Tidland shoots 63 shares Puerto Rico Open lead

By Associated PressMarch 12, 2011, 3:04 am
PGA Tour (75x100)RIO GRANDE, Puerto Rico – Chris Tidland shot a 9-under 63 on Friday for a share of the second-round lead in the Puerto Rico Open with James Driscoll and Troy Matteson.

Tidland had nine birdies in a bogey-free round at Trump International Golf Club-Puerto Rico to match the course record set by Derek Lamely in his victory last year and tied by Driscoll on Thursday.

“Everything, obviously, went pretty well,” Tidland said. “I got off to a nice start. I hit a 6-iron on the second hole, No. 11. I hit it to a foot, and that kind of started me off. I made some nice putts for par and then I just kept hitting some fairways and some greens.

“And I had a lot of great looks, from 3 to 12 feet, and I made a lot of them today. These greens are in such good shape, and there’s not a whole lot of break around the hole. There’s a lot of putts that are right edge, left edge, and if you can get them started on line, you can make some putts, and I fortunately did.”

Matteson shot his second straight 67, and Driscoll had a 71 to join Tidland at 10 under.

Stephen Ames (66), George McNeill (66) and Hunter Haas (68) were 9 under.

Tidland, the former Oklahoma State player who has two victories on the Nationwide Tour, is making his first appearance in the PGA Tour event.

“It’s a fun place. It’s fun,” Tidland said. “All of us are staying at the resort. They take good care of us. It’s great food, and yeah, it’s been a great week.

Driscoll had three birdies and double bogey on the par-5 15th.

“At times, I hit it a lot better than yesterday,” Driscoll said. “Yesterday, seemed like a lot of the good shots just went right next to the hole. Today, added up 20 feet a lot of times. But still feel pretty good about everything. Ball-striking’s pretty good. The putter isn’t quite totally dialed in, but you know, it’s something to work on and I’m looking forward to the next couple days.”

Matteson is a two-time winner on the PGA Tour.

“I’ve been hitting it good, starting to see the ball turn over a little bit more, hit a little bit more up in the face,” Matteson said. “And you know, I just want to put a solid weekend on the board, more than anything. If I hit it the way I did these first two days, I should be in good shape to do that. And I haven’t played well this year, so I’m just happy that I got off to a good start this week.”

Michael Bradley (68) and Ben Martin (66) were 8 under, and major champions Stewart Cink (68) and Angel Cabrera (71) were another stroke back along with Chris DiMarco (69), Michael Thompson (69), Fabian Gomez (70) and Justin Hicks (69). Cink is playing the event for the first time after failing to qualify for the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship this week at Doral.

“I’m thoroughly impressed,” Cink said. “I love playing this course. I think it’s fun to play. It’s a good course for the wind. You know, there’s a lot of interesting, kind of challenging shots.

“It’s not like there’s anything just over-the-top scary or difficult, but you have to hit good quality shots and shape the ball the right way, and it’s exactly what – it’s exactly the kind of course that ought to be right here in Puerto Rico. It’s got length. It’s got some short holes, but when the wind blows, you’ve got to hit some creative shots. So it’s a really fun course to play.”

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Suspended Hensby offers details on missed drug test

By Will GrayDecember 12, 2017, 11:30 pm

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."

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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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Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 12, 2017, 12:30 pm