Check Your Messages

By Rex HoggardSeptember 7, 2010, 1:18 am

DeutscheBank Logo 2007NORTON, Mass. – In what promises to stretch the limitations of the nation’s 4G network, to say nothing of the patience of some dozen Ryder Cup hopefuls, Corey Pavin is officially on the clock and Captain America’s smart phone is sure to see plenty of action Monday night.

Pavin texted all his potential picks to ask for their travel schedules and Tuesday availability, but there’s little chance anything will be left unsaid before the announcement. The voicemails likely started piling up before the last putt dropped at TPC Boston.

Beep: Hi Corey, it’s Benny. Know I’ve been slow getting on your radar . . . slow, get it? Any-who. Just wanted to let you know I’m available if you need me and I’m playing pretty well. And, let’s be honest, pace of play’s really not a problem at the Ryder Cup. I mean there’s only 24 guys. Well, that’s it. See ya.

Caller ID (Ben Crane): Slow play punch lines and an empty cup cupboard aside, he’s been sneaky consistent since his victory earlier this year at Torrey Pines – including three consecutive top-7 finishes to begin the summer.

Beep: Corey, it’s Paul, the eighth-ranked player in the world. I know, technically I was born in England, but I’ve been stateside for a stone’s age . . .uh, for a long time. I left Monty a message a couple weeks back but he never got back to me. Did I mention I’m the eighth-ranked player in the world? Ok then, cheers . . . er, later.

Caller ID (Paul Casey): He’s No. 8 in the world and will be watching the matches from his home – in Arizona. The immigration process can’t be that difficult, can it?

Beep: Hey, it’s Stewart. I Tweeted this a couple days ago, but maybe you missed it. I was thinking that ever since I beat Tom, that’s Tom Watson, at the Open, you know the 2009 British Open Championship, I’m probably the most popular American over there and, let’s face it, we could use some love. Twitter is probably the best way to get me so let me know.

Caller ID (Stewart Cink): He’s come alive in the run up to the picks and his experience makes him tough to pass up. He hasn’t missed a cup of any kind since 2004, has a combined 6-5-1 record in Ryder and Presidents Cup foursomes play and has advanced to the Sweet 16 at the last four WGC-Match Play Championships.

Beep: Yo, it’s go time. That’s my thing, ‘go time.’ I think Phil called you for me, but I just wanted to let you know I’m a team guy. Played on two Walker Cups. I mean I still wear OSU orange, and that stuff is awful. Hit me back, gotta catch my boy Bubba for some paintball and Tweeting. Peace.

Caller ID (Rickie Fowler): Climbed to 21st on the U.S. points list on, essentially, his 2010 performances alone. He leads all Tour rookies with five top 10s, but he hasn’t finished better than 33rd (Bridgestone) in nearly two months. He did star on two Walker Cups (7-1), enjoys the enthusiastic support of Phil Mickelson and Pavin seems enamored with him.

Beep: Howdy hos, it’s G-Love. Not sure what you’re thinking but if you need an outside linebacker I’m your man. If not, that’s cool. Think Clemson is home that weekend anyway.

Caller ID (Lucas Glover): After Phil Mickelson and Cink, who is likely to land a captain’s pick, he is the only other American major winner in the last Ryder Cup cycle and he was solid at the 2007 Presidents Cup (2-3-0). But his consistency has been off this season and his tie for 65th in Boston likely didn’t help his case.

Beep: Oh snap, thought I was calling Planet Pizza. Got a lot of folks here to feed for my victory party. But listen since I’ve got you if you need someone to put some California cool in that thing of yours, I’m your man. Give me a shout. A little busy tonight, but I’ll call you back in the a.m. West Coast representing.

Caller ID (Charley Hoffman): Largely a non-story in the Ryder Cup conversation, but four top 10s in last six starts, including Monday’s clinic at the Deutsche Bank Championship, are at least worth an honorable mention.

Beep: Hey Corey, I heard they were moving the Ryder Cup to TPC Scottsdale. Oh man, how sweet would that be? Seriously though, I don’t know if you know this but I hit the ball a long way. Like crazy long. Heard you weren’t too long back in the day, but I am a freak and you know what they say, them Euros hate the long ball, ha. OK, we’ll see ya.

Caller ID (J.B. Holmes): Undefeated in the 2008 Ryder Cup (2-0-1) and solid since the spring with four top 15s and just one missed cut in his last dozen starts, but he hasn’t won since 2008, both his Tour titles came in Scottsdale and he won’t have the Valhalla crowds to back him up in Wales.

Beep: Corey it’s Zach Johnson from Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Remember from the Masters a few years back? Ah, that never gets old. Look, last I checked the Ryder Cup was about putting and nerves of steel. Check and check. Come on coach, give me the ball.

Caller ID (Zach Johnson): He’s been solid in his last four starts (T-33 Bridgestone, T-3 PGA, T-21 Barclays, T-30 Deutsche Bank), has excelled in an overseas Ryder Cup (2008 in Ireland when he went 2-2-0) and can be paired with virtually anyone on the team.

