Tiger Tournament Likely in 2003

By Mercer BaggsOctober 16, 2002, 4:00 pm
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. ' Jack Nicklaus has his. Arnold Palmer has his. Now it appears Tiger Woods may have his as well ' sort of.
Woods said Wednesday that there would likely be a tournament on the 2003 PGA Tour calendar in which his foundation would be the principle charity beneficiary.
Were close to getting an event (on the PGA Tour), Woods said. Things went pretty well in negotiations - the (Tiger Woods) Foundation being the chief charity.
Woods wouldnt say who would sponsor the tournament, but that we already have one. PGA Tour officials wouldnt confirm the possible events place on next years calendar.
While the event would have a strong affiliation with the worlds No. 1 and his foundation, it would not be conducted by Woods, such as the Memorial is by Nicklaus and Bay Hill is by Palmer.
As far as having my own event and running it like those guys do, Im not interested in that. I know the politics that go on and how tough it is, Woods said.
Tiger already has his own unofficial event, the Target World Challenge, which also benefits Woods foundation. This new tournament would be an official money event on the tour.

Not Yet Ready for the Fairytale Ending
This years Disney Golf Classic is expected to announce this weekend a new sponsor starting in 2003.
National Car Rental sponsored the event the past four seasons, but relinquished its role after 2001. The event is not sponsored this year, with Disney covering the bill, but appears to have survived the PGA Tours chopping block.
This is a great event, said two-time winner Woods. It has a great history, but its fun for everyone that has a family.

Natural Selection
Usually, the groupings for the first two days of a PGA Tour event are selected on the basis of players ranking, record and status. But its not an exact science. How many times can Woods be randomly selected to play alongside good friend Mark OMeara?
This week, however, tour officials paired players together at their own discretion. The result was twosomes (along with two amateurs) filled with friends, neighbors and allies.
Five pairings consist of Ryder Cup team members.
Jim Furyk and Hal Sutton; Davis Love III and David Duval; Woods and David Toms; Scott Hoch and U.S. captain Curtis Strange (both of who attended Wake Forest University); and Jesper Parnevik and Bernhard Langer are spending the first two days together again.
Others have affiliations that run along national, state and neighborhood lines.
Australians Stuart Appleby and Robert Allenby are paired together, as are Japans Hidemichi Tanaka and Kaname Yokoo, to name a few countrymen playing with one another.
Good friends and practice buddies Lee Janzen and Rocco Mediate are in the same group. The same can be said for rookie winners Spike McRoy and Ian Leggatt; Bob May and Edward Fryatt, both of Las Vegas; and Isleworth neighbors John Cook and OMeara.
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Suspended Hensby offers details on missed drug test

By Will GrayDecember 12, 2017, 11:30 pm

One day after receiving a one-year suspension from the PGA Tour for failing to provide a sample for a drug test, Mark Hensby offered details on the events that led to his missed test in October.

Hensby, 46, released a statement explaining that the test in question came after the opening round of the Sanderson Farms Championship, where the Aussie opened with a 78. Frustrated about his play, Hensby said he was prepared to give a blood sample but was then informed that the test would be urine, not blood.

"I had just urinated on the eighth hole, my 17th hole that day, and knew that I was probably unable to complete the urine test for at least a couple more hours," Hensby said. "I told this gentleman that I would complete the test in the morning prior to my early morning tee time. Another gentleman nearby told me that 'they have no authority to require me to stay.' Thus, I left."

Hensby explained that he subsequently received multiple calls and texts from PGA Tour officials inquiring as to why he left without providing a sample and requesting that he return to the course.

"I showed poor judgment in not responding," said Hensby, who was subsequently disqualified from the tournament.

Hensby won the 2004 John Deere Classic, but he has missed six cuts in seven PGA Tour starts over the last two years. He will not be eligible to return to the Tour until Oct. 26, 2018.

"Again, I made a terrible decision to not stay around that evening to take the urine test," Hensby said. "Obviously in hindsight I should have been more patient, more rational and taken the test. Call me stupid, but don't call me a cheater. I love the game. I love the integrity that it represents, and I would never compromise the values and qualities that the game deserves."

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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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Ace at 17th at Sawgrass

Growing family

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

Article: Garcia, wife expecting first child in March 2018

Departure from TaylorMade

Article: Masters champ Garcia splits with TaylorMade

Squashed beef with Paddy

Article: Harrington: Garcia was a 'sore loser'

Article: Sergio, Padraig had 'great talk,' are 'fine'

Victory at Valderrama

Article: Garcia gets first win since Masters at Valderrama

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Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017

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