Notes Sabbatini Helping Troops Through Pets

By Associated PressJanuary 3, 2007, 5:00 pm
PGA Tour (75x100)KAPALUA, Hawaii -- Rory Sabbatini is expanding his support of U.S. troops by giving new meaning to dog tags.

Sabbatini, a South African native who is married to an American, has been involved the last two years in a program called 'Birdies for the Brave,' donating money for every birdie he makes on the PGA TOUR.

Now, he has hooked up with Banfield, The Pet Hospital, to raise money for the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund, which supports U.S. soldiers and their families who have been affected by military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.

People can buy pet tags for $2 at Banfield hospitals and TPC courses around the country, with all proceeds going to the fund.

'Everybody gets attached to their pets,' Sabbatini said. 'We thought a feel-good issue with pets, try to raise some money and awareness, and expand it further for the families of the Intrepid Heroes Fund.'

Given the minimal cost and affection for their pets, Banfield executive vice president John Payne expects to be able to raise about $500,000 for the troops. Banfield is a privately owned veterinary practice that has more than 600 locations in the United States, the United Kingdom and Mexico. He said 70,000 people come through their clinics each week.

Sabbatini also will have a logo of the 'dog tags' program on his golf bag.

He has two miniature Dachshunds, Chloe and Zoe, and thinks so highly of them that Sabbatini had their names stitched onto his head covers a few years ago, with his son's name (Hartley) on the other.

'My daughter didn't even make it into there,' he said. 'They're part of our family. It's really a great way to expand on trying to get people involved in supporting the troops. Two dollars for most people ... they go into a pet hospital and see this, and it's kind of like the Lance Armstrong bracelet for cancer.'

OGILVY AND RANKIN
Geoff Ogilvy's father was at a golfer tournament where Judy Rankin was working as a reporter when he introduced himself. Little did he know that his son would join Rankin's family in a roundabout way.

Ogilvy's wife is Juli, whose sister's husband is Rankin's son.

'Judy's son is my brother-in-law,' Ogilvy said. 'If there is such a thing, she's my aunt-in-law.' Their relationship is close enough that Rankin, a Hall of Famer who later joined ABC Sports, came to the Ogilvy's house for Christmas dinner. He doesn't know much about her career, such as becoming the first women to earn more than $100,000 in a season, but he knows she was a great player.

And she can offer some great advice.

Going into the final round of the U.S. Open at Winged Foot, he was at 3 over par and one shot out of the lead. Rankin left a message with Ogilvy's wife about what to expect on Sunday.

'It was very prophetic in the end,' Ogilvy said. 'She said, 'Everyone always opens the paper on Monday morning and is always very surprised at the score that wins the tournament.''

The winning score was 5-over 285. Ogilvy won after double bogeys on the 18th hole by Phil Mickelson and Colin Montgomerie.

Surprise.

SURF'S DOWN
Adam Scott brings his golf clubs, clothes and surf board to Mercedes-Benz Championship. He said the waves have been relatively small this year, which is probably a good thing.

'I've surfed the last two days, and the waves have not been good, and I'm not good,' Scott said.

The Aussie grew up on the beach near Queensland and surfed as a kid, but gave it up when he was 13 to concentrate on golf, then resumed about three years ago when 'I needed something else to do.'

Asked for a handicap in surfing, Scott called himself a 10.

SENIOR HAWAII
Once the PGA Tour leaves Hawaii, the Champions Tour moves in.

Ben Crenshaw, Raymond Floyd, Gary Player and Lanny Wadkins have accepted sponsor invitations to the season-opening MasterCard Championship on Jan. 19-21 at Hualalai Golf Course on the Big Island.

It will be the first time in six years that Wadkins, a former PGA champion, could concentrate solely on golf. He had been CBS' golf analyst until leaving late last year when Faldo replaced him in the tower.

DIVOTS
Swing coach Butch Harmon is wearing the initials 'D.H.' on the back of his cap in honor of his brother, Dick Harmon, who died last year. Dick Harmon's clients included Lanny Wadkins, Lucas Glover and Fred Couples. ... Rich Beem came to Hawaii early, filling in at the pro-am Wednesday for Tiger Woods. He also played in the pro-am at Woods' Target World Challenge three weeks ago. Also spotted at Kapalua was Dudley Hart, in Maui on vacation before next week's tournament in Honolulu.

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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.