Players Charge Utah Coach with Drinking and Driving
The five wrote a letter to athletic department officials after they said Fisher failed to understand their concerns, aired during a meeting with the players, The Salt Lake Tribune reported Thursday.
In the letter, the golfers accused Fisher of endangering them and not realizing 'the gravity of his actions or the importance of his responsibility as a coach, guardian and role model.'
Fisher said he has not read the letter.
'In my mind, there's nothing to substantiate' the golfers' concerns, he said.
Utah assistant athletic director Marc Amicone met last week with the players and then with Fisher.
'The only thing I can say is we investigate any comments about a coach and deal with them, and that's what we've done,' Amicone told The Tribune. He did not immediately return a message left at his office Thursday by The Associated Press.
The alleged incident occurred April 27 as the team flew to Portland, Ore., and then drove to the Mountain West Tournament in Sunriver, Ore., about four hours away by vehicle.
When their flight arrived, the golfers 'all felt [Fisher] had too much to drink and were very hesitant to step into a vehicle with him behind the wheel,' according to the letter.
'I knew that he shouldn't be driving,' Luke Swilor told the Tribune. Added teammate Casey Fowles: 'We sat on the edge of our seats for four hours.'
The golfers discussed the ride during their practice round the next day and, after talking in their hotel for nearly three hours, according to Fowles, asked Fisher to join them.
They said they were disappointed with his lack of contrition, which led to their meeting with Amicone the following week.
The subsequent discussions 'caught me off guard,' Fisher said. 'I thought it was all done. ... There was certainly nothing I expected there to be a concern about.'
Fisher told the golfers he had only two drinks and 'would never put you in harm's way,' according to the letter.
Fisher, 45, said he will sign a statement that any behavior resembling what the golfers alleged would be grounds for termination in the future, while strongly disputing their account of his condition.
'I in no way felt I jeopardized anything' regarding the golfers' safety, Fisher said. 'It's their opinion.'
Fisher, a former Ute golfer and an award-winning teaching pro employed by The Country Club of Salt Lake City, is completing his ninth year as Utah's head coach.
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Second-round tee times for the Tour Championship
Tiger Woods will go out last and Phil Mickelson will go out first in Rd. 2 of the Tour Championship.
Woods and Rickie Fowler share the 18-hole lead. The field is re-paired after each round, according to their scores. Here’s a look at second-round tee times at East Lake Golf Club.
(All times ET)
11:40AM: Phil Mickelson (+3), Keegan Bradley (+3)
11:50AM: Patrick Reed (+3), Marc Leishman (+2)
Noon: Hideki Matsuyama (+2), Kevin Na (+2)
12:10PM: Billy Horschel (+1), Bryson DeChambeau (+1)
12:20PM: Patton Kizzire (+1), Patrick Cantlay (+1)
12:30PM: Cameron Smith (Even), Bubba Watson (Even)
12:40PM: Aaron Wise (Even), Francesco Molinari (Even)
12:50PM: Brooks Koepka (-1), Dustin Johnson (-1)
1PM: Tommy Fleetwood (-1), Webb Simpson (-1)
1:10PM: Jason Day (-2), Kyle Stanley (-1)
1:20PM: Jon Rahm (-2), Xander Schauffele (-2)
1:30PM: Tony Finau (-3), Paul Casey (-2)
1:40PM: Rory McIlroy (-3), Justin Thomas (-3)
1:50PM: Gary Woodland (-4), Justin Rose (-4)
2PM: Rickie Fowler (-5), Tiger Woods (-5)
FedExCup projected standings after Rd. 1 of Tour Championship
ATLANTA – Bryson DeChambeau started the week in the No. 1 spot in the FedExCup standings. But after the first round of the Tour Championship, he’s surrendered his lead.
Justin Rose, the current world No. 1, is the new projected winner of the $10 million bonus. Rose shot 4-under 66 in the first round and is tied for third in the tournament. He began the week in second place in the FEC standings.
DeChambeau struggled to a 1-over 71 and is currently tied for 21st in the field of 30.
Here’s a look at the projected standings after 18 holes at East Lake Golf Club, which includes Tiger Woods jumping from No. 20 to No. 2.
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Woods, Fowler match 65s to lead Tour Championship
ATLANTA - Another tournament, another share of the first-round lead for Tiger Woods.
Woods made an eagle putt from just over 25 feet on the par-5 18th hole for a 5-under 65 and a share of the lead Thursday with Rickie Fowler in the Tour Championship.
It wasn't as low as the 62 he shot at Aronimink to share the 18-hole lead in the BMW Championship two weeks ago. For Woods, this one felt even better because of the dry, tougher conditions at East Lake.
Woods has said getting to the Tour Championship after recovering from a fourth back surgery makes this year successful even without a victory.
Justin Rose, in his debut at No. 1 in the world, and Gary Woodland were at 66.
Tiger's driver now a great asset to his game
ATLANTA – Tommy Fleetwood hit a handful of tee shots past Tiger Woods on Thursday at the Tour Championship. But Woods found more fairways [10 to eight] and shot four strokes lower [65 to 69].
Ever since making adjustments to his driver – which included adding loft and changing the shaft – at The Northern Trust, Woods’ long game has become one of his greatest assets.
Woods hit 10 of 14 fairways in the first round at East Lake Golf Club, which led to hitting 14 of 18 greens in regulation. Twenty-eight putts equaled a 5-under round and a share of the lead.
It’s not as though Woods has completely traded distance for accuracy. He hit his drive on the par-5 18th 320 yards and that helped produce an eagle.
It’s more like he now has the ability to control his driver. Those wayward tee shots we had become accustomed to seeing aren’t so offline. That means sometimes he’ll send one 296 yards – like he did on the first hole – and sometimes he’ll gear up and knock one 328 yards – like he did at the fifth.
“[I]f I hit it normal, I hit it just as far. And so that's to me like 300 yards in the air,” he said. “But … the neat thing about this one is that if I miss it and spin it a little bit, those spinners stay in play instead of chasing off on me, and I can turn this ball.
“Like the tee shot I hit down 18, I didn't have that shot earlier with – not enough loft. … [M]y spin rate would be so low that it wouldn't stay in the air.”
“And so, yeah, if I hit controlled shots, they're in play and they're shorter. But if I go ahead and step up and launch one, I'm just as far. The neat thing is I don't have to swing it as hard to hit the ball as far. And so it puts a little less toll on my body. I don't have to have my speed up there at 120, 121, 122 miles an hour to carry it 305, 310 like I did before.”
Often times you hear players talk about aspects of their game and it sounds like they are trying to convince themselves that things are OK. Tiger's actions are backing up his words.