O'Hern fires blistering 62, leads Frys.com

By Associated PressOctober 12, 2012, 2:50 am

SAN MARTIN, Calif. – Australia's Nick O'Hern had to choose between baseball and golf as profession. This weekend he's able to get his fill of both.

O'Hern shot a career-best 9-under 62 on Thursday in rainy conditions to take a three-stroke lead over European Ryder Cup player Nicolas ColsaertsJhonattan Vegas and Derek Ernst in the Frys.com Open.

O'Hern had eight birdies in an 11-hole stretch and capped the bogey-free round with a birdie on the par-5 ninth hole at CordeValle Golf Club.

He made it, as a fan, to Oakland's 2-0 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Tuesday night after playing golf at the Olympic Club in San Francisco.

''I'm just doing it all this week,'' O'Hern said. ''It's a lot of fun. I've never been to a playoff baseball game before and it was quite an experience. I was in my golf clothes. All that green and yellow and I had a pink shirt on.''

Colsaerts is trying to earn a PGA Tour card. As a special temporary member, he needs to finish the equivalent of 125th on the money list to earn a full 2013 card. The Belgian player has earned $652,886, enough now for the 120th spot.

''Obviously, it is a little more difficult to keep playing in the rain,'' Colsaerts said. ''The greens got a bit softer as well, and pace-wise on the greens it's not the same thing. So you got to search for the things that the rain just changes the course a little. But I felt like I'm kind of used to playing in this kind of stuff. I know you guys over here don't really like it that much. I thought it was actually the perfect time just to press on and make sure I get a good score in.''

Vegas is fighting a shoulder injury.

''It was definitely a phenomenal round today,'' Vegas said. ''It was really the best solid round I've had all year from the beginning to the end from birdieing the fifth hole and birdieing two of the last three.

So it was great.''

Ernst, a recent graduate of UNLV, is playing in his first career tour event after winning a sectional qualifier.

Charles Howell III, John Mallinger, Jonas Blixt, Gary Woodland and Greg Owen shot 66.

British Open champion Ernie Els opened with a 71 in the Fall Series event.

''All in all, I'll take 71,'' Els said. ''It's not the best start, but it's not the worst start. I can get into the 60s the next three rounds.''

O'Hern had to battle the elements too. There was a steady mist falling, and the wind came up, for a couple of hours in the late afternoon.

''You never know what can happen with the weather,'' he said. ''It's probably going to be chilly in the morning.''

O'Hern, who has five professional wins, all in Australia, tied for second at the Booz Allen Classic six years ago for her best finish in the United States. His was third this year in the St. Jude Classic for his lone top-25 finish of the year.

''It's been my toughest season as a professional,'' he said. ''The last two months or so I feel my game began to turn around and that I sort of refreshed my mind on what worked in the past.''

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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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Victory at Valderrama


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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.