Short and Sweet
Loveable lug.Fighting for Tour card.Has car broken into and stereo stolen.Finds himself in the final pairing Sunday at the U.S. Open at Pinehurst.Shoots 84.Rebounds with three wins on the Nationwide Tour to earn battlefield promotion.Soon thereafter wins on PGA Tour in Pennsylvania.Becomes talk show darling.Doesnt let any of it go to his head.
Frankly, Im surprised the guys who run the Skins Game didnt convince Gore to join their late season made-for-TV party. I know they already had four players. But where is it written that you cant have five in that format?
Anyway, this is a roundabout way of getting to Wes Short Jr. Quietly, Shorts story is almost as feel good as Gores.
Six weeks ago the 41-year-old Short approached his agent and said his supply of golf shirts and slacks was running low. The agent, Octagons Dan Baker, dutifully contacted two clothing companies. Neither was interested.
Budget restrictions, they told Baker. Left unsaid was the fact that Short was a struggling former club pro from Texas who hadnt gotten his Tour card until he was 40. And, as late as last week, it didnt look like he was going to get back to The Big Show in 2006.
All of a sudden at Las Vegas last week he found himself with a short iron to the 72nd hole with his immediate future fully at stake. If he played safe and made par, he had a chance to earn enough money to virtually guarantee his card for next year. If he knocked it close and made the putt, he was looking at a playoff with Jim Furyk. If he made bogey, who knows what..
He knocked it close. He made the putt. Furyk hit a ball in the water in overtime. Short got up and down from a bunker for par and won the golf tournament.
It was worth $720,000 and exempt status through 2007. Among other things, it got him into the Mercedes Championships in Maui in January where he will play in an elite field while his family is being treated like Hawaiian royalty.
Professionally, the victory at Las Vegas meant everything to Wes Short Jr. And to those who had been paying close attention, it actually wasnt that much of a surprise. His last nine rounds now on the PGA Tour have all been in the 60s.
Wes Short is a quiet man with a back that doesnt always approach the day with much enthusiasm for golf. At Las Vegas he was the fourth alternate at the beginning of the week. Earlier in the year he had come up $300,000 shy of the number he needed to retain his playing privileges via a medical extension
Now Short is the new poster boy for all those players out there who know theyre good but dont know exactly how good they are or when they should stop pursuing their golf dream.
Wes is a very focused guy, Baker says. And as he got older, he kept getting better.
Hes quiet, reserved, almost stoic. But the more you talk to him, the easier he is to talk to. Hes very earnest, very sincere, very thoughtful.
These are traits all the good club pros have.
Wes Short is the kind of guy whod make a good small-town sheriff in an Elmore Leonard western. Hes got a little Gary Cooper and a little Chris Cooper in him.
Like Gore, hed be a great guy to sit down and have a beer with. Gore would entertain you and make you smile. Short would listen to you and make you think you mattered.
Tour pros gets lots of free stuff. That stuff includes shirts and slacks. A clothing company called Descente is now taking care of Wes Short.
Feels good to know hes on the list.
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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
Montana parents can't watch kids play high school golf
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.