Notes Blood Pressure Tiger the Jokester

By Associated PressMay 12, 2007, 4:00 pm
2007 THE PLAYERSPONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- J.P. Hayes' latest trip to Florida is turning out much better than his last one.
 
Hayes shot a 4-under 68 in the third round at The Players Championship on Saturday and was five shots behind leader Sean O'Hair heading into the final round.
 
Hayes felt he should have been closer, but a bogey on the par-4 18th -- he needed three strokes to get in from 26 feet -- provided a bitter finish to an otherwise solid round.
 
'Very frustrating,' said Hayes, a two-time winner on the PGA Tour. 'I second-guessed myself. I hit a good drive and a good second shot, but walked away with bogey. It's tough to swallow, but that's the way it goes. It's a tough hole.'
 
It may have been difficult to handle, but it paled in comparison to how his last tournament in Florida -- the PODS Championship in Palm Harbor in March -- ended.
 
Hayes withdrew a few shots into the final round after complaining of minor chest pains and dizziness. He was taken to a local hospital for tests and observation. He was released the next day, then flew home to Texas for more tests.
 
He was eventually diagnosed with vasovagal syncope.
 
'It's basically a low blood pressure situation,' Hayes said. 'When I stand up and get moving, instead of my blood pressure picking up, it will drop. That's it in a nutshell.'
 
The symptoms had been affecting Hayes since October, but they peaked at the PODS.
 
'I barely could make it and almost lost it going down the first hole,' he said. 'That was kind of a last straw. I was determined at that point to find a solution to what was going on, and I did.'
 
Hayes takes medication now and drinks plenty of water, knowing heat and dehydration exacerbate the condition.
 
He took more than a month off, but has played three tournaments since the scare. But he has finished each of them outside the top 20.
 
'It's gotten better,' said Hayes, who will enter the final round Sunday in a three-way tie for 10th. 'It's nothing serious is the bottom line.'
 
CASPER THE BLIMP
Typical of any big sporting event, the blimp hovered over the TPC Sawgrass on Saturday, offering television viewers glorious views of the Stadium Course. There was one noticeable exception.
 
The blimp was plain white, and that wasn't by accident.
 
'We wanted to reduce commercialization of the event,' said Henry Hughes, chief of operations for the PGA Tour.
 
In other words, the tour paid for the blimp.
 
The blimp typically has a corporate logo, which is most of the exposure. Hughes also said there is a deal between the blimp and the network, in which the network will say something like, 'This view provided by XYZ blimp, with John Doe as the pilot.'
 
There was only one question no one could answer: Why didn't the tour put its own logos on the blimp?
 
CONSTRUCTION ZONE
When Henrik Stenson walked onto the practice range Saturday morning, playing partner Tiger Woods had a surprise for him: Woods donned a construction helmet.
 
Why? Stenson slammed his 3-wood to the ground Friday after hooking his tee shot into the water on the par-4 18th. The club head broke off and hit a cameraman in the hand.
 
'I wasn't really tense, but it was a fun joke,' Stenson said after shooting a 6-under 66 in the third round and moving to 2-under 214, seven shots off the lead. 'It was funny.'
 
DIVOTS
The Players Championship went 33 years without a double eagle, then had two in as many days. Hunter Mahan holed out from 227 yards on the par-5 11th Friday, and Peter Lonard drained a 5-iron from 229 yards on the par-5 second Saturday. ... Tom Pernice Jr. didn't have as rare a feat Saturday, but he had one of the best shots of the day. Pernice found the greenside bunker on No. 17, the famed island green, and had to stand with one foot in the bunker and one out. Using a 54-degree wedge and an awkward stance from about 50 feet away, Pernice knocked it to within a foot. ... Robert Karlsson had an interesting scorecard, finishing the third round with eight birdies, a bogey and three doubles.
 
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    Furyk: Not a 'good idea' to team Tiger, Phil at Ryder Cup

    By Ryan LavnerJune 25, 2018, 1:12 pm

    Those hoping for another Tiger Woods-Phil Mickelson partnership at the Ryder Cup might be sorely disappointed.

    U.S. captain Jim Furyk all but slammed the door on the reboot Monday on Golf Channel’s “Morning Drive.” Speaking at the CVS Health Charity Classic, Furyk laughed off the idea and said that it wouldn’t be a “good idea” for him to team them again.

    “It worked out so well the first time,” he said, chuckling, referring to the 2004 matches, where captain Hal Sutton paired the sport’s two biggest stars and watched them go 0-2 en route to a lopsided team defeat at home.

    Colin Montgomerie, who was also on the set and a member of that ’04 European squad, chimed in: “It was a great decision for Europe!”

    Woods and Mickelson’s relationship has improved in recent years, since they were part of the task force that morphed into the Ryder Cup committee. They even played a practice round together this year at the Masters. But Furyk seemed to suggest even that wouldn’t be enough to put them together again in Paris.

    “I hope they’re both watching, because they just fell off the couch laughing,” Furyk said. “I wouldn’t guess that would be a good idea as a captain, I’m just saying.”

    Both Mickelson and Woods are outside the top 8 automatic qualifiers. Mickelson is currently ranked 10th, while Woods is now 39th.

    Woods has already been named a vice captain for this year’s matches, though Furyk said that Woods had broached the topic of being a playing vice captain as early as January. Furyk added that he hasn’t discussed what Woods would need to show him over the course of the year to be considered for a captain’s pick.

