McNulty Tops Irwin Haas to Win in Texas

By Sports NetworkOctober 16, 2005, 4:00 pm
2005 Administaff Small Business ClassicSPRING, Texas -- Mark McNulty fired a 6-under 66 on Sunday to win the Administaff Small Business Classic.
McNulty ended the tournament at 16-under-par 200 for a one-stroke victory over Gil Morgan, who shot a 67 in his final round and had an eagle putt miss at 18 that would have sent things to a playoff.
Hale Irwin finished alone in third place at 14-under-par 202 after shooting a 68 on Sunday, while overnight leader Brad Bryant missed in his bid for a maiden Champions Tour victory with a 1-under 71 in his final round.
Bryant ended at 13-under-par 203 to take fourth place. Last week's winner at the Greater Hickory Classic, Jay Haas, finished one stroke further back in a tie for fifth place after a final-round 70. Joining him at minus-12 was Bruce Lietzke (67).
The 51-year-old McNulty carded two eagles on the day at Augusta Pines Golf Club. Beginning his round two strokes behind Bryant, he began making headway with his first eagle of the day at the par-5 second.
McNulty birdied No. 9 to make the turn at mius-13, but didn't really catch fire until after he stumbled to his only bogey of the day at 12.
On the next hole, McNulty rolled in a 40-foot eagle putt to reach 14 under. He followed that up with consecutive pars and a 15-foot birdie putt at the 16th to get to minus-15.
Then, after collecting another birdie at the last, McNulty watched as Morgan curled a long eagle putt past the cup at 18. If it had fallen, there would have been a playoff.
For McNulty, success at the end of the season has become a habit. He is the defending champion at the next two tour stops -- the SBC Championship and the Charles Schwab Cup Championship -- and he has six top-10 finishes in his last eight starts this year.
'You put a lot of things down to experience,' acknowledged McNulty, who collected $240,000 for the win. 'You hit the best shots you can, and I was fortunate to get two eagles today. I hit some nice shots when I had to.'
As for playing the back nine at 3-under-par to clinch the win, McNulty admitted it had something to do with a re-direction of his concentration after the turn.
'I was looking at the leaderboard and I said to myself 'I'm wasting energy looking at these leaderboards, just play,'' he said.
McNulty earned 240 Charles Schwab Cup points to move from sixth place into fourth place. Dana Quigley, who finished tied for 48th place at minus-1, still leads the season-long competition, but Irwin is within 261 points.
Irwin also moved closer to Quigley on the money list, but still trails by nearly $50,000.
Don Pooley, Bobby Wadkins and John Bland shared seventh place at 11-under-par after respective rounds of 67, 68 and 69. Bruce Fleisher (69) and Dave Barr (72) were one stroke further back in 10th.
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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.  

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    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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    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.