Gators Live Up to No 1 Ranking

By Golf Channel NewsroomOctober 5, 2003, 4:00 pm
Courtesy of GatorZone.com
 
College CentralDALTON, Ga. -- The No. 1 ranked University of Florida mens golf team won its second tournament in three tries this season as the Gators shot a final round 281 (-7) to emerge as the victor on Sunday at the 2003 Carpet Capital Collegiate at The Farm Golf Club.
 
Led by sophomore Matt Every (Daytona Beach, Fla.) who turned in a career-best performance at the tournament, the Gators pulled ahead of defending national champion Clemson with a three-round score of 853 (-11) to win by four strokes over the Tigers and Texas, which tied for second at 858 (-6).
 
'We had a real nice day and we had a lot of fun out there today,' said coach Buddy Alexander. 'We overcame some hiccups on the front nine and got on a hot streak to finish at 10-under on the back nine. This is a good win for us and to have won two tournaments already is a good start to the season.'
 
Every fired off a career-best 66 on Sunday to finish in a tie for fifth ' also a career-high finish. His three round sum of 210 (-6) was also his best tournament score as a Gator. On Sunday, he recorded eight birdies, including five on the back nine.
 
'Matt played terrific golf today,' Alexander said. 'He seems to have a propensity to play his best on the last day. Hes very clutch and hes done this a lot. Hes already a very good putter and is a very smart player who controls his distance better than just about anyone in college golf and hes going to keep getting better.'
 
Jason Hartwick of Texas won the individual title, finishing at 13-under (71-65-67 = 203) at the par 72, 7,010-yard course.
 
For the second time this season, three Gators finished in the top 10 as Florida won two of its first three tournaments to open a season for the first time since the 1978-79 campaign. The appearance at the Carpet Capital was the 14th in the last 15 years for the Gators and the victory at the tournament was the first for Florida since 1989.
 
Senior Camilo Villegas (Medellin, Colombia) and freshman Jessie Mudd (Louisville, Ky.) both tied for ninth at 3-under. The top-10 finish was the second for Villegas in three tournaments this season as he shot a final round 71 to finish at 213 (-3). Mudd, whos placed in the top 20 at each of his three collegiate events, carded a final round 71, which included seven birdies with five occurring on the back nine. His three-round total of 213 stands as his best score in his young collegiate career.
 
Sophomore Brett Stegmaier (Madison, Conn.) finished in a tie for 40th after his final round of 76. He eagled the par 5 12th hole to end the tournament at 221 (+5).
 
Sophomore James Vargas (Miami, Fla.) was 1-over on the final day of play with a 73 to finish in a tie for 42nd with a three-round score of 222 (+6).
 
The Gators return the links for the Gary Koch Invitational, which is co-hosted by Florida with Kentucky, on Oct. 20-21 at Old Memorial Golf Course in Tampa, Fla.
 
TEAM STANDINGS

Place
Team
1st Round
2nd Round
3rd Round
Total
Over/Under Par


1.
Florida
295
277
281
853
-11

T2.
Texas
295
282
281
858
-6

T2.
Clemson
289
279
290
858
-6

4.
Georgia
297
276
290
863
-1

5.
Georgia Tech
296
284
284
864
E

6.
Augusta State
301
278
292
871
+7

7.
South Carolina
297
288
292
877
+13

8.
Duke
306
284
290
880
+16

T9.
Tennessee
303
294
284
881
+17

T9.
Auburn
298
294
289
881
+17

11.
Wake Forest
304
292
286
882
+18

12.
UNLV
294
298
291
883
+19

T13.
Vanderbilt
302
296
286
884
+20

T13.
TCU
304
286
294
884
+20

15.
Oklahoma
303
299
294
896
+32

16.
North Carolina State
303
296
298
897
+33

17.
USC
306
205
289
900
+36

18.
East Tennessee State
312
298
300
910
+46

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The Social: G.O.A.T., after G.O.A.T., after G.O.A.T.