    “He hasn’t played as big of a schedule as everybody else,” Furyk said, “but when he has played, he’s played pretty well. Definitely an eye-opener for everyone.”

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    Grandma hopes sick JT has some 's***-kicking antibiotics'

    By Grill Room TeamJune 25, 2018, 1:08 pm

    Justin Thomas tied for 56th at the Travelers Championship, still recovering from a brutal test at the U.S. Open and, apparently, battling an illness.

    Thomas is next competing at this week's French Open, along with the likes of Jon Rahm, Tommy Fleetwood, Sergio Garcia and a host of potential Ryder Cup foes.

    Count his grandmother as one who is pulling – really, really pulling – for his physical recovery.



    Grandmothers are the best. And as you can make out from the top of the text exchange, she finally figured out what was on JT’s pants in Round 1 at Shinnecock Hills.

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    What's in the bag: Travelers champion Watson

    By Golf Channel DigitalJune 25, 2018, 12:22 pm

    Bubba Watson won the Travelers Championship for a third time in his career. Here's a look inside his bag:

    Driver: Ping G400 LST (7.6 degrees), with Grafalloy Bi-Matrix Prototype X shaft

    Fairway wood:  Ping G (13.2 degrees), with Fujikura Tour Spec 8.2 X shaft

    Irons: Ping iBlade (2), Ping S55 (4-PW), with True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100 shafts

    Wedges: Ping Glide 2.0 (52 degrees, 55 degrees, 63 degrees), with True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100 shafts

    Putter: Ping PLD Anser

    Ball: Titleist Pro V1x

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    Travelers purse payout: Bubba, Cink close low, earn big

    By Golf Channel DigitalJune 25, 2018, 12:06 pm

    Bubba Watson shot 63 on Sunday to win the Travelers Championship. He took home the trophy, but he wasn't the only player to earn a big payday. Here's how the purse was paid out at TPC River Highlands:

    1 Bubba Watson -17 $1,260,000
    T2 Stewart Cink -14 $462,000
    T2 Beau Hossler -14 $462,000
    T2 J.B. Holmes -14 $462,000
    T2 Paul Casey -14 $462,000
    T6 Kevin Tway -13 $234,500
    T6 Brian Harman -13 $234,500
    T6 Russell Henley -13 $234,500
    T9 Chase Seiffert -12 $189,000
    T9 Bryson DeChambeau -12 $189,000
    T9 Anirban Lahiri -12 $189,000
    T12 Rory McIlroy -11 $147,000
    T12 Ryan Blaum -11 $147,000
    T12 Jason Day -11 $147,000
    T15 Charley Hoffman -10 $115,500
    T15 Patrick Cantlay -10 $115,500
    T15 Danny Lee -10 $115,500
    T15 Kyle Stanley -10 $115,500
    T19 Brooks Koepka -9 $79,000
    T19 Fabian Gomez -9 $79,000
    T19 David Lingmerth -9 $79,000
    T19 Zach Johnson -9 $79,000
    T19 Emiliano Grillo -9 $79,000
    T19 Matt Jones -9 $79,000
    T19 Jamie Lovemark -9 $79,000
    T26 Sam Ryder -8 $49,700
    T26 Si Woo Kim -8 $49,700
    T26 Richy Werenski -8 $49,700
    T26 Blayne Barber -8 $49,700
    T26 Steve Marino -8 $49,700
    T26 Peter Malnati -8 $49,700
    T26 Patrick Rodgers -8 $49,700
    T33 Alex Cejka -7 $39,550
    T33 Tyler Duncan -7 $39,550
    T33 Kevin Streelman -7 $39,550
    T36 Seamus Power -6 $35,175
    T36 James Hahn -6 $35,175
    T38 Scott Stallings -5 $30,800
    T38 Russell Knox -5 $30,800
    T38 Brandon Harkins -5 $30,800
    T38 Lanto Griffin -5 $30,800
    T42 Adam Hadwin -4 $24,500
    T42 J.J. Henry -4 $24,500
    T42 Jordan Spieth -4 $24,500
    T42 Mackenzie Hughes -4 $24,500
    T42 Brett Stegmaier -4 $24,500
    T47 Billy Hurley III -3 $17,578
    T47 Vaughn Taylor -3 $17,578
    T47 Sam Saunders -3 $17,578
    T47 Kelly Kraft -3 $17,578
    T47 Keegan Bradley -3 $17,578
    T47 J.J. Spaun -3 $17,578
    T47 Wesley Bryan -3 $17,578
    T47 Denny McCarthy -3 $17,578
    T47 Scott Brown -3 $17,578
    T56 Ryan Armour -2 $15,680
    T56 Keith Mitchell -2 $15,680
    T56 Ken Duke -2 $15,680
    T56 Justin Thomas -2 $15,680
    T56 Hunter Mahan -2 $15,680
    T61 John Huh -1 $14,910
    T61 Martin Laird -1 $14,910
    T61 Steve Wheatcroft -1 $14,910
    T61 James Driscoll -1 $14,910
    T61 Tom Lovelady -1 $14,910
    T61 Nick Hardy -1 $14,910
    T67 Daniel Berger E $14,350
    T67 Trey Mullinax E $14,350
    T69 Cameron Tringale 1 $14,000
    T69 Kyle Thompson 1 $14,000
    T69 Ethan Tracy 1 $14,000
    T72 Dominic Bozzelli 2 $13,650
    T72 Martin Flores 2 $13,650
    74 Padraig Harrington 4 $13,440