Notes New Hall of Famers Lefty No 1

By Associated PressJune 24, 2008, 4:00 pm
EDINA, Minn. -- He was the first of only five players to capture the Masters and U.S. Open in the same year. He was the first player to lose all four majors in extra holes. Finally, Craig Wood is getting his due.
 
Forty years after he died, Wood was elected to the World Golf Hall of Fame by earning the minimum 65 percent of the vote, making him the only player this year to be get in through the PGA TOUR ballot.
 
Wood will be inducted Nov. 10 at the World Golf Village along with a class of 2008 that was expanded to five Tuesday.
 
Denny Shute, who won a British Open at St. Andrews and won back-to-back years at the PGA Championship, was selected through the Veterans Category, while golf writer Herbert Warren Wind and seven-time USGA champion Carole Semple Thompson were selected through the Lifetime Achievement category. Golf course architect Pete Dye was selected earlier in the Lifetime Achievement category.
 
Wood won 21 times on the PGA TOUR and became the first wire-to-wire winner of the Masters in 1941. He was poised to win the second edition of the Masters in 1935, safely in the clubhouse until Gene Sarazen holed out for double eagle on the 15th hole, then defeated Wood the next day in a playoff.
 
Shute had 15 TOUR victories, including the British Open at St. Andrews in 1933. He won the PGA Championship in 1936 and 1937, and for 63 years was the last man to win consecutive PGA titles until Tiger Woods in 1999-2000.
 
Wind wrote for The New Yorker from 1947 to 1953, then a 30-year stretch until he retired in 1990. He was covering the Masters in 1958 for Sports Illustrated when he described the 11th, 12th and 13th holes as Amen Corner. His books on golf include The Story of American Golf and Five Lessons: The Modern Fundamentals of Golf that he wrote with Ben Hogan.
 
Thompson has played in more than 100 USGA events, winning the U.S. Womens Amateur in 1973, four straight years in the U.S. Womens Senior Amateur and the twice in the U.S. Womens Mid-Amateur. She played on 12 Curtis Cup teams and was captain twice.
 
WHOS NO. 1
Even without playing the rest of the year, Tiger Woods has clinched the Mark H. McCormack Award for being No. 1 in the world ranking for the most weeks during a season.
 
No surprise there'Woods has won the award every year since it began in 1998.
 
The question is whether he can stay No. 1 the rest of the season. Woods is at 21.14, more than double that of Phil Mickelson at No. 2. Points are gradually reduced, and without earning any more points, Woods will finish 2008 with an average of 11.97.
 
That leaves him in range of Mickelson, who likely will need to win a major, a World Golf Championship event and perhaps two other events to replace Woods at No. 1.
 
Since the world ranking became official in 1986, Mickelson and the late Payne Stewart are the only players to win three majors without ever reaching No. 1.
 
INTERLACHEN 5s
For those pleasantly surprised to see the USGA keep the 18th hole at Torrey Pines as a par 5 at the U.S. Open, it went a few steps further for the U.S. Womens Open. Interlachen will have five par 5s and play as a par 73.
 
Not that Mike Davis, senior director of rules and competition who sets up the course, didnt think about it.
 
None of those holes made sense as a par 4, Davis said.
 
It will be the second LPGA major in the last four events that par was 73. The Road Hole on the Old Course at St. Andrews was changed from a par 4 to a par 5 for the Womens British Open.
 
Davis said the nines at Interlachen also have been flipped, making it the same routing as when Bobby Jones won the 1930 U.S. Open on his way to the Grand Slam.
 
I checked the records, and they played it as a 72 for that Open, Davis said. The 10th hole was a par 4. I looked at that for the women, but it just didnt make sense.
 
COLLEGE COMBINE
For those who want to play college golf, there might be a cheaper way to get noticed by coaches than an expensive summer on junior golf circuits.
 
There will be two College Golf Combines this summer, in South Carolina and California, where kids from the eighth grade through seniors in high school will spend one day going through various skills tests, followed by an 18-hole tournament.
 
The International Junior Golf Tour and Hank Haneys golf academy are sponsoring the combine, which has signed up Under Armour as a title sponsor. The East combine will be held July 28-29 at Tradition National in Hardeeville, S.C., with the West combine scheduled for Aug. 4-5 at East Valley Golf Club in Beaumont, Calif.
 
Its going to give these kids some good exposure, Haney said. It allows coaches to get a close look at potential players. This is something thats going to grow each year. Its already to the point where were doing it on both coasts.
 
