Poor Play Sends DiMarco Packing

By Associated PressJune 17, 2005, 4:00 pm
PINEHURST, N.C. -- In his last two majors, Chris DiMarco was just a hair away from winning. In this one, he wasn't even close to making the cut.
DiMarco, a playoff runner-up at the most recent PGA and Masters, shot a 12-over-par 82 Friday in the second round of the U.S. Open to join Padraig Harrington as one of the few top contenders not able to stick around for the weekend.
DiMarco's score of 153 missed the cut by five strokes, and he did not make himself available for interviews afterward.
At the Open, the cut is the top 60 and ties, plus everyone within 10 strokes of the lead. That was 8 over par this year, and 83 players made it.
Among them was Davis Love III, who stood at 11-over after his first 27 holes and had every reason to believe his four birdies over the final nine holes wouldn't be enough to save him. Turns out, they did - with a stroke to spare.
Likewise, Mike Weir probably didn't think his birdie to close things out and finish at 7-over 147 meant much, but it did. The 2003 Masters champion will be around for the final two rounds.
'Whatever it does, it gives me something to build on,' Weir said following his round, hours before the cut line was established. 'Knowing you have to hit a good shot and to pull it off shows I've been battling. When my game comes around, I'll be OK.'
Others who extended their stay include two-time U.S. Open champion Lee Janzen, who finished at 7-over.
'I'd like to play on the weekend,' he said. 'If I can inch toward red numbers, who knows what can happen.'
Peter Jacobsen, the 51-year-old who won the U.S. Senior Open last year, is also staying, just seven strokes off the lead at 145. He made the cut for the 14th time in 16 U.S. Opens, although this was his first Open since 1996.
'I'm not surprised at all,' Jacobsen said. 'If you check my record, I'm pretty good in U.S. Opens. I drive it pretty straight. I'm real good around the greens, and I think the one thing that's in my advantage is attitude. I'm pretty patient.'
John Daly, Colin Montgomerie, Bernhard Langer and Stewart Cink were among a group of 15 at 7-over. Frank Lickliter, Chad Campbell and J.P. Hayes were the most fortunate, finishing at 8-over and getting the chance at a paycheck, even though they were in a 12-way tie for 72nd.
The 83 making the cut were still 25 short of the record set in 1996, but still not enough for Derek Brown of Walnut Cove, the only native North Carolinian playing at Pinehurst this week. He finished at 9-over.
'This is all a learning experience for me this year,' he said before he knew what the cut line would be. 'It's just great to be here. If I make the cut, it'll be awesome. That was my goal for the week.'
Others going home include David Duval, Tom Lehman, Len Mattiace, Rich Beem and Ben Curtis.
Ranked 11th in the world, Harrington was probably the biggest surprise outside of eighth-ranked DiMarco, who extended his strange connection with Tom Watson in the majors.
DiMarco became the first player to lose two straight playoffs in majors since Watson in 1978-79. In the tournament after Watson's second loss - the 1979 U.S. Open - he too missed the cut.
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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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    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.