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By Golf Channel DigitalAugust 18, 2008, 4:00 pm
In Backspin, GolfChannel.com takes a look back on the biggest stories from the past week in golf ' with a spin.
 
SHELF LIFE: Tiger Woods made news the day after the conclusion of the PGA Championship by announcing on his Web site he not only wont be playing in any events in 2008, he wont even be swinging a club for the rest of the year.
 
Backspin Once 2009 rolls around it looks like there will still be plenty of golf rehab for the No. 1 player in the world. He mentioned in his newsletter that he is finally able to get around a little better, saying, Im a lot more mobile, which is really nice. Hes gonna have to be if he wants to try and chase Padraig Harrington down next year at Augusta. We like to kid Tiger.
 

TOUR'S SEASON FINALE: Powered by a course-record 61 in Round 2, Carl Pettersson cruised to a two-shot victory over Scott McCarron at the Wyndham Championship. It was the third career victory for Pettersson, who just so happened to grow up in the Greensboro area.
 
BackspinIn addition to an invitation to next year's Masters, Pettersson also may have put himself on Nick Faldo's radar as an option for one of his two captain's picks for the European Ryder Cup team. Pettersson, from Sweden, wont likely make it through the European qualifying, but with the Cup in the States it could be beneficial to have someone on his team ' outside of Harrington ' who has actually won here.
 

NO SMALL FEAT: Fred Funk won his first major on the senior circuit ' and first major on any tour ' at the JELD-WEN Tradition with a three-stroke victory over Mike Goodes. The eight-time PGA TOUR winner fired a Sunday 69 to finish the championship at 19 under, five ahead of Tom Watson and Jay Haas.
 
Backspin Funk, who entered the final round with the lead, said he was pretending he was actually trailing, allowing the 52-year-old to stay aggressive while increasing his lead. 'We were trying to make it as if we were behind all day. Dont protect anything and fire at all the flags,' Funk said. Hey, whatever works is good by us, especially when it comes to winning a major.
 

SHOCKING COLLAPSE: Yani Tseng, already a major champion this year, had a complete meltdown in the final round of the Canadian Womens Open. Her 5-over 77 allowed Aussie Katherine Hull to come from behind to win her first-ever LPGA title. Tseng promptly blew off speaking to the media.
 
Backspin Tseng, a rising Taiwanese star who is just 19 years old, has already established herself as perhaps the player to give Lorena Ochoa nightmares. Along with her breakout win in the years McDonalds LPGA, Tseng also has four runner-up finishes, including a second place at the Womens British several weeks ago. After going toe-to-toe with Ochoa on Saturday, beating the worlds No. 1 by six shots, a victory lap seemed assured. We now will wait to see how the probable future world No. 2 will respond.
 

IN A PINCH: The day after the PGA Championship, captain Paul Azinger officially announced the eight automatic qualifiers who earned a spot on the U.S. Ryder Cup team. He will make the four captains picks following the third week of the FedExCup playoffs.
 
Backspin Although this is how Zinger wanted the selection process to play out ' giving him more picks and more time to make the selections ' it sure as heck wont make things any easier when the time comes. Battling for phone calls from the captain include fan-favorite Rocco Mediate, host-state Kentuckians J.B. Holmes and Steve Flesch, the feisty Woody Austin and the anti-Woody Steve Stricker. Good news for Zinger? Kenny Perry locked up a spot thus ensuring a little more noise from the Kentucky fans. The bad news? He might get booed by those same fans if he passes on Flesch and/or Holmes.
 

PLAYOFFS! PLAYOFFS?: The top 144 players on the FedExCup standings made the field for this week's Barclays in the PGA TOUR's version of a post season. The last man in was Lee Janzen, who jumped ten spots with a strong T-15 finish at the Wyndham Championship.
 
BackspinIt's Year 2 for the FedExCup, and the trophy hasn't been kissed. With Tiger gone, it really is anybody's game as not a single player has separated himself from the pack. And since it's playoff time, that means we can all take a moment to revisit the greatest post-game press conference rant ever. Priceless.
 

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Michelle Wie, needing a strong performance in the Canadian Open to earn her 2009 LPGA card, tied for 12th Des Smyths son, Gregory, won an Irish lottery worth nearly $15 million The field was finalized for the PGA Grand Slam, with Padraig Harrington, Trevor Immelman, Phil Mickelson and Retief Goosen rounding out the foursome Peter Hanson held on to win the SAS Masters in his native Sweden for his second career European PGA Tour victory... Zimbabwes Brendon de Jonge won the Xerox Classic, closing with a 1-under 69 for a two-stroke victory over Jarrod Lyle.
 
