Stories for July 2006
Sunday, July 30
It looked like Natalie Gulbis’ time. The LPGA’s All-American poster girl had a long-awaited first victory squarely within her sights at the Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic
Tuesday, July 25
Byron Nelson, golf legend and gentleman rancher, leaned on a cane in each hand as he walked into the room.
Gerry James is a PGA golf professional, but any similarity to other instructors ends there.
Thanks to NV’s staying power and Mathewson’s leadership, shaftmaker continues to prosper.
In 2002, Methodist steamrolled the championship field en route to a Division III record 53-shot victory.
Take a glimpse at the eight schools that qualified for the NCAA Division I Women’s Championship out of the Central Regional: Southern California, Duke, Pepperdine, Florida, Oklahoma State, Texas A&M, Kent State and Nebraska.
The Boilermakers journeyed more than 2,000 miles to the NCAA West Regional at Washington National Golf Club and validated their existence as a top team in college golf.
That’s right, the Tide rolled into the NCAA Division I Women’s East Regional on a private jet. Welcome to the Big Time.
On a steamy Texas afternoon during the final round of the NCAA Central Regional, Duke and Southern California had their final players standing on the 18th tee box at the demanding Traditions Club.
Darron Stiles couldn’t care less about finesse, or the leaderboard.
Paul Casey’s comeback isn’t quite complete. Not by the evidence of his final-round performance in the $3.35 million Quinn Direct British Masters.
When Bobby Wadkins joined the Champions Tour in 2001, it took him only 10 days to find the winner’s circle.
Whatever Karrie Webb lost the past few years, she suddenly has found. And now that she’s got it, she’s again leaving the rest of the LPGA in her wake.
Brett Wetterich, a tap-in from victory, cried on the 18th green. His eyes were on the edge between mist and river. His goal was to avoid a “full-out bawl.”
The start of a golf season in the Northeast usually is a time of joy for those who have shivered through yet another long winter.
Fifty years ago, the University of Houston golf team began what would become one of the greatest – and arguably most unlikely – dynasties in the history of college sports.
A Jack Nicklaus-designed golf course touches lightly on the land, with homesites set back generously from corridors of play.
A year ago, Steve Wynn, the indefatigable Las Vegas entrepreneur, capped his comeback on the Strip by opening the eponymous Wynn Las Vegas.
Jennifer Millar stood behind the counter in the spacious kitchen and began mixing the eggs, sugar and cream. And all I could think of was Dan Aykroyd in drag.
Dubai certainly has come a long way since the Emirates Golf Club opened in 1988.
In its quest to become the playground of the Middle East, Dubai has evolved into the world’s fastest-growing metropolis – complete with traffic jams, American fast food and Western-style golf resorts.
Accompanied at a May 15 news conference by his mother and father, David Evans, 23, called the charges against him and two teammates “fantastic lies.”
For anyone who wants to buy some golf courses and business clubs, there’s a seller looking to unload a pretty big portfolio.
After a week filled with controversy over the absence of Oklahoma State’s Pablo Martin, Florida senior Matt Every was announced as winner of the Ben Hogan Award at Colonial Country Club May 13.
Is it possible that the LPGA’s major championship lineup could be altered?
Monday, July 24
Think 60 degrees is the reasonable max for wedges? Think again. New techniques combined with extreme lofts might revitalize your short game.
A state-of-the-art flatstick facility is added to help attract Tour players.
University of South Carolina-Aiken continued its grip of dominance on the golf world.
Every year, a few surprises come out of the NCAA Division I Men’s Regionals.
Brad McMakin had taken his Lamar Cardinals golf team to the regionals in each of the last six years but was 0-for-6 in advancing to the final stage.
Unlike politicians, NCAA regional championships can be all things to all people. For Georgia, the 54-hole qualifier was a warm-up for the upcoming NCAA final in Oregon.
No. 1 Georgia’s ranking gives opponents even more incentive
Some of the details of the 1986 NCAA Men’s Championship jump immediately to mind. Others I have to dig deep to remember.
It was fall 1932 when Chuck Kocsis arrived on campus for his freshman year at the University of Michigan.
To say the last three years have been a bit of a struggle for Matt Kuchar would be an understatement.
The last time Thomas Bjorn was playing in Ireland, he had a round to forget.
Lorena Ochoa figuratively got over the hump. Annika Sorenstam literally did not. And suddenly there could be a shift at the top of women’s golf.
