Notes Uproar Over RA Officials Racist Jokes

By Associated PressJuly 18, 2007, 4:00 pm
CARNOUSTIE, Scotland -- A Royal & Ancient rules official started his dinner speech with a fantastic impersonation of Seve Ballesteros, which segued to a series of racial and ethnic jokes. One day later, Graham Brown was under more scrutiny than Tiger Woods at the British Open.
Brown, a member of the Rules of Golf committee for the R&A, was the guest speaker Tuesday night at the Association of Golf Writers dinner held at Carnoustie and attended by the top brass in golf, including R&A chief executive Peter Dawson, PGA TOUR commissioner Tim Finchem and USGA executive director David Fay.
Dawson distanced the R&A from Brown's jokes but said he would not be asked to resign.
'He was in no way representing the R&A,' Dawson said. 'We know Graham Brown very well, and I can say absolutely that he is certainly not a racist as an individual. But I have spoken to him today. He is horrified at the impression he has left and horrified at learning the effects of some of his remarks.
'The R&A would not wish to be associated with that kind of thing.'
The jokes included a reference to Japanese golfers and a black caddie at Augusta National.
Martin Kippax, chairman of the championship committee at the R&A, said he saw no reason to force Brown to resign.
'Graham is a good golfer. He's a very knowledgeable individual with regards to the rules of golf, and he's a very useful member of our Rules of Golf committee,' Kippax said. 'What happened last night is something that is quite independent.'
The AGW issued a statement apologizing to the guests and members.
'We will make every effort to ensure this does not happen again,' the AGW said.
Brown could not be located for comment.
The British Open only has been played in Ireland once in its 147-year history. Chances of it returning to one of the links courses on the Emerald Isle are remote.
The R&A currently uses nine courses, with St. Andrews getting the British Open twice during the rotation. Chief executive Peter Dawson said one criteria is whether the property is big enough to stage such a big event.
'We're not closed-minded to say we'll always have these nine courses,' Dawson said. 'But right now, we're not actively considering another venue that is true potential for the Open.'
One suggestion was Royal County Down, which will stage the Walker Cup in September.
'It's a course we know very well,' Dawson said. 'It is really an Open Championship venue? Love the course; I think it's terrific. No, I don't think it's a big enough golf course for The Open. But it's a lovely, lovely golf course.'
The only British Open held in Ireland was at Portrush in 1951.
Former British Open champion Kel Nagle and three-time British Amateur champion Joe Carr have been selected to the World Golf Hall of Fame, filling out a 2007 class that will feature six inductees Nov. 12 at the World Golf Village in St. Augustine, Fla.
Nagle, an Australian whose 61 worldwide victories included a claret jug from St. Andrews, was selected through the veteran's category. Carr was chosen through the lifetime achievement category.
Nagle, 87, is the fifth Australian headed for the Hall of Fame.
'I'm sure he's going to be thrilled,' Gary Player said. 'It's nice to go to your grave at 87 knowing that you've been recognized and going into the Hall of Fame, which is very important in an athlete's career.'
Nagle's greatest victory came in 1960, when Arnold Palmer made his British Open debut while creating the modern version of the Grand Slam. He almost won another major, but Player beat him in a playoff in the 1965 U.S. Open at Bellerive.
Carr won the British Amateur three times, won 37 titles in Ireland and played in the Walker Cup a record 10 times.
Others to be inducted this fall are Curtis Strange, Hubert Green, Se Ri Pak and Charles Blair Macdonald.
Lucas Glover failed at every turn to qualify for the British Open. He got here, anyway.
Glover narrowly finished outside the top 50 in the world ranking when that exemption was decided. His next option was 36-hole qualifying at Oakland Hills, but he withdrew after nine holes at 6 over par. He played well at the AT&T National and the John Deere Classic, but not well enough to be the top player not already eligible.
He flew to Carnoustie as an alternate and was in the field when his plane landed.
'I didn't play my way in, so this is gravy,' Glover said.
He replaced Shingo Katayama, who withdrew with injuries.
Glover thought the R&A might kick him off the alternate list because he withdrew from the U.S. qualifier. He was grinding so much on his game at the Buick Open that he never had time to practice at Oakland Hills, and he wanted to see the course after the PGA Tour event.
'I got there Sunday and asked if I could ride around,' Glover said. 'They said, 'No more carts.' I just got done walking six days in a row, and I said, 'I'm not walking 36 more.' I figured out where the 10th tee and the driving range were, went back to the hotel, shot 6 over on the front. I was stiff, my back was sore, so I bagged it.'
But it worked out well.
After so many mobile phones (most of them used for taking pictures of Tiger Woods) last year at Hoylake, the R&A banned cell phones at the British Open for the first time.
This came as good news to Colin Montgomerie. The joke is always that Monty could hear a fly break wind in England when he's standing over a shot in Scotland.
He knows it, based on his sarcastic response.
'I'm fine with photographers on the course,' he said. 'It's the other players that I feel that was brought in for. The likes of Retief Goosen, and people like that, the people that really get upset over these type of things.'
Now if they can just ban the flies.
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    Ciganda, S.Y. Kim share lead in Shanghai

