The Week in Golf News 1113-1117
Kim Withdraws From Arch Championship
Michelle McGann will replace Mi Hyun Kim in this month's Arch Wireless Championship in Daytona Beach, Fla.
Kim, ranked seventh on the 2000 LPGA Tour's money list, has withdrawn due to a medical condition which inhibits her to fly.
Therefore, McGann, at No. 31 on the list, was chosen as the first alternate to replace the South Korean in this event which is open only to the top-30 money winners on tour.
Tuesday - Nov. 14, 2000
Ely Callaway to Remain Callaway CEO Through 2001
A year ago, Ely Callaway had planned to step down at the end of 2000 from the helm of the company he founded. But now he's planning to stick around.
Mr. Callaway, 81, will remain indefinitely as chairman of the board and chief executive officer of Callaway Golf, the club and ball maker based in Carlsbad, Calif. He will also reassume the duties of president, overseeing the company's daily operations. The company announced the changes Nov. 13.
Chuck Yash, the man Callaway had tapped to take over for him in the top spot, has been reassigned as vice chairman of the board and head of a special company committee dedicated to growing the game of golf.
LPGA Returns to Tulsa After 17-Year Absence
The LPGA has announced the addition the $1 million Williams Championship to its 2001 schedule. The event will be played Sept. 7-9 at Tulsa Country Club in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
The tournament marks the first time the ladies will play an event in Tulsa since the 1983 U.S. Women's Open. That event was won by Jan Stephenson.
Money Records Set on PGA Tour
Sergio Garcia's tie for 5th in Valderrama pushed him over the million-dollar mark in 2000 PGA Tour earnings, making him the 45th player to do so this year. The new total breaks last year's record total of 36 players over $1 million. 15 players also surpassed the $2 million plateau.
The first player to break the million-dollar barrier was Curtis Strange in1988 who finished with $1,147,644. The first player to go over $2 million in a season was Tiger Woods in 1997. He finished with $2,066,833.
This year Tiger Woods shattered his own record of a year ago by more than $2.5 million, finishing with $9,188,321. Woods has won the money title three of the last four years.
Faldo Answers Adams Golf Charges
Nick Faldo, who recently was accused by Adams Golf of breach of contract, said Adams gave him only one set of clubs, which he returned.
'My agreement says very clearly that I'm obligated to play Adams clubs 'when they are to my reasonable satisfaction,'' said Faldo. The irons were received in January of 2000 and Faldo returned them to the company with his notes and recommendations, he said.
Adams CEO Barney Adams saw him one week prior to the U.S. Open and demanded he use the irons, said Faldo. Faldo told Adams he had never received additional clubs. He heard nothing further from the company until recently, he said, when he was notified he was in breach of contract.
Tiger Arrives in Thailand Amid Controversy
An exhausted Tiger Woods arrived in Thailand from London and immediately was surrounded by controversy Tuesday. An honorary degree given to him by a local university was ridiculed by the Bangkok press. He received criticism for flying back and forth to the golf course in a helicopter. His yearly pay was criticized. And fired workers from the Nike plant showed up at his hotel to loudly complain.
Kasetsart University gave him the honorary doctorate degree in sports science, but ceremonies were held at Woods' hotel instead of the customary trip to the campus. The Thai Post wrote the story with the headline, 'University delivers doctoral degree to the hotel, Saint Woods to allow 15 minutes to faculty members to kow tow.'
Fired Nike employees gathered in the hotel lobby where Woods is staying, with placards saying, 'Tiger Woods please help us.' The head of the Thai Labor Committee, Lek Junya Yumprasert, said Woods, who will make $85-100 million over the next five years, 'should be able to really understand why that company (Nike) gave him so much money. It would take the workers here 72,000 years of work for Nike on their wages to make that kind of money.'
Nike employs about 70,000 Thais.
Poulter Named European Rookie of the Year
Ian Poulter has been named the 2000 European Tour Rookie of the Year. The 24-year old Englishman won last month's Italian Open and finished second at the Moroccan Open and third at the Brazil Sao Paulo 500 Years Open.
Past winners of the Sir Henry Cotton Rookie of the Year Award include Tony Jacklin, Sam Torrance, Mark James, Nick Faldo, Jose Maria Olazabal, Colin Montgomerie and last year's winner, Sergio Garcia.
Poulter finished the year 31st on the Order of Merit with over $400,000 in earnings.
Els and Westwood Withdraw from Thailand
Ernie Els and Lee Westwood have both withdrawn from this week's Johnnie Walker Classic to be held at the Alpine Golf and Sports Club in Bangkok, Thailand.
Els, the world's No. 2 player, cited the back injury that forced his first-round withdrawal from the American Express Championship in Valderrama, Spain. Els said he was advised by doctors not to play for three weeks.