Many in these parts refer to the late Ben Hogan as Mr. Hogan. Almost nine years after his death, it’s still Mr. Hogan.
Tim Herron wishes he would have made it easier on himself. But after waiting seven years for another victory on the PGA Tour, what was two more holes?
A la Ernie Els, Michelle Wie is ready to go global.
Members of the PGA Tour’s Players Advisory Council, which makes recommendations to the Tour’s Board of Directors, met at Colonial last week to discuss the allocation of points for next season’s inaugural FedEx Cup.
University of California-Irvine’s Brian Edick was in California when he found out he had a chance to snag a spot in the NCAA Division I Men’s Championship
He stutter-steps to the tee, then launches a drive into orbit around the 93rd rock from the sun.
Pumpkin Ridge prothinks golf would benefit from a swift kick
Building on its success with metalwoods and with a handful of young stars on Tour, Cobra is betting on its new line of carbon-composite drivers.
Duke’s Amanda Blumenherst walked away with five major awards May 26 following the National Golf Coaches Association’s annual banquet.
Duke’s dominance, improved chemistry provide enjoyable – if suspenseless – NCAA defense
Hee-Won Han was getting tired of finishing second, and she was determined not to do it again at the LPGA Corning Classic.
Nick Dougherty was known as the Golden Child when he was playing amateur golf, the prodigal son of the English amateur scene.
David Howell probably sent Ernie Els back to the drawing board.
One week after Tim Herron broke his seven-year winless skid on the PGA Tour, Jeff Maggert shattered one of his own.
Members of the Oak Tree Gang proved to be gracious hosts for the 67th Senior PGA Championship at Oak Tree Golf Club.
Distance is the least interesting part of golf and golf course architecture.
When it comes to design skill, working with native contours is a matter of restraint.
Carol Semple Thompson was seen sizing up potential members of this year’s Curtis Cup team last week at Ohio State’s Scarlet Course.
A new look is coming to Champions Tour Qualifying School.
Fair to say the Forecaddie was a bit surprised when the May 26 deadline to enter this week’s Memorial Tournament came and passed with no “T. Woods” commitment.
Sunday, July 23
When John Daly switched to a TaylorMade r7 460 driver, he wanted to be absolutely certain he would never hit a big hook.
When Deane Beman retired in 1994 as commissioner of the PGA Tour, he left his successor, Tim Finchem, a pro circuit idling on the cusp of prosperity.
The NCAA Division I Women’s Championship had been completed for five minutes and Purdue coach Devon Brouse was not pleased.
Ninth place never looked so good. Not to a fringe independent candidate in a presidential election, not to an “American Idol” wannabe, and definitely not to Brad McMakin.
McGraw carries on Holder’s legacy, but steps out of his shadow as Cowboys lasso another NCAA title
Gil Morgan won one week too late. At the Senior PGA Championship the previous week, Morgan let the major slip away at his home course.
Brenden Pappas has had to change his focus lately. The 36-year-old has had a life-changing year and a Nationwide Tour season that has been hit-or-miss from the get-go.
Robert Karlsson has been waiting seven years for another shot to make the European Ryder Cup team. This could be his year.
In all the preseason hype about the LPGA’s sudden wealth of young stars, Seon Hwa Lee received barely a whisper.
Nine months ago, Carl Pettersson was a man on the outside looking in, sitting on the wrong side of the top 150 bubble on the PGA Tour’s money list as Labor Day approached and the homestretch of a long season beckoned.
A h, the memories. At the 1984 U.S. Open, I was part of a rat pack of reporters, running to keep up with Greg Norman in the final round at Winged Foot.
"Bob Rosburg hates me,” Billy Casper says. And anyone with even a slight sense of golf history understands why there is some playful animosity between the two men.
One of the country’s premier layouts will be transformed into a media hub during the Open
Tighter, longer, tougher might not add up to “better,” but it certainly adds up to Winged Foot Golf Club’s West Course, site of the 106th U.S. Open.
’05 Open champion Michael Campbell believes the best defense is a good offense
There’s a whole lotta love for Lefty in New York as he guns for a third consecutive major title
In fall 1945, Chuck Kocsis arguably was the top player in American amateur golf.
The Venezuelan became the first Latin American player to shoot golf’s magic number (59).
Jack Nicklaus and the PGA Tour greeted 104 players at the Memorial Tournament with a new twist.
