Stories for October 2004
Monday, October 18
California is at No. 1, a team whose senior co-captain, Scott Carlyle, and whose coach, 25-year veteran Steve Desimone, have done everything short of running bake sales just to keep the Bears afloat.
Having just slept on a two-shot lead heading into the final round of the NCAA Division I Men’s Championship, Ryan Moore awoke early, drew back the drapes, and saw it was cold, gray and rainy.
At best, the University of California was considered a “sleeper” to win this year’s NCAA Division I Men’s Championship when the week began. It was understandable.
Entering the most crucial stretch of the LPGA season, Karrie Webb suddenly has become a major force.
Now, with the second major of the year fast approaching, Tiger Woods may have to withstand a full-scale Ernie Els onslaught.
IMG, the global sports and entertainment management company, is seeking financing partners to fuel expansion and provide its owners with liquidity.
Tuesday, October 12
The kings are dead. Long live the kings.
Thanks to the presence of Michelle Wie on the American side, the 33rd edition of the Curtis Cup likely will command far more media attention than any of its predecessors.
Of all people in golf, none are quite so revered in some circles as the fellow who belongs to the very best clubs in the land and is only too happy to share his great fortune - and his superlative courses - with his friends.
Kentucky’s collection of resort parks features picturesque stay-and-play.
Your tee time isn’t for another hour, but it’s hard not to be thinking about the round, because sections of the gorgeous Leatherstocking Golf Course are spread out before you.
Winter Olympics brought fame, but Adirondacks and Lake Placid also offer scenic, short-summer golf.
Huffy Corp. is on the auction block, though it’s not clear what impact that will have on the company’s Tommy Armour Golf division.
Fairway & Greene has been sold in a private transaction to Northbridge Equity Partners of Montreal, officials of the apparel company announced May 26.
When Dunlop Golf signed John Daly as its star endorser, the equipment manufacturer touted him as golf’s man of the people. Now, Dunlop is aiming to become the brand of the people.
The 33rd Curtis Cup Matches will be contested on a refined if underappreciated venue for amateur championships.
The average age of the eight rookies that compose the U.S. team is 18.5, compared with GB&I’s average age of 24.5.
Duke sophomore Liz Janangelo won three of her first four events and continued the momentum throughout the season.
The Nationwide Tour’s SAS Carolina Classic May 30 appeared as though it might never end.
Scotland’s Scott Drummond added his name to Ignacio Garrido (2003), Anders Hansen (2002) and Andrew Oldcorn (2001) as a quartet of the most unlikely players to win the Tour’s flagship event.
Although there were no official titles for the steady march of weather systems that disrupted the 65th Senior PGA Championship, there were plenty of unofficial monikers.
As Phil Mickelson and Ernie Els were trading blows on the back nine Sunday at Augusta National Golf Club, a 19-year-old amateur was quietly making a statement of his own.
The 68th Masters opened with a salute not to a Q-rated protagonist but to a trusty sidekick.
Waiting at Augusta National’s 15th tee Sunday, Tiger Woods found himself in a disconcertingly unusual situation.
Tens of thousands of Masters spectators, were swept away by Phil Fever.
Some moved up, some moved down. At the 68th Masters, K.J. Choi, Sergio Garcia and Chris DiMarco were among those who did a little of both.
In the end, standing on the majestic practice green at Augusta National preparing for a playoff that never would happen, there was nothing more for Ernie Els to do.
There were too many “Arnie moments” to count during the King’s final Masters.
He may have looked a little like a startled Dean Jones in one of those old, fluffy, G-rated Disney flicks, but as the 2004 Masters movie unfolded, admit it – Lefty looked pretty good in green.
The first men’s major of the season delivered a moving tribute to Arnold Palmer, who played in his 50th consecutive – and final – Masters.
So when, exactly, did Phil Mickelson have this great epiphany to become a calculating, left-handed Jack Nicklaus, plotting his way around a major championship as if seated at an Ivy League chess table?
At long last, Mickelson’s major quest culminates in thrilling triumph, not frustrating failure.
Rocco Mediate’s putter, made by Bob Bettinardi and named Roc & Roll, was declared nonconforming by the U.S. Golf Association the day before the start of the Masters.
Washington coach Mary Lou Mulflur has her seven-member squad right where she wants them, gaining a competitive edge.
Mark Steinberg and Guy Kinnings have been promoted to senior vice presidents in charge of the company’s golf division.
