Garcia Palmer share lead at Nelson

By Associated PressMay 28, 2011, 3:41 pm

IRVING, Texas (AP) - While Ryan Palmer is doing everything his caddie tellshim, Sergio Garcia is playing just fine without a practice round at the ByronNelson Championship.

Palmer and Garcia shared the second-round lead at 8-under 132 after asun-soaked round Friday when the wind was gusting up to 36 mph.

Garcia posted his second consecutive 4-under 66, after withdrawing from aBritish Open qualifier five holes in and passing up a practice round at TPC FourSeasons because of an infected fingernail on his left hand.

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After a bogey at the 523-yard par-4 third hole when his approach flew overthe green, Garcia birdied three of the next four holes and was bogey-free therest of his round. Despite the windy conditions, he hit 11 of 14 fairways and 14of 18 greens.

“You would be happy with those stats on a day with not much wind,” Garciasaid.

There also were some impressive shots along the way for Garcia. The31-year-old Spaniard blasted out of a greenside bunker to 7 feet to save par atNo. 14, then had a 45-foot chip-in birdie at the 15th hole when he couldn’t puttbecause of three sprinkler heads in the way. Walking into the stiff wind therest of the way, he had pars on the last three holes.

Palmer shot a 67. He had made the cut only once his seven previousappearances at the Nelson with nine consecutive rounds over par before this weekwhen caddie James Edmondson is calling his shots.

“He’s never played good here and we finally decided that I was going totake over and just lead the horse around the ranch,” Edmondson said.

With input from instructor Randy Smith, Edmondson is telling Palmer where tohit off the tee and what to do with his approach shots. The arrangement isworking so far. Palmer opened with a 65 Thursday before what was maybe a moreimpressive round with only one bogey in difficult conditions.

“I keep surprising myself how calm I am when it’s that way. … This is agolf course that I’ve struggled on so it’s nice to not to think about it, justget up and hit the shot, and if I don’t hit the shots it’s on me,” Palmer said.“So it’s nice to be free-swinging like that.”

Tim Petrovic (66) and Scott Piercy (69) were three strokes back at 5 under.Nick Watney (68), Joe Ogilvie (70) and Chad Collins (69) followed at 4 under.

For the second year in a row, area amateur teenager Jordan Spieth made thecut at the Nelson. After his 2-under 68 Friday, he was in a group of six playersat 3 under.

Spieth’s high school graduation ceremony is Saturday afternoon. The ceremonyfor Dallas’ Jesuit Prep’s graduating class of 246 seniors starts at 4 p.m.Saturday, at an auditorium on the SMU campus about 20 miles from TPC FourSeasons.

“Right after the round … I’m going to shoot over there as quickly aspossible,” Spieth said. “I don’t know how long (graduation) usually lasts.”

First-round leader Jeff Overton followed his opening 64 with a 74 thatincluding consecutive bogeys to end his round.

Seventy-four players made the cut at 3 over. Right on that mark wasdefending champion Jason Day (71).

Palmer had his only bogey at the 503-yard, par-4 15th hole when he missedthe green with his approach and then two-putted from 17 feet. With the windreally starting to pick up he parred out, using a 5-wood for the secondconsecutive day at No. 18, where he had a 25-foot birdie attempt just slide bythe cup.

“I thought I was going to hit driver today and (Edmondson) pulls that5-wood. `What am I going to do, hit 5-wood? Five-wood?”’ Palmer said. “And hegoes. `Let’s practice for the British Open. Hit the 5-wood hard, you can hit,’and I did that. Hit a perfect 5-iron to the middle of the green.”

Garcia, the 2004 Nelson champion, hasn’t won a tournament since 2008.

“When I’m feeling good, even in windy conditions like today, I feel like Ican control the ball flight and I can hit some good, solid shots,” Garcia said.“It’s going to be tough out there. I just need to make sure that I staypositive and just try to trust myself as much as I can.”

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Miller to retire from broadcast booth in 2019

By Golf Channel DigitalOctober 15, 2018, 9:14 pm

After nearly 30 years in the broadcast booth, Johnny Miller is ready to hang up his microphone.

Following a Hall of Fame playing career that included a pair of major titles, Miller has become one of the most outspoken voices in the game as lead golf analyst for NBC Sports. But at age 71 he has decided to retire from broadcasting following the 2019 Waste Management Phoenix Open.

“The call of being there for my grandkids, to teach them how to fish. I felt it was a higher calling,” Miller told GolfChannel.com. “The parents are trying to make a living, and grandparents can be there like my father was with my four boys. He was there every day for them. I'm a big believer that there is a time and a season for everything.”

Miller was named lead analyst for NBC in 1990, making his broadcast debut at what was then known as the Bob Hope Desert Classic. He still remained competitive, notably winning the 1994 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am at age 46, but made an indelible mark on the next generation of Tour pros with his frank and candid assessment of the action from some of golf’s biggest events.

Miller’s broadcasting career has included 20 U.S. Opens, 14 Ryder Cups, nine Presidents Cups, three Open Championships and the 2016 Olympics. While he has teamed in the booth with Dan Hicks for the past 20 years, Miller’s previous on-air partners included Bryant Gumbel, Charlie Jones, Jim Lampley and Dick Enberg.

His farewell event will be in Phoenix Jan. 31-Feb. 3, at a tournament he won in back-to-back years in 1974-75.

