Kim in Fast Company - COPIED

By Brian HewittJuly 13, 2008, 4:00 pm
Anthony Kim now joins Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Kenny Perry on the short list of players who have won more than once on the PGA TOUR this year. Thats fast company.
 
Kim captured the AT&T National Sunday and, among other things, secured a spot on captain Paul Azingers American Ryder Cup team. He also got a call from the recuperating Tiger Woods afterward during which he addressed Woods as Bro.
 
Im just going to try to keep doing what Im doing, Kim said. Im working hard on making the right decisions on and off the golf course and Im going to keep working hard and see where that gets me.
 
Well said. These are good times for Anthony Kim.
 
Watching Kim so efficiently golf his ball at Congressional Sunday reminded me that we have just inched past the halfway mark of calendar 2008 and one of the moments that sticks out, as I look back at the first half of the year, was Kims breakout 5-shot victory in the Wachovia Championship.
 
It was the first TOUR win for the 23-year-old Kim (he was 22 at the time). And he just looked so good and so confident on that Sunday.
 
With all due respect to Trevor Immelman, Justin Rose, Geoff Ogilvy, Hunter Mahan and all the other top 20-somethings, I believe Kim will be the one who will eventually succeed Tiger Woods atop the world rankings. It may be five, or even 10, years from now. But Woods cant be No. 1 forever.
 
Kim has changed for the better in the past two years and he has talked about acquiring a certain amount of maturity on and off the golf course. What I like about this transformation is that he has done so without giving up all the attitude that helped him achieve much of what he has to date.
 
Earlier this year I reported that Kim was in the process of leaving one agent and looking for another. I made the point on Golf Channel air that this was the kind of distraction that was coming at precisely the wrong time for Kim.
 
And he took my point to mean that I thought he was reverting to his old ways. That wasnt the case. But I respected his perception. When he learned that I wasnt meaning to be critical of him, things cooled down between us.
 
The bigger picture is the AT&T National was a wonderful golf backdrop for a Fourth of July weekend that seemed to have more import this year. Our forces are at war in the Middle East. Its an election year. And a slumping American economy is serving up tough times for a lot of people.
 
All of which, I think, will contribute to a heightened sense of meaning when the Ryder Cup convenes in September in Kentucky.
 
Im not advocating the jingoistic War By The Shore atmosphere that pervaded much of the U.S. Ryder Cup victory at Kiawah in 1991. But the Europeans should be on notice that there will be an SEC football game atmosphere at the matches. And they will not be playing for the home team.
 
And, by the way, Id still love to see a U.S. Ryder Cup team with Woody Austin, Paul Goydos, Boo Weekley and Rocco Mediate on the roster. The theater, if not necessarily the result, would be terrific.
 
Speaking of terrific, the ascendancy of Lorena Ochoa on the womens side (especially at a time in which Annika Sorenstam is preparing to exit the competitive stage) was a tonic for the LPGA in the first half of 2008.
 
My personal highlight was standing near the banks of the 18th hole water hazard at the Kraft Nabisco in early April while a Mexican mariachi band played and the victorious Ochoa and her friends and family took a victory swim.
 
Tiger Woods winning four of the six events he entered was bittersweet. Bitter because a bum knee ended his year prematurely. Sweet because his level of excellence had once again risen to the level of the hype that surrounds him every time he shows. The U.S. Open victory will only grow in stature as the years pass.
 
Woods, meanwhile, is a shoo-in for Player of the Year unless either Phil Mickelson or Trevor Immelman wins the Open Championship and the PGA Championship.
 
On the subject of the Open Championship, which will be upon us in less than two weeks, a lot of people are suggesting that a victory there will be accompanied by an asterisk because of Woods absence.
 
The best way to end that debate will be for high drama to unfold Sunday at Royal Birkdale. Something along the lines of a playoff that ends when somebody holes out a shot from the fairway on the final hole to win by a shot.
 
I know thats unlikely. But if this years British has the kind of memorable conclusion that you can hope for but not predict or expect, nobody will be talking about asterisks.
 
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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.


Full list of 2017 Newsmakers of the Year


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.


Masters victory


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Video: See the putt that made Sergio a major champ


Green jacket tour

Article: Take a look at Sergio's crazy, hectic media tour

Article: Garcia with fiancée, green jacket at Wimbledon

Article: Watch: Garcia kicks off El Clasico in green jacket


Man of the people


Article: SERGIO! Garcia finally gets patrons on his side

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Article: Sergio donates money for Texas flood relief


Article: Connelly, Garcia paired years after photo together


Ace at 17th at Sawgrass


Growing family

Article: Sergio, Angela get married; Kenny G plays reception

Article: Garcia, wife expecting first child in March 2018


Departure from TaylorMade


Article: Masters champ Garcia splits with TaylorMade


Squashed beef with Paddy

Article: Harrington: Garcia was a 'sore loser'

Article: Sergio, Padraig had 'great talk,' are 'fine'


Victory at Valderrama


Article: Garcia gets first win since Masters at Valderrama

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Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017

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