Herman misses chance for low round - COPIED

By Associated PressJune 21, 2010, 6:29 am

2010 U.S. Open

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. – Jim Herman approached the 18th tee Sunday at Pebble Beach and pondered his chances for the lowest round at this year’s U.S. Open.

There was the possibility of topping Tiger Woods and final-round leader Dustin Johnson, who each shot a sizzling 5-under 66 on Saturday. Herman also had a chance to one-up Phil Mickelson’s 66 in the second round Friday.

So Herman pulled out his driver and decided to go for it. Why not? Anything to forget that awful 10-over 81 he shot Saturday.

Herman needed a birdie on No. 18, a challenging par-5, to finish at 65. The plan quickly went south – well, west, really. His tee shot hooked left toward the ocean, and it sailed over the concrete seawall to the rocks below. Herman, still holding out hope of recovering on the final hole, hurried down to find his ball. He found several, none of them his own.

He returned to the tee already with a 3, and by the time he finally finished he had double-bogey and a 3-under 68. He was 14-over 298 for the tournament.

“Low round in the tournament definitely was in my mind going into the back nine,” he said. “I definitely knew it. I watched Phil’s round. I knew where I was and what it was. I was trying to do it, what else do I have but to go for a record?”

Herman overcame a bogey on the second with a pair of eagles on Nos. 4 and 6 and a trio of birdies. Fans Mike Portier and James Kater of San Jose caught up with Herman’s group on No. 2 with plans of watching Mike Weir – but Herman’s play quickly caught their attention. Time to cheer on an underdog making good.

“Because this guy was shooting the round of the tournament,” Portier said.

Even his disappointing 18th couldn’t spoil Herman’s first Father’s Day. His wife, Carolyn, and 8 1/2 -month-old daughter, Abigail, were on hand all week to support him.

“It was pretty awesome, two eagles in a span of three holes,” Herman said. “Another birdie on 7, which just topped it off. It was just a great day. I’m glad I could come back after yesterday. Yesterday was pretty painful to take being in my first Open. I had a lot of support from my family. We all joked about it last night. I just wanted to come out and show that I could really play out here, and I think I did that today.”


TIE FOR TOP AMATEUR: Reigning NCAA champion Scott Langley of Illinois and University of Georgia star Russell Henley shared the distinction of top amateur at the U.S. Open. Each finished 8-over 292 and in a tie for 16th.

They combined for the best finish by amateurs since Spencer Levin tied for 14th in 2003. Langley and Henley are among eight other amateurs to finish in the top 20 since 1970.

He slapped hands with several supporters along the ropes between the 16th green and 17th tee. Henley acknowledged as many of the people as he could along the way, with smiles, waves, tips of his visor.

Approaching the 18th green to a roaring standing ovation, he pulled out his best one yet: He waved his visor, put his hand to his ear and raised both arms up signaling for more.

This guy could ham it up and still play great golf.

“It’s not very often you get to play in the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach. It was awesome,” Henley said. “You can’t take anything like this for granted. … I tried to have a ball out there.”

Henley stood at the 18th tee looking out at Carmel Bay when his caddie and big brother, Adam, put his arm around the golfer. Talk about a special moment for these two boys from Macon, Ga.

“It’s such a famous hole and the culmination of this whole week has just been magical,” said Adam, who at 32 is 11 years older. “What we kept talking about today is what a beautiful course it is and how everybody is cheering for him.”

All week, Adam told his brother to enjoy the experience. Their parents were there waiting at the end.

Tom Watson played behind Henley and offered “nice play” congratulations at the scorer’s trailer afterward.

“You, too,” Henley said.

While Henley was somewhat surprised how many fans knew who he was – “I guess they read the pairings sheet” – many more might be watching for him now.

“I’m just some kid from Macon,” he said.

“I think they know his name now,” Adam said.


CONGRESSIONAL BOUND: The USGA changed the rules for the 2010 Open making just the top 10 finishers, and ties, exempt for next year’s championship at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Md.

Those guaranteed a spot: Graeme McDowell, Gregory Havret, Ernie Els, Phil Mickelson, Tiger Woods, Matt Kuchar, Davis Love III, Brandt Snedeker, Martin Kaymer, Alex Cejka and Dustin Johnson.


