20 Years of Golf: Players' advice to 20-year-old selves

By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 15, 2015, 3:30 pm

(Editor’s note: Golf Channel turns 20 years old on Jan. 17. In recognition, we are looking back at golf over the last two decades with a series of articles and photo galleries throughout the week.)

If PGA Tour pros knew then what they know now, what would they do differently? On Golf Channel's 20th anniversary, here's what some would tell their 20-year-old selves:

“For me, everything I’ve been through, I’d say, listen to your body more. When you’re hurt, get away, get healthy. I tried to play through numerous injuries, and it did nothing but cause me problems, further problems. So I would say, pay more attention to how I’m feeling and take a break.” - David Duval


“I’d practice the short game harder. That’s what I’d do if I was gonna do it again. Play golf more instead of getting too bogged down on the range, hitting balls. Those are the two things I’d probably do different if I could do it all over.” - Simon Dyson


“Careful what you say.” - Vijay Singh


“Just to be patient and that you’re not as good as you think you are, and you need to put in a lot of hard work. Thankfully I kind of figured that out after a little while." - Chris Kirk


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“To relax. Be patient with yourself, and not try to search everyday for the answers, just kind of gradually work on a game plan." - Brandt Snedeker


“Enjoy it. Because it goes really fast. If I could go back 20 years, just try your best to enjoy the rise. I think it can get kind of monotonous out here at times. A year leads into another year leads into another year, and as players, I think sometimes we forget what level we’re playing at, and I think really quick it can all be gone. So, make sure you enjoy the climb upwards to get here.” - Briny Baird


“Just be a bit more patient, because I think when we’re 20 years old or just a little after that – getting out of college – we try to make everything happen at once. And I know when I got out on the Tour, my first year was a bummer, man. And if I would have been a lot more patient there, it would have been better. But fortunately I was able to play better after that. I think we’re just all in too big a hurry to make things happen.” - Andy Bean


“Just to have fun. As far as the golf goes, we’re out here, we’ve got the best job there is and we beat ourselves up too much. We worked our whole life to get out here, so I’d say just to have fun and enjoy every day because life is short. Same advice for life. Just enjoy it, every day, every step. Just smile, have a good attitude.” - Charlie Beljan


“My biggest piece of advice would be to just not sweat every little detail. Because it always feels like, when you first come out here, you have to play great every tournament, that you have to play in every tournament. I probably did a little too much worrying in the past 20 years, that I probably would have saved years of my life in the next 20, if I had not done that much worrying. Don’t sweat the small stuff.” - Stewart Cink


“You gotta believe in yourself. That’s all you gotta do, really. Just believe in yourself, and try to be you.” - David Lingmerth


“Get in better shape, hit the ball harder. Definitely get stronger. If I’d have known 20 years ago how important power was going to be, I definitely would have tried to get stronger when I was younger. Growing up with equipment these days, if you grow up with the current equipment, you’re definitely going to hit it harder and compress the ball more. So that would have been something, 20 years ago, I would have looked into.” - Greg Chalmers


“Don’t go snowboarding until you finish your golf career, how’s that? Action sports will always be there. Yeah, it’s difficult, so many things. I would just say, keep things simple. Find out what works and keep repeating it. Certainly for golf, and I think it applies to a lot of stuff, there’s no magic secret, there’s no one size fits all. Find out what works and keep doing it, and make sure you enjoy the journey. Because it goes too quickly." - Paul Casey


“I wouldn’t change anything now. I’m sure I’ve made mistakes, but nothing I haven’t learned from so no, I wouldn’t (give myself any advice). They were all good mistakes. I know I didn’t get everything right, but I certainly wouldn’t change any of my past, so I wouldn’t give myself any advice.” - Padraig Harrington


“Go early to bed. Start maybe working out a little sooner. Stay patient. Stop smoking.” - Nicolas Colsaerts

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M. Jutanugarn eyeing first win with L.A. Open lead

By Associated PressApril 21, 2018, 1:50 am

LOS ANGELES - Moriya Jutanugarn took the lead into the weekend at the Hugel-JTBC L.A. Open in her latest bid to join younger sister Ariya as an LPGA winner.