By Jason CrookJanuary 23, 2018, 6:00 pm

Tom Brady compares himself to Tiger Woods, who coincidentally is returning to the PGA Tour this week, Jordan Spieth hangs out with some decent company and kids these days ruffle some feathers with their friendships.

All that and more in this week's edition of The Social.

Well, it’s finally Farmers Insurance Open week and Woods has been spotted practicing for his official return to the PGA Tour on Thursday.

Some thought this day might never come after a 2017 filled with mostly downs for the 14-time major champ.

But as he has taught the golf world time and time again, you just can't count Tiger out.

So even as Jon Rahm attempts to overtake Dustin Johnson for No. 1 in the world this week at Torrey Pines, all eyes will be on one of the greatest we've ever seen do it, even if that guy is ranked No. 647 in the world.

Speaking of greatness …

There’s not many who can just offhandedly compare themselves to Tiger, but if anyone gets a pass, it’s Tom Brady.

The 40-year-old New England Patriots quarterback led his team back to the Super Bowl for the second straight year despite playing the AFC title game with a cut on his throwing hand.

When asked about it after the Patriots come-from-behind victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars, Brady answered, “I think it's kind of arrogant to say it bothered me when we had a pretty good game, so I wouldn't say that. It's like when Tiger Woods said, ‘That was my C game’ and he won the tournament.”

So there you have it. A 40-year-old Brady is winning AFC Championships with his C game. Good luck, Eagles; you’re going to need it.

Also, if for some reason you wanted an update on Justin Thomas' life, it's still awesome:

Yeah, that's last year's PGA Tour Player of the Year hanging with Cy Young winner Cory Kluber in a suite at the Patriots game and teasing us with a possible #SB2K18 cameo.

Curtis Strange likes his competitive golf straight up, hold the friendliness.

This, according to Curtis Strange.

The two-time U.S. Open champ took to Twitter during the CareerBuilder Challenge to vent his frustration regarding the constant chit-chat and friendliness between Rahm and Andrew Landry:

This, of course, makes sense in theory. But good luck watching golf – or really any sport – from here on out. Sure there will be a few old school guys who buck the trend here and there, but for the most part, it’s really hard to share a private jet/dinners/vacations/(insert awesome thing here) with someone, and then completely turn off the friendship coming down the stretch of a big tournament.

Damn millennials. They ruin everything.

By now you've all seen that poor Philadelphia Eagles fan who lost his battle with a subway station pillar (from multiple angles), so instead here is a video of a man attempting to stand on an egg. Bet you can't guess how that goes.

Tony's gonna stand on an egg

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Seriously if you haven't seen the video of that Eagles fan, here's your last chance in this column. You'll be glad you did.

Jordan Spieth, Michael Phelps and Bryce Harper walk on to a golf course … there’s no punchline, that actually happened last week in Las Vegas.

Was the whole thing just a big advertisement for Spieth’s new Under Armour shoe? You bet.

But that doesn’t make the optics of three of the biggest superstar athletes on the planet teeing it up for a round any less awesome.

Off to the next. #Spieth2 #TEAMUA

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The trio has three major wins, five All Star Game appearances and 28 Olympic medals between them, and there they were over the weekend just fake laughing for the camera and driving around individual golf carts with their own personalized logos on them.

Just guys being dudes. Nothing better than that.

Matt Kuchar. Still good at golf. Still overly polite. This according to European Tour pro Eddie Pepperell who had the privilege of hitting on the range next to Kuuuuuch in Abu Dhabi last week.

That image is burned into your brain forever now, thanks Eddie. From now on when you think of Kuchar you're going to think of those Sketches ads and "oopsies."

Which, I suppose is better than a, "Did you get that?"

Blayne Barber's caddie, Cory Gilmer, collapsed and hit his head while at a restaurant at the Sony Open and has been mostly unconscious in the neurological intensive care unit ever since.

