Notes Nicklaus Hits Spectator with Ball

By Associated PressJune 2, 2005, 4:00 pm
DUBLIN, Ohio -- Jack Nicklaus' drive on the ninth hole was fading to the right toward the trees.
'Spit it out,' Nicklaus said.
That's what happened, only it didn't ricochet off a tree.
The ball hit Joe Broecker of Fishers, Ind., square in the jaw and split it open. It was Broecker's first trip to the Memorial, and it became memorable for all the wrong reasons.
'We were just waiting on Jack to come through,' he said.
When Nicklaus arrived, he casually asked if everyone was OK when he saw Broecker, 39, holding a red-stained towel to his jaw with streaks of blood on his face and hands. Nicklaus visited with Broecker, and later sent PGA Tour security to get his name and address 'so I can check on him.'
'I just don't like to hurt somebody,' Nicklaus said. '[It was] a pretty nasty cut.'
Broecker got medical help as he sat under a tree, then headed to a hospital for stitches. He was with his friend, Jim Rees of Columbus, who invited him to the Memorial.
'He got to meet Jack Nicklaus,' Rees said, 'just not the way he wanted.'
Nicklaus, who parred the hole on the way to a 75, said he was glad he got Broecker's address and not the other way around.
'He's not going to be real happy later,' Nicklaus joked. 'He was a big guy, too.'
Nicklaus received a thunderous ovation when he was introduced as he walked up the 18th fairway. Among those applauding him was playing partner David Toms.
'It's just respect,' Toms said. 'He paved the way for guys like me to do this.'
Sean O'Hair shot a 69 in the opening round Thursday. He gave much of the credit to his father-in-law/caddie, Steve Lucas.
'The only problem is, if we have a problem I can't fire him,' O'Hair said, joking. 'But we have a good time out there.'
The friendship is a welcome tonic for O'Hair, whose father Marc dominated his life before they parted ways two years ago. That was about the same time Sean married Jackie Lucas. They now have a 3 1/2-month-old daughter.
Before O'Hair went to qualifying school last year, he asked Jackie's father to caddie for him. Things worked out so well -- he's won almost $1 million as a rookie -- that Steve Lucas has stayed on the road with O'Hair and put his insurance business on hold back in Philadelphia.
'What's interesting about my relationship with him is, he can say things to me that nobody would say to their father-in-law and I can say things to him that would get every caddie fired,' Lucas said. 'So there's no egg shells. I don't watch what I say to him. I don't treat him like he's a baby but I don't want him acting like one. And he doesn't.'
O'Hair said Lucas is more than a father-in-law, more than a caddie, more than a friend.
'If I get a little too big for my britches, he'll definitely bring me back down to reality,' he said. 'He just tries to keep me calm no matter what the circumstance is.'
Vijay Singh shot a 77 that left him a dozen shots out of the lead after the opening round.
The wind picked up and was swirling by the time he finished his round. But he didn't use that as an excuse for two double-bogeys and a 41 on the back nine.
'It wasn't the wind,' he said. 'I just played bad.'
Some said Tiger Woods would lose his hunger to win when he married Elin Nordegren last October. That has not been the case, Woods said.
'People think it's going to totally change my life. It didn't really change anything,' he said after shooting a 3-under 69. 'Our relationship is exactly the same, and that's the beauty of it. I love her to death and I'm very excited about my life now and the prospects for the future.'
Bo Van Pelt, who shot a 67, said he skipped school when he was a kid in Richmond, Ind., to travel the 100 miles to watch Memorial Tournament practice rounds. Yes, he made up the schoolwork. 'Excused absence,' he said. ... A light mist drifted over the course for most of the day. Intermittent rain is predicted for each of the next three days. ... Defending champion Ernie Els pounded a drive 351 yards on the par-4 6th. 'Geez, I don't know where that came from. That was miles,' Els said. ... Bill Haas was 5-under par with three to play but double-bogeyed the next two holes and closed with a birdie for a 70.
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    Molinari holds off McIlroy to win BMW PGA

    By Associated PressMay 27, 2018, 3:20 pm

    VIRGINIA WATER, England - Rory McIlroy left his victory charge too late at Wentworth as Francesco Molinari delivered a clinic in front-running to win the BMW PGA Championship by two shots with a 4-under 68 on Sunday.

    McIlroy, who led by three shots at halfway, entered the final round tied for the lead with Molinari on 13 under par but a Sunday shootout at the European Tour's flagship event never really materialized.

    Instead, as McIlroy toiled to a 70 that was propped up by birdies on the par fives at Nos. 17 and 18, Molinari went bogey-free for a second straight day to claim the fifth victory of his career and the biggest since a World Golf Championship in Shanghai in 2010.

