Scott says he might stick to US tour

By Associated PressNovember 11, 2009, 5:16 am

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP)—Adam Scott will consider giving up his European Tourmembership next year if players are forced to play designated events.

“I believe it’s becoming harder and harder to play multiple tours,” Scottsaid Wednesday at the Australian Masters. “My playing poorly this year doesn’thelp. But those years of Ernie Els running second in the U.S. and winning theOrder of Merit … I don’t think you’re going to see too much of that.”

Scott already has played 22 times this year on the European Tour and the PGATour, and he now embarks on the Australasian Tour schedule at the AustralianMasters, followed by the Australian Open and the Australian PGA Championship inDecember.

Next week is the Dubai World Championship to cap off the European Tourschedule. Scott is No. 44 in the Race to Dubai.

European Tour chief executive George O’Grady said last week it would beannounced in Dubai whether the tour will act on a proposal that players competein four out of six designated events, which could require playing moretournaments in Europe and could force players to alter an already busy schedule.

Scott said he doesn’t blame Europe for considering the stronger membershiprequirements, saying it needs to protect its sponsors and deliver a strongfield. It just might not be for him.

“I think Europe is doing the right thing,” he said. “But if that’s thecase, and with where I am with my game, I’m going to have to focus on one or theother and give it 100 percent. Because you run the risk of potentially notplaying well on either tour. If you want to compete in the FedEx Cup, you’ve gotto spot Phil Mickelson , Jim Furyk , Vijay Singh seven to 10 events. These are notexactly lightweights.”

On the European Tour, he said it is getting tougher to compete against thelikes of Lee Westwood , Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell . McIlroy has played 23times on the European Tour, compared with 11 tournaments for Scott.

“With the depth of talent on both tours, it’s going to be hard for me toplay two tours next year,” he said. “If you finish 20th on one and 15th onanother, you don’t know how good that is.”

He said he felt the games of Ian Poulter and Justin Rose also were sufferingby trying to play two tours.

Poulter did not reach the FedEx Cup final event on the PGA Tour, and onlyclimbed into the top 10 on Europe two weeks ago by winning in Singapore, hisfirst victory anywhere in three years. Rose only qualified for two FedEx Cupplayoff events, and is No. 47 in Europe.

Els has been this generation’s pied piper when it comes to global travel. Hewon the Order of Merit in 2004 and finished a distant second on the PGA Tourmoney list in 2004, when he won five times and had a chance to win all fourmajors.

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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.


Masters victory


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Green jacket tour

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Man of the people


Article: SERGIO! Garcia finally gets patrons on his side

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Growing family

Article: Sergio, Angela get married; Kenny G plays reception

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Departure from TaylorMade


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Squashed beef with Paddy

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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
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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.