The Callaway-Nike deal, struck between the two competitors last month, is noteworthy for its potential evolution.
Winn Inc. wants a bigger slice of the business that really matters: contracts to supply original equipment manufacturers, or OEMs.
Bruce Edwards, the popular caddie for Tom Watson for all but three of the past 30 years, died April 8 after a 15-month battle against Lou Gehrig’s disease.
Now that everybody’s heartbeat has returned to normal after the thrill-me, Phil-me Masters, it’s clear that a new trend is emerging in major championship golf. It’s called entertainment.
The Nationwide Tour has 25 categories of eligibility. No. 13 in the pecking order is “PGA Tour member not exempt for current tour event.”
There’s a close, if unexplored, relationship between golf course architecture and psychology.
The west coast of Hawaii’s Big Island is an unlikely place for golf. Credit also must go to some ingenious golf course architects.
As the country’s course designers prepare for their 58th annual meeting, a major topic of discussion is going to be work – as in who has it and who doesn’t.
When I attended the 100th playing of the Trans-Mississippi Amateur at Flint Hills National Golf Club, I was reminded once again of golf’s glorious amateur past.
Georgia’s men picked a good time for their first victory since last season.
After shooting a 3-over-par 75 in the opening round of the First Tee Arkansas Classic, Daniel Chopra salvaged his game and won.
The brass ring that aspiring pros chase has become infinitely more valuable.
When it comes to match play, you might say Cristie Kerr has just a touch more experience in pressure situations than Seol-An Jeon.
Seay’s relationship with Palmer endures for decades.
Believe it or not, Justin Rose's career didn’t end after that horrid third round at Augusta National.
Stewart Cink didn’t know what to do with himself at Harbour Town, and had only his stellar play to blame.
Ada O’Sullivan is planning to use the specter of playing against Michelle Wie to motivate her eight-member squad to victory over the United States.
Play Golf America launched its national advertising campaign during broadcasts of the PGA Tour and Champions Tour events last week.
Callaway Golf Co. reported a sharp increase in metalwood sales during the first quarter as the company took additional steps to integrate the Top-Flite Golf Co.
The Acushnet Co. extended its streak of consecutive, double-digit sales gains to four quarters.
Cutter & Buck was buffeted by what a rival describes as a “perfect storm” of problems.
In Chattanooga, Tenn., a love affair lingers between amateur golf and a local school.
Until recently the gulf between the USGA and the West Coast’s top amateurs had been as imposing as the Great Divide.
In 2003, the USGA granted reinstatement to 605 players.
Pruitt’s success fuels debate about reinstatement guidelines.
Franklin Langham shot 66 April 25 to secure a two-shot victory, his first in more than a decade.
Hale Irwin captured the Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf April 25 at The Club at Savannah Harbor.
Twice in two months on the PGA European Tour, holes-in-one and eagle-2s have played a huge role in determining the winner of a tournament.
Kyoung-Ju Choi ranked 22nd on the PGA Tour money list and already had three top-5 finishes this year.
Vijay Singh, 41, finished the four rounds at 11-under 277, posting his second victory in Houston.
Duke, UCLA and Vanderbilt are the top- seeded teams in the NCAA Division I Women’s Regionals.
Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player were scheduled to be named by PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem April 27.
Charlie Sifford on April 22 became the first African-American elected to the World Golf Hall of Fame.
Monday, October 11
Annika Sorenstam hadn’t played the LPGA Corning Classic since 1995, but this year, she made up for it.
David Toms’ final-round effort at the FedEx St. Jude Classic May 30 wasn’t vintage Toms, but at least it was a start.
These days, Butch Harmon rarely talks with his former prized student, Tiger Woods. But if Woods did call seeking help for his inconsistent swing, Harmon would be ready with some simple advice.
When University of Arizona junior Nathan Lashley finished his final round May 22 at the NCAA West Regional in Sunriver, Ore., he did so in style.
Welshman Craig Smith has the distinction of sitting atop the inaugural Golfweek British Amateur Ranking.
Sometimes golf isn’t about score. Sometimes it’s about inspiration. We’re reminded of that every time Stephen Fangio hops up and hits a shot.
If any conclusion can be drawn from Golfweek’s three-part series on the “Asian Influence," it’s that the region holds tremendous sway over the global game.
Among the many lost arts of modern golf is the sheer enjoyment of walking.
