Woods Needs Fairytale Finish

By Sports NetworkOctober 21, 2005, 4:00 pm
2005 Funai Classic at the Walt Disney World ResortLAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Tiger Woods will most likely miss the cut at the FUNAI Classic when play resumes Saturday morning following a weather suspension on Friday.
 
The world's No. 1 golfer stands at 4-under-par through 16 holes of his second round, two strokes off the projected cut line of minus-6. He is in danger of not making the cut for only the third time in his career.
 
Woods, who also missed the cut at the Byron Nelson Classic in May to snap a record-long streak of 142 consecutive cuts made, collected six birdies in his second round but also posted a triple bogey, a double bogey and one more bogey to finish 16 holes Friday at even-par.
 
The 46-time PGA Tour winner will likely need birdies on his final two holes to make the cut. But he will also need help at the par-4 17th, where his tee shot landed under a tree before the horn sounded ahead of the bad weather at around 5:00 p.m. local time.
 
Woods' struggles on Friday came at the Walt Disney World Resort's Magnolia Course -- the event is using two courses for the first two rounds -- but another top player also sputtered.
 
World No. 2 Vijay Singh will likely have a rare weekend off after he managed just a 1-under 71 at the Palm Course to finish two rounds at 4-under-par 140.
 
Singh has finished worse than 13th just once in his last 11 starts since missing the cut at the Memorial during the first week of June. Those 11 starts included eight top-10 placements and a victory at the Buick Open.
 
The prospect of Woods and Singh not making the cut stole the focus from players who scored -- or are scoring -- well during the first two rounds of a tournament which normally yields plenty of low scores.
 
Clubhouse leader Tom Pernice Jr. fired a 10-under 62 on Friday to reach 15- under-par 129 for the tournament, which is good enough for a one-stroke lead over Geoff Ogilvy, who is in the clubhouse at minus-14 after a 6-under 66 in his second round.
 
'I made some putts today. To shoot a 62 you obviously have to,' said Pernice, who collected 10 birdies in his bogey-free round while playing alongside Singh at the Palm Course.
 
'I didn't know how many under par I was, to be honest with you,' Pernice claimed. 'I knew it was going well...I was just playing golf.'
 
Carl Pettersson is tied with Pernice at 15 under through 15 holes in his second round. He will have an opportunity to pass the clubhouse leader when the second round resumes at 7:45 a.m. (ET).
 
Brandt Jobe equaled Pernice's 62 at the Palm Course and is two strokes off his pace at 13-under-par 131 through two rounds. Kent Jones is also at minus-13, but he has two holes to complete in his second round.
 
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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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