LOCAL BOY: A beaming Erick Justesen pulled off his white hat after putting out on 18 and emphatically waved it to a cheering crowd.

“Way to go Erick!” several people yelled.

He took off his glove, signed that and gave it away, then he signed some more.

Justesen was a regular caddie at Pebble Beach from 2003-05. Now, he’s a pro who just played his first U.S. Open in the picturesque place he used to work.

“It’s unreal,” Justesen said. “I hit dozens of bad shots, and you just look around and you care a little less about the bad shots and a little more about the situation you’re in. It’s pretty surreal.”

Just because he’s spent countless hours on this challenging oceanside course didn’t mean he had much of an advantage this week.

“I played solid today. Man, I still feel like I could have done better,” said Justesen, a 25-year-old from Sacramento. “It was a different course this week. A lot had changed. The faster the greens get, there are so many angulations out here the more the greens change. They were putting pins in spots you never see them. It was a different golf course.”

Some of his former college golf teammates from nearby Cal State University-Stanislaus cheered him as he finished and were there to greet him after he went through the scoring trailer. He saw people he knew from Sacramento all over the course, too.

“It was a great opportunity to be among these guys and play against them, to carry over some confidence and really be like, ‘Hey, I can do this.’ I feel like a local boy. It’s pretty nice. That was my favorite part of the week, just all the people and people cheering you on. I dig that stuff. That’s fun.”


GOING IT ALONE: Pablo Martin made his way around Pebble Beach early Sunday morning in a tidy 2 hours, 39 minutes – one of the advantage of playing alone.

With an odd number of players making the cut, one lone golfer was sent off by himself each of the final two mornings. Ty Tryon did it Saturday.

Like Tryon, Martin declined the option of having a “marker” play with him, choosing the faster route as part of his 8-over 79 that left the Spaniard 29 over for the tournament. He walked off the green at 18 to chants of “Pablo, Pablo,” following a double-bogey on the closing hole.

“Me and my caddie, it was a nice walk, checking the course. Pretty cool. It’s so nice over here in Pebble Beach. I’m happy we can get to play for free,” Martin said. “The best memory I’m going to have of this week? It’s the first time to play Pebble Beach. It was a fun week even though I played crap. Sometimes, it goes that way and sometimes, it goes the other way.”

 


PRIZE PURSE:
The $7.5 million purse is the same for the third straight year, with the winner taking home $1.35 million. The amount for the champion hasn’t increased for the third year in a row, the first time that has happened since 1968-71.

 

Sunday’s runner-up was set to receive $810,000, while third place earns $480,687.

 


DOUBLE-DOUBLE:
Former PGA champ Shaun Micheel had quite the back-to-back on his front nine Sunday. Micheel was in a three-way tie for the lead after the opening round before falling out of contention with forgettable rounds of 77 and 75.

 

He’ll certainly remember his final day.

Micheel made a rare double-eagle at the par-5 sixth hole, draining his second shot from the fairway on the uphill 523-yard hole. Those two shots he gained disappeared just as quickly, as Micheel made a double-bogey on the 92-yard 7th.

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Arizona caps an improbable journey with a title

By Ryan LavnerMay 24, 2018, 3:49 am

STILLWATER, Okla. – Five hours before the final match at the NCAA Women’s Championship, Arizona coach Laura Ianello sat cross-legged on a couch in the Holiday Inn lobby and broke down four times in a half-hour interview.

It’s been that kind of exhausting season.

From poor play to stunning midseason defections to a stroke-play collapse, Ianello has felt uneasy for months. She has felt like she was losing control. Felt like her carefully crafted roster was coming apart.

So to even have a chance to win a NCAA title?

“I know what this team has gone through,” she said, beginning to tear up, “and you don’t get these opportunities all the time. So I want it for them. This could be so life-changing for so many of them.”

A moment that seemed impossible six months ago became reality Wednesday at Karsten Creek.

Arizona continued its magical run through the match-play bracket and knocked off top-ranked Alabama to capture its third NCAA title, with junior Haley Moore – who first rose to fame by making the cut at an LPGA major as a 16-year-old – rolling in a 4-footer to earn the clinching point in extra holes.

