Composite Scorecard for 2007 - COPIED
This scorecard will be different. It comes from an imaginary golf course, a composite of PGA TOUR sites designed to review some of the key players, issues and best moments of 2007.
No. 1: Augusta National
'Sure is beautiful, isn't it?' Arnold Palmer said softly before he hunched over the ball, waggled the driver and swung from the heels. With that, the King became the honorary starter at the Masters. It was a low hook that only went about 200 yards and settled in the left rough. The applause seemed endless.
No. 2: The Gallery at Dove Mountain
Tiger Woods was going for his eighth consecutive PGA TOUR victory, and such was the frenzy that some projected him breaking Byron Nelson's record of 11 in a row at the Masters. That was before he drew Nick O'Hern in the third round of the Accenture Match Play Championship. When O'Hern made a 12-foot par putt to win in 20 holes, the second-longest winning streak in tour history was over.
No. 3: Torrey Pines (North Course)
Brandt Snedeker was 10 under through 11 holes when he hit wedge to 3 feet. The birdie would put him at 11 under, meaning he would need only two birdies over the last six holes to shoot 59. He missed the putt, and didn't make another birdie until his final hole for a 61.
No. 4: TPC Boston
Phil Mickelson's most gratifying win this year came at the Deutsche Bank Championship, when he played three rounds with Woods. No hole was more pivotal than the 298-yard fourth. After both drove into a greenside bunker in the first round, Mickelson holed his for eagle and Woods took two to get out and made double bogey. In the final round, Mickelson made a 15-foot birdie from the fringe, while Woods drove the green and three-putted for par.
No. 5: PGA National
After Mark Wilson hit his tee shot on this par 3 in the second round of the Honda Classic, his caddie casually mentioned to Camilo Villegas that Wilson hit an 18-degree hybrid. Wilson called for an official and penalized himself two shots for a violation of the rule on advice. Those two shots nearly proved costly. He wound up in a playoff, which he won for his first PGA TOUR victory. And he reminded everyone why golf stands alone among sports in integrity.
No. 6: Southern Hills
Angel Cabrera hit 8-iron into an unplayable lie in the bushes in the first round of the PGA Championship. Another 8-iron was declared out-of-bounds. A third 8-iron found the pond. After a drop, he chipped to 30 feet and took three putts. 'I had a bad hole, hit bad shots, made 10,' he said. 'And that was it.'
No. 7: Augusta National
Retief Goosen was in trouble left of the seventh fairway when he punched an 8-iron out of pine straw and through the trees to 8 feet for a birdie that gave him a share of the lead Sunday at the Masters. But he played the final 11 holes in even par and finished two shots behind, summing up his season. Goosen took the biggest plunge among top-ranked players this year, going from No. 6 to No. 26.
No. 8: Oakmont
A back tee and a back pin in the final round of the U.S. Open made this par 3 measure 300 yards. Cabrera was one of only two players to make birdie on Sunday en route to a one-shot victory over Woods and Jim Furyk.
No. 9: Firestone
Rory Sabbatini, who said Woods looked 'beatable as ever' after losing to him in May, had a one-shot lead over him going into the final round of the Bridgestone Invitational. Both were headed for a big number on the ninth until Woods chipped in for par. Sabbatini made double bogey to fall seven shots behind. 'Still think Tiger is beatable?' a fan said to Sabbatini, who promptly asked police to remove the fan from the course.
No. 10: Carnoustie
Woods pulled his tee shot in the first round of the British Open, the ball resting on TV cables in thick rough. But instead of moving the cables, a rules official declared them to be fixed. He gave Woods a free drop and much better lie in trampled grass. Moments later, two British reporters easily moved the cables. It fed the perception that Woods gets preferential treatment.
No. 11: Muirfield Village
Mickelson walked off the 11th green in the first round of the Memorial and couldn't hit another shot. He said he injured his left wrist during practice at Oakmont, and it took more than 10 weeks to heal. He tried to play the U.S. Open and British Open, missing the cut in both of them.
No. 12: PGA National
On his third hole of the Honda Classic, a spectator's camera caused John Daly to stop his swing on the way down. He dislocated a rib and damaged muscles in his shoulder blade, forcing him to withdraw. That set the tone for Daly's year. Playing on sponsor's exemptions, he withdrew six times and missed 10 cuts.
No. 13: Doral
Sergio Garcia three-putted for bogey in the third round of the CA Championship, then dropped a loogie in the bottom of the cup. 'Don't worry. It did go in the middle,' Garcia said after the round, the closest he came to an apology. Garcia didn't win this year, but his greater failure was ungracious behavior.