Backspin Wies performance was OK, but not nearly good enough to get her card for next season. Now its off to Q-school. Or maybe not The son of a successful Champions Tour player ' who could need $15 million more than him? Mickelson and Goosen are in thanks to Tigers absence and Harringtons major double Hanson became the first Swede to win the SAS Masters since Jesper Parnevik , who did so a decade ago... Im very excited. It was about as hard as I thought it would be, said de Jonge after picking up his first Nationwide Tour win.
 
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    Weather extends Barbasol to Monday finish

    By Associated PressJuly 23, 2018, 12:25 am

    NICHOLASVILLE, Ky. - A thunderstorm has suspended the fourth round of the PGA Tour's Barbasol Championship until Monday morning.

    Sunday's third stoppage of play at Champions Trace at Keene Trace Golf Club came with the four leaders - Hunter Mahan, Robert Streb, Tom Lovelady and Troy Merritt at 18 under par - and four other contenders waiting to begin the round.

    The tournament will resume at 7:30 a.m. on Monday. Lightning caused one delay, and play was stopped earlier in the afternoon to clear water that accumulated on the course following a morning of steady and sometimes-heavy rain.

    Inclement weather has plagued the tournament throughout the weekend. The second round was completed Saturday morning after being suspended by thunderstorms late Friday afternoon.

    The resumption will mark the PGA Tour's second Monday finish this season. Jason Day won the Farmers Insurance Open in January after darkness delayed the sixth playoff hole, and he needed just 13 minutes to claim the victory.

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    Watch: Spectator films as Woods' shot hits him

    By Will GrayJuly 23, 2018, 12:07 am

    It was a collision watched by millions of fans on television, and one that came at a pivotal juncture as Tiger Woods sought to win The Open. It also gave Colin Hauck the story of a lifetime.

    Hauck was among dozens of fans situated along the left side of the 11th hole during the final round at Carnoustie as the pairing of Woods and Francesco Molinari hit their approach shots. After 10 holes of nearly flawless golf, Woods missed the fairway off the tee and then pulled his iron well left of the target.

    The ball made square contact with Hauck, who hours later tweeted a video showing the entire sequence - even as he continued to record after Woods' shot sent him tumbling to the ground:

    The bounce initially appeared fortuitous for Woods, as his ball bounded away from thicker rough and back toward the green. But an ambitious flop shot came up short, and he eventually made a double bogey to go from leading by a shot to trailing by one. He ultimately shot an even-par 71, tying for sixth two shots behind Molinari.

    For his efforts as a human shield, Hauck received a signed glove and a handshake from Woods - not to mention a firsthand video account that will be sure to spark plenty of conversations in the coming years.

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    Molinari retirement plan: coffee, books and Twitter

    By Will GrayJuly 22, 2018, 9:35 pm

    After breaking through for his first career major, Francesco Molinari now has a five-year exemption on the PGA Tour, a 10-year exemption in Europe and has solidified his standing as one of the best players in the world.

    But not too long ago, the 35-year-old Italian was apparently thinking about life after golf.

    Shortly after Molinari rolled in a final birdie putt to close out a two-shot victory at The Open, fellow Tour player Wesley Bryan tweeted a picture of a note that he wrote after the two played together during the third round of the WGC-HSBC Champions in China in October. In it, Bryan shared Molinari's plans to retire as early as 2020 to hang out at cafes and "become a Twitter troll":

    Molinari is active on the social media platform, with more than 5,600 tweets sent out to nearly 150,000 followers since joining in 2010. But after lifting the claret jug at Carnoustie, it appears one of the few downsides of Molinari's victory is that the golf world won't get to see the veteran turn into a caffeinated, well-read troll anytime soon.

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    Molinari had previously avoided Carnoustie on purpose

    By Rex HoggardJuly 22, 2018, 9:17 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Sometimes a course just fits a player’s eye. They can’t really describe why, but more often than not it leads to solid finishes.

    Francesco Molinari’s relationship with Carnoustie isn’t like that.

    The Italian played his first major at Carnoustie, widely considered the toughest of all The Open venues, in 2007, and his first impression hasn’t really changed.

    “There was nothing comforting about it,” he said on Sunday following a final-round 69 that lifted him to a two-stroke victory.


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    In fact, following that first exposure to the Angus coast brute, Molinari has tried to avoid Carnoustie, largely skipping the Dunhill Links Championship, one of the European Tour’s marquee events, throughout his career.

    “To be completely honest, it's one of the reasons why I didn't play the Dunhill Links in the last few years, because I got beaten up around here a few times in the past,” he said. “I didn't particularly enjoy that feeling. It's a really tough course. You can try and play smart golf, but some shots, you just have to hit it straight. There's no way around it. You can't really hide.”

    Molinari’s relative dislike for the layout makes his performance this week even more impressive considering he played his last 37 holes bogey-free.

    “To play the weekend bogey-free, it's unthinkable, to be honest. So very proud of today,” he said.