Tight Race in World Rankings

By Sports NetworkAugust 16, 2004, 4:00 pm
Vijay Singh won his second PGA Championship Sunday and his third major title to move to No. 2 in this week's Official World Golf Ranking.
No. 1 is definitely in reach for Singh and can happen next week at the WGC-NEC Invitational. Tiger Woods broke Greg Norman's record for total weeks atop the World Rankings at 332, but is in serious jeopardy of losing the No. 1 spot, which he has held since 1999.
If Singh finishes ahead of Woods this week at Firestone Country Club, or if the two players are tied in any position outside the top 10, Singh becomes the No. 1 player in the world next week.
Ernie Els, down one spot to third, only missed the playoff between Singh, Justin Leonard and Chris DiMarco by a stroke. He too can get to No. 1 for the fourth time in his career at the WGC-NEC Invitational.
Els has several scenarios in which he ascends to the top. If he is third alone and Woods is worse than 15th alone and Singh is worse than 19th alone, Els goes to one. If Els is second alone and Woods finishes worse than in a two-way tie for fourth and Singh finishes worse than in a two-way tie for third. Finally, Els can get to first if he wins and Woods doesn't finish second alone.
Phil Mickelson tied for sixth at the PGA Championship to go one, two, three and a tie for sixth in the season's four majors. He stayed in fourth place while reigning U.S. Open champion Retief Goosen moved up one to fifth and Davis Love III dipped one to sixth.
Mike Weir, Padraig Harrington and Jim Furyk held their spots from last week going seventh to ninth. Adam Scott jumped two places this week to round out the top-10.
Kenny Perry, who made his first Ryder Cup team this week, remained in 11th, while Spain's Sergio Garcia fell two to No. 12. Darren Clarke, who opened with a 65 on Thursday at Whistling Straits, and Chad Campbell switched places from last week. Clarke took 13th, while the American, who will also make his Ryder Cup debut for the American side next month, dropped to 14th.
Stuart Appleby came in 15th again this week.
British Open champion Todd Hamilton did not secure one of Hal Sutton's two captain's picks, but stayed in 16th place. DiMarco jumped up nine to No. 17 and Stephen Ames did not move from 18th.
Scott Verplank, who was bypassed for a captain's pick on the U.S. side in favor of 50-year-old Jay Haas and Stewart Cink, moved down two to No. 19 and 2001 PGA Champion David Toms inched down to 20th from No. 19 last week.
Leonard, who had one top-10 prior to his tie for second at the PGA Championship, flew up 22 to No. 25 this week.
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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.

    Full list of 2017 Newsmakers of the Year

    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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    Man of the people

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    Growing family

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    Departure from TaylorMade

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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.