Notes Tough Third Round Derails Lefty

By Sports NetworkAugust 7, 2005, 4:00 pm
2005 The INTERNATIONALCASTLE ROCK, Colo. -- Phil Mickelson's run at a record third victory at the International was derailed by a tough third round Sunday.
 
Mickelson, who began the day in a tie for eighth place with 17 points, struggled with five bogeys and one birdie in the third round to drop out of serious contention.
 
The world's fourth-ranked player regrouped in the final round, earning nine points to finish in a tie for 10th with 23 points.
 
Mickelson's final round of seven birdies and five bogeys included a string of four straight birdies from holes 8 through 11. In the end, though, it might have been the 21 putts he missed from 10 feet or shorter that did him in.
 
Either way, he said he's feeling good going into next week's PGA Championship. Mickelson has been slumping since he won three tournaments, all before the Masters.
 
``This was a great way to get some rust off, and there was some rust out there this week,'' Mickelson said.
 
GOOSEN AND GORE
Retief Goosen and Jason Gore, who melted down together in the final round of the U.S. Open two months ago, each managed to pick up victories Sunday.
 
Goosen came from behind to win the International a few hours after Gore won a two-hole playoff with Roger Tambellini to grab the hardware at the Nationwide Tours Cox Classic in Omaha, Neb.
 
The win was Gore's third straight on the Nationwide Tour, which makes him exempt on the PGA Tour through 2006.
 
Playing in the final pairing Sunday at the U.S. Open, Goosen finished with an 81 and Gore shot 84. Things got so bad that, just to keep things interesting, they wagered $5 on who would shoot lower over the final three holes. Goosen won the bet.
 
``That's great,'' Goosen said when told about Gore's big win. ``He's such a nice guy and a powerful player as well. Obviously, that bad round hasn't affected his game. It shows you he's got a good mental attitude, and that's what you need in this game.''
 
ROLLER-COASTER RIDE
Carl Pettersson's final round was as up-and-down as the fairways at Castle Pines.
 
The Swede, who began his fourth round on the 10th hole, recorded just one par on his front nine and a total of four pars over the 18 holes.
 
``It was good in this format, and thank God I had some birdies in there,'' he said.
 
The fourth-year tour player's round included six birdies, seven bogeys and one double-bogey. He wound up in a tie for 15th with 21 points.
 
Pettersson's round included a stretch of 10 straight holes without a par, from the par-4 13th through the par-3 fourth.
 
NO REPEAT
The International is still without a repeat champion in its 20-year history.
 
Rod Pampling was the latest defending champ to go down.
 
The Aussie finished tied for sixth with 24 points.
 
Pampling, who had 15 first-round points en route to the title a year ago, started this year's event slowly, recording just 15 points over the first three rounds.
 
He climbed up the leaderboard thanks to nine points in the final round. Retief Goosen became the event's 18th different champion. Only Mickelson and Davis Love III have won more than once here.
 
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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.