Michelle Wie’s bid to become the first female to qualify for the U.S. Open through 36-hole sectional qualifying fell five shots short of a playoff. But it was quite a show.
Golfweek's 2006 Women's All-Americans
Golfweek's 2006 Men's All-Americans
Saturday, July 22
Jonathan Moore had a fabulous finish to his spring, and he could be on his way to a scorching summer.
Brandt Snedeker knows what it feels like to let a title slip away during a playoff.
Bobby Wadkins made a 12-foot putt for double bogey on the final hole at the TPC of Michigan July 16 and he still won the Ford Senior Players Championship.
Johan Edfors may have to start bringing his family to more PGA European Tour stops.
Australian John Senden became the latest victor with a one-shot triumph July 16 over J.P. Hayes at the TPC at Deere Run.
McCurdy, the first Arkansas native to be named to a U.S. Curtis Cup team, is deeply proud of her blue-collar roots.
Friday, July 21
The Cowboys, coming off a victory at the NCAA Division I Men’s Championship June 3 at Sunriver (Ore.) Resort, also roped in all three of Golfweek’s major postseason awards.
2006: Nieporte, a Winged Foot legend, winds down career
As the best golf professionals in the world gather at Winged Foot Golf Club for the 2006 U.S. Open, one stands out for all he has accomplished.
Major performance for Dufner
Brier beats odds, Austria field
It has been 35 years since he founded Aldila, the graphite shaft manufacturer, and 15 years since he founded Odyssey, the insert putter maker.
Curved stroke gains converts
The Sagamore has aged gracefully, but modernization has diminished some of its charm
When Se Ri Pak saw Karrie Webb for the first time following Webb’s playoff victory at the Kraft Nabisco Championship, Pak couldn’t wait to give her friend a congratulatory embrace.
Nothing says “slow down and smell the lilacs” like a $100 speeding ticket.
Every PGA Tour stop has its favorite restaurants and watering holes.
There’s a Bible verse on the back of Steve Hulka’s trailer that says, “All the weights of the bag are His concern.”
Think you can hit it like a tour pro?
There is something innately handsome about a century-old golf club with its hickory shaft, leather grip and the mellow patina on its head.
Hickory golf’s simple pleasures keep it alive and thriving among a small but passionate group of devotee
Percy Hall will never say that what he does for his family is out of the ordinary. To him, it’s just what a father should do.
The LPGA continues to lose executives at an alarming rate.
Members of Deepdale Golf Club in North Hills, N.Y., have acquired an important new ally in their battle against the town’s mayor, who wants to seize the exclusive retreat through eminent domain.
The PGA Tour Policy Board is expected to give rubber-stamp approval to a points system for next year’s FedEx Cup race.
Saturday, July 15
More versatility, new putting stroke build Wagner’s confidence
Like Marisa Baena a year ago, Brittany Lincicome made a big career move by mowing down top-ranked foes.
For talented South African, it was only a matter of time
Briton David Howell’s major feats could cure mistaken identity
Playing his own game, golf’s late bloomer captures second consecutive Open title
Wednesday, July 12
These games can sharpen your skills
Saturday, July 8
J.J. Henry couldn’t have picked a better spot to win his first Tour title.
A splendid Sunday at Newport should have ended with a winner, not a hug between Monday playoff participants.
Some bunkers had remnants of the recent rains, but were playable.
New citizen Sorenstam fulfills American dream – a third national title
Friday, July 7
NBC Sports Real Golf, the newest golf game for your talking machine, is everything you need in a cellular links experience.
New Mexico is one of America’s original melting pots, whose influences still infuse the state’s culture.
I saw the ghosts. They were here, the spirits of all the great amateurs who have been Curtis Cup captains.
All golfers should keep personal statistics. This advice applies to every player, regardless of ability, although it can be particularly important to low handicappers.
On the eve of the final round at this year’s Porter Cup, co-leader Seung-su Han was asked about the last time he won a tournament.
The Ryder Cup is the latest victim of the new FedEx Cup system introduced by the PGA Tour earlier this year.
Taylor Leon, who finished with three victories and a tie for the American Curtis Cup team, is a contradiction.
Craig Bowden, final-round 63, Northeast Pennsylvania Classic.
Word circulates around Medinah practice area that Daly had suffered a heart attack.
