News for Monday, September 12, 2005
At the Knoxville Open, the season’s 12th event, Australian Kim Felton became the seventh player to claim his first victory.
Lorena Ochoa, 23, fashioned a late comeback of her own to surge to a four-stroke victory June 19 at the Wegmans Rochester LPGA. Her final-round 65 gave her a 15-under 273 and her third career title.
Jason Gore, like the five other regular members of the Nationwide Tour who qualified for a spot at Pinehurst, skipped the developmental circuit’s event in Knoxville last week.
If our national championship is an endurance test for the players its 31 hours of live TV coverage over four days also are a bit of a grind for viewers.
Sweden’s Peter Hedblom shot the lowest score of the tournament, 4-under 66, in the second round.
Matt Every, who made the University of Florida’s golf team as a walk-on three years ago, bested Ryan Moore for low amateur honors at Pinehurst.
Despite his age, despite the incredibly difficult setup at Pinehurst No. 2, Peter Jacobsen refused to flounder.
A combination of common sense and high-tech wizardry led to a successful U.S. Open at Pinehurst No. 2.
One day the two-time Tour winner will tell his grandchildren he shared the 18- and 36-hole lead at the Open with rounds of 67-71. But that did little to dull the disappointment after a closing 80 sent him to a tie for 23rd.
Prior to the 105th U.S. Open, Tiger Woods had a single runner-up finish (2002 PGA Championship) in 33 major appearances as a professional.
On the eve of the final round of the U.S. Open, Olin Browne put to words what everyone in the Sandhills was thinking: “Jason (Gore) is the story of the Open,” Browne said.
Michael Campbell fits the gritty, never-give-up fighting mode of a U.S. Open champion.
Michael Campbell made up four strokes and more on expressionless leader Retief Goosen in the final round and held off emotional charger Tiger Woods.
Wie, 15, became the first female to qualify for a male U.S. Golf Association championship June 14, tying for first in a 36-hole U.S. Amateur Public Links sectional qualifying tournament.
It seems a very long time ago when I was first approached by the then-president of the European Golf Association requesting the PGA European Tour’s support for their campaign to have golf rejoin the Olympics.
Now, with the 2004-05 season at a close, Ryan Moore lived up to expectations, and coach Rod Myers’ Duke squad went above and beyond for its best campaign in 40 years.
Many felt Pepperdine coach Laurie Gibbs’ moment in the sun would fade but she quickly reloaded in Malibu, making a significant run at this year’s national championship and closing the season ranked fourth.
Harry W. Easterly Jr., former executive director and president of the U.S. Golf Association, died June 18 of cancer. He was 82.
Golf always has played a major role in Carolyn Vesper Bivens’ life. So it stands to reason that she immediately was interested in the LPGA’s commissioner position being vacated by Ty Votaw.
As the Walker Cup approaches, the biennial question resurfaces: What’s become of the mid-am?
Slow play has become one of golf’s hot buttons.
Seen any good new golf courses lately? We have. Here is our top 40, all opened in 2003-04 and visited by Golfweek America’s Best raters.
Ken Bakst, the 1997 U.S. Mid-Amateur champion, likes to do things well. That’s the approach he’s taken for a decade in the development of Friar’s Head, a private club on the north shore of Long Island.
Kyle Reifers was among the 24 players invited to the U.S. Walker Cup practice session in January.
Jean Van de Velde visited ghosts of Carnoustie June 26 when he made triple-bogey on the final hole of the French Open.
Despite industry leaders’ efforts to increase participation among women, the number of core women golfers in the United States declined 7.3 percent in 2004.
Greg Kraft erased his dry spell with a two-shot victory over Tim O’Neal at the Nationwide Tour’s Northeast Pennsylvania Classic.
Dallas-based ClubCorp owns or operates more than 100 golf courses, clubs and resorts, but its primary focus right now is on only one of these properties: Pinehurst.
It was distinctly noticeable at the Barclays Classic when Padraig Harrington spent the entire week with a smile on his face, no matter what adversity he encountered.
Wherever golf fans go during U.S. Open week, ESPN won’t be far away. The network is using the tournament to showcase its array of media platforms.
U.S. Open qualifying always offers an interesting variety of stories, and last week’s sectionals were no exception.
Kim’s 72nd-hole bunker miracle delivers stunning final act at U.S. Open.
Tom Pernice and Geoff Ogilvy led all qualifiers after shooting 10-under 134 at British Open International Final Qualifying June 27.
Georgia and Oklahoma State will lead the 15-team field this fall at the 17th Golfweek/Ping Preview.
Louise Stahle’s successful defense of her Ladies’ British Amateur Championship came with an air of inevitability. The 20-year-old Swede arrived at Littlestone Golf Club as the clear favorite, and she didn’t disappoint.
Michael Sim didn’t have the glittering resume of some of his competitors in the 52nd Sunnehanna Amateur, but the Australian walked away with something the others didn’t have: the title.
