Beth Daniel Hints Retirement May Be Near

By Golf Channel NewsroomJuly 8, 2004, 4:00 pm
NIAGARA FALLS, Ontario -- Beth Daniel has far greater concerns than defending her title at the Canadian Women's Open this week. Frustrated by her performance this year, the 47-year-old Hall of Famer is contemplating the possibility of retiring at the end of this season, her 26th as a professional.
'This year has just not been good at all,' Daniel said Wednesday. 'And it would be very, very easy for me to walk away from it at the end of this year if I continue playing this way.'
Daniel's comments came during a news conference attended by just four reporters, perhaps a sign of how far she's fallen.
The Canadian Open is scheduled to begin at the Legends on the Niagara course on Thursday.
While Daniel remains candid, this is not the same confident person that punched the air in victory following a final-hole birdie putt to win last year's Canadian Open at Vancouver, British Columbia, and, at 46, become the oldest woman to win an LPGA Tour event.
The win - the 33rd of her career - capped a strong season in which she had eight top-10 finishes.
But last year's success is a distant memory for Daniel, who has not finished better than a tie for 22nd in the 10 tournaments she's entered this season. And it's no fun being ranked 57th on the money list with just over $103,000.
'As long as I felt like I could really compete out there, I would stay,' Daniel said. 'But, you know, if I finish even 50th on the money list, then it's not worth it for me. You know, `I've had my career, give somebody else a chance.'
'I have a nice home in Florida. I have no problem staying at home and just enjoying things.'
Asked if this Canadian Open might be her last, Daniel said: 'I can't answer that.'
Smiling, she added, 'Who knows, maybe I'll win this year and I'll come back.'
Daniel is part of a patchwork field - minus top players such as Annika Sorenstam and Grace Park - that's vying for a share of the $1.3 million purse and taking on an unknown, 3-year-old course.
With its wide-open fairways and large, undulating greens that offer a wide array of challenging pin placements, Legends stresses accuracy on approach-shot and putting.
The field is led by U.S. Women's Open champion Meg Mallon and features only 11 of the top 20 players on the season's money list.
Other notables competing include Cristie Kerr, Se Ri Pak, Lorena Ochoa, and Paula Creamer, who finished tied with Michelle Wie as the low amateur at the Women's Open.
Then there's Aree and Naree Song, the 18-year-old Thai-born twin sisters, who are competing together in an LPGA event for only the second time after participating in the Sybase Classic in May. Aree is a tour rookie, who ranks 20th on the money list, while Naree is a member of the Futures Tour.
There's also a 19-member Canadian contingent, led by Lorie Kane, that's attempting to end a 31-year drought since the last Canadian - Jocelyne Bourassa - won the event in its first year.
Daniel's concerns about her game come at a time when there appears to be a resurgence among the tour's more experienced players, and follows Mallon's impressive victory last weekend.
The 41-year-old Mallon discounted questions about age being an issue.
'The golf course does not know my age,' she said. 'I don't know what 41 feels like because it doesn't feel any different than when I was 28, except that I have an awful lot of history behind me.'
Daniel said she's already broached the subject of retirement to some former players, such as Donna Caponi and Judy Rankin.
'I asked them, 'When did you know?' And for every one of them it's different,' Daniel said. 'I think it will be different for me, too. I'm not really the retiring type. Just one day, I'll probably walk away and that will be it.'
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Suspended Hensby offers details on missed drug test

By Will GrayDecember 12, 2017, 11:30 pm

One day after receiving a one-year suspension from the PGA Tour for failing to provide a sample for a drug test, Mark Hensby offered details on the events that led to his missed test in October.

Hensby, 46, released a statement explaining that the test in question came after the opening round of the Sanderson Farms Championship, where the Aussie opened with a 78. Frustrated about his play, Hensby said he was prepared to give a blood sample but was then informed that the test would be urine, not blood.

"I had just urinated on the eighth hole, my 17th hole that day, and knew that I was probably unable to complete the urine test for at least a couple more hours," Hensby said. "I told this gentleman that I would complete the test in the morning prior to my early morning tee time. Another gentleman nearby told me that 'they have no authority to require me to stay.' Thus, I left."

Hensby explained that he subsequently received multiple calls and texts from PGA Tour officials inquiring as to why he left without providing a sample and requesting that he return to the course.

"I showed poor judgment in not responding," said Hensby, who was subsequently disqualified from the tournament.

Hensby won the 2004 John Deere Classic, but he has missed six cuts in seven PGA Tour starts over the last two years. He will not be eligible to return to the Tour until Oct. 26, 2018.

"Again, I made a terrible decision to not stay around that evening to take the urine test," Hensby said. "Obviously in hindsight I should have been more patient, more rational and taken the test. Call me stupid, but don't call me a cheater. I love the game. I love the integrity that it represents, and I would never compromise the values and qualities that the game deserves."

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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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Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017

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