PGA turns to Tour to deliver scoring system

By Doug FergusonAugust 18, 2009, 4:00 pm
2009 PGA ChampionshipCHASKA, Minn. ' The PGA Tour set the standard for scoring systems in golf when it developed Shotlink, which uses lasers to chart every shot by every player in every round of every tournament. Such data is not available at the four majors, because those are run by different organizations.
 
The PGA Championship is debating whether to be the first.
 
The PGA of America had to scramble for a scoring replacement when Unisys ended its partnership. With only four months before the final major of the year, officials opted for a bare-bones version of the tours program.
 
Birdies and bogeys. Driving accuracy and greens in regulation. Just no lasers.
 
So why the bells and no whistles? Kerry Haigh, who runs the PGA of Americas championship, cited a $250,000 cost, short notice and concerns over spectator viewing.
 
We already have an awful lot of towers built on the greens, and there were challenges in that regard for spectator enjoyment, Haigh said Tuesday.
 
Still, he said the PGA of America will consider upgrading to the full package for next year at Whistling Straits.
 
Going forward, our hope is to offset some of those costs and work out a way to do it without the towers, Haigh said. The information is what we would like to get, but doing it in a way that it doesnt affect the feel and look of a major. Wed love to be able to provide that.
 
The PGA Tour typically shares the cost with each tournament it runs. The PGA Championship would have to be a different arrangement because the tour has no stake in the television revenue. One way for the PGA Championship to cover the cost would be to find a sponsor when promoting data during the telecast.
 
When we made the presentation, we showed them everything we can do, said Steve Evans, the tours senior vice president of information systems. I truly believe they were impressed with it. I think from their perspective, everything is brand new and they had been with Unisys for so long. I think they needed a couple of events under their belt.
 
CAPTAIN COUPLES: is playing the next two weeks, and not just so he can scout possible captains picks for the Presidents Cup. Couples had two brushes with winning this year and is 90th in the FedEx Cup standings.
 
Trouble is, he has only played 12 events and needs 15 to keep up his membership.
 
He will at least qualify for The Barclays, the opening playoff event. If he doesnt make it to the second round, Couples would have to add a tournament during the Fall Series.
 
That led to a question that sent PGA Tour officials searching through board documents.
 
The Presidents Cup counts as a tournament entered for the players. Why not the captain? After all, Couples is an active player who will be spending just as much time at Harding Park as anyone else, probably more.
 
Andy Pazder, the senior vice president of tour administration, went back to the 1994 policy board resolution to study the language, and found no doubt about the way it was written that it doesnt apply to captains.
 
Bad news for Couples, good news for the tournaments he plays.
 
STARTING FROM SCRATCH: The golf ball war between Titleist and Callaway is headed back to the first tee.
 
In a big victory for the parent company of Titleist, a federal appeals court last week ordered a new trial in its contentious golf ball patent dispute with Callaway. Acushnet Co. said the three-judge panel found inconsistencies in the jurys verdict, and that the trial court erred by not allowing a defense and the evidence to support it.
 
The decision also means Titleist can sell golf balls that were at issue in the lawsuit.
 
Callaway sued in June 2007, claiming that Titleists popular Pro V1 line of balls infringed on several of its patents. Since then both companies have filed patent infringement lawsuits against each other.
 
This very positive Court of Appeals ruling affirms our contention that we were not allowed to argue our full case before the jury, and that the resulting verdict was inconsistent and not sustainable, said Joe Nauman, the executive vice president in charge of legal and corporate matters at Acushnet.
 
FASHION STATEMENT: Tim Herron, the only PGA Tour player who lives in Minnesota, had to wait around the parking lot at Hazeltine for eight hours Thursday as the first alternate into the PGA Championship.
 
Former PGA champion John Daly walked by on his way to the tee, and Lumpy knew his hopes were gone. Making it tougher was learning that Daly, claiming an old rib injury, swatted at putts in making double bogey on the last two holes and withdrew after a 78.
 
Chances are, Herron would have treated that spot a little differently.
 
Lumpy showed up at his home course, Wayzata Country Club, on Saturday morning for a casual round. He was wearing blue-and-white checkered shorts made by Loudmouth Golf, the same shorts Daly wore this year at U.S. Open qualifying.
 
Coincidence? Think again.
 
I would have loved to play, Herron said. Hey, Johns a friend of mine. I cant blame him.
 
MAJOR CUTS: Kevin Sutherland didnt think much of it until he walked out of the scoring trailer Friday afternoon after signing his card. He was among a dozen players to make the cut in all four majors.
 
The list does not include Tiger Woods, who missed the cut at Turnberry; Phil Mickelson, who did not play at Turnberry; and Sergio Garcia, who made double bogey on the last hole at Hazeltine to miss by one. Kenny Perry, Henrik Stenson and Lee Westwood were the only players in the top 10 to make the cut in all four majors.
 
The others were Angel Cabrera, Sean OHair, Jim Furyk, Camilo Villegas, Graeme McDowell, Rory McIlroy, Ross Fisher and Vijay Singh.
 
