Parnevik Two Back in Canada

By Mercer BaggsAugust 30, 2001, 4:00 pm
With no chance of automatically qualifying for the European Ryder Cup team, Jesper Parnevik opted to play in this weeks Air Canada Championship on the PGA Tour rather than the European Tours BMW International.
 
The results are pretty good after round one.
 
Parnevik shot a 4-under-par 67 to finish two-shots off the lead at the Northview Golf & Country Club in Surrey, BC.
 
Its not all good news, however, as the 36-year-old Swede finished his round with back-to-back bogeys.
 
I got a little bit tired at the end and lost a little bit of my focus, Parnevik said. It was a bit of a sloppy finish.
 
Greg Kraft and Joel Edwards are tied for first place following a pair of 6-under 65s. Brent Geiberger (66) and Chris Riley (66) are one back. Defending champion Rory Sabbatini is among the 12 players tied for fifth place at 4-under.
 
Parnevik, who is expected to be a captains selection for the upcoming Ryder Cup, is trying to regain the form that led him to a victory in this years Honda Classic.
 
Parnevik has missed only one cut in his last 11 starts on the PGA Tour, but has only recorded two top-10s in that same time span.
 
Thursday, the five-time tour winner birdied five of his first six holes. He made his way to the top of the leaderboard at 6-under through 16 holes, but bogeyed Nos. 8 and 9 ' his final two holes of the day.
 
Parnevik is currently 30th on the PGA Tour money list, with the top-30 qualifying for the season-ending Tour Championship.
 
Meanwhile, Kraft and Edwards are battling to keep their cards.
 
Kraft is 112th in earnings, while Edwards is a more comfortable 99th.
 
Kraft started his day with a bogey at the 1st, but recovered to notch eight birdies to just one more bogey over his final 17 holes.
 
Its been a while, so Im enjoying it very much, said Kraft, who won the 1993 Deposit Guaranty Golf Classic, though it was not an official tour event at the time.
 
Its been tough all year, one of the toughest years Ive had.
 
Edwards is also in search of his first tour title. He finished tied for second in the 1992 B.C. Open.
 
I did everything well today and I kept my head together, which is pretty rare for me, said Edwards.
 
Erik Compton, making his professional debut this week, shot 3-under 68. Fellow first-timers James Driscoll and Jeff Quinney opened in 1-under and 2-over, respectively.
 
Mike Weir, the 1999 Air Canada champion, shot 2-over 73. He is, at 12th in the Official World Golf Ranking, the highest ranked player in this weeks field.
 
It was a frustrating round and I didnt play very well, Weir said. Ive had poor first rounds before and come back so I can draw upon that and hopefully, I can come back tomorrow and get myself back in this thing.
 
Full-field scores from the Air Canada Championship
 
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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.


Full list of 2017 Newsmakers of the Year


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.


Masters victory


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Green jacket tour

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Man of the people


Article: SERGIO! Garcia finally gets patrons on his side

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Article: Connelly, Garcia paired years after photo together


Ace at 17th at Sawgrass


Growing family

Article: Sergio, Angela get married; Kenny G plays reception

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Departure from TaylorMade


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Squashed beef with Paddy

Article: Harrington: Garcia was a 'sore loser'

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Victory at Valderrama


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Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017

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