Widmark Takes Over Top Spot in Moscow

By Sports NetworkAugust 12, 2005, 4:00 pm
2005 Cadillac Russian OpenMOSCOW, Russia -- Fredrik Widmark fired his second straight 5-under-par 67 on Friday to take the lead after two rounds at the Russian Open.
 
Widmark's 10-under-par 134 is one stroke clear of fellow Swede Mikael Lundberg, who stands alone in second place after a round of 4-under 68. Ben Mason (68) and Shaun P. Webster (68) of England share third place at 8- under 136, while Spain's Jesus Maria Arruti (70) is alone in fifth place at minus-7.
 
Scotland's Marc Warren fired the tournament's low score with an 8-under 64 and leads a group of four knotted in sixth place at 6-under-par 138.
 
This tournament is the third dual-ranking event of the 2005 season for the European and Challenge Tours. And with the PGA Championship being played eight time zones away, no player ranked in the Order of Merit's top-100 is in the field.
 
Eighty-five golfers missed the cut, which was set at even-par, and 70 moved on to play the weekend.
 
Widmark, who is sixth in the Challenge Tour rankings after a pair of titles this year, opened his round on the back nine and promptly moved to 7 under with birdies at the par-4 10th and the par-3 11th. He dropped a shot at No. 15, but made the turn at minus-8 after consecutive birdies at 17 and 18.
 
'I got off to a good start today with birdies at the 10th and 11th and things went on nicely,' said Widmark.
 
A par at No. 1 was followed by three straight birdies as Widmark moved to 11 under. The 29-year-old then found himself face-to-face with two holes that gave him trouble on Thursday: the 576-yard, par-5 fifth, which he bogeyed in the first round, and the par-4 sixth, where he dropped two strokes with a double-bogey Thursday.
 
Widmark collected par at both holes, but then dropped a shot with a bogey at No. 8 to fall to minus-10.
 
'I had a poor finish...by hitting bad approach shots into the last four holes, which made me make bogey on the eighth,' said Widmark. 'But all in all, a very good day.
 
'I do feel confident at the moment and I am enjoying the game. If you play good golf then it is all the more enjoyable. There's nothing worse than to be on the golf course and you are playing badly and things don't happen -- that is the worst feeling. But if you do play well like I am now then there is no better feeling, so I am excited.'
 
Scotland's Sebastien Delagrange and Johan Edfors of Sweden both shot 5- under 67s in their second round to lead a group of eight golfers tied for 10th place at 5-under-par 139. Two-time Russian Open champion Iain Pyman of England is among the eight after an even-par 72 Friday.
 
Overnight leader Tom Whitehouse of England stumbled to a 3-over 75 to fall into a tie for 26th at 3-under-par 141.
 
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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.