Poulter Knocks Off Garcia in Playoff

By Sports NetworkOctober 31, 2004, 5:00 pm
SOTOGRANDE, Spain -- Ian Poulter parred the first hole of a playoff on Sunday to win the Volvo Masters Andalucia over Ryder Cup teammate Sergio Garcia at Valderrama Golf Club.
 
'It hasn't really sunk in,' said Poulter. 'I refused to lose.'
 
Poulter and Garcia traile Alastair Forsyth by three shots heading into Sunday's final round but quickly found themselves back in the mix after Forsyth bogeyed the first two holes. When all was said and done, Poulter and Garcia had carded matching rounds of 70 to finish regulation at 7-under-par 277.
 
Back to the par-4 18th, both players hit poor drives but Poulter ended up in much better shape than his challenger. Garcia managed to advance his ball but could not get out of the rough. His third shot died before it reached the putting surface and he chipped his fourth within 4 feet of the hole for a bogey.
 
Poulter knocked his approach to the edge of the green and pitched to 3 feet. He converted the short par attempt and celebrated his sixth career victory on the European Tour with a fist pump.
 
'It's a dream end to what was, I felt, an average year,' said Poulter.
 
Poulter grabbed his first share of the lead on Sunday with a birdie at the par-4 second. He stumbled with back-to-back bogeys from the fourth, however, to fall behind Forsyth again, but it was only a matter of time for Poulter to return to the top of the leaderboard.
 
Forsyth's final round stalled as Poulter and Garcia battled for position. Poulter moved to 6 under with a birdie at the eighth and converted a 15-footer for a birdie at the very next hole to join Forsyth in the lead. Poulter then drained a long birdie putt at the par-4 10th to move into first place alone.
 
Poulter missed the green at the par-4 13th and hit an awkward chip that stopped 20 feet from the hole. He missed the putt for a bogey and just like that was in a three-way tie with Forsyth and Garcia, who had birdied two in a row starting at the 11th.
 
Neither player made a move down the stretch, but Forsyth took himself out of the running at the 16th. He tried to hit his second shot underneath and through a row of trees but his fate was announced by the thump of his ball against a trunk.
 
Forsyth bogeyed the hole to fall back to 6 under, but Poulter and Garcia were unable to shake each other. Garcia had a short birdie try at the last, but failed to convert and Poulter joined the Spaniard in the playoff as he missed a birdie try of his own at the 18th.
 
Garcia could not keep up with Poulter in the extra session and the Englishman, who has now won every year on the European Tour since 2000, prevailed.
 
Forsyth, who was seeking his first title since 2002, finished alone in third place at 6-under-par 278 after a round of 74.
 
Peter Hanson made it four straight days with a 70 on Sunday, taking fourth place at 4-under-par 280. David Howell and Christian Cevaer followed at 3-under-par 281.
 
Lee Westwood and Scott Drummond shared seventh place at 1-under-par 283 while Paul Casey and Trevor Immelman tied for ninth at even-par 284.
 
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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.