Great Britain and Ireland captain Ada O’Sullivan put it succinctly. Her squad was “simply outclassed” on Day 1 of the 34th Curtis Cup Match.
A dominating Curtis Cup victory revealed the talent gap between the Americans and a links-style GB&I team.
It had been a long time since Kevin Johnson last won a Nationwide Tour event. Six years to be exact. His confidence was waning, and he was wondering if he had a future in the game.
Loren Roberts has let a couple major championships slip. He wasn’t about to let the Senior British Open get away. Although, he almost did.
Swede banks Cup points
Last fall, Karrie Webb entered the Hall of Fame with some impressive credentials. At just 31 years old, however, Webb isn’t done adding to her resume.
Winless for 10 years, gritty veteran finds road to redemption.
Play golf long enough and eventually some stranger in a passing car will yell “Fore!” out the window, perfectly timed to disrupt the middle of your backswing.
Clues of his greatness came early and often. Certainly no golf toddler had appeared before on the “Mike Douglas Show,” and no boy had won three U.S. Juniors in a row.
The Forecaddie cannot remember a non-election year when he has seen so much rampant campaigning, but the Ryder Cup race officially has gone full throttle
The ninth annual Garlic Festival was being held in downtown North Plains, population 1,700, at the same time the U.S. Women’s Amateur was being conducted at neighboring Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club
NCAA champion Jonathan Moore saved his troubled game with positive thinking and a focus on setup and swing plane
Kimberly Kim’s booming drives and carefree mindset make her the youngest Women’s Amateur winner ever
Kevin Stadler has been bouncing around three tours this year. But his final goal is a return to the PGA Tour.
Simon Dyson says he’s a changed man from last year, and he owes it all to . . . nagging?
For the second time in three months, Stanford was dealt a crushing loss thanks to a final-round comeback from Kerr
Ryder Cup captain Tom Lehman came close to a decision that would have caused much debate
The National School Program is an obvious solution to a vexing problem
The First Tee Life Skills Academy teaches the program’s best and brightest how to shape the futures of those around them
The First Tee has exceeded expectations, but it may be another 10 years before its true impact can be measured
Hypnosis is beginning to make an impact among competitive golfers, although these hypnotic states have no resemblance whatsoever to stereotyped images of individuals doing things against their will
By the time the final putt dropped to end the quarterfinal chapter of the Western Amateur, it became increasingly clear the storied tournament’s xenophobic ways would end, sooner rather than later
Johnson Wagner not only knows what he needs to do to make it on the PGA Tour next year, he’s showing he might just be capable of making the leap to the next level this season
It had been 13 years, 3 months and 18 days since David Edwards last won a professional golf event. But it only took him 3 months and 19 days to win on the Champions Tour
Michelle Wie’s two-stroke penalty on the 14th hole during the second round of the Women’s British Open was the product of pure ignorance of the rules of golf – a lack of knowledge that is all too rife in our sport
Although the galleries turned out to see golf’s future, a veteran stole the show at Royal Lytham
This time, the moisture Tiger Woods wiped from his face as he stood on the final green was sweat, not tears
For those who think narrow, tree-lined fairways are the paradigm of good course design, Medinah Country Club’s No. 3 course is an icon
Setup man Kerry Haigh has raised the PGA Championship’s stature
Sergio Garcia has remained in the spotlight since that scintillating slice around a tree at the ’99 PGA. But 7 years later, the Spaniard still seeks a major breakthrough
Woods has evolved beyond golf. His Learning Center validates him as a philanthropist with considerable clout
When company officials spotted Woods, they knew he met all the prerequisites
Without question, Tiger’s impact is most evident at Nike Golf
One can’t discount the impact of the Tiger Woods PGA Tour game, which industry observers say transformed golf into a legitimate video game category
Buick, the General Motors subsidiary and a longtime sponsor of professional golf, signed Woods in 2000
Companies fronted by Tiger Woods discover his worldwide appeal is as good as money in the bank
Saturday, July 1
Phil Mickelson can’t run from his U.S. Open mistakes
Experts agree: Players in best shape have best shot down the stretch at majors
John Steinbreder wouldn't wish a cart girl job on his daughter
Jackie Pung’s scorecard error at the Open was the beginning of her downfall.
Jackson Hole’s natural wonders do wonders for real estate
Virginia is for lovers of golf, history and, oh yeah, bikinis
Fresh off a $140 million makeover, La Costa tries, with mixed results, to reclaim its former glory