Notes More Furyk follies Working overtime

By Doug FergusonSeptember 4, 2010, 1:33 am
PGA Tour (75x100)NORTON, Mass. – Jim Furyk made sure he had two alarms to make his tee time Friday at the Deutsche Bank Championship, his cell phone and a wake-up call from the hotel.

Then the power went out.

Furyk now is famous for his cell phone going dead, causing him to oversleep and miss his pro-am time last week at The Barclays, which made him ineligible to play the tournament. He dropped six spots to No. 9 in the FedEx Cup standings.

This time, there was no need to worry. He also had a third backup, with his wife promising to call him to make sure he was up. What bothered Furyk about the power going out was being unable to watch Ohio State’s football game.

“Right about kickoff time, the power went off at my hotel for about an hour,” Furyk said after opening with a 66. “And I’m staring at my phone thinking … ‘Do I need to save some battery?’ I can’t get a wake-up call and my phone is not working, so I was going to sleep. And I opened the drapes, because if it didn’t come back on, at least I’d see the sunlight.”’

The power came back on in an hour, he watched Ohio State win and he woke up on time Friday.

Then, Furyk said he had one of his best rounds striking the ball – and his experiment with the belly putter went just fine.

“I knew I was going to go with it unless something funky happened,” Furyk said. “I think I’ve still got some particulars to work out. Overall, my speed was very good. I was a little nervous about some of the longer putts, and I was able to knock it up there close and get some good two-putts.”

He said he could have done better inside 10 feet, but he’s at the start of the learning curve.

“It’s the first day of the tournament, and I’ll get some experience with it,” Furyk said.

The best news of all? He tees off Saturday afternoon at the earliest and can sleep as long as he wants.


WORKING OVERTIME: Rain delays caused by Hurricane Earl can made it tough on TV.

For starters, NBC Sports golf producer Tommy Roy recorded the final hour of morning action Friday to have something to show in case there were delays in the afternoon. But it really gets sticky for Keith Blachly.

Blachly manages the technical aspect of NBC’s coverage. Because of high wind anticipated overnight, Blachly and his staff have decided to tear down at the end of the day all the announcer booths and green bunting that shields the scaffolding. Plus, cameras that typically are left on the course will be brought into the broadcast compound.

Blachly will have to put everything back together and in position Saturday morning.


GLOVER’S DAY: Someone mentioned to Lucas Glover after he opened with a 70 that if not for bad luck, there would be none at all.

Glover somehow managed a wry grin.

He was going along nicely at 3 under until his tee shot wound up in a divot on the 14th hole. That wouldn’t be a problem under lift, clean and place – except this was in the first cut of rough. Trying to dig out the shock, Glover suffered a stinger in his right hand, and he was clenching it the rest of the round.

From the middle of the 15th fairway, his first iron shot after the stinger, he flinched before digging into the turf and caught only the top half of the ball, sending it low and over the green for a bogey. On the par-5 18th, his ball was headed for the bunker, meaning he would have to lay up. Instead, it found a thick bush in the bunker, and he had to take a one-shot penalty to remove it. He hit his next shot into the hazard and had to scramble for a bogey.

After signing his card, it only got worse.

An official with a clipboard broke the bad news – Glover had been selected for drug testing.

BEST BALL: The top three players in the FedEx Cup standings, playing in the same group, combined to shoot 16-under par. Steve Stricker led the way with a 66, and he said it’s easy for everyone in the group to feed off the good vibes from so many birdies.

No need telling that to the group of Zach Johnson, Jason Day and Ryan Palmer. They combined to shoot 23-under par.

Asked if he had ever been in a group with such low scoring, Johnson thought back to his days on the mini-tours, “but it was not remotely on a golf course of this magnitude.”

“I think we had some bogeys, too, so that was pretty impressive all around,” Johnson said.

If they had played a better ball, the group score would have been 57. The only holes none of them birdied were Nos. 4, 6, 14 and 16.

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Wie has hand surgery, out for rest of 2018

By Randall MellOctober 18, 2018, 9:43 pm

Michelle Wie will miss the rest of this season after undergoing surgery Thursday to fix injuries that have plagued her right hand in the second half of this year.

Wie announced in an Instagram post that three ailments have been causing the pain in her hand: an avulsion fracture, bone spurs and nerve entrapment.

An avulsion fracture is an injury to the bone where it attaches to a ligament or tendon.

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I think John Mayer once said, “Someday, everything will make perfect sense. So for now, laugh at the confusion, smile through the tears, be strong and keep reminding yourself that everything happens for a reason.” A lot of people have been asking me what’s been going on with my hand and I haven’t shared much, because I wasn’t sure what was going on myself. After countless MRI’s, X-rays, CT scans, and doctor consultations, I was diagnosed with having a small Avulsion Fracture, bone spurring, and nerve entrapment in my right hand. After 3 cortisone injections and some rest following the British Open, we were hoping it was going to be enough to grind through the rest of the season, but it just wasn’t enough to get me through. So I made the decision after Hana Bank to withdraw from the rest of the season, come back to the states, and get surgery to fix these issues. It’s been disheartening dealing with pain in my hand all year but hopefully I am finally on the path to being and STAYING pain free! Happy to announce that surgery was a success today and I cannot wait to start my rehab so that I can come back stronger and healthier than ever. Huge thank you to Dr. Weiland’s team at HSS for taking great care of me throughout this process and to all my fans for your unwavering support. It truly means the world to me. I’ll be back soon guys!!!! Promise

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Dr. Andrew Weiland, an attending orthopedic surgeon at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York, performed the procedure.

