Notes New Baby Toms Mallons Beginning
Sonya Toms gave birth to their second child on Monday, a daughter they named Anna Camille, who weighed in at 6 1/2 pounds. Toms manager, Adam Young, said mother and daughter were doing well. He said he wasnt sure when Toms would return to the PGA Tour, although hed like to play once before the British Open.
Toms was five shots out of the lead at Pinehurst No. 2, but closed with a 77 to finish nine shots behind.
If it was a losing battle with Pinehurst, he didnt fare much better with his wife on the middle name of their daughter. Toms said at the Memorial earlier this month that they had a name picked out, but its a fight over the middle name.
Ill lose, too, Toms said at the time. I can probably go ahead and tell you what its going to be, because I know its going to be what she wants it to be.
Young said Toms told him the middle name was Camille but added, Were just calling her Anna.
Meg Mallons hero as a kid was Babe Zaharias, more because of her Olympic feats than her three U.S. Womens Open titles. The LPGA Tour wasnt on television much when she was growing up, and Mallon didnt see her first tournament until she was 16.
And boy, was she disappointed.
Her father took her to the 1979 Ladies Strohs Open in Dearborn, Mich., where Nancy Lopez was in her second full season and was the best thing going in golf. Mallon wanted to watch another future Hall of Famer, Beth Daniel.
I had just read an article in Golf Digest about this woman who swings like a man, a rookie on tour, whose name was Beth Daniel,
Mallon said. Were out there and my dad says, Dont you want to go watch Nancy Lopez? And I said, No, Dad, I want to go watch Beth Daniel. Shes supposed to have a great golf swing and a really bad temper.
They caught up with Daniel on a par 5 that could be reached in two. Daniel pulled out a fairway wood and Mallon was eager to see the golf swing she had read so much about it.
She dribbles it about 40 yards down the fairway, Mallon said, and Im like, Oh, good, I get to see the temper. She started laughing and walks down the fairway. I said to my dad, Lets go watch the leaders. And that was my first introduction to womens professional golf.
Michael Campbell stuck around to celebrate his U.S. Open title, celebrating into the late night at Pine Needles, where he stayed during the tournament.
After finishing up all his interviews, Campbell returned to Pine Needles about 9:30 p.m. Sunday and was given an impromptu champagne party by Peggy Kirk Bell, the renowned teacher and former LPGA star.
We had a great time, marketing director Holly Bell said. We drank champagne out of the championship trophy and toasted our friend, the new champion.
About 40 people, including Campbells caddie, attended the celebration.
In the days leading up to the U.S. Open, several players said the key statistic to watch was greens in regulation. Pinehurst No. 2 required a lot more than that, and Tiger Woods is the perfect example.
He led the field with most greens hit when he won the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach in 2000 and at Bethpage Black two years later. Woods again was at the top of the list at Pinehurst, hitting 75 percent of his greens.
Then again, he was second-to-last in putting.
Ultimately, the only statistic that meant anything was scoring.
Charles Howell offered one of the more refreshing ideas for the world ranking that the PGA Tour might do well to consider.
Some argued last year that the divisor'the number of tournaments played over two years'should be capped at 50 so Vijay Singh and others who like to play a lot of events would not be penalized. Howell suggested making 50 the minimum amount of tournaments that count in the ranking.
Thats only 25 tournaments a year -- 27 weeks off, Howell said.
Among other things, it would make it difficult for Tiger Woods to stay atop the world ranking unless he played in more tournaments. Woods usually plays no more than 21 times a year.
Two other players in the top 10 have played fewer than 50 tournaments in the two-year cycle'Phil Mickelson (49) and Sergio Garcia (46).
TRY, TRY AGAIN
Cristie Kerr said intimidation wasnt a factor when she lost in a playoff to Annika Sorenstam at the season-ending ADT Championship last year. It was just the wrong shot'but not by much.
Kerr had 188 yards from a sidehill lie in the fairway, and her 7-wood just went into the water right of the green, leading to double bogey. That allowed Sorenstam to play it safe and win with a bogey.
About two weeks later I was down there playing, said Kerr, a member at Trump International in West Palm Beach, Fla. I dropped about 10 balls and aimed more left. And I hit seven out of the 10 balls into the water hitting it solid. I think I hit a good shot in the playoff. Its the kind of lie that if you aim more and more left, it will star more and more right. It was just a tough break.
Chris DiMarco is the only player among the top 20 in the world ranking who has not won in the last three years. DiMarco is ranked No. 9. ... NCAA champion James Lepp has been given a sponsors exemption to the Canadian Open on Sept. 8-11. Lepp is a two-time Canadian Junior champion who went to Washington. ... One of the major players in the equipment industry, Callaway Golf finally has its first major champion on the PGA Tour. Michael Campbell was the first player on the Callaway tour staff to win, capturing the U.S. Open with a full line of products at Pinehurst No. 2.
STAT OF THE WEEK
For the second straight year, the Masters champion was runner-up at the U.S. Open'Phil Mickelson in 2004, Tiger Woods in 2005.
A lot of people think Im beautiful. A lot of people think Im sexy. I dont view myself that way because I was the other way a while ago.'Cristie Kerr, who went from a size-16 to a size-4 while dropping 60 pounds.
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Phil rubs fan's Donald Duck hat seven times, signs it
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).
We followed our defending champion Toto Gana during his registration! He even did his Donald Duck impression!— LAAC (@LAAC_Golf) January 17, 2018
Acompañamos a Toto Gana, defensor del título, durante todo el proceso de acreditación. ¡Incluso imitó a Donald Duck!#LAAC2018 pic.twitter.com/NGh7hS4cCz
Ryder Cup race: Mickelson out, Simpson in
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:
1. Tyrrell Hatton
2. Justin Rose
3. Tommy Fleetwood
4. Francesco Molinari
5. Thorbjorn Olesen
6. Ross Fisher
1. Jon Rahm
2. Rory McIlroy
3. Alex Noren
4. Matthew Fitzpatrick
5. Ian Poulter
6. Rafael Cabrera-Bello
Koepka autographs local kids' 'Go Brooks' sign after win
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.
Koepka moves to No. 4 in world with U.S. Open win
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.
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.