World Golf Glance

By Associated PressMay 31, 2011, 1:10 pm

US PGA TOUR

Memorial Tournament

Site: Dublin, Ohio.

Schedule: Thursday-Sunday.

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Course: Muirfield Village Golf Club (7,352 yards, 6,723 meters, par 72).

Purse: $6.2 million. Winner’s share: $1,116,000.

Last year: England’s Justin Rose won the first of his two 2010 US PGA Tourtitles, overcoming a four-shot deficit. Rickie Fowler was second, three strokesback.

Last week: Keegan Bradley won the Byron Nelson Championship in Irving,Texas, for his first U.S. tour victory, parring the first hole of a playoff withRyan Palmer .

Notes: Jack Nicklaus founded the event in 1976 and won the 1977 and 1984titles. He made his last competitive appearance in the tournament in 2005. …Tiger Woods , sidelined by left leg injuries, has a record four victories in theevent, winning in 1999-2001 and 2009. … Luke Donald is in the field. He tookthe No. 1 spot in the world ranking on Sunday with a playoff victory over LeeWestwood in the European Tour’s BMW PGA Championship. … Phil Mickelson ismaking his first start since tying for 33rd in The Players Championship. He wonthe Houston Open in early April for his 39th US PGA Tour victory, and firstsince the 2010 Masters. … The St. Jude Classic is next week in Memphis, Tenn.,followed by the U.S. Open at Congressional in Bethesda, Maryland.

Online: http://www.pgatour.com

EUROPEAN TOUR

Wales Open

Site: Newport, Wales.

Schedule: Thursday-Sunday.

Course: Celtic Manor Resort, The Twenty Ten Course (7,378 yards, 6,746meters, par 71).

Purse: $2.97 million. Winner’s share: $494,730.

Last year: Northern Ireland’s Graeme McDowell closed with an 8-under 63 fora three-stroke victory over Rhys Davies . McDowell won the U.S. Open two weekslater.

Last week: Luke Donald won a duel for No. 1 with a playoff victory over LeeWestwood in the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth. Donald, second behindWestwood entering the tournament, birdied the par-5 18th in the playoff, hittinghis approach within 5 feet before Westwood’s wedge shot spun into the water.

Notes: Last October at Celtic Manor, Europe won the Ryder Cup, beating theUnited States 14 1/2 -13 1/2 when McDowell held off Hunter Mahan in the final singlesmatch. … McDowell is in the field along with Ryder Cup teammates Miguel AngelJimenez , Ross Fisher and Peter Hanson and captain Colin Montgomerie . … JohnDaly is making his second straight European Tour start. He withdrew during thesecond round at Wentworth because of a hip injury. … The Italian Open is nextweek in Turin.

Online: http://www.europeantour.com

US LPGA TOUR

ShopRite LPGA Classic

Site: Galloway, New Jersey.

Schedule: Friday-Sunday.

Course: Seaview Dolce Seaview Resort, Bay Course (6,155 yards, 5,628 meters,par 71).

Purse: $1.5 million. Winner’s share: $225,000.

Last year: Ai Miyazato took the top spot in the world, winning the fourth ofher five 2010 titles. The Japanese star closed with a 64 to beat M.J. Hur by twostrokes.

Last week: Colombia’s Mariajo Uribe won the Brazil Cup, finishing with a6-under 66 in rainy conditions for a one-stroke victory in the 36-holeexhibition event.

Notes: The tournament returned to the tour last year. First played in 1986,it folded in 2006 after the previous organizers accused then-US LPGA Tourcommissioner Carolyn Bivens of providing three unsuitable dates for the 2007event. Bivens resigned in July 2009 after a group of players wrote a letter tothe tour’s board of directors calling for her to quit. She was replaced byMichael Whan. … Suzann Pettersen won the last official event, beating CristieKerr 1-up on May 22 in the Sybase Match Play Championship at Hamilton Farm. …Michelle Wie has four top-10 finishes in six starts this year. … AlexisThompson received a sponsor exemption. The 16-year-old pro tied for 19th in theMobile, Alabama, event after taking a share of the lead into the final round.… The LPGA State Farm Classic is next week in Springfield, Illinois.

Online: http://www.lpga.com

CHAMPIONS TOUR

Principal Charity Classic

Site: West Des Moines, Iowa.

Schedule: Thursday-Sunday.

Course: Glen Oaks Country Club (6,879 yards, 6,290 meters, par 71).

Purse: $1,725,000. Winner’s share: $258,750.

