Rose Left Feeling Empty Daly vs 17th

By Associated PressAugust 11, 2005, 4:00 pm
2005 PGA ChampionshipSPRINGFIELD, N.J. -- Justin Rose settled into the next-to-last stall on the range at Baltusrol Golf Club on Thursday, sending shot after shot into the distance and stopping only occasionally to look down the line.
 
Long after the morning groups had started the first round of the PGA Championship, and as the afternoon threesomes prepared for play, the 25-year-old Rose desperately hoped for a spot in the 156-player field.
 
``It's not good at this late stage,'' Rose said as he moved to the putting green, closer to the first tee. ``I don't really expect to get in.''
 
The call never came, and ultimately, there was no room for the eighth alternate in the championship.
 
For the second time in two majors, Rose was left on the waiting list.
 
``I was in the same situation at the British Open, second reserve,'' he said. ``It's been a bit of a frustrating year. I feel like I'm playing well enough to turn it around.
 
``On to Reno.''
 
The PGA Championship has been kind to at least one late substitute. In 1991 at Crooked Stick, John Daly got into the event as the ninth alternate when Nick Price withdrew and three alternates ahead of him declined. Without playing a practice round, Daly went on to win the championship.
 
Rose promised to shrug off any lingering disappointment over not making the PGA field and continue to work on a game that is seemingly rounding into shape.
 
Two of his six top-25 finishes have come in the last two weeks, a tie for 22nd at the Buick Open and a tie for 23rd at the International.
 
But, he would have loved a chance to put his game to the test at Baltusrol.
 
``I'm playing good enough to be a contender in this event,'' Rose said.
 
After all, he first burst onto the international golf scene with a fourth-place finish at the 1998 British Open - as an amateur. He has yet to win the PGA Tour, but won twice on the European Tour in 2002, the same year he finished tied for 23rd at the PGA Championship at Hazeltine.
 
After arriving at the course at 6:30 a.m. Thursday and lingering until getting the word that there were no more withdrawals, Rose has learned to dislike the role of an alternate.
 
``I'm going to try to make sure this doesn't happen next year,'' he said.
 
DALY AT 17
The fans wanted a power show, but the best John Daly could provide was a scrambling par on the 650-yard, par-5 17th.
 
Daly, who was the only player to reach the green in two shots at the 1993 U.S. Open at Baltusrol, pushed his drive into the rough, and hit his second shot safely onto the fairway. He chipped on and made a two-putt par.
 
NO FREE DROP
Colin Montgomerie's sore hand withstood quite a workout in the opening round of the PGA Championship.
 
Monty, who was forced to pull out of a tournament last week because of the injury, didn't test his injured hand during a practice round at Baltusrol, choosing instead to hit only from the fairway.
 
But, he got a chance to test it early in Thursday's opening round, hitting his second shot out of short rough at No. 11, his second hole.
 
He reported no pain after an opening 7-over 77, and instead blamed his lack of practice for his struggles.
 
``I just didn't have any rhythm today,'' he said before leaving the course.
 
Montgomerie got into red numbers with an 8-foot birdie putt at the 14th, but his round deteriorated quickly.
 
He tested his hand again at the 15th, after his drive settled on a downslope behind a bunker. The best the Scotsman could do was punch out, with the ball landing in a bunker fronting the green. He went on to make bogey.
 
He closed out his first nine with double bogeys at the 16th and 18th and had four bogeys on his last nine, hitting just seven of 14 fairways in his round.
 
AN IRWIN MOMENT
Phil Mickelson opened the PGA Championship to a rousing ovation from the New York/New Jersey crowd at Baltusrol, and was showered by cheers and shouts throughout the opening round.
 
At the sixth hole, Mickelson pulled his drive way left onto another fairway and had to hit over trees to reach the green.
 
After getting on, the 2004 Masters champion had to make his way through the gallery, and it wasn't long before he was swallowed up by the crowd. Along the way, he traded high-fives with the fans and, when he finally got inside the rope near the green, traded fist taps with the crowd and broke into a trot, similar to Hale Irwin at the 1990 U.S. Open at Medinah.
 
Mickelson, wearing a hat instead of a visor after claiming his head got sunburned last week at the International, went on to post a 67 and finished tie for the first-round lead.
 
