Stories for October 2002


News 2002 October

Saturday, October 19

2002: Bjorn smokes field, regains confidence

If you’re looking for confidence heading into the Ryder Cup, being mired in an 18-month title drought isn’t the ideal formula.

2002: Meunier-Lebouc lands 1st U.S. title

She was challenged much of the day by a pair of Korean stars who already have made their marks on the LPGA. But France’s Patricia Meunier-Lebouc had her own statement to make.

2002: Perspective - Mom or not, Inkster has character

The male-dominated world of golf journalism has a complex and was celebrating the fact that a mother – any mother – won the tournament.

2002: Sauers can sleep in, skip school

Forget the money. Gene Sauers is just glad he doesn’t have to return to Q-School.

2002: Golfweek Preferred - The Club at Nine Bridges a Jeju Island jewel

For Jay Lee, the scion of the family that founded Samsung in South Korea, the choice was relatively simple – build the best course in your homeland, and perhaps the best course in all of Asia.

2002: Beisiegel besieges sectional foes

The top 30 are heading to the beach. For everyone else, it’s on to the desert.

2002: Golfweek Preferred - LPGA’s tale has too much Bashful, not enough Happy

The LPGA has received a raw deal for years and everyone knows it. But for all the natural prejudices faced by the ladies, there is one naughty little problem that long has been the tour’s secret shame.

2002: Storied Interlachen should be fine stage

Anytime you hand pro golfers five par-5 holes in a round, they’re likely to make a ton of birdies.

2002: Golfweek Preferred - The aim game: Shoot for low numbers, not flagsticks

Don’t bother with trying to get the ball into the hole until you are close enough to putt or chip to it.

2002: Sheehan: Five rookies make for a special mix

The 2002 U.S. Solheim Cup squad will include five first-time participants, the most since 1992, the second playing of the matches.

2002: Golfweek Preferred - Pro V phobia curable, at $24.99 a session

My name is Brian, and I have an obsession with Pro V1 golf balls.

2002: Europe’s glamorous young guns could present Solheim surprise

She may be taking six rookies to face the might of the LPGA Tour, but European Solheim Cup captain Dale Reid isn’t shaking in her spikes.

2002: Golfweek Preferred - Software lets you see your shift

Now you can watch your weight shift with your very own eyes.

2002: Golfweek Preferred - The plentiful particulars of putting

Before addressing the mystery of face-balanced putters, let’s examine the importance of tour players to putter manufacturers.

2002: Golfweek Preferred - Getting bent: When the rules don’t apply

Rule Benders are those who regularly skirt regulations that are supposed to govern club behavior.

2002: IBM system links spectators to every shot

IBM and the PGA Tour have been partners for a few years now, and each season the computer company upgrades its methods for tracking players electronically.

2002: IBM system links spectators to every shot

IBM and the PGA Tour have been partners for a few years now, and each season the computer company upgrades its methods for tracking players electronically.

2002: Golfweek Preferred - Rich find the need to rent their retreats

Owners of luxury second homes do not fit the typical profile of landlords.

2002: TaylorMade adds wedges, with new irons to follow

TaylorMade-Adidas Golf became the latest major golf equipment maker to dive into the $70 million wedge business with the introduction of its Tour Preferred line, which began showing up in pro shops and retail outlets in June.

2002: Business - On the radar

Sonartec relies on word of mouth, Tour success to become more than a blip . . .

2002: Golfweek Preferred - What’s your handicap?

Accident hasn’t stopped Walters from making a positive impact.

2002: Campbell staggers to victory

On the final four holes, it looked as if Michael Campbell was trying to lose the Smurfit European Open. Padraig Harrington just wouldn’t let him.

2002: Golfweek Preferred - Forest Dunes joins list of links gems

Choosing where to play in Northern Michigan is not the problem. The number of options continues to expand.

