Chris DiMarco Saturday Masters Press Conference Transcript

By Golf Channel NewsroomApril 7, 2001, 4:00 pm
CHRIS DIMARCO: Today was fun. It really was. Obviously, definitely, a little nervous on the 1st te. I had a good drive. I hit it right of the green and made a great 2-putt. I played about 15 feet of the break and rolled it up about four feet and made it. Poor drive on 2, made bogey. Came right back with a birdie on 3. Played really solid to 7. Hit it about two feet and made birdie there. Made some really good -- all day made a bunch of 4- and 5-footers with a lot of break, and that was the key to keeping it around par. It is starting to play a little tougher. I just didn't think -- I played the par 5's poorly today. If you play them a couple under like you should, it's 68 and right where I need to be.
Q. I think the assumption would be out on the street that suddenly, in this setting, playing with Tiger, that, you know, the knees would be knocking, the mind is spinning. Tell us what the truth was.
CHRIS DIMARCO: He's great to play with. He really is. He's very cordial. He tells you, obviously, when you hit a good shot, he tells you 'good shot' or 'good putt.' He's very, very good to play with. It was fun. I mean, yeah, of course I was nervous. He's the best player in the world and I never played with him before in the Masters. Sure, I was nervous. I'm not going to lie and say I wasn't.
Q. That shot on No. 2 down in the -- I guess you wanted to visit the azaleas, but it looked like anything could happen and that's the type of shot that could really derail a guy?
CHRIS DIMARCO: That's a lot of trees over there. I could have got a good kick and stayed up. It would have landed in the grass, and if it -- it would have went down there anyways but it could have hit the trees and stayed up, but it kicked down. At that point you've got to take your medicine. I made a good bogey, made a downhill sliding putt.
Q. (Inaudible.) Is it amazing, just as a professional golfer to see a guy record that score and feel like he just plodded his way around the course?
CHRIS DIMARCO: He hits it so far that -- literally, par is 68. The par 5's are just long par 4s for him. I don't know what he hit into 13 and 15, but it could not have been much more than 7-irons. 2 played a little tougher and he made par. But he played solid. He had two or three times today, he hit sand wedge in the holes where I was hitting 7-iron. That's definitely an easier shot out here, hitting sand wedge in. Yeah, he does, that's why he's so good is because he doesn't look like he does anything and he shoots 68.
Q. Mickelson made that last putt to get into that last group tomorrow. For you maybe that is a blessing that you'll be able to make a better move, not being in that last group with Tiger ?
CHRIS DIMARCO: Probably, to be real honest with you, I get to play with Calc, he's a Gator, I'm a Gator, we're going to be calling it together all day. Go out and have fun. Calcavecchia is a free-going guy. He's going to be swinging for the fences. You know, that's -- my goal tomorrow is to be a little bit more aggressive on the par 5's. I tried to play the smart way the par 5s and it got me a little bit today, playing 2-over so I'm going try to be more aggressive tomorrow on the par 5's.
Q. You almost had the putt on 18, but how important was it to go birdie after bogey?
CHRIS DIMARCO: 16 was awesome. I had just hit a really good putt on 15, and I just misread it. I played it straight and it went right on me. I thought it was even-right center and it went right. I hit that 7-iron in there about five feet and to make the putt was just awesome and told me, hey, let's keep going. That's what has been great, really every time I've made a bogey this week, I've come back with a birdie other than 18, today. That putt should have gone in, too.
Q. 12, you were up two shots and then leaving 15, Tiger was two shots up on you. Can you talk about that stretch?
CHRIS DIMARCO: I didn't really pay attention. Like I said yesterday, I was trying to play the golf course. He made two birdies and a made a bogey; it was three shots, I guess. Or he made three birdies. He birdied 13, 14 and 15 and I played them 1-over. That's the difference.
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Bjorn adds four Ryder Cup veterans as vice captains

By Will GrayMay 22, 2018, 1:05 pm

European Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn has added a quartet of vice captains for the biennial matches this fall in Paris.

Bjorn had already named Robert Karlsson as his first assistant, and he announced Tuesday at the BMW PGA Championship that his group of advisors will also include major champions Padraig Harrington and Graeme McDowell, and former world No. 1s Lee Westwood and Luke Donald.

