Top 10 Best Crowds

By Golf Channel DigitalJune 2, 2009, 4:00 pm
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No. 10 ' 2004 Canadian Open

Mike Weir: People were excited for me have a chance to win and Canada had a chance to win the gold medal that night. I think the partying began a littler early and but the fans were fantastic and they were really cheering me on and it was unfortunately that I didnt quite pull it out but the support was unbelievable. A day and a tournament Ill never forget.
Michael Collins: Mike Weir said it at the Canadian Open, that sometimes will of yourself and your heart and will of 8,000 people can make things happen. And you know what: it made things happen.

No. 9 ' The Big 3 Grouping (2008 U.S. Open)

Steve Dimeglio: The crowd roars, I mean the way the stand were set up at Tori Pines on 18, youre in this little bowl surrounding the amphitheater and it rung, you know there were seagulls that were out 7,000 yards away flying over the Pacific ocean, they heard it.
Dottie Pepper: Theres no comparison. I was out with Tiger, Phil, and Adam Scott in round one at the open at Torrey Pines. Theres nothing thats the same. From the level of security to the number of bodies that are inside the ropes media, spectators, so much deeper. Everything is just amped up and the intensity of all of it, even if its not a major championship its still much more intense and more meaningful than anything else you can be around.

No. 8 ' Warwick Hills (Buick Open)

Bubba Watson: I hit a 7 iron trying to hit a cut in there and I kind of pulled it and didnt cut it and went in the crowd. It took 6 or 8 police officers because theres so many people, thats how many it took to move everybody back so I could get to my ball and everyone is trampled down and with the crowd now laughing at my shot and if I get up and down I had a chance to tie to force a playoff so I mean yeah the feel from the tee is just similar to 16 at FBR.
Sean Ohair: You know, the atmosphere is definitely a lot like TPC Scottsdale. Its the same exact thing. I actually think its a little bit crazier then Scottsdale. Its just Scottsdales so much bigger.

No. 7 ' Augusta National

Nick Faldo: Its the whole of Augusta, I take my friends who dont even play golf. Youve got to come, see this place. cause its like many people describe it many different ways. I call it kind of a Rembrandt or whatever you favorite master is because its there its something special its and you know you cant describe the aura and the atmosphere.
Lee Trevino: I would have to say that Augusta is probably the best fans at all because theyre scared to death, they dont give you any problems at all because if they say anything you know theyll lose that ticket.

No. 6 ' 17 at TPC Sawgrass

Paul Goydos: You get to that hole again; stadium golf in my opinion at its finest. Its a hole that everyone around the hole can hit it on the green its a 9 iron, 8 iron, 130 yards, so everyone, not only can all those people that are cheering for you but someone maybe have played the hole and made birdie for all we know There are people yelling hit it in the water but you get that no matter what, but for the most part the crowd was an energizing force for me.
Jeff Rude: I mean if the 16th hole at Phoenix is the craziest place to watch golf the best place in the world to watch golf, bar none, is the 17th at Sawgrass is TPC. Because 16 in Phoenix is about the crowd, 17th is about a car wreck involving a player. Ok. They go out there is like going to Daytona there not going out there to watch theyre gong out there to watch a wreck and quit often they get it depends on where that wind blows its one after another. Pile up after pile up.

No. 5 ' Bethpage Black (2002 US Open)

Scott Hoch: I thought the fans were great they love you or hate you up there. Just watch the professional sports teams and you understand why no I tell you what when you hit a good shot theyre knowledgeable fans theyre a little more raucous than some other fans, but I tell you the loudest I heard on a golf course was when I made a hole in one wearing a skyline shirt right after 9/11.
Bones: They were amazing, it was obviously not long after September 11th and it was a major sporting event in the New York city area and it was beyond special. Ill never forget when Phil made the birdie putt on 17 on Saturday the roar went up

No. 4 ' Arnies Army

Arnold Palmer: It became a great deal it was fun and it did a lot of things it kind of organized the fans to come and watch me play they were members of Arnies Army and of course we did we took it a step forward and took it to charities and when I was chairman of the march of dimes we used the Arnies Army monochord to raise funds for the march of dimes and it worked pretty well.
Mark Soltau: Arnie really helped put golf on the map. He appealed to common people anybody he had this great way about him and didnt mind talking between shots to the crowds and made the crowds feel like they were part of him when they pulled hard for him he often pulled off great shots so theres no question Arnie is probably the greatest thing to happen to the game of golf were all indebted to him and always consider myself an honorary member of Arnies army.