DIVOTS
U.S. Open champion Michael Campbell had three birdies and six bogeys, struggling to an opening 4-over 74. He hit 10 of 14 fairways and just eight of 18 greens in regulation, needing 29 putts in his round. ``Off the tee wasn't too good today. The weather was obviously baking those greens, making them very dry and making it a different golf course that the ones in practice rounds.'' ... Chris DiMarco, who lost to Vijay Singh in a playoff last year at Whistling Straits, opened with a 5-over 75.
 
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  • If Park is nervous, she sure doesn't show it

    By Randall MellNovember 17, 2017, 11:24 pm

    NAPLES, Fla. – Sung Hyun Park says she can feel her heart pounding every time she steps to the first tee.

    She says she always gets nervous starting a round.

    You don’t believe it, though.

    She looks like she would be comfortable directing a sky full of Boeing 737s as an air traffic controller at Incheon International Airport . . .

    Or talking people off the ledges of skyscrapers . . .

    Or disarming ticking bombs . . .

    “In terms of golf, I always get nervous,” she insists.

    Everything about Park was at odds with that admission Friday, after she took control halfway through the CME Group Tour Championship.

    Her Korean nickname is “Dan Gong,” which means “Shut up and attack.” Now that sounds right. That’s what she looks like she is doing, trying to run roughshod through the Tour Championship in a historic sweep of all the LPGA’s most important awards and honors.

    Park got just one look at Tiburon Golf Club before this championship began, playing in Wednesday’s pro-am. Then she marched out Thursday and shot 67, then came out Friday and shot 65.

    At 12 under overall, Park has a three-shot lead on Caroline Masson and Sarah Jane Smith.

    She is six shots up on Lexi Thompson, who leads the CME Globe point standings in the race for the $1 million jackpot.

    She is 11 shots up on world No. 1 Shanshan Feng.

    And 11 shots up on So Yeon Ryu, who leads the Rolex Player of the Year point standings.


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    There’s a long way to go, but Park is in position to make an epic sweep, to win the Tour Championship, that CME Globe jackpot, the Rolex Player of the Year Award, the Rolex Rookie of the Year Award, the Vare Trophy for low scoring average, the LPGA money-winning title and the Rolex world No. 1 ranking.

    Nobody’s ever dominated a weekend like that in women’s golf.

    It’s all there for the taking now, if Park can keep this going.

    Park has another nickname back in South Korea. Her fans call her “Namdalla.” That means “I am different.” She’ll prove that if she owns this weekend.

    Park, 24, isn’t assuming anything. She’s humbly aware how much talent is flooding the LPGA, how the tour’s depth was underscored in a year where five different players have reigned as world No. 1, five different players won majors and 22 different winners stepped forward in 32 events.

    “I don’t think it’s quite that far a lead,” Park said of her three-shot advantage. “Two, three shots can change at any moment.”

    About those nerves that Park insists plague her, even Hall of Famer Judy Rankin can’t see it.

    Not when Park unsheathes a driver on a tee box.

    “She’s the most fearless driver of the ball out here,” Rankin said. “I would put Lexi a close second and everybody else a distant third. She hits drivers on holes where you shouldn’t, and she hits it long and she just throws it right down there between hazard stakes that are 10 yards apart, like it’s nothing. Now, that’s a little hyperbole, but she will hit driver almost everywhere.”

    David Jones, Park’s caddie, will attest to that. He was on Park’s bag when she won the U.S. Women’s Open in July and won the Canadian Pacific Women’s Open in August.

    “She reaches for driver a lot because she is a good driver,” Jones said. “She isn’t reckless. She’s as accurate with a driver as she is a 3-wood.”

    Park and Thompson played together in the first round. Park is eighth on tour in driving distance, averaging 270 yards per drive, and Thompson is third, averaging 274.

    Thompson loves to hit driver, too, but . . . 

    “Lexi hit a lot of 3-woods compared to us when we played together yesterday,” Jones said.

    Jones doesn’t find himself talking Park out of hitting driver much.

    “It’s really simple,” Jones said. “When you hit driver as straight as she does, why mess around?”

    Count Golf Channel analyst Brandel Chamblee, a student of the swing, among admirers of Park’s abilities.

    “No other swing in the game comes close to her technical perfection and elegance in my opinion,” Chamblee tweeted Friday.

