South Carolinas Kristy McPherson

By Golf Channel DigitalApril 17, 2003, 4:00 pm
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2003 OUTLOOK ' Is one of college golfs top players and a National Player of the Year candidate ... Is the two-time defending SEC individual champion and has earned first-team All-America honors each of the last two years as well ... Has been USCs top player from day on one as a freshman ... Earned first-team All-SEC honors as a freshman after winning the SEC championship with a record-breaking 207 score, then came back to capture the title last year ... Has a current streak of six-straight rounds at or below par in the SEC Tournament ... Had a great summer, being named womens MVP in leading the USA to the title of the USA-Japan Collegiate Matches ... Led USC with a 73.75 stroke average in the fall ... Finished in the Top 20 of all four tournaments, with top finishes of fourth at the Lady Tar Hell and fifth at the Lady Paladin ... Had five of her 12 rounds at or below par.
2001-02 ' Won the SEC Championship for the second straight year and led South Carolina to its first Southeastern Conference crown Earned first-team All-America and All-SEC honors Saved her best tournament score for the SECs, firing a 209 to win medalist honors Led Lady Gamecocks with nine Top 20, seven Top 10, and five Top Five finishes on the year Led the team with a scoring average of 73.94, second in USC history to her own 73.82 figure as a sophomore ... Had a low round of 69 on three occasions, including the first two rounds of the SECs Also won the Dodge ACC/SEC Shootout (217) and Spartan Invitational (223) ... Had a streak of five straight tournaments finishing in the Top Seven, four of those in the Top Five Had 15 of the teams 26 rounds at or below par ... Finished second at the Lady Gamecock Classic, tying for medalist honors but losing the playoff hole Finished tied for 54th in the NCAA East Regional and tied for 55th in the NCAA Championships.
2000-01 ' Won the SEC Championship with a score of 207, shattering the SEC record for low score and the USC record by three strokes ... Earned first-team All-American and All-SEC honors ... Had a low round of six-under 67 (school record) at the SECs and had 13 rounds at par or below ... Played in all 11 tournaments and led the Lady Gamecocks with nine Top 20, eight Top 10 and five Top Five finishes on the year with a stroke average of 73.82, another school record ... Had a streak of six-straight Top 10 finishes in the spring, ending with a third-place finish at the NCAA East Regional ... Also finished second at the Lady Paladin Invitational, fifth at the Lady Gamecock Classic and third at the Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic ... Finished tied for 44th in the NCAA Championships. 1999-2000 ' Was Carolinas top golfer from day one and finished with the teams best stroke average at 77.07 ... Second team All-SEC selection as a freshman ... Led the Lady Gamecocks with five Top 20, two Top 10 and one Top Five finish ... Best finish was second at the Lady Gator Invitational, where she had a 72-74-73=219 score ... Also finished 10th at the Lady Tar Heel in her first of three-straight top 20 finishes to end the fall ' Mercedes-Benz (14th), Lady Paladin (19th) ... Finished the spring strong with an 11th place showing at the SEC Championships (77-79-74=230) ... Was 40th at the NCAA East Regional with a 230 total.
PERSONAL ' Born May 28, 1981 in Conway, S.C. ... Parents are David and Janice McPherson ... Hobbies include talking with friends and relaxing ... Favorite foods are pork chops and cereal ... Favorite athlete is Fred Couples ... Enjoys country music, with the Dixie Chicks being her favorite group ... Favorite actress is Julia Roberts ... Biggest athletic thrill is winning the SEC Championship as a team and repeating as SEC Medalist ... Career goal is to play on the LPGA Tour ... Considers her dad as having the biggest influence on her playing career, because hes always kept me motivated and kept me loving the game.'

2003 Results
Tournament Rounds Finish
NCAA Fall Preview 75-75-72=222 T10th
Tar Heel Invitational 71-72-76=219 T4th
Lady Paladin Invitational 76-70-74=220 T5th
Auburn Tiger Derby Invitational 72-76-76=224 T20th
Lady Puerto Rico Classic 74-74-70=218 T2nd
Lady Gamecock Classic 79=79 T37th
Bryan National Collegiate 69-73=142 T1st
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After Further Review: Tiger's return comes at perfect time

By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 22, 2018, 2:19 am

Each week, takes a look back at the week in golf. Here's what's weighing on our writers' minds.

On the current state of golf as Tiger Woods returns to competition ...

Less than four days before Tiger Woods returns to official competitive golf for the first time in a year, Jon Rahm, the new second-ranked player in the world, won on the PGA Tour and Rory McIlroy made an impressive 2018 debut on the European Tour (T-3).

Not since Ben Hogan, Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus crossed paths at the 1960 U.S. Open has there been so many superstars all poised for big seasons, with world No. 1 Dustin Johnson having already won this year and Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas both coming off stellar seasons.

It’s a good time for golf. - Rex Hoggard

On Tommy Fleetwood's continued success ...

There have been scores of talented European players whose skills didn’t translate to the PGA Tour … and maybe, in a few years, Tommy Fleetwood will prove to be no different.

He sure looks like the real deal, though.  