Beep: Whaz up? It’s AK. Look, I know I blew off that BBQ at the PGA but Wu-Tang Clan was having a reunion and, well, you can’t miss that. Anyway, I know I’m not playing well and my thumb is killing me and . . . you know what? Just bag it. See you in 2012.

Caller ID (Anthony Kim): A hero of the 2008 Valhalla team and a combined 5-2-1 Presidents and Ryder Cup record, but he’s been on the DL since thumb surgery this spring and since his return he has four missed cuts and a T-76 (at the no-cut WGC-Bridgestone Invitational).

Beep: Hello, it’s Phil. I know I’m already on the team, but I just wanted to let you know that I really didn’t like that pro-am rule. Thanks.

Caller ID (Phil Mickelson): Has not been bashful in his support of Fowler as a captain’s pick.

Beep: I know you probably lost my number earlier this year. Dude, that was tough. But I can putt the lights out and if we do the team bags the right way the Euros might think you pulled ole Arnie from retirement. Just a thought. Go Cowboys.

Caller ID (Ryan Palmer): The three-time Tour winner struggled mightily for much of the summer, missing 10 of 11 cuts at one point, before coming alive in the fall with a T-24 (Canadian Open), runner-up (WGC-Bridgestone Invitational), T-33 (PGA) and T-5 (Barclays).

Beep: Hey, here’s the deal, I am a big, harry American top-10 machine. Seriously, if you’re not first . . . or in this case 12th, you’re last and you know what’s worse than last. Nothin’. It’s why they call me BVP. You know what I’m talkin’ about. Let me know, I’ll be around.

Caller ID (Bo Van Pelt): Another cup rookie, but he is arguably the most consistent American this season with just four missed cuts in 23 events, six top 10s (including at marquee stops at TPC Sawgrass, Quail Hollow, Colonial, Muirfield Village and Firestone). The rub with Van Pelt is he has just one victory, at the opposite-field U.S. Bank Championship in 2009, and his best finish in 14 majors is a T-17 (PGA Championship).

Beep: Hey, Mr. Pavin. It’s Rube, um, Nick . . . Watney. Nick Watney. Just wanted to make sure this was your number. You may not know me, but I play the PGA Tour and was wondering if you have any spots on the plane to Wales? It would be an honor sir. Really, my honor. OK, goodbye.

Caller ID (Nick Watney): He may be too quiet for his own good in this respect. Since the Memorial he’s carded back-to-back seventh-place finishes (AT&T National and Open Championship) and a Sunday pairing at Whistling Straits. Although he’d be a rookie, he did take down European standard bearer Lee Westwood in Round 2 at the WGC-Match Play Championship this year.

Beep: Hey, T-Dub here. Um, Steiny wanted me to call just to . . . well, you know. Anyway, for dietary purposes I wanted you to know I’m a vegetarian . . . nah, just kidding. But I do like to wear red on Sundays and prefer afternoon tee times.

I’m around so call me, my number is 407-843-8447. That’s right 407-THE-TIGR. How strong is that?

Caller ID (Tiger Woods): Take Woods’ embattled name out of the equation and he’s a no-brainer pick. Fourteen majors, 11 Ryder and Presidents Cup starts and a combined 7-3-1 singles record that is worth a stroke a side on Sunday.

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Wie has hand surgery, out for rest of 2018

By Randall MellOctober 18, 2018, 9:43 pm

Michelle Wie will miss the rest of this season after undergoing surgery Thursday to fix injuries that have plagued her right hand in the second half of this year.

Wie announced in an Instagram post that three ailments have been causing the pain in her hand: an avulsion fracture, bone spurs and nerve entrapment.

An avulsion fracture is an injury to the bone where it attaches to a ligament or tendon.

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I think John Mayer once said, “Someday, everything will make perfect sense. So for now, laugh at the confusion, smile through the tears, be strong and keep reminding yourself that everything happens for a reason.” A lot of people have been asking me what’s been going on with my hand and I haven’t shared much, because I wasn’t sure what was going on myself. After countless MRI’s, X-rays, CT scans, and doctor consultations, I was diagnosed with having a small Avulsion Fracture, bone spurring, and nerve entrapment in my right hand. After 3 cortisone injections and some rest following the British Open, we were hoping it was going to be enough to grind through the rest of the season, but it just wasn’t enough to get me through. So I made the decision after Hana Bank to withdraw from the rest of the season, come back to the states, and get surgery to fix these issues. It’s been disheartening dealing with pain in my hand all year but hopefully I am finally on the path to being and STAYING pain free! Happy to announce that surgery was a success today and I cannot wait to start my rehab so that I can come back stronger and healthier than ever. Huge thank you to Dr. Weiland’s team at HSS for taking great care of me throughout this process and to all my fans for your unwavering support. It truly means the world to me. I’ll be back soon guys!!!! Promise

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Dr. Andrew Weiland, an attending orthopedic surgeon at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York, performed the procedure.

