Notes Furyk Injured Tigers Funky Hair

By Associated PressSeptember 22, 2005, 4:00 pm
2005 PresidentGAINESVILLE, Va. -- At first, it looked like a romantic scene, perhaps from a picnic in a park. Jim Furyk lay in the shade on the grass, on his back with his knees up, while wife Tabitha kneeled over him and smiled.
Only this was the rough just off the No. 5 fairway during first day of the Presidents Cup on Thursday. Furyk was hurting -- muscle spasms on the right side of his ribcage -- and his wife was trying to comfort him.
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Jim Furyk receives treatment on his back as wife Tabitha looks on.
Furyk called for a chiropractor, Tom LaFountain, who massaged Furyk's ribcage while playing partner Fred Funk putted at the fifth green. LaFountain gave Furyk several more massages throughout the round. At the ninth tee, Furyk lay face-first on the ground while LaFountain massaged some more. The spasms particularly gave Furyk trouble on his backswing, although he played a solid round in a match against Vijay Singh and Mark Hensby that ended in a tie.
``I'll be OK. I'll be ready to go tomorrow,'' said Furyk, who said the injury was an aggravation of something he felt at last week's 84 Lumber Classic. ``I'm in a little bit of pain. I probably need some rest for it to subside, and I don't think I'm going to get any this week.''
U.S. captain Jack Nicklaus was less optimistic. He called Furyk's status ``uncertain'' for Friday and put Furyk in the final grouping in Friday's fourballs to give his player extra time for therapy in the morning.
Furyk and Tiger Woods are scheduled to play Stuart Appleby and Mark Hensby. If Furyk can't play, Woods will play a singles match against either Appleby or Hensby, as chosen by International captain Gary Player. If Furyk withdraws during the match, Woods will finish 1-on-2 against both Appleby and Hensby.
``He'll either tell me he can start and play or he'll tell me he can't,'' Nicklaus said. ``I don't have an input in that. I think the spirit of the matches are that we want everybody to play.''
David Toms had no physical problems in his first competitive round of golf since his health scare last weekend.
As for his golf game, that's another matter. On Thursday, Toms and Stewart Cink were routed 6 and 5 by Mike Weir and Trevor Immelman in foursomes.
``I'm sure he's far more disappointed in his golf than he is his health,'' U.S. captain Jack Nicklaus said.
Toms was airlifted to a hospital during last week's 84 Lumber Classic and was diagnosed with a condition related to an abnormal heartbeat. He is taking medication and will have a procedure done next week.
``David said he's feeling fine,'' Nicklaus said. ``He hit the ball well, just didn't make any putts. He's quite ready to go. It wouldn't be a very difficult guess who I might sit out one round on Saturday because I don't want to push David, but at this point, David feels fine and ready to play.''
No wonder Tiger Woods didn't want to expose his hairdo.
The world got its first glimpse at Woods' new 'do Thursday when he had to wear a suit and tie for the opening ceremony of the Presidents Cup. Essentially, it looks as if someone took a paint brush and put huge light-blond splotches in Woods' hair.
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Tiger Woods looked more like a leopard on Thursday.
Woods covered up the look when he donned a hat for the actual matches later in the day. Woods also refused to take off his hat for reporters after his practice round on Wednesday.
Asked to explain the new look, Woods said: ``Just having fun. Got to do it while I've still got it.''
Former Presidents Bush and Clinton, who have worked together to raise money after the tsunami and Katrina disasters, were paired again Thursday for the more leisurely duty of launching the sixth edition of the Presidents Cup.
``You can tell us apart,'' Clinton told the crowd during the opening ceremony, ``because he's the guy who jumps out of airplanes when he's 75 and 80, and I'm the guy that tore his leg up falling off a 9-inch step in Greg Norman's house.''
Clinton also praised the decision to call the 2003 Presidents Cup in South Africa a draw when darkness halted play after three playoff holes between Tiger Woods and Ernie Els.
``I love the way they ended that tournament two years ago,'' Clinton said. ``I kept thinking if they had been in office instead of me, we'd have peace in the Middle East.''
Emcee Stone Phillips got into the act by noting that both former presidents are avid golfers.
``President Bush has been known to play from the blue tees on occasion,'' Phillips said. ``And President Clinton has been known to venture into red state territory.''
Bush said the importance of the fund-raising efforts mean much more than any political differences between himself and Clinton.
``I'm a little tired of people saying 'You're the odd couple,''' Bush said.
When the U.S. team realized there was table tennis available at their accommodations this week, Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods couldn't wait to pick up the paddles.
``Within 30 seconds, Phil and Tiger are playing pingpong -- real blood and guts,'' teammate Fred Funk said.
Funk doesn't know who won, but he used the story to illustrate the camaraderie among the Americans.
``We just hate reading that we're not a team of togetherness,'' Funk said, ``just because we get beat at the Ryder Cup.''
International team captain Gary Player put Michael Campbell in the wrong country during the opening ceremony.
Player spoke of the huge crowds that welcomed Campbell back to Australia -- instead of New Zealand -- after Campbell's U.S. Open victory this year. Player was quickly corrected.
``Guys, when you get to 70, you're allowed a mulligan,'' said Player, who turns 70 in November.
The five Presidents Cup rookies went 3-1-1 during the opening day foursomes Thursday. Angel Cabrera and Trevor Immelman were on winning pairs for the International team, and Scott Verplank helped gain a point for the Americans. Mark Hensby was involved in a tie match for the Internationals, while teammate Nick O'Hern was the only first-timer to lose.
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    Phil rubs fan's Donald Duck hat seven times, signs it

    By Nick MentaJune 18, 2018, 3:09 pm

    There is a case to be made that what Phil Mickelson did on Saturday made a mockery of a major championship and was worthy of derision.