His title defense in Abu Dhabi – on the strength of a back-nine 30 in windy conditions – was his third title in the past 12 months and 11th top-10 overall. A few of those have come in majors and World Golf Championship events, too, which led the reigning Race to Dubai champion to accept PGA Tour membership for this season.

Beginning at Riviera, he plans to play exclusively in the States through May, then reassess for the rest of the year. Hope he sticks, because he’s a fun personality with tons of game. - Ryan Lavner

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Rahm passes Spieth to become world No. 2

By Nick MentaJanuary 22, 2018, 1:25 am

With his win Sunday at the CareerBuilder Challenge, Jon Rahm picked up his second PGA Tour victory and moved to No. 2 in the FedExCup points standings.

He picked up one more No. 2, too.

The 23-year-old Spaniard passed Jordan Spieth to move to No. 2 in the Official World Golf Ranking, behind only Dustin Johnson.

In 19 months, since June 2016, Rahm has rocketed from No. 776 in the world to No. 2, thanks in part to his low divisor, his number of events played.

Asked after his playoff victory over Andrew Landry to discuss his rapid ascent up the world rankings, Rahm was almost at a loss.

“It's hard to believe to be honest, passing Jordan Spieth,” he said. “That's a three-time major champion. I only have two wins. He's got 10-plus, right? It's again – I've said it many times – I never thought I was going to be at this point in my life right now.”

Rahm may only have two PGA Tour titles, but this is his fourth worldwide win in the last year, dating back to last season’s Farmers Insurance Open. He also took the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open and the DP World Tour Championship on his way to claiming the European Tour’s 2017 Rookie of the Year Award.

Dating back to the start of last season on the PGA Tour, Rahm has racked up 12 top-10s, three runner-ups, and two wins.

He will head to Torrey Pines next week ready to defend for the first time.

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Brady compares self to Woods after winning AFC title

By Jason CrookJanuary 22, 2018, 1:05 am

Tom Brady and Tiger Woods are two of the all-time greats in their respective sports ... a fact that is not lost on the five-time Super Bowl winning quarterback.

Fresh off leading the New England Patriots to a AFC Championship victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars, Brady was asked about winning the game despite a cut on his throwing hand - which made national news heading into the matchup.

His response invoked the name of a certain 14-time major winner, something that would be tough to pull off, if not for the fact that he is, you know, Tom Brady.

“I think it's kind of arrogant to say it bothered me when we had a pretty good game, so I wouldn't say that," the 40-year-old told reporters after the game. "It's like when Tiger Woods said, ‘That was my C game’ and he won the tournament."

Tiger Woods winning with his "C game" may be a distant memory for golf fans, but no matter what game he brings, his next chance to win comes next week at Torrey Pines during his official comeback to the PGA Tour.

Brady has a shot at his sixth Super Bowl title in two weeks. The Patriots would probably benefit from him bringing a little better than his "C game" as well.

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Rahm beats Landry in playoff to win CareerBuilder

By Nick MentaJanuary 22, 2018, 1:00 am

Jon Rahm birdied the fourth extra hole Sunday to defeat Andrew Landry in a playoff, win the CareerBuilder Challenge and move to No. 2 in the Official World Golf Ranking. Here’s how things played out in overtime at PGA West:

Leaderboard: Rahm (-22), Landry (-22), John Huh (-20), Adam Hadwin (-20), Martin Piller (-20), Kevin Chappell (-19), Scott Piercy (-19)

What it means: This is Rahm’s second PGA Tour win and his fourth worldwide victory in the last year, dating back to last season’s Farmers Insurance Open. Rahm took the early lead Thursday with an opening 62 and after rounds of 67-70, he started the final round two back. On Sunday, he made five birdies without dropping a single shot on the intimidating Stadium Course. In the clubhouse at 22 under, Rahm watched as Landry made birdie on 18 to force a playoff.

Rahm missed birdie putts that would have ended the tournament on the final hole of regulation and on each playoff hole. Finally, on his fourth trip down 18 of the day, his birdie bid found the cup. With the victory, Rahm passes Jordan Spieth to move to No. 2 in the Official World Golf Ranking, trailing only Dustin Johnson. He enters next week at Torrey Pines looking to defend for the first time.

Best of the rest: A two-time winner playing his second full season on the PGA Tour, Landry shot 68 Sunday, making birdie on the 72nd hole to force extras. Once Rahm finally made birdie on the fourth playoff hole, Landry's putt to extend slid by on the right edge. This is Landry's best career finish on the PGA Tour. Had he won, he would have secured full Tour status through the 2019-20 season and earned invites to the Masters, Players, and PGA Championships.

Round of the day: Sam Saunders fired an 8-under 64 to register this best finish of the season, a tie for eighth at 18 under. The reigning Tour Championship winner was 9 under par through 12 holes before making bogey at 13 and parring his way into the clubhouse.

Biggest disappointment: Overnight leader Austin Cook was eyeing his second win of the season but never contended. The RSM champion carded two double bogeys Sunday en route to a 3-over 75, dropping him from the 54-hole lead to a tie for 14th.

Shot of the day: Rahm's putt to win:

Quote of the day: "One of us had to do it and either one of us would have been a well-deserving champion." - Rahm on his playoff victory over Landry