The outpouring of love and support from the golf community has been overwhelming on social media, and a GoFundMe page has been set up to help with the mounting medical costs for Gilmer and his family.

Check out the link below for more info or to donate to a worthy cause:

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Top-ranked amateur wins LAAC, earns Masters invite

By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 23, 2018, 5:38 pm

Joaquin Niemann walked Augusta National Golf Club as a patron last year. He’ll be a competitor in 2018.

Niemann, the top-ranked amateur in the world, shot 8-under 63 Tuesday at Prince of Wales Country Club in his native Santiago, Chile, to win the Latin America Amateur Championship.

And with the title, both redemption and an invitation to the Masters Tournament.


Full-field scores from the Latin America Amateur Championship


Niemann finished runner-up in last year’s LAAC to fellow Chilean Toto Gana. He followed Gana around Augusta grounds, watching as his best friend played two rounds before missing the cut.

Niemann, who was going to turn professional had he not won this week, started the final round one back of Mexico’s Alvaro Ortiz. Niemann was sluggish from the start on Tuesday, but then drove the 313-yard, par-4 eighth and made the eagle putt. That sparked a run of five birdies over his next six holes.

Niemann was bogey-free in the final round and finished five shots clear of Ortiz, at 11 under.

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Judges Panel, Host Announced for Wilson Golf's "Driver vs. Driver 2," Premiering This Fall on Golf Channel

By Golf Channel Public RelationsJanuary 23, 2018, 4:15 pm

‘Driver vs. Driver 2 Presented by Wilson Currently in Production; Sports Broadcaster Melanie Collins Returns to Host

Morning Drive: Driver vs. Driver 2 Judges Announced

Golf Channel and Wilson Golf announced today the panel of judges and host for the second season of Driver vs. Driver, the innovative television series that follows aspiring golf equipment designers as they compete for the opportunity to have their driver idea or concept transformed into the next great golf driver from Wilson. The show is currently in production and will premiere this fall.

Joining judge Tim Clarke, President of Wilson Golf, are two newcomers to the series: 9-time National Hockey League (NHL) All-Star and current NHL on NBC hockey analyst Jeremy Roenick – an avid golfer with a single digit handicap and a self-described golf equipment junkie; and PGA Professional, golf coach, equipment reviewer and social media influencer Rick Shiels.

“Golf is a big passion of mine, and personally I enjoy learning about new equipment and concepts,” said Roenick. “To be able to see this side of the business in how equipment is developed first-hand is fascinating. Being a part of the process in reviewing driver concepts and narrowing them down to an ultimate winning driver that will be sold across the country is a tremendous honor.” 

“Jeremy, as an avid golfer, and Rick, as a coach, equipment reviewer and golf professional, bring incredible, real world insights and different perspectives to the show and this process,” said Clarke. “I’m excited to work alongside these two judges to push the boundaries of innovation and bring a next-generation driver to golfers around the world.”

Sports broadcaster Melanie Collins returns as the host of Driver vs. Driver 2. Currently a sideline reporter for CBS Sports’ college football and basketball coverage, Collins hosted the inaugural season in 2016 and formerly co-hosted Golf Channel’s competition series, Big Break.

Production for Driver vs. Driver 2 began in the fall of 2017 and will continue through the summer, including this week at the PGA Merchandise Show. The series is being produced by Golf Channel, whose portfolio of original productions include interview series Feherty hosted by Emmy-nominated sports personality David Feherty, high-quality instruction shows School of Golf, Golf Channel Academy and Playing Lessons and a slate of award-winning films.

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Tiger Tracker: Farmers Insurance Open

By Tiger TrackerJanuary 23, 2018, 4:00 pm

Tiger Woods is competing in a full-field event for the first time in nearly a year. We're tracking him at this week's Farmers Insurance Open. (Note: Tweets read, in order, left to right)