On the flip side were the four players who competed in every major without making a single cut'Briny Baird, Brandt Snedeker and Michael Campbell.
 
DIVOTS: Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson each have been runner-up six times in the majors. Juli Inkster has received an exemption to play in the Samsung World Championship on Sept. 17-20 at Torrey Pines. She is a three-time winner of the event. The FBR Open outside Phoenix, which is looking for a new title sponsor after 2010, raised nearly $4.3 million for local charities through The Thunderbirds, the civic organization that runs the tournament.
 
STAT OF THE WEEK: Six players won multiple majors this decade, the fewest since four players with multiple majors in the 1960s.
 
FINAL WORD: If I tried to lift a golf bag, all my clubs would fall out the other side. ' Michelle Wie, on Y.E. Yang celebrating his PGA Championship victory by hoisting his golf bag over his head.
 
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    Arizona caps an improbable journey with a title

    By Ryan LavnerMay 24, 2018, 3:49 am

    STILLWATER, Okla. – Five hours before the final match at the NCAA Women’s Championship, Arizona coach Laura Ianello sat cross-legged on a couch in the Holiday Inn lobby and broke down four times in a half-hour interview.

    It’s been that kind of exhausting season.

    From poor play to stunning midseason defections to a stroke-play collapse, Ianello has felt uneasy for months. She has felt like she was losing control. Felt like her carefully crafted roster was coming apart.

    So to even have a chance to win a NCAA title?

    “I know what this team has gone through,” she said, beginning to tear up, “and you don’t get these opportunities all the time. So I want it for them. This could be so life-changing for so many of them.”

    A moment that seemed impossible six months ago became reality Wednesday at Karsten Creek.

    Arizona continued its magical run through the match-play bracket and knocked off top-ranked Alabama to capture its third NCAA title, with junior Haley Moore – who first rose to fame by making the cut at an LPGA major as a 16-year-old – rolling in a 4-footer to earn the clinching point in extra holes.

    All throughout nationals Arizona was fueled by momentum and adrenaline, but this was no Cinderella squad. The Wildcats were ranked ninth in the country. They won twice this spring. They had four medalists. They were one of the longest-hitting teams in the country.

    But even before a miracle end to NCAA stroke play, Arizona needed some help just to get here.


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    On Christmas Day, one of the team’s best players, Krystal Quihuis, texted Ianello that she was turning pro. It may have been a gift to her parents, for their years of sacrifice, but it was a lump of coal in Ianello’s stocking.

    “I was absolutely heartbroken,” she said. “It was devastating.”

    Even more bad news arrived a few weeks later, when junior Gigi Stoll told Ianello that she was unhappy, homesick and wanted to return to Portland, Ore. Just like that, a promising season had gone off the rails.

    Ianello offered her a full release, but Stoll looked around, found no other suitors and decided to remain with the team – as long as she signed a contract of expected behavior.

    “It was the most exhausting two months of my life,” Ianello said. “We care so much about these freakin’ girls, and we’re like, Come on, this is just a small, little picture of your life, so you don’t realize what you’re possibly giving up. It’s so hard to see that sometimes.”

    Stoll eventually bought in, but the rest of the team was blindsided by Quihuis’ decision.

    “We became even more motivated to prove we were a great team,” said junior Bianca Pagdanganan.

    It also helped that Yu-Sang Hou joined the squad in January. The morale immediately improved, not least because the players now could poke fun at Hou; on her fourth day on campus she nearly burned down the dorm when she forgot to add water to her mac-and-cheese.

    Early on Ianello and assistant Derek Radley organized a team retreat at a hotel in Tucson. There the players created Oprah-inspired vision boards and completed exercises blindfolded and delivered 60-second speeches to break down barriers. At the end of the session, they created T-shirts that they donned all spring. They splashed “The Great Eight” on the front, put the state of Arizona and each player’s country of origin on the sleeves, and on the back printed their names and a slogan: If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.

    “I can’t think of anything else that better embodies this team,” Radley said.

    This spring, they rallied together and finished no worse than fourth in a tournament. Through three rounds of stroke play here at the NCAA Championship, they used their distance advantage and sat third in the standings. Then they shot 17 over par in the final round, tumbling outside the top-8 cut line.

    They were down to their final chance on the 72nd hole, needing an eagle to tie, as Pagdanganan lined up her 30-footer. She dramatically drained the putt, then gathered her teammates on the range.

    “This means we were meant to be in the top 8,” she said. Less than an hour later, they beat Baylor in the team playoff to earn the last match-play berth.

    Ianello was so amped up from the frenetic finish that she slept only three hours on Monday night, but they continued to roll and knocked off top-seeded UCLA in the quarterfinals, beating a pair of Player of the Year contenders, Lilia Vu and Patty Tavatanakit, in the process. In the afternoon semifinals, they jumped all over Stanford and won easily.

    It was a cute story, the last team into the match-play field reaching the final match, but a stiffer challenge awaited the Wildcats Wednesday.

    Alabama was the top-ranked team in the country. The Tide were a whopping 110 under par for the season, boasting three first-team All-Americans who were so dominant in their first two matches that they trailed for only two of the 99 holes they played.

