Woods six back after 36 holes in AT&T

By Jason SobelFebruary 11, 2012, 1:36 am

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. – Stop me if you’ve heard this one before.

Tiger Woods injured himself while playing golf Friday.

I know what you’re thinking.

Maybe it was a recurrence of last year’s knee injury that kept him out of action for three full months. Perhaps it was the Achilles problem that doesn’t get as much pub, but has impaired his progress over the years. Or it could have been – gasp! – a tweak of the very same ACL that he had repaired after winning the U.S. Open four years ago.

Nope. In those three instances, you’d be wrong, wrong and wrong.

Instead, it was his right wrist that was injured during the second round of the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am – and when Tiger first addressed it after his round, it sounded pretty serious.

“It hurt like hell when I did it,” he said.

Uh-oh. Could this be another in a long line of injury issues for Woods? Could this inhibit his ability to play what he says will be his first 20-start season since 2005? Could this be something that plagues him throughout the remainder of his career, adding to the list of aches and pains that keep him from passing the game’s most hallowed records?

Not exactly.

“Once I popped it back in, it was good,” he explained. “It was just a joint. No big deal.”

Oh, right. No big deal. Just a joint. All he had to do was pop it back in.

Just another day at the office, huh?

It may sound like Woods should make the All-Madden Team for his tough-guy performance at Monterey Peninsula Country Club, but listen to him and the quick fix seems like the most normal thing in the world.

The incident in question occurred on the par-4 eighth hole. Woods’ drive landed in a fairway divot and from there, he was forced to hit down on the ball with a little more power. He found the green with his shot and two-putted for par, but not without hurting his wrist – for a few minutes, at least.

“[It was] just that one shot,” he said. “I was in a divot on an uphill slope and it was a tough combo.”

That was about all that went wrong for him Friday.

Playing his first competitive round as a professional at MPCC, Woods carded four birdies and two bogeys, resulting in a 2-under 68. It was hardly the best score his game could have elicited, but following an opening 4-under 68 at Spyglass Hill, it brought him to 6 under at the midway point of the tournament, six shots off the lead of Charlie Wi and in a share of 17th place on the leaderboard.

“I hit it well, I just didn't give myself the exact right looks today,” said Woods, who’s hit 83.3 percent of greens in regulation in the first two rounds. “I was above the hole or had some downhill breaking putts. I just needed to leave myself below the hole. With the greens getting bumpy like this, you just have to be aggressive on these things and take out some of the movement, and I just didn't do that.”

Woods may not have sounded too enthused about his ball-striking, but to borrow a few of his favorite phrases, his tee shots have often been “on a string” and his iron play has appeared “dialed in.” At MPCC, he hit 11 of 13 fairways and 16 of 18 greens in regulation, improving on his numbers from one day earlier at Spyglass.

His bigger issues have come on the greens. Woods endured four second-round misses of about 10 feet or less, but somewhat surprisingly characterized his putting afterward as “good.”

If that was “good,” just think what could happen if “great” returns to his arsenal for Saturday’s third round at Pebble Beach.

Woods has enjoyed a love-hate relationship with the admittedly bumpy greens on the famed links over the years, but he’ll have the benefit of playing in the third group off the 10th tee, likely meaning smoother greens than later in the day.

He doesn’t need to go extremely low in order to remain in contention entering the final round, but Woods should bring some optimism into the day, considering the way he’s hit the ball and the fact that a potentially serious situation with his wrist was a mere quick inconvenience.

For one of the only times in recent memory, no matter what happens over the weekend, we can still say of Woods: Hey, at least he has his health.

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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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Green jacket tour

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Man of the people

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Growing family

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Departure from TaylorMade

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Squashed beef with Paddy

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Victory at Valderrama

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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.