Notes Tiger Comes to Jespers Rescue

By Associated PressApril 4, 2005, 4:00 pm
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Jesper Parnevik brought a week's worth of his outrageous outfits to the Masters. And he made sure his wife, four children, nannies and friends were all accounted for.
But when he arrived at Augusta National, he realized he left something behind: his golf clubs.
``I flat out forgot them in the garage,'' Parnevik said Monday. ``I don't know how you could go to Augusta and leave them in the garage, but I managed to do that.

``I will make history one way or another. I'm sure I'm the only one who's ever done that.''
Parnevik pleaded chaos in his defense.
He had to lease two private planes to get his crew to Augusta. He wasn't in charge of loading the luggage, and a set of clubs did make the trip -- but they belonged to his business partner, Chris Rosen.
Only after a call to his neighbor in Jupiter, Fla., did the Swede confirm his clubs were still in the garage.
Parnevik called an old friend -- Tiger Woods -- to return a favor .
Woods was in Palm Beach County, and agreed to swing by Parnevik's house to pick up his clubs. He brought them Monday morning, and all was well in the zany world of Parnevik.
``I called him up and asked he could do it,'' Parnevik said. ``After he laughed for about 10 minutes, he said, 'I'll do it.' Everything worked out.''
Woods didn't even charge him a courier's fee.
Then again, Woods is still in debt, because it was the Parneviks who introduced him to his future wife, Elin Nordegren, once a nanny for the Parnevik kids.
``I still think I'm on the credit side with him,'' Parnevik said. ``I have a few mishaps to go without being even.''
John Daly usually tries to give the crowd on the par-3 16th a show by skipping a ball across the water to the green. On Monday, he went one better, and gave them something to really cheer about.
Daly hit two shots off the tee to positions he thought the pin might be when the Masters begins. Then he teed up a third and aimed at the pin.
The 9-iron hit, sucked up and went into the hole. It might not have qualified for a hole-in-one, but the crowd gathered for the first practice round of the week went wild anyway.
``I didn't think it would go in the hole, but it did,'' Daly said.
Darren Clarke was playing the back nine when he heard the commotion.
``You don't quite hear roars like that on Monday at any other tournament,'' Clarke said.
The voice of Pat Summerall will be part of the Masters' television coverage.
Although CBS Sports does not plan to tout its 50th consecutive year broadcasting the Masters, president Sean McManus said Summerall will make a cameo appearance as the voice who introduces the network's coverage.
``Every year we do our billboard copy -- 'CBS Sports proudly presents ... ' -- and we normally use a professional announcer who does other billboard copy,'' McManus said. ``We asked Pat Summerall to do that this year.''
Summerall broadcast more Masters than anyone else -- years from 1968 to 1994 -- when he switched over to Fox Sports to continue his NFL coverage.
CBS Sports begins its coverage on Saturday -- the one-year anniversary of Summerall undergoing successful liver transplant surgery.
John Daly finally got together with Hooters.
Daly, who has been selling his merchandise from a trailer parked outside Hooters' restaurants, signed a deal with the Atlanta-based restaurant on Tuesday. He will wear the Hooters owl logo on his apparel and golf bag.
``It's really a perfect fit for me,'' Daly said in a statement.
Following his practice round at Augusta National, Daly had already turned into a pitchman.
``I think the food is some of the best I've had -- not just wings, but sandwiches,'' Daly said. ``And if you want a nice cold beer, they have that, too.''
Carlos Franco was getting in plenty of practice off the first tee Monday. The way he was hitting it, it looked like he needed it.
Franco duck-hooked his first tee shot into the trees on the left, causing a few stray spectators to jump out of the way. He reloaded and sprayed it even farther this time, except it went way right.
Franco reached into his bag and pulled out a different driver, drawing chuckles from the crowd. He gave them even more of a laugh by threatening to pull out a weighted swing aid and hit with that.
He then hit his second driver into the fairway bunker, drawing applause from the crowd for at least coming close.
Fred Funk was spotted wearing a shirt with Chevron, Texaco and Caltex logos on the chest. ``It's a one-week deal that I signed four weeks ago,'' Funk said. ``They're at one of the hotels, and I'm doing a talk for them. It's just for a week, and if they like it, we might move forward.'' ... Fanny Sunnesson is back at Augusta National. The longtime caddie for Nick Faldo has retired, but she is working this week for Ian Poulter, whose caddie's wife is having a baby. Her last job was on the LPGA Tour, working two weeks for Michelle Wie.
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    Kang 'going with the flow,' one back of A. Jutanugarn

    By Associated PressOctober 18, 2018, 9:43 am

    SHANGHAI – Ariya Jutanugarn shot a 6-under 66 to take a one-stroke lead after the first round of the Buick LPGA Shanghai tournament on Thursday.

    The Thai player had six birdies in a bogey-free round, including three straight on Nos. 4, 5, and 6.

    ''I always have so much fun when I play in Asia,'' said Jutanugarm, who added her key was ''just not to expect anything. Just go out have fun and enjoy everything.''

    Sei Young Kim and Danielle Kang (both 67) were one shot back, with six other players only two shots off the lead.

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    The tournament is the second of five being played in South Korea, Japan, China and Taiwan in the LPGA's annual Asian swing.

    Kang credited her improved play to new coach Butch Harmon.