No. 3 ' British Open

Justin Leonard: I wasnt in the last group so I didnt get to experience that but I was in the next to last group but its, I see that especially from the older footage with the last 2 some and the guy who is going to go on and win the tournament theyre searching for him in the crowd and all the sudden he pops through. Thats something I would enjoy doing in my future.
Lee Trevino: Oh yeah sure, thats the part of the deal. You gotta bobby with you, sometimes two, and they respect it and they dont touch him and you got a clear path and theyre looking back to give you a clear path and theyll have a rope across the fairway and its on the ground and theyll run like a stampede and theyll put the breaks on right at that rope. And they just stand there, they dont even lift the rope up its on the ground. Could you imagine them doing that here? Theyd run straight through that rope and through the bunker oh yeah thats the way they do it. They do it every time, thats how they do it there because right after that they have presentations and theyre trying to get their spot.

No. 2 ' 16 at TPC Scottsdale

Rex Hoggard: Is there a better scene in golf than Scottsdale if you just want to party? I mean they learn everyones alma mater, they learn their fight song from college, thats creative stuff. I mean I got to give them credit thats good stuff and theyre ruthless for anyone who misses the green and then all you got to do is hit the green and they cheer you like you won the championship so its got everything you could ever want.
Tom Lehman: Its like playing a par 3 in the rose bowl thats exactly what it is We have this hole that is completely encircled with fans Im not sure how many fans 15 thousand fans, 20 thousand fans or 40 thousand fans. I mean its a lot.

No. 1 Ryder Cup

Adam Barr: Because of the nationalism can get pretty rowdy. Ive heard a lot of stories about beers in the back of the head, and by that I mean those nice tall plastic glasses that are 2/3 full of some nice dark brew and clips you right in the back of temple. Thats probably in the minority conduct but that does happen. Nationalism in sports, no matter what the sport is, is always a huge deal. Especially in Europe where the example is their football our soccer, so when it happens at the Ryder Cup it can be pretty virulent.
Nick Faldo: The great thing about the Ryder Cup is it opens with the atmosphere straight away Friday morning you arrive straight into it, its not like tournaments its quiet Thursday Friday and someone shoots a good round, lovely, and then Saturday and Sunday Ryder Cup its woosh straight in full on.
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Kelly beats Monty with two-shot swing on final hole

By Associated PressJanuary 21, 2018, 3:21 am

KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii – Jerry Kelly made an 18-foot birdie putt on the final hole, Colin Montgomerie missed a 6-footer for par and Kelly turned a one-shot deficit into a victory Saturday in the Mitsubishi Electric Championship, the season opener on the PGA Tour Champions.

After Kelly drove it well right into lava rocks on the par-4 16th, leading to bogey and giving Montgomerie the lead, Montgomerie made a mistake with his tee shot on the last, finding a fairway bunker. Montgomerie's approach went over the green and after Kelly converted his birdie, the 54-year-old Scot jammed his par putt well past the hole.

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It was the third win on the over-50 tour for the 51-year-old Kelly, who finished tied for 14th last week at the PGA Tour's Sony Open in Honolulu. That gave him confidence as he hopped over to the Big Island for his tournament debut at Hualalai. The limited-field event includes winners from last season, past champions of the event, major champions and Hall of Famers.

Kelly closed with a 6-under 66 for a three-day total of 18-under 198. Montgomerie shot 69. David Toms shot 67 and finished two shots back, and Miguel Angel Jimenez was another stroke behind after a 66.

Bernhard Langer, defending the first of his seven 2017 titles, closed with a 70 to finish at 10 under.

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Rahm manages frustration, two back at CareerBuilder

By Randall MellJanuary 21, 2018, 1:21 am

Jon Rahm managed the winds and his frustrations Saturday at the CareerBuilder Challenge to give himself a chance to win his fourth worldwide title in the last year.

Rahm’s 2-under-par 70 on the PGA West Stadium Course left him two shots off the lead going into the final round.

“I wasn’t really dealing with the wind that much,” Rahm said of his frustrations. “I was dealing with not being as fluid as I was the last two days.”

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The world’s No. 3 ranked player opened with a 62 at La Quinta Country Club on Thursday and followed it up with a 67 on Friday at PGA West. He made six birdies and four bogeys on the Stadium Course on Saturday.

“The first day, everything was outstanding,” Rahm said. “Yesterday, my driver was a little shaky but my irons shots were perfect. Today, my driver was shaky and my irons shots were shaky. On a course like this, it’s punishing, but luckily on the holes where I found the fairway I was able to make birdies.”

Rahm is projected to move to No. 2 in the world rankings with a finish of sixth or better on Sunday.

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Cook leads by one entering final round at CareerBuilder

By Associated PressJanuary 21, 2018, 12:51 am

LA QUINTA, Calif. – Austin Cook hit a hybrid into the fairway bunker on the par-4 18th on a breezy Saturday afternoon at La Quinta Country Club, then chunked a wedge and raced a chip 20 feet past the hole.

