randall MellJanuary 21, 2018, 12:48 am

    Phil Mickelson missed the cut Saturday at the CareerBuilder Challenge. It’s a rare occurrence in his Hall of Fame career.

    He has played the event 15 times, going back to when it was known as the Bob Hope Classic. He has won it twice.

    How rare is his missing the cut there?

    The last time he did so, there was no such thing as a DVD, Wi-Fi, iPods, Xbox, DVR capability or YouTube.


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    The PGA Tour’s Jon Rahm didn’t exist, either.

    The last time Mickelson missed a cut in this event was 1994, nine months before Rahm was born.

    Mickelson struggled to a 2-over-par 74 in the heavy winds Saturday on the PGA West Stadium Course, missing the 54-hole cut by four shots. He hit just four of 14 fairways, just nine of 18 greens. He took a double bogey at the 15th after requiring two shots to escape the steep-walled bunker on the left side of the green.

    Mickelson won’t have to wait long to try to get back in the hunt. He’s scheduled to play the Farmers Insurance Open next week at Torrey Pines in La Jolla, Calif.