Last year: Nick Price won the second of his two 2010 titles, finishing witha 4-under 67 to beat Tommy Armour III by four strokes.

Last week: Tom Watson won the Senior PGA at Valhalla, blasting out of abunker to 3 feet to set up a birdie on the first hole off a playoff with DavidEger . The 61-year-old Watson became the oldest major winner since the seniortour was created in 1980.

Notes: Tom Lehman has three victories in eight tour starts this year. Hetied for 22nd at Valhalla, closing with a 77. … Price won the Toshiba Classicin March in California for his fourth Champions Tour title. … The GreaterHickory Classic is next week at Rock Barn in Conover, North Carolina.

Online: http://www.pgatour.com

OTHER TOURNAMENTS

Men

NATIONWIDE TOUR: Melwood Prince George’s County Open, Thursday-Sunday,University of Maryland Golf Course, College Park, Maryland. Online:http://www.pgatour.com

COLLEGE: NCAA Division I Golf Championships, through Sunday, Karsten Creek,Stillwater, Oklahoma. Online: http://www.ncaa.com

eGOLF PROFESSIONAL TOUR: River Hills Classic, Wednesday-Saturday, RiverHills Country Club, The Palisades Country Club, Lake Wylie, South Carolina.Online: http://www.egolfprofessionaltour.com

CANADIAN TOUR: Times Colonist Island Savings Open, Thursday-Sunday, UplandsGolf Club, Victoria, British Columbia. Online: http://www.cantour.com

JAPAN GOLF TOUR: Japan Golf Tour Championship Citibank Cup, Thursday-Sunday,Shishido Hills Country Club, Ibaraki, Japan. Online: http://www.jgto.org

SUNSHINE TOUR: Lombard Insurance Classic, Friday-Sunday, Royal Swazi SunCountry Club, Mbabane, South Africa. Online: http://www.sunshinetour.com

EUROPEAN SENIORS TOUR: ISPS Handa Senior Masters, Friday-Sunday, StaplefordPark, Melton Mowbray, England. Online: http://www.europeantour.com

EUROPEAN CHALLENGE TOUR: Karnten Golf Open, Thursday-Sunday,Klagenfurt-Seltenheim Golf Club, Klagenfurt, Austria. Online:http://www.europeantour.com

Women

LPGA FUTURES TOUR: Ladies Titan Tire Challenge, Friday-Sunday, Hunters RidgeGolf Course, Marion, Iowa. Online: http://www.lpgafuturestour.com

LADIES EUROPEAN TOUR: Deloitte Ladies Open, Friday-Sunday, Broekpolder GolfClub, Rotterdam, Netherlands. Online: http://www.ladieseuropeantour.com

JAPAN LPGA TOUR: Resort Trust Ladies Open, Friday-Sunday, Grandee Golf Club,Nishigo, Japan. Online: http://www.lpga.or.jp

Marc Dull (Florida State Golf Association)

Cops called in bizarre ending to Florida Mid-Am

By Ryan LavnerMay 20, 2018, 7:16 pm

In a one-paragraph post on its website, the Florida State Golf Association declared Marc Dull the winner of the 37th Mid-Amateur Championship on May 13 after his opponent – in a tie match with two holes to go – was unable to return because of an “unfortunate injury” sustained during a lengthy weather delay.

Left unreported was what allegedly happened.

According to a police report (see below) obtained by GolfChannel.com, the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office received a call that afternoon from Dull’s opponent, Jeff Golden, who claimed that he’d been assaulted in the parking lot at Coral Creek Club, the tournament host site in Placida. In a statement provided to police, Golden said that he was sucker-punched in the face by Dull’s caddie, Brandon Hibbs.

Both in his statement to police and in a subsequent phone interview afterward, Golden, 33, said that the alleged incident stemmed from a rules dispute on the ninth hole during the championship match. As he surveyed his putt, Golden asked Dull whether the cup was damaged or if there was loose debris around the edge.

“Don’t worry about it,” Hibbs reportedly told Golden. “If you’re going to make it, you’re going around it.”

With tensions already running high because of what he perceived as breaches of etiquette by his opponents, Golden informed the rules official in the group that he believed Hibbs’ statement constituted advice. The penalty was a loss of hole, giving Golden a 2-up lead at the turn.

At that point, Hibbs told police, he recused himself and returned to the clubhouse. Dull and Golden continued their match, heading to the 17th hole all square when they were pulled off the course because of inclement weather.

Golden told police that he headed to the parking lot at 2:45 p.m. to retrieve some dry clothes from his car when Hibbs “approached him, apologized, then punched him on the left side of the face,” causing him to fall to the ground.

