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Stock Watch: Brooke's star quality is soaring

By Ryan LavnerApril 17, 2018, 11:30 am

Each week on GolfChannel.com, we’ll examine which players’ stocks and trends are rising and falling in the world of golf.

RISING

Jon Rahm (+9%): It’s no small task, contending at the Masters and then flying 14 hours to play in your home open, but the 23-year-old star, fueled by adrenaline, kept his emotions in check and shot 20 under to win. Stud.

Brooke Henderson (+7%): Her aggressive mindset will occasionally get her in trouble, but what a fun way to play – gripping and ripping, fearlessly attacking flags and ramming home putts. She’s the most entertaining LPGA player, by far.

Satoshi Kodaira (+5%): Not even Kodaira was thinking about winning Sunday at Harbour Town – not in just his 15th career Tour start, and not after a 66 that included a bogey on the 71st hole. And yet here we are …

Steve Flesch (+4%): He endured a marathon Saturday to win in his first season on the senior circuit, then said something afterward that really resonated – that it’s harder to win on the PGA Tour Champions that he expected. Game recognize game.

Luke List (+2%): He reminds of Kevin Kisner a few years ago: Racking up good finishes, continually putting himself in position and knocking on the door for a breakthrough W. It seems like just a matter of time for List, who now has three top-5s this season.


FALLING

Ian Poulter (-1%): What happens when the tank hits empty? It looks a lot like Poulter’s final round at the Heritage. Playing his sixth straight week, he stumbled home in 40.

Nacho Elvira (-2%): The pressure to win at home is immense. Tied for the lead, he made an awful double bogey on the 71st hole (finding the water, then whiffing a short putt) to hand Rahm the Spanish Open title.

Valero (-3%): With Masters champ Patrick Reed bowing out, the field at brutish TPC San Antonio is headlined by Sergio Garcia and Matt Kuchar. And it won’t improve next year, either, as the final tuneup before Augusta is held at a course that couldn’t be any less Augusta-like.

Distance debate (-4%): Sorry, but Harbour Town isn’t an example of what today’s courses should be. Players at the Heritage barely hit driver, and last we checked, it’s a skill to hit long, straight drives. Using only 13 clubs is not a true test of golf.

Si Woo Kim’s putting (-7%): It’s telling that Kim actually improved in the strokes-gained category (to 202nd!) after his playoff loss at the Heritage, even after a round in which he lost three shots to the field on the greens and missed four consecutive putts inside 8 feet to drop into a playoff. Yowsers.

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Tiger Tracker: Tour Championship

By Tiger TrackerSeptember 22, 2018, 5:25 pm

Tiger Woods is in the final group on Saturday at the Tour Championship. He's out at 2:30 p.m. ET with Justin Rose and we're tracking him.


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Iowa State honors Arozamena before football game

By Associated PressSeptember 22, 2018, 4:57 pm

AMES, Iowa - Iowa State honored slain golf star Celia Barquin Arozamena with an elaborate ceremony ahead of the Cyclones' game against Akron on Saturday.

Iowa State's band used a formation that spelled out Barquin's initials, and both teams wore a decal on their helmets in her memory.

A tribute to Barquin played on a video screen before a moment of silence, and fans were also asked to wear yellow, one of Iowa State's main colors and a nod to Barquin's Spanish roots. Most of the roughly 60,000 fans in attendance complied with yellow and with golf shirts on a chilly morning in central Iowa.

"I think it's fantastic. The tribute is amazing. But ultimately, it would have been perfect if she could have been here for her tribute, which was going to happen anyway." said Ed Hamilton, a retired police officer from nearby Ankeny, Iowa.

Barquin, the Cyclones' first conference champion in 25 years, was finishing up her degree at Iowa State and working toward her ultimate goal of becoming a professional golfer.


A memorial honoring Celia Barquin Arozamena at Jack Trice Stadium. (Photo by David Purdy/Getty Images)


Barquin competed in the U.S Women's Open earlier this summer, and coach Christie Martens said she was approaching "the pinnacle of her career."

"Iowa State fans are very loyal. We haven't had too many winning football teams over the years. Yet the fans turn out. There's a great loyalty here -- but it spills into other sports as well," said Iowa State fan Kent Hollrah of Denison, Iowa.

Collin Richards, also 22, has been charged with first-degree murder in Barquin's death. Police said Richards stabbed Barquin and left her body in a pond on the course, where it was found after other golfers noticed her abandoned bag.

Cyclones coach Matt Campbell also wore an Iowa State golf hat on the sideline to show solidarity with his colleagues.

"Be with all of us today Celia, your legacy will forever live on & we are forever grateful for your impact. Much love from your Cyclonitas," Iowa State linebacker Willie Harvey tweeted earlier Saturday, using the nickname that Barquin had for her teammates.

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Tiger, Bryson testing each other's golf balls ahead of Paris

By Rex HoggardSeptember 22, 2018, 4:21 pm

ATLANTA – The U.S. Ryder Cup team won’t arrive in Paris for next week’s matches until Monday, but one pairing already seems to be penciled into captain Jim Furyk’s lineup.

Tiger Woods and Bryson DeChambeau have become regular practice-round partners, and when Furyk made both captain’s picks, it added to the notion that they would be paired during the team sessions in France. On Tuesday at East Lake, Woods and DeChambeau teed it up yet again.

Both Woods and DeChambeau play Bridgestone golf balls, although they use different models.

“The two are very similar, they are very numbers-oriented and that translates to their feel on the course, but they get fitted to two different golf balls,” said Adam Rehberg, Bridgestone Golf’s ball-fitting manager.


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Woods plays the company’s Tour B XS, which is softer and spins more, while DeChambeau plays the Tour B X, which is designed to take spin off shots.

Although DeChambeau played a version of the company’s golf ball that was close to what Woods now plays earlier in his career, he appeared to be preparing for a pairing next week during Tuesday’s practice round.

“I’ve seen some chipping of the other’s ball during practice rounds, getting used to it,” Rehberg said. “There’s been some sharing of golf balls internally between those guys. It’s almost like the worst kept secret in golf. It seems they are going to be paired up one way or another.”

The rules for the Ryder Cup were changed in 2006. They allow for foursomes teams to change golf balls between holes but not during a hole, which explains the duo’s interest in becoming comfortable with the other’s golf ball, particularly around the green and for chip shots.

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Casey: RC teams planning Lyle, Celia tributes

By Rex HoggardSeptember 22, 2018, 3:58 pm

ATLANTA – Throughout this season Paul Casey has been in regular contact with European Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn, with most communication being via text messages that the Englishman said always included an eclectic range of emojis.

But when the Dane decided to make Casey one of his four captain’s picks, it had to be a phone call.

“He called on Monday (Sept. 3). I was in the parking garage at the Philadelphia Marriott,” Casey said this week at the Tour Championship. “It was rewarding, emotional, so many things.”


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Since being named to the team, Casey said his communication with Bjorn and the other members of the European team has been via WhatsApp, which allows the team to share ideas and finalize plans for next week’s matches. Casey said the exchanges have mainly featured good-natured teasing and a some silly pictures, with a few serious moments.

The European team, in coordination with the U.S. team, is planning to honor Jarrod Lyle, a former PGA Tour player who died last month following his third bout with leukemia, next Thursday in France. There is a public memorial service planned for Lyle on Thursday in Australia.

Casey also said the team is coordinating a plan to also honor Celia Barquín Arozamena, a top college player from Spain who was murdered this week in Iowa.