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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    Suspended Hensby offers details on missed drug test

    By Will GrayDecember 12, 2017, 11:30 pm

    One day after receiving a one-year suspension from the PGA Tour for failing to provide a sample for a drug test, Mark Hensby offered details on the events that led to his missed test in October.

    Hensby, 46, released a statement explaining that the test in question came after the opening round of the Sanderson Farms Championship, where the Aussie opened with a 78. Frustrated about his play, Hensby said he was prepared to give a blood sample but was then informed that the test would be urine, not blood.

    "I had just urinated on the eighth hole, my 17th hole that day, and knew that I was probably unable to complete the urine test for at least a couple more hours," Hensby said. "I told this gentleman that I would complete the test in the morning prior to my early morning tee time. Another gentleman nearby told me that 'they have no authority to require me to stay.' Thus, I left."

    Hensby explained that he subsequently received multiple calls and texts from PGA Tour officials inquiring as to why he left without providing a sample and requesting that he return to the course.

    "I showed poor judgment in not responding," said Hensby, who was subsequently disqualified from the tournament.

    Hensby won the 2004 John Deere Classic, but he has missed six cuts in seven PGA Tour starts over the last two years. He will not be eligible to return to the Tour until Oct. 26, 2018.

    "Again, I made a terrible decision to not stay around that evening to take the urine test," Hensby said. "Obviously in hindsight I should have been more patient, more rational and taken the test. Call me stupid, but don't call me a cheater. I love the game. I love the integrity that it represents, and I would never compromise the values and qualities that the game deserves."

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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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    Man of the people


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    Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017

    By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 12, 2017, 12:30 pm