Duval (MC) not quite ready to leave PGA Tour

By Will GrayAugust 15, 2014, 8:58 pm

GREENSBORO, N.C. – Eight months after declaring that this year would be his last hurrah, David Duval isn’t quite ready to put the clubs away. Where he will next tee it up, though, remains to be seen.

Back in December, Duval stated on Twitter that this season would be the last in which he would rely on sponsor exemptions to create a full-time playing schedule on the PGA Tour. After 15 starts with limited success, he finds himself on the outside looking in but feels an arm injury has kept him from playing to his potential.

“I meant it, but I also didn’t anticipate an arm injury that has cost me the whole summer,” said Duval, whose best result this season is a tie for 25th at the Zurich Classic. “I hurt it back in May, when I was really starting to play well, catch my stride. I was leading or close to the lead after the first round in Dallas, and I was in the hospital getting injections.

“Today is the first two rounds of golf I’ve played back-to-back where it hasn’t hurt since before I injured it.”

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Duval’s future prospects remain cloudy after a back-nine rally to make the cut at the Wyndham Championship came up one shot short. He entered the week 200th in the FedEx Cup standings, and Nos. 126-200 after this week will be eligible for the Web.com Tour Finals that begin later this month, where 25 PGA Tour cards will be awarded.

After his ninth missed cut of the season, Duval made it clear that if he qualified, he would tee it up in the four-event series in order to earn playing privileges for the 2014-15 season.

“Absolutely,” he said. “I mean, I entered them last week.”

His Finals fate is now out of his hands, though, and Duval must resort to hoping that players like Kevin Foley (No. 208), Doug Labelle II (No. 215) and Lee Janzen (No. 220) don’t knock him out of the top 200 over the weekend in Greensboro.

With his future opportunities hanging in the balance, Duval could only lament the brachialis strain that forced him to withdraw from the FedEx St. Jude Classic, John Deere Classic and Barracuda Championship this summer.

“It’s cost me four months, and some of the tournaments I’ve been able to get into,” Duval said. “Nothing seems to help. Rehab, dry needling, cortisone shorts. It’s just one of those things that’s just been nagging.”

Duval is clearly intent on continuing his playing career, though he fell short of stating that he would be willing to play the Web.com Tour on a full-time basis in 2015 should he fail to earn a PGA Tour card at Finals, or fail to qualify for the tournament series entirely.

“That’s a lot of speculation at that point,” said Duval, who still has past champion status on the PGA Tour. “Even if you get in that (top 25 at Finals), that’s still some type of conditional status, to be honest with you. Other guys who get through that off the Web.com don’t get to play a lot at the beginning of the year.”

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Suspended Hensby offers details on missed drug test

By Will GrayDecember 12, 2017, 11:30 pm

One day after receiving a one-year suspension from the PGA Tour for failing to provide a sample for a drug test, Mark Hensby offered details on the events that led to his missed test in October.

Hensby, 46, released a statement explaining that the test in question came after the opening round of the Sanderson Farms Championship, where the Aussie opened with a 78. Frustrated about his play, Hensby said he was prepared to give a blood sample but was then informed that the test would be urine, not blood.

"I had just urinated on the eighth hole, my 17th hole that day, and knew that I was probably unable to complete the urine test for at least a couple more hours," Hensby said. "I told this gentleman that I would complete the test in the morning prior to my early morning tee time. Another gentleman nearby told me that 'they have no authority to require me to stay.' Thus, I left."

Hensby explained that he subsequently received multiple calls and texts from PGA Tour officials inquiring as to why he left without providing a sample and requesting that he return to the course.

"I showed poor judgment in not responding," said Hensby, who was subsequently disqualified from the tournament.

Hensby won the 2004 John Deere Classic, but he has missed six cuts in seven PGA Tour starts over the last two years. He will not be eligible to return to the Tour until Oct. 26, 2018.

"Again, I made a terrible decision to not stay around that evening to take the urine test," Hensby said. "Obviously in hindsight I should have been more patient, more rational and taken the test. Call me stupid, but don't call me a cheater. I love the game. I love the integrity that it represents, and I would never compromise the values and qualities that the game deserves."

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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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Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017

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