June 19, 2010 |
Birdie: The USGA. Trimmed 34 yards off the fourth hole, leaving 290 yards. Tom Watson took a shot with a driver, saying: "It's a lot of fun to go ahead and take a crack at that green." Jerry Kelly hit a three-wood to 14 feet but missed the eagle try. Bogey: Mike Weir. Hard to believe he held the lead briefly Thursday. Weir followed his 79 on Friday with an 83 on Saturday, his highest score in 42 career U.S. Open rounds. And he made an eagle Saturday on No. 4. Birdie: At the risk of being repetitive ÃÂÃÂ
August 17, 2009 |
BOGEY Padraig Harrington can look at it this way: Even if he'd aced the eighth hole, he still would not have won the PGA Championship. So all his quintuple-bogey eight cost him was several hundred grand. "These things happen," said Harrington, managing a smile. "In the course of your career, you're going to mess up sometimes, as I did." Harrington was six under par when he stepped to the eighth tee, alone in third place. With 167 yards into a strong breeze, he chose a knock-down six-iron, but it landed in the pond, short and right of the green.
August 16, 2009 |
BIRDIE Tiger Woods generally gets the last word in golf media guides. It's a function of his name. Since Fuzzy Zoeller left the scene, Woods usually comes last in the alphabet. But not at the PGA Championship, where Y.E. Yang earns that distinction. And Yang has proved to be far more than a novelty. The 37-year-old South Korean shot a five-under-par 67 Saturday that tied Woods' first round for the low score of the tournament. At six under, two off the lead, he will be paired with Woods today in the final group.
August 15, 2009 |
BIRDIE Tom Lehman putted out on No. 18, and within seconds a fan shouted from the stands: "Thank you, Tom!" Lehman removed his cap in gratitude but then whipped it downward, as if trying to swat a fly. He had just bogeyed the 18th by leaving an eight-foot putt short. Few would have expected Lehman, 50, to make the cut in the PGA Championship, being played in his home state. But Lehman made it with two shots to spare -- and longed to do even better. "The fans here are tremendous; they're the best," Lehman said.
August 14, 2009 |
BIRDIE You ever try to offer a compliment and have it come out all wrong? Padraig Harrington did that Thursday. Speaking of his enjoyable time with playing partners Tiger Woods and Rich Beem , Harrington said: "Today was a nice, pleasant round of golf. Even Rich Beem played lovely golf." Ouch. Triple ouch. But the point is valid. Beem has done little right since reigning at Hazeltine National during the 2002 PGA Championship. He has made only one cut in the six PGAs since.
July 19, 2009 |
Turnberry, a gorgeous underdog of a golf course mauled Thursday, rallied to win the 138th British Open by Saturday, establishing again its heft among Open courses. Criticized for its remote location behind two-lane roads, questioned for the low scores it had yielded in three previous Opens, and cornered when 50 players broke par on a tranquil Thursday, the Ailsa Course dug deep and revealed a menacing set of teeth even in the sunshine.