News for Saturday, June 8, 2002
The Black Course – ranked No. 26 in Golfweek’s America’s Best Classical Course list – is the best-known of a five-course state facility that annually plays host to 280,000 rounds. It opened in 1936, designed by A.W. Tillinghast in conjunction with longtime park superintendent Joseph H. Burbeck. It quickly gained a reputation for being the toughest course on Long Island.
Tiger Woods has won six of the last 10 major championships, and because of that dominance, winning a Grand Slam tournament never has been so difficult for the rest of professional golf. He has been a one-man roadblock.
Zach Johnson is living the dream. No, the 26-year-old graduate of Drake (Iowa) University is not hot on the tail of Tiger Woods for the PGA Tour’s money title. Nor is he fending off sponsorship offers or being touted as a top player to watch at next week’s U.S. Open. In fact, Johnson won’t even be at Bethpage State Park.
On a late September morning atop an old, plushly grassed-in potato farm here in the British Midlands, two clear signs made one attentively aware the long day ahead at the 34th Ryder Cup would be nothing short of extraordinary.
Success has been an infrequent visitor to Gary Hallberg through five Buy.com Tour events, and a 10-shot deficit in the final round of the Northeast Pennsyl-vania Classic didn’t seem to be a welcome mat for victory.
Golf executives rarely agree on anything, but on one issue, there’s little dissent: Consolidation is coming. For Jim Connor, it’s already arrived.
With the introduction of the Hogan Apex Tour ball this summer, it was only a matter of time before Spalding redefined its Strata brand. The multilayer product was the equipment maker’s primary tour ball and also its lone entry in the premium market.
As you might expect from a good Scottish pub, there is a wide variety of Scotch whiskey on the shelves behind the bar at the Dunvegan Hotel. But on the top row, down the line from bottles in a section labeled “Very Fine,” the keen observer will note two small urns that share space with the single malts.
Justin Rose, a young Englishman with a worldful of expectations heaped his way four years ago, is in the process of formulating a season for British fans to remember.
These days, there’s Annika Sorenstam, and there’s the rest of the LPGA. And Sorenstam most definitely is winning.
If you’re thinking about taking a sip out of a freestanding container during a round, it could be hazardous to your health.
If Bob Bettinardi didn’t raise the bar, he certainly raised the price. When he started his little putter company, Bettinardi Golf, in 1999, his putters carried a suggested retail price of $275 to $325. Today his range is $275 to $500. Can the $1,000 putter be far behind?
Has it really been 37 years since Ken Venturi stood on the final green at Congressional Country Club outside the nation’s capital and dropped his putter in sheer exhaustion and jubilation after winning his first and only major, the 1964 U.S. Open?
If Johnny Miller wanted to witness a victory he could truly enjoy, he should have stayed on this side of the pond.
Loren Roberts was facing a pair of fellow 40-somethings just as hungry for a return to the winner’s circle. But instead of making late mistakes like Fred Couples and Fred Funk, Roberts started living up to his nickname.
Austin Eaton’s Cinderella coach finally was turned back into a pumpkin when he lost his quarterfinal match at this year’s U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship.
For more than two decades, George Zahringer has been one of the leading amateur golfers in the Metropolitan Golf Association and the New York, New Jersey, Connecticut area.
The two U.S. Mid-Amateur Championships, one for men and the other for women, make up one of amateur golf’s great success stories.
On the Emerald Isle, Paul McGinley suddenly is a national hero. All because he had the good fortune to be in the right place at the right time.
European Ryder Cup victories have a habit of identifying unlikely heroes. Eamonn Darcy in 1987, Christy O’Connor Jr. in 1989, Philip Walton in 1995, Costantino Rocca in 1997. Add Phillip Price and Paul McGinley.
Sergio Garcia’s success at the 34th Ryder Cup surprised no one. The Spaniard went 3-1-1 in his Ryder Cup debut in Brookline, Mass., three years ago and was expected to lead the European team at The Belfry.
Not many people expected Sam Torrance to play Colin Montgomerie and Bernhard Langer, his two most serious campaigners, together again on Saturday morning. But then Torrance did a lot of things in this Ryder Cup that came straight out of left field.
Curtis Strange made good on his promise that everyone on the American side would see action Friday. The U.S. captain was paid back in kind during the afternoon foursomes when his team won two matches, fought back to halve another and trimmed the European lead to one point.
Europe took its first 3-1 Ryder Cup lead since 1971. In doing so, it improved its four-ball dominance over the United States to a 421⁄2-251⁄2 record since 1985.
Early-week tabloid fodder included Sam Torrance’s decision to play The Belfry’s 10th hole all the way back and Tiger Woods’ dawn-patrol practice round on Thursday.
Best thing you can say about the Americans’ performance on the final day of the Ryder Cup is this: They sure can play out of that left bunker at 18. Other than that, Europe did the blasting.
If you caught any of the advance stories on the Ryder Cup anywhere on TV in September, you would have heard such simmering rhetoric as to make you think the matches were nothing less than an opening salvo on Iraq.
Joe Louis Barrow Jr., executive director of The First Tee program, gained respect for Tour de France cyclists after the 16th annual PGA Tour MS 150 Bike Tour Sept. 21-22.
Martha Burk is convinced her campaign to get Augusta National to admit its first female is one step closer to fruition.
Recent history has had a sobering effect on the Ryder Cup Matches. In 1999, belligerent crowd behavior at Brookline, Mass., convinced Ryder Cup organizers that they needed to rethink policies on alcohol sales.
Scottsdale’s unofficial moratorium on new course projects has been lifted for at least two proposed developments, thanks to a soon-to-be-built privately funded water pipeline that will feed the courses.
A few years ago, Doug Buffington had reason to smile. The widespread belief among golf experts then was that the game’s growth would be fueled by women.
As the debate over hot clubs continues, Wilson Golf is set to introduce the newest member of its Deep Red line, an oversized driver that boasts a 425cc head and conforms to current U.S. Golf Association limits for COR (coefficient of restitution).
And the newest growth segment in the golf industry is – envelope please – golf-test machines.
Matt Anderson once skipped his calculus class at Edina (Minn.) High School to watch the 1999 NCAA Division I Men’s Championship at Hazeltine National Golf Club in nearby Chaska. He dreamed of the day he could play in the event as a Golden Gopher.
What the Yellow Jackets program lacked was an NCAA Division I Championship medalist. Not any more. Georgia Tech junior Troy Matteson took care of that June 1 when he shot a final-round, 4-under 67 at Ohio State’s Scarlet Course.
The layout the Open was being contested on was the same place they had been playing for years, the Black Course at Bethpage State Park in Farmingdale, N.Y.
Hundreds of courses want to play host to the U.S. Open. All are required to send letters of invitation to the U.S. Golf Association.
Once upon a time, private clubs dominated the American golf landscape. Golf was viewed suspiciously as a game for rich, white males. Deservedly so.
The scene is an Italian restaurant in Munich, Germany. It’s late August 1999, two years before Retief Goosen would take the golf world by storm by winning the U.S. Open at Southern Hills in Tulsa, Okla.