Notes Nicklaus Wanting Fans to Be More Polite

By Associated PressSeptember 23, 2005, 4:00 pm
2005 PresidentGAINESVILLE, Va. -- When Michael Campbell missed a crucial 8-foot putt at the 17th hole, the crowd cheered. When the New Zealander hit a chip at the 18th that could have won his match, someone in the gallery yelled ``Don't go in!''
 
The rowdiness was nowhere close to Ryder Cup levels Friday at the Presidents Cup, but usual golf etiquette took a bit of a dive -- especially after a one-hour, 20-minute rain delay in the afternoon, during which some fans appeared to have spent too much time at the beverage stalls.
 
``Obviously there must have been some beer factor in there,'' U.S. player Fred Funk said.

U.S. captain Jack Nicklaus was concerned more about the lack of appreciation given to the International players before the delay. Nicklaus walked up to people in the galleries at various times to express his displeasure.
 
``I said 'Hey guys, you can root if you want to for the American team, I think that's fine, but when the International team hits a good shot, I think they deserve a round of applause in appreciation,''' Nicklaus said. ``Nick O'Hern hit about a 25-footer at 8 today and you could almost here a pin drop. I didn't like that at all.''
 
Nicklaus realizes he takes the matter more seriously than most -- he even wishes the fans would behave better when he goes to football games at his alma mater, Ohio State.
 
``I love going to Ohio State, but I cannot stand when they boo the opposing team when they run onto the field,'' Nicklaus said. ``It drives me insane. To me, not basically appreciating what the other team is doing is not the spirit (International captain) Gary (Player) and I want to see in the matches. I don't think it was terrible today, but I think we could be better.''
 
Later in the day, Vijay Singh stared down some fans for their reaction after he missed a 10-foot putt at the ninth hole.
 
Campbell, however, said he wasn't bothered by the hecklers.
 
``That's human nature,'' the reigning U.S. Open champion said. ``That's normal, wherever you go. If you played in Australia or South Africa, it would have been the same thing if Americans missed a putt. That's all part of the game over here in America. I know it's very vocal at times. You've got to accept that as a player. ... If you hear the heckling in the crowd -- like this guy said to me 'Miss the putt' -- it's pretty unfair, but it got me revved up.''
 
A TURTLE NAMED FUNK
It's been 17 years since Fred Funk was the golf coach at the University of Maryland, but you'd never know it by following him around at the President Cup.
 
Shouts of ``Go Terps!'' and ``Fear the Turtle!'' greeted Funk at every hole. Funk, his wife or his caddie seemed to know by name at least a half-dozen people in any given section of the gallery. Funk waved more than the Queen of England at a royal parade.
 
``This is cool,'' Funk said. ``I really do pinch myself to realize where I've come from. To obtain some of the things I have obtained out here is pretty cool.''
 
Funk is the local favorite any time he plays in the Maryland or D.C. area, but he says fans call out the ``Terps'' and ``Turtle'' greetings when he plays in other parts of the country, too. Even though he now lives in Florida, he isn't surprised by the loyalty. He was born in Takoma Park, Md., and went to high school not far from the University of Maryland's campus in College Park.
 
``I was almost born a Terp,'' he said.
 
HIT BY A TIGER
Give spectator Steve Cagle of Battle Creek, Mich., an assist to Tiger Woods and Jim Furyk in their match against Stuart Appleby and Mark Hensby.
 
On the first hole, Woods' drive was headed hard right until it bounced off Cagle's left shoulder and into the middle of the fairway.
 
Woods walked over to Cagle and rewarded him with an autographed glove, then went on to score par to give his team a 1-up lead.
 
Asked if it stings to be on the receiving end of a drive by Woods, Cagle simply nodded: ``It caught me flush,'' he said.
 
TAKING NOTES
Ryder Cup captain Tom Lehman said he would pay close attention to the Presidents Cup matches, and he meant it.
 
Instead of watching on television, Lehman showed up on the course Friday. He was decked out in a white Presidents Cup shirt and stood behind the 18th green as Phil Mickelson and Chris DiMarco halved their better-ball match against Michael Campbell and Angel Cabrera.
 
``I'm just here to watch, to see who's playing with who and how it works -- how they interact, was it good, was it bad and if they would want to do it again,'' Lehman said.
 
The Ryder Cup is one year from now in Ireland.
 
Lehman played in the Presidents Cup three times.
 
FLYING TIGER
Team captains Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player had to stop their daily Presidents Cup news conference for a few seconds Friday evening when a noisy, low-flying plane went over the media tent.
 
``I hope Tiger comes back for morning play,'' Nicklaus said, drawing a big laugh as he looked toward the ceiling. ``He's got to go to dinner somehow, guys.''
 
WRAPPED WRIST
After Friday's rain delay, International player Peter Lonard returned to the course with his left wrist wrapped.
 
``My wrist just sort of locked up at the start of the week, and the (trainer) reckons it looks better if I put a little white towel around it or something -- a magic sponge,'' Lonard said. ``It's fine.''
 
It must be. He and Nick O'Hern beat Davis Love III and Kenny Perry 3 and 2.
 
