Montys Mind on Ryder Cup

By Associated PressAugust 11, 2004, 4:00 pm
04 PGA ChampionshipHAVEN, Wis. -- Colin Montgomerie has always been more at ease playing for the flag than for fortune, so its no surprise his mind is more on the Ryder Cup than in shaking his stigma as the worlds greatest golfer never to win a major.
Montgomerie, 0-for-52 in majors but rock solid in the Ryder Cup, is showing signs of emerging from a slump and land on the European team for the seventh straight time.
Hes got three more chances to move up from 18th in the standings, beginning with the PGA Championship this week at Whistling Straits, and Bernhard Langer said hell consider using one of his two captains picks on him if Montgomerie doesnt jump into the top 10 for an automatic spot.
Monty, who has never had to rely on a captains pick before, isnt lobbying Langer.
My goal over the next three weeks is to actually qualify for the team, something that Ive been very proud of doing the last six occasions, Montgomerie said. And I hope to make that seven to put him in an easier position.
It didnt look possible a few months ago, when the 41-year-old Scot was going through a divorce from his wife of 14 years made even more painful by the attention British tabloids paid to it. His game was so lousy he had to win a qualifying playoff just to get in the British Open at Royal Troon, where he learned the game.
Making the Ryder Cup team on his own would be a highlight in the career of the seven-time leader of the European money list who has won 33 times around the world.
I would be very proud of myself, Montgomerie said. Actually, Im quite proud of myself right now. But I would be more proud of myself if I could get three good finishes in the next three tournaments and qualify for the team.
Langer wont have an easy task if that doesnt happen. He has a deep field from which to choose and on Wednesday he mentioned several other possibilities, including Fredrik Jacobsen, Paul McGinley, Jesper Parnevik, Alex Cejka, Luke Donald, Justin Rose and Thomas Bjorn.
Although far removed from his heyday as Europes best golfer, Montgomerie is 16-7-5 in Ryder Cup competition, and Langer considers experience a definite tiebreaker should it be a close call after the NEC Invitational at Firestone and the BMW International Open in Germany.
I think its vital in a tournament like that that youve had experience either in the Ryder Cup or in major championships, just to have been under that kind of pressure, he said. The more the better.
Montgomeries recent recovery also works in his favor.
I have a tendency to pick someone who has played well the last four to six weeks because hes going to be high in confidence, ready to go, Langer said.
At Wentworth earlier this year, Langer said he wanted to see evidence that Montgomerie was working his way through his problems. Hes pleased with what hes seen so far, citing Montgomeries play at the British Open and Scandinavian Masters, in particular.
His form is very steady and hes extremely close to being the Colin we know, Langer said. You know, hes gradually creeping up in the rankings, as well.
Unlike many golfers who havent had much nice to say about Whistling Straits, Montgomerie has found the links-style course very much to his liking. Here, he said, nature tends to play more of a role than technology does, just as it does at the ancient coastal courses back home.
So, I look forward to that in a way because it is more like playing a links course than it is your average, standard, American target golf that we tend to play over here, he said.
The closest Montgomerie has come to winning a major was at the PGA in 1995 at Riviera. He birdied the last three holes to get into a playoff with Steve Elkington, who promptly birdied the first playoff hole. He lost a three-way playoff at Oakmont in the 94 U.S. Open and was tied for the lead at the 97 U.S. Open at Congressional until missing a 6-foot par putt on the 17th.
When it comes to the Ryder Cup, though, few are better than Monty.
Ive always enjoyed match-play situation more than I ever have stroke play, he said. My singles record Im particularly proud of, in not having lost, and I dont like losing very much. Now, whether you say thats patriotism ... or whether its an upbringing or whatever it is, I just have an inbuilt desire not to lose. We all dont like to lose, but me in particular.
Langer would love to have that attitude'and a back-to-form Montgomerie'with him next month at the Ryder Cup at Oakland Hills in Michigan.
A huge difference, Langer said. Colin, when he plays his best can beat anybody. He can be a tower of strength. Hes been around for a long time. Guys look up to him. You know, that would be the best thing that could happen to us.
And also to Montgomerie.
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    Davies leads Inkster after Day 1 of Senior LPGA Champ.

    By Associated PressOctober 16, 2018, 1:10 am

    FRENCH LICK, Ind. - Laura Davies opened with a 4-under 68 despite finishing with two bogeys Monday, giving her a one-shot lead over Juli Inkster after Round 1 of the Senior LPGA Championship.

    Davies, who earlier this year won the inaugural U.S. Senior Women's Open, had a lost ball on the par-5 18th hole on The Pete Dye Course at French Lick Resort. She still salvaged a bogey in chilly, windy weather that had the 55-year-old from England bundled up in a blanket between shots.

    Inkster, runner-up to Davies at the Senior Women's Open, made eagle on the closing hole for a 69.

    Jane Crafter was at 70. Defending champion Trish Johnson opened with a 73.

    Temperatures were in the high 40s, but the damp air and wind made it feel even colder.

    Inkster made a bogey on the 17th hole by missing the green with a 9-iron.

    ''As old as I am, I still get made and I crushed that drive on 18,'' said Inkster, who followed with a 3-wood to 15 feet to set up her eagle.

    The 54-hole event concludes Wednesday.

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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 “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.