Some courses seem to hold up forever, even at levels as lofty as major national championship sites. Shinnecock Hills is one of them.
Chinese teen hones game in America.
With staff of only seven, China Golf Association responsible for all aspects of growing the game.
A huge golf explosion is expected in China . . . the question is when.
The Cowboys won the Maxwell May 16 for the sixth time, including three consecutive titles. OSU also won three consecutive Maxwells from 1996 to ’98.
The University of South Carolina-Aiken emerged from a bunched field and rainy conditions May 15 to earn its first national championship.
With an understated confidence, Rollins College carved out a piece of NCAA Division II Women’s Championship history May 15.
For a pair of siblings from Guadalajara, it was a day to fulfill a lifetime of dreams.
Sergio Garcia had a career-high nine top 10s in 2002, and then he decided to overhaul his swing under the tutelage of his golf professional father, Victor.
Tiger Woods has spent a lot of time with Hank Haney the last couple of months while working on swing changes, but he labels the Texas-based instructor as his “friend,” not his new teacher.
It was a shocking end to a life and a career that began with an enormous amount of promise.
Tuesday, October 5
Annikapalooza, a year after Colonial, still has legs. Lots of legs, all shapes and sizes. Slim, sturdy, short, long, young, old, hairy, shaved, even tree-trunked
All right, PGA European Tour: When is a rule not a rule?
There was a time when Dave Pelz believed he simply was too busy to teach amateur golfers the nuances of the short game – or, in Pelzspeak, the scoring game.
Since 1979, when he turned half of the caddie shack at Sunningdale Country Club in Scarsdale, N.Y., into a video room, McLean has been using cameras to help teach the golf swing.
Visitors to ricksmith.com immediately are informed that the Web site’s namesake possesses “uncommon insight into the game of golf.”
Claude (Butch) Harmon Jr. gained fame and fortune through rebuilding the swings of Greg Norman and Tiger Woods. He teaches neither superstar now but is busier and richer than ever.
The British Amateur Championship in recent years has not proved much of a breeding ground for future major champions. This year’s winner, Stuart Wilson, might continue that trend.
Nobody wins a U.S. Open unless they withstand a wave of challenges.
Last year, only four players played under par – a result the U.S. Golf Association would be happy to see at Shinnecock.
U.S. Open champion Jim Furyk, who underwent surgery to repair cartilage damage in his left wrist, said he’ll likely make his return to the PGA Tour at the Western Open.
Tiger Woods’ alleged “slump” might be less a function of his on-course performance than the product of the golf media needing something – anything – to report on.
Phil Mickelson went 0-for-46 in majors, but his Masters victory may just lead to an open door.
Some might use four-letter words to describe Annika Sorenstam's buzzard's luck, but she just calls it golf.
In the spirit of giving credit when credit is due, let’s hear it for the USGA and the outstanding job it did presenting the 59th U.S. Women’s Open.
All golfers want to know more about shafts. To provide insight into shaft selection and performance, Golfweek talked with several knowledgeable individuals in the golf industry.
The shaft is the greatest mystery in modern golf equipment. To most golfers, understanding the shaft is about as easy as deciphering rocket science.
The Golf Warehouse, the largest dedicated e-commerce golf operation, was bought June 29 by The Sportsman’s Guide Inc., a catalog and Internet retailer based in South St. Paul, Minn.
Picture a course enclosed within a mile-long, 40-story dome. Unbelievable, you say? Think again.
Golf manufacturers and retailers, who often disagree, concur on two points about golf balls: The quality of balls industry-wide has never been better. But there are just too many of them.
Spencer Levin is on a roll, one that he hopes will continue through the U.S. Amateur Championship.
Rex Hoggard and James Achenbach discuss Michelle Wie.
The winner won’t hoist the Claret Jug at the 133rd British Open Championship until July 18, but the competition has been going on since Jan. 8.
Ben Bates and Paul Gow played 26 holes July 4 at the Reese’s Cup Classic.
Retief Goosen coasted to a five-stroke victory July 4 at the Smurfit European Open.
It’s still early in the golf season in my part of the world, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t already experienced a summer’s worth of aggravations on the links.
You, too, can live – and play golf – like royalty on the Emerald Isle.
Stephen Ames is the first 40-plus player to break through for his first Tour title since Brad Bryant in 1995.
Anyone who still thinks female golfers are less exciting than their male counterparts must have missed the action at this year’s U.S. Women’s Open at The Orchards.