2002: PGA Tour - ShortGame

Making it to Muirfield: Jerry Kelly wasn’t the only winner at the Advil Western Open. Fifteen players qualified for the July 18-21 British Open during a competition within the tournament.

2002: Golfweek Preferred - Up in Michigan

Hemingway’s former haunt now treasured for its wealth of commendable courses.

2002: Boisterous Western benefits Kelly

Winner Jerry Kelly was feeling the love from screaming fans at the Advil Western Open.

2002: Equipment Update - Back in the spotlight

Designer Roger Cleveland puts mark on Callaway wedges.

2002: Business - Nationwide is on PGA Tour’s side

Company signs 5-year deal to sponsor developmental circuit.

2002: Tour - Sixes wild in Buha’s victory

Six was the key number for Jason Buha at the Dayton Open.

2002: McGill, Waugh chalk up Open as a lesson learned

Four women had a realistic chance at victory July 7 heading into the final round of the 57th U.S. Women’s Open at Prairie Dunes Country Club.

2002: Senior PGA Tour - Senior Players proves to be Ginn’s tonic

The Senior PGA Tour majors had a first-time feel this year as Jim Thorpe, Fuzzy Zoeller and Don Pooley all won their first majors.

2002: Pak rebounds from poor putting

Se Ri Pak putted so poorly the first two rounds of the U.S. Women’s Open at Prairie Dunes that she nearly missed the cut.

2002: PGA European Tour - Romero turns back younger foes

You read it here first. Eduardo Romero is going to make a fortune on the Senior PGA Tour.

2002: Splendid short game secures Inkster’s title

So much for the usual fairways-and-greens formula that produces U.S. Open titles.

2002: LPGA - Back-nine birdie binge helps Teske beat Bauer

Rachel Teske gave Beth Bauer another rookie lesson: You usually need a few late birdies to win an LPGA title.

2002: Triple crown try ends quickly for Webb

If the fans in Kansas who had gathered to watch Webb’s odyssey toward the record books seemed shocked at what they had witnessed, well, they weren’t nearly as jolted as Webb.

2002: PGA Tour - Sluman steady in Milwaukee

This time, Jeff Sluman made sure he kept the mistakes to a minimum in the final round of the Greater Milwaukee Open.

2002: Control key to conquering Muirfield

No layout better combines classical links features and modern shotmaking demands than the legendary home of the Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers.

2002: Competition - British qualifiers forced to go low

Par golf just doesn’t cut it anymore. Not by a long shot.

2002: Reversal of Fortune

Struggling Westwood seeks return to winning ways

2002: Competition - Victory solves Wood’s match-play woes

After winning five matches on Firethorn Golf Club, site of the 1996 U.S. Women’s Amateur, Courtney Wood was happy to have broken through her match-play anxiety and into the finals.

2002: TaylorMade makes a play with R500

TaylorMade is betting, as are other companies, that the USGA and R&A will enact a proposal allowing “hot” drivers worldwide for a five-year period beginning Jan. 1.

2002: Adidas footwear makes strides

In 1997, Adidas Golf sprinkled some youth into its three-stripe personality and directed its marketing efforts toward the MTV generation of golf.

2002: Adams unveils high-COR driver

he difference in yardage between an .830 and .860 driver is no more than 5 or 6 yards, the USGA says.

2002: Newsmakers - The hardest piece?

Muirfield may be Tiger Woods’ biggest obstacle to Slam

2002: Business - Official: ’02 not last Fall Expo

The 2002 PGA Fall Expo opens next week in Reno, Nev., and many industry watchers are convinced it will be the last.

2002: Business - Retailoring TaylorMade

With distinctive copper-colored clubs and a populous consumer following, TaylorMade was a recognized brand in golfdom.

2002: Curtis Cup - From rodeo to golf, Jerman finds success

As a high school senior, Angela Jerman didn’t know what the Curtis Cup was.

2002: Perspective - U.S. Walker Cup system needs attitude adjustment

The 39th Walker Cup Match is 16 months away, and already the U.S. team is behind the eightball.