All throughout nationals Arizona was fueled by momentum and adrenaline, but this was no Cinderella squad. The Wildcats were ranked ninth in the country. They won twice this spring. They had four medalists. They were one of the longest-hitting teams in the country.

But even before a miracle end to NCAA stroke play, Arizona needed some help just to get here.


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On Christmas Day, one of the team’s best players, Krystal Quihuis, texted Ianello that she was turning pro. It may have been a gift to her parents, for their years of sacrifice, but it was a lump of coal in Ianello’s stocking.

“I was absolutely heartbroken,” she said. “It was devastating.”

Even more bad news arrived a few weeks later, when junior Gigi Stoll told Ianello that she was unhappy, homesick and wanted to return to Portland, Ore. Just like that, a promising season had gone off the rails.

Ianello offered her a full release, but Stoll looked around, found no other suitors and decided to remain with the team – as long as she signed a contract of expected behavior.

“It was the most exhausting two months of my life,” Ianello said. “We care so much about these freakin’ girls, and we’re like, Come on, this is just a small, little picture of your life, so you don’t realize what you’re possibly giving up. It’s so hard to see that sometimes.”

Stoll eventually bought in, but the rest of the team was blindsided by Quihuis’ decision.

“We became even more motivated to prove we were a great team,” said junior Bianca Pagdanganan.

It also helped that Yu-Sang Hou joined the squad in January. The morale immediately improved, not least because the players now could poke fun at Hou; on her fourth day on campus she nearly burned down the dorm when she forgot to add water to her mac-and-cheese.

Early on Ianello and assistant Derek Radley organized a team retreat at a hotel in Tucson. There the players created Oprah-inspired vision boards and completed exercises blindfolded and delivered 60-second speeches to break down barriers. At the end of the session, they created T-shirts that they donned all spring. They splashed “The Great Eight” on the front, put the state of Arizona and each player’s country of origin on the sleeves, and on the back printed their names and a slogan: If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.

“I can’t think of anything else that better embodies this team,” Radley said.

This spring, they rallied together and finished no worse than fourth in a tournament. Through three rounds of stroke play here at the NCAA Championship, they used their distance advantage and sat third in the standings. Then they shot 17 over par in the final round, tumbling outside the top-8 cut line.

They were down to their final chance on the 72nd hole, needing an eagle to tie, as Pagdanganan lined up her 30-footer. She dramatically drained the putt, then gathered her teammates on the range.

“This means we were meant to be in the top 8,” she said. Less than an hour later, they beat Baylor in the team playoff to earn the last match-play berth.

Ianello was so amped up from the frenetic finish that she slept only three hours on Monday night, but they continued to roll and knocked off top-seeded UCLA in the quarterfinals, beating a pair of Player of the Year contenders, Lilia Vu and Patty Tavatanakit, in the process. In the afternoon semifinals, they jumped all over Stanford and won easily.

It was a cute story, the last team into the match-play field reaching the final match, but a stiffer challenge awaited the Wildcats Wednesday.

Alabama was the top-ranked team in the country. The Tide were a whopping 110 under par for the season, boasting three first-team All-Americans who were so dominant in their first two matches that they trailed for only two of the 99 holes they played.

Ianello already seemed to be bracing for the result on the eve of the final match.

“Win or lose,” she said, “this has been a hell of a ride.”

But their wild ride continued Wednesday, as Hou won four holes in a row to start the back nine and defeat Alabama’s best player, Lauren Stephenson, who had the best single-season scoring average (69.5) in Division I history.

Then sophomore Sandra Nordaas – the main beneficiary after Quihuis left at the midway point of the season – held on for a 1-up victory over Angelica Moresco.

And so Arizona’s national-title hopes hinged on the success of its most mercurial player, Moore. In the anchor match against Lakareber Abe, Moore jumped out to a 2-up lead at the turn but lost the first three holes on the back nine.

By the time Radley sped back to help Moore, in the 12th fairway, she was frazzled.

“But seeing me,” Radley said, “I saw a sense of calm wash over her.”

