Notes Toms Playing with Heavy Heart

By Associated PressSeptember 21, 2005, 4:00 pm
2005 PresidentGAINESVILLE, Va. -- David Toms is playing the Presidents Cup with a heavy heart, although it is beating just fine.
 
Toms got the scare of his life at the 84 Lumber Classic last week, when his heart raced out of control and he had to be airlifted to a Pittsburgh hospital. After a series of tests, doctors determined he had supraventricular tachycardia, a cardiac rhythm disturbance that is treatable.
 
The heavy heart comes from his home state.
 
Toms lived in southern Louisiana as a child and still has family in the area, although none were severely affected by Hurricane Katrina. He reminisced about restaurants and golf courses and places that were special to him ``that will never be the same.''
 
What hit the hardest was seeing evacuees from New Orleans who fled to Shreveport, where he lives.
 
``Their lives have been turned upside-down,'' he said. ``I'm certainly thinking about those people, just because I've met a lot of them and know what their situation is like.''
 
As for his heart?
 
Toms said he is taking medication, feels good and has not experienced any bad effects. He will play Thursday with Stewart Cink against Trevor Immelman and Mike Weir.
 
``I was a bit sluggish early in the week,'' Toms said. ``I don't know if that's because I didn't sleep for a couple of days or what, but now I'm starting to feel much better. I really don't see it being an issue at all, unless for some reason I have an incident this week on the golf course. I certainly hope that doesn't happen.''
 
Toms said he will have a procedure done after the Presidents Cup.
 
GAMBLING MAN:
Justin Leonard sat quietly among five teammates during his interview Wednesday, listening as Jim Furyk talked about whether this event evoked memories of the Ryder Cup last year or the Presidents Cup two years ago. Suddenly, Phil Mickelson spoke out.
 
``Justin was talking about that last night on the bus about the difference,'' Mickelson said. ``Go ahead. Why don't you tell him what you were saying last night?''
 
Leonard rolled his eyes, as if he didn't want to tell. Turns out there was another reason.
 
``I just lost $100,'' he said. ``I bet Phil I could come here and not say a word.''
 
Looking in mock anger at Mickelson, he said, ``Thanks a lot.''
 
Mickelson grinned.
 
It's not unusual for players to get ignored when four show up for a group interview. Scott Verplank didn't get any questions Tuesday while sitting with Tiger Woods, Fred Couples and Davis Love III.
 
And then there was 1998.
 
No one asked John Huston a question during a 30-minute session. As the American team got up to leave, Couples leaned into the microphone and said, ``That's Huston. H-U-S-T-O-N.''
 
BREAKING A STREAK:
Phil Mickelson is good-natured when it comes to his bad record last time in the Presidents Cup. He wasn't playing well, and he became the only American to lose all five matches.
 
One reporter tried to soft-pedal his record, asking him if he recalled any match where he played well and still wound up with a loss.
 
``You mean out of the five matches I lost,'' Mickelson said with a grin. ``Is that what you're referring to?''
 
U.S. captain Jack Nicklaus praised Lefty for his performance in South Africa, noting that while he went 0-5, he never let that rub off on his teammates.
 
Two years later, Nicklaus was rubbing it in.
 
``Captain Nicklaus said all we need is a half-point more than last time,'' Mickelson said, noting the matches ended in a tie at 17. ``He kind of looked at me and said, 'You've just got to tie one match, man. Come on.'
 
``After my performance in '03, I want to come back with a strong one this year.''
 
A LONG ROAD:
The Presidents Cup is somewhat of a homecoming for Fred Funk, and it reminds him of the twists in his career, and how far he has come.
 
Before joining the PGA Tour in 1988, Funk spent six years as the golf coach at Maryland.
 
``I still pinch myself to think what I've done and where I've come from, the University of Maryland golf coach to representing the United States on the Presidents Cup here at RTJ ... pretty neat,'' he said.
 
