Rose Weir in Pursuit of Goggin

By Associated PressMay 31, 2008, 4:00 pm
2007 The Memorial TournamentDUBLIN, Ohio -- Mathew Goggin might have to change his travel plans.
The Aussie arranged a 5:50 p.m. flight to Memphis on Sunday so he could get a good nights sleep before playing in a U.S. Open sectional qualifier on Monday. But his departure would be at about the same time Jack Nicklaus will be presenting a check for $1,080,000 and a crystal trophy to the winner of the Memorial Tournament.
I might not want to get on that, Goggin cracked.
In an up-and-down round, Goggin followed his first-round 65 with an even-par 72 to share the lead with Kenny Perry through Fridays second round at Muirfield Village.
The next flight is at, like, 7 oclock, said Goggin, who is at 7-under 137. So Ill just see. Its one of those sort of things that if you miss the flight, its a good thing.
Perry, who shot a 71, is trying to join Tiger Woods as the only players to win the Memorial three times. His wins came in 1991 and 2003. If he wins again, hell be the oldest Memorial winner at the age of 48.
Perry and Goggin both persevered despite gusting winds that added to the treachery of the course, already made dangerous by thick rough and greens that are so fast that golf balls roll like a marble on granite.
It was brutal out there, said Perry, who had waltzed through an opening-round 66 to tie Jerry Kelly a shot back of Goggin. You put slick conditions with 15 or 20 mph winds, its hard to pick a club. And then its hard to stop the ball from the wind just moving it all the time. On the greens, too.
Phil Mickelson, a winner last week at Colonial, struggled to a 75 that put him at 147, then said you had to be part mathematician and part meteorologist to figure out where shots would end up.
The tough thing was putting and chipping because it was a 10 percent effect, he said. So if you had a 50-footer, the wind would blow it five feet (off line). That was the biggest challenge.
There were plenty of high scores. Billy Andrade opened with a 72 but came back with an 85. Bubba Watson went from 72 to 84. So did Mark Calcavecchia. All missed the cut of 6-over 150, the highest at the tournament since 1990.
Yet many of the highest-profile disasters came within the rounds of the leaders.
Goggin started out as if he would run away and hide. He birdied four of the first five holes to open a four-stroke lead on Kelly, who was playing in the same group. After parring two holes'he only had five pars in the round'he would go on to post a double bogey, five bogeys and three birdies the rest of the way.
I had seven birdies today, he said. The five bogeys and a double, well, that was probably a negative.
Goggin blamed his inexperience at the course for some of his mistakes. The rest was the wind.
Perry used a word you dont often hear to describe the effects of wind.
You would be down there (ready to putt) and the ball would be sitting there oscillating, he said. And that will unnerve you a little bit.
He hasnt been unnerved much. After needing just 22 putts in the first round, despite all that oscillation he used only 26 in the second round.
The Memorial has a reputation for being disrupted by rainstorms but so far this week the skies have been clear and the weather temperate. That is supposed to change overnight with a storm front dropping at least an inch of rain on the course.
That wasnt good news for Kelly, not a big hitter off the tee. If the fairways end up saturated, he guessed hed be hitting long irons into most of the par-4 holes, putting him at a distinct disadvantage.
If it stayed like this the rest of the week it would be a heck of a weekend, said Kelly, who had a 72. It would be a shame to get too much water. Hopefully we dont, because we all like to see it play tough and fast and have the ball bouncing.
Luke Donald shot a 71 and was alone in fourth at 139, followed by Nick OHern, Matt Kuchar, Steve Lowry and Geoff Ogilvy at 140.
One ugly incident occurred while Mickelson and Sergio Garcia were walking up the 15th fairway.
A fan yelled, America hates you, Sergio.
First, Mickelsons caddie, Jim Mackay, came over to berate the fan, then Mickelson stared at the guy and said, Cmon, man, while shaking his head.
Garcia remained stoic through the whole episode.

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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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    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.

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