Texas' Beau Hossler and UCLA's Bronte Law Win Fred Haskins and ANNIKA Awards

By Golf Channel Public RelationsJune 8, 2016, 6:50 pm

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Hossler Reveals to Golf Central That He Suffered a Torn Labrum at the NCAA Men’s Golf National Championships Last Week, Undergoing Surgery on Friday

ORLANDO, Fla., June 7, 2016 –Texas junior Beau Hossler and UCLA junior Bronte Law were announced tonight on Golf Central as winners of the Fred Haskins Award presented by Stifel and the ANNIKA Award Presented by 3M, respectively, recognizing the most outstanding male and female Division I collegiate golfers as voted on by their peers, coaches and golf media.

FRED HASKINS AWARD PRESENTED BY STIFEL: Hossler, who recorded five wins and is a 2016 First Team All-American, helped his Texas Longhorns to advance to the team championship final against Oregon last week at the NCAA Men’s Golf National Championships.

“It’s an amazing accomplishment and an honor to be here, said Hossler, speaking with Golf Channel’s Steve Burkowski. “I really can’t put into words the amount of work and effort that I’ve put in, but this wouldn’t be made possible without everybody on my team, whether it be in Texas or back home in California. It’s a huge honor for me to represent them and to be here today.

“It is really special to see guys like Phil Mickelson and Ben Crenshaw and guys like that, and Maverick McNealy, one of my good friends winning last year,” Hossler continued. “To be on the list forever with those guys is truly an honor.”

Hossler suffered a shoulder injury in the semifinal match against Southern California at last week’s NCAA Golf National Championships, ultimately conceding his match in the team championship final against Texas due to the injury. Hossler announced on Golf Central that he will undergo shoulder surgery on Friday.

“I had an MRI in Austin and I have a torn labrum,” said Hossler. “Basically, I dislocated my shoulder on all four of those swings, so I will have to have surgery on Friday to repair that. The good news is now that I know what is going on, I am very optimistic that I am going to make a full recovery and my shoulder is going to be better than it has ever been. I have had a minor tear in the labrum probably for the majority – even potentially my entire – college career. It will be better than ever.

“I am sitting in limbo a little bit,” continued Hossler when discussing the potential of turning professional. “Obviously decisions need to be made. As you know there is a lot that goes into turning professional. I’m not willing to close out my college and amateur career before it’s time. I’m not going to make a premature decision.”

“It is so exciting to coach somebody like Beau, who is extremely intelligent, physically gifted but also puts the work in,” said Texas head coach John Fields. “There is no possible way that he could have achieved this amount of success and not have an incredible amount of work ethic. I see that every day, whether that is in school or golf.”

ANNIKA AWARD PRESENTED BY 3M: Law, who won three times this season and recorded eight top-10 finishes in 10 starts, also is a First Team All-American and helped the UCLA Bruins to advance to the semifinals for the 2016 NCAA Women’s Golf Championships. She receives an exemption to compete in the 2016 Evian Championship, the final LPGA major of the year in September.

“For me it is such an honor to be associated with Annika,” said Law in an interview with Golf Channel’s Lisa Cornwell.  “All year it has really been my goal to win the ANNIKA Award. To see such good players win it in the previous two years, to be named the winner, it means so much. Not only because you are considered one of the best players in college golf, but the fact that it is voted for by your peers, the media, and all of the coaches.

“I can’t explain how proud I am to be a Bruin,” Law continued. “It is something I never thought I would experience.”

“I’ve known Bronte since I was 17, and she is such a hard worker, a super intense competitor,” said 2014 ANNIKA Award winner and former UCLA teammate Alison Lee. “I am super proud and she deserves everything with winning this this award.”

Voting for the ANNIKA and Fred Haskins Awards concluded at the end of the 2016 NCAA Women’s and Men’s Golf Championships, respectively. The Fred Haskins Commission, which for the past 45 years has overseen the Fred Haskins Award presented by Stifel, also oversees the ANNIKA Award Presented by 3M. In what were thrilling, down-to-the-wire finishes in both the NCAA Women’s and Men’s Golf Championships, Washington (women) and Oregon (men) captured their first golf team national championships in school history. Golf Channel will feature an encore presentation of the men’s championship match between Oregon and Texas tonight in primetime at 8 p.m. ET.

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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.

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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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Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017

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