Nike Golf reported that fiscal 2004 revenues for its club and apparel businesses increased, reflecting the company’s steady advance into the golf market during the past year.
At last month’s McDonald’s LPGA Championship, out went Meg Mallon's faithful old Ping B-60, and in went an Odyssey Rossie II mallet.
Want to buy the same putter model used by Retief Goosen to win the 2004 U.S. Open? Get in line, and be prepared to wait.
Dick’s Sporting Goods, a major national retailer, is on the verge of growing its storefronts by nearly 30 percent and introducing its popular in-store golf pro shop.
Sterling Sunday earns Mallon a 2nd national title – 13 years after her first.
The Ladies' Golf Union represents the interests of 220,000 women at 2,750 clubs.
Think of St. Andrews and one image stands out: the clubhouse of the Royal & Ancient Golf Club, the most imposing, majestic building in golf.
Colin Montgomerie barely advanced in the International Final Qualifying for the British Open.
Only 61 players in an anticipated field of 120 finished the British Open’s 36-hole International Final Qualifying. It was the first such qualifier held in the United States.
So how did Spencer Levin follow his low-amateur performance at the U.S. Open? By winning his first California State Amateur championship.
Louise Stahle appears ready to make an impact at Arizona State this fall after becoming the first Swedish player to win the Ladies’ British Amateur Championship.
Underdogs of Ya-Ni Tseng’s ilk feed on misplaced public perception.
French golf fans have been waiting for 35 years to cheer a hometown hero at the French Open, and Jean-Francois Remesy ended the wait in style.
Two states and miles apart, Craig and Kevin Stadler finished in the same spot June 27 – the winner’s circle.
Kim Saiki waited so long for her first LPGA victory, she wasn’t going to let it slip away.
Peter Dawson was unknown to golf administrators outside the inner circle of the R&A when he took over as secretary.
In PGA Tour vernacular, players often speak of “we” in post-round discussions, unconsciously including their caddies. Some observers find this a little odd.
Casey Wittenberg signed with IMG to manage his professional career and had six sponsor exemptions lined up for 2004.
Royal Troon Golf Club is one of those British links courses that you play more out of duty than out of joy.
From underdog winner to championship defender, confidence builds for Curtis.
He is an atypical insurance salesman. Most haven’t played on three Ryder Cup teams, won a Vardon Trophy, shot 59 on the PGA Tour and won four Tour titles. Most insurance salesmen aren’t Chip Beck.
When the golf industry’s brain trust focused its efforts to develop the best way to welcome children to the game, it reached out to schools.
The greens never putted so well until the day before they died.
Erica Blasberg turned professional July 2 after the second round of the U.S. Women’s Open.
Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw have unlocked the key to fine golf course architecture.
At the Massachusetts headquarters of Ahead, the chatter was about Retief Goosen's shirts and hat, not his U.S. Open victory.
Qualifying for the British Open will return to the United States in 2005, but not without some changes.
If Michelle Wie thought life to this point has been a whirlwind, she may want to sit and rest a moment. The wildest ride likely is yet to come.
Ryan Moore hadn’t played competitively since capturing the individual title at the NCAA Division I Men’s Championship June 4. It didn’t matter.
A month ago, Kevin Stadler was looking for a place to play golf. Now, he is all but assured a trip to the PGA Tour next year.
Mark James has fought bigger battles and beaten more formidable foes, but that only increased the satisfaction of becoming the first European player to win a Champions Tour major championship.
French golf continued to reach new heights with Thomas Levet’s victory at the $4 million Barclays Scottish Open.
Teen-age amateurs were all the rage at the U.S. Women’s Open.
Meg Mallon rode the considerable momentum from her U.S. Women’s Open victory to another national championship – this time, the BMO Financial Group Canadian Women’s Open.
John Morgan lost not once, but twice at the John Deere Classic. The second may have hurt the worst.
An Open letter to Royal & Ancient Golf Club secretary Peter Dawson
Ryan Moore and Spencer Levin have been nearly unbeatable this summer.
Ernie Els left Loch Lomond July 11 facing a possible showdown with PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem over his number of PGA Tour appearances.
Long before the first tee shot went in the air at Royal Troon, the championship buzz fixated on who wasn’t at the 133rd British Open.
The last time golf was staged as an official sport in the Olympics was in 1904.
Got the yips? Join the crowd.
Mizuno is shipping in September the MP-32, a sleek forging featuring a Cut Muscle design.