Already coaches from 40 colleges, from NAIA to Division I, have signed up for mens and womens combines on both coasts. Tournament director Stephanie Gelleni said more than 175 recruits have registered.
 
Combines have proven to be very successful for many other sports in the college ranks, Long Beach State womens coach Sue Ewart said. For golf, this will be the one time where we can compare athlete to athlete on various shots.
 
MONEY MATTERS
With a tie for sixth last week, Lorena Ochoa set an LPGA Tour record by reaching $2 million in earnings in just her 11th tournament this year. The previous record was Annika Sorenstam, who took 15 events to reach $2 million in 2004.
 
Ochoa also holds the record for fastest to reach $1 million (five events), and she is the only LPGA player to surpass $3 million and $4 million in a single season (2007).
 
DIVOTS
Three players shot 62 in the third round of the Travelers Championship. None of them broke par the next day. Two days before Tiger Woods teed off in the U.S. Open, Shaun Micheel had season-ending surgery on his left should to repair a torn labrum and remove a bone spur. The Walker Cup will be played in 2013 at National Golf Links, site of the first Walker Cup in 1922.
 
STAT OF THE WEEK
The U.S. Womens Open includes 27 amateurs. The U.S. Open had 11 amateurs in the field.
 
FINAL WORD
I talk a lot.'LPGA champion Yani Tseng of Taiwan, on how she learned to speak English.
 

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    Stricker shares first-round lead in South Dakota

    By Associated PressSeptember 22, 2018, 12:48 am

    SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - Steve Stricker shot a 7-under 63 on Friday to share the first-round lead at the Sanford International.

    The 51-year-old Stricker was 8 under through 17 holes at chilly, rain-softened Minnehaha Country Club but closed with a bogey to fall into a tie with Jerry Smith, Brandt Jobe and David McKenzie.

    Stricker only got to play seven holes in the pro-am because of rain that prevented the field from getting in much practice.

    ''You've just kind of got to trust your yardage book and hit to the spots and then try to make a good game plan on the way into the green, too, not really knowing where to hit it or where to miss it up there on the green. Sometimes it's good, too,'' Stricker said. ''You go around and you're focused a lot more on hitting it to a specific spot and not knowing what lies ahead in the course. So I guess today was the ultimate 'Take one hole at a time' because we didn't really know anything else, what was coming.''


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    Stricker has two wins and has not finished worse than fifth in six starts this season on the over-50 tour as he continues to play a part-time schedule on the PGA Tour. Next week, he will be one of U.S. Ryder Cup captain Jim Furyk's assistants at the matches outside Paris.

    McKenzie, a 51-year-old Australian, had two eagles on the back nine, holing a wedge from 116 yards on the par-5 16th.

    ''We got told ... to play faster on No. 16, and so my caddie just said, 'Hit it in the hole so you don't have to putt it,' so I just did what he told me,'' McKenzie said.

    Smith had eagles on Nos. 4 and 12.

    ''Honestly, I was just trying to hit some good shots and I really wasn't with the irons,'' Smith said. ''I just really didn't like the way I hit them today. You know, just the putter was the big difference for me. I just felt good with it all day, especially say outside of 10, 15 feet, where I felt like I was a lot.''

    Scott McCarron, Lee Janzen and Paul Goydos were one shot back. McCarron came in second in the Charles Schwab Cup money standings behind Miguel Angel Jimenez, who is not playing this week.

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    Glover (64) leads Web.com Tour Championship

    By Associated PressSeptember 22, 2018, 12:12 am

    ATLANTIC BEACH, Fla. – Former U.S. Open champion Lucas Glover shot his second consecutive 7-under 64 on Friday to take a one-shot lead at the Web.com Tour Championship.

    The 38-year-old Glover, who won the 2009 U.S. Open at Bethpage Black, can still regain his PGA Tour card through a medical extension if he fails to earn enough money in the four-tournament Web.com Tour Finals. But a high finish this weekend at Atlantic Beach Country Club would take care of everything.

    ''I've got a lot to fall back on regardless of this week, but any time I tee it up, I want to play well,'' Glover said. ''Tomorrow won't be any different. Sunday won't be any different.''

    Glover had arthroscopic knee surgery in June and will have eight starts to earn 53 FedEx Cup points and keep his card. He earned $17,212 in the first three Web.com Tour Finals events. The top 25 money winners in the series earn PGA Tour cards, and the final card went for $40,625 last year.