Singh blasted PGA Tour officials after his first round at Westchester Country Club took more than five hours to complete.
Roberto Castro sank an 8-foot par putt to win the 15th hole and defeat England’s Steve Tiley of Georgia State, 4 and 3, giving the U.S. its 12th point, and Jeff Overton of Indiana was right behind and standing at 4 up with four to play.
The Nominating Committee of the U.S. Golf Association has voted to terminate two of the most prominent members of the USGA Executive Committee in early 2006.
Chris Couch, who played the PGA Tour in 1999 and 2003, earned his second Nationwide Tour victory of the season June 12 at the LaSalle Bank Open.
Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano saw an opening, and he slammed his way through.
Rain delays, canceled rounds and a Monday finish aside, Dana Quigley was quick and decisive in winning the Bayer Advantage Classic.
Newfangled golf machines, in the form of measuring devices, suddenly are everywhere.
Laura Davies, 41, represents the bandit in all of us. She’s the LPGA’s version of John Daly – similar talent, a similar affinity for casinos, but far less exposure.
Growing awareness of simulators’ many uses and their ever-improving technology are leading to a steady sales climb for the machines.
orenstam should be appreciated for what she is: one of the greatest players in the history of golf. Extraordinary players achieve extraordinary things.
As U.S. Open warm-ups go, the Booz Allen Classic was filled with more foreshadowing than a Stephen King novel.
A pair of mudders from the Pacific Northwest wrapped up a seasonlong rivalry with a steal-the-show shootout at the NCAA Division I Men’s Championship.
Merle Marting, a 64-year-old Dubuque, Iowa, father of seven – six of whom played college golf and three of whom make their living in the golf business today – certainly is deserving.
After lackluster spring, Georgia Bulldogs save their top performance for last.
That Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player, Hale Irwin and Jay Haas have sons that at one time or another wanted to follow pop into the family business is no surprise. Neither are the expectations that come with having a famous father.
It’s been only six years since the Open was held at No. 2 and Paul Jett handled the setup – and himself – masterfully despite a health crisis and being without an assistant.
Golf course designer Mike Strantz's death on June 10 at age 50 brings to a premature close the most creative burst of energy in the history of golf design.
Payne Stewart’s absence at the 105th U.S. Open once again unbuttons small holes in the heart we had hoped would have healed by now.
Orange County jurors rejected claims June 8 that a faulty valve adapter caused Payne Stewart’s Learjet 35 to rapidly lose air pressure and eventually crash into a South Dakota field in October 1999.
The main storylines for amateurs at the U.S. Open are embodied by perhaps the game’s most iconic figure and one of its most magical moments.
Retief Goosen returns to Pinehurst for the 2005 U.S. Open with more confidence, more game and an altered outlook as defending champion.
The 105th U.S. Open, scheduled for June 16-19, returns to the Pinehurst, No. 2 course.
It’s kickoff day at Newport Country Club for the 2006 U.S. Women’s Open and Mike Davis hardly can contain himself.
USGA’s Tom Meeks to plot a new course: retirement.
Now 41, Love has won 18 times on the PGA Tour, most notably the 1997 PGA Championship at Winged Foot.
Brian McElhinney’s 5-and-4 victory over John Gallagher in the British Amateur Championship final June 4 put an end to a story that would have captivated the world of golf.
A hot topic of discussion on the European Tour centers around European players who play the PGA Tour, and don’t come back to support their tour back home.
The real surprise might be if Annika Sorenstam doesn’t win the Grand Slam.
After the highlight of his golf career, a second-place finish at the Byron Nelson Championship, rookie Sean O’Hair heard from his estranged father, Marc.
For Bart Bryant, his validation as a top player arrived June 5 at the Memorial.
The death of Herbert Warren Wind on May 30 at age 88 signals the end of the classic age of American golf writing.
The LPGA announces points system to begin in 2006.
Peter Hanson and Jonathan Lomas each shot 10-under 134 for 36 holes June 6 to qualify for next week’s U.S. Open.
Even in peak season (January-April), golf on the North side barely ranges north of $110.
It was Petrovic’s first triumph on the PGA Tour. And it also was a “first” of sorts for Nickent: Never before had the company’s equipment been used in a Tour victory.
Cabrera, now 35, captured the BMW Championship, one of the PGA European Tour’s premier events on May 29.
Kang, who earned her LPGA card as the Futures Tour’s top money winner last year, shot a final-round 66.
In his prime, before he tore the cartilage in his left shoulder preparing for the 1982 British Open, Pate was nearly unbeatable.
Mike Reid added his name to the list of Senior PGA Championship winners.
At TPC at Southwind, Justin Leonard had the equivalent of a 50-mile lead heading into the final round of the FedEx St. Jude Classic.
Ernie Els has left IMG and will join Andrew “Chubby” Chandler’s International Sports Management group June 6.
Tracey Stewart filled an Orange County courtroom with emotion May 27.