2002: Kim strong to the finish

In a down-to-the-wire battle between two LPGA players with recent histories of struggling to finish victories, it was Mi Hyun Kim who closed it out.

2002: Perspective - Glamour of amateur golf unfortunately gone

I love amateur golf, but I am prejudiced.

2002: A ringer: McRoy chimes in at B.C. Open

Spike McRoy and Shaun Micheel each was in search of his first PGA Tour victory, but their performances were as contrasting as their goals were similar.

2002: Business - Ping celebrates 30 years of its color-code concept

In 1972, Ping founder Karsten Solheim began using colored dots on his K1 irons to indicate lie angle. The dots were an immediate success and have been a fixture on Ping irons since.

2002: Fellow Aussies allow chances to slip away

Steve Elkington and Stuart Appleby will think about Muirfield’s 18th hole for a long time. It might just give them nightmares.

2002: Equipment Update - For Callaway, White Hot putter lives up to its name

How popular is the new Odyssey White Hot 2-Ball putter from Callaway Golf? Very.

2002: Levet no Van de Velde, but still falls shy

As extroverted Frenchmen go, it is arguable who is more exuberant, Thomas Levet or Jean Van de Velde.

2002: Business - Driver prices produce bargains, headaches

A walk through the aisles of golf stores today reveals premium drivers in affordable abundance.

2002: Severe Saturday sends leaders tumbling

In Round 3 of the 131st British Open, timing was everything.

2002: Amateur - Team UAE talent pool not as rich as region

The World Amateur Team Championship attracted teams from 62 nations in 2000. Among them were five first-time entrants: Bahrain, Lebanon, Slovenia, Tunisia and the United Arab Emirates.

2002: Amateur - Golfweek to debut men’s senior rankings

Who will be the best senior male amateur golfer in 2002 and each year to follow? Golfweek plans to determine that with the introduction of the Golfweek/Titleist Men’s Senior Amateur Rankings.

2002: Ten years later, Evans steps closer to potential

Englishman Gary Evans played at The Belfry with three buddies Sept. 28, the day the Ryder Cup was supposed to start.

2002: Amateur - Fox Chapel a rigorous Raynor design

Pittsburgh layout should provide stern Curtis Cup test

2002: Prime putting, brilliant bunker play earn Els jug

Before pinpointing the strengths of winner Ernie Els at the British Open, it makes intriguing conversation to examine the adventures of Rocco Mediate in the same championship.

2002: So long, Slam, but Tiger stays sunny

Judging by his sunny demeanor Saturday night, you never would have guessed Tiger Woods had suffered such a gloomy afternoon.

2002: Amateur - Porter Cup: Labor of love and pride

Dr. William McMahon, respectfully and affectionately known simply as “Doc,” died in 1995. But his spirit and legacy live on at Niagara Falls Country Club.

2002: Amateur - Beneficial breakup

Four countries agree: GB&I split showcases more players

2002: Uihlein: Addressing golf’s challenges

As chairman and chief executive officer of the Acushnet Co. – manufacturer of Titleist, FootJoy and Cobra products – Wally Uihlein is one of golf’s most thoughtful observers.

2002: Amateur - Local legends

They may be unknown to you, but in their corner of the golf universe they are legends.

2002: Amateur - Hurdling his hardships

Jim Stahl has endured tougher obstacles than Weiskopf’s tirade.

2002: Quick start jumps Dier by field

Tobias Dier’s magnificent opening round in the TNT Dutch Open had fellow competitors trying to catch the 25-year-old German from the very beginning.

2002: Amateur - Doctor’s orders

When it was announced in February that Mary Budke would become captain of the 2002 U.S. Curtis Cup team, fellow doctors were impressed.

2002: LPGA Tour

Obviously, Annika Sorenstam doesn’t intimidate or dominate her rivals in the final round of an LPGA Tour event the way Tiger Woods does

2002: Amateur - Impact Player

Delcher and McKnight were on their way to play in the 1999 U.S. Amateur when they decided to try their hand at running an event, much like the ones they have competed in nearly their entire lives.

