Pak Moves into Contention in Montreal

By Associated PressAugust 17, 2002, 4:00 pm
VAUDREUIL-DORION, Quebec -- Catriona Matthew birdied the 18th hole to take the third round lead Saturday at the Canadian Women's Open. Her 54-hole total of 6-under-par 210 was good for a one shot edge over Meg Mallon heading into the final round.
Matthew tied Mallon at 5-under with a birdie at the 17th and hit an 8-iron to 12 feet at the closing hole. She then rolled in the birdie to take the outright lead.
'Overall I'm pleased with the way I played,' said Matthew, who carded her third straight round of 2-under 70. 'I missed a couple fairways today but still gave myself a lot of chances. Just great to hole two putts on the last two holes and get in with the lead.'
Matthew, part of a three-way tie for first to start the round, struggled early with a bogey at the opening hole. At the fourth, Matthew found a bunker off the tee but managed to knock her second shot on the green within 15 feet of the cup for birdie as the wind that plagued Summerlea Golf & Country Club Friday subsided.
'I think obviously yesterday was the toughest,' said Matthew. 'The first day and today were probably pretty similar. The wind was pretty gusty at times but it was manageable today. I think yesterday it really was tough just for putting and everything, but if it stays like it is today, it's manageable.'
The 32-year-old from Scotland faltered with a bogey at the 12th but two holes later began her strong finish. Matthew reached the green in two at the par-5 14th and two-putted for birdie. At No. 17, she rolled home a 25-footer for birdie and then capped off her round with the birdie at the last.
'There's a lot of good players just kind of lurking behind me. So I'm sure someone will come out and have a low score,' said Matthew, who is seeking her first win since the 2001 Hawaiian Ladies Open. 'I don't know. I think that maybe I need to shoot in the 60s.'
Mallon reached 6-under with a birdie at the 17th but a bogey at the last dropped her to minus-5 and a round of 69. The 13-time winner is seeking her first win since the 2000 du Maurier Classic, the now-defunct LPGA major that was played in Canada.
'This is a real solid round,' said Mallon, who finished tied for eighth at the Women's British Open. 'I had a lot of opportunities for birdies but didn't really putt very well. So that part was a struggle. But as far as hitting the greens, it was a really good day.'
Se Ri Pak shot a 4-under 68 to finish three shots off the lead at 3-under-par 213. The LPGA Championship winner was joined by second-round co-leaders Michelle Ellis and Gloria Park, who struggled with matching 73s.
Karrie Webb, winner of the 2002 Women's British Open last week at Turnberry, carded an even-par 72 to finish alongside Charlotta Sorenstam at 2-under 214.
Michele Redman was alone in eighth place at 1-under 215, while Cristie Kerr, Grace Park and first-round leader Kate Golden shared ninth at even-par 216.

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Suspended Hensby offers details on missed drug test

By Will GrayDecember 12, 2017, 11:30 pm

One day after receiving a one-year suspension from the PGA Tour for failing to provide a sample for a drug test, Mark Hensby offered details on the events that led to his missed test in October.

Hensby, 46, released a statement explaining that the test in question came after the opening round of the Sanderson Farms Championship, where the Aussie opened with a 78. Frustrated about his play, Hensby said he was prepared to give a blood sample but was then informed that the test would be urine, not blood.

"I had just urinated on the eighth hole, my 17th hole that day, and knew that I was probably unable to complete the urine test for at least a couple more hours," Hensby said. "I told this gentleman that I would complete the test in the morning prior to my early morning tee time. Another gentleman nearby told me that 'they have no authority to require me to stay.' Thus, I left."

Hensby explained that he subsequently received multiple calls and texts from PGA Tour officials inquiring as to why he left without providing a sample and requesting that he return to the course.

"I showed poor judgment in not responding," said Hensby, who was subsequently disqualified from the tournament.

Hensby won the 2004 John Deere Classic, but he has missed six cuts in seven PGA Tour starts over the last two years. He will not be eligible to return to the Tour until Oct. 26, 2018.

"Again, I made a terrible decision to not stay around that evening to take the urine test," Hensby said. "Obviously in hindsight I should have been more patient, more rational and taken the test. Call me stupid, but don't call me a cheater. I love the game. I love the integrity that it represents, and I would never compromise the values and qualities that the game deserves."

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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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Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017

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