Westwood chose to stay at home in England with his wife Laurae, who is expecting their first child.
World No. 1 Tiger Woods remains the top draw in a field that includes Nick Faldo, Sergio Garcia, Jesper Parnevik and defending champion Michael Campbell. Play begins Thursday for the winner's share of a $1.3 million purse.
Wednesday - Nov. 15, 2000
Nicklaus / Palmer Design Officially Dedicated
Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer officially dedicated their first co-designed golf course, The King & The Bear, Wednesday in St. Augustine Fla. The dedication kicked off World Golf Foundation 2000, at the World Golf Village.
In 1998 Sam Snead and Gene Sarazen collaborated as player consultants with designer Bobby Weed for the World Golf Village's first course, The Slammer & The Squire.
After the Wednesday's dedication Nicklaus and Palmer paired up to play the course's first official round of golf.
The King & The Bear course will host the Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf event beginning in 2001.
Hank Kuehne's Surgery Not Career-Threatening
Surgery believed previously to 'career threatening' to the arm of Hank Kuehne is not now believed to be as serious, according to Mike Biggs of Gaylord Sports.
Listen to Hank Kuehne Comment on His Recent Surgery
Kuehne, the 1998 U.S. Amateur champion, underwent surgery on his left arm and elbow in Salt Lake City, Utah. He should miss approximately two months of golf activity.
Kerr Withdraws From Arch Championship
An injury to Cristie Kerr's left knee has forced her to withdraw from the season-ending Arch Wireless Championship. Kerr, who had surgery on the knee last year, reinjured it Tuesday night and will drive to her Miami home from Daytona Beach, Fla., to be examined by doctors.
'I don't think the surgery had anything to do with it,' said Kerr. 'I just banged my knee really hard, and anyone who hit their knee as hard as I did, surgery or not, would be hurting.'
She will be replaced in the field by Scotland's Catriona Mathew.
BUY.COM Tour Ups Purses for 2001
The BUY.COM TOUR announced its 2001 schedule Wednesday, listing a total of 34 tournaments including the Canadian PGA Championship, the Tour's first trip north of the border. The event will take place June 7 - 10 at the DiamondBack Golf Club in Toronto.
Three other new events were announced. The BUY.COM Arkansas Classic, the Charity Pro-Am (played consecutive weeks at The Cliffs) and the BUY.COM Siouxland Open were added for 2001.
Minimum purses in 2001 will increase $25,000 to $425,000. Four events will offer $500,000.
The season ending BUY.COM TOUR Championship will be worth $600,000 event.
Aussie's Ask Harrington to Explain Withdrawal
Ireland's Padraig Harrington will be asked to explain his decision last week to play at Valderrama only days before pulling out of this week's Australian Open.
He had given Aussie officials the reason for withdrawing as 'family reasons.' But then he entered Valdarrama.
Woods Wins Vardon Trophy
Latest statistics have confirmed what everyone knew already - Tiger Woods is a hands-down winner of the Vardon Trophy for the lowest stroke average.
Woods posted a 67.79 adjusted stroke average, breaking his 1999 record of 68.43. Woods' actual scoring average of 68.17 was also a record, breaking Byron Nelson's 68.33 in the 1945 season.
Runner-up was Phil Mickelson at 69.25 adjusted stroke average and No. 3 was Ernie Els at 69.31.
Baker-Finch to Make a Return
Former British Open champion Ian Baker-Finch, currently a full-time television commentator for ABC, has entered the Australian Open.
Baker-Finch's last tournament win was the 1993 Australian PGA. His last tournament outing came in 1997 at the British Open, where he withdrew after an opening 92.
Baker-Finch, an Australian, is 40 years old. 'I work 26 weeks a year for television,' he said. 'I cannot play as well.'
Baker-Finch was 4-under through 16 holes last week when he played as a marker to Scott Verplank before taking a 10 at the controversial 17th at Valderrama.
Thursday - Nov. 16, 2000
Mickelson Signs With Titleist
Phil Mickelson has reached a five-year agreement with Acushnet Company to play Titleist clubs and balls, carry the Titleist bag and wear FootJoy shoes and gloves. The contract becomes effective Jan. 1, 2001.
Woods Adopts Elephant
Tiger Woods joined fellow pros Sergio Garcia, Jesper Parnevik, Nick Faldo, Sam Torrance and Michael Campbell in adopting an elephant this week for the Elephant Alliance of Thailand.
Woods, whose mother hails from Thailand, is a national superstar in the country, and in recognition of the culture's love and respect for the animals, decided to donate a check in the amount of $11,500 for an official adoption of one elephant.
In its second year in existence, the Alliance provides medical support and assistance to the giant creatures in hopes of their continued survival.