2002: Hayes bags Deere victory

J.P. Hayes had no doubt his second PGA Tour victory would come. To him, it was just a matter of when.

2002: ‘Smarter’ Nash notches Porter Cup

The Gophers, with Nash playing a lead role, won the Big Ten Conference Championship and then captured the NCAA Championship.

2002: PGA European - Garcia earns first reign in Spain

Sergio Garcia's four-stroke victory April 28 in the Spanish Open brought him a win in his home country.

2002: PGA Tour - Mediate drives home with a windy win

The wind was gusting, his swing was shaky and he had no feel for his putting. Down the stretch, however, Rocco Mediate’s driver was just fine.

2002: Business - Muni workers’ union out to halt privatization

The union representing municipal golf course workers in Cook County, Ill., is trying to thwart a recently approved contract that privatizes operations.

2002: College - Wildcats win, but Ochoa’s streak snapped

It was a bittersweet ending for the Arizona Wildcats at this year’s Pac-10 Championship.

2002: PGA nixes San Antonio project, cites community protests

Under pressure from intense community activism, the PGA of America Aug. 1 announced it is withdrawing plans to develop a major resort village in northern San Antonio.

2002: Business - Scaled-down show a little bit cozier

With the exception of Nike, major golf equipment manufacturers skipped the PGA Fall Expo held Aug. 2-3 at the Reno/Sparks Convention Center.

2002: Business - C-Thru Grips makes most of big stage

The PGA Fall Expo gives smaller companies the opportunity to bask in the golf spotlight.

2002: Business - Fall Expo

Change was the name of the game at the 2002 Fall Expo.

2002: Perspective - Saturdays no longer so swell for Woods

A strong argument could be made that Tiger Woods lost a potential 2002 Grand Slam because of a Saturday at Muirfield and a Saturday at Hazeltine.

2002: Perspective - Mahan’s medal all about the mettle

Three hundred and twelve players showed up at storied Oakland Hills for the 102nd U.S. Amateur last week. Hunter Mahan beat all but one of them.

2002: Good medicine: Klauk wins Western

John Klauk did not have lofty expectations entering the 100th Western Amateur, and why would he?

2002: Business - Ping expands fitting options with ‘Specify’ putter line

Ping Golf was slated to unveil seven new products this week, including the Ping Specify line of putters.

2002: Business - From golf gloves to grooves, Antonious has made millions

Using the sticky Velcro on the closure at the back of golf gloves, Antonious, 85, received a U.S. patent and made tens of millions of dollars. He also made enemies.

2002: Bid for PGA title may hinge on 3 key holes

The year’s first two majors were held on newly lengthened, toughened courses, and Tiger Woods won both.

2002: Hazeltine: Finesse over length

Final major allows sluggers and shotmakers to contend

2002: Business - Carbite layoffs reflect game’s difficult times

In a golf industry marked by increased consolidation and conglomeration, Carbite Golf could be a bellwether signaling troubled times for small golf companies.

2002: Business - Drivers fuel Cobra Golf resurgence

There was a lot of talk about the “new” Cobra Golf last fall when the Carlsbad, Calif., company introduced its King Cobra SS 350 titanium drivers.

2002: Tour - Ridings hits it big with 1st triumph

On Aug. 25, Tag Ridings won the Texas lottery – almost.

2002: Business - Wilson counting on ‘Jack’ to be nimble

In January, the Chicago-based business introduced the premium True ball amid great fanfare at the PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando, Fla.

2002: PGA European - Scottish stretch super for Scott

Australian dominates field, final three holes in 10-stroke triumph.

2002: Business - Cutter & Buffeted

This has not been the best of times for apparel maker Cutter & Buck.

2002: LPGA - Pak breaks from pack with late birdie run

The final round of the Betsy King Classic didn’t start out so great for Se Ri Pak. But it ended just fine.