TV SWITCH
NBC has moved the first hour of Saturday's Presidents Cup broadcast to the USA Network in order to devote an extra hour of coverage of Hurricane Rita's expected landfall in the Gulf Coast.
 
USA will carry the tournament from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m., while NBC airs a special edition of ``Saturday Today.'' NBC's coverage of golf begins at 9 a.m. and is scheduled to end at 6 p.m.
 
POINTLESS PLAYERS
After two days of the Presidents Cup, five players have yet to score a point: Fred Couples, Kenny Perry, David Toms and Davis Love III of the American team and Stuart Appleby of the International team.
 
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  • Park collapses; leaderboard chaos at CME

    By Nick MentaNovember 18, 2017, 8:47 pm

    Sung-Hyun Park started the day with a three-shot lead and slowly gave it all back over the course of a 3-over 75, leaving the CME Group Tour Championship and a host of season-long prizes up for grabs in Naples. Here’s where things stand through 54 holes at the LPGA finale, where Michelle Wie, Ariya Jutanugarn, Suzann Pettersen and Kim Kaufman share the lead.

    Leaderboard: Kaufman (-10), Wie (-10), Jutanugarn (-10), Pettersen (-10), Stacy Lewis (-9), Karine Icher (-9), Austin Ernst (-9), Lexi Thompson (-9), Jessica Korda (-9), Pernilla Lindberg (-9)

    What it means: It wasn’t the Saturday she wanted, but Park, who already wrapped up the Rookie of the Year Award, is still in position for the sweep of all sweeps. With a victory Sunday, she would claim the CME Group Tour Championship, the Race to CME Globe’s $1 million jackpot, the Rolex Player of the Year Award, and the money title, as she ascends to No. 1 in the Rolex world ranking. Meanwhile, Thompson, too, could take the $1 million and Player of the Year. As those two battle for season-long prizes, a host of other notable names – Wie, Jutanugarn, Pettersen, Korda, Lewis and Charley Hull (-8) – will fight for the Tour Championship.

    Round of the day: Kaufman made four birdies on each side in a bogey-free 8 under-par 64. A lesser-known name on a stacked leaderboard, she seeks her first LPGA victory.

    Best of the rest: Amy Yang will start the final round two behind after a 7-under 65. The three-time LPGA Tour winner could pick up her second title of the season after taking the Honda LPGA Thailand in February.

    Biggest disappointment: On a day that featured plenty of low scores from plenty of big names, Lydia Ko dropped 11 spots down the leaderboard into a tie for 23rd with a Saturday 72. The former world No. 1 needed two birdies in her last five holes to fight her way back to even par. Winless this season, she’ll start Sunday four back, at 6 under.

    Shot of the day: I.K. Kim aced the par-3 12th from 171 yards when her ball landed on the front of the green and tracked all the way to the hole.

    Kim, oddly enough, signed her name to a scorecard that featured a 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7. It was all part of a 1-under 71.

    Watch: Pros try to hit 2-yard wide fairway in Dubai

    By Grill Room TeamNovember 18, 2017, 5:20 pm

    While in Dubai for the DP World Tour Championship, the European Tour prestented a little challenge to Ross Fisher, Richie Ramsay, Nicolas Colsaerts and Soren Kjeldsen. On a stretch of road outside of town, the four players had to try and hit a 2-yard wide fairway. Check out the results.

    Rose (65) leads Rahm, Frittelli in Dubai

    By Associated PressNovember 18, 2017, 3:24 pm

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – Justin Rose will take a one-shot lead into the final day of the season-ending Tour Championship as he attempts to win a third straight title on the European Tour and a second career Race to Dubai crown.

    The 37-year-old Rose made a gutsy par save on the final hole after a bogey-free round for a 7-under 65 Saturday and overall 15-under 201.

    The Englishman leads South African Dylan Frittelli, who produced the day's best score of 63, and Spain's Jon Rahm, who played in the same group as Rose and matched his 65.

    Rose is looking to be Europe's season-ending No. 1 for the second time. His leading rival for the Race to Dubai title, Tommy Fleetwood, is only two shots behind here after a second straight 65 on the Earth course of Jumeirah Golf Estates.

    Fleetwood did his chances no harm by overcoming a stuttering start before making eight birdies in his final 11 holes to also post a 65. The 26-year-old Englishman was tied for fourth place at 13 under, alongside South African Dean Burmester (65) and Thailand's Kiradech Aphibarnrat (67), who closed with five birdies in a row.

    ''So, last day of the season and I've got a chance to win the Race to Dubai,'' Fleetwood said. ''It's cool.''


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    Masters champion Sergio Garcia, the only other player with a chance to win the Race to Dubai title, is tied for 13th on 10 under after a 67.

    Fleetwood had a lead of 256,737 points going into the final tournament and needs to equal or better Rose's finishing position to claim the title. If Rose doesn't finish in the top five and Garcia doesn't win, Fleetwood will have done enough.

    Rose is hoping to win a third straight tournament after triumphs in China and Turkey.

    Rose, who made some long putts for birdies apart from chipping in on the 13th hole, looked to be throwing away his advantage on the par-5 18th, when his second shot fell agonizingly short of the green and into the water hazard. But with his short game in superb condition, the reigning Olympic champion made a difficult up-and-down shot to stay ahead.