Funk made the team on the strength of his victory in The Players Championship, making it three straight times he has played for the United States. He also played at the Presidents Cup in South Africa, and last year in the Ryder Cup at Oakland Hills.
 
SPEAKING FROM EXPERIENCE:
Jack Nicklaus prefers to match similar games for alternate-shot matches, which is why he put Tiger Woods and Fred Couples together, and Davis Love III with Kenny Perry.
 
Nicklaus played in the Ryder Cup six times, and he recalled being paired with former PGA champion Dave Stockton, a short hitter on the PGA Tour, during one match.
 
``We got drummed, 6 and 5,'' Nicklaus said. ``We weren't even in the match. Stockton wasn't used to playing out of the rough, and I wasn't used to playing 2-irons into par-4s.''
 
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    Storms halt Barbasol before Lincicome tees off

    By Associated PressJuly 20, 2018, 11:29 pm

    NICHOLASVILLE, Ky. - Brittany Lincicome will have to wait until the weekend to resume her bid to make the cut in a PGA Tour event.

    Overnight storms delayed the start of the second round Friday in the Barbasol Championship, and an afternoon thunderstorm suspended competition for good. The round will resume Saturday morning with much of the field still to play.

    The second stoppage at Champions Trace at Keene Trace Golf Club came 20 minutes before Lincicome's scheduled tee time.

    Lincicome was near the bottom of the field after opening with a 6-over 78 on Thursday. The first LPGA player since Michelle Wie in 2008 to start a PGA Tour event, she needs a huge rebound to join Babe Zaharias (1945) as the only female players to make the cut.

    Troy Merritt had the clubhouse lead at 15 under, following an opening 62 with a 67.

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    Third-round tee times for the 147th Open

    By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 20, 2018, 9:05 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Eighteen major champions made the cut at The Open and will be playing the weekend at Carnoustie, including 60-year-old ageless wonder Bernhard Langer, and both major champs so far this year, Patrick Reed and Brooks Koepka.

    Twenty-four-year-old Gavin Green will be first off solo Saturday at 4:15 a.m. ET. Reed and Rhys Enoch will follow along 10 minutes later.


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    Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods, both at even par for the tournament, six shots behind leaders Zach Johnson and Kevin Kisner, are in consecutive groups. Mickelson is playing with Austin Cook at 8:05 a.m. and Woods is with South Africa’s Shaun Norris at 8:15 a.m.

    Jordan Spieth and Rickie Fowler, both three shots off the lead, are also in consecutive groups. Fowler is at 10 a.m. with Thorbjorn Olesen and Spieth is 10 minutes later with Kevin Chappell. Rory McIlroy, looking to win his first major since the 2014 PGA Championship, is at 10:40 a.m. with Xander Schauffele. McIlroy is two shots behind.

    Johnson and Kisner are last off at 11 a.m.

    4:15AM ET: Gavin Green

    4:25AM ET: Rhys Enoch, Patrick Reed

    4:35AM ET: Kiradech Aphibarnrat, Justin Rose

    4:45AM ET: Yusaku Miyazato, Tyrrell Hatton

    4:55AM ET: Ross Fisher, Keegan Bradley

    5:05AM ET: Ryan Fox, Jason Dufner

    5:15AM ET: Bryson DeChambeau, Henrik Stenson

    5:25AM ET: Tom Lewis, Sam Locke (a)

