News for Sunday, September 26, 2004


News 2004 September 26


2004: The Masters - First major gets minor change: Tighter 11th

The gentlemen in green jackets have decided for this year’s Masters to tighten the par-4 11th hole. The change appears minor but is important.

2004: The Masters - Wolstenholme not in awe this trip

Amateurs don’t often play in the Masters twice, especially 12 years apart. But then Gary Wolstenholme is no ordinary amateur golfer.

2004: The Masters - Masters’ maintenance practices make perfect

Spectators and television viewers gawk at the flawless conditioning of Augusta National Golf Club. The result is a powerful set of expectations for perfect golf course conditioning.

2004: The Masters - New practice facility coming to the National

The Augusta National Golf Club has been on something of a buying binge the past several years, snapping up some $28 million worth of property in and around the fabled home of the Masters.

2004: The Masters - Triumph puts Weir - and his home - on map

Victory at the 2003 Masters brought Mike Weir a green jacket, $1.08 million and a higher step on golf’s ladder. It also brought a stranger to Weir’s Draper, Utah, doorstep two days later.

2004: The Masters - Craving Masterpiece theater

Two years after the Augusta's dramatic facelift that lengthened nine holes, we’re left with an aging beauty that’s becoming less recognizable by the year.

2004: The Masters - Downhill disaster, uphill climb

Determined Len Mattiace won’t let mishap keep him from Masters.

2004: College - Bulldogs halt Blue Devils’ streak

Seven events, 21 rounds and 197 days into its competitive season, Duke’s winning streak came to an end.

2004: Nationwide Tour - Walker off to fast start with 2nd title

Four events into the 2004 Nationwide Tour season and Jimmy Walker is already staring down a PGA Tour card.

2004: PGA European Tour - Key holes fuel Hanell victory

When Brad Kennedy looks back at the reasons he didn’t win the Madeira Island Open, the Australian should look no further than the 18th hole at Santo da Serra.

2004: LPGA - Lady Grace cloaked in victory

At Augusta, the winners get a green jacket. Here, they get a white robe. This is necessary, of course, after the traditional victory leap into the pond at the 18th.

2004: LPGA - Grand Slam bid ends quickly forSorenstam

Annika Sorenstam made her goal for the season abundantly clear: Win the Grand Slam by capturing all four major championships in one year.

2004: LPGA Gamer - Graceful finish

Grace Park outlasts formidable trio, fulfills major mission at Mission Hills.

2004: PGA Gamer - Scott comes of age

Adam Scott found himself in his own precarious situation March 28, as he came painfully close to snatching defeat from the jaws of a sure victory at The Players Championship.

2004: Newsmakers - Open defense unlikely for Furyk

Jim Furyk likely will be unable to defend his Open title June 17-20 at Shinnecock Hills in Southampton, N.Y., and might miss all four major championships.

2004: Newsmakers - Demsey receives all clear

Just days after doctors informed Todd Demsey his year-long battle with a brain tumor was all but over, he posted his best competitive round in five months.

2004: Newsmakers - Even with an 80, Daly Augusta-bound

Struggling on a course where he has struggled before, John Daly signed for 80 and resigned himself to the realization his spirited run at a spot in the Masters had fallen short.

2004: Newsmakers - Singh tops Golfweek rankings

For the first time since the Golfweek/Sagarin ranking debuted in January 2000, someone other than Tiger Woods holds the top spot: the relentless Vijay Singh.

2004: Matchups and misconceptions

The U.S. Golf Association, PGA Tour and PGA of America, reacted to the 1990 Shoal Creek fiasco by no longer conducting tournaments at courses whose memberships exclude minorities and women.

2004: An exercise in excess

The excesses of the $1.5 million Tavistock Cup certainly caught the attention of the contestants.

2004: Teeing off on length

New Englanders appear very fired up to play their home course, a charming layout built in the early 1900s.

2004: Canadian contrast

Toronto, and its golf, a colorful portrait of difference.

2004: Park deal adds to Korean-buying boom

Grace Park knows that she’ll always be welcomed at The Ridge at Castle Pines North in Castle Rock, Colo.

2004: Mill River: Lower prices at what cost?

Mill River plans fuel the animosity of many off-course retailers who can’t compete with Mill River pricing at neighboring golf clubs.

2004: Tomasulo, Bears eye breakthrough

Peter Tomasulo and California are inching closer and closer to victory.

2004: No debate: Jimenez top dog

Jimenez, after shooting 67 April 4 to win the Algarve Open by two shots, leads the PGA European Tour’s Order of Merit and also sits atop the Ryder Cup European points list.

2004: Atlanta yes, Augusta no

Rookie Johnson passes BellSouth exam, but won’t get to test mettle at Masters.

2004: Down with the Stimpmeter

As the Masters goes, so goes the rest of American golf.

2004: ‘Battle’ a bit drawn out

Hollywood couldn’t have dreamed up a better cast of characters than the real-life zanies found in Martha Burk’s nine-month battle to admit a woman member to Augusta National Golf Club.

2004: Enjoyable stroll with caddies

Through 1982, professional golfers left their regular PGA Tour caddies at the front gate of Magnolia Lane and relied upon local caddies for tournament week.

2004: First and last

Zoeller says his 1979 Masters victory as a rookie almost certainly is a feat that won’t be repeated.

2004: Sorenstam makes it a nifty 50

Annika Sorenstam said before the Office Depot Championship that her disappointing tie for 13th at the previous week’s Kraft Nabisco Championship wouldn’t affect the rest of her season.

2004: British Open? Yates opts for the slopes

Simon Yates finished 36 holes March 31 tied with three other players for the final qualifying spot at the British Open International Qualifier in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

2004: Daly’s wife, in-laws guilty

John Daly’s wife and her parents pleaded guilty April 5 to federal money laundering charges.

2004: St. Andrews to get 7th course

The St. Andrews Links Trust received permission from local planning authorities to build a controversial seventh golf course just outside that ancient ecclesiastical center in Scotland.