Moore played solidly for the rest of the back nine and took a 1-up lead into the home hole. She didn’t flinch when Abe hit one of the shots of the entire championship – a smoked 3-wood to 12 feet to set up a two-putt birdie and force extras – and then gave herself 4 feet for the win on the first playoff hole. She sank the putt and within seconds was mobbed by her teammates.

In the giddy aftermath, Ianello could barely speak. She wandered around the green in a daze, looking for someone, anyone, to hug.

The most trying year of her career had somehow ended in a title.

“At some moments, it felt impossible,” she said. “But I underestimated these young women a little bit.”

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Pac-12 continues to dominate women's golf

By Golf Channel DigitalMay 24, 2018, 3:04 am

Arizona's national women's golf championship marked the fourth consecutive year in‌ which the women's Division I national title was won by a Pac-12 Conference team. All four championships were won by different schools (Stanford, 2015; Washington, 2016; Arizona State, 2017; Arizona, 2018). The Pac-12 is the only conference to win four straight golf championships (men or women) with four different schools.

Here are some other statistical notes from the just-concluded NCAA Div. I Women's Golf Championship:

• This is the second time that Arizona has won the national title the year after rival Arizona State won it. The last time was 1996.

• Arizona now has three women's golf national championships. The previous two came in 1996 and 2000.

• Arizona is only the sixth school to win three or more Div. I women's golf championships, joining Arizona State (8), Duke (6), San Jose State (3), UCLA (3) and USC (3).

• Arizona's Haley Moore, who earned the clinching point on the 19th hole of her match with Alabama's Lakareber Abe, was the only Arizona player to win all three of her matches this week.

• Alabama's Kristen Gillman and Cheyenne Knight also went 3-0. Gillman did not trail in any match.

• Since the match-play format was instituted in 2015, Arizona is the lowest seed (8) to claim the national title. The seeds claiming the national championship were Stanford (4) in 2015; Washington (4) in 2016; and Arizona State (3) in 2017.

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High school seniors win U.S. Amateur Four-Ball

By Associated PressMay 24, 2018, 1:44 am

TEQUESTA, Fla. - The 18-year-old Hammer, from Houston, is set to play at Texas next fall. Barber, from Stuart, Fla., also is 18. He's headed to LSU.

''Growing up watching U.S. Opens and U.S. Amateurs on TV, I just knew being a USGA champion is something that I desperately wanted,'' said Hammer, who qualified for a U.S. Open three years ago at 15. ''And to finally do it, it feels incredible. It feels as good, if not better, than I thought it would. And especially being able to do it with Garrett. It's really cool to share this moment.''

Hammer and Cole won the par-4 eighth with a birdie to take a 2-up lead. They took the par-4 10th with a par, won the par-5 13th with an eagle - Barber hit a 4-iron from 235 yards to 3 feet - and halved the next two holes to end the match.

''Cole didn't want me to hit 4-iron,'' Barber said. ''He didn't think I could get it there. I was like, 'I got it.' So I hit it hard, hit pretty much a perfect shot. It was a crazy shot.''

The 32-year-old Dull is from Winter Park, Fla., and the 42-year-old Brooke from Altamonte Springs, Fla.

''Cole Hammer is a special player,'' Brooke said. ''Obviously, he's going to Texas (and) I'm not saying he is Jordan Spieth, but there are certain things that he does.''

In the morning semifinals, Hammer and Barber beat Idaho high school teammates Carson Barry and Sam Tidd, 5 and 4, and Brooke and Dull topped former Seattle University teammates Kyle Cornett and Patrick Sato, 4 and 3.

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Watch: Pumped up Beef deadlifts 485 lbs.

By Grill Room TeamMay 24, 2018, 12:19 am

Andrew "Beef" Johnston has been playing some solid golf on the European Tour this season, and he is clearly pumped up for one of the biggest weeks of the year at the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth.

Judging from the video below, Beef will have no problems lifting the trophy on Sunday as he reportedly deadlifted 220 kg ... (Googles kilogram to pounds converter, enters numbers) ... that's 485 lbs!

@beefgolf with a new deadlift PB 220kg ! #youcantgowronggettingstrong

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