Sheehan on Top as Play Called

By Associated PressAugust 11, 2006, 4:00 pm
2005 The INTERNATIONALCASTLE ROCK, Colo. -- The best part of Patrick Sheehan's day was playing with Ian Leggatt and Chris Riley through the tall pines, thin air and steep hills of the Rocky Mountains -- before the rains came.
 
'When you got two guys that you really like ... it was a good group for me because everybody talks to each other and you're telling jokes,' Sheehan said. 'We all played pretty well (Thursday) and it just continued today. Everybody's in a good mood. A guy makes a couple birdies and you just follow him up.'
 
Sheehan piggybacked on Leggatt's incredible second round to take the lead at the halfway mark of the International golf tournament at Castle Pines Golf Club, the PGA Tour's most novel event.
 
Seventy-two of the 140 golfers will have to finish the second round on Saturday. A heavy thunderstorm caused a delay of about 3 1/2 hours, and play was halted shortly before 8 p.m.
 
Sheehan's five birdies offset his two bogeys and gave him eight points for the day and 18 for the tournament, the only stop on the PGA Tour that uses the modified Stableford scoring system, which awards two points for a birdie, five for an eagle and eight for a double eagle. One point is deducted for a bogey, three for a double bogey or worse.
 
Leggatt was just one back after firing a 13 on Friday. He recovered from a double-bogey on his first hole to sink three birdies and two eagles. Riley posted his second straight 6-point round.
 
Sergio Garcia scored 10 points to bring his total to 16; and Stewart Cink and Tom Pernice Jr. were tied for fourth with 15 points through holes 12 and 10, respectively.
 
Jeff Gove, who completed just eight holes, was among three other golfers four points back of Sheehan.
 
The International has been interrupted by inclement weather in each of its 21 times it's been held. That is one reason founder Jack Vickers so eagerly accepted the PGA's offer to move the tournament to the Fourth of July weekend next year -- that and his fervent hope that Tiger Woods will play here for the first time since 1999.
 
The lucky ones were those who teed off in the morning, although tricky winds did kick up midmorning.
 
'It was very windy and gusty and difficult out there. Any time you're hitting a sand wedge from 181 yards on a par-3, you know that something's not right,' said Garcia, who would normally use an 8- or 9-iron there.
 
Playing at altitude and using the special scoring system on the 7,619-yard Castle Pines layout, two factors that reward big hitters and aggressiveness, Leggatt recovered nicely after losing the maximum three points on his first hole, which he didn't even finish.
 
'It was definitely a bad start,' Leggatt said, 'but the way this tournament goes, you just never know what could happen out there.'
 
With this unpredictable scoring system combined with freshly soaked greens, anybody could change things dramatically Saturday in the span of one swing, and that's what gives hope to Phil Mickelson, who was right on the cut line with 5 points Friday.
 
The field will be trimmed to the top 70 golfers plus ties for the third round, after which the top 36 scorers plus ties will compete for the $990,000 winner's check on Sunday.
 
Mickelson's putter failed him for the second straight day at Castle Pines, nearly freeing up his weekend to prepare for the PGA Championship instead of chasing his third title at the International. Still, he wasn't worried about his overall game with the final major of the year looming next week.
 
'I think it's more just the putting,' Mickelson said. 'I've just really struggled on the greens here. Otherwise, I've been pretty pleased with the way I'm hitting it.'
 
Mickelson's off-kilter putting produced plenty of groans from the biggest gallery out here.
 
'I just have trouble seeing the lines,' Mickelson said. 'But again, if I can just make the cut, I'd love to have two more rounds here.'
 
He'll have to wait until Saturday to find out if he'll get to go back out on Castle Pines or pack up for Medinah.
 
Divots:
Kevin Sutherland holed out from 100 yards from the fairway for an eagle on No. 8. ... Sixth-tenths of an inch of rain was measured. ... Those who didn't finish the second round will resume at 7:30 a.m. Saturday.
 
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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.