Broken leg causes Levet to miss Open Championship

By Associated PressJuly 6, 2011, 2:49 pm

INVERNESS, Scotland – Thomas Levet’s exuberant celebration of jumping into a lake after winning his home tournament in France last weekend has cost him a place in the British Open.

Levet withdrew Wednesday from the year’s third major after being ruled out for six weeks with a broken shin. He broke the bone when jumping into a lake to celebrate his victory at the French Open on Sunday.

His spot at Royal St. George’s will go to Robert Garrigus of the United States.

“I am extremely disappointed to miss out on the Open Championship, but my specialist has advised me to have an operation on the fracture,” said the 42-year-old Levet.

Levet’s celebration at the 18th green of Le Golf National outside Paris were criticized by Colin Montgomerie, who played alongside the Frenchman in Europe’s Ryder Cup-winning side in 2004.

Montgomerie has seen other players do the same thing while celebrating victories – Paul McGinley did so after holing the winning putt for Europe at the Belfry in 2002 – and doesn’t see the point.

“I think it’s the silliest thing that players have done over the years, I really do,” Montgomerie said Wednesday. “I’ve always been suspect about people diving into lakes that don’t know how deep it is and what’s in there.

“There could be a spike in there, whatever. It’s not the way to celebrate and let’s hope that’s the last time that ever happens. It’s not the way to celebrate a golf tournament win by taking the next three months off because you’ve hurt yourself.”

Montgomerie, who will miss the British Open for the first time in 22 years unless he finishes in the top 5 at Inverness, played at the French Open last weekend.

“I played with Thomas Levet on the Saturday and he unfortunately put his ball in the water on the 15th and Wobbly, his caddie, put the pin in the lake only so far,” Montgomerie recalled.

“We go, ‘Whoa, hang on, people have been diving in here?’ We said together that we hope it doesn’t happen because someone is going to do themselves an injury here. We are actually lucky it was only a leg injury (to Levet).”

Levet, who was second to Ernie Els at the 2002 British Open at Muirfield after a playoff, said “the wonderful memory of winning my national Open will definitely keep me going through my recovery.”

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Tiger Tracker: Tour Championship

By Tiger TrackerSeptember 21, 2018, 7:02 pm

Tiger Woods is looking to close his season with a win at the Tour Championship. We're tracking him this week at East Lake Golf Club.


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Tiger gets rapper Big Boi's support during opening 65

By Grill Room TeamSeptember 21, 2018, 6:00 pm

Tiger Woods fans everywhere were buzzing during his opening 65 at the Tour Championship, and that includes Atlanta hip-hop legend Big Boi, who was supporting the 14-time major champ from the East Lake gallery.

Perhaps best known as one half of the rap duo "Outkast" along with André 3000, Big Boi played the part of Woods superfan on Thursday, following Tiger around the course and posting videos on Twitter, before eventually stopping for a chat and a few pictures after the round.

Big Boi, who kicked off the Tour Championship with a performance at the event’s opening ceremonies, is hardly the first hip-hop superstar to buddy up to Woods - who could forget these incredible pictures with Snoop Dogg?

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After Web.com Tour Finals, Peterson retires ... again

By Ryan LavnerSeptember 21, 2018, 5:50 pm

OK, now it’s official: John Peterson is done with professional golf.  

With one last chance to secure his PGA Tour card for next season, Peterson missed the cut in the season-ending Web.com Tour Championship. After failing to keep conditional status on Tour – in the most excruciating of circumstances – Peterson is now out of options to play the big tour in 2019, so he’s stepping away from professional golf, at age 29.


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It’s been one of the most unusual storylines of the year. The former NCAA individual champion from LSU announced at the beginning of the year that he was done if he didn’t keep his card on his major medical extension. He’d grown tired of the nomadic existence on Tour, and as a new father and husband, he’d already lined up his next career, in real estate and business development in his hometown of Fort Worth, Texas.

In July, Peterson said that the Web.com Tour Finals would be his final opportunity. If he earned a full PGA Tour card through the four-event series, then he’d continue to play in 2018-19 because he’d be able to pick and choose his schedule. But he never threatened full status, missing three cuts and tying for 56th in the other start.

And so on Friday afternoon, Peterson tapped out this tweet, saying goodbye to the Tour:

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Army vets get sneak peek at Callaway's new wedges

By Rex HoggardSeptember 21, 2018, 5:23 pm

ATLANTA – Callaway Golf unveiled a new set of wedges to consumers on Friday, but U.S. Army veterans Kyle Butcher and Billy Paul were treated to an early peak on Wednesday at the Tour Championship.

Butcher and Paul were chosen to participate in a club fitting at East Lake that included three of Callaway’s new Mack Daddy 4 Tactical Wedges. The new wedges feature the company’s tactical package with a PVD finish, tour issued shafts and Groove-in-Groove technology. It was the company’s 13th “warrior fitting” this year.


Billy Paul (L) and Kyle Butcher checking out Callaway’s new Mack Daddy 4 Tactical Wedges.

Billy Paul (L) and Kyle Butcher (M) checking out Callaway's new Mack Daddy 4 wedges


The limited edition wedges became available at retail on Friday ($179.99) and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to Birdies for the Brave. The company also made a $50,000 donation to Birdies for the Brave’s Special Operations Warriors Foundation.

Part of the company’s push to honor American military members also includes 15 percent discounts on purchases by all veterans.