They Said It: 'Live From' crew reacts to Woods penalty

By Golf Channel DigitalApril 13, 2013, 4:52 pm

With the golf world reacting Saturday morning to the announcement that Tiger Woods had been assessed a two-shot penalty for an illegal drop during Friday's second round, Golf Channel's 'Live From the Masters' crew shared their varying views of the situation. Below is a sample of what our experts had to say:

Sir Nick Faldo, on the situation facing Woods: 'He should really sit down and think about this, and the mark this will leave on his career, his legacy, everything.'

Faldo, explaining that he feels Woods should withdraw: 'I think Tiger would gain massive brownie points if he stood up and said, 'You know, you're right, guys, I clearly have broken the rules, and I'll walk. I'll see you next week.''

Brandel Chamblee, on whether Woods should disqualify himself: “The integrity of this sport is bigger than the desire to see Tiger Woods play golf today. I want to see Tiger Woods play golf; I have never seen anybody play golf like him. I want to see him make a run at Jack Nicklaus’ majors record. I want to see that. But I don’t want to see it this week; I don’t want to see it under these circumstances. The right thing to do here, for Tiger and for the game, is for Tiger to disqualify himself.”

Chamblee, on the ramifications facing Woods: 'To me, this doesn't take any time or consideration. If he doesn't disqualify himself, this will cast a dark shadow over the entire day of golf, over this entire event, but more importantly over his entire career, for the rest of his life.'

Frank Nobilo, disagreeing with Chamblee's assessment that Woods should withdraw: “I don’t agree with that. If that’s the case, you have to have that argument on every single rules infraction. Every time a player grounds their club in a hazard, they’ve gained an advantage. Every time someone moves their ball one millimeter in front of their ball marker, they’ve gained an advantage over the field. So once again, you have to do the same to every single rules infringement.  Maybe two shots isn’t enough; maybe it should be four, maybe it should be six. I’m not the one to decide that.”

Notah Begay III, on accepting the decision of the rules committee: 'In this particular case, whether it's the right decision or the wrong decision, it is the decision handed down by the committee, and I think that we should just respect it.'

Begay, on how he viewed the original incident and how he thinks Woods will proceed: 'I do think when I've looked at that video, that the drop wasn't as close as it needed to be; it wasn't even in the vicinity of where it needed to be. In accordance with the rules, that would be a pending disqualification, but I guess through some decision and process that Augusta National has gone through, they came to this resolution and I think Tiger's probably going to play today and do his best to put it behind him.'

John Cook, on what he would do in Woods' situation: “Even if they said, ‘You can play,’ I would go slam my trunk. Ultimately, I would slam my own trunk.”

Cook on the Augusta National Golf Club rules committee: “I certainly feel the committee got confused. They decided at one point that everything was OK, then upon further review they went in another direction.”

Brad Faxon, on Woods' decision to play or withdraw: “I think if Tiger withdraws, he looks better than if he wins this tournament. He looks like Greg Norman in 1996 when he lost to Faldo and gained more fans than if he had gone on to win.”

Faxon, on players knowing and understanding the Rules of Golf: “Ignorance is not an exception to the rule. We know that, and that’s the way it should be. We should know the Rules and follow the Rules.”

Olin Browne, on potentially creating gray areas by subjectively interpreting certain rules: “We can’t have hard-and-fast rules, and then say, ‘Well, except in this situation we need to do this,’ or, ‘Except in that situation we need to be a little more accommodating there.’ The Rules have historically been the Rules; fair or unfair, like or dislike.”

Browne, on accepting a decision once one is handed down: “I think we have to be careful about this. If the ruling body has come down with a ruling, the committee has come down with a ruling, we as players accept that.”

Tripp Isenhour, on the use of Rule 33-7: 'This is a good rule, and whether you agree with the committee decision or not, they're using this to allow this kind of interpretation to go on. I think this is a good rule for the game going forward, in the age of high definition.'

Isenhour, on how the new rule leaves incidents open for interpretation: 'Once you sign the scorecard, typically you would be disqualified. The loophole is this new rule. If we didn't have this new rule, then he would definitely have to be disqualified. Is there leeway, are they using this rule to kind of move a different way? Yes. But they have that right.'

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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.

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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.

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Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017

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