Woods (back) withdraws from WGC-Bridgestone

By Golf Channel DigitalAugust 3, 2014, 5:46 pm

AKRON, Ohio – Citing a recurrence of lower-back problems that required surgery three months ago, Tiger Woods withdrew from the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational on Sunday.

Woods was 3 over for the day through eight holes and 4 over for the tournament. On the ninth tee, he swung and immediately winced and reached for his lower back. After walking about 150 yards off the tee box, Woods slowed and ultimately waited just short of the fairway before a cart arrived to transport him off the course.  

Woods explained that the injury began on the second hole Sunday, when he had an awkward stance on the face of a fairway bunker.

“It happened on the second hole when I hit my second shot, I fell back into the bunker,” Woods told a PGA Tour official. “I just jarred it, and it’s been spasming ever since.”

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Woods went on to par the hole, but played his subsequent six holes 4 over.

This was Woods' third PGA Tour start since returning from microdiscectomy surgery on March 31 to alleviate pain from a pinched nerve in his back. He confirmed that he attempted to play through the injury, but the pain became progressively worse.

“It’s just the whole lower back,” he said. “I don’t know what happened.”

This is the latest setback in what has been a disappointing 2014 season for Woods. He tied for 41st at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic, then missed the secondary, 54-hole cut in his PGA Tour debut at Torrey Pines. He withdrew because of back pain during the final round of the Honda Classic in March, and while he played the WGC-Cadillac Championship the following week, he was visibly in pain en route to a T-25 finish.

Weeks later, Woods announced that he had undergone surgery. He missed the Masters for the first time as a professional as a result. The injury also kept him out of the U.S. Open at Pinehurst, though Woods returned ahead of schedule for the Quicken Loans National in June. He missed the cut at Congressional, then tied for 69th at the Open Championship in his most recent start.

He had carded rounds of 68, 71 and 72 at Firestone prior to Sunday.

Woods is scheduled to compete in this week's PGA Championship, but did not comment whether he would still try to play.

“I don’t know,” he said. “Just trying to get out of here.”

Golf Channel reporter Todd Lewis spoke to Woods’ agent Mark Steinberg Sunday afternoon. Steinberg said Woods flew home to Florida, where he will be evaluated and a decision on the PGA Championship will be made when ready. Woods is not putting a time table on making the decision.

-Jason Sobel and Will Gray contributed.

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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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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.