Notes Nicklaus Has Back Surgery

By Associated PressDecember 1, 2004, 5:00 pm
Jack Nicklaus had surgery last week on his lower back to relieve pain in his legs that has bothered him in recent years. The surgery lasted only three hours, and Nicklaus was walking later in the day.
 
Jack NicklausHe could return to playing golf within a month, although the Golden Bear said that wasnt the reason for surgery.
 
I had this procedure done for my quality of life, not for golf, Nicklaus said. I enjoy staying active, and this will allow me to remain active, but hopefully with much less pain in the upper legs.
 
Still, Nicklaus said he needed to be in good shape if decides to play next year.
 
He has said he likely would play the British Open at St. Andrews for the last time, and he could also play in the Masters and his Memorial tournament.
 
DIVOTS
Ernie Els has told the Buick Invitational he will play next year, his first time at Torrey Pines. ... Fred Couples now has earned more money from the Skins Game ($3,515,000) than Lee Trevino in his entire PGA Tour career ($3,478,328). ... The Australian Ladies Professional Golf Tour voted last week to remove the gender clause from its constitution, clearing the way for transsexual Mianne Bagger to play Down Under. The Ladies European Tour recently changed its regulations after Bagger earned her card. ... The Canadian Open is returning to popular Hamilton Golf & Country Club in 2006 because a new golf course outside Montreal wont be ready. The new course, being designed by Tom Fazio, instead is scheduled to host the 2008 Canadian Open. ... Craig Stadler will make his debut in the Champions Skins Game on Feb. 5 at Wailea Resort on Maui, joining Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer and defending champion Tom Watson.
 
STAT OF THE WEEK
Sixteen players already have earned at least $250,000 in the PGA Tours silly season.
 
FINAL WORD
When you reflect on all the excitement theres been in 2004 and bear that in mind, its hard to say theres an awful lot wrong.'Royal and Ancient secretary Peter Dawson, on whether technology is ruining golf.
 
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Watch: Hahn slam-dunks ace on 11th hole

By Golf Channel DigitalJune 23, 2018, 7:20 pm

There are aces, and there are slam-dunk aces. No question which one this one by James Hahn on the 154-yard 11th hole was.

It was Hahn's first ace on the PGA Tour.

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Els' nephew Rebula wins Amateur Championship

By Golf Channel DigitalJune 23, 2018, 7:05 pm

Ernie Els is one proud uncle.

His nephew, Jovan Rebula, won the Amateur Championship on Saturday at Royal Aberdeen to become the first South African to capture the title since Bobby Cole in 1966.

Rebula, a junior at Auburn, will join his famous uncle in Carnoustie next month for The Open. He also will get invites to the 2019 Masters and the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach.

Rebula defeated Ireland's Robin Dawson, 3 and 2, in the 36-hole final.

"It’s unreal," Rebula said. "It’s really something that is hard to describe. I feel like many have been in this position before but it’s an unreal feeling. It hasn’t sunk in quite yet but hopefully tomorrow morning I can wake up and I will feel a little different."

Rebula received plenty of texts from Els throughout the week, and the encouragement paid off. Rebula opened a 1-up lead after 18 holes, and he extended his advantage by winning the 26th and 27th holes. He was 5 up with six to play before finally closing out Dawson on the 16th hole with an up-and-down from the bunker.

"It’s been a long week and especially today," Rebula said. "I should have finished maybe a couple of holes earlier, but it’s been awesome. A very tiring week. I’m standing here right now and there’s so much adrenaline pumping through me."

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Squirrel gets Rory's round off to a rocky start

By Will GrayJune 23, 2018, 6:42 pm

CROMWELL, Conn. – Rory McIlroy’s third round at the Travelers Championship got off to a peculiar start before he even hit a shot.

McIlroy had just been introduced on the first tee at TPC River Highlands and was ready to unload on his opening drive of the day when a squirrel ran across the tee box a few feet in front of him.

McIlroy stopped his swing and laughed it off, but the squirrel continued to linger for several seconds, criss-crossing from one side of the packed tee box to the other. And while this was no black cat, the pump-fake to start his round didn’t exactly help the Ulsterman.

McIlroy ultimately blocked his drive into the right rough after enduring his brief rodent delay en route to an opening bogey, and amid soft conditions at TPC River Highlands he played his first five holes in 2 over. McIlroy started the day at 7 under, three shots behind leader Brian Harman.

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Kaymer in six-way tie for BMW International lead

By Associated PressJune 23, 2018, 5:29 pm

PULHEIM, Germany - Danish golfer Lucas Bjerregaard shot a 5-under 67 to equal the week's lowest round for a six-way share of the lead after the third round of the BMW International Open on Saturday.

Bjerregaard had eight birdies, a double bogey and a bogey to finish on 5-under 211 - jumping 23 places and joining local favorites Martin Kaymer and Maximilian Kieffer, England's Chris Paisley and Aaron Rai, and Australia's Scott Hend at the top of the leaderboard.

Bjerregaard was fortunate to play before the wind picked up again later in the afternoon.


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Kaymer, the 2008 champion, delighted the home supporters with two birdies in his last three holes for a 71.

Finland's Mikko Korhonen and Chile's Nico Geyger were one shot off the lead after rounds of 69 and 73, respectively.

Defending champion Andres Romero equaled the week's best round (67) to be among a large group two shots off the lead going into Sunday, including three-time European Tour winner Andy Sullivan.

Romero is bidding to be the first player to retain the title.