“It’s been disheartening dealing with pain in my hand all year, but, hopefully, I am finally on the path to being and staying pain free,” Wie wrote.

Wie withdrew during the first round of the Ricoh Women’s British Open with the hand injury on Aug. 2 and didn’t play again until teeing it up at the UL International Crown two weeks ago and the KEB Hana Bank Championship last week. She played those events with what she hoped was a new “pain-free swing,” one modeled after Steve Stricker, with more passive hands and wrists. She went 1-3 at the UL Crown and tied for 59th in the limited field Hana Bank.

“After 3 cortisone injections and some rest following the British Open, we were hoping it was going to be enough to grind through the rest of the season, but it just wasn’t enough to get me through,” she wrote.

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Wie, who just turned 29 last week, started the year saying her top goal was to try to stay injury free. She won the HSBC Women’s World Championship in March, but her goal seemed doomed with a diagnosis of arthritis in both wrists before the year even started.

Over the last few years, Wie has dealt with neck, back, hip, knee and ankle injuries. Plus, there was an emergency appendectomy that knocked her out of action for more than a month late last season. Her wrists have been an issue going back to early in her career.

“I don’t think there is one joint or bone in her body that hasn’t had some sort of injury or issue,” Wie’s long-time swing coach, David Leadbetter, said earlier this year.

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Woods receives his Tour Championship trophy

By Golf Channel DigitalOctober 18, 2018, 8:57 pm

We all know the feeling of giddily anticipating something in the mail. But it's doubtful that any of us ever received anything as cool as what recently showed up at Tiger Woods' Florida digs.

This was Woods' prize for winning the Tour Championship. It's a replica of "Calamity Jane," Bobby Jones' famous putter. Do we even need to point out that the Tour Championship is played at East Lake, the Atlanta course where Jones was introduced to the game.

Woods broke a victory drought of more than five years by winning the Tour Championhip. It was his 80th PGA Tour win, leaving him just two shy of Sam Snead's all-time record.

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Garcia 2 back in storm-halted Andalucia Masters

By Associated PressOctober 18, 2018, 7:08 pm

SOTOGRANDE, Spain  -- Ashley Chesters was leading on 5-under 66 at the Andalucia Valderrama Masters when play was suspended because of darkness with 60 golfers yet to complete their weather-hit first rounds on Thursday.

More than four hours was lost as play was twice suspended because of stormy conditions and the threat of lightning at the Real Club Valderrama in southern Spain.

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English journeyman Chesters collected six birdies and one bogey to take a one-shot lead over Gregory Bourdy of France. Tournament host and defending champion Sergio Garcia was on 68 along with fellow Spaniards Alvaro Quiros and Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano, and Australia's Jason Scrivener.

''It's a shame I can't keep going because the last few holes were the best I played all day. Considering all the delays and everything, I'm very happy with 5 under,'' Chesters said. ''The forecast for the rest of the week is not very good either so I thought I'll just make as many birdies as I can and get in.''

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Caddies drop lawsuit; Tour increases healthcare stipend

By Rex HoggardOctober 18, 2018, 3:33 pm

After nearly four years of litigation, a group of PGA Tour caddies have dropped their lawsuit against the circuit.

The lawsuit, which was filed in California in early 2015, centered on the bibs caddies wear during tournaments and ongoing attempts by the caddies to improve their healthcare and retirement options.

The caddies lost their class-action lawsuit in U.S. District Court and an appeal this year.

Separately, the Association of Professional Tour Caddies, which was not involved in the lawsuit but represents the caddies to the Tour, began negotiating with the circuit last year.

“I told the guys, if we really want a healthy working relationship with the Tour, we need to fix this and open the lines of communication,” said Scott Sajtinac, the president of the APTC.

In January 2017, Jay Monahan took over as commissioner of the Tour and began working with the APTC to find a solution to the healthcare issue. Sajtinac said the Tour has agreed to increase the stipend it gives caddies for healthcare beginning next year.

“It took a year and a half, but it turned out to be a good result,” Sajtinac said. “Our goal is to close that window for the guys because healthcare is such a massive chunk of our income.”

In a statement released by the Tour, officials pointed out the lawsuit and the “potential increase to the longtime caddie healthcare subsidy” are two separate issues.

“Although these two items have been reported together, they are not connected. The PGA Tour looks forward to continuing to support the caddies in the important role they play in the success of our members,” the statement said.

Caddies have received a stipend from the Tour for healthcare for some time, and although Sajtinac wouldn’t give the exact increase, he said it was over 300 percent. Along with the APTC’s ability to now negotiate healthcare plans as a group, the new stipend should dramatically reduce healthcare costs for caddies.

“It’s been really good,” said Sajtinac, who did add that there are currently no talks with the Tour to created a retirement program for caddies. “Everybody is really excited about this.”