Notes Tiger Comes to Jespers Rescue

By Associated PressApril 4, 2005, 4:00 pm
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Jesper Parnevik brought a week's worth of his outrageous outfits to the Masters. And he made sure his wife, four children, nannies and friends were all accounted for.
 
But when he arrived at Augusta National, he realized he left something behind: his golf clubs.
 
``I flat out forgot them in the garage,'' Parnevik said Monday. ``I don't know how you could go to Augusta and leave them in the garage, but I managed to do that.

``I will make history one way or another. I'm sure I'm the only one who's ever done that.''
 
Parnevik pleaded chaos in his defense.
 
He had to lease two private planes to get his crew to Augusta. He wasn't in charge of loading the luggage, and a set of clubs did make the trip -- but they belonged to his business partner, Chris Rosen.
 
Only after a call to his neighbor in Jupiter, Fla., did the Swede confirm his clubs were still in the garage.
 
Parnevik called an old friend -- Tiger Woods -- to return a favor .
 
Woods was in Palm Beach County, and agreed to swing by Parnevik's house to pick up his clubs. He brought them Monday morning, and all was well in the zany world of Parnevik.
 
``I called him up and asked he could do it,'' Parnevik said. ``After he laughed for about 10 minutes, he said, 'I'll do it.' Everything worked out.''
 
Woods didn't even charge him a courier's fee.
 
Then again, Woods is still in debt, because it was the Parneviks who introduced him to his future wife, Elin Nordegren, once a nanny for the Parnevik kids.
 
``I still think I'm on the credit side with him,'' Parnevik said. ``I have a few mishaps to go without being even.''
 
HOLE-IN-THREE
John Daly usually tries to give the crowd on the par-3 16th a show by skipping a ball across the water to the green. On Monday, he went one better, and gave them something to really cheer about.
 
Daly hit two shots off the tee to positions he thought the pin might be when the Masters begins. Then he teed up a third and aimed at the pin.
 
The 9-iron hit, sucked up and went into the hole. It might not have qualified for a hole-in-one, but the crowd gathered for the first practice round of the week went wild anyway.
 
``I didn't think it would go in the hole, but it did,'' Daly said.
 
Darren Clarke was playing the back nine when he heard the commotion.
 
``You don't quite hear roars like that on Monday at any other tournament,'' Clarke said.
 
SUMMERALL CAMEO
The voice of Pat Summerall will be part of the Masters' television coverage.
 
Although CBS Sports does not plan to tout its 50th consecutive year broadcasting the Masters, president Sean McManus said Summerall will make a cameo appearance as the voice who introduces the network's coverage.
 
``Every year we do our billboard copy -- 'CBS Sports proudly presents ... ' -- and we normally use a professional announcer who does other billboard copy,'' McManus said. ``We asked Pat Summerall to do that this year.''
 
Summerall broadcast more Masters than anyone else -- years from 1968 to 1994 -- when he switched over to Fox Sports to continue his NFL coverage.
 
CBS Sports begins its coverage on Saturday -- the one-year anniversary of Summerall undergoing successful liver transplant surgery.
 
WHAT A HOOT
John Daly finally got together with Hooters.
 
Daly, who has been selling his merchandise from a trailer parked outside Hooters' restaurants, signed a deal with the Atlanta-based restaurant on Tuesday. He will wear the Hooters owl logo on his apparel and golf bag.
 
``It's really a perfect fit for me,'' Daly said in a statement.
 
Following his practice round at Augusta National, Daly had already turned into a pitchman.
 
``I think the food is some of the best I've had -- not just wings, but sandwiches,'' Daly said. ``And if you want a nice cold beer, they have that, too.''
 
FRANCO'S FOLLY
Carlos Franco was getting in plenty of practice off the first tee Monday. The way he was hitting it, it looked like he needed it.
 
Franco duck-hooked his first tee shot into the trees on the left, causing a few stray spectators to jump out of the way. He reloaded and sprayed it even farther this time, except it went way right.
 
Franco reached into his bag and pulled out a different driver, drawing chuckles from the crowd. He gave them even more of a laugh by threatening to pull out a weighted swing aid and hit with that.
 
He then hit his second driver into the fairway bunker, drawing applause from the crowd for at least coming close.
 
DIVOTS
Fred Funk was spotted wearing a shirt with Chevron, Texaco and Caltex logos on the chest. ``It's a one-week deal that I signed four weeks ago,'' Funk said. ``They're at one of the hotels, and I'm doing a talk for them. It's just for a week, and if they like it, we might move forward.'' ... Fanny Sunnesson is back at Augusta National. The longtime caddie for Nick Faldo has retired, but she is working this week for Ian Poulter, whose caddie's wife is having a baby. Her last job was on the LPGA Tour, working two weeks for Michelle Wie.
 