No. 14: Royal Montreal
In a summer that defined his career, Woody Austin made a splash at the Presidents Cup in more ways than one. Trying to play from the hazard, Austin lost his balance and fell face-first into the water. That drew far more attention than his birdie-birdie-birdie finish to earn an improbable halve in a fourball match.
No. 15: Augusta National
Woods was two shots behind in the final round of the Masters when he tried to carve a 5-iron around the trees, only to see it come up short and in the water. He had to scramble for par. Zach Johnson laid up on the par 5, as he did all week. The Masters champion played the par 5s in 11 under despite not going for any of them in two.
No. 16: Southern Hills
Having already lost two chances in the majors, Woods' five-shot lead at the PGA Championship was down to two shots Sunday when he faced his toughest tee shot. The swing was powerful and pure, and when Woods twirled the driver in his hands, the final major of the year essentially was over.
No. 17: Harbourtown
Boo Weekley looked like he would blow another chance at the MCI Heritage when he flubbed a chip behind the 17th green. He chipped the next one in for par, and hung on to beat Ernie Els. It was an amazing year for Weekley, who entertained with his backwoods personality and finished 23rd on the money list.
No. 18: Carnoustie
Books can be written about the 72nd hole of the British Open, but consider this: Padraig Harrington had a one-shot lead when he twice hit into Barry Burn and made double bogey. And he still won the claret jug, ending Europe's 0-for-32 drought in the majors.
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Ko part of 5-way tie for Mediheal lead
DALY CITY, Calif. - Lydia Ko was back on top at Lake Merced.
Ko shot a 4-under 68 on a chilly Thursday morning at the LPGA Mediheal Championship for a share of the first-round lead. Jessica Korda, Caroline Hedwall, In-Kyung Kim and Su Oh joined Ko atop the leaderboard in the LPGA's return to Lake Merced after a year away.
''This is a golf course where you need to drive the ball well and putt well,'' said Ko, the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic winner at the course in 2014 and 2015.
Ko eagled the par-5 fifth and had four birdies and a bogey. The New Zealander has 14 LPGA wins, the last in July 2016.
''It's nice to come back to a place where you feel super-welcomed,'' Ko said. ''It just brings back a lot of great memories. ... My family and friends are here this week, so I'm hoping that I'm going to continue the solid play.''
She turned 21 on Tuesday.
''I don't think I feel a huge difference, but I know turning 21 is a huge thing in the U.S.,'' Ko said, ''So, I'm legal and I can do some fun things now.''
Korda, playing alongside Kim a group ahead of Ko, also eagled the fifth and had four birdies and a bogey. Korda won in Thailand in February in her return from reconstructive jaw surgery.
''The score says one thing and my hands say another,'' Korda said. ''It was really cold out there today, so it was good that I stuck to kind of my process. ... Actually, this is still some of the nicer conditions that we've played in compared to the past. I'll take the cold as long as there's no rain.''
Hedwall and Kim each had five birdies and a bogey.
''I just love the city. It's really nice,'' said Hedwall, from Sweden. ''It's sort of a European-style city with all the shopping going on downtown and stuff. I love it here. I even like this weather, suits me really well, too.''
Oh had a bogey-free round. The Australian was the only one of the five players tied for the lead to play in the afternoon.
''It was cold and pretty windy out there and, because it's got a lot of elevation, it kind of swirls in the middle like in the low areas, so it was tough,'' Oh said. ''I hit the ball really solid today. Then the ones I missed, I made really good up-and-downs.''
Lexi Thompson, Sei Young Kim, Charley Hull and Celine Herbin shot 69.
''This course is very challenging, especially when the wind picks up,'' the third-ranked Thompson said. ''It's chilly, so it's a little longer of a course. Some of the par 5s are reachable, so you try to take advantage of that, but pars were good and just take the birdie chances as you can get them.''
Moriya Jutanugarn, the winner Sunday in Los Angeles for her first LPGA title, had a 71 playing with former Stanford student Michelle Wie and ANA Inspiration winner Pernilla Lindberg. Wie had a 74, and Lindberg shot 79. Ariya Jutanugarn matched her sister with a 71, playing in the group with Ko.
Top-ranked Inbee Park matched playing partner Brooke Henderson with a 72. The third member of the afternoon group, second-ranked Shanshan Feng, shot 73.
Juli Inkster shot 72. The 57-year-old Hall of Famer grew up in Santz Cruz, starred at San Jose State and lives in Los Altos. She won the last of her 31 LPGA titles in 2006.
Stacy Lewis had a 74 after announcing that she is pregnant with a due date of Nov. 3. She plans to play through the Marathon Classic in July and return for a full season next year.