    There is also a case to be made that the USGA's setup of Shinnecock Hills made a mockery of a major championship and was worthy of derision.

    Whatever you think about what Mickelson did on Saturday - and how he attempted to justify it after the fact without even a hint of remorse - watch this video.

    The next time you hear someone say, "If anybody else had putted a moving ball on purpose and not apologized for it, it would get a different reaction," you can point to this video and say, "Yeah, here's why."

    Here's what happened once a still-strident Mickelson was done rubbing Donald Duck hats on Sunday, per Ryan Lavner:

    If you’re wondering whether Mickelson would be defiant or contrite on Sunday, we don’t know the answer. He declined to stop and speak with the media, deciding instead to sign autographs for more than a half hour and then offering a few short answers before ducking into player hospitality.

    “The real question is, ‘What am I going to do next?’” he said. “I don’t know.”

    The 2024 Ryder Cup at Bethpage is going to be a three-ring circus, and Mickelson, a likely choice to captain the U.S. team, will be the ringmaster.

    Separately, shoutout to 2017 Latin Am champ Toto Gana, who does a terrific Donald Duck (skip to end).

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    Ryder Cup race: Mickelson out, Simpson in

    By Will GrayJune 18, 2018, 2:34 pm

    There's a new man at the top of the U.S. Ryder Cup race following the U.S. Open, and there's also a familiar name now on the outside looking in.

    Brooks Koepka's successful title defense vaulted him to the top of the American points race, up four spots and ensuring he'll be on the team Jim Furyk takes to Paris in September. Dustin Johnson's third-place finish moved him past Patrick Reed at No. 2, while Webb Simpson entered the top eight after a a tie for 10th.

    While Bryson DeChambeau remained at No. 9, Phil Mickelson dropped two spots to No. 10. Tony Finau, who finished alone in fifth, went from 16th to 13th, while Tiger Woods fell two spots to No. 37.

    Here's a look at the latest U.S. standings, with the top eight after the PGA Championship qualifying automatically:

    1. Brooks Koepka

    2. Dustin Johnson

    3. Patrick Reed

    4. Justin Thomas

    5. Jordan Spieth

    6. Rickie Fowler

    7. Bubba Watson

    8. Webb Simpson


    9. Bryson DeChambeau

    10. Phil Mickelson

    11. Matt Kuchar

    12. Brian Harman

    On the European side, England's Tommy Fleetwood took a big stride toward securing his first Ryder Cup appearance with a runner-up finish that included a Sunday 63 while countryman Matthew Fitzpatrick snuck into a qualifying spot after tying for 12th.

    Here's a look at the updated Euro standings, with the top four from both points lists joining four picks from captain Thomas Bjorn at Le Golf National:

    European Points

    1. Tyrrell Hatton

    2. Justin Rose

    3. Tommy Fleetwood

    4. Francesco Molinari


    5. Thorbjorn Olesen

    6. Ross Fisher

    World Points

    1. Jon Rahm

    2. Rory McIlroy

    3. Alex Noren

    4. Matthew Fitzpatrick


    5. Ian Poulter

    6. Rafael Cabrera-Bello

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    Koepka autographs local kids' 'Go Brooks' sign after win

    By Grill Room TeamJune 18, 2018, 2:30 pm

    Brooks Koepka is a two-time U.S. Open winner, but that doesn't mean he's now too big to go sign a couple pieces of cardboard in somebody's front yard in the middle of the night.

    Koepka's girlfriend, Jena Sims, posted two pictures to her Instagram story on Sunday of "Go Brooks" signs she says were put up by some local kids in the area where Koepka was staying for the week.

    The first is dated prior to Koepka's final-round tee time.

    The second is from Sunday night.

    And here, separately, for no reason in particular (other than the fact that she posted it) is a video of Sims running over a parking cone at last year's U.S. Open at Erin Hills.

    Speaking of kids, just feels those two are gonna make it.

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    Koepka moves to No. 4 in world with U.S. Open win

    By Will GrayJune 18, 2018, 2:05 pm

    After successfully defending his U.S. Open title, Brooks Koepka reached a new career high in the Official World Golf Ranking.

    Koepka held off Tommy Fleetwood to win by a shot Sunday at Shinnecock Hills, becoming the first player to go back-to-back in nearly 30 years. As a result, he jumped five spots in the latest rankings to No. 4, six spots higher than he reached with last year's U.S. Open victory at Erin Hills.

    Fleetwood finished alone in second place and moved up two spots to No. 10, tying his career-best placement. Patrick Reed moved up two spots to No. 11 by finishing fourth, while fifth-place Tony Finau went from No. 37 to No. 31.

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    It was a largely quiet week in the rankings despite the fact that a major championship was contested. Outside of Koepka and Finau, the only other player inside the top 50 to move up or down more than three spots was Jason Dufner, who went from 53rd to 48th with a T-25 finish.

    Dustin Johnson remains world No. 1 for the second consecutive week, followed by Justin Thomas, Justin Rose, Koepka and Jordan Spieth. Jon Rahm dropped one spot to No. 6, with Rory McIlroy, Rickie Fowler, Jason Day and Fleetwood rounding out the top 10. Hideki Matsuyama fell two spots to No. 12, dropping out of the top 10 for the first time since October 2016.

    Despite a missed cut at Shinnecock, Tiger Woods actually moved up one spot to No. 79 in the latest rankings. He plans to play the Quicken Loans National and The Open in the coming weeks, which will be his final two chances to move into the top 50 in time to qualify for the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational. The event is being held for the final time this summer at Firestone Country Club, where Woods has won eight times.