Callaway Golf’s board of directors replaced Ron Drapeau, the company’s chairman and chief executive officer.
Putnam, a Pepperdine senior from University Place, Wash., won the 38th Pacific Coast Amateur Championship Aug. 6, beating Levin and Andrew Martin in a playoff.
Spencer Levin takes stock of himself, and his new direction leads to one sizzling summer.
Tom Kite shot 3-under-par 69 Aug. 8 for a one-shot victory over Craig Stadler at the 3M Championship.
Charles Warren shot a final-round 6-under 66 Aug. 8 to capture the Cox Classic at Champions Run.
David Lynn won on the PGA European Tour for the first time Aug. 8.
Meg Mallon’s final stretch at the Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic Aug. 8 resulted in her third victory in five events, 18th of her career, and was worth $165,000.
Holeouts, eagles and strings of birdies typically decide The International, but not this year.
This year’s PGA Championship will give home viewers a welcome chance to see one of modern golf’s finest courses.
Winged Foot Golf Club will unveil numerous renovations next week when it plays host to the U.S. Amateur.
Garth McGimpsey has been cleared of wrongdoing after more than $100,000 worth of cocaine was seized from his home by customs officials.
Monday, October 4
If you’re convinced golf is not a team event, think again.
How many times leading into the 35th Ryder Cup Matches did you hear that the U.S. squad had the “stronger team on paper, but we’ll have to see how that translates . . .”
When I was busy taking public speaking at Georgia Tech, I never thought I might be a broadcaster one day.
Audubon Trail spurs spicy look at Louisiana golf.
Callaway Golf suspended its earnings guidance for the remainder of 2004, reporting that it no longer expects to reach its projected revenues for either the third quarter or the full year.
Ping's irons, putter and bags have influenced generations of designers; its drivers – well, not so much.
Samantha Richdale, with a stroke average of 75.7 last season, has rewritten the Redbirds’ record books.
Corey Weworski was only looking for a little golf and a little sightseeing. As it turned out, she played a lot of golf, had a bit of a vacation and earned a national championship.
In front of family and friends at Shadow Hills Country Club, Eugene, Ore., native Jeff Quinney shot a course-record 63 to erase a five-stroke deficit and win his first Nationwide Tour title.
Hee-Won Han is becoming accustomed to playoff pressure. She should be, because she sure has been in enough of them the last couple of years.
Hey, there was an American who had reason to celebrate Sept. 19, after all.
The United States, finally playing loose, as if there were nothing to lose, came out with guns blazing in the singles matches of the 35th Ryder Cup.
As Irish compatriots Padraig Harrington and Paul McGinley closed out Tiger Woods and Davis Love in their foursomes match, one could have mistaken suburban Detroit for downtown Dublin.
Over and over, players from the European side used one word to describe the Saturday four-ball victory by Paul Casey and David Howell: “Massive.”
Hal Sutton walked into the interview room late Sept. 17, sat down, and in his deep, Southern drawl said: “Well, we made history today.”
Hal Sutton said he paired Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson for the first time in international team competition because history, fans and the two players themselves needed it.
Selfish is the opposite of selfless, which describes the European approach – the winning approach – to the Ryder Cup.
Fair-haired and fancy-free, Euros frolick in Ryder Cup.
Suzy Whaley, the Connecticut club pro who two years ago became the first woman golfer in 58 years to qualify for a spot in a PGA Tour event, has taken another step onto the national stage.
These one-sided matches were not, in NBC’s lingo, Must See TV. But Johnny Miller added some sparks when taking to task the somnambulant U.S. squad.
Spraying it off the tee...
It’s time for the PGA of America, the PGA Tour and the other members of the International Federation of PGA Tours to figure out some way to merge the Ryder Cup and the Presidents Cup.
The University Ridge greens have more circular, brown-and-yellow ball-mark spots than any greens I have ever seen. They have an acute case of acne.
Golfers at Medinah Country Club, site of the 2006 PGA Championship and 2012 Ryder Cup, have been instructed to turn in their old ball-mark repair tools.
Srixon officials have begun a quest to gain second place in the market’s highest price tier as they attempt to make one of Japan’s top brands popular on U.S. soil.
Companies pour money into matches and schmooze clients to gain new business.
Padraig Harrington, on the weekend before the Ryder Cup matches, went to Bernhard Langer’s homeland and gave the European captain reason to smile.
