Notes No rush for Ryder Cup captain Tigers tally

By Associated PressNovember 4, 2008, 5:00 pm
The PGA of America holds its annual meeting this week in Arizona, where it will elect a new secretary, hand out its first PGA Patriot Award and have focus groups discuss the economys effect on golf.
 
Missing from the agenda is selecting the next U.S. Ryder Cup captain.
 
Dating to 1991, the PGA of America has picked a new captain no more than two months after the Ryder Cup ended, and chief executive Joe Steranka recently said there were more candidates available than Ryder Cups.
 
So why the delay?
 
Weve taken a patient approach to making a decision about 2010, Steranka said. All the accolades deserving of this team have been allowed to play themselves out. Theres still a lot of nice things being written, awards being given and recognition of players and captains. Theres not an urgency to make that decision.
 
Corey Pavin, who spent plenty of time in hospitality at the PGA Championship, is regarded as one of the favorites to succeed Paul Azinger. Davis Love III would be an obvious choice, but he has said he wants to play on the next team.
 
American players lobbied for Azinger to return as captain, but the last captain to get a second chance was Jack Nicklaus at his home course of Muirfield Village in 1987. And by ending a three-match losing streak, Azinger would have nothing to gain in 2010 at Wales.
 
Steranka said the PGA would start contemplating the next captain later this year or early next year, although it likely will be January.
 
Theres just not an urgency, he said. Part of that is the newness of winning the Ryder Cup. There will be time to address 2010. Right now, were going to enjoy this one.
 
Meanwhile, Jim Remy of Vermont will become the first PGA member from the New England section to be installed as president.
 
Allen Wronowski will move up as vice president. PGA members will elect a secretary between Ted Bishop of Indiana and Ted ORourke of New Jersey.
 
VICTORY TALLY
Tiger Woods wont get an award, trophy or even a pat on the back, but he will lead the PGA Tour in victories for the fourth consecutive year and 10th time in the last 12 years.
 
Woods won four times in 2008, one more than Kenny Perry and Vijay Singh.
 
Its the fewest victories by the leader in this category since David Duval won four times in 1998.
 
TO THE POLLS
Since 1985, the player of the year in Europe has been decided by a voting panel of golf writers, broadcasters and European Tour officials. Starting next year, there will be another award based on a vote of the players.
 
European Tour chief executive George OGrady said the idea came from Padraig Harrington and Darren Clarke, who felt there should be one honor decided strictly by players.
 
Harrington figures to be a lock this year after becoming the first European to win consecutive majors in the same season.
 
There have been years where it was a very close call, OGrady said at the Volvo Masters. There was a year when Paul Casey and Padraig Harrington were on the sort of same lists, and youve had guys balancing the Order of Merit with major championships. And so, they want to have one which is theirs. We will bring that in at the beginning of this coming season.
 
That season starts this week with the HSBC Champions.
 
OGrady said the tour might use the model of Seve Ballesteros hands on the golf club for the trophy that goes with the players award.
 
HUNDRED FOR A MILLION
Twenty years after Curtis Strange became the first player to go over $1 million in a season, the PGA Tour established another record with 102 players going over the $1 million mark.
 
Two other money matters of note:
 
  • Jeff Overton was holding down the 125th spot at $840,809, the first time it will take at least $800,000 to keep a tour card.
     
  • Tiger Woods averaged $962,500, which would be 105th on the money list. Woods made more money in six starts than Scott McCarron ($952,070) has earned in 21 tournaments.
     
    PUTTING IT IN PERSPECTIVE
    Robert Karlsson was virtually unknown on the international stage until he played in his first Ryder Cup two years ago. He now has the most European Tour victories of any Swede, and he was the first Swede to capture the Order of Merit.
     
    As expected, notoriety has followed.
     
    Karlsson first noticed it when he returned home before the Volvo Masters, where he is helping with a golf course design.
     
    The phone was going constantly, even back at my dads house, he said. So I gave him some directions on how to handle it. Its changed a little bit, definitely. But its good fun, though.
     
    Karlsson knew to expect more demand on his time, and his caddie reminded him of the alternative.
     
    My caddie just said early on in the week, Dont complain. Four years ago, we had problems to get an extra dozen golf balls. So dont complain if theres too many press conferences, Karlsson said. Youve got to put things in perspective.
     
    DIVOTS
    Retief Goosen closed with a 66 to make up a four-shot deficit in the final round and win the Iskandar Johor Open on the Asian Tour, ending his drought of 50 straight tournaments without winning. The John Deere Classic raised $4.79 million for 500 regional charities this year, an increase of nearly $200,000. Jim Holtgrieve has been named U.S. captain for the Walker Cup in 2011 at Royal Aberdeen in Scotland. Robert Karlsson played 23 times on the European Tour in winning the Order of Merit over Padraig Harrington, who played 14 events. J.B. Holmes and Oliver Wilson are the only Ryder Cup players not already eligible for the Masters.
     
    STAT OF THE WEEK
    Robert Karlsson won the Order of Merit on the European Tour with $3,473,000. That would put him 11th on the PGA Tour money list.
     
    FINAL WORD
    Im looking forward to coming out next year and being at zero, along with everyone else. ' David Duval.
     
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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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    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.