Rymer, Chamblee, Nobilo offer thoughts on Masters

By Golf Channel DigitalApril 4, 2012, 2:07 pm

Golf Channel analysts broadcast quotes – 'Live From the Masters' Tuesday, April 3

Golf Channel analyst Charlie Rymer on Hunter Mahan:

Charlie Rymer: I do think Tiger Woods is the best American player, but I think Hunter Mahan, at No. 4 in the world, is in a spot that is very well deserved. If you look at what Hunter has done, he has taken it to that next level.  Five wins now on the PGA Tour. Two of those are WGC wins. Three Presidents Cups and two Ryder Cups. He is driving the ball as well as anyone on the planet. He is under the radar, and I think he is a very dangerous player this week.

Golf Channel analyst Brandel Chamblee on Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods:

Rich Lerner: How would a McIlroy victory [this week at the Masters] change the perception of Rory McIlroy?

Brandel Chamblee: I don’t think it would change it, and we only tread lightly because we look at Tiger Woods now knowing that he has won 14 major championships. But the comparison of Tiger Woods at 22 years old to a 22-year-old Rory McIlroy is not dubious. In fact, Rory McIlroy is ahead of the pace in major championships that Tiger Woods was setting when he had played in 13 major championships like Rory McIlroy has played in. Rory McIlory has slept on more leads in 13 majors than Tiger Woods had slept on. Rory McIlroy has a win, three third-place finishes and a 10th place finish. That is a better record than Tiger Woods had. He hasn’t won as many tournaments, but only by two. He leads the PGA Tour in scrambling, third-round scoring average, fourth-round scoring average and a mind-boggling amount of statistics. Just like Tiger Woods did in 1997. So who knows what Tiger Woods has got in store for us this week, or for Rory for the rest of his career. Perhaps Rory wins 14 majors.

Golf Channel analyst Notah Begay on Tiger Woods:

Steve Sands: Tiger Woods winning at Bay Hill makes this Masters…what?

Notah Begay: It makes it extremely exciting. One of the things that has been established through the happenings in Tiger Woods’ life the last couple of years is that all of the players at the top, they are no longer afraid of him. He doesn’t have that aura of intimidation when he steps on the first tee, and that really bodes well for some of these young players as they start to converge on the No. 1 ranking. I think that is where everyone wants to be and I think that is what this event sets up for the rest of the year. There is going to be this big fight over the major championships to see who can be No. 1.

Golf Channel analyst Frank Nobilo on the world No. 1 ranking:

Frank Nobilo: When Tiger Woods was world No. 1, everybody took notice. When Tiger Woods was world No. 1 and had just won, we took notice. Sadly, we’re missing a guy that is world No. 1, and in his last start also won. That is Luke Donald. And he is the best player in the world.

('Live From the Masters' continues Wednesday with a primetime edition from 6-8 p.m. ET, recapping all of the days’ action and preparing viewers for Thursday’s opening round from Augusta, Ga.)

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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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Video: See the putt that made Sergio a major champ


Green jacket tour

Article: Take a look at Sergio's crazy, hectic media tour

Article: Garcia with fiancée, green jacket at Wimbledon

Article: Watch: Garcia kicks off El Clasico in green jacket


Man of the people


Article: SERGIO! Garcia finally gets patrons on his side

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Article: Sergio donates money for Texas flood relief


Article: Connelly, Garcia paired years after photo together


Ace at 17th at Sawgrass


Growing family

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

Article: Garcia, wife expecting first child in March 2018


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