Westwood is among Europe's most decorated Ryder Cup players, and his addition in this role signals he likely won't participate as a player in the matches for the first time since 1995. The Englishman has spoken openly about his desire to captain the European squad at Whistling Straits in 2020, but he's been quiet on the course in recent months, with a missed secondary cut at the Houston Open his only start since mid-February.

Harrington is seen as another possible captain for the 2020 matches, and he'll don an earpiece for the third straight Ryder Cup, having represented Europe as a player on six straight teams from 1999-2010.

Donald played on four Ryder Cup teams from 2004-12, with the Europeans winning each time he was on the roster. This will mark his first stint as a vice captain, as Donald announced last month that he would be sidelined indefinitely while recovering from a back injury.

At age 38, McDowell will be the youngest vice captain in the room, having holed the winning putt eight years ago at Celtic Manor. He won the French Open in both 2013 and 2014 at Le Golf National, site of this year's matches, and will also be making his debut as a vice captain.

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Bidder pays $50,000 to caddie for Woods

By Grill Room TeamMay 22, 2018, 12:28 pm

Someone has paid $50,000 to caddie for Tiger Woods at this year’s Hero World Challenge.

An unnamed bidder paid for the opportunity at an auction Saturday night at Tiger Jam, where monies are raised to support the Tiger Woods Foundation.

The Hero World Challenge will be contested Nov. 29-Dec. in Albany, Bahamas. The pro-am is scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 28.

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NCAA DI Women's Champ.: Scoring, TV times

By Golf Channel DigitalMay 22, 2018, 11:28 am

The NCAA Division I Women's Golf Championship is underway at Kartsen Creek Golf Club in Stillwater, Okla.

After three days of stroke play, eight teams have advanced to the match-play portion of the championship. Quarterfinals and semifinals will be contested on Tuesday, with the finals being held on Wednesday. Golf Channel is airing the action live.

Wake Forest junior Jennifer Kupcho won the individual title. Click here for live action, beginning at 4 p.m. ET.


TV Times (all times ET):

11AM-conclusion: Match-play quarterfinals (Click here to watch live)
4-8PM: Match-play semifinals

4-8PM: Match-play finals

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Arizona grabs last spot with eagle putt, playoff win

By Ryan LavnerMay 22, 2018, 3:18 am

STILLWATER, Okla. – With her team freefalling in the standings, Arizona coach Laura Ianello was down to her last stroke.

The Wildcats began the final round of the NCAA Championship in third place, but they were 19 over par for the day, and outside the top-8 cut line, with only one player left on the course.

Bianca Pagdaganan had transferred from Gonzaga to compete for NCAA titles, and on the 17th hole Ianello told her that she needed to play “the best two holes of your life” to keep the dream alive.

She made par on 17, then hit a 185-yard 6-iron out of a divot to 30 feet. Not knowing where she stood on the final green, Pagdaganan felt an eerie calm over the ball. Sure enough, she buried the eagle putt, setting off a raucous celebration and sending the Wildcats into a play-five, count-four team playoff with Baylor at 33 over par.

Their match-play spot wasn’t yet secure, but Ianello still broke down in tears.

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“Bianca is such an inspiration for all of us,” she said. “She’s the kind of kid that you want to root for, to have good things happen to.”

Arizona prevailed on the second playoff hole. As the 8 seed, the Wildcats will play top-seeded UCLA in the quarterfinals Tuesday at Karsten Creek.

Though the finish had plenty of drama, no teams played their way into the coveted top 8 on the final day of stroke-play qualifying.

Baylor came closest. The Bears barely advanced past regionals after a mysterious stomach virus affected several players and coaches. They competed in the final round with just four healthy players.

On Monday, Gurleen Kaur put Baylor in position to advance, shooting 68, but the Bears lost by three strokes on the second extra hole.

Arkansas finished one shot shy of the team playoff. The second-ranked Razorbacks, who entered NCAAs as one of the pre-tournament favorites, having won seven times, including their first SEC title, couldn’t overcome a 308-300 start and finished 10th. Player of the Year favorite Maria Fassi finished her week at 19 over par and counted only two rounds toward the team total.