Notes Moores big effort Big caddie mistake

By Associated PressJuly 5, 2010, 4:46 am

2010 AT&T NationalNEWTOWN SQUARE, Pa. – Ryan Moore is off to St. Andrews.

He had the game to get to the British Open, he just needs to find his passport to start the trip.

Moore finished second, a stroke behind winner Justin Rose, on Sunday in the AT&T National at Aronimink Golf Club to lock up a spot in the British Open.

Moore earned a spot because he was the leading player not already eligible among the top five at the AT&T National. Moore got in over Jeff Overton, who shot 67 to finish third; and Charlie Wi, who shot 69 to finish fourth.

“That’s a bonus,” Moore said. “I try not to think about that stuff or worrying about all the exemptions.”

Rose and Bubba Watson, who did not play this week, qualified through a special money list, that ended Sunday.

Moore has played in only one British Open, and that was played at Carnoustie.

“It’s still golf,” Moore said. “It’s just a little different type of golf.”

Moore hadn’t expected to qualify and could only guess where he kept his passport.

“I think it might be in Phoenix,” he said. “I’m going to have to go try and find it, although I wasn’t planning on going there. But now I think I have to go make a pit stop there on the way home.”

Moore won’t pass up this chance to play a major.

Turning pro in 2005 as the reigning U.S. Amateur champion meant that he had to forfeit his slot in the British Open, played that year at St. Andrews.

“I felt that it was kind of my priority to get on the PGA Tour at that time, and it was hard for me to wait another month and pass up a few good tournaments,” he said.


GOOD POINTS: D.A Points saw the fans stuffed four deep, all around the tee, all down the fairway and all around the green just to catch a glimpse of Tiger Woods.

He knew Tigermania would become a phenomenon on the PGA Tour.

This time, though, was at the U.S. Amateur quarterfinals at Pumpkin Ridge back in 1996. Fourteen years later, they were paired again for the first time on Tour Sunday at Aronimink Golf Club.

Points remembers crowds following Woods like his shadow, all craning their necks just for a peek at the future star.

“I couldn’t get to the tee,” Points said. “I was like, ‘excuse me’ and they wouldn’t let me through. They were like, ‘get away, I’m trying to watch Tiger.’ Obviously, we knew he was pretty good.”

Woods and Points live about 2 1/2 miles away from each in the Orlando, Fla., area but don’t really run into each other.

Points, who shot a 3-over 73 on his final round, got a colorful refresher of what it was like to play with Woods. It seems at times almost all the fans follow Woods from one hole to the next, and the crowd gets so deep, kids on their dad’s shoulders have the only clear view.

Points enjoyed playing in front of the crowd.

“Oddly enough, 2,000 people following you is way better than 12 people following you,” Points said. “If one of the 12 people moves, you see them. With 2,000 people moving, 20 people can move and they all kind of blend in.”

He had a harder time Saturday when he played in front of Woods.

“There’d be times where I’d be on the next tee and he’d be hitting a shot into the green,” Points said. “If you were going to hit, you could theoretically hit while everybody’s clapping and going nuts. They’re not paying attention to us, they’re just waiting for his shot.”

Points said he would have shot the same on Sunday even without Woods by his side.

“I played almost flawless golf for almost eight straight holes and only made one putt,” Points said.

Points plays next in the John Deere Classic, then it’s off to the British Open where he’ll see St. Andrews for the first time.

“They say it’s crazy there. You just can’t see anything,” he said. “You can’t see any of the bunkers and you’ve just kind of got to know where to hit.”


BANNER MISTAKE: Caddies were reminded Sunday not to set the pins on the ground during the final round because of the American flags attached to them for the Fourth of July.

Some habits die hard.

As Tiger Woods was lining up a putt on the fourth hole, a lone voice from the gallery said, “Can you pick the flag up?” The fan didn’t say it loud enough to cause a distraction, just loud enough for Steve Williams to hear him.

Williams was holding the pin from the bottom, the U.S. flag grazing the ground. Realizing what he had done, Williams quickly picked it up and grasped the pin at the top.


WILD ABOUT WOODS: Beer, hot dogs, Tiger’s ball. Tiger Woods, the defending champion, got real close with his fans on the ninth hole when he sent a shot sailing over a white picket fence and into a concession area. Fans held their sodas in one hand and snapped photos in the other while stepping back to make room for him. Woods ended his round by flipping a ball to a little girl, who squealed in delight, then spent several minutes signing autographs.

“This is a huge sports town,” Woods said. “They were loud, boisterous and extremely respectful, and that’s all any tournament would want to have.”


DAD! Justin Rose was the winner at Aronimink. His 16-month-old son, Leo, was the star of the show.

Waiting for his dad to finish the 18th hold, Leo Rose took a break from running around to stop in his tracks and shout “Dad!” and point at the TV when he saw the final putt.

Leo kept running on the green during the trophy presentation and had to be corralled from behind by his Guns N’ Roses T-shirt. He smiled and posed for pictures for laughing photographers.

O’HAIR’s BACK: Sean O’Hair gutted through a back injury to shoot a 1-under 69 Sunday and finish tied for 11th at Aronimink Golf Club.

O’Hair will have an MRI on Tuesday to find out what’s causing him discomfort in his back. He suspects it could be a bulging disc.