“When it comes to serving golf fans with sharp insight on what is happening inside the ropes, Johnny Miller is the gold standard,” said NBC lead golf producer Tommy Roy. “It has been an honor working with him, and while it might not be Johnny’s personal style, it will be fun to send him off at one of the PGA Tour’s best parties at TPC Scottsdale.”

Miller was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1998 after a playing career that included wins at the 1973 U.S. Open at Oakmont and The Open in 1976 at Royal Birkdale. Before turning pro, he won the 1964 U.S. Junior Amateur and was low amateur at the 1966 U.S. Open at Olympic, where he tied for eighth at age 19.

Born and raised in San Francisco, Miller now lives in Utah with his wife, Linda, and annually serves as tournament host of the PGA Tour’s Safeway Open in Napa, Calif.

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Randall's Rant: Tiger vs. Phil feels like a ripoff

By Randall MellOctober 15, 2018, 7:45 pm

Usually, you have to buy something before you feel like you were ripped off.

The wonder in the marketing of Tiger vs. Phil and “The Match” is how it is making so many people feel as if they are getting ripped off before they’ve shelled out a single penny for the product.

Phil Mickelson gets credit for this miscue.

Apparently, the smartest guy in the room isn’t the smartest marketing guy.

He was a little bit like that telemarketer who teases you into thinking you’ve won a free weekend getaway, only to lead you into the discovery that there’s a shady catch, with fine print and a price tag.

There was something as slippery as snake oil in the original pitch.

In Mickelson’s eagerness to create some excitement, he hinted back during The Players in May about the possibility of a big-money, head-to-head match with Woods. A couple months later, he leaked more details, before it was ready to be fully announced.

So while there was an initial buzz over news of the Thanksgiving weekend matchup, the original pitch set up a real buzzkill when it was later announced that you were only going to get to see it live on pay-per-view.

The news landed with a thud but no price tag. We’re still waiting to see what it’s going to cost when these two meet at Shadow Creek in Las Vegas, but anything that feels even slightly inflated now is going to further dampen the original enthusiasm Mickelson created.

Without Woods or Mickelson putting up their own money, this $9 million winner-take-all event was always going to feel more like a money grab than real competition.

When we were expecting to see it on network or cable TV, we didn’t care so much. Tiger's and Phil’s hands would have felt as if they were reaching into corporate America’s pockets. Now, it feels as if they’re digging into ours.

Last week, there was more disappointing news, with the Las Vegas Review-Journal reporting that tickets won’t be sold to the public, that the match at Shadow Creek will only be open to select sponsors and VIPs.



Now there’s a larger insult to the common fan, who can’t help but feel he isn’t worthy or important enough to gain admittance.

Sorry, but that’s how news of a closed gate landed on the heels of the pay-per-view news.

“The Match” was never going to be meaningful golf in any historical sense.

This matchup was never going to rekindle the magic Tiger vs. Phil brought in their epic Duel at Doral in ’05.

The $9 million was never going to buy the legitimacy a major championship or PGA Tour Sunday clash could bring.

It was never going to be more than an exhibition, with no lingering historical significance, but that was OK as quasi silly-season fare on TV on Thanksgiving weekend (Nov. 23), the traditional weekend of the old Skins Game.

“The Match” still has a chance to be meaningful, but first and foremost as entertainment, not real competition. That’s what this was always going to be about, but now the bar is raised.

Pay per view does that.

“You get what you pay for” is an adage that doesn’t apply to free (or already-paid for) TV. It does to pay per view. Expectations go way up when you aren’t just channel surfing to a telecast. So the higher the price tag they end up putting on this showdown, the more entertaining this has to be.

If Phil brings his “A-Game” to his trash talking, and if Tiger can bring some clever repartee, this can still be fun. If the prerecorded segments wedged between shots are insightful, even meaningful in their ability to make us understand these players in ways we didn’t before, this will be worthwhile.

Ultimately, “The Match” is a success if it leaves folks who paid to see it feeling as if they weren’t as ripped off as the people who refused to pay for it. That’s the handicap a history of free golf on TV brings. Welcome to pay-per-view, Tiger and Phil.

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Trial date set for drifter charged with killing Barquin Arozamena

By Associated PressOctober 15, 2018, 7:28 pm

AMES, Iowa – A judge has scheduled a January trial for a 22-year-old Iowa drifter charged with killing a top amateur golfer from Spain.

District Judge Bethany Currie ruled Monday that Collin Richards will stand trial Jan. 15 for first-degree murder in the death of Iowa State University student Celia Barquin Arozamena.

Richards entered a written not guilty plea Monday morning and waived his right to a speedy trial. The filing canceled an in-person arraignment hearing that had been scheduled for later Monday.

Investigators say Richards attacked Barquin on Sept. 17 while she was playing a round at a public course in Ames, near the university campus. Her body was found in a pond on the course riddled with stab wounds.

Richards faces life in prison without the possibility of parole if convicted.

LeBron's son tries golf, and he might be good at everything

By Grill Room TeamOctober 15, 2018, 5:36 pm

LeBron James' son seems well on his way to a successful basketball career of his own. To wit:

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Finally got it down lol

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But with just a little work, he could pass on trying to surpass his father and try to take on Tiger and Jack, instead.

Bronny posted this video to Instagram of him in sandals whacking balls off a mat atop a deck into a large body of water, which is the golfer's definition of living your best life.

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How far, maybe 400 #happygilmore

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If you listen closely, at the end of the clip, you can just barely hear someone scream out for a marine biologist.