The Week in Golf News - 1204-1208
Parry Criticizes Baddeley for Predicting Win
Australian Craig Parry has criticized 19-year-old Aussie rookie Aaron Baddeley for saying Baddeley would win this week's Ford Open Golf Championship.
'There are a lot of guys here that are going to do their best to make sure he doesn't win, and I'm going to be one of those guys,' Parry said. 'A golf tournament is like a marathon. You're got to pace yourself.
'To come out at the start of the week and say you're going to win - well, you're here to win, but you know you can only put yourself in a good position to win and then you go out and complete it. I think he's put a bit too much pressure on himself.'
Des Moines Gets Senior Event
The Senior PGA Tour has added an event in Des Moines, Iowa, to its 2001 schedule after the overwhelming reception it received from Des Moines at the 1999 Senior Open.
The $1.75 million event will be played Sept. 7-9, although a course hasn't been determined. The event, the Allianz Championship, takes the place of the Comfort Classic.
Wednesday - Dec. 6, 2000
Tiger is Tops with Kids
It's official! Kids love Tiger Woods. The No.1 ranked player in the world was the readers' top choice for Athlete of the Year in a poll in Sports Illustrated for Kids magazine.
Woods won by a landslide receiving 999 first-place votes. In second was NBA star Shaquille O'Neal with 593 votes and last year's NFL MVP Kurt Warner with 418.
``It's an honor to receive an award such as this, especially when it comes from kids,'' Woods said.
Woods won nine PGA Tour events in 2000, including three of the four majors. Woods also set the PGA Tour earnings record winning over $9-million in prize money.
In 1996, Woods established The Tiger Woods Foundation to use the game of golf to encouarage children to reach their full potential.
Baddeley Reacts to Parry's Criticism
19-year old Australian rookie Aaron Baddeley fired back at veteren player Craig Parry Wednesday after Parry criticized him for predicting a win at this week's Ford Open.
'To come out at the start of the week and say you're going to win - well, you're here to win, but you know you can only put yourself in a good position to win and then you go out and complete it. I think he's put a bit too much pressure on himself' Parry said Tuesday.
Baddeley repeated his prediction Wednesday that he would win this week's event in Adelaide. 'I don't see the point in turning up second, I've always been like that, I will always be like that,' Baddeley said.
'Tiger (Woods) says it, other guys, David Duval says it, there is no reason why I can't say it and my expectations are higher than anyone can put on me.'
Woods Pledges $500,000 to Hospital
Tiger Woods has pledged $500,000 to build an outdoor pavilion at the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn. The pavilion is to be used for family get-togethers, hospital officials announced.
The donation was the largest ever by The Tiger Woods Foundation, created in December of 1996.
The St. Jude Children's Research Hospital is the main charity of the PGA Tour's FedEx St. Jude Classic, held in Memphis. The hospital specializes in research on childhood cancer and accepts patients who cannot afford treatment.
Thursday - Dec. 8, 2000
Senior Tour Announces 2000 Awards
Larry Nelson received top honors as the Senior PGA Tour handed out its 2000 awards on Thursday.
Nelson was selected as the Player of the Year. Nelson posted six victories, seven runner-up finishes and 23 top-10s this season. In addition to earning the Jack Nicklaus Award, which is given the the Tour's top player, Nelson also won the Arnold Palmer Award, which is given to the year's leading money earner.
'I had several good years on the PGA Tour, but this, without a doubt, is my most satisfying year in golf,' said Nelson, who earned $2,708,005 in 2000. 'To be voted by your peers as Player of the Year is quite an honor.'
In addition to Player of the Year, Rookie of the Year and Comeback Player of the Year awards were also handed out.
Doug Tewell was voted a Senior Tour Rookie of the Year. Tewell won three times in 2000, including the PGA Seniors' Championship.
Raymond Floyd was honored as Comeback Player of the Year. At 57 years, 10 months and 12 days, Floyd became the oldest player in Senior Tour history to win a major title, doing so at the FORD SENIOR PLAYERS Championship.
Friday - Dec. 8, 2000
Valhalla Chosen To Host 2004 Senior PGA Championship
Valhalla Golf Club, the site of Tiger Woods' dramatic 1999 PGA Championship victory, has been selected as the site of the 65th Senior PGA Championship in 2004.
Designed by Jack Nicklaus in 1986, the Louisville, Ky., course will also host the 2007 Ryder Cup Matches. In addition to the '99 PGA Championship, Valhalla was the venue for the '96 PGA Championship, won by Mark Brooks.
Next year's Senior PGA Championship will be contested at The Ridgewood Country Club in Paramus, N.J., May 24-27, 2001.
40 Events Comprise 2001 LPGA Tour
Daytona Beach, FL (Sports Network) - The 2001 LPGA schedule was completed Thursday and it is the strongest in the organization's 50-year history. There are a total of 40 events worth a total of $42 million in prize money. Thirty-seven of the tournaments are official money events and represent more than $39.5 million in prize money.
There are four new events on the tour this year, including the Sports Today Open in South Korea in October. This is the first LPGA-sanctioned event in Korea since the Samsung World Championship moved to the United States in 1998.
The average purse of tournaments is in excess of $1 million, the highest ever on the tour. The 2001 schedule also features 19 official money events with purses of at least $1 million, up from 12 in 2000.
