Power Rankings: McGladrey Classic

By Will GrayOctober 16, 2012, 5:26 pm

The PGA Tour heads to Sea Island, Ga. this week as the Fall Series continues with The McGladrey Classic from the Seaside Course. 132 players will tee it up Thursday as the penultimate event of the 2012 Tour season gets underway.

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Ben Crane returns to coastal Georgia as the defending champion in this event. Here are 10 players to keep an eye on this week:

1. Zach Johnson: Already a winner twice this year on Tour, Johnson now makes his home in nearby St. Simons Island. Finished T-12 here two years ago and will look to build upon his strong Ryder Cup performance last month.

2. Jim Furyk: Before the disappointment of Medinah, Furyk recorded a top-13 finish in each of the last three FedEx Cup playoff events. He was T-11 here in his first appearance last year.

3. Vijay Singh: The Fijian continues to defy Father Time. His T-4 finish last week at CordeValle was his best result in over a year, and he is now looking for his fifth top-10 finish in his last nine starts.

4. Jonas Blixt: Perhaps the only man on Tour hotter than Singh. The Swede notched his first career Tour victory last week, right on the heels of a third-place result in Vegas the week prior. Currently leads the Tour in strokes gained putting.

5. Jason Day: The Aussie is continuing to have a strong second half of the season after battling injury this spring, highlighted by his fourth-place finish two weeks ago at TPC Summerlin - where he shot 64-65 across the final two rounds.

6. Jeff Overton: Overton has now finished in the top 13 at both of the first two Fall Series events, breaking 70 in each of his last seven rounds. He was T-6 last year in his first appearance on the Seaside Course.

7. Brendon de Jonge: Playing for the first time since his runner-up showing in Vegas, de Jonge has missed only one cut since Bay Hill. In the 20 starts across that span, the Zimbabwean has recorded seven top-20 finishes.

8. Bud Cauley: Coming off a disappointing finish at the Frys.com Open, Cauley now faces serious competition from Jonas Blixt for Rookie of the Year honors. Finished T-15 here last year to help solidify his Tour card for 2012.

9. Heath Slocum: A winner of the inaugural event here in 2010, Slocum followed that up with a T-15 finish last year. He has shot 66 in five of his eight competitive rounds on the Seaside Course.

10. Charles Howell III: The Georgia native's T-11 finish at CordeValle last week was his best showing since the season-opening Sony Open. Finished T-6 here in 2010, including an 8-under 62 on Sunday.

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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

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Man of the people

Article: SERGIO! Garcia finally gets patrons on his side

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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.