Notes Tiger Taking Off a Month

By Mercer BaggsSeptember 1, 2003, 4:00 pm
NORTON, Mass. -- Tiger Woods birdied his final two holes Monday to finish tied for seventh in the Deutsche Bank Championship.
He shot back-to-back 67s after surviving a cutline scare in Round 2. He ended at 11-under-par 273; nine back of champion Adam Scott.
Woods, whose Tiger Woods Foundation is the primary beneficiary of the tournament, was given a raucous standing ovation as he left the 18th green. Chants of Tigah! Tigah! resonated from the massive New England crowd.
It will be a while before fans get a chance to see Woods again. When asked if he would play before the WGC-American Express Championship in early October, Woods said: No. I am done.
With his victory, Adam Scott has a two-year exemption on the PGA Tour.
But don't expect him to play full time.
'I'm not really keen on jumping back and forth all the time,' Scott said of playing between the European and PGA tours. 'But, fortunately, the majors and the World Golf Championships count for the European Tour, as well as here.'
Scott said he still has plenty left to accomplish on his 'home' tour.
'Winning the Order of Merit would be great,' said the 23-year-old Australian. 'It is my home tour and that's obviously what I want to achieve.'
Justin Rose would have loved nothing more than to win this week. Instead he settled for the second-best outcome.
Im happy for Adam, Rose said of champion Scott.
Rose is 14 days younger than his Australian friend and rival. The two have been competing against one another ever since they went head-to-head in the 2001 Alfred Dunhill Championship (won by Scott).
The two had dinner together almost every night this week.
Were pretty much best mates, Rose said of his relationship with Scott.
Though Rose didnt win ' he shot 67 to finish five back of Scott ' he did achieve another personal goal.
With his third-place finish, Rose earned $340,000. That pushed his 2003 PGA Tour total to $599,874, easily be enough to finish inside the top 125 on the money list by seasons end, and earn full-time playing privileges next year. He would be ranked 85th in earnings if he was a regular member of the tour.
I had a hidden agenda this week, said Rose, who is a regular on the European Tour. Not to say Ill play full time here next year, but its great to have the opportunity to play on a tour like this.
Like Rose, Rocco Mediate didnt win this week, but left with a bit of satisfactioin.
Mediate shot 66-65 over the final two rounds to move into second place. It marked his first top-10 since Pebble Beach in February.
Its good, Mediate said of the result. Ive been playing like crap lately.
Mediate has only played nine times ' the same amount as Tiger Woods ' in the last four-and-a-half months. He took time away from the game to spend with his family. And while his world ranking has dropped over the summer, My ranking with my children and my wife ' Im No. 1, Mediate said.
Mediate earned $540,000 to move to 29th on the money list. The top 30 prior to the Tour Championship get into the elite field.
Mediate plans to play in five more tournaments: WGC-American Express, Las Vegas Invitational, Chrysler Classic of Greensboro, Funai Classic at Walt Disney World, and Chrysler Championship.
If I cant do it in five tournaments, I shouldn't be there ' and Ive got my shot, he said.
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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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    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.