Azingers Lone Valhalla Regret


U.S. Ryder Cup captain Paul Azinger has jealously guarded his privacy while unwinding from Americas smashing victory over Europe in Kentucky late last month.
But he did admit recently one major regret at the matches and he hinted strongly that he will not captain the U.S. side again, even if asked, at the next scheduled competition two years from now at Celtic Manor in Wales.
Theres only one thing I would have done differently at Valhalla, Azinger said. And that would have been making sure I was on the tee box on the 18th hole in the Friday afternoon fourballs match when Boo Weekley and J.B. Holmes both hit their balls in the water. If I had been, I would have made sure they knew where their tee balls needed to be.
Holmes and Weekley had a 1-up lead at the time over Lee Westwood and Soren Hansen and wound up halving their match as a result of the wayward drives.
I was really kicking myself Friday night, Azinger told FM104.3 The Fan, a Denver-based sports talk radio show hosted by Jerry Walters and Jon Lawrence. I was by the 17th green and I couldnt get my cart to the 18th tee because of a TV tower. I should have gotten off the cart and just walked through the tower. Fortunately for me, that was my only regret for the week.
Azinger also cited control as the reason he isnt excited about reprising his role in Wales two years from now. Im not going to be able to create a 13th man at Celtic Manor, he said.

The Wachovia Championship is suddenly a tournament to be named later.
In a short period, for a variety of reasons, this event has become one of the best-attended and most-liked by PGA Tour players.
But at the moment, because Citigroup and Wells Fargo are fighting over who will get to purchase the distressed bank, tournament officials are on hold on several of their timelines for 2009.
Our tournaments going to happen, said tournament director Kym Hougham. Were just not sure what the name is going to be.
Hougham said Wachovia officials have told him to proceed with preparations. And, he pointed out, the bank has a contract with the Tour through 2014.
Wall St. insiders, meanwhile, are predicting that Citigroup and Wells Fargo could end up divvying up Wachovia. And, one source told, that would probably mean Wells Fargo would end up controlling the tournament because it would be expected to gain control of Wachovias holding in the Southeast.
Can you say, Wells Fargo Championship?
Hougham also pointed out that much of his championships support has come from the Charlotte (N.C.) community. And as a result, he said, he doesnt expect a diminishment in that support. Its an event in our community, he said. Not just a golf tournament.

A few words on Red McCombs, the money man behind the new golf course Tiger Woods announced Tuesday he will design:
McCombs, full name is Billy Joe McCombs. He is 81 years old and he used to own, at separate times, the Minnesota Vikings, Denver Nuggets and San Antonio Spurs.
McCombs made most of his money selling cars in Texas. And when he donated $50 million to that states estimable university in Austin, they named the business school after him.

Medinah No. 3, the site of the next (2012) Ryder Cup on American soil, is already undergoing a face lift of sorts.
The club is in the middle of a complete renovation of its practice facilities that includes a realignment of the sight lines that now protect early morning players from squinting into the sun. The club is also replacing the old, tan sand in its 74 bunkers with white Tour Signature Sand from the Best Sand Company in Ohio.
No word yet on how Medinah plans to guarantee an appearance from Tiger Woods. But it sounds like the club is exploring just about every other aspect.
Were looking forward to infusing the 39th Ryder Cup with a unique Chicago flavor, said Bill Kamm, the general chairman.
Deep dish pizza in the hospitality suites?

Golf course design groupies will want to check out the late October release of Secrets of the Great Golf Course Architects, authored by Michigan-based writer Michael Patrick Shiels.
Shiels solicited inside stories from golf course architects that, in his words, reveal the challenge, the danger, the triumph and the art of golf course architecture.
Among the brains Shiels picked were, Jack Nicklaus, Pete Dye, Tom Fazio, Rees Jones and Arnold Palmer.
This book, says Joe Steranka, CEO of the PGA of America, will entertain, amuse and amaze you.

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