Garcia looks back on year as positive

By August 25, 2011, 7:06 pm

EDISON, N.J. – It’s been just over a year since Sergio Garcia decided to shut down his game for two months. The Spaniard decided to take a two-month break after what he said was a “long year.”

The break amounted to a reset of his game, particularly on the mental side, which had been ravaged. As high as Garcia was at the 2008 Players Championship, he had reached the opposite depths last summer.

“It’s been a very positive year,” Garcia said Wednesday.

Still without a PGA Tour victory since that playoff win at Sawgrass, Garcia has enjoyed a solid year in 2011. He has been in position to win in Tampa and at the Byron Nelson before faltering.

“I feel like I probably could’ve done a little better than I did in some tournaments,” Garcia explained.

The kill switch on his weeks in contention this year has been Moving Day. Saturday had not been kind to Garcia until a distinguished third round at the U.S. Open.

“It could’ve been Saturday, like it could’ve been Friday or could’ve been Sunday. It’s one of those things. It’s just a coincidence,” Garcia explained. “Earlier in the year, it was a coincidence of playing well the first two days but not scoring as well on Saturday. It doesn’t mean that I played badly, but maybe things didn’t go as well, or a couple of shots didn’t go as well.”

Despite the disappointments in isolation, Garcia fared well in the majors, especially the last three. Garcia says a change in attitude has helped him when starting late in the day on the weekend.

“Now in majors, when I have a chance or am in contention, I feel relaxed. I don’t put as much pressure on myself to win. It doesn’t mean I don’t try as hard, but I just try to let it happen,” he said.

The progress has been steady and visible, but has been a tough climb.

“It was a slow process getting confidence back. It’s never easy when you’ve struggled for a little bit to gain your confidence back quickly,” he said. “We worked on it. We got better.”

El Nino seems to have found a balance between golf and life, improving in one with changes in the other. They may have yet to produce a win, but Garcia feels that will come naturally.

“I want to try to keep going on the same line I’ve been going all year – stay positive, have a good attitude out there, do as best as I can. If my best is fifth this week, then I’ll be happy with that. If my best is 20th, I’ll be happy with that,” Garcia said.

That positive perspective comes from an increased focus on being happy in his life, which makes the grind of Tour life much easier.

“The good thing for me now is I’m where I want to be, I’m enjoying the game – which is always very, very important to me,” he said. “With those things in line, I can get to where I want to be.”

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Pairings, tee times set for championship match

By Jay CoffinMay 23, 2018, 1:02 am

STILLWATER, Okla. – Alabama coach Mic Potter has three first-team All-Americans on this team. It’s little surprise that all three are going out first in the Crimson Tide’s championship match against Arizona Wednesday at Karsten Creek.

Potter tinkered with his lineup in both the quarterfinal victory over Kent State and the semifinal win over USC. But with the NCAA title on the line, this one was a no brainer.

“We don’t want to sacrifice anything,” Potter said. “We just want to give ourselves a chance to win every match.”

Arizona kept its lineup the same all day Tuesday in defeating Pac-12 foes UCLA and Stanford in the quarterfinals and semifinals, respectively. That meant junior Bianca Pagdanganan, the Wildcats grittiest player this week, was in the last match of the day. She won twice.

Now, with all the marbles riding on the championship match, Arizona coach Laura Ianello moved Pagdanganan up to the third spot to assure that her match is key to the final outcome.

Junior Haley Moore, Arizona’s best player all year, is in the fifth spot and will face Alabama senior Lakareber Abe.

“Win or lose tomorrow, this has been a helluva ride,” Ianello said.

Alabama (2) vs. Arizona (8)

3:25PM ET: Lauren Stephenson (AL) vs. Yu-Sang Hou (AZ)

3:35PM ET: Kristen Gillman (AL) vs. Gigi Stoll (AZ)

3:45PM ET: Cheyenne Knight (AL) vs. Bianca Pagdanganan (AZ)

3:55PM ET: Angelica Moresco (AL) vs. Sandra Nordaas (AZ)

4:05PM ET: Lakareber Abe (AL) vs. Haley Moore (AZ)

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Women's NCAA finals: Arizona vs. Alabama

By Jay CoffinMay 22, 2018, 11:49 pm

STILLWATER, Okla. – It’s the SEC vs. the Pac 12 for the women’s NCAA Championship; Alabama vs. Arizona, to be more specific.

Both the Crimson Tide and Wildcats cruised in their respective semifinal matches Tuesday at Karsten Creek. Alabama easily beat USC, 3-1-1; Arizona defeated match-play juggernaut Stanford, 4-1.

Alabama’s top three players, Lauren Stephenson, Kristen Gillman and Cheyenne Knight were unstoppable forces in both matches on the marathon day. Stacked in the top three positions in the semifinals all three won their matches on the 17th hole, making the last two matches inconsequential.

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Arizona, the eighth seed, won as decisively as second-seeded Alabama, but needed a miracle to be in this position in the first place.

Junior Bianca Pagdanganan drained a 30-footer for eagle on the last hole of stroke play on Monday to get the Wildcats into a playoff against Baylor, which they won on the second hole. Then on Tuesday, presumably running on fumes, they downed top-seeded UCLA in the morning, then crushed Pac-12 foe Stanford in the afternoon.

Pagdanganan, Gigi Stoll and Hayley Moore each won both matches for Arizona on the hot, draining day.

“I don’t want to let them down so I do my best to rise to the occasion,” Pagdanganan said.

Said Arizona coach Laura Ianello: “How many players, when you tell them under pressure that you need them, can really handle it,” Ianello said about Pagdanganan. “This kid can.”

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

By Golf Channel DigitalMay 22, 2018, 11:30 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 advanced to the match-play portion of the championship. Quarterfinals and semifinals were contested 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 finals action, beginning at 4 p.m. ET.


TV Times (all times ET):

4-8PM: Match-play finals (Click here to watch live)

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Fort Worth Invitational: Tee times, TV schedule, stats

By Golf Channel DigitalMay 22, 2018, 10:30 pm

The PGA Tour makes the short drive from Dallas to Fort Worth and Colonial Country Club. Here are the key stats and information for this week. Click here for full-field tee times.

How to watch:

Thursday, Rd. 1: Golf Channel, 4-7PM ET; live stream:

Friday, Rd. 2: Golf Channel, 4-7PM ET; live stream:

Saturday, Rd. 3: Golf Channel, 1-2:45PM ET; live stream:; CBS, 3-6 p.m.

Sunday, Rd. 4: Golf Channel, 1-2:45PM ET; live stream:; CBS, 3-6 p.m.

Purse: $7.1 million

Course: Colonial Country Club (par 70, 7,209 yards)

Defending champion: Kevin Kisner. Last year he defeated Jordan Spieth, Sean O’Hair and Jon Rahm by one stroke

Notables in the field

Jordan Spieth

• Finished T-2, 1st and T-2 in last three starts in this tournament

• 52 under par at Colonial last five years (best of anyone by 27 strokes in that span)

• 100 birdies/eagles made here last five years (most of anyone in that span)

Rickie Fowler

• First start since missed cut at The Players

• More missed cuts (3) than top-10 finishes (2) in 2018

Jon Rahm at the 2018 WGC-Mexico Championship.

Jon Rahm

• Finished T-2 in this tournament last year (66 in final round)

• 17 top-5 finishes in 46 official worldwide individual starts as professional

Webb Simpson

• First start since Players victory (fifth PGA Tour win)

• Fifth on Tour in strokes gained: putting this season (177th two seasons ago)