Sergio Steals the Show at Booz Allen

By Sports NetworkJune 12, 2005, 4:00 pm
BETHESDA, Md. -- Sergio Garcia fired a 6-under 65 Sunday to win the Booz Allen Classic. Garcia finished the event at 14-under-par 270, two strokes clear of three players.
Davis Love III posted a 5-under 66 to climb into a tie for second place at 12-under-par 272. He was joined there by Ben Crane (67) and 2004 champion Adam Scott (68). Ryuji Imada posted a 67 to take fifth place at minus-10.
'I had a great week all week. I felt the course has been playing up to my game as the week went on, as it got a bit firmer,' said Garcia, who earned $900,000 for the win. 'I had good a beginning today. I was hitting really, really soft shots.'
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Sergio Garcia posted a 6-under 65 to beat out the likes of Adam Scott, Ernie Els and Davis Love.
Tom Kite, who owned the third round lead at Congressional Country Club's Blue Course, struggled to a 3-over 74. He ended in a tie for 13th at 7-under-par 277.
The 55-year-old Kite was looking for his first PGA Tour win since the 1993 Los Angeles Open.
Garcia, who won for the sixth time on the PGA Tour, opened with a 14-foot birdie putt on the first. He then dropped his second shot within 4 feet of the cup at the fourth to get to 10 under.
The Spaniard ran home an 18-foot eagle putt at the sixth to move into a tie for the lead. Garcia came right back to birdie No. 7 and move one shot clear of the field.
The 25-year-old birdied the ninth to move two shots clear of Ernie Els. Garcia made it two in a row as he birdied the 10th. After four consecutive pars, he missed the green at the par-5 15th and was unable to save par.
Garcia bounced back with a birdie on the 16th from 22 feet out. Clinging to a two-shot lead heading to the 18th tee, Garcia faced a daunting tee shot with water left of the green.
He missed the green in the right rough. Scott, who could have forced a playoff, found the water directly behind Garcia at 17. Scott bogeyed the hole and that was the cushion Garcia needed. He was unable to get up and down for his par at the last, but the bogey was good enough to give him the win.
With this victory, three of Garcia's six wins have come the week before the U.S. Open.
'I guess I have had the chance of playing great courses the week before the U.S. Open, Westchester twice and also here at the Congressional,' Garcia said. 'It is the tougher courses I feel good playing. I'm definitely looking forward to next week and hopefully I can get it going like this week and give myself a chance.'
Crane, a notoriously slow player, finished second despite some difficulties with his playing partner, Rory Sabbatini, down the stretch. Crane posted four birdies and one bogey on the front nine.
The 29-year-old moved to 12 under with a birdie on 12. Crane struggled to a bogey at the 14th. At that point, the duo was put on the clock due to slow play. Crane parred his next three holes, but Sabbatini wasn't always watching.
On the 17th, Crane was preparing to hit his second shot while Sabbatini was already behind the green waiting to play his fourth after his second shot found water over the green.
Crane knocked his shot on the green. While he was walking up, Sabbatini took his drop and played his fourth. As Crane walked onto the green Sabbatini putted out, then walked to the 18th tee without watching his playing partner finish out. Crane two-putted for par.
Sabbatini closed with a two-putt par at the last after Crane ran in a 30-foot birdie putt to share second.
'As most everyone knows, Rory is a fast player and I am a slow player,' said Crane of the situation. 'The only reason we were on the clock was because of me. Is Rory out of line? No, not really because I'm the one that got us on the clock. It's really an unfortunate situation and I understand how he feels. I do feel bad we got put on the clock.'
Love moved to 9 under with three birdies and a bogey on the front nine. He played the back nine in 3 under to share second place.
Scott, who taught Garcia a new practice drill for his putting earlier in the week, moved to 13 under thanks to four birdies over his opening 15 holes. However, at the 17th, Scott's approach shot bounced off the green, through a bunker and into the water behind the green. That led to a bogey and his sharing second.
Sabbatini finished alone in sixth place at 9-under-par 275. Stuart Appleby, Joe Durant, Els, Matt Gogel, Joey Snyder III and Rod Pampling were one stroke further back at minus-8.
Vijay Singh closed with a even-par 71. He ended in a tie for 29th at 5-under-par 279 and will lose his No. 1 ranking in the world to Tiger Woods heading into the season's second major, the U.S. Open at Pinehurst.
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    Suspended Hensby offers details on missed drug test

    By Will GrayDecember 12, 2017, 11:30 pm

    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."

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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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