    5:35AM ET: Paul Casey, Chris Wood

    5:45AM ET: Bernhard Langer, Rafa Cabrera Bello

    6:00AM ET: Paul Dunne, Brett Rumford

    6:10AM ET: Masahiro Kawamura, Shubhankar Sharma

    6:20AM ET: Cameron Smith, Brendan Steele

    6:30AM ET: Marc Leishman, Lee Westwood

    6:40AM ET: Byeong Hun An, Kevin Na

    6:50AM ET: Julian Suri, Adam Hadwin

    7:00AM ET: Gary Woodland, Si-Woo Kim

    7:10AM ET: Yuta Ikeda, Satoshi Kodaira

    7:20AM ET: Marcus Kinhult, Thomas Pieters

    7:30AM ET: Beau Hossler, Haotong Li

    7:45AM ET: Cameron Davis, Sean Crocker

    7:55AM ET: Louis Oosthuizen, Stewart Cink

    8:05AM ET: Phil Mickeslon, Austin Cook

    8:15AM ET: Tiger Woods, Shaun Norris

    8:25AM ET: Lucas Herbert, Michael Kim

    8:35AM ET: Jason Day, Francesco Molinari

    8:45AM ET: Sung Kang, Webb Simpson

    8:55AM ET: Patrick Cantlay, Eddie Pepperell

    9:05AM ET: Matthew Southgate, Brooks Koepka

    9:15AM ET: Kyle Stanley, Adam Scott

    9:30AM ET: Charley Hoffman, Alex Noren

    9:40AM ET: Ryan Moore, Brandon Stone

    9:50AM ET: Luke List, Danny Willett

    10:00AM ET: Thorbjorn Olesen, Rickie Fowler

    10:10AM ET: Jordan Spieth, Kevin Chappell

    10:20AM ET: Zander Lombard, Tony Finau

    10:30AM ET: Matt Kuchar, Erik Van Rooyen

    10:40AM ET: Rory McIlroy, Xander Schauffele

    10:50AM ET: Pat Perez, Tommy Fleetwood

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    Facial hair Fowler's new good-luck charm

    By Rex HoggardJuly 20, 2018, 8:12 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Before, during and after the Fourth of July, Rickie Fowler missed a few appointments with his razor.

    He arrived in the United Kingdom for last week’s Scottish Open still unshaved and he tied for sixth place. Fowler, like most golfers, can give in to superstition, so he's decided to keep the caveman look going for this week’s Open Championship.

    “There could be some variations,” he smiled following his round on Friday at Carnoustie.


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    At this rate, he may never shave again. Fowler followed an opening 70 with a 69 on Friday to move into a tie for 11th place, just three strokes off the lead.

    Fowler also has some friendly competition in the beard department, with his roommate this week Justin Thomas also going for the rugged look.

    “I think he kind of followed my lead in a way. I think he ended up at home, and he had a little bit of scruff going. It's just fun,” Fowler said. “We mess around with it. Obviously, not taking it too seriously. But like I said, ended up playing halfway decent last week, so I couldn't really shave it off going into this week.”

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    Spieth (67) rebounds from tough Round 1 finish

    By Ryan LavnerJuly 20, 2018, 7:55 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Guess whose putter is starting to heat up again at a major?

    Even with a few wayward shots Friday at Carnoustie, Jordan Spieth made a significant climb up the leaderboard in the second round, firing a 4-under 67 to move just three shots off the lead.

    Spieth showed his trademark grit in bouncing back from a rough finish Thursday, when he mis-clubbed on the 15th hole, leading to a double bogey, and ended up playing the last four holes in 4 over.

    “I don’t know if I actually regrouped,” he said. “It more kind of fires me up a little.”


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    Spieth missed more than half of his fairways in the second round, but he was able to play his approach shots from the proper side of the hole. Sure, he “stole a few,” particularly with unlikely birdies on Nos. 10 and 11 after errant drives, but he took advantage and put himself in position to defend his claret jug.

    Spieth needed only 25 putts in the second round, and he credited a post-round adjustment Thursday for the improvement. The tweak allows his arms to do more of the work in his stroke, and he said he felt more confident on the greens.

    “It’s come a long way in the last few months, no doubt,” he said.

    More than anything, Spieth was relieved not to have to play “cut-line golf” on Friday, like he’s done each start since his spirited run at the Masters.

    “I know that my swing isn’t exactly where I want it to be; it’s nowhere near where it was at Birkdale,” he said. “But the short game is on point, and the swing is working in the right direction to get the confidence back.”