SEVE UPDATE: Seve Ballesteros underwent another surgery last week to fully remove a cancerous brain tumor. A spokesman for the hospital said the procedure was a success, although Ballesteros remains in serious condition.
Just weeks ago the first report came out about Seve going to a hospital for feeling faint and dizzy, and at the time, nothing seemed too serious. Fast-forward a couple of weeks and the golf world now understands the fight for survival the 51-year-old Spaniard faces.
FATE?: Sergio Garcia cruised to a three-shot victory at the Castello Masters, the tournament in which he and his father, Victor, who also happens to be the club professional, now officially host on the European Tour.
It seems as if fate might have had a hand in things over in Spain. With Seve in the hospital and Sergio hosting his first event at Club de Campo del Mediterraneo, where he has played since he was a child, a win seemed almost too much to ask. But Sergio made it happen and quickly dedicated the victory to Ballesteros.
DON'T FORGET TO TIP HIM: Tiger Woods was back at Torrey Pines last Monday to caddie for a Buick contest winner. Woods used a cart while working the site of his U.S. Open triumph, his last event before undergoing knee surgery.
Woods still has no idea when he'll be able to return to action. He'd love to be back by the '09 Buick Invitational at Torrey Pines, but may not play on Tour again until the Masters – if then. "... surgeons don’t know either, because they’ve never dealt with an injury like this for a person who plays golf at an elite level," Woods said. "For an amateur, it’s no big deal, just come back nine months from now or 10 months from now. But for me, I don’t know what the schedule’s going to be." At least he's got something to fall back on if he needs some extra income.
STRAIGHT OUT OF COMPTON: Erik Compton, who recently had his second heart transplant, made a remarkable final-round comeback to advance to the second stage of PGA Tour Q-School.
The former Tour member, who was allowed the use of a golf cart, shot a 68 in the fourth round to make it on the number. Compton, who underwent his second heart transplant operation just five months ago, said afterwards, in quite the understatement, "I can’t remember the last time I felt this good."
FRY DADDY: Cameron Beckman outlasted Kevin Sutherland in a two-hole playoff to win the Frys.com Open. It was Beckman's second career PGA Tour victory and first since the Southern Farm Bureau Classic seven years ago.
The 38-year-old Beckman, who came into the tournament ranked 176th on the money list and facing the prospects of losing his Tour card, later admitted, "I honestly was thinking about quitting the game. That's how bad I felt." Good thing for him that he stuck it out, he now has an extra $900,000 and a two-year Tour exemption.
HOT WATER: It was reported last week that U.S. Amateur champion Danny Lee was detained by airport authorities in Auckland, New Zealand before he and his teammates boarded a plane to participate in the Eisenhower Trophy world team championship.
U.S. Amateur champ, heavyweight champ, Masters champion, NBA champion – it doesn't matter – making an “inappropriate comment” while checking in for flight is a major no-no. And we guess Lee will no doubt score this as a double bogey on his scorecard of life.
I'M JUST FINE, THANKS: Robert Karlsson, on the cusp of winning his first European Tour Order of Merit title, said that he doesn't plan on taking up PGA Tour membership. Karlsson could join the U.S. tour based on his performances this year in the majors.
Chalk one up for the 'Race to Dubai.' The European Tour's new points chase, which culminates in $20 million in prize and bonus money at the end of the year, has already enticed one of its stars to avoid jumping ship. When money talks, players listen.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Davis Love fired rounds of 69-67-67-65 to tie for ninth in Scottsdale... Helen Alfredsson posted a final-round 7-under 65 to win the Grand China Air LPGA, holding off world No. 3 Yani Tseng in the process ... Ty Tryon, the one-time can't-miss kid, shot 87 in the third round of PGA Tour Q-School.
Love now stands 115th on the money. It seems quite strange talking about DL3 struggling to keep his Tour card, doesn't it? ... The event marked the LPGA's first official tournament in China and look for more in the future. Afterwards, the 43-year-old Alfredsson told the 19-year-old Tseng, "You got beat by a grandma" ... "Everything to be said is up on the scoreboard," said Tryon in reference to his 87. He obviously failed to advance.
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