Kip Henley, the longtime PGA Tour caddie who guided Cook to a breakthrough victory at Sea Island in November, stepped in to give the 26-year-old former Arkansas star a quick pep talk.

''Kip said, 'Let's finish this like we did on the first day at the Nicklaus Course.' We made a big par putt on 18 there and he said, 'Let's just do the same thing. Let's get this line right and if you get the line right it's going in.'''

It did, giving Cook an 8-under 64 and a one-stroke lead in the CareerBuilder Challenge going into the final round on the Stadium Course at PGA West. Fellow former Razorback Andrew Landry and Martin Piller were tied for second, and Jon Rahm and Scott Piercy were a another stroke back after a tricky day in wind that didn't get close to the predicted gusts of 40 mph.

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''I know that I wouldn't have wanted to play the Stadium today,'' Cook said. ''I think we got a great draw with the courses that we got to play on the days that we got to play them.''

Cook played the final six holes on the front nine in 6 under with an eagle and four birdies.

''Starting on my fourth hole, I was able to make a birdie and kind of get the ball rolling and it never really stopped rolling,'' Cook said. ''Kip and I were doing really good at seeing the line on the greens.''

After a bogey on 10, he birdied 11, 12 and 15 and parred the final three to get to 19-under 197.

''I think that tonight the nerves, the butterflies, all that will kind of be a little less,'' Cook said. ''I've been in the situation before and I was able to finish the job on Sunday. I think it would be a little different if I didn't play like I did on Sunday at Sea Island.''

He's making his first start in the event.

''I came in from Hawaii on Monday, so I only had two days to prepare for three courses,'' Cook said.

Landry, the second-round leader, had a 70 at the Stadium. Piller, the husband of LPGA tour player Gerina Piller, shot a 67 at La Quinta. Winless on the PGA Tour, they will join Cook in the final threesome.

''Piller's a good guy and we have played a lot together and same with Cookie,'' said Landry, the only player without a bogey after 54 holes. ''Hope the Hogs are going to come out on top.''

Rahm had a 70 at the Stadium to reach 17 under. The third-ranked Rahm beat up the par 5s again, but had four bogeys – three on par 3s. He has played the 12 par 5s in 13 under with an eagle and 11 birdies.

''A little bit of a survival day,'' Rahm said.

The wind was more of a factor on the more exposed and tighter Stadium Course.

''The course is firming up,'' Rahm said. ''I know if we have similar wind to today, if we shoot something under par, you'll be way up there contesting it over the last few holes.''

Piercy had a 66 at the Stadium.

''I controlled my ball really well today,'' he said.

Adam Hadwin had a 67 at La Quinta a year after shooting a third-round 59 on the course. The Canadian was 16 under along with Grayson Murray and Brandon Harkins. Murray had a 67 on the Nicklaus Course, and Harkins shot 68 at the Stadium.

Phil Mickelson missed the cut in his first tournament of the year for the second time in his career, shooting a 74 on the Stadium to finish at 4 under – four strokes from a Sunday tee time. The 47-year-old Hall of Famer was playing for the first time since late October. He also missed the cut in the Phoenix Open in his 2009 opener.

Charlie Reiter, the Palm Desert High School senior playing on the first sponsor exemption the event has given to an amateur, also missed the cut. He had three early straight double bogeys in a 77 on the Stadium that left him 1 over.

John Daly had an 80 at La Quinta. He opened with a triple bogey and had six bogeys – four in a row to start his second nine - and only one birdie. The 51-year-old Daly opened with a 69 on the Nicklaus layout and had a 71 on Friday at the Stadium.

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Phil misses CareerBuilder cut for first time in 24 years

By Randall MellJanuary 21, 2018, 12:48 am

Phil Mickelson missed the cut Saturday at the CareerBuilder Challenge. It’s a rare occurrence in his Hall of Fame career.

He has played the event 15 times, going back to when it was known as the Bob Hope Classic. He has won it twice.

How rare is his missing the cut there?

The last time he did so, there was no such thing as a DVD, Wi-Fi, iPods, Xbox, DVR capability or YouTube.

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The PGA Tour’s Jon Rahm didn’t exist, either.

The last time Mickelson missed a cut in this event was 1994, nine months before Rahm was born.

Mickelson struggled to a 2-over-par 74 in the heavy winds Saturday on the PGA West Stadium Course, missing the 54-hole cut by four shots. He hit just four of 14 fairways, just nine of 18 greens. He took a double bogey at the 15th after requiring two shots to escape the steep-walled bunker on the left side of the green.

Mickelson won’t have to wait long to try to get back in the hunt. He’s scheduled to play the Farmers Insurance Open next week at Torrey Pines in La Jolla, Calif.