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.

Battling mono, Kaufman tied for lead at CME

By Randall MellNovember 19, 2017, 2:05 am

NAPLES, Fla. – Kim Kaufman’s bout with mononucleosis might leave fellow tour pros wanting to catch the fever, too.

A couple months after Anna Nordqvist battled her way into contention at the Women’s British Open playing with mono, and then thrived at the Solheim Cup with it, Kaufman is following suit.

In her first start since being diagnosed, Kaufman posted an 8-under-par 64 Saturday to move into a four-way tie for the lead at the CME Group Tour Championship. It was the low round of the day. She’s bidding to win her first LPGA title.

“I’ve been resting at home for two weeks,” Kaufman said. “Didn’t do anything.”

Well, she did slip on a flight of stairs while recuperating, hurting her left wrist. She had it wrapped Saturday but said that’s mostly precautionary. It didn’t bother her during the round.

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“I’m the only person who can take two weeks off and get injured,” Kaufman joked.

Kaufman, 26, left the Asian swing after playing the Sime Darby Malaysia, returning to her home in South Dakota, to see her doctor there. She is from Clark. She was told bed rest was the best thing for her, but she felt good enough to make the trip to Florida for the season-ending event.

“We had some really cold days,” Kaufman said. “We had some snow. I was done with it. I was coming down here.”

How does she feel?

“I feel great,” she said. “I’m a little bit shaky, which isn’t great out there, but it’s great to be here doing something. I was going a little bit stir crazy [at home], just kind of fighting through it.”

Kaufman made eight birdies in her bogey-free round.

New-look Wie eyes CME Group Tour Championship title

By Randall MellNovember 19, 2017, 1:32 am

NAPLES, Fla. – Michelle Wie is sporting a new look that even has fellow players doing double takes.

Bored during her six-week recovery from an emergency appendectomy late this summer, Wie decided to cut and die her hair.

She went for golden locks, and a shorter style.

“I kind of went crazy after being in bed that long,” Wie said. “I just told my mom to grab the kitchen scissors and just cut all my hair off.”

Wie will get to sport her new look on a big stage Sunday after playing herself into a four-way tie for the lead at the CME Group Tour Championship. With a 6-under-par 66, she is in contention to win her fifth LPGA title, her first since winning the U.S. Women’s Open three years ago.

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Wie, 28, fought her way back this year after two of the most disappointing years of her career. Her rebound, however, was derailed in late August, when she withdrew from the final round of the Canadian Pacific Women’s Open to undergo an emergency appendectomy. She was out for six weeks.

Before the surgery, Wie enjoyed getting back into contention regularly, with six finishes of T-4 or better this season. She returned to the tour on the Asian swing in October.

Fellow tour pros were surprised when she came back with the new look.

“Definitely, walk by people and they didn’t recognize me,” Wie said.

Wie is looking to continue to build on her resurgence.

“I gained a lot of confidence this year,” she said. “I had a really tough year last year, the last couple years. Just really feeling like my old self. Really feeling comfortable out there and having fun, and that's when I play my best.”

You Oughta Know: LPGA's Sunday scenarios

By Randall MellNovember 19, 2017, 1:17 am

NAPLES, Fla. – The CME Group Tour Championship is loaded with pressure-packed subplots Sunday at Tiburon Golf Club.

Here’s what You Oughta Know about the prizes at stake:

Race to the CME Globe

Lexi Thompson and Sung Hyun Park are 1-2 in CME Globe points. They are best positioned Sunday to take home the $1 million jackpot in the season-long competition.

Thompson and Park are tied for fifth in the tournament, one shot off the lead. If either of them wins, she will take home the jackpot.

The way it’s unfolding Thompson is a good bet to take home the jackpot by merely finishing ahead of Park, unless they both stumble badly on Sunday.

Ariya Jutanugarn is tied for the lead. She must win to take home the jackpot, but she would also need Thompson to finish ninth or worse and Park to finish eighth or worse and nobody else among the top 12 in points to make a bold Sunday charge.

Stacy Lewis is one shot off the lead with a longshot chance at the jackpot. She must win the tournament while Thompson finishes 26th or worse, Park finishes 12th or worse and nobody else among the top 12 in points makes a bold Sunday charge.

