Furyk Mickelson comment on pro-am snafu

By John HawkinsAugust 26, 2010, 12:55 am
PARAMUS, N.J. – As Jim Furyk cleaned out his locker at Ridgewood C.C. Wednesday morning, the faces around him were long, the apologies basically non-stop.

“I’ve heard those two words [I’m sorry] about 150 times today,” Furyk said as he boarded a plane that would take him back to his home in northern Florida. “I’ve got no one to blame but myself. If you ask me how I feel about the rule now, I’m in a no-win situation .Last week I could have spoken open and freely about how I wasn’t in favor of penalizing guys Thursday for something they did Wednesday. If I do that this week, I’m a whiner.”

Maybe not, but Furyk is a two-time winner in 2010, which means his DQ from the FedEx Cup playoff opener puts a serious crimp in his pursuit of the overall title, which is worth $10 million, which will buy you a lot of alarm clocks. Having awakened on his own at 7:23 for a 7:30 shotgun start, Furyk dashed to the course in record time, something fairly close to a New York minute.

He arrived at the course at approximately 7:35 – PGA Tour rules stipulate you have a five-minute grace period on pro-am and tournament starts. There was just one problem: Furyk was teeing off on the 11th hole in the morning shotgun.

“I was hoping no one would ask me that,” Furyk said of his feelings on the Tour’s mandatory expulsion for those who do not play in the Wednesday gathering. “I’ve never thought it was a great rule. I understand the need for something, but I voted against it. I’ve never been one to skip out on the pro-ams, but a rule is a rule.

And some are uncool. Furyk entered the week trailing only Ernie Els and Steve Stricker in the FedEx Cup standings, but this latest occurrence will cost him heavily in a postseason points system designed to be volatile. It’s hard to say where Furyk will rank when play ends Sunday night – though the Tour said it won’t be worse than 19th – but this would have been an ideal venue for him if the course dries up, which is likely to be the case by the weekend.

We’ll leave the last word to the man who ranks right behind Furyk in the standings.

“The rule itself applies to only half the field,” said Phil Mickelson. “So if you’re going to have a rule that does not apply to everybody, because everybody doesn’t play in the pro-am, you cannot have it affect the competition. There has to be a different penalty. I cannot disagree with it more. I have no idea how the commissioner [Tim Finchem] let this rule go through. It’s ridiculous.”
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NCAA DI Women's Champ.: Scoring, TV times

By Golf Channel DigitalMay 22, 2018, 5:50 pm

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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Davis: USGA learned from setup errors at Shinnecock

By Will GrayMay 22, 2018, 4:51 pm

With the U.S. Open set to return to Shinnecock Hills for the first time in 14 years, USGA executive director Mike Davis insists that his organization has learned from the setup mistakes that marred the event the last time it was played on the Southampton, N.Y., layout.

Retief Goosen held off Phil Mickelson to win his second U.S. Open back in 2004, but the lasting image from the tournament may have been tournament officials spraying down the seventh green by hand during the final round after the putting surface had become nearly unplayable. With the course pushed to the brink over the first three days, stiff winds sucked out any remaining moisture and players struggled to stay on the greens with 30-foot putts, let alone approach shots.

Speaking to repoters at U.S. Open media day, Davis offered candid reflections about the missteps that led to the course overshadowing the play during that infamous final round.

"I would just say that it was 14 years ago. It was a different time, it was different people, and we as an organzation, we learned from it," Davis said. "When you set up a U.S. Open, it is golf's ultimate test. It's probably set up closer to the edge than any other event in golf, and I think that the difference then versus now is we have a lot more technology, a lot more data in our hands.

"And frankly, ladies and gentlemen, what really happened then was just a lack of water."

Davis pointed to enhancements like firmness and moisture readings for the greens that weren't available in 2004, and he noted that meterological data has evolved in the years since. With another chance to get his hands on one of the USGA's favorite venues, he remains confident that tournament officials will be able to better navigate the thin line between demanding and impossible this time around.

"There are parts that I think we learned from, and so I think we're happy that we have a mulligan this time," Davis said. "It was certainly a bogey last time. In fact maybe even a double bogey, and equitable stroke control perhaps kicked in."

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UCLA junior Vu named WGCA Player of the Year

By Golf Channel DigitalMay 22, 2018, 3:23 pm

UCLA junior Lilia Vu was named Player of the Year on Tuesday by the Women’s Golf Coaches Association (WGCA).

Vu recorded the lowest full-season scoring average (70.37) in UCLA history. Her four tournament wins tied the school record for most victories in a single season.

Vu was also named to the WGCA All-America first team. Here's a look at the other players who joined her on the prestigious list:

WGCA First Team All-Americans

  • Maria Fassi, Junior, University of Arkansas
  • Kristen Gillman, Sophomore, University of Alabama
  • Jillian Hollis, Junior, University of Georgia
  • Cheyenne Knight, Junior, University of Alabama
  • Jennifer Kupcho, Junior, Wake Forest University
  • Andrea Lee, Sophomore, Stanford University
  • Leona Maguire, Senior, Duke University
  • Sophia Schubert, Senior, University of Texas
  • Lauren Stephenson, Junior, University of Alabama
  • Maddie Szeryk, Senior, Texas A&M University
  • Patty Tavatanakit, Freshman, UCLA
  • Lilia Vu, Junior, UCLA
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Stroud's caddie wins annual PGA Tour caddie tournament

By Rex HoggardMay 22, 2018, 3:15 pm

Casey Clendenon, who caddies for Chris Stroud, won the gross division of the annual PGA Tour caddie tournament on Monday, shooting a 5-under 66 at Trinity Forest Golf Club, site of last week’s AT&T Byron Nelson.

Scott Tway (65), who caddies for Brian Harman, won the net division by two strokes over Wayne Birch, Troy Merritt’s caddie.

Kyle Bradley, Jonathan Byrd’s caddie, took second place with a 71 in the gross division.

The tournament was organized by the Association of Professional Tour Caddies, and proceeds from the event went to two charities. The APTC donated $20,000 to Greg Chalmers’ charity, MAXimumChances.org, which aids families living with autism. The association also donated $10,000 to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.