O’Hair, a member at Aronimink, will skip next week’s John Deere Classic but is going to St. Andrews for the British Open “no matter what.”

“If you were to tell me I’d get 10th, or somewhere around there, with the way I was feeling Wednesday, I’d probably be happy with it,” he said. “I’d like to have played better on my home course and I think I had the capability of doing that. The putter just wasn’t cooperating.”


CHIP SHOTS: Justin Rose’s win by the numbers: It’s the 11th win this season by a player in his 20s, compared to only seven in 2009. … It’s the 14th this season by an international player (12 players), and the eight in the last 10 events. … Jeff Overton (third) was the only player in the field to post all four rounds in the 60s this week (68-68-69-67).

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NCAA DI Women's Champ.: Scoring, TV times

By Golf Channel DigitalMay 22, 2018, 5:00 pm

The NCAA Division I Women's Golf Championship is underway at Kartsen Creek Golf Club in Stillwater, Okla.

After three days of stroke play, eight teams have advanced to the match-play portion of the championship. Quarterfinals and semifinals will be contested on Tuesday, with the finals being held on Wednesday. Golf Channel is airing the action live.

Wake Forest junior Jennifer Kupcho won the individual title. Click here for live action, beginning at 4 p.m. ET.

Scoring:

TV Times (all times ET):

Tuesday
11AM-conclusion: Match-play quarterfinals (Click here to watch live)
4-8PM: Match-play semifinals

Wednesday
4-8PM: Match-play finals

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Davis: USGA learned from setup errors at Shinnecock

By Will GrayMay 22, 2018, 4:51 pm

With the U.S. Open set to return to Shinnecock Hills for the first time in 14 years, USGA executive director Mike Davis insists that his organization has learned from the setup mistakes that marred the event the last time it was played on the Southampton, N.Y., layout.

Retief Goosen held off Phil Mickelson to win his second U.S. Open back in 2004, but the lasting image from the tournament may have been tournament officials spraying down the seventh green by hand during the final round after the putting surface had become nearly unplayable. With the course pushed to the brink over the first three days, stiff winds sucked out any remaining moisture and players struggled to stay on the greens with 30-foot putts, let alone approach shots.

Speaking to repoters at U.S. Open media day, Davis offered candid reflections about the missteps that led to the course overshadowing the play during that infamous final round.

"I would just say that it was 14 years ago. It was a different time, it was different people, and we as an organzation, we learned from it," Davis said. "When you set up a U.S. Open, it is golf's ultimate test. It's probably set up closer to the edge than any other event in golf, and I think that the difference then versus now is we have a lot more technology, a lot more data in our hands.

"And frankly, ladies and gentlemen, what really happened then was just a lack of water."

Davis pointed to enhancements like firmness and moisture readings for the greens that weren't available in 2004, and he noted that meterological data has evolved in the years since. With another chance to get his hands on one of the USGA's favorite venues, he remains confident that tournament officials will be able to better navigate the thin line between demanding and impossible this time around.

"There are parts that I think we learned from, and so I think we're happy that we have a mulligan this time," Davis said. "It was certainly a bogey last time. In fact maybe even a double bogey, and equitable stroke control perhaps kicked in."

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UCLA junior Vu named WGCA Player of the Year

By Golf Channel DigitalMay 22, 2018, 3:23 pm

UCLA junior Lilia Vu was named Player of the Year on Tuesday by the Women’s Golf Coaches Association (WGCA).

Vu recorded the lowest full-season scoring average (70.37) in UCLA history. Her four tournament wins tied the school record for most victories in a single season.

Vu was also named to the WGCA All-America first team. Here's a look at the other players who joined her on the prestigious list:

WGCA First Team All-Americans

  • Maria Fassi, Junior, University of Arkansas
  • Kristen Gillman, Sophomore, University of Alabama
  • Jillian Hollis, Junior, University of Georgia
  • Cheyenne Knight, Junior, University of Alabama
  • Jennifer Kupcho, Junior, Wake Forest University
  • Andrea Lee, Sophomore, Stanford University
  • Leona Maguire, Senior, Duke University
  • Sophia Schubert, Senior, University of Texas
  • Lauren Stephenson, Junior, University of Alabama
  • Maddie Szeryk, Senior, Texas A&M University
  • Patty Tavatanakit, Freshman, UCLA
  • Lilia Vu, Junior, UCLA
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Stroud's caddie wins annual PGA Tour caddie tournament

By Rex HoggardMay 22, 2018, 3:15 pm

Casey Clendenon, who caddies for Chris Stroud, won the gross division of the annual PGA Tour caddie tournament on Monday, shooting a 5-under 66 at Trinity Forest Golf Club, site of last week’s AT&T Byron Nelson.

Scott Tway (65), who caddies for Brian Harman, won the net division by two strokes over Wayne Birch, Troy Merritt’s caddie.

Kyle Bradley, Jonathan Byrd’s caddie, took second place with a 71 in the gross division.

The tournament was organized by the Association of Professional Tour Caddies, and proceeds from the event went to two charities. The APTC donated $20,000 to Greg Chalmers’ charity, MAXimumChances.org, which aids families living with autism. The association also donated $10,000 to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.