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    The Italian only dropped two shots all week and finished on 17-under 271, with McIlroy alone in second place. Alex Noren (67) and Lucas Bjerregaard (65) were tied for third place a stroke further back.

    Molinari moved into the automatic qualifying places for the Ryder Cup, which he hasn't played since 2012 when Europe beat the United States in the so-called ''Miracle at Medinah.''

    He'd previously had five top-10 finishes in the last six years at Wentworth, including being runner-up to Noren last year.

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    Four top finishers in Japan qualify for The Open

    By Associated PressMay 27, 2018, 10:19 am

    IBARAKI, Japan – Shota Akiyoshi of Japan shot a 2-under-par 70 on Sunday to win the Mizuno Open and qualify for The 147th Open.

    Akiyoshi offset three bogeys with five birdies at the Royal Golf Club in Ibaraki, Japan, to finish 1 under overall and secure his first ever tournament win on the Japan Golf Tour.

    Michael Hendry of New Zealand and Japanese golfers Masahiro Kawamura and Masanori Kobayashi were tied for second one stroke off the pace to also qualify for The Open at Carnoustie, Scotland, from July 19-22.

    Hendry, who led the tournament coming into the final round, came close to forcing a playoff with Akiyoshi but dropped a shot with a bogey on the final hole when he needed a par to draw level.

    Hendry will make his second appearance at The Open after qualifying at the Mizuno Open for the second year in a row.

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    Lewis hopes to win at Volvik with baby on the way

    By Randall MellMay 27, 2018, 12:55 am

    Stacy Lewis was listening to more than her caddie on her march up the leaderboard Saturday at the Volvik Championship.

    Pregnant with her first child, she is listening to her body in a new way these days.

    And she could hear a message coming through loud and clear toward the end of her round at Travis Point Country Club in Ann Arbor, Mich.

    “The little one was telling me it’s dinnertime,” Lewis said.

    Lewis birdied five of the last six holes to shoot 5-under-par 67 and move into position to make a Sunday run at winning her 13th LPGA title. She is two shots behind the leader, Minjee Lee, whose 68 moved her to 12 under overall.

    Sunday has the makings of a free for all with 10 players within three shots of the lead.

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    Lewis, 33, is four months pregnant, with her due date Nov. 3. She’s expecting to play just a few more times before putting the clubs away to get ready for the birth. She said she’s likely to make the Marathon Classic in mid-July her last start of the season before returning next year.

    Of course, Lewis would relish winning with child.

    “I don’t care what limitations I have or what is going on with my body, I want to give myself a chance to win,” she told at the Kingsmill Championship last week.

    Lewis claimed an emotional victory with her last title, taking the Cambia Portland Classic late last summer after announcing earlier in the week that she would donate her entire winnings to the Hurricane Harvey relief efforts in her Houston hometown.

    A victory Sunday would also come with a lot of emotion.

    It’s been an interesting year for Lewis.

    There’s been the joy of learning she’s ready to begin the family she has been yearning for, and the struggle to play well after bouncing back from injury.

    Lewis missed three cuts in a row before making it into the weekend at the Kingsmill Championship last week. That’s one more cut than she missed cumulatively in the previous six years. In six starts this year, Lewis hasn’t finished among the top 50 yet, but she hasn’t felt right, either.

    The former world No. 1 didn’t make her second start of 2018 until April, at the year’s first major, the ANA Inspiration. She withdrew from the HSBC Women’s World Championship in late February with a strained right oblique muscle and didn’t play again for a month.

    Still, Lewis is finding plenty to get excited about with the baby on the way.

    “I kind of had my first Mother’s Day,” Lewis told last week. “It puts golf into perspective. It makes those bad days not seem so bad. It helps me sleep better at night. We are just really excited.”

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    Rose hasn't visited restroom at Colonial - here's why

    By Nick MentaMay 27, 2018, 12:20 am

    In case you're unaware, it's pretty hot in Texas.

    Temperatures at Colonial Country Club have approached 100 degrees this week, leaving players to battle both the golf course and potential dehydration.

    With the help of his caddie Mark Fulcher, Fort Worth Invitational leader Justin Rose has been plenty hot himself, staking himself to a four-shot lead.

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    "Yeah, Fulch has done a great job of just literally handing me water bottle after water bottle. It seems relentless, to be honest with you," Rose said Saturday.

    So just how much are players sweating the heat at Colonial? Well, it doesn't sound like all that water is making it all the way through Rose.

    "I haven't even seen the inside of a restroom yet, so you can't even drink quick enough out there," he shared.