Day wins four-way playoff to take Farmers title

By Nick MentaFebruary 8, 2015, 10:33 pm

Thanks to a round of 2-under 70 and a par on his second extra hole, Jason Day won a four-way playoff over J.B. Holmes, Harris English and Scott Stallings to capture the Farmers Insurance Open on Sunday. Here's what went down in overtime at Torrey Pines:

Leaderboard: Day (-9), Holmes (-9), English (-9), Stallings (-9), Howell III (-8), Prugh (-8)

What it means: The win is Day's third on the PGA Tour, his first since the WGC-Match Play last March, and it will vault him to No. 4 in the world, skipping him ahead of Adam Scott as the top-ranked Aussie. This was technically Day's first playoff on Tour, although his aforementioned Match Play win over Victor Dubuisson did come in 23 holes. Day was frankly lucky to make the playoff after his third shot on the 18th hole, in regulation, missed going into the pond guarding the front of green by about a foot. He got up and down to make par and finish in a four-way tie at 9 under. From there, he and Holmes both birdied 18 in the playoff to advance to a second extra hole, the par-3 16th. Day found the green with a 6-iron from 196 yards and two-putted for the win, while Holmes failed to make par from over the back of the green. 

Best of the rest: English and Stallings were ousted on the first playoff hole, the par-5 18th, with a pair of fives. English, well right off the tee, laid up short of the pond but failed to keep the ball in the fairway, leaving himself a difficult third shot from the rough that sailed to the back fringe. He nearly made birdie to advance but left his lengthy putt down the hill just inches short. Stallings, who also laid up after missing the fairway, landed his ball on the backstop behind the flag with too much spin and his putt from the front of the green wouldn't go. Holmes, finally, ended up taking relief from the grandstand after flying his ball over the 16th green. His chip ran well past the hole, as did his failed putt to extend the playoff. 

Round of the day: While most of the leaders hovered around even par Sunday, Chad Collins shot the low round of the weekend with a 5-under 67. Collins made six birdies against a lone bogey to jump up 39 spots and into a tie for 17th, his first top-25 finish since a T-8 at the Humana last year.

Biggest disappointment: English did find his way into the playoff, but through 36 holes he led this event by himself at 10 under. Had he just shot even par for the weekend, he would have won by a stroke. Separately, Spencer Levin and Jimmy Walker both started the day only a shot back but neither could break par in rounds of 73 and 74, respectively.

Shot of the day: Lucas Glover had a final round he'd like to forget (5-over 77), but he holed out from a bunker for the second straight day. On Saturday he made an eagle by holing out from the greenside bunker on the par-5 18th, and on Sunday he made birdie by sinking a bunker shot on the par-3 11th.

Quote of the day: "Got a little lucky that it stayed up." - Day on his third shot at the 18th in regulation that stopped, on the downslope, just a foot from the pond.

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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.

Masters victory

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Green jacket tour

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Man of the people

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Growing family

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Departure from TaylorMade

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Squashed beef with Paddy

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Victory at Valderrama

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Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017

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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.