    Glover was at 14-under 128. Denny McCarthy, who has already earned enough money to secure a return to the PGA Tour, was one shot back. McCarthy, a former Virginia player, has a shot at winning the Finals money list, which would guarantee him fully exempt status and entry into The Players Championship.


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    ''There's no secret about it. I'll come out and tell you I'm here to win this tournament and get that No. 1 spot,'' McCarthy said. ''I've been hungry for a while. I have a pretty hungry attitude and I'm going to stay hungry.''

    Tour veteran Cameron Tringale, who has earned just $2,660 after missing two of the first three cuts, was 12 under after a 67. Last year, Tringale entered the Web.com Tour Championship at 63rd on the Finals money list and finished tied for fifth to get back onto the PGA Tour. He struggled again this season, though, missing 19 cuts in 26 starts.

    ''Yeah, I was hoping last year was my last time here, but I do have a comfort at this golf course and I'm excited to keep pressing,'' Tringale said.

    The four-tournament series features the top 75 players from the Web.com regular-season money list, Nos. 126-200 in the PGA Tour's FedEx Cup standings, and non-members with enough money to have placed in the top 200. The top 25 finishers on the Web.com regular-season money list are competing against each other for tour priority, with regular-season earnings counting in their totals.

    Sepp Straka and Ben Silverman were three shots back. Each would likely need a top-5 finish to earn his card.

    Peter Malnati, who regained his card with a second-place finish in the opening finals event, followed his opening-round 74 with a 9-under 62, shooting an 8-under 27 on his second nine.

    Four-time PGA Tour winner Aaron Baddeley was among those who missed the cut. He was 22nd on the finals money list going in and likely will fall short of earning his card.

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    Thomas (69) only three back with 'C' or 'D' game

    By Rex HoggardSeptember 21, 2018, 11:56 pm

    ATLANTA – Justin Thomas was tied for fourth place following his second-round 69 on Friday at the Tour Championship, which considering the state of his game on Day 2 was an accomplishment.

    “I wish I had my 'B' game today. I would say I had my 'C' or 'D' game today,” he laughed.

    Thomas’ struggles were primarily with his driver and he hit just 6 of 14 fairways at East Lake, but he was able to scramble late in his round with birdies at Nos. 15 and 18 to remain three off the lead.


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    “I drove it so poorly today, this is probably in my top 5 rounds of the year I'm most proud of just because I easily could have shot 4- or 5-over par today and not had a chance to win the tournament,” he said. “I hung in there and birdied two of the last four, and I have a chance.”

    Thomas was slowed the last two weeks by a right wrist injury that limited his preparation for the finale and said the issue with his driver is timing and the byproduct of a lack of practice.

    Thomas made up for his erratic driving with his short game, getting up and down four out of seven times including on the fourth hole when he missed the fairway well left, punched out short of the green and chipped in from 81 feet.

    “[Rory McIlroy] just kind of said it looked like a ‘3’ the whole day and I kind of laughed because I played with him at The Players and I chipped in three times that first round with him, so I guess he's good luck for me,” Thomas said.

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    McIlroy two behind Woods, Rose after 68

    By Rex HoggardSeptember 21, 2018, 11:46 pm

    ATLANTA – Maybe it should be no huge surprise that Rory McIlroy finds himself back in contention at the Tour Championship. It is, after all, a Ryder Cup year.

    In 2016, McIlroy won the finale before heading to Hazeltine and posting a 3-2-0 record. In ’14, he finished runner-up to Billy Horschel and went 2-1-2 at the Ryder Cup; and in ’12 he finished tied for 10th place at East Lake and went 3-2-0 at Medinah.

    “I was on such a high a couple of years ago going into Hazeltine after winning the whole thing, and I felt great about my game that week and played well. I won three matches,” McIlroy said. “I guess it doesn't matter whether it's a match play event or whatever. If you're playing well and you've played well the week before, I think most people can carry it into the next week, whatever that is.”


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    McIlroy’s performance this week certainly qualifies as “playing well.” He charged out on Friday with birdies at two of his first three holes and bounced back from a pair of late bogeys to shoot a 68 and was in third place and two strokes off the lead held by Tiger Woods and Justin Rose.

    “I've made 12 birdies in 36 holes, which is really good around here, and that's with not birdieing either of the par 5s today,” he said. “So yeah, just tidy up the mistakes a little bit.”