    ''That putt at the last is a big confidence-builder. That broke about 18 inches right-to-left downhill. That's the kind of putt I've been hoping to make. That was a really committed stroke. Hopefully I can build on that tomorrow,'' said Rose. ''I know what I need to do to stay at the top of the leaderboard. If I slip up tomorrow, he's (Fleetwood) right there. He's done everything he needs to do on his end, so it's a lot of fun.''

    The last player to win three tournaments in a row on the European Tour was Rory McIlroy, when he won the Open Championship, the WGC-Bridgestone and the PGA Championship in 2014.

    Fleetwood was 1 over after seven holes but turned it on with a hat trick of birdies from the eighth, and then four in a row from No. 13.

    ''I wanted to keep going. Let's bring the tee times forward for tomorrow,'' quipped Fleetwood after closing with a birdie on the 18th. ''Just one of them strange days where nothing was going at all. A couple sloppy pars on the par 5s, and a bad tee shot on fifth and I was 1-over through seven on a day where scoring has been really good ... Ninth and 10th, felt like we had something going ... it was a really good last 11 holes.''

    If Park is nervous, she sure doesn't show it

    By Randall MellNovember 17, 2017, 11:24 pm

    NAPLES, Fla. – Sung Hyun Park says she can feel her heart pounding every time she steps to the first tee.

    She says she always gets nervous starting a round.

    You don’t believe it, though.

    She looks like she would be comfortable directing a sky full of Boeing 737s as an air traffic controller at Incheon International Airport . . .

    Or talking people off the ledges of skyscrapers . . .

    Or disarming ticking bombs . . .

    “In terms of golf, I always get nervous,” she insists.

    Everything about Park was at odds with that admission Friday, after she took control halfway through the CME Group Tour Championship.

    Her Korean nickname is “Dan Gong,” which means “Shut up and attack.” Now that sounds right. That’s what she looks like she is doing, trying to run roughshod through the Tour Championship in a historic sweep of all the LPGA’s most important awards and honors.

    Park got just one look at Tiburon Golf Club before this championship began, playing in Wednesday’s pro-am. Then she marched out Thursday and shot 67, then came out Friday and shot 65.

    At 12 under overall, Park has a three-shot lead on Caroline Masson and Sarah Jane Smith.

    She is six shots up on Lexi Thompson, who leads the CME Globe point standings in the race for the $1 million jackpot.

    She is 11 shots up on world No. 1 Shanshan Feng.

    And 11 shots up on So Yeon Ryu, who leads the Rolex Player of the Year point standings.


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    There’s a long way to go, but Park is in position to make an epic sweep, to win the Tour Championship, that CME Globe jackpot, the Rolex Player of the Year Award, the Rolex Rookie of the Year Award, the Vare Trophy for low scoring average, the LPGA money-winning title and the Rolex world No. 1 ranking.

    Nobody’s ever dominated a weekend like that in women’s golf.

    It’s all there for the taking now, if Park can keep this going.

    Park has another nickname back in South Korea. Her fans call her “Namdalla.” That means “I am different.” She’ll prove that if she owns this weekend.

    Park, 24, isn’t assuming anything. She’s humbly aware how much talent is flooding the LPGA, how the tour’s depth was underscored in a year where five different players have reigned as world No. 1, five different players won majors and 22 different winners stepped forward in 32 events.

    “I don’t think it’s quite that far a lead,” Park said of her three-shot advantage. “Two, three shots can change at any moment.”

    About those nerves that Park insists plague her, even Hall of Famer Judy Rankin can’t see it.

    Not when Park unsheathes a driver on a tee box.

    “She’s the most fearless driver of the ball out here,” Rankin said. “I would put Lexi a close second and everybody else a distant third. She hits drivers on holes where you shouldn’t, and she hits it long and she just throws it right down there between hazard stakes that are 10 yards apart, like it’s nothing. Now, that’s a little hyperbole, but she will hit driver almost everywhere.”

    David Jones, Park’s caddie, will attest to that. He was on Park’s bag when she won the U.S. Women’s Open in July and won the Canadian Pacific Women’s Open in August.

    “She reaches for driver a lot because she is a good driver,” Jones said. “She isn’t reckless. She’s as accurate with a driver as she is a 3-wood.”

    Park and Thompson played together in the first round. Park is eighth on tour in driving distance, averaging 270 yards per drive, and Thompson is third, averaging 274.

    Thompson loves to hit driver, too, but . . . 

    “Lexi hit a lot of 3-woods compared to us when we played together yesterday,” Jones said.

    Jones doesn’t find himself talking Park out of hitting driver much.

    “It’s really simple,” Jones said. “When you hit driver as straight as she does, why mess around?”

    Count Golf Channel analyst Brandel Chamblee, a student of the swing, among admirers of Park’s abilities.

    “No other swing in the game comes close to her technical perfection and elegance in my opinion,” Chamblee tweeted Friday.

    Come Sunday, Park hopes to complete a perfect sweep of the LPGA’s most important awards.