Friday - Nov. 17, 2000
Faldo Removes Adams Equipment From His Bag
Disagreements between Nick Faldo and Adams Golf came to a head in Thailand. Faldo played in the Johnnie Walker Classic carrying a plain black golf bag and plain black head covers.
Faldo was recently accused by Adams Golf of breach of contract, saying he was not playing Adams clubs as agreed to in a 10-year contract signed in 1998. The company stopped making payments to Faldo.
Faldo argued Adams gave him only one set of clubs, which he returned.
'The problem is the company has been under pressure. It went public, and then they had to satisfy stockholders and we then ended up doing everything totally differently from what the original intention was at signing,' said Faldo.
Faldo added, 'If someone stops paying me, I'm not going to represent them.'
Janzen Wins Skills Challenge
Lee Janzen managed to win two of the nine official events, as well as register runner-up finishes in an additional two, to triumph in Thursday's ninth annual EMC Golf Skills Challenge in Boca Raton, Fla.
Janzen, who had been fighting off a bad head cold all week, was victorious in the trouble shot challenge and the putting challenge. He finished second in the bunker shot challenge and the chip shot challenge.
For his efforts, the 36-year-old from Orlando, Fla. received a record first-place prize of $233,500 from the total purse of $1 million.
David Duval also won two categories and finished in outright second place. PGA Tour rookie Gary Nicklaus claimed third.
Said Janzen: 'Sometimes when you're not feeling well you tend to concentrate better and play better.'
Cabreras take 1-shot lead in Father/Son
ORLANDO, Fla. - Two-time major champion Angel Cabrera and Angel Cabrera Jr. birdied their last three holes for a 13-under 59 to take a one-shot lead Saturday in the PNC Father-Son Challenge.
Cabrera, a Masters and U.S. Open champion, is making his debut in this popular 36-hole scramble. His son said he practiced hard for 10 days. What helped put him at ease was watching his father make so many putts.
''We combined very well,'' Cabrera said. ''When I hit a bad shot, he hit a good one. That's the key.''
They had a one-shot lead over Mark O'Meara and Shaun O'Meara, who are playing for the first time. That included a birdie on the last hole, which O'Meara attributed to the strength of his son.
''My little man hit it 58 yards by me on the 18th,'' said O'Meara, the Masters and British Open champion in 1998. ''It's a little easier coming in with a 6-iron.''
Defending champions David Duval and Nick Karavites rallied over the back nine at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club for a 61. They are trying to become the first father-son team to repeat as winners since Bernhard and Stefan Langer in 2006. Larry Nelson won two years in a row in 2007 and 2008, but with different sons.
''I'd imagine we have to break 60 tomorrow to have a chance to win, but hey, stranger things have happened,'' Duval said. ''I've even done it myself.''
Duval shot 59 at the Bob Hope Classic to win in 1999 on his way to reaching No. 1 in the world that year.
Duval and his stepson were tied with Bernhard Langer and 17-year-old Jason Langer, who made two eagles on the last five holes. This Langer tandem won in 2014.
Jack Nicklaus, playing with grandson G.T., opened with a 68.
Woods' 2018 schedule coming into focus ... or is it?
Two weeks after his successful return to competition at the Hero World Challenge, Tiger Woods’ 2018 schedule may be coming into focus.
Golfweek reported on Saturday that Woods hopes to play the Genesis Open in February according to an unidentified source with “direct knowledge of the situation.”
Woods’ agent Mark Steinberg declined to confirm the 14-time major champion would play the event and told GolfChannel.com that Woods – who underwent fusion surgery to his lower back in April – is still formulating his ’18 schedule.
Woods’ foundation is the host organization for the Genesis Open and the event supports the Tiger Woods Learning Center in Anaheim, Calif.
The Genesis Open would be Woods’ first start on the PGA Tour since he missed the cut last January at the Farmers Insurance Open.
Rose weathering delayed Indonesian Masters
JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose held a three-stroke lead after eight holes of the third round Saturday when play was suspended for the day due to bad weather at the Indonesian Masters.
Rose was 3-under on the day and led his playing partners Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Scott Vincent. The Englishman led both players by a stroke after the second round was completed Saturday morning due to weather delays on Friday.
Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters.
Lexi (wrist) WDs from Diamond Resorts Invitational
Lexi Thompson on Friday withdrew from the Diamond Resorts Invitational, citing inflammation in her wrist. Thompson, who teamed with Tony Finau to finish tied for fourth place in last week's QBE Shootout, said she is under strict doctor's order not to hit golf balls until mid-January.
The Diamond Resorts Invitational is scheduled Jan. 12-14 at Tranquilo Golf Club in Orlando, Fla. The field for te 54-hole event includes LPGA and PGA Tour Champions players, as well as celebrities from the worlds or sports and entertainment.