August 14, 2010 |
Several pros mocked Whistling Straits' 18th hole after the 2004 PGA Championship, saying it seemed contrived and had too small a green. Fuzzy Zoeller called the 500-yard par-four "a joke" and added, "There's nothing good about it. " Now it's all good. Architect Pete Dye expanded the fairway, allowing players to try to bomb it over the giant bunker complex on the left. Steve Stricker used the new strip of fairway as a lay-up area in the first round — and got up-and-down for par after a gorgeous wedge shot from 142 yards.
June 11, 1989
Phil Mickelson, a two-time San Diego Section golfer of the year from the University of San Diego High School, won the NCAA Division I men's golf championship Saturday at Oak Tree Country Club in Edmond, Okla. Playing for Arizona State, Mickelson became the first freshman since Houston's Billy Ray Brown in 1982 to medal in the NCAA tournament. Mickelson had rounds of 71 and 74 Saturday to finish at 281, one over par and four strokes ahead of six players. The 36-hole final day was necessitated by the washout of the opening round Wednesday.
September 25, 2005 |
Two years later and halfway across the world, the Presidents Cup is as close as ever. Chris DiMarco made a hole in one, Tiger Woods and Jim Furyk came through with clutch comebacks and Retief Goosen and Adam Scott proved as formidable as ever Saturday, all of them turning in solid performances that left the matches tied going into today's final round of 12 singles matches. The U.S.
September 21, 2007 |
VERONA, N.Y. -- Jeff Gove and Chad Campbell each shot a seven-under-par 65 on Thursday to tie for the first-round lead at the Turning Stone Resort Championship. Gove and Campbell, who finished one stroke off the Atunyote Golf Club course record, were one shot ahead of Steve Flesch, John Senden, Matthew Goggin and Brendon de Jonge. Both Goggin and De Jonge bogeyed their final holes to drop from the lead. John Rollins, who won the final B.C.
June 30, 1996 |
Greg Norman, who handled his historic collapse at the Masters in April so well, exited with equal grace from the Greater Hartford Open in Cromwell, Conn., after he was disqualified late Friday for using an improperly labeled ball. Norman had informed golf officials that there might be a problem with the ball he was testing for Maxfli during the first two rounds. Golf officials said the ball was physically identical to one approved by the U.S. Golf Assn.
October 24, 1994 |
Veteran Bruce Lietzke, 43, scored a one-stroke victory Sunday in the $1.5-million Las Vegas Invitational and earned a place in next week's season-ending $3-million Tour Championship in San Francisco. Lietzke shot a closing seven-under-par 65 on the TPC at Summerlin, for a 332 total, 27 under in the five-day, 90-hole event. The 13th victory of his 20-year career was secured on a 232-yard two-iron shot on the 560-yard, par-five 16th.
September 1, 1991 |
Laura Davies shot a record-tying 62 at the LPGA Rail Charity Classic at Springfield, Ill., racking up eight birdies and an eagle to take a five-stroke lead. Pat Bradley shot a 67. Davies' 10-under-par 62 tied the LPGA record. Mickey Wright set the mark in 1964 on a par-71 course, and Vicki Fergon tied it in 1984 on a par-73 course. "The big plus for me was being able to hit my driver," said Davies, who often uses an iron when teeing off.
June 3, 1995 |
Masters champion Ben Crenshaw and Robert Gamez shared the 36-hole lead as the rain-plagued Memorial tournament dodged two weather systems and got back on schedule Friday at Dublin, Ohio. Crenshaw shot a four-under-par 68 on the rain-sodden Muirfield Village Golf Club course for a total of 135, tying him with Gamez, whose opening round was suspended because of darkness Thursday. Gamez finished his first round with a 68 Friday morning, then shot a second-round 67.
January 27, 2003 |
Vijay Singh birdied five of the first six holes and shot an eight-under-par 63 Sunday at Scottsdale, Ariz., to win the Phoenix Open for the second time. Singh finished at 23-under 261, three strokes ahead of John Huston. Singh also won the tournament in 1995. This was the 12th victory on the PGA Tour for Singh, a native of Fiji who lives in Florida. The 2000 Masters champion also has 21 international victories. It was the fifth consecutive victory on the tour by an international player.