Quick Round with Rosie Jones

By Randall MellOctober 29, 2010, 1:53 am

Rosie Jones was just like the rest of us as she watched the opening round of the Ryder Cup earlier this month.

She found herself caught up in the early drama surrounding the Americans’ troublesome rain gear.

As captain of the United States team that will take on Europe in next year’s Solheim Cup, Jones was invested in all the week’s storylines as she watched on TV from afar.

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Rosie Jones will captain the U.S. squad at the 2011 Solheim Cup. (Getty Images)
Jones, the 13-time LPGA winner, shares her thoughts in a Quick Round on how the Ryder Cup impacts her Solheim Cup preparation:

So as a captain, what stood out about the 2010 Ryder Cup?

The rain suits, of course.

What did you think when you heard American players were complaining that their rain gear was leaking?

Well, there was an exchange of e-mails right away with the LPGA about our rain suits and an assurance that wouldn’t be happening with us.

You were on that right away?

I made a trip personally to Montreal, where our rain suits are being made by a company called Sun Ice. I was able to have a real hands-on experience, picking out and designing the rain suits, as I’m sure Corey Pavin was. I was given a lot of information by Sun Ice in order to make those decisions. I think we’ve got the best Gore-Tex available. I was assured about our rain suits right away, as this was unwinding Friday at the Ryder Cup. The first person I got an e-mail from was a contact at Sun Ice, assuring us our outfits are going to be great, that they’ll work and that they’re going to be tested and re-tested. They’ll be tested pretty heavily before we go over.

I’ve had really good hands-on responsibilities. I tell you what, if it doesn’t work, I take that on as well as the company. Their reputation is just as much at stake. I have faith in them.

The rain gear wasn’t all that was controversial about the American team fashion choices. You have any in lavender in your color schemes?

No lavender, nothing powder blue.

You going classic, modern, what’s the look going to be?

I tell you what, it’s going to be a lot of red, white and blue. I don’t want to give it away, but Antigua’s got some great designs for us. I wouldn’t say classic, more modern, and lots of red, white and blue.

I’m sure you were paying extra-close attention to what the captains were saying, doing, or trying to do. What made an impression?

With the rain, again, I was paying attention to what Corey Pavin and Colin Montgomerie were having to do with their lineups [for the revamped third session with foursomes combined with four balls]. Watching them have to change their lineups and put foursomes and four balls together to get everybody on the course at the same time, it was a wakeup call for me. It was a wakeup call knowing the same situation could happen to me in Ireland with rain. I need to be ready for anything. That was a big deal, knowing we were going to be over in possibly the same weather conditions, and that anything could happen and we have to be ready.

Corey Pavin didn’t take up Paul Azinger’s pod system, but what about you?

I had never met Paul until earlier this year. I was able to talk to him at the Kraft Nabisco for a good 20 minutes, and he told me about his pod theory and how he got to know his players and how important it was to get to know each player off the golf course, so you know how to handle them while they’re on the course, so you know how each player reacts to stress. Being in that team situation, I think everyone has a different way of handling responsibilities and the stress that goes with the team situation.

How’s that going, getting to know players who will potentially play for your team?

I’ve already started to nurture those relationships. We’ve already had two dinners this year where we invited different groups of players. It’s been working out well, and we plan to do it again, at least once more this year and a few more times throughout next year. As much as I can get around the players, in situations where they can get to know me better, and I can get to know them better, off the golf couse, the better it will be when we get to Ireland.

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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

Article: Take a look at Sergio's crazy, hectic media 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

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

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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.