Choi-ce Win KJ Takes Greensboro

By Sports NetworkOctober 2, 2005, 4:00 pm
2005 Chrysler Classic of GreensboroGREENSBORO, N.C. -- K.J. Choi birdied his first four holes Sunday as he ran away with the Chrysler Classic of Greensboro. He posted a 6-under 66 to win the title at 22-under-par 266.
 
The win was Choi's third on the PGA Tour. He captured the Compaq Classic of New Orleans and the Tampa Bay Classic in the 2002 season and now believes more victories are in his future.
 
K.J. and David Choi
K.J. Choi celebrates his third PGA Tour victory with son David.
'The third time is very important,' admitted Choi, who pocketed $900,000 for the victory. 'Turning the third time into four and five is easier in the mind.'
 
Shigeki Maruyama holed out from a greenside bunker at the 18th en route to a 5-under 67. He finished alone in second place at 20-under-par 268 at Forest Oaks Country Club.
 
Charles Warren (65), Brandt Jobe (67) and 2005 B.C. Open champion Jason Bohn (70) shared third place at minus-17.
 
Choi got the flat stick going early as he drained a 17-foot birdie putt at the first hole. He two-putted for another birdie from 40 feet at the par-5 second, then rolled in a pair of 8-footers for birdie to pull ahead of the field.
 
His round certainly had some hiccups. He three-putted for a bogey at the fifth, but got the stroke back on the next hole when he sank a 12-footer for birdie.
 
Choi collected one more birdie on the front nine as he converted a 10-footer at the par-5 ninth. He missed a 4-foot par save at the 10th and his lead dipped to two, but an errant 5-iron sealed his victory.
 
At the par-3 12th, Choi hit a 5-iron into a greenside bunker. He blasted out 12 feet short of the stick, but the ball rolled into the cup for the unlikely birdie.
 
Choi ran home a 4-foot birdie putt at the 13th and that provided a three-shot cushion. He played conservatively from there, but did get a brief scare from Maruyama.
 
Maruyama came up short of the green with his approach at the 18th. He landed in a greenside bunker, but holed out from the trap, inching within two strokes of Choi's lead.
 
Choi had some testy putts coming into the winner's circle. He left himself close to 4 feet at the 17th, but converted. Choi had almost the same distance on 18, but calmly stroked it in and was off to hoist the trophy.
 
It might not come as a surprise that Choi played well this week. Last week, he missed out on The Presidents Cup as he finished 13th in automatic qualifying and International captain Gary Player elected not to add him to the team.
 
Choi also got a putting tip earlier in the week, so a lot added up to the victory.
 
'Literally 10 minutes before I went out for my first round, this feel came back to me like in 2002 when I had two victories,' said Choi, who missed Jesper Parnevik's 1999 tournament record by a single stroke. 'That same feeling came back to me. I was able to carry that throughout the tournament.'
 
Maruyama came up just short and knows that had he been able to get it going early in his round and match Choi, he could have picked up the win.
 
'I could hear K.J. making birdies at the beginning, and I couldn't make the putts the first few holes,' said Maruyama. 'I had good birdies on the fourth and fifth. I played very good golf on the last day, but K.J. just played very well.'
 
J.L. Lewis (66), Tim Clark (68), Jerry Kelly (68), Justin Rose (71) and Tim Herron tied for sixth at minus-15.
 
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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.