European Tour Releases 2005 Schedule
The new season gets underway with the Volvo China Open from Nov. 25-28, 2004 followed by the Omega Hong Kong Open from Dec. 2-5. The dunhill championship in South Africa is next from Dec. 9-12 before a short break over the new year.
The action returns with the South African Airways Open in January. The Holden New Zealand Open will now be co-sanctioned by the European Tour, earning a spot on the schedule from Feb. 10-13. The European Tour heads to the United States from Feb. 23-27 for the WGC-Accenture Match Play where Tiger Woods will defend his title.
The first tournament in Europe is the Madeira Island Open in March followed by the Open de Portugal. The Volvo PGA Championship is scheduled for May 26-29 at the Wentworth Club and the top players in the game will be gathered on the Old Course at St. Andrews for the British Open from July 14-17.
The Seve Trophy returns from Sept. 22-25 and the final official Order of Merit event on the 2005 schedule will once again be the Volvo Masters at Valderrama from Oct. 27-30.
2005 European tour schedule
25-28 Volvo China Open, Shanghai
2-5 Omega Hong Kong Open, Fanling, Hong Kong
9-12 dunhill championship, Leopard Creek, Mpumalanga, South Africa
20-23 South African Airways Open, Durban Country Club, Durban
27-30 Caltex Masters presented by Carlsberg, Laguna National, Singapore
3-6 Heineken Classic, Royal Melbourne, Australia
10-13 Holden New Zealand Open, Gulf Harbour, Auckland
17-20 Carlsberg Malaysian Open, Saujana, Kuala Lumpur
23-27 WGC-Accenture match play, La Costa, Carlsbad, California, USA
3-6 Dubai Desert Classic, Emirates, Dubai
10-13 Qatar Masters, Doha, Qatar
17-20 Madeira Island Open, Santo da Serra, Madeira
31-3 Portuguese Open Caixa Geral de Depositos, venue to be confirmed
7-10 MASTERS, Augusta National, Augusta, Georgia, USA
14-17 Spanish Open, tbc
21-24 Johnnie Walker Classic, tbc
28-1 BMW Asian Open, Tomson Shanghai Pudong, Shanghai, China
5-8 Telecom Italian Open, Castello di Tolcinasco, Milan
12-15 Daily Telegraph British Masters, tbc
19-22 Nissan Irish Open, Carton House, Maynooth, County Kildare
26-29 PGA championship, Wentworth, Surrey, England
2-5 Celtic Manor Wales Open, Celtic Manor, Newport, Wales
9-12 KLM Open, tbc
16-19 US OPEN, Pinehurst No 2, North Carolina, USA
16-19 Aa St Omer Open, Aa St Omer, Lumbres, France
23-26 French Open, Le Golf National, Paris, France
30-3 Smurfit European Open, K Club, Dublin, Ireland
7-10 Barclays Scottish Open, Loch Lomond, Scotland
14-17 OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP, Old Course, St Andrews, Scotland
21-24 Deutsche Bank Players' Championship of Europe, Gut Kaden, Hamburg, Germany
28-31 Scandinavian Masters by Carlsberg, Kungsangen, Sweden
4-7 Diageo Championship, Gleneagles Hotel, Perthshire, Scotland
11-14 US PGA CHAMPIONSHIP, Baltusrol, Springfield, New Jersey, USA
11-14 BMW Russian Open, Le Meridien, Moscow
18-21 WGC-NEC Invitational, Firestone, Akron, Ohio, USA
25-28 BMW International Open, Munchen Nord-Eichenried, Munich, Germany
1-4 Omega European Masters, Crans-sur-Sierre, Crans Montana, Switzerland
8-11 Linde German Masters, Gut Larchenhof, Cologne, Germany
15-18 HSBC World Match Play, Wentworth, Surrey, England
22-25 Seve Trophy, The Wynyard, Billingham, England
29-2 dunhill links championship, Old Course, St Andrews, Carnoustie, Kingsbarns
6-9 WGC-American Express championship, Harding Park, San Francisco, USA
20-23 Mallorca Classic, Pula, Majorca, Spain
27-30 Volvo Masters, Valderrama, Spain
17-20 WGC-Algarve World Cup, Vilamoura, Portugal
Suspended Hensby offers details on missed drug test
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."
Day's wife shares emotional story of miscarriage
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.
Swipe to see what’s up in my world. It’s long-winded.... short version, we lost the baby. Had to share this since we had shared the news already. I know you’re all so supportive and kind. I just couldn’t face it before. Now let’s get back to our regularly scheduled programming. #ihavealotoffeelings #andphotostocatchupon
“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
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.
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.
Green jacket tour
Man of the people
Ace at 17th at Sawgrass
Departure from TaylorMade
Squashed beef with Paddy
Victory at Valderrama
Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017
GolfChannel.com is counting down the top 10 Newsmakers of the Year as voted on by Golf Channel’s writers, editors, reporters and producers. Check out the list below, including future release dates:
No. 4: Dec. 13
No. 3: Dec. 14
No. 2: Dec. 15
No. 1: Dec. 18