So Yeon Ryu, Shanshan Feng and Brooke Henderson are among others who still have a shot at the $1 million prize, but they have fallen back in the pack and need bold Sunday charges to take home the jackpot.

Rolex Player of the Year

The Rolex Player of the Year Award remains a four-player race.

Ryu (162), Feng (159), Park (157) and Thompson (147) all have a chance to win the award.

Park and Thompson are best positioned to make Sunday moves to overtake Ryu.

Park needs to finish sixth or better to win the award outright; Thompson needs to win the tournament to win the award.

It’s simple math.

The top 10 in the tournament will be awarded points.

1st - 30 points

2nd – 12 points

3rd – 9 points

4th – 7 points

5th – 6 points

6th – 5 points

7rd – 4 points

8th – 3 points

9th – 2 points

10th – 1 point

Vare Trophy

Thompson took a 69.147 scoring average to Naples. Park needs to finish nine shots ahead of Thompson to have a shot at the trophy.

Money-winning title

Park leads the tour in money winnings with $2,262,472. Ryu is the only player who can pass her Sunday, and Ryu must win the tournament to do so. Ryu is tied for 32nd, five shots off the lead. If Ryu wins the tournament, she also needs Park to finish worse than solo second.

Rolex world No. 1 ranking

World No. 1 Feng, No. 2 Park and No. 3 Ryu are separated by just three hundredths of a point.

Because they are so close, the scenarios for overtaking Feng are head spinning.

At No. 4, Thompson is a full average ranking point behind Feng, but she could become the sixth different player this season to move to No. 1. Thompson, however, has to win Sunday to have a chance to do so, and then it will depend on what Feng, Park and Ryu do. Again, the scenarios are complex.

Cook leads RSM Classic by three at Sea Island

By Associated PressNovember 19, 2017, 12:28 am

ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. - PGA Tour rookie Austin Cook shot a 4-under 66 on Saturday to increase his lead to three strokes in the RSM Classic.

Cook, a shot ahead after a second-round 62, had five birdies and a bogey - his first of the week - to reach 18-under 194 with a round left at Sea Island Golf Club's Seaside Course.

''Putting is key right now,'' Cook said. ''Been able to make a lot of clutch putts for the pars to save no bogeys. Hitting the ball pretty much where we're looking and giving ourselves good opportunities on every hole.''

Former University of Georgia player Chris Kirk was second after a 64.

''I'm really comfortable here,'' Kirk said. ''I love Sea Island. I lived here for 6 1/2 years, so I played the golf course a lot, SEC Championships and come down here for the RSM Classic. My family and I, we come down here a few other times a year as well.''

Brian Gay was another stroke back at 14 under after a 69.

''I love the course,'' Gay said. ''We keep getting different wind directions so it's keeping us on our toes. Supposed to be another completely different wind direction tomorrow, so we're getting a new course every day.''

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J.J. Spaun had a 62 to get to 13 under.

''I just kind of played stress-free golf out there and kept the golf ball in front of me,'' Spaun said. ''I had a lot of looks and scrambled pretty well, even though it was only a handful of times, but pretty overall pleased with how I played today.''

Cook has made the weekend cuts in all four of his starts this season. The 26-year-old former Arkansas player earned his PGA Tour card through the Tour.

''I think with an extra year on the Web this past year, I really grew mentally and with my game, just kind of more confidence,'' Cook said. ''I was able to put myself in contention on the more this year than I have in the past. I think I've just, you know, learned from experiences on the Web to help me grow out here.''

He planned to keep it simple Saturday night.

''I've got my parents here and my in-laws are both here as well as my wife,'' Cook said. ''Go home and just have a good home-cooked meal and just kind of enjoy the time and embrace the moment.''

Kirk won the last of his four PGA Tour titles in 2015 at Colonial.

''It's nice to be back in contention again,'' Kirk said. ''It's been a little while for me. But I felt great out there today, I felt really comfortable, and so hopefully it will be the same way tomorrow and I'll keep my foot on the pedal and stay aggressive, try to make some birdies.''