Stories for August 2004
Saturday, August 28
The 21-year-old Ryan Moore from Puyallup, Wash., won the last four holes Aug. 22 – three with birdies – to overcome a two-hole deficit and defeat Luke List, 19, of Ringgold, Ga., 2-up in the 36-hole final of the 104th U.S. Amateur Championship at Winged Foot Golf Club.
Doug Tewell finished off his third consecutive bogey-free round Aug. 22 by rolling in a 12-foot birdie putt on the final hole, defeating Bruce Fleisher by a stroke at the Greater Hickory Classic at Rock Barn.
Singh’s ‘biggest accomplishment’ affirms command
As storybook finishes go, Canadian David Hearn’s one-stroke victory at the Alberta Classic Aug. 22 may not rank among the season’s most stirring. But after four winless seasons plying his trade North of the Border, the 25-year-old with the broad smile was every bit a Canadian Cinderella story.
This time, a playoff at the Wendy’s Championship for Children wasn’t so kind to Hee-Won Han. But it was a pleasant surprise for Catriona Matthew.
Stewart Cink had a week he won’t soon forget. It began the night of Aug. 15, at home in Atlanta, shortly after he returned from the PGA Championship, when his telephone rang and U.S. Ryder Cup captain Hal Sutton was on the other line.
Hal Sutton is bringing a football coach’s mentality to the Ryder Cup. Just looking at him, he appears like he could coach either line at LSU. Just listening to him, the best part is the tough drawl.
Herb Kohler’s Whistling Straits is the first golf resort to play host to a major championship in the United States since the industry was slammed three years ago by the economic recession and then the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11.
Wilson Sporting Goods turned 90 this year, and its golf division resembles a business geriatric. But the Chicago-based equipment maker refuses to call it quits and has taken several steps to arrest its decline. A year ago, it reorganized to improve efficiency and shifted more of its club and bag assembly operations offshore.
When he qualified as an 18-year-old to play in the U.S. Open last year at Olympia Fields, Luke List was a footnote. Fourteen months later, his near-miss at the U.S. Amateur has elevated him to golf’s “A” List.
Out on Long Island, the scars have healed and bruised egos recovered. But back here at the U.S. Golf Association Golf House, a sustained discussion about course setup continues in the aftermath of a brutal Sunday at the U.S. Open.
Who says captains are irrelevant to the outcome of team golf competitions? Hal Sutton’s choice of Stewart Cink as one of his captain’s picks for the 35th Ryder Cup Matches certainly lit a fire under Cink. He went out the next week and won the WGC-NEC Invitational, leading wire to wire. Not a bad confidence boost heading into the Sept. 17-19 matches at Oakland Hills.
Golf customization is in, and that means club fitting is all the rage. I have gone through the process with a few major equipment makers, mostly in the line of duty as a golf writer, and watched dozens of other recreational players do the same. There are obvious benefits to a set of woods and irons made to your exacting specifications, but they do not always outweigh the occasional silliness of the ordeal.
The Radisson Cable Beach & Golf Resort, which was renamed to include “Golf” after completing a $4.5 million redesign in 2003, continues to add to its golf experience. The resort is unveiling a lighted range that will stay open nightly until 9 p.m.
Here on the northeastern tip of the Yucatan Peninsula – in a city known more for its eclectic mix of bustling tourists, Mayan ruins, a zona hotelera stuffed with resorts practically sharing walls, and a sea so blue-green as to enter the realm of the surreal – golf historically has not been a highlight.
Saturday, August 21
Cost to repair storm damage continues to mount