Moriya Jutanugarn shot a bogey-free 5-under 66 on Friday at Wilshire Country Club to get to 8-under 134 in the LPGA Tour's first event in Los Angeles since 2005. The 23-year-old from Thailand started fast with birdies on the par-5 second, par-4 third and par-3 fourth and added two more on the par-4 11th and par-5 13th.

Ariya Jutanugarn has seven LPGA victories.

Marina Alex was second after a 68.


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So Yeon Ryu was 6 under after a 69, and fellow South Korean players Inbee Park(71) and Eun-Hee Ji (69). Park was the first-round leader at 66. Lexi Thompsonwas 3 under after a 71.

Top-ranked Shanshan Feng followed her opening 74 with a 67 to get to 1 under.

Ariya Jutanugarn (71) was even par, and Michelle Wie (70) was 1 over. Brooke Henderson, the Canadian star who won last week in Hawaii, had a 79 to miss the cut.

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Johnson, Moore co-lead Valero Texas Open through 36

By Associated PressApril 21, 2018, 1:00 am

SAN ANTONIO - Zach Johnson was going nowhere in the Valero Texas Open when it all changed with one putt.

He made an 8-foot par putt on the 13th hole of the opening round to stay at 2 under. He followed with a big drive, a hybrid into 12 feet and an eagle. Johnson was on his way, and he kept right on going Friday to a 7-under 65 and a share of the 36-hole lead with Ryan Moore.

''You just never know. That's the beauty of this game,'' Johnson said. ''I felt like I was hitting some solid shots and wasn't getting rewarded, and you've just got to stay in it. You've got to persevere, grind it out, fight for pars. You just never know.''

Moore had three birdies over his last five holes for a 67 and joined Johnson at 9-under 135.

They had a one-shot lead over Grayson Murray (69) and Andrew Landry (67).

Ben Crane (66), Martin Laird (65) and David Hearn (68) were three shots behind. Billy Horschel and Keegan Bradley shot 71 and were four shots behind at 5-under 139.


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Sergio Garcia, who consulted Greg Norman on the design of the AT&T Oaks Course at the TPC San Antonio, had a short stay in his first time at the Texas Open since 2010. Garcia shot an even-par 72, and at one point became so frustrated he threw his driver into the shrubs.

Garcia finished at 2-over 146 and missed the cut.

It was the first time since 2010 that Garcia missed the cut in successive starts. That was the PGA Championship and, 10 weeks later, the Castello Masters in Spain. This time, he missed the cut in the Masters and Texas Open three weeks apart.

Johnson, a two-time winner of the Texas Open, appeared to be headed to a short week until the key par save on the 13th hole, followed by his eagle, par and three straight birdies. He began the second round Friday with five birdies in a six-hole stretch on the back nine, a sixth birdie on the par-4 first hole, and then an eagle on the short par-4 fifth when he holed out from a greenside bunker.

The only sour taste to his second round was a three-putt bogey from about 30 feet on his final hole. Even so, the view was much better than it was Thursday afternoon.

Moore thought he had wasted a good birdie opportunity on the par-5 14th hole when he left his 50-foot eagle putt about 6 feet short. But he made that, and then holed a similar putt from 8 feet for birdie on the next hole and capped his good finish with a 15-foot putt on the 17th.

''That was a huge momentum putt there,'' Moore said of the 14th. ''It was a tough putt from down there with a lot of wind. That green is pretty exposed and ... yeah, really short and committed to that second putt really well and knocked it right in the middle.''

The birdies on the 14th and 15th were important to Moore because he missed a pair of 10-foot birdie tries to start the back nine.

''So it was nice to get those and get going in the right direction on the back,'' he said.

The cut was at 1-over 145, and because 80 players made the cut, there will be a 54-hole cut on Saturday.

