By the numbers: Key stats from Reed's Barclays win

By Golf Channel DigitalAugust 28, 2016, 11:30 pm

Patrick Reed ended his victory drought with a one-shot win Sunday at The Barclays. Here are the key stats from the first event of the FedEx Cup Playoffs provided by the Golf Channel research department.

Patrick Reed

• Fifth career PGA Tour victory; first since 2015 Tournament of Champions

• Fourth consecutive season with win (tied for third-longest active streak)

• Third-youngest to reach five PGA Tour wins over last 10 seasons

• Only Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy have reached it at younger age in that span

• Clinches berth on U.S. Ryder Cup team (second straight appearance)

• 3-0-1 in 2014 Ryder Cup (only U.S. player to win three matches in 2014)

• Tied for field lead in par 5 scoring this week (4.17 average)

• Eighth this week in strokes gained: around the green (+2.77 total)

• Third in field this week in strokes gained: tee-to-green (+9.54 total)

• Projected to move to ninth in World Ranking (ties career-best)

Emiliano Grillo

• Second career runner-up on PGA Tour (lost playoff in Puerto Rico in 2015)

• 2-under 69 in final round; 6-for-7 scrambling on Sunday

• First top-10 finish since win at Open

• Sixth top-15 finish in last seven worldwide starts

• Made one bogey on front nine all week (8 under total)

Rickie Fowler

• T-7; made bogey or worse on three of last four holes of tournament

• One bogey through 64 holes (four bogeys/worse over last eight holes)

• Fails to qualify for automatic U.S. Ryder Cup berth

• Was projected to qualify automatically entering 16th hole (made double bogey)

• Went from projected fourth to 11th in Ryder Cup standings in eight holes

• 19-for-20 scrambling to start week (0-for-last-4)

Adam Scott

• Even-par 71; made 47 feet of putts Sunday (150 feet Saturday)

• Best worldwide finish since win at Doral in March

• First in field in strokes gained tee-to-green this week (first this season)

• Missed six putts inside 10 feet in final round

Jason Day

• 69 in final round; made four birdies and two bogeys in final round

• Ninth top-10 finish over last 13 PGA Tour starts

• 10th consecutive PGA Tour round under par (28 under in span)

• 6/14 fairways Sunday; did not hit more than six in any round this week

• Negative strokes gained driving in each round this week

Sean O'Hair

• 5-under 66 in final round; entered week 108th in FedEx Cup points

• 5-for-6 scrambling in final round (16-for-21 this week)

• Second top-10 finish this season (other – T-10 at Houston Open)

Jordan Spieth

• 69 (-2) in final round; only 2 bogeys/worse over last 33 holes

• hit 17 of 18 GIR today (ties best total in round this season)

• missed 5 putts inside 10 feet in final round

Rory McIlroy

• Missed five putts inside 5 feet this week (two on Sunday)

• 13-for-21 on putts between 4-8 feet this week

• Played last 29 holes of tournament in 4 over par (five bogeys and a double bogey)

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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.

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

Article: Fan finally caddies for Sergio after asking 206 times

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