Woods We were playing the ladies tees

By Associated PressAugust 29, 2009, 4:00 pm
The Barclays JERSEY CITY, N.J. ' Tiger Woods was surprised that players were allowed to use some forward tees at Liberty National on Saturday in The Barclays.
 
Where the tees are, they are playing the ladies tees most of the day, Woods said after shooting a 4-under 67 to reach 4 under overall on the rain-softened course.
 
He was tied for seventh, five strokes behind leaders Paul Goydos and Steve Marino.
 
The links-style layout played at 7,064 yards in the third round, 355 short of the 7,417 listed on the scorecard. The par-5 13th, listed at 563 yards, checked in at only 509, and the par-4 18th was cut from 508 to 453. Along with the forward tees, players were allowed to use preferred lies because of the wet conditions.
 
The tees are way up, I mean, geez, they are so far up there, Woods said. Its just unbelievable how short the golf course is playing.
 
I was telling (caddie) Stevie (Williams), 'This is a day where if youre playing a good round, we can get up there in that lead. Because I thought if anything, today would be the day they play it back because we have ball in hand, who cares. But they played even further up today.
 
Marino thought the course was still plenty long.
 
I definitely didnt feel like I was playing off the ladies tees, Marino said. They made it a little bit easier on us and I think they did that because I think they expected the worst with the weather, and we got real lucky that, I guess, it missed us. But I think you can expect to see the tee boxes moved back tomorrow.
 

 
POPULAR YANG: Y.E. Yang is getting a lot more fan attention after his PGA Championship victory over Tiger Woods two weeks ago at Hazeltine.
 
Im focused, but when I sometimes hear my name being called out, it does give sort of a moral boost, Yang said through his interpreter.
 
Its a feel-good situation, especially when I finish up and everybody is calling me. Some people actually are calling me Yeah Yang. I dont know if they are doing it on purpose or their own convenience, but I dont mind.
 
He stood at 2 under after a 3-under 68.
 
For a while Saturday it looked as if Yang might end up in another Sunday pairing with Woods, a possibility the South Korean didnt relish.
 
Id rather avoid him than play with him the next round, Yang said.
 

 
SPONSORS DREAM: While player reviews of Liberty National have been mixed, title sponsor Barclays is thrilled with the waterfront course near the Statue of Liberty.
 
I think probably No. 1 is the New Yorkness of it, if I can say that, Barclays PLC president Bob Diamond said. I think the skyline, the Statue of Liberty, the location and many, many different ways, from a branding point of view.
 
I think for the players and the fans, getting to stay in Manhattan. Phil Mickelson has talked a lot about it, but a bunch of players have moved from hotels here over to the Ritz in Battery City. You take a boat right past the Statue of Liberty, takes you 7 1/2 minutes and youre at the clubhouse.
 
The event has worked well logistically.
 
Better than we thought, Diamond said. I think when we made a decision on this, the logistics in terms of getting people here we resolved very quickly. Theres massive areas to park nearby and the buses and the ferry.
 
The biggest challenge we face is a small footprint, so would you be able to get the hospitality tents in areas for the viewers, and Im amazed how well its come out.
 

 
PHILS BIRDIE: One thing Mickelson likes about Liberty National is the variety of shots that can be played from around the green.
 
In his case, that includes ON the green.
 
Mickelson hit driver onto the front edge of the 16th green Saturday, leaving an 80-foot putt for birdie through a series of ridges. Lefty chose to chip from the putting surface, a steep swing to get the ball in the air until the back portion of the green. He got it within 5 feet and holed the putt for birdie ' but not before repairing a divot the size of a credit card.
 
It was his only birdie in the third round and he shot a 74. Mickelson came undone on the par-5 eighth, when he got tangled up in the rough and took a triple bogey. He was 6 over for the tournament.
 

 
ABSENT-MINDED: Jim Furyk cost himself four penalty strokes ' and probably a chance to win ' when he inadvertently left an extra 60-degree wedge in his bag.
 
Furyk discovered the 15th club on the second hole and had to take two penalty strokes for each hole, turning his two opening pars into double bogeys. He finished with a 70 and was 1 under overall, seven strokes out of the lead.
 
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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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    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.