bThe Golf Channel Broadcast Team Offers Insights to 2005 Solheim Cupb
Even though I've been living in Orlando for 10 years, I still consider Indiana 'home'. So to return to my favorite town in the world and anchor our coverage of one of the biggest events in golf is truly a thrill and an honor. I'm looking forward to this event more than any other in my career at The Golf Channel.
The golf fans of Indiana are in for a real treat. Three days of unbelievable competition between some of the biggest names in women's golf. This will be the biggest event in women's athletics in 2005.
Hammons about the upcoming Solheim Cup:
The great thing about the United States team is that all of the players fighting for a position on the team are playing well. That has to make Nancy Lopez happy. One of the things a captain looks for are players who are 'hot' going into the Solheim Cup. She has a lot of 'hot' players.
The European team has a great mix of veterans and talented young players. Anytime you have Annika Sorenstam leading your team you have a shot.
I think Crooked Stick will provide some terrific theater. I can not believe the intensity of the Solheim Cup. I thought players were into the Ryder Cup, but the LPGA players have been talking about this event since the middle of last year.
Six-time U.S. Solheim Cup team member and The Golf Channel Analyst Dottie Pepper on her Solheim Cup playing experience:
The Solheim Cup was definitely one of the highlights of my career, especially since I was involved in the first playing back in 1990. It was always a huge goal; the opportunity to play as a team as well as represent your country was a determining factor in the schedule I set for two years in an effort to accumulate the necessary points.
Pepper on her first Solheim Cup broadcast experience for The Golf Channel:
The biggest challenge in this new capacity will be that of 'just calling golf' and not rooting outwardly for the U.S. team, many of those players being former teammates of mine. I am also looking forward to managing a 10 hour telecast with no breaks!
Pepper about the upcoming Solheim Cup:
I think the greatest thing about the potential team members is that nearly all of them are playing great golf now where as that was not the case two years ago going to the event staged in Sweden. Crooked Stick is a fabulous test, especially for match play, with water coming into play on several of the closing holes and huge swings in momentum being a huge possibility.
1996 Solheim Cup U.S. team member and The Golf Channel On-course Reporter Val Skinner on her Solheim Cup memories:
I consider my experience in the Solheim Cup one of the competitive highlights of my career.
The intensity of every match, hole and shot matches only the feelings experienced in a major
championship. To play along side the peers you respect and admire while representing your country creates total pride. I will always relish these moments in my golf career.
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Suspended Hensby offers details on missed drug test
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."
Day's wife shares emotional story of miscarriage
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.
Swipe to see what’s up in my world. It’s long-winded.... short version, we lost the baby. Had to share this since we had shared the news already. I know you’re all so supportive and kind. I just couldn’t face it before. Now let’s get back to our regularly scheduled programming. #ihavealotoffeelings #andphotostocatchupon
“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
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.
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.
Green jacket tour
Man of the people
Ace at 17th at Sawgrass
Departure from TaylorMade
Squashed beef with Paddy
Victory at Valderrama
Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017
GolfChannel.com is counting down the top 10 Newsmakers of the Year as voted on by Golf Channel’s writers, editors, reporters and producers. Check out the list below, including future release dates:
No. 4: Dec. 13
No. 3: Dec. 14
No. 2: Dec. 15
No. 1: Dec. 18