Glover, Reavie share Zurich lead with Chinese pair
AVONDALE, La. - Chez Reavie had quite a few good moments at TPC Louisiana on Thursday. So did teammate Lucas Glover.
In best-ball format, the most important thing was those moments came on different holes.
Reavie and Glover teamed to shoot a 12-under 60 for a share of the Zurich Classic lead with China's Zhang Xinjun and Dou Zecheng.
''Chez started well and I picked it up in the middle of the back nine,'' Glover said. ''He closed it off and then we both played really well on the front. Just kind of ham and egged it, I guess, as they would say.''
Reavie and Glover each had six birdies in the best-ball format, pushing through soggy weather early in the round before conditions cleared at TPC Louisiana. Six teams are two shots back in a tie for third after shooting 62.
''We were just rolling,'' Reavie said. ''I think we're comfortable. We like to laugh and have a good time when we're playing golf, and it definitely helps.''
Zhang and Dou birdied four of their final five holes. Dou made a 31-foot putt on No. 9 to cap the impressive rally and jump into the lead with Reavie and Glover.
Tony Finau-Daniel Summerhays, Chris Paisley-Tommy Fleetwood, J.J. Henry-Tom Hoge, Michael Kim-Andrew Putnam, Kevin Kisner-Scott Brown and Troy Merritt-Brendon de Jonge shot 62. Jason Day and Ryan Ruffels shot 64.
It's the first time since last year's Tour Championship that the reigning champs of all four majors have been in the same field. None of them were among the leaders after the first round.
Masters champion Patrick Reed and Patrick Cantlay had a 65, and British Open winner Jordan Spieth and Ryan Palmer were at 66.
''I didn't feel like there was really any rust,'' Reed said. ''I felt like I hit the ball all right today. I felt I hit some good quality putts. A couple of them went in, a couple of them didn't.''
This is the second year that two-player teams have competed at the Zurich Classic. The unusual tournament features best-ball play in the first and third rounds and alternate shot in the second and final rounds.
U.S. Open champion Brooks Koepka and Marc Turnesa shot a 67. PGA Championship winner Justin Thomas and Bud Cauley shot a 70.
There are 80 teams in the tournament and the top 35, along with ties, will make the cut after Friday's second round.
Lewis says she's expecting first child in November
Stacy Lewis is pregnant.
The 12-time LPGA winner confirmed after Thursday’s first round of the Mediheal Championship that she and her husband, University of Houston women’s golf coach Gerrod Chadwell, are expecting their first child on Nov. 3.
Lewis learned she was pregnant after returning home to Houston in late February following her withdrawal from the HSBC Women’s World Championship with a strained oblique muscle.
“We're obviously really excited,” Lewis said. “It wasn't nice I was hurt, but it was nice that I was home when I found out with [Gerrod]. We're just really excited to start a family.”
Lewis is the third big-name LPGA player preparing this year to become a mother for the first time. Suzann Pettersen announced last month that she’s pregnant, due in the fall. Gerina Piller is due any day.
Piller’s husband, PGA Tour pro Martin Piller, withdrew from the Zurich Classic on Thursday to be with her. Piller and Lewis have been U.S. Solheim Cup partners the last two times the event has been played.
“It's going to be fun raising kids together,” Lewis said. “Hopefully, they're best friends and they hang out. But just excited about the next few months and what it's going to bring.”
Lewis, a former Rolex world No. 1 and two-time major championship winner, plans to play through the middle of July, with the Marathon Classic her last event of the year. She will be looking to return for the start of the 2019 season. The LPGA’s maternity leave policy allows her to come back next year with her status intact.
“This year, the golf might not be great, but I've got better things coming in my life than a golf score.” Lewis said. “I plan on coming back and traveling on the road with the baby, and we'll figure it out as we go.”
Coach scores in NFL Draft and on golf course
To say that Chicago Bears defensive coordinator Vic Fangio had a good day Thursday would be an understatement. Not only did his team snag one of the top defensive players in the NFL Draft - Georgia outside linebacker Roquan Smith, who the Bears took with the eighth pick of the first round - but earlier in the day Fangio, 59, made a hole-in-one, sinking a 9-iron shot from 125 yards at The Club at Strawberry Creek in Kenosha, Wis.
Perhaps the ace isn't so surprising, though. In late May 2017, Fangio made another hole-in-one, according to a tweet from the Bears. The only information supplied on that one was the distance - 116 yards.
Who knew defensive wizard Vic Fangio was also a golf wizard? He sank a 116-yard hole-in-one over the weekend. Congrats, Coach! pic.twitter.com/qNQTMfDsDF— Chicago Bears (@ChicagoBears) May 30, 2017