A players captain

By Rex HoggardJanuary 20, 2011, 10:06 pm

The sun came up in the east, snow blanketed the Northeast and Davis Love III was named the 2012 U.S. Ryder Cup captain on Thursday, a foregone conclusion that did not escape “Captain Obvious” . . . eh, “Captain America.”

“This has been such a well-kept secret. I’m going to be the Ryder Cup captain, just want to get that off the table,” Love joked.

As for the rest of the 44-minute media meet-and-greet the new captain covered everything from potential assistant captains (none were announced) to the potential of Love possibly earning a spot on his own team. The only thing not covered was leaky rain suits and the likelihood of lavender cardigans.

Here are some highlights from Thursday’s announcement:

The six-time Ryder Cup player was asked how important experience will be in 2012 at venerable Medinah: “Corey Pavin did me an incredible service. Seeing it from the inside (as an assistant captain last year), watching how much hard work he put into. We learned a lot. I need to go back to the former captains and take little things from each one of them,” he said.

On what players can expect from a DL3 captaincy: “I’m a players’ captain. I’ll try to get them what they need to be successful. Stay out of the way and let them show their talents,” he said.

On what it means to captain a team run by the PGA of America, an organization his late father was a member of: “To be named Ryder Cup captain is a thrill I never thought I would have. I would love to share that with my father and I know, somehow, I am,” an emotional Love said.

On possible changes to the current selection process, which takes the top eight Americans from a points list and four captain’s picks: “I’d rather not make four picks, I watched Corey do it. I think it will be one of the hardest things to do,” he said. “One of the hardest things is telling the guys who didn’t get picked. Obviously, the system has worked. It’s fine. We identified eight great players and four great picks last time.”

On the possibility of earning a spot on his own team: “I’m never going to give up my goal of playing,” he said. “Between (European captain Jose Maria Olazabal) and myself if one of us gets hot with the putter we may make our teams. I don’t want to leave a guy off our team that may help us win, and if that’s me great.”

On what he would look for in potential captain’s picks: “I want guys who are playing well and putting well. I’m going to pick a hot putter. I wanted to be the guy out there with all that pressure and I’m going to pick guys like that,” he said.

On his leadership style: “You take the best of Lee Trevino and Tom Watson and Ben Crenshaw. I’m not going to say I’m the smartest guy and a great leader but I have been around a lot of great leaders and I think that experience will help me get through,” he said.

On possible format and golf course changes that would benefit the Americans: “Either way we’re going to play both of them (foursomes and four-ball). Ultimately, it’s not really the format it’s how comfortable players are with each other. I don’t think we can set the format and set the golf course up well enough to give us a real advantage.”

And finally, on whether he thinks Ryder Cup captains get too much credit for a win and too much blame for a loss? “Yes,” he said without hesitation.

With that, Love was off for a turkey hunting trip in Georgia, the only creatures in America who were surprised by Thursday’s announcement.

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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.

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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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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

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Montana parents can't watch kids play high school golf

By Grill Room TeamDecember 11, 2017, 9:47 pm

Well, this is a one new one.

According to a report from KTVQ in Montana, this line in the Montana State High School Association rule book all but forbids spectators from observing high school golf in that state:

“No spectators/fans are allowed on the course except for certain locations as designated by the tournament manager and club professional.”

Part of the issue, according to the report, is that most courses don't bother to designate those "certain locations" leaving parents unable to watch their kids compete.

“If you tell a parent that they can’t watch their kid play in the Thanksgiving Day football game, they would riot,” Chris Kelley, a high school golf parent, told KTVQ.

The report lists illegal outside coaching as one of the rule's chief motivations, but Montana State women's golf coach Brittany Basye doesn't quite buy that.

“I can go to a softball game and I can sit right behind the pitcher. I can make hand signals,” she is quoted in the report. “I can yell out names. I can do the same thing on a softball field that might affect that kid. Football games we can yell as loud as we want when someone is making a pass or a catch.”

The MHSA has argued that unlike other sports that are played in a confined area, the sprawling nature of a golf course would make it difficult to hire enough marshals to keep unruly spectators in check.

Meanwhile, there's a lawyer quoted in the report claiming this is some kind of civil rights issue.

Worth note, Montana is one of only two states that doesn't allow spectators on the course. The other state, Alaska, does not offer high school golf.