McCord Canizares Share Ford Lead

By Sports NetworkJuly 9, 2004, 4:00 pm
DEARBORN, Mich. -- Gary McCord shot a blistering 8-under 64 on Friday to secure a share of the halfway lead at the Ford Senior Players Championship. McCord finished 36 holes at 10-under-par 134 along with Jose Maria Canizares.
Gil Morgan, who held the first-round lead, carded a 70 to join Dana Quigley and Mark James in a tie for third at 9-under-par 135.
McCord, who manages to get some golf in every now and then while working as an analyst for CBS television, strolled around the TPC of Michigan breathing an air of confidence that lifted him to the 36-hole lead of a major championship.
'Today, it was very relaxing,' said McCord, who won twice on the Champions Tour in 1999. 'It was good, everything was good. One of those days that it's kind of fun to play.'
McCord picked up a birdie at the first, but found trouble with a bogey at the par-3 fourth after his tee shot nestled in a bunker. With that early stumble out of the way, McCord got back to make birdies, in a major way.
He knocked a wedge to 12 feet at the par-4 fifth for the first of four consecutive birdies to reach 6 under around the turn. At the par-4 10th, McCord dropped a wedge within a foot of the hole for a tap-in birdie to keep his momentum going.
McCord added a birdie at the par-3 12th and made it two in a row with a birdie at the par-5 13th. McCord then hit his tee shot to 5 feet for a birdie at the par-3 15th to assume the outright lead.
The ever-talkative McCord parred his way in before giving some insights on balancing a television career with a life on tour.
'This is a big chalkboard, okay. Write it down. Basically, it's memory,' he said. 'The more you play, the more you've got stuff on your chalkboard and the more you can refer to it. The only way to fill that up is to go play. There's no other way to do it.'
McCord still recognizes that filling this chalkboard becomes more difficult when golf isn't the main focus.
'Like Gary Koch, I talk to him and he's going, 'How are you doing this?'' said McCord. 'And Andy North, having a tough time. It's hard when you go back and forth. It's really hard to get any kind of momentum going, just about impossible.'
Canizares made his move in the afternoon, rocketing up the leaderboard over his closing holes to join McCord in the lead.
After an up-and-down front nine, Canizares tallied a birdie at the par-4 10th to get back to even par on his round. The Spaniard parred the next two holes before beginning an unbelievable run with a birdie at the par-5 13th.
Canizares added a birdie at the 14th and made it three in a row with a birdie at the very next hole. The 57-year-old wasn't done yet, and kept the birdie streak going, ultimately knocking an 8-iron inside 2 feet for a birdie at the last to go six-for-six down the stretch.
'I hit the ball very well,' said Canizares, who posted a 6-under 66. 'When you make six birdies at the end you're happy.'
After a 65 gave him the first-round lead, Morgan cooled off considerably with a lone birdie over his first nine holes. He faltered with a bogey at the 11th, but added a birdie at the 13th and a birdie at the 16th to finish one shot back.
Quigley tallied four birdies over his first six holes, but struggled to a bogey at the seventh. He drained a 15-foot putt for a birdie at the 10th and collected another birdie at the par-5 13th.
At the par-3 15th, Quigley played his tee shot to 12 feet and converted the putt en route to a round of 67.
'If my confidence gets better, I can only play better,' said Quigley, who is playing in the 250th consecutive event for which he has been eligible.
James collected six birdies to go along with one bogey for a 67 of his own.
'It was a lot easier today,' said the former European Ryder Cup captain. 'Today I started playing very well and kept going right through really.'
Doug Tewell and Ed Fiori share sixth place at 8-under-par 136. Defending champion Craig Stadler, Bruce Fleisher, Bruce Lietzke and Jim Ahern followed at 7-under-par 137.
Allen Doyle, who won this event in a playoff in 2001, was one shot further back along with Hugh Baiocchi at 6-under-par 138.
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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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    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.