    Ianello already seemed to be bracing for the result on the eve of the final match.

    “Win or lose,” she said, “this has been a hell of a ride.”

    But their wild ride continued Wednesday, as Hou won four holes in a row to start the back nine and defeat Alabama’s best player, Lauren Stephenson, who had the best single-season scoring average (69.5) in Division I history.

    Then sophomore Sandra Nordaas – the main beneficiary after Quihuis left at the midway point of the season – held on for a 1-up victory over Angelica Moresco.

    And so Arizona’s national-title hopes hinged on the success of its most mercurial player, Moore. In the anchor match against Lakareber Abe, Moore jumped out to a 2-up lead at the turn but lost the first three holes on the back nine.

    By the time Radley sped back to help Moore, in the 12th fairway, she was frazzled.

    “But seeing me,” Radley said, “I saw a sense of calm wash over her.”

    Moore played solidly for the rest of the back nine and took a 1-up lead into the home hole. She didn’t flinch when Abe hit one of the shots of the entire championship – a smoked 3-wood to 12 feet to set up a two-putt birdie and force extras – and then gave herself 4 feet for the win on the first playoff hole. She sank the putt and within seconds was mobbed by her teammates.

    In the giddy aftermath, Ianello could barely speak. She wandered around the green in a daze, looking for someone, anyone, to hug.

    The most trying year of her career had somehow ended in a title.

    “At some moments, it felt impossible,” she said. “But I underestimated these young women a little bit.”

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    Pac-12 continues to dominate women's golf

    By Golf Channel DigitalMay 24, 2018, 3:04 am

    Arizona's national women's golf championship marked the fourth consecutive year in‌ which the women's Division I national title was won by a Pac-12 Conference team. All four championships were won by different schools (Stanford, 2015; Washington, 2016; Arizona State, 2017; Arizona, 2018). The Pac-12 is the only conference to win four straight golf championships (men or women) with four different schools.

    Here are some other statistical notes from the just-concluded NCAA Div. I Women's Golf Championship:

    • This is the second time that Arizona has won the national title the year after rival Arizona State won it. The last time was 1996.

    • Arizona now has three women's golf national championships. The previous two came in 1996 and 2000.

    • Arizona is only the sixth school to win three or more Div. I women's golf championships, joining Arizona State (8), Duke (6), San Jose State (3), UCLA (3) and USC (3).

    • Arizona's Haley Moore, who earned the clinching point on the 19th hole of her match with Alabama's Lakareber Abe, was the only Arizona player to win all three of her matches this week.

    • Alabama's Kristen Gillman and Cheyenne Knight also went 3-0. Gillman did not trail in any match.

    • Since the match-play format was instituted in 2015, Arizona is the lowest seed (8) to claim the national title. The seeds claiming the national championship were Stanford (4) in 2015; Washington (4) in 2016; and Arizona State (3) in 2017.

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    High school seniors win U.S. Amateur Four-Ball

    By Associated PressMay 24, 2018, 1:44 am

    TEQUESTA, Fla. - The 18-year-old Hammer, from Houston, is set to play at Texas next fall. Barber, from Stuart, Fla., also is 18. He's headed to LSU.

    ''Growing up watching U.S. Opens and U.S. Amateurs on TV, I just knew being a USGA champion is something that I desperately wanted,'' said Hammer, who qualified for a U.S. Open three years ago at 15. ''And to finally do it, it feels incredible. It feels as good, if not better, than I thought it would. And especially being able to do it with Garrett. It's really cool to share this moment.''

    Hammer and Cole won the par-4 eighth with a birdie to take a 2-up lead. They took the par-4 10th with a par, won the par-5 13th with an eagle - Barber hit a 4-iron from 235 yards to 3 feet - and halved the next two holes to end the match.

    ''Cole didn't want me to hit 4-iron,'' Barber said. ''He didn't think I could get it there. I was like, 'I got it.' So I hit it hard, hit pretty much a perfect shot. It was a crazy shot.''

    The 32-year-old Dull is from Winter Park, Fla., and the 42-year-old Brooke from Altamonte Springs, Fla.

    ''Cole Hammer is a special player,'' Brooke said. ''Obviously, he's going to Texas (and) I'm not saying he is Jordan Spieth, but there are certain things that he does.''

    In the morning semifinals, Hammer and Barber beat Idaho high school teammates Carson Barry and Sam Tidd, 5 and 4, and Brooke and Dull topped former Seattle University teammates Kyle Cornett and Patrick Sato, 4 and 3.

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    Watch: Pumped up Beef deadlifts 485 lbs.

    By Grill Room TeamMay 24, 2018, 12:19 am

    Andrew "Beef" Johnston has been playing some solid golf on the European Tour this season, and he is clearly pumped up for one of the biggest weeks of the year at the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth.

    Judging from the video below, Beef will have no problems lifting the trophy on Sunday as he reportedly deadlifted 220 kg ... (Googles kilogram to pounds converter, enters numbers) ... that's 485 lbs!

    @beefgolf with a new deadlift PB 220kg ! #youcantgowronggettingstrong

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