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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Fleetwood flawless en route to Abu Dhabi lead

By Will GrayJanuary 18, 2018, 2:06 pm

New year, same results for Tommy Fleetwood.

The reigning Race to Dubai champ picked up where he left off in the opening round of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship, carding a bogey-free 66 during which the Englishman found all 18 greens in regulation. At 6 under, he shares the lead with Japan's Hideto Tanihara and sits one shot clear of five other players.

"Very stress-free. Played really well from start to finish," Fleetwood said. "Felt like I did what you need to do around this golf course, which is drive it well, hit your irons solid. You can't really be too greedy a lot of the time, and then sort of my pace putting was really good. So basically just did what you need to do to get a good score around this golf course, and I got one."

Full-field scores from the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship

Fleetwood shined in a marquee grouping that included world No. 1 Dustin Johnson and Rory McIlroy, as he birdied three holes on each nine. This is his first worldwide start since a T-3 finish at the Hero World Challenge.

It was at this event a year ago that Fleetwood sparked a career campaign, edging Johnson and Pablo Larrazabal for the win. He added another win at the French Open in the summer to go along with a pair of runner-up results and a T-4 finish at the U.S. Open, all of which helped him capture the European Tour's season-long title.

Fleetwood's sudden success in Abu Dhabi serves as a microcosm for his career resurgence. Prior to last year's victory, he had missed the cut in four of his five other trips to this event.

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Sergio starts season with 66 in Singapore

By Associated PressJanuary 18, 2018, 12:56 pm

SINGAPORE – Sergio Garcia opened his season with a 5-under 66 and a share of the clubhouse lead on Thursday in the first round of the weather-interrupted Singapore Open.

Playing his first tournament of the year, the Masters champion rebounded after making an early bogey to collect four birdies and an eagle at the Sentosa Golf Club.

He was later joined by American qualifier Kurt Kitayama in the clubhouse lead. Still on the course, Tirawat Kaewsiribandit was at 6 under through 16 holes when play was suspended for the day because of the threat of lightning.

Louis Oosthuizen, the 2010 Open champion, was at 5 under through 16 holes when he also had to stop his round because of the weather.

Of the players who did finish their opening rounds, only three were within two strokes of Garcia and Kitayama. One of them was Casey O'Toole, who aced the par-3 second with a 7-iron.

The 38-year-old Garcia dropped his only shot of the day on the par-4 15th, his sixth hole after teeing off on the back nine, when he missed the fairway and was unable to make par. But he made amends when he birdied the par-3 17th and then eagled the par-5 18th to go out in 33.

''I was 1 over after (the) seventh but it didn't feel like I was playing badly,'' said Garcia, who made birdies on each of the two par 5s and one of the par 3s on the second nine. ''But then I hit two greats in a row for holes 17 and 18. I got a birdie-eagle there, so that settled me a little bit and I could play solid in the back nine and it was a great round.''

Garcia made the shortlist for the Laureus Sports Awards in the Breakthrough of the Year category after claiming his first major at Augusta National last year and is hoping for more success this season.

He credits the Singapore Open as having played a part in toughening him up for his Masters win because he opted to start his 2017 campaign in the stifling humidity of Southeast Asia to prepare himself for the bigger tournaments ahead.

Although he finished tied for 11th in Singapore, Garcia won the Dubai Desert Classic the next week and was in peak form when he won the Masters two months later.

Kitayama only secured his place in the $1 million event on Monday by finishing at the top of the qualifying competition, but he made a strong start with birdies on three of his first five holes. The 25-year-old Thai was 6 under through 13 holes but spoiled his otherwise flawless round with a bogey on his last.

''I started with a birdie and I just let it roll from there. I had some good tee shots, which I think, is the biggest thing for this course,'' Kitayama said. ''I'm a little tired, but I'm hanging in there. Whenever I have time off, I'll try not to think too much about golf.''

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13-year-old beats DJ in closest-to-the-pin contest

By Ryan LavnerJanuary 18, 2018, 12:26 pm

Dustin Johnson didn’t just get beat by Tommy Fleetwood and Rory McIlroy on Day 1 of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.

Even a 13-year-old got the best of the world No. 1.

Oscar Murphy teed off on the 177-yard 15th hole as part of the tournament’s Beat the Pro challenge during the opening round. The Northern Irishman, one of the HSBC’s Future Falcons, carved a 3-wood toward a back-right pin, about 25 feet away, closer than both Johnson and Fleetwood.

“An unbelievable shot,” Fleetwood said afterward, “and me and Rory both said, ‘We don’t have that in our locker.’”

Johnson still made par on the hole, but he mixed four birdies with four bogeys Thursday for an even-par 72 that left him six shots back of Fleetwood and Hideto Tanihara after the opening round.

Johnson, who tied for second here a year ago, is coming off a dominant performance at the Sentry Tournament of Champions, where he won by eight shots to strengthen his lead atop the world rankings. 

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McIlroy 'really pleased' with opening 69 in Abu Dhabi

By Ryan LavnerJanuary 18, 2018, 12:10 pm

It was an auspicious 2018 debut for Rory McIlroy.

Playing alongside world No. 1 Dustin Johnson for his first round since October, McIlroy missed only one green and shot a bogey-free 69 at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship. McIlroy is three shots back of reigning Race to Dubai champion Tommy Fleetwood, who played in the same group as McIlroy and Johnson, and Hideto Tanihara.

Starting on the back nine at Abu Dhabi Golf Club, McIlroy began with 11 consecutive pars before birdies on Nos. 3, 7 and 8.

Full-field scores from the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship

“I was excited to get going,” he told reporters afterward. “The last couple of months have been really nice in terms of being able to concentrate on things I needed to work on in my game and health-wise. I feel like I’m the most prepared for a season that I’ve ever been, but it was nice to get back out there.”

Fleetwood, the defending champion, raced out to another lead while McIlroy and Johnson, who shot 72, just tried to keep pace.

“Tommy played very well and I was just trying to hang onto his coattails for most of the round, so really pleased – bogey-free 69, I can’t really complain,” McIlroy said.

This was his first competitive round in more than three months, since a tie for 63rd at the Dunhill Links. He is outside the top 10 in the world ranking for the first time since 2014.