The Week in Golf News - 1204-1208

By Golf Channel NewsroomDecember 8, 2000, 5:00 pm
Tuesday - Dec. 5, 2000
Parry Criticizes Baddeley for Predicting Win

Australian Craig Parry has criticized 19-year-old Aussie rookie Aaron Baddeley for saying Baddeley would win this week's Ford Open Golf Championship.
'There are a lot of guys here that are going to do their best to make sure he doesn't win, and I'm going to be one of those guys,' Parry said. 'A golf tournament is like a marathon. You're got to pace yourself.
'To come out at the start of the week and say you're going to win - well, you're here to win, but you know you can only put yourself in a good position to win and then you go out and complete it. I think he's put a bit too much pressure on himself.'

Des Moines Gets Senior Event
The Senior PGA Tour has added an event in Des Moines, Iowa, to its 2001 schedule after the overwhelming reception it received from Des Moines at the 1999 Senior Open.
The $1.75 million event will be played Sept. 7-9, although a course hasn't been determined. The event, the Allianz Championship, takes the place of the Comfort Classic.

Wednesday - Dec. 6, 2000
Tiger is Tops with Kids

It's official! Kids love Tiger Woods. The No.1 ranked player in the world was the readers' top choice for Athlete of the Year in a poll in Sports Illustrated for Kids magazine.
Woods won by a landslide receiving 999 first-place votes. In second was NBA star Shaquille O'Neal with 593 votes and last year's NFL MVP Kurt Warner with 418.
``It's an honor to receive an award such as this, especially when it comes from kids,'' Woods said.
Woods won nine PGA Tour events in 2000, including three of the four majors. Woods also set the PGA Tour earnings record winning over $9-million in prize money.
In 1996, Woods established The Tiger Woods Foundation to use the game of golf to encouarage children to reach their full potential.

Baddeley Reacts to Parry's Criticism
19-year old Australian rookie Aaron Baddeley fired back at veteren player Craig Parry Wednesday after Parry criticized him for predicting a win at this week's Ford Open.
'To come out at the start of the week and say you're going to win - well, you're here to win, but you know you can only put yourself in a good position to win and then you go out and complete it. I think he's put a bit too much pressure on himself' Parry said Tuesday.
Baddeley repeated his prediction Wednesday that he would win this week's event in Adelaide. 'I don't see the point in turning up second, I've always been like that, I will always be like that,' Baddeley said.
'Tiger (Woods) says it, other guys, David Duval says it, there is no reason why I can't say it and my expectations are higher than anyone can put on me.'
Woods Pledges $500,000 to Hospital
Tiger Woods has pledged $500,000 to build an outdoor pavilion at the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn. The pavilion is to be used for family get-togethers, hospital officials announced.
The donation was the largest ever by The Tiger Woods Foundation, created in December of 1996.
The St. Jude Children's Research Hospital is the main charity of the PGA Tour's FedEx St. Jude Classic, held in Memphis. The hospital specializes in research on childhood cancer and accepts patients who cannot afford treatment.

Thursday - Dec. 8, 2000
Senior Tour Announces 2000 Awards

Larry Nelson received top honors as the Senior PGA Tour handed out its 2000 awards on Thursday.
Nelson was selected as the Player of the Year. Nelson posted six victories, seven runner-up finishes and 23 top-10s this season. In addition to earning the Jack Nicklaus Award, which is given the the Tour's top player, Nelson also won the Arnold Palmer Award, which is given to the year's leading money earner.
'I had several good years on the PGA Tour, but this, without a doubt, is my most satisfying year in golf,' said Nelson, who earned $2,708,005 in 2000. 'To be voted by your peers as Player of the Year is quite an honor.'
In addition to Player of the Year, Rookie of the Year and Comeback Player of the Year awards were also handed out.
Doug Tewell was voted a Senior Tour Rookie of the Year. Tewell won three times in 2000, including the PGA Seniors' Championship.
Raymond Floyd was honored as Comeback Player of the Year. At 57 years, 10 months and 12 days, Floyd became the oldest player in Senior Tour history to win a major title, doing so at the FORD SENIOR PLAYERS Championship.

Friday - Dec. 8, 2000
Valhalla Chosen To Host 2004 Senior PGA Championship

Valhalla Golf Club, the site of Tiger Woods' dramatic 1999 PGA Championship victory, has been selected as the site of the 65th Senior PGA Championship in 2004.
Designed by Jack Nicklaus in 1986, the Louisville, Ky., course will also host the 2007 Ryder Cup Matches. In addition to the '99 PGA Championship, Valhalla was the venue for the '96 PGA Championship, won by Mark Brooks.
Next year's Senior PGA Championship will be contested at The Ridgewood Country Club in Paramus, N.J., May 24-27, 2001.

40 Events Comprise 2001 LPGA Tour
Daytona Beach, FL (Sports Network) - The 2001 LPGA schedule was completed Thursday and it is the strongest in the organization's 50-year history. There are a total of 40 events worth a total of $42 million in prize money. Thirty-seven of the tournaments are official money events and represent more than $39.5 million in prize money.
There are four new events on the tour this year, including the Sports Today Open in South Korea in October. This is the first LPGA-sanctioned event in Korea since the Samsung World Championship moved to the United States in 1998.
The average purse of tournaments is in excess of $1 million, the highest ever on the tour. The 2001 schedule also features 19 official money events with purses of at least $1 million, up from 12 in 2000.
The other three new events on the LPGA schedule are the Classic in January in Orlando, Florida, the Canadian Women's Open in August in Aurora, Ontario, and the Williams Championship in September in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
The Women's British Open, which has been on the LPGA's Tour schedule since 1994, was designated as the LPGA's newest major. The other three majors will continue to be the Nabisco Championship, the McDonald's LPGA, and the Women's U.S. Open.

USGA Sets Record Straight For Handicap System
The United States Golf Association on Friday released a statement in response to several inquiries concerning the allowance of non-conforming golf clubs and balls with respect to the official handicap system.
They claimed that according to the Rules of Golf, Section 5-1 (d), 'scores must be made in accordance with the Principles of the Rules of Golf.'
Therefore, any score which is submitted for handicap purposes that is played with non-conforming driving clubs or non-conforming golf balls, is deemed invalid.
'If you want to establish and maintain a USGA Handicap Index,' said USGA Executive Director David Fay, 'you must use conforming equipment.'

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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.

Full list of 2017 Newsmakers of the Year

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.

Masters victory

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Green jacket tour

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Man of the people

Article: SERGIO! Garcia finally gets patrons on his side

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Ace at 17th at Sawgrass

Growing family

Article: Sergio, Angela get married; Kenny G plays reception

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Departure from TaylorMade

Article: Masters champ Garcia splits with TaylorMade

Squashed beef with Paddy

Article: Harrington: Garcia was a 'sore loser'

Article: Sergio, Padraig had 'great talk,' are 'fine'

Victory at Valderrama

Article: Garcia gets first win since Masters at Valderrama

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Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 12, 2017, 12:30 pm