Tryon Near the Bottom in Phoenix

By Mercer BaggsJanuary 24, 2002, 5:00 pm
It wasnt a fairytale beginning, but its the ending that counts.
Ty Tryon struggled mightily in his 2002 PGA Tour debut, shooting a 6-over-par 77 in the first round of the Phoenix Open in Scottsdale, Ariz.
'I'm glad it's over,' he said.
The 17-year-old high school junior started on the 10th hole Thursday at the TPC at Scottsdale and proceeded to record five bogeys and one double bogey to make the turn in 7-over 43.
Playing with a massive following of patrons and media in tow, Tryon settled down following another dropped shot at the par-5 third. He birdied the par-3 fourth, and ended a miserable scoring day with a birdie on the par-4 ninth.
It was a tough day ' wind, cold, nerves, said Tryon, who bogeyed all three of the par-5s. I hung in there on the back nine ' looking forward to tomorrow.
It was a difficult day for all involved. Tee times were delayed for 15 minutes due to frost, and the temperature was barely 40 degrees when play began.
When the weather warmed, Steve Flesch announced himself as the first-round leader, thanks to a bogey-free 7-under-par 64. Flesch has notched 27 career top-10 finishes over the past four years without a win.
'We were fortunate,' Flesch said of his tee time. 'We got the good end of the draw. Obviously, I'm sitting in a good spot.'
The left-hander had a tremendous 2000 season, earning over $2 million. However, last year was a bit of a disappointment when he fell from 13th to 44th on the money list.
Duffy Waldorf, who was in contention early last week at the Bob Hope, is one back after a 65. Vijay Singh, Scottsdale resident Tom Lehman, Matt Kuchar and Skip Kendall all shot 66s.
Mark Calcavecchia, who set a 72-hole tour scoring record in winning this event a year ago, opened in 68, as did John Daly and Chris DiMarco. Last week's winner, Phil Mickelson, double-bogeyed his final hole to shoot 1-over 72.
This is Tryon's second tournament as a pro. He missed the cut in last year's Michelob Championship. He made the cut in both his starts as an amateur, finishing tied for 39th at the Honda Classic and tied for 37th at the B.C. Open.
Thursday he got off to a horrible start, bogeying his first two holes. He hit his tee shot on the par-5 13th in the water, and didn't find a fairway until his eighth hole of the day.
'The fairways looked the size of a street,' he said. 'The first nine, I just wasn't myself.
'Once I made the turn, I was just like, you know, 'Play as well as you can, forget about it.' Can't do much worse.'
Though he hit another ball into the drink at the third, Tryon showed the form that got him through all three stages of Q-School by playing his final six holes in 2-under.
Tryon will be in the final threesome Friday, a tough tee time due to the increasing winds and bumpy greens. Its highly unlikely that he will make the cut. He said he next plans to play when the tour reaches his home state of Florida.
Tryon has accepted sponsors invitations ' he gets seven before he turns 18 June 2 ' to play in the Genuity Championship at Doral, the Honda Classic (where he made his debut as an amateur a year ago), and the Bay Hill Invitational in his hometown of Orlando.
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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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Growing family

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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.