“I had a moment where I was happy to see him, because the first thing he said to me was, ‘I want to apologize,’” Golden said last week in a phone interview. “By the time he finished I was being punched.”

Asked why he believed Hibbs would strike him, Golden said: “It was from the earlier ruling, 100 percent. He had anger toward me because I called him out on a ruling.”

In a statement given to police, Hibbs, 36, said that he had “been in the clubhouse the entire time and did not batter [Golden], nor was he in the parking lot.” Hibbs, who caddies with Dull at Streamsong Resort in Central Florida, did not return a message seeking comment.

Police wrote in the report that there were no witnesses to the alleged attack, nor was there any surveillance video from the parking lot. While observing Golden the officer noted “no swelling or abrasions to the face,” but there was “some redness on the inside of [Golden’s] lip.” Hibbs’ hands and knuckles showed “no scrapes or abrasions.”

Golden, however, said that there were three bloodstains on his shirt and punctures inside his mouth that proved he’d been struck. He also described himself afterward as “dizzy” and seeing “weird shades of colors,” and that the area between his wrist and thumb was “very sensitive” from catching his fall. Still feeling woozy, he met with his doctor the day after the alleged incident and also underwent a CT scan on Friday.

“I was extremely shaken up,” he said. “I had concussion symptoms.”

Golden declined to press charges – he said later that he wasn’t given the option, because of a lack of physical evidence – and refused medical attention.

Reached by phone last week, Dull said that he had no knowledge of the alleged attack and was only made aware once the police arrived. He said he had waited out the delay in a storm shelter.

“It was shocking,” he said. “[Hibbs] said to me, ‘I didn’t touch the guy.’”

Once the police left, it was up to the FSGA to determine how to proceed.

With the course now playable after a two-hour delay, under the Rules of Golf, the players were expected back on the 17th hole.

Golden asked Dull whether he would concede the match.

“I said that I wasn’t going to concede,” Dull said. “Why would I concede the match when I was sitting in the shelter, and when I come back someone is accused of being hit?”

So Golden then decided to concede, handing the Mid-Am title to Dull, the reigning FSGA Amateur Player of the Year.

“I just wanted to get home,” Golden explained later.

Asked last week for more details about the final result, Jeff Magaditsch, the organization’s director of tournament operations, said in an email that Golden “expressed concern about a wrist issue” and that “not much additional information is available.”

A day later, once the details of the police report became available, FSGA executive director Jim Demick said that Golden “didn’t want to play anymore.”

“Regrettably, the golf course was very playable and Jeff understood that he needed to resume the match,” he said. “I think he was just ready to go.”

When asked to comment on the alleged attack, Demick said that the police “found absolutely no evidence of an assault.”

Last week Golden, who qualified for the 2007 U.S. Open and is now a tennis pro at Palencia in St. Augustine, appealed the FSGA’s decision, writing in a letter that tournament officials shouldn’t have accepted his concession.

Dull said that he was “annoyed by the whole incident.”

“I think it taints the entire championship,” he said. “It’s unfortunate. No golf tournament should end that way.”

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Delayed start for Nelson might mean Monday finish

By Will GrayMay 20, 2018, 6:04 pm

DALLAS – Inclement weather  pushed back final-round tee times at the AT&T Byron Nelson by more than four hours, increasing the likelihood of a Monday finish in the tournament’s debut at Trinity Forest Golf Club.

With the field already scheduled to play in threesomes off split tees, the opening tee times for the day got pushed back from 9:23 a.m. CT to 1:23 p.m. because of steady rain in the area. The delay means that the final group won’t start their round until 3:35 p.m. local time.

With sunset in the Dallas area scheduled for 8:23 p.m., the leaders will likely have just under five hours to complete their rounds or face returning to the course Monday morning. Threesomes have been used for each of the first three days, and in part because of the intricacies of the new layout rounds have routinely approached 5 hours and 30 minutes in duration.

Should play spill over into Monday, those playing next week’s event will face one of the Tour’s shortest commutes, with Fort Worth Invitational host Colonial Country Club less than an hour away.

Marc Leishman and Aaron Wise share the 54-hole lead at 17 under, four shots clear of the field. They’ll be joined in the final trio by Australia’s Matt Jones, who is tied for third with Kevin Na.

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Watch: Tiger 'drops mic' in long drive contest

By Golf Channel DigitalMay 20, 2018, 12:44 am

Tiger Woods is in Las Vegas this weekend for the 20th annual Tiger Jam charity event that benefits his foundation.