The other three new events on the LPGA schedule are the LPGA.com Classic in January in Orlando, Florida, the Canadian Women's Open in August in Aurora, Ontario, and the Williams Championship in September in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
The Women's British Open, which has been on the LPGA's Tour schedule since 1994, was designated as the LPGA's newest major. The other three majors will continue to be the Nabisco Championship, the McDonald's LPGA, and the Women's U.S. Open.
USGA Sets Record Straight For Handicap System
The United States Golf Association on Friday released a statement in response to several inquiries concerning the allowance of non-conforming golf clubs and balls with respect to the official handicap system.
They claimed that according to the Rules of Golf, Section 5-1 (d), 'scores must be made in accordance with the Principles of the Rules of Golf.'
Therefore, any score which is submitted for handicap purposes that is played with non-conforming driving clubs or non-conforming golf balls, is deemed invalid.
'If you want to establish and maintain a USGA Handicap Index,' said USGA Executive Director David Fay, 'you must use conforming equipment.'
Lewis says she's expecting first child in November
Stacy Lewis is pregnant.
The 12-time LPGA winner confirmed after Thursday’s first round of the Mediheal Championship that she and her husband, University of Houston women’s golf coach Gerrod Chadwell, are expecting their first child on Nov. 3.
Lewis learned she was pregnant after returning home to Houston in late February following her withdrawal from the HSBC Women’s World Championship with a strained oblique muscle.
“We're obviously really excited,” Lewis said. “It wasn't nice I was hurt, but it was nice that I was home when I found out with [Gerrod]. We're just really excited to start a family.”
Lewis is the third big-name LPGA player preparing this year to become a mother for the first time. Suzann Pettersen announced last month that she’s pregnant, due in the fall. Gerina Piller is due any day.
Piller’s husband, PGA Tour pro Martin Piller, withdrew from the Zurich Classic on Thursday to be with her. Piller and Lewis have been U.S. Solheim Cup partners the last two times the event has been played.
“It's going to be fun raising kids together,” Lewis said. “Hopefully, they're best friends and they hang out. But just excited about the next few months and what it's going to bring.”
Lewis, a former Rolex world No. 1 and two-time major championship winner, plans to play through the middle of July, with the Marathon Classic her last event of the year. She will be looking to return for the start of the 2019 season. The LPGA’s maternity leave policy allows her to come back next year with her status intact.
“This year, the golf might not be great, but I've got better things coming in my life than a golf score.” Lewis said. “I plan on coming back and traveling on the road with the baby, and we'll figure it out as we go.”
Coach scores in NFL Draft and on golf course
To say that Chicago Bears defensive coordinator Vic Fangio had a good day Thursday would be an understatement. Not only did his team snag one of the top defensive players in the NFL Draft - Georgia outside linebacker Roquan Smith, who the Bears took with the eighth pick of the first round - but earlier in the day Fangio, 59, made a hole-in-one, sinking a 9-iron shot from 125 yards at The Club at Strawberry Creek in Kenosha, Wis.
Perhaps the ace isn't so surprising, though. In late May 2017, Fangio made another hole-in-one, according to a tweet from the Bears. The only information supplied on that one was the distance - 116 yards.
Who knew defensive wizard Vic Fangio was also a golf wizard? He sank a 116-yard hole-in-one over the weekend. Congrats, Coach! pic.twitter.com/qNQTMfDsDF— Chicago Bears (@ChicagoBears) May 30, 2017
Gooch chooses 'life over a good lie' with gators nearby
AVONDALE, La. – A fairway bunker wasn’t Talor Gooch’s only hazard on the 18th hole at TPC Louisiana.
Gooch’s ball came to rest Thursday within a few feet of three gators, leading to a lengthy delay as he sorted out his options.
Chesson Hadley used a rake to nudge two of the gators on the tail, sending them back into the pond surrounding the green. But the third gator wouldn’t budge.
“It woke him up from a nap,” Gooch said, “and he was hissing away and wasn’t happy.”
The other two gators remained in the water, their eyes fixed on the group.
“I’m sure we would have been fine, but any little movement by them and no chance I would have made solid contact,” he said.
A rules official granted Gooch free relief, away from the gator, but he still had to drop in the bunker. The ball plugged.
“I chose life over a good lie in that situation,” he said.
He splashed out short of the green, nearly holed out his pitch shot and made par to cap off an eventful 6-under 66 with partner Andrew Landry.
“It was my first gator par,” he said. “I’ll take it.”
Koepka's game 'where it should be' even after injury
AVONDALE, La. – Brooks Koepka didn’t look rusty Thursday while making six birdies in the first round of the Zurich Classic.
Making his first start in four months because of a torn ligament in his left wrist, Koepka and partner Marc Turnesa shot a 5-under 67 in fourballs at TPC Louisiana.
“It felt good,” Koepka said afterward. “It was just nice to be out here. I played pretty solid.”
The reigning U.S. Open champion felt soreness in his wrist the week after he won the Dunlop Phoenix in the fall. He finished last at the Hero World Challenge in December and then the following month at the Tournament of Champions before shutting it down.
He only began practicing last week and decided to commit to the Zurich Classic after three solid days at Medalist. He decided to partner with one of his friends in South Florida, Marc Turnesa, a former PGA Tour winner who now works in real estate.
Koepka hasn’t lost any distance because of the injury – he nearly drove the green on the 355-yard 16th hole. He’s planning to play the next two weeks, at the Wells Fargo Championship and The Players.
“I feel like I’m playing good enough to be right where I should be in April,” he said. “I feel good, man. There’s nothing really wrong with my game right now.”