One Major Many Stories

By Mercer BaggsAugust 12, 2002, 4:00 pm
When Tiger Woods shot 81 in the third round of the British Open, it closed the door on the seasonal Grand Slam. But while one enormous headline was washed away, several others will take its place this week in the 84th PGA Championship.
Els Seeks Third Leg of Career Grand Slam. Woods Looks to Rebound After Muirfield Misfortune. David Wants to be Goliath Again. Will Mickelson Finally Get His Fill at Hazeltine? Another Major Surprise?
The seasons final major takes place this week at the Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minn. Its the sixth time the venue has hosted a major championship. Tony Jacklin won the 1970 U.S. Open at Hazeltine, while Payne Stewart did the same in 1991.
Sandra Spuzich won the first major title at this site, in the 1966 U.S. Women's Open, while Hollis Stacy triumphed when the Open returned in '77.
Billy Casper prevailed in the 1983 U.S. Senior Open at Hazeltine.
The par-72 course will play 7,360 yards. Three of the par-5s measure in excess of 585 yards, with the third hole a tournament-record 636.
David Toms won last years PGA Championship by laying up on the 72nd hole and sinking a 12-footer for birdie and a one-shot victory over Phil Mickelson.
It marked Toms first major title, and Mickelsons fifth top-three in a major without a win. The lefthander has since finished third at this years Masters and second in the U.S. Open. He enters the PGA 0-41 in majors played.
Being that this is the first time in 11 years that Hazeltine has hosted a major, several players in the field will be using the first three days to grow accustomed to the layout.
Toms and Woods have already had a sneak peak. Toms played the course on a media day in July and shot 3-under 69.
I know its going to be different, Toms said of the course conditions once the event starts, the greens were not very fast, the rough wasnt up like its going to be and there were no grandstands ' no people.
Woods didnt keep score in his 2 -hour drive-by last Tuesday with Mark OMeara.
More than anything, Hazeltine is a driving golf course. You have to get the ball in play, Woods said. With the rough being up and the greens probably firming up, youve got to get the ball in play in order to attack and make some birdies.
Woods and company will have to re-adjust their games from keeping it under the winds off the Firth of Forth to landing the ball softly onto the greens in the Land of 10,000 Lakes.
All of us who played over there started hitting the ball a little lower, little lower, little lower, and sometimes its a little difficult to let it go and get the path and release and get the ball up in the air again, Woods said.
Woods also stated there shouldnt be any tremors remaining from his Saturday earthquake at Muirfield.
The next day I was ready to go. I think the score would indicate that, too, said Woods, who shot a final-round 65. You know, golf is one of those things, youve got to put it out of your head and move on. Its a sport. Its not life or death.'
Woods has won seven of the last 12 majors contested, and fine-tuned his game last week with a win in the Buick Open, though he did battle his swing over the weekend. He will now try and become the first player since Lee Trevino, 31 years ago, to win a regular tour stop and a major championship in back-to-back weeks.
'From what I've heard, some people expect me to have a letdown (at the PGA), which I find amusing. I look at it this way: How can you have a letdown? It's a major championship, and the last one of the year.'
Ernie Els officially killed Tigers Grand Slam run. He said he celebrated with two-time Open champion Nick Price by drinking champagne out of the Claret Jug.
The fruits of victory were sweet, despite the fact that the South African almost spoiled his chance for major No. 3.
Els squandered a three-stroke lead on the back nine Sunday, and won a four-way playoff with five pars.
It might not have been the prettiest of wins, but (I) got it behind me. I think it was a major step, said Els, who also admitted that: If Tiger played on the level that he normally plays I probably would have come in second again. But I found myself there and I took my opportunity, let me put it that way.
I think thats what the guys have to try and do; when it comes your way, you have to try and grab it.
Thats exactly what 155 players will try and do this week at Tiger's expense.
Full coverage of the 84th PGA Championship
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Lexi (wrist) WDs from Diamond Resorts Invitational

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 11:27 pm

Lexi Thompson on Friday withdrew from the Diamond Resorts Invitational, citing inflammation in her wrist. Thompson, who teamed with Tony Finau to finish tied for fourth place in last week's QBE Shootout, said she is under strict doctor's order not to hit golf balls until mid-January.

The Diamond Resorts Invitational is scheduled Jan. 12-14 at Tranquilo Golf Club in Orlando, Fla. The field for te 54-hole event includes LPGA and PGA Tour Champions players, as well as celebrities from the worlds or sports and entertainment.

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Rose leads Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs

By Associated PressDecember 15, 2017, 2:04 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose completed the final two holes of his second round early Saturday for a 3-under 69 and a one-stroke lead at the Indonesian Masters.

Rose, who had a first-round 62, was among a quarter of the field forced off the Royale Jakarta Golf Club course after weather delays on Friday.

The Englishman, who bogeyed his last hole, had a two-round total of 13-under 131.

Kiradech Aphibarnrat, who completed his 64 on Friday, was in second place.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters. He has been affected by a rib-sternum injury for most of the season.

Newsmaker of the Year: No. 2, Donald Trump

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 1:00 pm

Even away from the White House, President Donald Trump generated plenty of headlines this year.

Trump’s first year in office didn’t dim his enthusiasm for the game, as he made splashy appearances at two big events, tweeted about golf to his more than 44 million followers, teed it up with some of the sport’s biggest stars, including Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Lexi Thompson, and fired a few eyebrow-raising scores. Logging more than 75 rounds since his inauguration, the 3-handicap has only bolstered his reputation as the best golfing president, particularly after his alleged 73 with Sen. Lindsey Graham.

None of his appearances created a bigger stir than when he attended the U.S. Women’s Open. Despite protests and calls for the USGA to move its premier women’s event from Trump Bedminster – the president reportedly threatened to sue – his weekend there went off without incident, as Trump watched the action and hosted players in his private box near the 15th green.

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Despite his controversial rhetoric on a variety of national issues, Trump has remained a staunch supporter of women’s golf, and he became the first sitting president to attend the U.S. Women’s Open.

An honorary chairman of the Presidents Cup, Trump also flew to Liberty National for the biennial team event, where he presented the trophy to the U.S. team and dedicated the victory to the hurricane victims in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico.

In late November, amid tweets about the national anthem, Turkey, Egypt and Time Magazine, Trump announced that he was playing a round in South Florida with Woods and world No. 1 Dustin Johnson.

Yes, that too became a headline, just like everything else Trump did in 2017.

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Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 12:30 pm