    By Associated PressOctober 20, 2018, 9:28 am

    SHANGHAI - Carlota Ciganda of Spain shot a 5-under 67 Saturday to share the lead with Sei Young Kim after the third round of the LPGA Shanghai.

    Ciganda carded her fifth birdie of the day on the par-4 18th to finish tied with overnight leader Kim at 11-under 205. Kim shot a 71 with four bogeys and five birdies.

    Ciganda is attempting to win her third LPGA title and first since the 2016 season, when she won two tournaments in a one-month span. Kim is chasing her eighth career LPGA win and second title of the 2018 season.

    ''I want to win because I didn't win last year,'' Ciganda said. ''I love playing in Asia. It's good for long hitters, playing quite long, so I'm quite comfortable.''

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    Angel Yin also birdied the final hole for a 68 and was a further stroke back with Brittany Altomare (69), Danielle Kang (71) and Ariya Jutanugarn (71).

    Yin and Altomare have yet to break through for their first LPGA win. A win in Shanghai would make either player the ninth first-time winner of the 2018 season, which would tie 2016 for the third highest number of first-time winners in a season in LPGA history.

    ''I love competing,'' Yin said. ''That's why I'm playing, right? I'm excited to be in contention again going into Sunday.''

    Local favorite Yu Liu was seventh after offsetting a lone bogey with four birdies for a 69.

    Paula Creamer also shot a 69 and shared eighth at 8 under with Minjee Lee (70) and Bronte Law (71).

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

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    Koepka's pursuers have no illusions about catching him

    By Nick MentaOctober 20, 2018, 8:50 am

    Ahead by four, wielding his driver like Thor's hammer, Brooks Koepka is 18 holes from his third victory in five months and his first ascent to the top of the Official World Golf Ranking.

    The tournament isn't over. No one is handing him the trophy and updating the OWGR website just yet. But it will likely take some combination of a meltdown and low round from someone in the chase pack to prevent a Koepka coronation Sunday in South Korea.

    Thirteen under for the week, the three-time major champion will start the final round four shots ahead of his playing partners, Ian Poulter and Scott Piercy, and five ahead of six more players at minus-8.

    As is his nature, Poulter figures to be undaunted. The 42-year-old is fresh off a Sunday singles victory over Dustin Johnson at the Ryder Cup and in the midst of a career renaissance, having broken a five-year winless drought earlier this year. In one sense, it's Europe vs. the United States again, but this isn't match play, and Koepka, a guy who doesn't need a head start, has spotted himself a four-shot advantage.

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    "Tomorrow I'm going to need to make a few birdies. Obviously Brooks is in cruise control right now and obviously going to need a shoot a low one," Poulter conceded. "Do what I'm doing, just enjoy [it]. Obviously try and make as many birdies as I can and see how close we get."

    Perez, in the group at 8 under par, isn't giving up, but like Poulter, he's aware of the reality of his situation.

    "We're chasing Brooks, who of course obviously is playing phenomenally," he said. "A lot of the long hitters now when they get in contention, they hit that driver and they're really hard to catch. I'm not worried about it too much. It's going to be harder for me tomorrow than him, so I'm going to try and go out and just do my thing, hit some shots, hopefully hit some close and make some putts and we'll see. I don't expect him to come backwards, but hopefully I can try to go catch him."

    Gary Woodland, also 8 under par, summed up the predicament best when he alluded to Koepka's perhaps advantageously aloof demeanor.

    "You obviously want to get off to a good start and put pressure on him as soon as you can," he said. "You know, Brooks doesn't seem like he cares too much, and he's playing so good, so you're going to have to go out and post a number."

