You Oughta Know: Casey eyes second PGA Tour win

By Will GraySeptember 4, 2016, 10:48 pm

After three straight rounds of 66, Paul Casey is poised to snag the trophy at the Deutsche Bank Championship. Here's what You Oughta Know heading into the final round at TPC Boston, where the Englishman holds a three-shot lead:

• Casey is making his 194th career PGA Tour start this week, but his lone prior win came at the 2009 Shell Houston Open. That also marks the only prior time that Casey held a 54-hole lead in the U.S.

• Casey has been much more prolific on the European Tour, where he has won 13 times before, most recently at the 2014 KLM Open. Casey rescinded his European Tour membership this year to focus solely on the PGA Tour.

• Casey's best finish of the season came at the Masters, where he tied for fourth, but he has only one top-10 finish in his 10 starts since Augusta (T-10, PGA Championship).

• Casey's closest competitor is Brian Harman, who will begin the final round three shots back at 12 under. Harman's lone Tour title came at the 2014 John Deere Classic.

• The group four shots behind Casey includes Kevin Chappell, who remains in search of his first career win. Chappell has three runner-up finishes this season (RSM Classic, Arnold Palmer Invitational and Players Championship).

• Smylie Kaufman is tied with Chappell at 11 under. A winner earlier this season in Las Vegas, Kaufman missed the cut in each of his last four starts and hadn't played the weekend since a T-27 finish at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.

• Jimmy Walker is also tied for third at 11 under. Walker missed the cut in each of his first two starts after his PGA Championship victory but is looking to win multiple tournaments for the third straight season.

• Each of the last six winners of this event have trailed entering the final round, with each winner from 2010-2014 overcoming a deficit of at least two shots.

• Rory McIlroy is tied for seventh following a third-round 66. After struggling mightily with his putter in his last two starts, McIlroy has picked up more than four strokes on the field with his putting over the last two rounds.

• Ryan Moore is alone in sixth place, five shots behind Casey. Moore won the John Deere Classic last month and finished T-7 last week at The Barclays.

• The top 70 players in the FedEx Cup standings will advance to next week's BMW Championship. Based on the projected results through 54 holes, Ricky Barnes is clinging to the 70th spot by two points over No. 71 Jon Curran.

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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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Green jacket tour

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Man of the people

Article: SERGIO! Garcia finally gets patrons on his side

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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.