Woods hoping for fairy tale ending to NCAA career at Wake Forest

By Associated PressMay 4, 2012, 8:52 pm

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – There's plenty more to Cheyenne Woods' game than just her famous last name.

With uncle Tiger Woods playing this week across the state in Charlotte, his niece is looking to wrap up her record-setting Wake Forest career with a strong showing at next week's NCAA regionals.

She hopes to qualify for the championship finals later in May before turning pro with the hope of building a career on the LPGA.

''It is a little bit of pressure knowing it is my last collegiate event,'' Woods said Friday. ''But I want to look at it as something to take advantage of, and end on a high note, and enjoy every moment with my team and enjoy just being on the college team and this time of my life.''

College golf has been very good to Woods, who will graduate as perhaps the best women's player in school history.

The 2011 Atlantic Coast Conference champion and two-time All-American enters her final regional with a chance to break both the school's career scoring record and her own 2-year-old single-season mark.

Her career scoring average of 74.31 is 0.16 better than that of Natalie Sheary, and her average of 73.62 is tied for second in the ACC and puts her within striking distance of the 73.47 she averaged as a sophomore.

She's a captain of a Wake Forest team that has never missed the NCAA regionals since the organization adopted that format in 1993. The Demon Deacons hold the No. 14 seed in the 24-team regional that begins May 10 at Penn State's Blue Course. The top eight teams and top two individual players not on those teams advance to the NCAA championship finals in Franklin, Tenn.

''We're definitely going in with the mindset that we're going to get that top eight,'' Woods said.

After that, she hopes to eventually play her way onto the LPGA. Once her college career ends, she'll declare her professional status and begin looking for sponsors and sponsor exemptions into tournaments.

The Phoenix native said she could join the Arizona-based Cactus Tour until she goes to Q-School at the end of the summer to try to earn her tour card and become the latest member of her family to play at the highest level of pro golf.

Her father, Earl Jr., is Tiger's half-brother, and she says Earl Sr., her paternal grandfather, introduced her to the game and ''got me started when I was young.''

Cheyenne says the first club she swung as a girl was in her grandfather's garage, and he guided her through her junior career.Earl Sr. died in 2006 at 74.

''I only got a chance to go out on the golf course with him a couple of times,'' she said. ''But I think a few putting tips he's given me, I always keep those in mind.''

She developed a style she describes as ''aggressively, steady, calm'' by watching pro golf as a girl. Instead of patterning her game after any one particular player, she chose attributes from a variety of players into ''kind of a mix of a lot of stuff.''

That includes Tiger, though their facial features look a lot more alike than their swings do. Cheyenne says her driver more closely resembles that of smooth-swinging Ernie Els than that of her heavy-hitting uncle.

She says she's planning to make the 90-mile trip to Quail Hollow in Charlotte this weekend for the final round of the Wells Fargo Championship - though it's questionable whether her uncle will be around. His second-round 73 left him at even-par 144 and in danger of missing the cut for the eighth time in his career. That's after his worst performance as a pro came last month at the Masters.

Cheyenne says Tiger has been nothing but supportive of her through the years.

''He's rooting me on, excited for my professional career also,'' Cheyenne said.

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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