Pressel Campbell Kim Highlight USGA Season

By Usga News ServicesDecember 14, 2005, 5:00 pm
USGAFar Hills, N.J. ' Morgan Pressel of Boca Raton, Fla., capped off a brilliant summer of competitive golf when she defeated Maru Martinez of Venezuela, 10 and 8, in the championship match of the 2005 U.S. Womens Amateur at Ansley Golf Clubs Settindown Creek Course in Roswell, Ga. Pressels victory highlighted just one of the 13 national championships conducted by the USGA in 2005.

Pressel finished her week in the Atlanta suburb the equivalent of 36 under par, with the usual concessions for match play.

Its my biggest win, said Pressel. Im proud of myself for how I played and how I handled myself through the week. I just kept waiting and it all came together this weekIt just means so much to me to have played this well.

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Morgan Pressel turned her U.S. Open disappointment into a Women's Amateur title.
Two months earlier at Cherry Hills Country Club outside of Denver, Colo., the 17-year-old, who in 2001 at age 12 became the youngest qualifier for the U.S. Womens Open, nearly became the second amateur to ever win that championship only to see Koreas Birdie Kim snatch the trophy away by holing a miraculous bunker shot at the 72nd hole. Pressel witnessed this feat while standing in the fairway preparing to play her approach shot to the par-4 18th. Kim posted a final-round, 1-over-par 72 to finish the championship at 3-over 287, two strokes in front of Pressel and another amateur, 19-year Brittany Lang of McKinney, Texas.

Kim, as it turned out, was not the only Korean female to enjoy USGA championship success in 2005. At the U.S. Womens Amateur Public Links Championship, 17-year-old Eun Jung Lee overcame a five-hole deficit in the second 18 of the 36-hole final at Swope Memorial Golf Course in Kansas City, Mo., to defeat Tiffany Chudy of Miramar, Fla., in 37 holes, the first time a WAPL final had been decided in extra holes.

A week later at BanBury Golf Club in Eagle, Idaho, 17-year-old In-Kyung Kim defeated fellow 17-year-old countrywoman In-Bee Park, 5 and 4, to win the U.S. Girls Junior title. This was the third Girls final for Park, who won the title in 2002 at Echo Lake Country Club and was the runner-up to Sukjin-Lee Wuesthoff in 2003 at Brooklawn Country Club. Kim was competing in her first Girls Junior.

Another international player walked away with the U.S. Open title as Michael Campbell of New Zealand held off a hard-charging Tiger Woods at Pinehurst (N.C.) Resorts No. 2 Course by two strokes. Campbell, who shot a final-round 69 (one under) to post a 72-hole total of even-par 280, became the first sectional qualifier to win the U.S. Open since Steve Jones in 1996. Campbell is only the second Kiwi to win a major, joining left-hander Bob Charles, who won the 1963 British Open.

Woods started the final round six strokes behind third-round leader and defending champion Retief Goosen (shot 81 in final round), but with birdies at 10,11 and 15 he moved within two shots of Campbell. But he bogeyed 16 and 17, costing himself a chance at a third Open title.

A big comeback was the story at the U.S. Senior Open at NCR Country Club outside of Dayton, Ohio, in late July. Former USA Walker Cupper Allen Doyle of LaGrange, Ga., came virtually out of nowhere on Sunday, shooting a sizzling 8-under 63 (10-under 274 total) to claim the championship by one stroke over Loren Roberts and D.A. Weibring. Doyles final-round was ignited by a 15-foot chip-in at the first hole. He finished with just 25 putts on the day. Third-round leader Craig Stadler appeared to be in control until a double-bogey at the ninth started a freefall that saw the 1973 U.S. Amateur champion shot an uncharacteristic 5-over 40 on the back nine. Weibring could have forced a playoff with Doyle, but missed a 10-foot par putt at 18.

Italy has not produced a lot of golf champions, but it can boast proudly over 2005 U.S. Amateur winner Edoardo Molinari, an engineering student from Turin. Molinari holed out a bunker shot on his final hole of stroke-play qualifying just to get into a playoff for one of the final match-play spots, then used his good fortune to post six consecutive victories, the last coming in the 36-hole final against Dillon Dougherty of Woodland, Calif., 4 and 3, at Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, Pa. Molinari became a birdie machine in the afternoon 18, rolling in four from 25 feet or longer and requiring just 18 putts to close out the match at the 15th hole. Molinari is the second Italian to win a USGA title, joining 1997 U.S. Womens Amateur champion Silvia Cavalleri, who is now on the LPGA Tour.