    ''We just kind of simplify the game a lot,'' the American said. ''Just trying to calm it down and get back to how I used to play. Just more feel golf. Thinking less mechanics and going with the flow.''

    Kang tied for third last week at the KEB Hana Bank championship in Incheon, South Korea.

    ''Today's round went very smooth,'' Kang said. ''Coming off very good momentum after last week, and I've been hitting the ball really well, playing great. I've just been trusting my game and just keep giving myself birdie chances. They kept rolling in.''

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    Sharpshooting Reavie (68) leads tough CJ Cup

    By Associated PressOctober 18, 2018, 9:34 am

    JEJU ISLAND, South Korea – Chez Reavie overcame cool, windy conditions for a 4-under 68 and a one-stroke lead after the first round of the CJ Cup at Nine Bridges on Thursday.

    In the breezy conditions, the back nine of the course posed the most difficulty, but the 36-year-old American made two birdies and negotiated it in 35 after starting on the 10th tee, and then picked up three shots on his final nine.

    Danny Willett and Si Woo Kim shot 69 while the large group at 70, and tied for fourth, included Ian PoulterNick Watney and Michael Kim.

    Brooks Koepka, playing in his first tournament since being voted PGA Tour Player of the Year, shot 71 and was in a group three strokes behind and tied for 11th, which included Paul Casey and Hideki Matsuyama.

    Jason Dufner and Brandt Snedeker shot 72. Defending champion Justin Thomas had a 73, as did Jason Day, Ernie Els and J.B. Holmes.

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    Marc Leishman, who won last week's CIMB Classic in Malaysia, and Adam Scott had 75s.

    Reavie's only PGA Tour win came at the 2008 Canadian Open, and he finished second in back-to-back starts last year in Phoenix and Pebble Beach, losing at Phoenix in a playoff.

    ''It was a great day, I hit the ball really well,'' Reavie said of Thursday's round. ''The wind was blowing really hard all day long so you had to really start the ball well and keep it out of the wind. Luckily, I was able to do that.''

    Despite the windy conditions, Reavie found all 14 fairways off the tee and hit 15 out of 18 greens in regulation, which he felt was the key to a good score.

    ''It's tough because once you get above the hole with this wind, it's really hard to chip it close,'' he said. ''The more greens you can hit, the better and that was key to my game.''

    Willett, who has struggled with injuries and form since winning the 2016 Masters and has dropped to No. 342 in the world, made five birdies and two bogeys in his 69. Willett has just one top-five finish since finishing second in the Italian Open in September 2016.

    Having committed to play on the PGA Tour by taking up membership this season, Willet said it was important to make a quick start to the season.

    ''I've done two tours for a couple of years, and it's very difficult,'' Willett said. ''We committed to play on the PGA Tour, to play predominantly over here this year and next. It's nice to kind of get in and get some points early if you can.''

    The second of three PGA Tour events in three weeks in Asia has a 78-player field and no cut. Only 19 players broke par on Thursday.

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    Koepka takes edge over Thomas in race for world No. 1

    By Golf Channel DigitalOctober 18, 2018, 5:50 am

    Brooks Koepka got the inside track against Justin Thomas in their head-to-head battle this week for world No. 1.

    Koepka shot 1-under 71 on Thursday at the CJ Cup, while Thomas shot 1-over 73.

    Chez Reavie leads after 18 holes at Nine Bridges in Juju Island, South Korea, following a 4-under 68.

    Koepka, currently world No. 3, needs to win this week or finish solo second [without Thomas winning] in order to reach the top spot in the rankings for the first time in his career. Thomas, currently No. 4, must win to reclaim the position he surrendered in June.

    One week after 26 under par proved victorious in Malaysia, birdies weren’t as aplenty to begin the second leg of the PGA Tour’s Asian swing.

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    In chilly, windy conditions, Koepka and Thomas set out alongside one another – with Sungjae Im (73) as the third – on the 10th hole. Koepka bogeyed his first hole of the day on his way to turning in even-par 36. Thomas was one worse, with two bogeys and a birdie.

    On their second nine, Koepka was steady with two birdies and a bogey to reach red figures for the day.

    "I felt like I played good. I hit some good shots, missed a couple putts early and kind put myself in a little bit of trouble on the back nine, my front, but rallied pretty nicely," Koepka said. "I felt like I found a bit of rhythm. But it's a difficult day, anything under par, level par is a good score out there today. I'm pleased with it."

    Thomas, however, had two birdies and a double bogey on his inward half. The double came at the par-4 fourth, where he four-putted. He nearly made up those two strokes on his final hole, the par-5 ninth, when a wild approach shot [as you can see below] traversed the contours of the green and settled 6 feet from the hole. But Thomas missed the short eagle putt and settled for birdie.

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    Watch: Thomas' approach takes wild ride on CJ Cup green

    By Golf Channel DigitalOctober 18, 2018, 5:17 am

    Two over par with one hole to play in Round 1 of the CJ Cup, Justin Thomas eyed an eagle at the par-5 ninth [his 18th].

    And he nearly got it, thanks to his ball beautifully navigating the curves of the green.

    Thomas hit a big draw for his second shot and his ball raced up the green's surface, towards the back, where it caught the top of ridge and funneled down to within 6 feet of the hole.

    Unfortunately for Thomas, the defending champion, he missed the eagle putt and settled for birdie and a 1-over 73.