Pavin sets course record to take Cap Cana lead

By Associated PressMarch 28, 2010, 1:39 am
Champions Tour

CAP CANA, Dominican Republic – Looking to put together three impressive rounds for the first time on the Champions Tour, Corey Pavin took a step in that direction Saturday, shooting a course-record 63 to take the lead after two rounds at the Cap Cana Championship.

Pavin had nine birdies in his bogey-free round and is at 13-under 131 at the Punta Espada Golf Club. He broke Bernhard Langer’s 2009 record of 64 to take a one-shot lead over Nick Price (66) and a two-shot margin over former Masters champions Fred Couples (66) and Larry Mize (66).

Russ Cochran was fifth at 9 under after a 67 and Langer’s sparkling 65 left him tied with Tom Pernice Jr. (68) at 8 under.

Olin Browne (70) and David Peoples (70) were tied for eighth at 6 under, and Tommy Armour III (67) and Bob Tway (70) rounded out the top-10.

With virtually no wind for the second straight day, 40 players were under par after 36 holes. That left Pavin, in his first season among the over-50 crowd, to light up the scoreboard, jumping from a tie for seventh when the day began to the top.

“Without the wind, you can shoot a good score,” he said of his lowest competitive score since a 61 in the first round of the 2006 U.S. Bank Championship in Milwaukee, also his last win.

“I made only two putts of any length at all.”

Pavin didn’t need to make any long putts, his irons rarely leaving him far from the hole.

His nine birdies – including four to close out the round – were from 15 feet or less. Four times he was inside 6 feet and in his last three holes the former U.S. Open champion hit a 5-wood, 3-iron and 7-iron to 2 1/2, 2, and 6 feet, respectively.

“I made a couple 10-to-12 footers early in the round and that helped,” he said of birdies at Nos. 1, 5, 8 and 9.

“I can’t complain.”

Price found that using a belly putter for the third straight week was the missing piece of the puzzle in his game, yielding a ‘clean card’ of six birdies, all from inside 10 feet.

“The last two days and the three days (at Allianz Championship) are as comfortable as I’ve been with the putter in a long time,” said the three-time major championship winner.

“I’m starting to play like I can and there are no (putting) surprises coming along. It’s given me a lot more confidence.”

Couples’ round of 66 marked his 11th consecutive round in the 60s, tying Price (2009) and Lee Trevino (1992) for third most in tour history behind Hale Irwin’s 13 in 1999.

But, like Mize, Couples knew that playing catch-up wasn’t exactly what he wanted heading into Sunday’s final round.

“It was a great day,” he said. “I started one day behind somebody and now I’m two behind somebody. You’ve got to keep up the pace and I did, but on Sunday bogey’s become bigger because it is too hard to catch up.”

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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Growing family

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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.

PGA Tour suspends Hensby for anti-doping violation

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 11, 2017, 8:02 pm

Mark Hensby has been suspended for one year by the PGA Tour for violating the Tour’s anti-doping policy by failing to provide a sample after notification.

The Tour made the announcement Monday, reporting that Hensby will be eligible to return on Oct. 26, 2018.

The statement reads:

The PGA Tour announced today that Mark Hensby has violated the Tour Anti-Doping Policy for failing to provide a drug testing sample after notification and has been suspended for a period of one year. He will be eligible to return on Oct. 26, 2018.

Hensby, 46, won the John Deere Classic in 2004. He played the Web.com Tour this past year, playing just 14 events. He finished 142nd on the money list. He once ranked among the top 30 in the Official World Golf Ranking but ranks No. 1,623 today.

The Sunshine Tour recently suspended player Etienne Bond for one year for failing a drug test. Players previously suspended by the PGA Tour for violating the anti-doping policy include Scott Stallings and Doug Barron.

The PGA Tour implemented revisions to its anti-doping program with the start of the 2017-18 season. The revisions include blood testing and the supplementation of the Tour’s prohibited list to include all of the substances and methods on the World Anti-Doping Agency prohibited list. As part of this season’s revisions, the Tour announced it would also begin reporting suspensions due to recreational drug use.

The Tour said it would not issue further comment on Hensby's suspension.