Casey Losing Grip on Money Title

By Sports NetworkOctober 28, 2006, 4:00 pm
2005 Volvo MastersSOTOGRANDE, Spain -- Jeev Milkha Singh, who claimed his first European Tour win in April, shot a 3-under 68 on Saturday to take the lead heading into the final round of the season-ending Volvo Masters.
 
Singh birdied two of the last four holes at Valderrama to dissolve a logjam at the top of the leaderboard, ending three rounds at 3-under-par 210 for a one-shot lead over four players.
 
Already a four-time winner on the Asian Tour, Singh finally broke through for his first European Tour win at the Volvo China Open six months ago. Along the way, he learned something about closing out a victory.
 
'I've got to just keep my head down and go,' said Singh, who was the first Indian golfer to qualify for The European Tour when he won his tour card in 1997.
 
That might be a better idea than looking back, where there are 11 players within three shots of Singh's lead.
 
Spain's own Sergio Garcia, the world No. 9, shot his second consecutive 1-under 70 and shares second place with Swedes Johan Edfors (69) and Henrik Stenson (73) and Englishman Lee Westwood (72) at 2-under 211.
 
John Bickerton (70) and David Lynn (72) of England are one shot further back at 212.
 
Among the remaining pack, there are four players vying for their first Order of Merit title as the European Tour's leading money winner.
 
Current leader Paul Casey of England had his best round of the week, an even- par 71 that moved him into a tie for 32nd place at 6-over 219. Casey continues to recover from a virus that required him to receive an injection on Thursday, when he opened with a 76.
 
Each of his challengers for the Harry Vardon Trophy sits in considerably better position, due mostly to that first-round score.
 
'Unfortunately the tournament is lost,' Casey admitted. 'There's nothing I can do about that. The first two days when I was ill pretty much killed off my chances of being in contention.
 
'Whatever happens happens,' he added. 'It would certainly be disappointing (not to win the Order of Merit) but I don't think it would be a crushing disappointment. If it does not happen, I have plenty more chances. But I certainly want the Order of Merit before I hang up the clubs.'
 
Irishman Padraig Harrington, who snared second place in the rankings with a victory two weeks ago, had a 72 on Saturday but remains within striking distance at 1-over 214.
 
Harrington was 2 under through 11 holes, but bogeyed three straight from No. 14 to fall into a tie for 13th place.
 
'Four behind is not the end of the world, but I've put a lot of people between me and the lead and you've got to think somebody is going to shoot a decent score (Sunday),' said Harrington.
 
'It's not insurmountable, but when I was coasting along winning was a lot easier prospect than it is now.'
 
The No. 3 and 4 challengers, Englishman David Howell and Swede Robert Karlsson, are tied for eighth place at even-par 213 after both shot 1-under 70.
 
Howell, once vying to become the first wire-to-wire Order of Merit champion before he suffered a shoulder injury, birdied five consecutive holes early in his round. But he posted four bogeys without another birdie the rest of the way.
 
'I was in a nice little zone early on,' Howell said, 'but then came the three- putt. Classic error, momentum lost. After being five under through seven it was obviously disappointing only to score 70.'
 
Karlsson recovered from a 74 on Friday and birdied the 17th hole to get to even par. He and Howell share eighth place with Sweden's Niclas Fasth (71), France's Raphael Jacquelin (69) and Germany's Marcel Siem (72).
 
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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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    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.