“It’s been disheartening dealing with pain in my hand all year, but, hopefully, I am finally on the path to being and staying pain free,” Wie wrote.

Wie withdrew during the first round of the Ricoh Women’s British Open with the hand injury on Aug. 2 and didn’t play again until teeing it up at the UL International Crown two weeks ago and the KEB Hana Bank Championship last week. She played those events with what she hoped was a new “pain-free swing,” one modeled after Steve Stricker, with more passive hands and wrists. She went 1-3 at the UL Crown and tied for 59th in the limited field Hana Bank.

“After 3 cortisone injections and some rest following the British Open, we were hoping it was going to be enough to grind through the rest of the season, but it just wasn’t enough to get me through,” she wrote.

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Wie, who just turned 29 last week, started the year saying her top goal was to try to stay injury free. She won the HSBC Women’s World Championship in March, but her goal seemed doomed with a diagnosis of arthritis in both wrists before the year even started.

Over the last few years, Wie has dealt with neck, back, hip, knee and ankle injuries. Plus, there was an emergency appendectomy that knocked her out of action for more than a month late last season. Her wrists have been an issue going back to early in her career.

“I don’t think there is one joint or bone in her body that hasn’t had some sort of injury or issue,” Wie’s long-time swing coach, David Leadbetter, said earlier this year.

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Woods receives his Tour Championship trophy

By Golf Channel DigitalOctober 18, 2018, 8:57 pm

We all know the feeling of giddily anticipating something in the mail. But it's doubtful that any of us ever received anything as cool as what recently showed up at Tiger Woods' Florida digs.

This was Woods' prize for winning the Tour Championship. It's a replica of "Calamity Jane," Bobby Jones' famous putter. Do we even need to point out that the Tour Championship is played at East Lake, the Atlanta course where Jones was introduced to the game.

Woods broke a victory drought of more than five years by winning the Tour Championhip. It was his 80th PGA Tour win, leaving him just two shy of Sam Snead's all-time record.

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Garcia 2 back in storm-halted Andalucia Masters

By Associated PressOctober 18, 2018, 7:08 pm

SOTOGRANDE, Spain  -- Ashley Chesters was leading on 5-under 66 at the Andalucia Valderrama Masters when play was suspended because of darkness with 60 golfers yet to complete their weather-hit first rounds on Thursday.

More than four hours was lost as play was twice suspended because of stormy conditions and the threat of lightning at the Real Club Valderrama in southern Spain.

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English journeyman Chesters collected six birdies and one bogey to take a one-shot lead over Gregory Bourdy of France. Tournament host and defending champion Sergio Garcia was on 68 along with fellow Spaniards Alvaro Quiros and Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano, and Australia's Jason Scrivener.

''It's a shame I can't keep going because the last few holes were the best I played all day. Considering all the delays and everything, I'm very happy with 5 under,'' Chesters said. ''The forecast for the rest of the week is not very good either so I thought I'll just make as many birdies as I can and get in.''

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Caddies drop lawsuit; Tour increases healthcare stipend

By Rex HoggardOctober 18, 2018, 3:33 pm

After nearly four years of litigation, a group of PGA Tour caddies have dropped their lawsuit against the circuit.

The lawsuit, which was filed in California in early 2015, centered on the bibs caddies wear during tournaments and ongoing attempts by the caddies to improve their healthcare and retirement options.

The caddies lost their class-action lawsuit in U.S. District Court and an appeal this year.

Separately, the Association of Professional Tour Caddies, which was not involved in the lawsuit but represents the caddies to the Tour, began negotiating with the circuit last year.

“I told the guys, if we really want a healthy working relationship with the Tour, we need to fix this and open the lines of communication,” said Scott Sajtinac, the president of the APTC.

In January 2017, Jay Monahan took over as commissioner of the Tour and began working with the APTC to find a solution to the healthcare issue. Sajtinac said the Tour has agreed to increase the stipend it gives caddies for healthcare beginning next year.

“It took a year and a half, but it turned out to be a good result,” Sajtinac said. “Our goal is to close that window for the guys because healthcare is such a massive chunk of our income.”

In a statement released by the Tour, officials pointed out the lawsuit and the “potential increase to the longtime caddie healthcare subsidy” are two separate issues.

“Although these two items have been reported together, they are not connected. The PGA Tour looks forward to continuing to support the caddies in the important role they play in the success of our members,” the statement said.

Caddies have received a stipend from the Tour for healthcare for some time, and although Sajtinac wouldn’t give the exact increase, he said it was over 300 percent. Along with the APTC’s ability to now negotiate healthcare plans as a group, the new stipend should dramatically reduce healthcare costs for caddies.

“It’s been really good,” said Sajtinac, who did add that there are currently no talks with the Tour to created a retirement program for caddies. “Everybody is really excited about this.”