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  • 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.

    National champion Sooners meet with Trump in D.C.

    By Golf Channel DigitalNovember 17, 2017, 11:10 pm

    The national champion Oklahoma men's golf team visited Washington D.C. on Frday and met with President Donald Trump.

    Oklahoma topped Oregon, 3 1/2 to 1 1/2, in last year's national final at Rich Harvest Farms to win their second national championship and first since 1989.

    These pictures from the team's trip to Washington popped up on social media late Friday afternoon:

    Rookie Cook (66-62) credits prior Tour experience

    By Rex HoggardNovember 17, 2017, 10:36 pm

    ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. – Austin Cook is a rookie only on paper. At least, that’s the way he’s played since joining the circuit this season.

    This week’s RSM Classic is Cook’s fourth start on Tour, and rounds of 66-62 secured his fourth made cut of the young season. More importantly, his 14-under total moved him into the lead at Sea Island Resort.

    “I really think that a couple years ago, the experience that I have had, I think I've played maybe 10 events, nine events before this season,” Cook said. “Being in contention a few times and making cuts, having my card has really prepared me for this.”


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    Cook has been perfect this week at the RSM Classic and moved into contention with four consecutive birdies starting at No. 13 (he began his round on the 10th hole of the Seaside course). A 6-footer for birdie at the last moved him one stroke clear of Brian Gay.

    In fact, Cook hasn’t come close to making a bogey this week thanks to an equally flawless ball-striking round that moved him to first in the field in strokes gained: tee to green.

    If Cook has played like a veteran this week, a portion of that credit goes to long-time Tour caddie Kip Henley, who began working for Cook during this year’s Web.com Tour finals.

    “He’s got a great golf brain,” Henley said. “That’s the most flawless round of golf I’ve ever seen.”

    Cook fires 62 for one-shot lead at RSM Classic

    By Associated PressNovember 17, 2017, 10:26 pm

    ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. – PGA Tour rookie Austin Cook made a 6-foot birdie putt on his final hole for an 8-under 62 and a one-shot lead going into the weekend at the RSM Classic.

    Cook has gone 36 holes without a bogey on the Plantation and Seaside courses at Sea Island Golf Club. He played Seaside - the site of the final two rounds in the last PGA Tour event of the calendar year - on Friday and ran off four straight birdies on his opening nine holes.

    ''We've just been able to it hit the ball really well,'' Cook said. ''Speed on greens has been really good and getting up-and-down has been great. I've been able to hit it pretty close to the hole to make some pretty stress-free putts. But the couple putts that I have had of some length for par, I've been able to roll them in. Everything's going well.''

    The 26-year-old former Arkansas player was at 14-under 128 and had a one-stroke lead over Brian Gay, who shot 64 on Seaside. No one else was closer than five shots going into the final two rounds.

    The 45-year-old Gay won the last of his four PGA Tour titles in 2013.


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    ''I've hit a lot of greens and fairways,'' Gay said. ''I've hit the ball, kept it in front of me. There's a lot of trouble out here, especially with the wind blowing, so I haven't had to make too many saves the first couple days and I putted well.''

    Cook has made the weekend cuts in all four of his starts this season. He earned his PGA Tour card through the Web.com Tour, and has hired Gay's former caddie, Kip Henley.

    ''With him being out here so long, he knows everybody, so it's not like I'm completely the new kid on the block,'' Cook said. ''He's introduced me to a lot of people, so it's just making me feel comfortable out here. He knows his way around these golf courses. We're working really well together.''

    First-round leader Chris Kirk followed his opening 63 on the Plantation with a 70 on the Seaside to drop into a tie for third at 9 under with C.T. Pan (65) and Vaughn Taylor (66).

    Brandt Snedeker is looking strong in his first start in some five months because of a sternum injury. Snedeker shot a 67 on the Plantation course and was six shots back at 8 under.

    ''I was hitting the ball really well coming down here,'' Snedeker said. ''I was anxious to see how I would hold up under pressure. I haven't played a tournament in five months, so it's held up better than I thought it would. Ball-striking's been really good, mental capacity's been unbelievable.

    ''I think being so fresh, excited to be out there and thinking clearly. My short game, which has always been a strength of mine, I didn't know how sharp it was going to be. It's been really good so far.''