    Come Sunday, Park hopes to complete a perfect sweep of the LPGA’s most important awards.

    National champion Sooners meet with Trump in D.C.

    By Golf Channel DigitalNovember 17, 2017, 11:10 pm

    The national champion Oklahoma men's golf team visited Washington D.C. on Frday and met with President Donald Trump.

    Oklahoma topped Oregon, 3 1/2 to 1 1/2, in last year's national final at Rich Harvest Farms to win their second national championship and first since 1989.

    These pictures from the team's trip to Washington popped up on social media late Friday afternoon:

    Rookie Cook (66-62) credits prior Tour experience

    By Rex HoggardNovember 17, 2017, 10:36 pm

    ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. – Austin Cook is a rookie only on paper. At least, that’s the way he’s played since joining the circuit this season.

    This week’s RSM Classic is Cook’s fourth start on Tour, and rounds of 66-62 secured his fourth made cut of the young season. More importantly, his 14-under total moved him into the lead at Sea Island Resort.

    “I really think that a couple years ago, the experience that I have had, I think I've played maybe 10 events, nine events before this season,” Cook said. “Being in contention a few times and making cuts, having my card has really prepared me for this.”


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    Cook has been perfect this week at the RSM Classic and moved into contention with four consecutive birdies starting at No. 13 (he began his round on the 10th hole of the Seaside course). A 6-footer for birdie at the last moved him one stroke clear of Brian Gay.

    In fact, Cook hasn’t come close to making a bogey this week thanks to an equally flawless ball-striking round that moved him to first in the field in strokes gained: tee to green.

    If Cook has played like a veteran this week, a portion of that credit goes to long-time Tour caddie Kip Henley, who began working for Cook during this year’s Web.com Tour finals.

    “He’s got a great golf brain,” Henley said. “That’s the most flawless round of golf I’ve ever seen.”

    Cook fires 62 for one-shot lead at RSM Classic

    By Associated PressNovember 17, 2017, 10:26 pm

    ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. – PGA Tour rookie Austin Cook made a 6-foot birdie putt on his final hole for an 8-under 62 and a one-shot lead going into the weekend at the RSM Classic.

    Cook has gone 36 holes without a bogey on the Plantation and Seaside courses at Sea Island Golf Club. He played Seaside - the site of the final two rounds in the last PGA Tour event of the calendar year - on Friday and ran off four straight birdies on his opening nine holes.

    ''We've just been able to it hit the ball really well,'' Cook said. ''Speed on greens has been really good and getting up-and-down has been great. I've been able to hit it pretty close to the hole to make some pretty stress-free putts. But the couple putts that I have had of some length for par, I've been able to roll them in. Everything's going well.''

    The 26-year-old former Arkansas player was at 14-under 128 and had a one-stroke lead over Brian Gay, who shot 64 on Seaside. No one else was closer than five shots going into the final two rounds.

    The 45-year-old Gay won the last of his four PGA Tour titles in 2013.


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    ''I've hit a lot of greens and fairways,'' Gay said. ''I've hit the ball, kept it in front of me. There's a lot of trouble out here, especially with the wind blowing, so I haven't had to make too many saves the first couple days and I putted well.''

    Cook has made the weekend cuts in all four of his starts this season. He earned his PGA Tour card through the Web.com Tour, and has hired Gay's former caddie, Kip Henley.

    ''With him being out here so long, he knows everybody, so it's not like I'm completely the new kid on the block,'' Cook said. ''He's introduced me to a lot of people, so it's just making me feel comfortable out here. He knows his way around these golf courses. We're working really well together.''

    First-round leader Chris Kirk followed his opening 63 on the Plantation with a 70 on the Seaside to drop into a tie for third at 9 under with C.T. Pan (65) and Vaughn Taylor (66).

    Brandt Snedeker is looking strong in his first start in some five months because of a sternum injury. Snedeker shot a 67 on the Plantation course and was six shots back at 8 under.

    ''I was hitting the ball really well coming down here,'' Snedeker said. ''I was anxious to see how I would hold up under pressure. I haven't played a tournament in five months, so it's held up better than I thought it would. Ball-striking's been really good, mental capacity's been unbelievable.

    ''I think being so fresh, excited to be out there and thinking clearly. My short game, which has always been a strength of mine, I didn't know how sharp it was going to be. It's been really good so far.''