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    Koepka has his chance 'to earn' his way to No. 1

    By Nick MentaOctober 20, 2018, 8:09 am

    There won't need to be any wonky math involved. He won't have to settle for finally reaching the the top via some kind of mathematical reset while he's sitting at home on the couch (or more likely working out in the gym).

    No, Brooks Koepka on Sunday in South Korea will have a chance to ascend to No. 1 in the Official World Golf Ranking the way every player would most want to - with a victory.

    On the strength of a bogey-free round of 5-under 67 Saturday, Koepka will enter the final round of the CJ Cup four clear of Ian Poulter and Scott Piercy, with six more players five behind.

    The tournament is Koepka's to lose, and so too is the No. 1 ranking. So long as Justin Thomas doesn't somehow defend his title from 12 shots back, Koepka can supplant Dustin Johnson atop the rankings with a win or a solo second-place finish.

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    "It was something I wanted to do. I always wanted to become World No. 1 in a week that I was playing," Koepka said Saturday. "I thought like I could really earn it and not have a week off where it just so happens that you bump up. No, it would be very special, and to do it here would be nice and hopefully get to world No. 1 and cap it off with a win, I don't think there would be much better."

    It would be a fitting end to this breakthrough year for Koepka, who successfully defended his U.S. Open title and then added his third major victory at the PGA Championship en route to claiming the PGA Tour's Player of the Year Award. Oddly enough, considering his status a three-time major winner and an impending No. 1, this would be Koepka's fifth Tour victory but only his second in a non-major; his only regular Tour win to date was his first, at the 2015 Waste Management Phoenix Open.

    "My confidence has always been pretty high," Koepka said. "Anytime you can win three majors you're going to be feeling pretty good about yourself. To do what I've done over the last two years has been special, but I'm looking to build on that."

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    Koepka ahead by four, with No. 1 ranking in his grasp

    By Nick MentaOctober 20, 2018, 5:48 am

    Following a closing birdie and a third-round 67 at Nine Bridges, Brooks Koepka will take a four-shot lead over Ian Poulter and Scott Piercy into final round of the CJ Cup. Here's how Koepka separated himself from the field in South Korea.

    Leaderboard: Koepka (-13), Piercy (-9), Poulter (-9), Rafa Cabrera Bello (-8), Cameron Smith (-8), Jaime Lovemark (-8), Pat Perez (-8), Gary Woodland (-8), Chez Reavie (-8)

    What it means: Koepka is in search of his fifth PGA Tour victory and – believe it or not – only his second non-major. The three-time major champion’s only other win came all the way back in February 2015, at the Waste Management Phoenix Open. One off the lead to start the day, Koepka opened with eight straight pars and birdied Nos. 9 and 10 to take the outright lead at 10 under par. He added three more circles at 14, 17 and 18 to close out a bogey-free round of 5 under and go ahead by ahead by four. He'll be chased on Sunday by Piercy, a four-time PGA Tour winner who won the Zurich Classic earlier this year alongside Billy Horschel, and by Poulter, who ended a five-year worldwide winless drought back in April and is coming off a 2-2 performance at the Ryder Cup, with a Sunday singles victory over current world No. 1 Dustin Johnson. Speaking of which, unless Justin Thomas finds a way to win this tournament from 12 back, Koepka will for the first time ascend to No. 1 in the Official World Golf Ranking with a win or a solo second-place finish.

    Round of the day: After contending last week at the CIMB, Shubankhar Sharma rebounded from opening rounds of 74 and 75 with a nine-birdie, 8-under 64 to move up 45 spots into a tie for 26th through 54 holes.

    Best of the rest: Four players – Rafa Cabrera Bello, Ted Potter Jr., Jason Day and Brendan Steele – shot 7-under 65 Saturday. Day played his first four holes in 2 over and his final 14 in 9 under.

    Biggest disappointment: The only previous winner of this event, world No. 4 Justin Thomas entered the week with a chance to take back the No. 1 ranking with a successful title defense. But rounds of 73-70-72 have him 1 under for the week. Thomas played his back nine in 1 over Saturday with six pars, a birdie, a quadruple bogey and a closing eagle.

    Shot of the day: Koepka flying his tee shot 330 yards to the front edge of the green at the par-4 14th and going on to two-putt for birdie.