Tambellini Rebounds Wins in Missouri

By Sports NetworkAugust 14, 2005, 4:00 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Miss. -- Roger Tambellini, who lost in a playoff last week to Jason Gore, fired a 7-under 65 in the final round Sunday to win the Price Cutter Charity Championship. Tambellini completed the event at 21-under-par 267.
'Last week I felt like I played well enough to win, but you always doubt that you'll win again,' Tambellini said. 'This takes a lot of pressure off. I don't want to say I've achieved my goal, but I'm a lot closer to it.'
Troy Matteson, who held at least a share of the lead after the second and third rounds, managed a 3-under 69, but it was only good enough to share second place. He was joined at minus-20 by Vance Veazey (67), Steven Bowditch (64) and David Peoples, who closed with a 10-under 62.
Jason Dufner and first-round co-leader Bill Haas were one stroke further back at 19-under-par 269.
Tambellini got his round going with a birdie on the second at Highland Springs Country Club. After five straight pars, he birdied the par-5 eighth for the fourth straight round to get to minus-16.
The 30-year-old birdied the 11th and made it two straight with a birdie on the 12th. Tambellini, who won the 2003 Boise Open, dropped in his fifth birdie at the 15th to get to 19-under.
Tambellini made it two in a row as he chipped in for birdie on the 16th. That birdie gave him a share of the lead at 20 under. He closed with a two-putt birdie on the par-5 last to earn his second tour win.
'I hit a perfect putt, or so I thought,' said Tambellini of his putt at the last. 'That last one was a nervous putt. I definitely took my time on it.'
Matteson, who led by four shots after two rounds, birdied the first to extend his early lead. However, he could only par his next eight holes. Around the turn, he dropped a shot at the 10th.
The Virginia Beach Open winner dropped in birdies at 11 and 12 to get back to minus-19. Matteson, who owns two other runner-up finishes this year, needed an eagle at the last to force a playoff, but only birdied it to share second.
Peoples was on fire through most of his round. He birdied three of the first five holes to get to minus-13. Starting at the eighth, the 45-year-old ran off three straight birdies around the turn.
The two-time winner on the PGA Tour then eagled the 11th to jump to 18 under. Peoples joined the leaders at minus-20 with birdies on 13 and 14. He moved into the lead outright with a birdie on 16th. However, he stumbled to a bogey on 17 and parred the last to end one back.
Bowditch picked up three birdies in the first eight holes. He ran in three birdie putts in a four-hole stretch from the 11th to climb to 18 under. The Australian, who won at the Jacob's Creek Open earlier this year, eagled the par-5 closing hole to get to minus-20.
Veazey parred his first 11 holes to remain at minus-15. He finally got into red figures for his round with a birdie on the 12th. The 40-year-old birdied the next three holes as well to move to minus-19. The Panama Championship winner ended one shot shy of Tambellini with a birdie at the last.
Johnson Wagner, who shared the lead after round one, and Pat Bates each closed with 65s. They ended at 18-under-par 270 alongside Scott Weatherly (68), Gabriel Hjertstedt (69), Jerry Smith (66) and Kevin Johnson (68).
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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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