Please No Letdown

By Kraig KannAugust 19, 2005, 4:00 pm
Now that Phil Mickelson has the PGA Tours final major to tote around for the rest of the 2005 campaign, lets not just go through the motions. Okay? Given the year weve had, it just wouldnt be fair.
Phil Mickelson
Phil Mickelson has only one career win after the month of August (2000 Tour Championship).
First off, congrats to Mickelson who showed up at Baltusrol hardly carrying the banner of consistency. Without a fancy showing in any of the majors thus far, doubters (me included) could hardly put Phil on equal footing with Tiger Woods and Vijay Singh.
Sure hed won the Masters in 2004, but critics could use the glass half empty point of view and point out that, given the near misses that came in the 2004 majors after his victory leap at Augusta, what if that putt at 18 to win hadnt dropped? And what if Phil had lost a playoff with Ernie Els that year? Then what would be said about a majorless streak with no signs of an end?
Instead, now that Phil has two majors, we ought to look back at all the close calls and salute him for years of major consistency. He didnt win 'em all, but he sure knew/knows how to contend.
One thing that hasnt gotten a lot of play among the media is that in Phils two major victories ... he absolutely did it.
At the Masters, Phil needed that putt at the last to avoid a playoff and win outright. He made it.
At the PGA Championship on Monday, Phil needed to birdie the last hole to avoid a three-way playoff and win it outright. He did it.
Phil was clutch. And so often before, he hadnt been.
So now Lefty is right where he wants to be heading into the 2006 campaign.
*Hes now third in the Official World Golf Ranking, and suddenly not too far behind Vijay Singh for the second spot.
*He now ties Woods for most victories on the PGA Tour this season with four.
* He now throws his name into the ring for 2005 Player of the Year; though, hell need a huge, huge finish this season to upend Woods for the honor given Tigers major success this year (1,2,1,4).
And that gets me to my point. Dont let up. Dont give in to the exhale factor. Dont leave us simply waiting for Augusta in April 2006 to pick up this great story where it left off.
This weekend at Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio can become a WGC event worth really paying attention to rather than just another gathering of the world golf ranking leaders playing for what is deemed a big event.
Cmon, Phil ' make more magic. Cmon, Vijay ' make some putts and make a run at another money title. Cmon, Davis ' make last week seem like an appetizer, make like your old self, and take it all the way to the house like we know you can.
The year 2005 began with Stuart Appleby successfully defending his title at the Mercedes Championships. Then we got on this run with all of the big names winning tournaments. Remember David Toms at the Match Play? Remember that Mickelson had three wins before the Masters? Remember Vijays early season string of success? Remember Tiger outlasting Phil at the Ford Championship at Doral? Do you remember that Justin Leonard and Kenny Perry have multiple titles this year?
Im just afraid that all of those guys remember all too well their successes this season and might just lose their collective will to care about the rest of the season.
Dont do it guys. Dont force us to think only about Jason Gore the rest of this PGA Tour season. That would be a shame. Augusta doesnt come until April ' and before we get into thoughts about Phil going for his third major or Tiger going for his 11th ' lets make some late-season fireworks and finish this thing off in style.
p.s. Anybody think Gores got a win in him?
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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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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.