Crenshaw Mentor Head 2002 Hall of Fame Class

By Golf Channel NewsroomNovember 15, 2002, 5:00 pm
World Golf Hall of FameThe six newest members were officially inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame Friday evening at the World Golf Village in St. Augustine, Fla.
Ben Crenshaw, Bernhard Langer, Tommy Bolt, Marlene Bauer Hagge, Harvey Penick and Tony Jacklin upped the official count to 96 in the Halls corridors.
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One of the NCAAs greatest of all time -- he was a three-time individual champion at the University of Texas -- Crenshaw won his first-ever tournament on the PGA Tour in 1973, and kept winning for 22 more years.
Crenshaw collected 19 tour victories, with two coming at Augusta National. He won his first Masters Tournament in 1984, and then again, at the age of 43, in 1995.
Golf history has been such a big part of my life, he said. Ive thought all this night about the people Ive enjoyed watching, and I cant believe Im being a part of it.
The noted golf historian was one of the smoothest putters in the games annals. He was a four-time Ryder Cup player, but achieved legendary status as a captain in 1999. With his team trailing 10-6 after two days, he furrowed his brow, wagged his finger and forewarned: Im a big believer in fate. I have a good feeling about tomorrow. Thats all Im going to say.
That said, his team rallied to win back the Cup at Brookline ' the biggest final-day comeback in tournament history.
Two weeks before he passed away in April 1995, Penick gave Crenshaw a final putting lesson. Crenshaw listened and went on to his emotional Masters triumph.
I just know as sure as Im standing here that ' Harvey Penick was the sweetest man, the most gentle man. I just know this, that the Lord was somehow honoring him through me, Crenshaw said of that victory.
Penick was a career teacher, and one of the greatest of all time. His pupils included Sandra Palmer, Tom Kite, and Hall of Famers Crenshaw, Mickey Wright, Betsy Rawls and Kathy Whitworth.
The Texas native was the head professional at Austin Country Club from 1923-71, where he told his students to take dead aim. He was selected the 1989 PGA Teacher of the Year, and was author to 'Harvey Penicks Little Red Book,' which stood on the New York Times bestseller list for over 52 weeks.
My father did spend a lifetime in golf, said Penicks son, Tinsley, who accepted on his late fathers behalf.
Ben, he would be tearfully thrilled to know he was going to be inducted in this World Golf Hall of Fame with you. Hell now be surrounded by friends and many of his pupils.
Penick was inducted through the Lifetime Achievement Category.
Langers resume is ever growing. He recently added the Volvo Masters to his list of 43 European Tour titles. He also has a pair of green jackets (1985 and 93 Masters) to his credit.
The 45-year-old German is the youngest in the 2002 class, and was actually selected to the Hall a year ago, but deferred his induction ceremony to this year.
Four times over the years Ive battled the yips. Ive had my ups and downs over the last 27 years. Coming to America and meeting my wife, Vikki, was the highlight of my life, and winning the U.S. Masters a year later was a dream come true, he said
Langer is a two-time Order of Merit (money title) champion in Europe, and two-time Player of the Year. He is also a 10-time Ryder Cup team member, where he has a career 21-15-6 record. He went 3-0-1 in this years Matches. His 24 career points is second only to Nick Faldo (25) for the most on either team in event history.
Like Langer, Jacklin was inducted via the International Ballot. He won the 1969 British Open, the 1970 U.S. Open, and a total of 22 European Tour events. But it is the Ryder Cup where he left his indelible image.
Jacklin was seven times a team member, and four times a captain. After leading his European team to a near upset in 1983, he pulled off the feat in 85. It was the first time in 28 years that the foreign contingency had beaten their American counterparts.
Jacklin then captained the team to a repeat victory in 1987 ' the first such win on U.S. soil. His final captaincy led to retention of the Cup, as the teams halved the Matches in 1989.
It gives me nothing but pleasure to see the Matches have become the centerpiece of what golf means in the world, said a humbled Jacklin.
Bolt was known for his tempestuous nature and his skillful shot-making. Ben Hogan once said, If we could have just screwed another head on his shoulders, Tommy Bolt would have been the greatest who ever played.
Bolt won 15 times on the PGA Tour, including the 1958 U.S. Open at Southern Hills. He birdied the first hole in the first round that year and then thought aloud, I wonder who is going to finish second?
Friday, he recalled a story comedian Bob Hope liked to tell about Bolt playing the 16th hole at Pebble Beach. After hitting his drive down the fairway with a 3-wood, Bolt had about 135 yards to the hole. He then asked he caddie for a 7-iron.
He says, Mr. Bolt, its either a 3-wood or a 3-iron because thats the only two clubs you got left, Bolt laughingly told in relation to his reputation for tossing and breaking clubs.
The now mellowed 86-year-old was elected through the Veterans Category, which honors professional golfers whose accomplishments occurred primarily before 1962 and who did not qualify through other means.
I want to thank the committee for nominating me so quickly, he joked.
This is a great honor being elected to the World Golf Hall of Fame with such a great bunch of golf players.
Hagge also gained entry through the Veterans Category.
She, along with her older sister, Alice, were among the charter members of the LPGA Tour. The younger Hagge won 26 times on tour. In 1956 she won the LPGA Championship en route to capturing the money title.
An amateur standout, the 68-year-old Hagge is the 20th LPGA Tour member to be elected into the World Golf Hall of Fame.
I think to be recognized and honored by your peers is the greatest thing that can happen in any endeavor, Hagge said. Golf has given me so much more than I ever have or ever could give back.
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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.

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Defending champ Gana co-leads Latin America Amateur

By Randall MellJanuary 20, 2018, 11:20 pm

Toto Gana moved into early position to try to win a return trip to the Masters Saturday by grabbing a share of the first-round lead at the Latin America Amateur Championship.

The defending champ posted a 3-under-par 68 at Prince of Wales Country Club in his native Chile, equaling the rounds of Argentina’s Mark Montenegro and Colombia’s Pablo Torres.

They are one shot ahead of Mexico’s Alvaro Ortiz and Mario Carmona, Argentina’s Horacio Carbonetti and Jaime Lopez Rivarola and the Dominican Republic’s Rhadames Pena.

It’s a bunched leaderboard, with 19 players within three shots of each at the top of the board in the 72-hole event.

“I think I have my game under control,” said Gana, 20, a freshman at Lynn University. “I hit the ball very well, and I also putted very well. So, I am confident about tomorrow.”

The LAAC’s champion will get more than a Masters invitation. He also will be exempt into the The Amateur, the U.S. Amateur and any other USGA event he is eligible to play this year. The champion and players who finish runner-up are also exempt into the final stages of qualifying for The Open and the U.S. Open.

The LAAC was founded by the Masters, the R&A and the USGA, with the purpose of further developing amateur golf in South America, Central America, Mexico and the Caribbean.