A former major champions son claimed the U.S. Junior Amateur title at Longmeadow (Mass.) Country Club. Kevin Tway of Edmond Okla., who turned 17 on the day of the first-ever 36-hole championship final and the son of 1986 PGA Championship winner Bob Tway, defeated Bradley Johnson, 16, of Birmingham, Ala., 4 and 3. Tway was able to accomplish something his father has yet to achieve: win a USGA title. The elder Tway competed in two U.S. Juniors, but never made it past the first round of match play.

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Clay Ogden knocked out Michelle Wie on his way to victory at the U.S. Amateur Public Links.
Clay Ogden, 20, of West Point, Utah, was not the feature attraction at the outset of the U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship at Shaker Run Golf Club in Lebanon, Ohio, but his 5-and-4 defeat of 15-year-old Michelle Wie of Honolulu, Hawaii, the first female to qualify for a USGA mens championship, in the quarterfinals thrust him into the national and international spotlight. Ogden continued his confidence into the 36-hole final against Martin Ureta of Chile. Ogden rallied from an early four-hole deficit, eventually taking the lead for good with a birdie at the 34th hole to earn a 1-up victory.

Jamaican-born Diane Lang, 50, of Weston, Fla., denied the decorated Carol Semple Thompson of Sewickley, Pa., a fifth USGA Senior Womens Amateur title when she defeated the seven-time USGA champion, 1 up, in the final at the Apawamis Club in Rye, N.Y. Thompson was playing in her 102nd USGA event, while this was Langs second.

Mike Rice, 65, of Houston, Texas, overcame a nagging shoulder injury sustained in his quarterfinal win to defeat reigning USGA Senior Amateur champion Mark Bemowski of Mukwonago, Wis., in the championship match, 1 up, at The Farm Golf Club in Rocky Face, Ga. Rice became the oldest Senior Amateur champion in 18 years (John Richards, the father of two-time Senior Amateur winner Kemp Richardson, was 66 when he won in 1987).

Kevin Marsh, 32 of Las Vegas, Nev., used a 64 in the second round of stroke-play qualifying to jumpstart his game at the U.S. Mid-Amateur held at The Honors Course in Chattanooga, Tenn. Marsh defeated two Mid-Amateur champions (Ken Bakst and Austin Eaton III) en route to the 36-hole final, where he blitzed 29-year-old Carlton Forrester of Birmingham, Ala., 10 and 9.

At the U.S. Womens Mid-Amateur at Shadow Hawk Golf Club in Richmond, Texas, Mary Ann Lapointe, 45, of Canada outlasted stroke-play medalist Kerry Postillion of Burr Ridge, Ill., 1 up. It was the second time the 42-year-old Postillion had been the runner-up at this championship. Meanwhile, Lapointe became the first foreign-born winner of the Womens Mid-Amateur and the sixth foreign-born USGA champion of 2005.

Although not a national championship, the biennial Walker Cup Match between mens amateur teams from the United States of America and Great Britain and Ireland held in mid-August at Chicago Golf Club in Wheaton, Ill., turned into one of the most dramatic in the history of the event. The USA regained the Cup for the first time since 1997, 12-11, but not before GB&I nearly took the trophy for a fourth consecutive Match. GB&I collected birdies at the 18th hole in three consecutive singles matches to earn two halves and one full point to keep its hopes alive. But Jeff Overton of the USA two-putted from 18 feet at the 18th hole moments after Nigel Edwards just missed a long birdie try to preserve a 1-up victory and the final point needed by the USA side.
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    CareerBuilder Challenge: Tee times, TV schedule, stats

    By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 17, 2018, 1:10 pm

    The PGA Tour shifts from Hawaii to Southern California for the second full-field event of the year. Here are the key stats and information for the CareerBuilder Challenge. Click here for full-field tee times.

    How to watch (all rounds on Golf Channel):

    Thursday, Rd. 1: 3-7PM ET; live stream:

    Friday, Rd. 2: 3-7PM ET; live stream:

    Saturday, Rd. 3: 3-7PM ET; live stream:

    Sunday, Rd. 4: 3-7PM ET; live stream:

    Purse: $5.9 million ($1,062,000 to winner)

    Courses: PGA West, Stadium Course, La Quinta, Calif. (72-7,113); PGA West, Nicklaus Tournament Course, La Quinta, Calif. (72-7,159); La Quinta Country Club, La Quinta, Calif. (72-7,060) NOTE: All three courses will be used for the first three rounds but only the Stadium Course will be used for the final round.

    Defending champion: Hudson Swafford (-20) - defeated Adam Hadwin by one stroke to earn his first PGA Tour win.

    Notables in the field

    Phil Mickelson

    * This is his first start of 2018. It's the fourth consecutive year he has made this event the first one on his yearly calendar.

