Webbs Stellar Play May Warrant Repeat

By Martha BrendleJune 2, 2001, 4:00 pm
The skies cleared just as players started the third round of the U.S. Women's Open Saturday. A round in which Australias Karrie Webb picked up right where she left off Friday.

I started out pretty much the way I left off yesterday, swinging the club very well and making a lot of birdie opportunities, said Webb following a 1-under-par 69 at the Pine Needles Lodge and Golf Club in Southern Pines, N.C.
I really feel good about my round. I probably had just a couple of loose iron shots coming in, but I cant be too hard on myself today. I shot 1-under and there werent too many other red numbers up on the board.
I was really impressed with the job the greens superintendent and his crew did. The course was in great shape today. You would never know that there was that much rain yesterday. There wasnt one part on the fairways where you felt water under your feet. The greens were probably a little bit softer that they were yesterday but we had a breeze today that dried them out.
Webb completed her second round Friday at 5-under-par 135 and in sole possession of the lead.
I put a lot of emphasis on the Majors now. I always have, Webb said in a press conference Friday. Youre not ever going to win every single time you put yourself in contention, but the more times you put yourself in that position, the more chances you have and maybe you get lucky a couple of times.
Of the 21 times Karrie has held the final-round lead, shes won 13 times, finished second seven times and tied for seventh once.
Webb made three birdies Saturday and was 8-under for the tournament with 5 holes left in her round when she made her first bogey in 32 holes on the 401-yard par-4 14th.
Another bogey on the 429-yard par-4 17th brought her back to 6-under-par, where she finished the day.
However, the defending champion still holds a very comfortable five-stroke lead over Se Ri Pak, who stands at 1-under-par after a third-round 70.
'I missed so many great birdie chances for 34 holes. I kept missing putts. I misread or missed speed,' Pak said. 'It was a little confusing. But I just - actually, I find out something on the 18th hole that I'm going to be working on tonight. And I think tomorrow everything will go into the hole.'
Pak has been working on her putting with Tom Creavey, formerly with the David Ledbetter Academy.
Pak is one stroke ahead of Catriona Matthew.
Inclement weather forced Matthew to complete 36-holes today. Im delighted with 2-under for my 36 holes. I played well this morning and shot 2-under, Matthew said Saturday evening. And really played well this afternoon. Overall Im pretty pleased.
Stephanie Keever, one of four amateurs to make the cut, gave her caddie a hug on the 1st, and then ripped a drive down the center of the fairway.
Her caddie this week doubles as the proud father of Stephanie. Pride in his daughter was never more evident than upon the completion of her second round Friday. While Stephanie and the rest of her group made their way to the 18th green, Stephanies dad, Larry, was spotted taking a picture of the leaderboard with his daughter's name and score on it.
Keever completed the third round at 13-over-par after recording a disastrous 10 on the 351-yard par-4 13th.
Juli Inkster had a tumultuous third round; consisting of five birdies, four bogeys and a double bogey on the 401-yard par-4 14th.
After three disastrous holes on the backside, Inkster made a birdie on the 429-yard par-4 17th.
It gave me a little hitch in my giddy up, said Inkster, who is at 1-over after a 71.
Annika Sorenstam arrived at the course at 5 a.m. to finish her second round. She was not pleased with the early performance. And after recording her worst score this week, 3-over-par 73, she was equally as dismayed with her afternoon effort.
Im really disappointed with my play today. I expected to do better, Annika said just off the 18th green. It just didnt go my way and thats the way it is.
The first group tees off at 9:10 a.m. Sunday morning. The final twosome of Se Ri Pak and Karrie Webb tee off at 2 p.m.
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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.