During the tournament on Saturday afternoon, Woods challenged World Long Drive competitor Troy Mullins to a long drive contest.

 

A post shared by TROY MULLINS (@trojangoddess) on May 19, 2018 at 1:25pm PDT

Safe to say it looks like Tiger won.

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Sunday showdown for Wise, Leishman at Nelson

By Will GrayMay 19, 2018, 11:40 pm

DALLAS – While the swirling Texas winds may still have their say, the AT&T Byron Nelson is shaping up to be a two-horse race.

With a four-shot gulf between them and their closest pursuers, co-leaders Marc Leishman and Aaron Wise both stepped up to the microphone and insisted the tournament was far from over. That it wouldn’t revert to a match-play situation, even though the two men didn’t face much pressure from the pack down the stretch of the third round and have clearly distanced themselves as the best in the field through 54 holes.

But outside of an outlier scenario or a rogue tornado sweeping across Trinity Forest Golf Club, one of the two will leave with trophy in hand tomorrow night.

That’s in part because of their stellar play to this point, but it’s also a byproduct of the tournament’s new and unconventional layout: at Trinity Forest, big numbers are hard to find.

Even with the winds picking up during the third round and providing the sternest challenge yet, the field combined for only 16 scores of double bogey, and nothing worse than that.


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There’s irony in a course called Trinity Forest offering a tree-less test, sure, but there are also no water hazards in play here. For the most part, players have been maxing out with bogey – and Leishman and Wise have combined for only six of those so far this week.

If someone from the chase pack is going to catch them, the two sharing the pole position aren’t going to do them any favors.

“I don’t really want to give them a chance,” Leishman said. “I’d love to go out and shoot a low one and make Aaron have to shoot a good score tomorrow to beat me, which, I fully expect him to shoot a good score.”

While Leishman has been somewhat of a late bloomer on the PGA Tour, with only one win across his first eight seasons, he now has a golden opportunity to add a third trophy in the last 14 months. He has felt right at home on a sprawling layout that reminds him of a few back in his native Australia, and he’s part of a Down Under invasion on a leaderboard that also includes Matt Jones (-13) and Adam Scott (-9).

While Wise briefly held sole possession of the lead, Leishman has seemingly held an iron grip on the top spot since opening his week with a blistering 61.

“Before last year, I was a pretty slow starter. I always got off to a slow start Thursday, or I’d be fighting to make the cut and have a good weekend to slide into the top 10,” Leishman said. “Getting into that round straight away on the first tee rather than the ninth green or something, which sounds like a really basic thing, but it’s something I didn’t do very well until last year.”

But as Leishman acknowledged, he likely can’t count on a stumble from Wise to help finish off a wire-to-wire victory. As the youngest player to make the cut this week, Wise is facing a challenge of taking down a top-ranked Aussie for the second time in as many starts.

While he came up short at the Wells Fargo Championship, tying for second behind Jason Day, he remains supremely confident that he can put those hard-earned lessons to use this time around.

“I feel like it’s a great opportunity,” Wise said. “It will obviously be a huge day for me. I feel like having one go at it already, I’m a little more confident going into it this time.”

Even among the landscape of the Tour’s promising next wave, Wise stands out as a particularly young gun. Still only 21, he could feasibly be heading to Karsten Creek next week with his Oregon Duck teammates to close out his senior season with another NCAA championship appearance.

But Wise turned pro after winning the NCAA individual title as a sophomore, and he steadily worked his way through the professional ranks: first a win on the Mackenzie Tour in Canada, then one last summer on the Web.com Tour.

Now he’s poised to turn what he described as a “lackluster” season before his Quail Hollow runner-up into one that defies even his own expectations.

“Absolutely, I am way ahead of the curve. It’s pretty hard to do what I’ve done at such a young age. Only a few have done it,” Wise said. “I feel like I’m getting some great experience for a kid this young. It’s only going to serve me well down the road.”

An unpredictable Coore-Crenshaw layout will have one more day to star, and outside of Wise the top six names on the leaderboard have at least one Tour win to their credit. But after the two men traded punches on a firm and fast afternoon, it sure feels like the final round is shaping up to offer more of the same.

For Leishman, it’s a chance to add another notch to some quickly expanding credentials; for Wise, it’s an opportunity to win on the one level he has yet to do so.

“It’s golf, at the end of the day. If you play better than everyone else, you’re going to win,” Wise said. “That’s why I play it. That’s why I love this sport, and tomorrow is nothing different.”