Watson Leaps Over Quinney

By Sports NetworkOctober 1, 2004, 4:00 pm
04 Mark Christopher Charity Classic RANCHO CUCAMONGA, Calif. -- Bubba Watson fired a 7-under 64 Friday to overtake Jeff Quinney and take a one-stroke lead through two rounds of the Mark Christopher Charity Classic. Watson completed 36 holes at 12-under-par 130.
 
'I'm only 25 and my goal this year is to get more last-group practice,' Watson said. 'I want to get some practice with the pressure and everything and then maybe one day win a big tournament. To get into the last group is a big deal for me.'
 
Quinney, who won two weeks ago, carded a 4-under 67 and stands at minus-11. Forty-four-year-old Robin Byrd used a 64, that included six straight birdies on the back nine, to move into third place at 10-under-par 132.
 
Scott Dunlap, Scott Gutschewski and Kyle Kovacs are two strokes further back at minus-8.
 
Watson opened with a birdie on the first at Empire Lakes Golf Club. However, Watson cooled as he ran off nine consecutive pars before catching fire on the back nine.
 
The 25-year-old dropped in a birdie at the par-5 11th to move to minus-7. He came right back with a birdie at the 12th. Watson made it three in a row when he rolled in a birdie on No. 13.
 
Watson, a native of Bagdad, Fla., wasn't done there. He converted a birdie at the 14th to get to 10 under. His run ended with a bogey at the par-4 15th.
 
Watson came right back with a birdie on 16. He capped his round by rolling in a 20-footer for eagle from off the green at the par-5 closing hole to take the lead after two rounds.
 
'I told my caddie I wanted to hit it long and take a drop from the grandstand if I had to,' said Watson. 'It was on some dirt back there, so we decided to putt it. It did everything we wanted it to do and it went in.'
 
Quinney, who won the Oregon Classic two weeks ago, played the back nine first on Friday. He got going with a birdie at the 12th before carding birdies at the 16th and 18th to make the turn at minus-10.
 
The 2000 U.S. Amateur champion kept it going on the front side. Quinney dropped in a birdie at the par-3 second. He moved to 12 under when he drained a birdie at the par-4 sixth. However, Quinney three-putted for bogey at his final hole to slide one stroke behind Watson.
 
Shane Bertsch shared seventh place entering day two and after carding a 2-under 69, he now stands alone in seventh at 7-under-par 135.
 
Kevin Stadler, a two-time winner this season, is one stroke further back at minus-6 and is joined there by Gabriel Hjertstedt, Jeff Klauk, Ryan Armour and Mike Sullivan.
 
A total of 73 players made the cut, which fell at 1-under-par 141. Among those missing out on the final two rounds were Jason Buha (143), two-time winner this year Jimmy Walker (145) and 2003 champion James Oh (154).
 
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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.