It took six years, but Bruce Summerhays knew he would be back.
Two weeks ago James Driscoll made one of the toughest decisions of his young professional career when he declined a sponsor exemption into the PGA Tour’s Deutsche Bank Championship.
Emily Bastel played 918 holes on the Futures Tour this season, but she never struck a single shot on the hole she’ll remember most.
Following her four-week hiatus, Annika Sorenstam wasted no time getting back to peak form.
In trying to win the Bell Canadian Open, native son Mike Weir carried the hopes of a nation on his slim shoulders.
Sunday, October 3
Kenny Perry has struggled with his mechanics and his confidence – to the point that he withdrew from the Buick Championship in Hartford, Conn., Aug. 23.
The Bruins will compete against 29 men’s teams and 30 individuals Sept. 17-18 at the Gold Rush California Collegiate Golf Showcase.
Tiger Woods maintained his perch atop the Official World Golf Ranking.
Duke sophomore Brittany Lang and Oklahoma State junior Karin Sjodin have decided another year of college is in their best interest.
The last major championship of 2004 is history, with Craig Stadler entering golf annals as winner of the Champions Tour’s Jeld-Wen Tradition.
Bob Williams and sister companies National Golf Properties and American Golf Corp. are wheelin’ and dealin’ once again.
Top-Flite takes a significant step toward revival of a long-troubled business.
Under the season’s most intense pressure, and at the year’s most challenging venues, USC-Aiken delivered.
Charlotte Mayorkas’ dedication culminated last spring when she helped lead the Bruins to their second NCAA Division I Championship title.
In the 1987 NCAA Championship, coach Mic Potter's team was in position to put the finishing touches on an outstanding season.
‘Stealth’ no longer, UNLV star in spotlight.
In new world order of men’s Division I golf, dynasties are thing of past.
Brett Wetterich had a one-stroke victory Aug. 29 at the Envirocare Utah Classic.
Last year’s Rookie of the Year has become one of this year’s hottest players.
Craig Stadler wins 2nd Champions major.
Spain’s Miguel Angel Jimenez won the BMW International Open Aug. 29, and with it the top prize of 300,000 euros.
Woody Austin says he feels deep down he’s never really shown the world his true talents as a player.
The Turning Point Invitational had been publicized as the most successful charity golf tournament ever staged.
The head of the National Council of Women’s Organizations wasted no time condemning the move by ExxonMobil, IBM and SBC Communications to sponsor the 2005 Masters Tournament.
High school senior Paula Creamer has entered LPGA Q-School as an amateur so she can remain eligible for the Women’s World Amateur Team Championship.
Hal Sutton had better do his homework before the 35th Ryder Cup, because his 12-man team is facing one of the best European teams in a long while.
The First Tee Open here at Pebble Beach was all about passion.
As different as Moe Norman and Harvie Ward were, each left an indelible mark on golf.
With each passing month, 2004 is turning out to be more of a disappointment than a breakout year for retail sales.
Whenever a major event takes place, government officials in the host cities routinely attach economic-impact estimates to the event.
Great golf course architecture owes an unacknowledged debt to match play.
Oakland Hills’ South Course, site of the 2004 Ryder Cup matches, formerly was regarded as a ferocious championship platform for stroke-play events.
Luke Donald will represent England as one of 12 players on the European Ryder Cup team.
Twenty-three years ago, Bernhard Langer came to the United States and teed it up as an unknown in his first PGA Tour event.
Five players – Paul Casey, Luke Donald, David Howell, Thomas Levet and Ian Poulter – make their Ryder Cup debuts.
Tiger Woods, perhaps the most dominant golfer ever, is 1-10 in his past 11 four-ball matches in Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup play.
Luke Donald claimed his second PGA European Tour title in five weeks with a five-stroke victory over Ryder Cup teammate Miguel Angel Jimenez at the Omega European Masters.
Craig Stadler won his second consecutive tournament on the Champions Tour, and fourth overall in 2004.
For the third time this year, Cristie Kerr held off a young player looking for her first career victory, edging the exuberant Christina Kim by a shot Sept. 5 at the State Farm Classic.
Tiger Woods has close view as Vijay Singh ascends to No. 1.
Harvie Ward won two U.S. Amateur Championships, a British Amateur and a Canadian Amateur in the 1950s.
Moe Norman was golf’s mystery man; he was a puzzle to most everyone and the world was a confusing place for him.