Notes Sleep Walking Goose Lefty Leaves Quietly

By Associated PressAugust 12, 2006, 4:00 pm
2005 The INTERNATIONALCASTLE ROCK, Colo. -- Retief Goosen had trouble concentrating during the third round of the International on Saturday.
 
'I was brain dead today, or should I say this afternoon,' said Goosen, who had to play five holes in the morning to complete the rain-delayed second round before playing his entire third round.
 
'I got onto a roll nicely this morning and then this afternoon I couldn't focus, couldn't concentrate, couldn't see well at all and I couldn't make a putt,' Goosen said.
 
The tournament's defending champion struggled on his first nine holes and ended the day with a total score of 18 -- three above the cut for Sunday.
 
The third round began when he pitched a shot to within five feet, but missed the birdie putt. On No. 2, Goosen glared at the hole after leaving a 12-foot putt wide right. He three-putted for bogey on No. 4 and settled for pars on the holes leading up to the turn. Each was for birdie and each putt was left short.
 
'I think I had 37 putts,' Goosen said. 'You aren't going to go anywhere with that.'
 
The trend continued on the first two holes of the backside, lipping out a birdie putt on No. 10 and leaving another putt short on No. 11. He picked up four points by getting birdies on the two par 5s, hole Nos. 14 and 17.
 
'Tomorrow I'm going to need a couple of birdies and a couple of eagles,' Goosen said. 'That's the only way you're going to make up ground quickly.'
 
LEAVING QUIETLY
While at the International, Phil Mickelson wanted to make a statement about his game. Instead he quietly left with putting problems as he moved on to Chicago for the PGA Championship.
 
Mickelson came up short of making the International's first cut that reduced the field to 70 players.
 
The two-time winner of the event (1993 and '97) finished with a two-day total of five points. He had a point after one round and managed to add only four more in the second round, but he had held out hope when the projected cut stayed at five until Saturday morning.
 
The cut didn't come until late morning. Poor weather Friday forced 72 golfers to finish their second rounds early Saturday.
 
'It's been fun,' Mickelson said Thursday. 'I just haven't been putting well and I was hoping that I have a chance to direct that on the weekend.'
 
The chance never came.
 
FAILING TO MAKE IT
Besides Mickelson, other past winners sent packing were Jose Maria Olazabal (1991), Steve Lowery (1994), Clarence Rose (1996) and Rich Beem (2002).
 
Former champions Ken Green (1986), John Cook (1987), Joey Sindelar (1988), Brad Faxon (1992), Lee Janzen (1995) and Vijay Singh (1998) didn't compete.
 
Greg Norman (1989), Davis Love III (1990, 2003), David Toms (1999), Ernie Els (2000), Tom Pernice (2001), Rod Pampling (2004) and defending champion Retief Goosen (2005) played Saturday.
 
MAN ON A MISSION
Zach Johnson doesn't mask his intentions.
 
'Making the Ryder Cup is my biggest goal,' he said. 'You can throw it up with the Super Bowl and the Final Four. For American golfers it is the largest sporting thing in golf.'
 
Johnson entered the weekend ninth among the point standings. He completed the third round of the International with 27 points and the tournament lead.
 
That means he won't have to impress Ryder Cup team captain Tom Lehman. The top 10 points leaders get invited to join the U.S. team, and Lehman adds two more to complete the team.
 
'I've thought about it a lot and had to maintain my focus on one week at a time,' Johnson said. 'If I get too caught up in it everything goes astray.'
 
Johnson had one of the best shots of the tournament when he holed a 60-degree wedge shot for eagle from 97 yards out on the first hole.
 
MAKING UP GROUND
J.B. Holmes was in danger of not making the cut. He began his final three holes, Nos. 7, 8 and 9, with 14 points.
 
By the time he signed his scorecard, he was at 19 points. He birdied Nos. 7 and 8 and holed a shot from 95 yards out on No. 9 to earn eagle.
 
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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.