    * For the second year in a row he will serve as the tournament's official ambassador.

    * He has won this event twice - in 2002 and 2004.

    * This will be his 97th worldwide start since his most recent win, The Open in 2013.

    Jon Rahm

    * Ranked No. 3 in the world, he finished runner-up in the Sentry Tournament of Champions.

    * In 37 worldwide starts as a pro, he has 14 top-5 finishes.

    * Last year he finished T-34 in this event.

    Adam Hadwin

    * Last year in the third round, he shot 59 at La Quinta Country Club. It was the ninth - and still most recent - sub-60 round on Tour.

    * In his only start of 2018, the Canadian finished 32nd in the Sentry Tournament of Champions.

    Brian Harman

    * Only player on the PGA Tour with five top-10 finishes this season.

    * Ranks fifth in greens in regulation this season.

    * Finished third in the Sentry Tournament of Champions and T-4 in the Sony Open in Hawaii.

    Brandt Snedeker

    * Making only his third worldwide start since last June at the Travelers Championship. He has been recovering from a chest injury.

    * This is his first start since he withdrew from the Indonesian Masters in December because of heat exhaustion.

    * Hasn't played in this event since missing the cut in 2015.

    Patrick Reed

    * Earned his first career victory in this event in 2014, shooting three consecutive rounds of 63.

    * This is his first start of 2018.

    * Last season finished seventh in strokes gained: putting, the best ranking of his career.

    (Stats provided by the Golf Channel editorial research unit.) 

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    Teenager Im wins season opener

    By Will GrayJanuary 16, 2018, 10:23 pm

    South Korea's Sungjae Im cruised to a four-shot victory at The Bahamas Great Exuma Classic, becoming just the second teenager to win an event on the Tour.

    Im started the final day of the season-opening event in a share of the lead but still with six holes left in his third round. He was one shot behind Carlos Ortiz when the final round began, but moved ahead of the former Player of the Year thanks to a 7-under 65 in rainy and windy conditions. Im's 13-under total left him four clear of Ortiz and five shots ahead of a quartet of players in third.

    Still more than two months shy of his 20th birthday, Im joins Jason Day as the only two teens to win on the developmental circuit. Day was 19 years, 7 months and 26 days old when he captured the 2007 Legend Financial Group Classic.

    Recent PGA Tour winners Si Woo Kim and Patrick Cantlay and former NCAA champ Aaron Wise all won their first Tour event at age 20.

    Other notable finishes in the event included Max Homa (T-7), Erik Compton (T-13), Curtis Luck (T-13) and Lee McCoy (T-13). The Tour will remain in the Bahamas for another week, with opening round of The Bahamas Great Abaco Classic set to begin Sunday.

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    Mickelson grouped with Z. Johnson at CareerBuilder

    By Will GrayJanuary 16, 2018, 8:28 pm

    He's not the highest-ranked player in this week's field, but Phil Mickelson will likely draw the biggest crowd at the CareerBuilder Challenge as he makes his first start of 2018. Here are a few early-round, marquee groupings to watch as players battle the three-course rotation in the Californian desert (all times ET):

    12:10 p.m. Thursday, 11:40 a.m. Friday, 1:20 p.m. Saturday: Phil Mickelson, Zach Johnson

    Mickelson is making his fourth straight trip to Palm Springs, having cracked the top 25 each of the last three times. In addition to their respective amateur partners, he'll play the first three rounds alongside a fellow Masters champ in Johnson, who tied for 14th last week in Hawaii and finished third in this event in 2014.

    11:40 a.m. Thursday, 1:20 p.m. Friday, 12:50 p.m. Saturday: Jon Rahm, Bubba Watson

    At No. 3 in the world, Rahm is the highest-ranked player teeing it up this week and the Spaniard returns to an event where he finished T-34 last year in his tournament debut. He'll play the first two rounds alongside Watson, who is looking to bounce back from a difficult 2016-17 season and failed to crack the top 50 in two starts in the fall.

    11:40 a.m. Thursday, 1:20 p.m. Friday, 12:50 p.m. Saturday: Patrick Reed, Brandt Snedeker

    Reed made the first big splash of his career at this event in 2014, shooting three straight rounds of 63 en route to his maiden victory. He'll be joined by Snedeker, whose bid for a Masters bid via the top 50 of the world rankings came up short last month and who hasn't played this event since a missed cut in 2015.

    1:10 p.m. Thursday, 12:40 p.m. Friday, 12:10 p.m. Saturday: Patton Kizzire, Bill Haas

    Kizzire heads east after a whirlwind Sunday ended with his second win of the season in a six-hole playoff over James Hahn in Honolulu. He'll play alongside Haas, who won this event in both 2010 and 2015 to go with a runner-up finish in 2011 and remains the tournament's all-time leading money winner.

