Tewell Takes Control of the Legends
Tewell used a 6-iron to sink his second shot from 173 yards on the par-4 opening hole. It was the highlight of a round of 6-under 66 that left him at 9-under 135 for the tournament.
One stroke behind was his playing partner, Stewart Ginn, who shot 67. Tom Jenkins shot the low round of the day, a 65 that left him tied with Hale Irwin, two strokes back at 137.
The shot of the day, of course, belonged to Tewell, who started the second round tied for eighth place. Moments earlier, he had been adjusting his setup on the driving range. Suddenly, he realized how well the move worked, making eagle to climb six spots on the leaderboard.
'I equate it to NASCAR,' Tewell said. 'The car ran well after I made the adjustment.'
This is the 25th year of the Legends of Golf, the tournament largely credited with spawning the senior tour.
For the second year, the course is being played on the King & Bear Course at World Golf Village, a layout designed by Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer, neither of whom are among the 'legends' in this 57-player field.
Tewell, who won four events in 25 years on the PGA Tour, doesn't consider himself among the greats.
'I can't think of much Doug Tewell has done for the senior tour other than pluck about $4 million out of it,' he said.
The winner of the Legends will receive $306,000, the largest first-place prize on tour so far this season.
Irwin is going for his third victory of the young season. He came into Saturday one stroke off the lead, and finished at 7-under after a round of 70 that could have been better.
The tour's money leader underclubbed on the par-3 14th and hit into the water. His third shot failed to make it out of the rough and he made double bogey. He finished with two birdies to work his way back up the leaderboard.
Tewell's only bogey came on the par-5 18th, when he left his lay-up second shot at an awkward distance - 48 yards - and had to ease up on a wedge to get the ball over a high bunker, yet still stop on the green. He wound up in the bunker and needed two putts to get down.
'I probably should have just gone for it on the second shot,' Tewell said. 'Everything was straight As up to there.'
Ginn, meanwhile, made birdie on No. 18, and a three-stroke advantage was trimmed to one.
'It's a game now,' Ginn said. 'Now, we've just got to go out and play golf tomorrow.'
First-round leader Ed Dougherty, hampered by a cold, shot 73 and fell four strokes behind.
News, Notes and Numbers
*Bruce Lietzke teamed with Bill Rogers to run away with the two-man, best-ball format that most of the older players competed in Friday and Saturday. Players can only enter one event, and Lietzke, 50, chose to pair with his college roommate to vie for the $48,000 first prize instead of the six-figure winner's check in the main, medal-play event.
'It's not the first time I've passed up money,' Lietzke said. 'Golf isn't in my top 10 priorities, but friendships are.'
Full-field scores from the Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf
Suspended Hensby offers details on missed drug test
One day after receiving a one-year suspension from the PGA Tour for failing to provide a sample for a drug test, Mark Hensby offered details on the events that led to his missed test in October.
Hensby, 46, released a statement explaining that the test in question came after the opening round of the Sanderson Farms Championship, where the Aussie opened with a 78. Frustrated about his play, Hensby said he was prepared to give a blood sample but was then informed that the test would be urine, not blood.
"I had just urinated on the eighth hole, my 17th hole that day, and knew that I was probably unable to complete the urine test for at least a couple more hours," Hensby said. "I told this gentleman that I would complete the test in the morning prior to my early morning tee time. Another gentleman nearby told me that 'they have no authority to require me to stay.' Thus, I left."
Hensby explained that he subsequently received multiple calls and texts from PGA Tour officials inquiring as to why he left without providing a sample and requesting that he return to the course.
"I showed poor judgment in not responding," said Hensby, who was subsequently disqualified from the tournament.
Hensby won the 2004 John Deere Classic, but he has missed six cuts in seven PGA Tour starts over the last two years. He will not be eligible to return to the Tour until Oct. 26, 2018.
"Again, I made a terrible decision to not stay around that evening to take the urine test," Hensby said. "Obviously in hindsight I should have been more patient, more rational and taken the test. Call me stupid, but don't call me a cheater. I love the game. I love the integrity that it represents, and I would never compromise the values and qualities that the game deserves."
Day's wife shares emotional story of miscarriage
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.
Swipe to see what’s up in my world. It’s long-winded.... short version, we lost the baby. Had to share this since we had shared the news already. I know you’re all so supportive and kind. I just couldn’t face it before. Now let’s get back to our regularly scheduled programming. #ihavealotoffeelings #andphotostocatchupon
“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
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.
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.
Green jacket tour
Man of the people
Ace at 17th at Sawgrass
Departure from TaylorMade
Squashed beef with Paddy
Victory at Valderrama
Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017
GolfChannel.com is counting down the top 10 Newsmakers of the Year as voted on by Golf Channel’s writers, editors, reporters and producers. Check out the list below, including future release dates:
No. 4: Dec. 13
No. 3: Dec. 14
No. 2: Dec. 15
No. 1: Dec. 18