2002: PGA Tour - Riley hurdles victory hump in Reno playoff

Tiger Woods knew Chris Riley could win on the PGA Tour. Riley just had to prove it to himself.

2002: Wide awake at Sleepy Hollow

Lucidi dominates Women’s Amateur

2002: PGA Tour - No rest for newly crowned PGA champ

His PGA Championship victory shifted Rich Beem’s life into a hectic fast lane, making his week at the WGC-NEC Invitational nothing if not a whirlwind.

2002: For Mickelson, another major that went awry

Phil Mickelson was no newcomer to Hazeltine National Golf Club, having played there as an amateur at the 1991 U.S. Open, where he made the cut and played all four rounds.

2002: U.S. Amateur - On top of the world

If Ricky Barnes had any doubts about his talent as a golfer before, they can be dismissed.

2002: Leonard: No excuses, just an empty feeling

On a day when he had trouble finding his rhythm, Justin Leonard had no difficulty at all pinpointing the source of his hardships following his disappointing final round at the 84th PGA Championship.

2002: PGA - Tiger’s roar down the stretch falls short

Just when he appeared down and out of it, he wasn’t. Once more the lesson was this: Don’t be surprised by any success Tiger Woods has on a golf course.

2002: PGA - Winner’s blade Beems him up at just the right time

Unlikely winner Rich Beem claimed the 84th PGA Championship for myriad reasons, perhaps none more important than his putting. Make that improved putting.

2002: Equipment Update - Beem’s victory major for graphite

In winning the PGA Championship, Rich Beem became the first player to claim one of golf’s four major championships using graphite-shafted irons.

2002: PGA - Beem ignores the beast, has a blast

To hear the self-deprecating Pepto-Bismol Man all week, he had as much chance of winning the 84th PGA Championship as Enron does signing new clients.

2002: Competition - Elusive victory, big payday make Parry want to party

Craig Parry by the numbers: Four-stroke victory in the WGC-NEC Invitational. Final 48 holes without a bogey. Million-dollar payday.

2002: Pilling finds his place at Carnoustie

There have been many surprise winners of the British Boys Amateur Championship, but few as surprising as Englishman Mark Pilling.

Saturday, October 12

Charles Howell III silences skeptics at the Michelob Championship at Kingsmill.

Charles Howell III is 23 years old and in just his second full season on the PGA Tour, but he already was hearing the whispers about why he hadn’t won.

Greg Reynolds takes lesson from Butch Harmon

In addition to the memory of his mother, Wynne, and withdrawn sectional medalist Del De Windt II, Greg Reynolds also must thank Butch Harmon following his USGA Senior Amateur victory.

Michigan’s Greg Reynolds, inspired by mother, wins Senior Amateur

Greg Reynolds’ younger sister told him all week that he had an angel on his shoulders. In the final match of the 48th USGA Senior Amateur Championship Oct. 3, the 55-year-old from Grand Blanc, Mich., realized she was right.

Royal & Ancient Golf Club sets COR limit at .830 for British Open

The Royal & Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews announced Oct. 1 that it will limit the spring-like effect on drivers at next year’s British Open to bring the tournament in line with the other three majors.

USGA to hold practice for Walker Cup hopefuls

The United States leads the Walker Cup competition, 31-6-1, but it has lost the last two matches against Great Britain & Ireland. The U.S. team is determined to right the ship, even if it means taking a cue from its opponent.

As Augusta National opens, some break ranks

Augusta National Golf Club, closed since May 18, reopens for play Oct. 10. It’s a good bet that the club’s handling of the gender equity issue will be a dominant topic of conversation among members in town for opening day.

Walker Cup practice step in right direction

When candidates for the 2003 U.S. Walker Cup team gather Nov. 29 near Hilton Head, S.C., for a three-day practice session, captain Bob Lewis Jr. will be taking more notes about personalities than he will about golf swings.