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    Mackay still a caddie at heart, even with a microphone

    By Doug FergusonJanuary 16, 2018, 7:34 pm

    HONOLULU – All it took was one week back on the bag to remind Jim ''Bones'' Mackay what he always loved about being a caddie.

    It just wasn't enough for this to be the ultimate mic drop.

    Mackay traded in his TV microphone at the Sony Open for the 40-pound bag belonging to Justin Thomas.

    It was his first time caddying since he split with Phil Mickelson six months ago. Mackay was only a temporary replacement at Waialae for Jimmy Johnson, a good friend and Thomas' regular caddie who has a nasty case of plantar fasciitis that will keep him in a walking boot for the next month.

    ''The toughest thing about not caddying is missing the competition, not having a dog in the fight,'' Mackay said before the final round. ''There's nothing more rewarding as a caddie, in general terms, when you say, 'I don't like 6-iron, I like 7,' and being right. I miss that part of it.''

    The reward now?

    ''Not stumbling over my words,'' he said. ''And being better than I was the previous week.''

    He has done remarkably well since he started his new job at the British Open last summer, except for that time he momentarily forgot his role. Parts of that famous caddie adage – ''Show up, keep up, shut up'' – apparently can apply to golf analysts on the ground.

    During the early hours of the telecast, before Johnny Miller came on, Justin Leonard was in the booth.

    ''It's my job to report on what I see. It's not my job to ask questions,'' Mackay said. ''I forgot that for a minute.''

    Leonard was part of a booth discussion on how a comfortable pairing can help players trying to win a major. That prompted Mackay to ask Leonard if he found it helpful at the 1997 British Open when he was trying to win his first major and was paired with Fred Couples in the final round at Royal Troon.

    ''What I didn't know is we were going to commercial in six seconds,'' Mackay said. ''I would have no way of knowing that, but I completely hung Justin out to dry. He's now got four seconds to answer my long-winded question.''

    During the commercial break, the next voice Mackay heard belonged to Tommy Roy, the executive golf producer at NBC.

    ''Bones, don't ever do that again.''

    It was Roy who recognized the value experienced caddies could bring to a telecast. That's why he invited Mackay and John Wood, the caddie for Matt Kuchar, into the control room at the 2015 Houston Open so they could see how it all worked and how uncomfortable it can be to hear directions coming through an earpiece.

    Both worked as on-course reporters at Sea Island that fall.

    And when Mickelson and Mackay parted ways after 25 years, Roy scooped up the longtime caddie for TV.

    It's common for players to move into broadcasting. Far more unusual is for a caddie to be part of the mix. Mackay loves his new job. Mostly, he loves how it has helped elevate his profession after so many years of caddies being looked upon more unfavorably than they are now.

    ''I want to be a caddie that's doing TV,'' he said. ''That's what I hope to come across as. The guys think this is good for caddies. And if it's good for caddies, that makes me happy. Because I'm a caddie. I'll always be a caddie.''

    Not next week at Torrey Pines, where Mickelson won three times. Not a week later in Phoenix, where Mackay lives. Both events belong to CBS.

    And not the Masters.

    He hasn't missed Augusta since 1994, when Mickelson broke his leg skiing that winter.

    ''That killed me,'' he said, ''but not nearly as much as it's going to kill me this year. I'll wake up on Thursday of the Masters and I'll be really grumpy. I'll probably avoid television at all costs until the 10th tee Sunday. And I'll watch. But it will be, within reason, the hardest day of my life.''

    There are too many memories, dating to when he was in the gallery right of the 11th green in 1987 when Larry Mize chipped in to beat Greg Norman. He caddied for Mize for two years, and then Scott Simpson in 1992, and Mickelson the rest of the way. He was on the bag for Lefty's three green jackets.

    Mackay still doesn't talk much about what led them to part ways, except to say that a player-caddie relationship runs its course.

    ''If you lose that positive dynamic, there's no point in continuing,'' he said. ''It can be gone in six months or a year or five years. In our case, it took 25 years.''

    He says a dozen or so players called when they split up, and the phone call most intriguing was from Roy at NBC.

    ''I thought I'd caddie until I dropped,'' Mackay said.

    He never imagined getting yardages and lining up putts for anyone except the golfer whose bag he was carrying. Now it's for an audience that measures in the millions. Mackay doesn't look at it as a second career. And he won't rule out caddying again.

    ''It will always be tempting,'' he said. ''I'll always consider myself a caddie. Right now, I'm very lucky and grateful to have the job I do.''

    Except for that first week in April.