Notes Watson Nicklaus Team in New Skins Format

By Associated PressNovember 30, 2005, 5:00 pm
With the Skins Game getting stale no matter which tour or what part of the world, the Champions Tour will try to dress it up by going to alternate-shot among four teams.
Defending champion Jack Nicklaus will be paired with Tom Watson, reviving a Ryder Cup partnership that never lost. The other teams will be Gary Player-Hale Irwin, Arnold Palmer-Peter Jacobsen and Dana Quigley-Raymond Floyd.
The Wendys Champions Skins Game will be Monday, Feb. 6 and played at Wailea Resort on Maui.
The PGA Tour adopted a tough policy two years ago that forced players to take part in the pro-am if they wanted to compete in the tournament. While there have been a few cases where the tour could have shown some leniency, proof that its a good policy came last week in Hawaii.
Phil Mickelson didnt win over any fans when he skipped out on the pro-am at the PGA Grand Slam of Golf, citing family obligations. Had this been run by the tour, Lefty would not have been allowed to play.
Mickelson shuts it down at the end of the year, even to the point of skipping the Tour Championship. Theres nothing wrong with that. But one would hope that top players who compete for $1 million in an event exclusive to major champions would feel some responsibility to the sponsors who put up the money.
Tiger Woods also missed the pro-am, citing a stomach virus from playing in Japan the previous week. That left only U.S. Open champion Michael Campbell and Vijay Singh (an alternate) to play in the pro-am.
A shorter PGA Tour season in 2007 has raised hopes Down Under that Tiger Woods and other top players might consider playing in the Australian Open, the fourth-oldest national championship in golf.
Woods has not played in the Australian Open since his rookie year in 1996, when he tied for fifth. Asked if he would consider playing when the U.S. tour concludes in September, Woods replied, Maybe.
I think it will be great for the Aussie tour, as well as Japan, he said. Theyve got some great events there, and obviously Australia has lost some events. I think that would be a great way for them to move it away from Christmas time and the holiday season, and move it back to where it used to be. I think some of the top players would play.
That got the attention of Australasian tour general manager Gus Seebeck.
For them to say they would consider coming down here and playing is something we need to take very, very seriously, Seebeck told the Australian Broadcasting Corp. radio. These guys would obviously make a huge impact on any tournament we have down here, so we need to make sure we give their comments due credit.
The Australian Open once was one of the top events in the world.
Jack Nicklaus won it six times.
Fred Couples agreed with Woods.
I want to use these words correctly ... that the PGA Tour has kind of devoured some of the other tours, Couples said at the Skins Game. I always have gone down to Australia, and theres just no time to go. As Tiger said, it would totally help that.
First it was Arnold Palmer and his grandson. Next is Fuzzy Zoeller and his daughter. Perhaps they should change the name of this tournament to Father-Offspring Challenge.
Whatever its called, the Father-Son Challenge remains one of the best events in the silly season with fans curious to see whether the kids have any of the skills that carried their fathers to a major championship. The 36-hole scramble begins Saturday at ChampionsGate in Orlando, Fla.
Gretchen Zoeller will be the first female, teaming with former Masters and U.S. Open champion Fuzzy Zoeller. She plays on the womens golf team at the College of Charleston, although she will be playing from the mens tees.
Other major champions in the field and their children include Jack Nicklaus (Jackie), Davis Love III (Davis IV, better known as Dru), Bernard Langer (Stefan), Curtis Strange (Thomas), Vijay Singh (Qass), Arnold Palmer (grandson Sam Saunders) and Larry Nelson (Josh). Larry Nelson teamed with son Drew to win last year.
PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem is in New York this week for the start of TV negotiations for the 2007-10 schedule. Finchem said in a videotaped announced for a charity luncheon that TV talks are in full steam. ... Fred Funk, who turns 50 on June 14, said he will make his Champions Tour debut at the U.S. Senior Open.
The Masters was the only major that did not have a hole ranked among the toughest 18 on the PGA Tour this year.
Greg (Norman) has never gone out of his way to help Australian golfers.'Mark Hensby.
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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.

Masters victory

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Green jacket tour

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Man of the people

Article: SERGIO! Garcia finally gets patrons on his side

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Growing family

Article: Sergio, Angela get married; Kenny G plays reception

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Departure from TaylorMade

Article: Masters champ Garcia splits with TaylorMade

Squashed beef with Paddy

Article: Harrington: Garcia was a 'sore loser'

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Victory at Valderrama

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Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 12, 2017, 12:30 pm
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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.