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Garcia tosses driver, misses Valero cut

By Will GrayApril 21, 2018, 1:00 am

It wasn't quite to the level of his watery meltdown earlier this month at the Masters, but Sergio Garcia still got frustrated during the second round of the Valero Texas Open - and his driver paid the price.

Garcia had a hand in redesigning the AT&T Oaks Course along with Greg Norman several years ago, but this marked his first return to TPC San Antonio since 2010. After an opening-round 74, Garcia arrived to the tee of the short par-4 fifth hole and decided to get aggressive with driver in hand.

When his shot sailed well left, a heated Garcia chucked the club deep into the bushes that lined the tee box:

It took considerable effort for Garcia to find and retrieve the club amid the branches, and once he did things only got worse. He appeared to shank a chip once he got up to his ball, leading to a bogey on one of the easiest holes on a demanding track.

Garcia closed out his round with four straight pars, and at 2 over he eventually missed the cut by a shot. It marks the first time he has missed consecutive cuts on the PGA Tour since 2003, when he sat out the weekend at the AT&T Byron Nelson, Fort Worth Invitational and Memorial Tournament in successive weeks.

Garcia entered the week ranked No. 10 in the world, and he was the only top-20 player among the 156-man field. He missed the cut at the Masters in defense of his title after carding an octuple-bogey 13 on the 15th hole during the opening round.

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Daly-Allen team grabs Legends of Golf lead on Day 2

By Associated PressApril 20, 2018, 11:14 pm

RIDGEDALE, Mo. - John Daly and Michael Allen took the second-round lead Friday in the cool and breezy Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf.

Daly and Allen shot an 8-under 46 on the Top of the Rock par-3 course with wind gusting to 15 mph and the temperature only in the high-50s at Big Cedar Lodge. They had three birdies on the front nine in alternate-shot play and added five more on the back in better-ball play to get to 13 under.

''Michael and I go back to the South African days in the late 80s and playing that tour,'' Daly said. ''We've been buddies since. He's just fun to play with. We feed off each other pretty good. And if he's not comfortable guinea-pigging on one hole, I'll go first.''

On Thursday, they opened with a 66 on the regulation Buffalo Ridge course. They will rotate to the 13-hole Mountain Top par-3 course on Saturday, and return to Top of the Rock for the final round Sunday.

''I went to high school in Jeff City, so it's cool to have the fans behind us,'' Daly said.

Allen won the PGA Tour Champions team event with David Frost in 2012 and Woody Austin in 2016.

''I'm just here to free up John,'' Allen said. ''It was fun. Luckily, I started making good putts today. We just want to keep the good times rolling.''


Full-field scores from the Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf


Defending champions Vijay Singh and Carlos Franco were a stroke back along with Bernhard Langer-Tom Lehman and Paul Broadhurst-Kirk Triplett. Singh and Franco had a 7-under 32 in best-ball play at Mountain Top, and Lehman-Langer and Broadhurst-Tripplet each shot 6-under 48 at Top of the Rock.

''Part of the issue here is all the tees are elevated, so you're up high hitting to a green that's down below and the wind is blowing, and there is more time for that wind to affect it,'' Lehman said. ''If you guess wrong on the wind, you can hit a really good shot and kind of look stupid.''

Former UCLA teammates Scott McCarron and Brandt Jobe were two strokes back at 11 under with Steve Flesch and David Toms and the Spanish side of Jose Maria Olazabal and Miguel Angel Jimenez. McCarron-Jobe had a 47, and Jimenez-Olazabal a 48 at Top of the Rock, and Tom Flesch shot 34 at Mountain Top.

First-round leaders Jeff Maggert and Jesper Parnevik had a 52 at Top of the Rock to fall three shots back at 10 under. Madison, Wisconsin, friends Steve Stricker and Jerry Kelly also were 10 under after a 32 at Mountain Top. Jay Haas aced the 131-yard seventh hole at Mountain Top with a gap wedge. Haas and fellow 64-year-old Peter Jacobsen were 8 under after a 32.