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Sergio Garcia faced many questions going into last week – balky putting, diminished ball striking, and a three year winless streak. However, he answered them all in resounding fashion defeating Paul Goydos to win The Players Championship.

The final round presented a unique challenge at TPC Sawgrass. High winds and a firm fast golf course lead to high scores. Although The Players is not an official major, the course showed why it has earned the title "5th Major." Sergio Garcia described the day, "It was one of the hardest days of golf and I was playing well, but it was so difficult. There were so many things you couldn’t control. I mean, I hit so many good shots that I thought were perfect, and I wasn’t even smelling the green."

But the spotlight equally focused on the collapse of Paul Goydos who held the lead for much of the tournament. In the end it was Garcia who capitalized where Goydos couldn’t when on the 18th the one shot lead he held over Garcia was erased with a final bogey.

On the first playoff hole, the devilish 17th, Goydos put his tee shot short in the water, and all of a sudden Garcia found the 17th green growing exponentially larger. Garcia said, "I was on a high. You know, I came from making the putt on 18 and put myself into the playoff."

Not only has Garcia answered many questions about the state of his game, but he also showed significant improvement with the putter, commenting, "the game of golf is not only about hitting the ball. That’s the beauty of it. You have to have every single part of your game in shape. You know, you can be a great ball-striker, but if you can’t finish it off… You’ve just got to work on every single aspect of your game."

Without a doubt, this is the biggest win of Garcia’s career. At a time when many questioned whether or not he would ever win a major, he has become a major contender for the remaining three in 2008. "I’m looking forward to keep going. I don’t want to get stuck here. I want to have a good year and keep giving myself chances of winning more events and having a major if I can," said Garcia.

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  1. Juansky

    May 13, 2008 at 12:16 am

    Goydos should have won the Players. I think the first time Goydos hit the green on the 17th hole on Sunday was a shot that was fulled with adrenaline which gave him the perfect distance. Although the second time around in the playoff he fell short into the water and I think it happened because he was so sure because he just hit the green a few minutes ago. But this time he didn’t hit it with the same amount of adrenaline, instead he hit it too smooth and came up short. One thing I learned is to make sure you hit the safe side of the 17th green on a sudden death against Sergio. you know Sergio is a weak putter on Sundays. I’m sure Goydos would have won if played it safe on the 17th hole, both would have parred the hole and Goydos would have won on tournament on the 18th.

  2. Peter

    May 13, 2008 at 12:10 am

    Do we think Sergio came through partly because of the conditions. The Europeans are better wind players than the Americans – as a generalisation.

    peter

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Morning 9: Tiger ready for Match | Zalatoris return date | More NBC changes

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By Ben Alberstadt with Gianni Magliocco and Matthew Vincenzi.

For comments: [email protected]. On Twitter: @benalberstadt

December 8, 2022

Good Thursday morning, golf fans, as we inch closer to Tiger’s return this Sunday in the latest edition of the Match.

1. Tiger ready for the Match

ESPN’s Mark Schlabach…”Tiger Woods is ready to go for the latest edition of “The Match” on Saturday night, even if his right foot isn’t fully healed.”

  • “Woods, a 15-time major champion, will team up with world No. 1 Rory McIlroy in a 12-hole match against Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas under the lights at Pelican Golf Club outside Tampa, Florida.”
  • “Woods, who was forced to pull out of last week’s Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas because of plantar fasciitis in his right foot, said being able to use a golf cart in The Match will help “a lot.”
  • “I can hit golf balls. It’s just hard getting from point A to point B, so [the cart] will certainly help a lot,” he said Wednesday.
Full piece.

2. McGinley denies DP World Tour bankruptcy rumors

Elliott Heath for Golf Monthly…“Paul McGinley has called DP World Tour bankruptcy rumours “absolutely not true” and hailed the strategic alliance with the PGA Tour as a “phenomenal deal” in an interview with the Irish Independent.”

  • “Relations have never been better between the two tours,” McGinley told the Irish Independent’s Brian Keogh. “They are working very collaboratively together. We’ve just announced record prize funds and so has the American tour.”
  • “I know everybody doesn’t want to believe me and everyone wants to believe the rumours that we’re bankrupt and we were saved by the Americans and all that bulls***. That’s absolutely not true.”
  • “We’ve now hitched our wagon to the PGA Tour, and it provides long-term security for every player on the DP World Tour going forward. It’s a phenomenal deal we’ve done with the PGA Tour.”
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3. Substation attacks hurting Pinehurst

Golf Channel’s Brentley Romine…”Tens of thousands of Duke Energy customers in Moore County, North Carolina, lost power after police say two power substations were intentionally damaged by gunfire on Saturday night.”

  • “The list of those affected includes Pinehurst Resort.”
  • “According to Pinehurst’s website, parts of the resort, including all its golf courses, remain open, but the main clubhouse has been closed among other temporary changes.”
  • “While Pinehurst Resort has been affected by the widespread power outage in Moore County, we are working diligently to provide our guests with the best experience possible given these challenging circumstances,” the resort said in a statement. “At this time, the resort remains open, and golf is still being played, but we are implementing temporary changes due to limited electrical power throughout the resort.”
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4. A special exemption

Golf Channel’s Max Schreiber…”At the tournament he grew up attending, the APGA Tour’s Michael Herrera will make his PGA Tour debut. “

  • “The Moreno Valley, California, native has received a sponsor’s exemption into the 2023 Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines.”
  • “The Farmers team is proud to congratulate Michael on earning this exemption and making his PGA Tour debut at the 2023 Farmers Insurance Open,” said Jeff Dailey, President and CEO of Farmers Insurance. “Our efforts to support the APGA Tour and grow diversity in the game of golf reflect the value Farmers places on advancing diversity, equity and inclusion as an organization, both on and off the course.”
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5. Zalatoris sets a return date

Golf Channel’s Max Schreiber…”Nursing a lower back injury since August’s FedExCup playoffs, Zalatoris will tee it up at Kapalua’s Sentry Tournament of Champions during the first week of January.“

  • “A week after notching his maiden Tour victory at the FedEx St. Jude Championship in Memphis, Zalatoris was in contention at the BMW Championship. However, during the second round, he injured his back during a tee shot.”
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6. Tappen out at NBC

Golfweek’s Adam Schupak…“Golfweek has learned that Kathryn Tappen, who handled post-round player interviews this season, will be replaced by a revolving door of Golf Channel talent already on site, including Cara Banks and Damon Hack. Tappen declined to comment and neither Banks nor Hack responded to messages.”

  • “An NBC spokesperson said it had no further comment beyond its previous statement that it “will be announcing any additional changes to our lineup early in the new year.”
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7. Lexi ready for QBE Shootout

Golfweek’s Beth Ann Nichols…“Lexi Thompson is back for a sixth time at the QBE Shootout while her partner, Maverick McNealy, is a rookie at the event. The former Stanford star got his first look at Tiburon Golf Course on Wednesday.”

  • Thompson, however, competed there just last month at the LPGA season-ending CME Group Tour Championship. She won the CME at Tiburon in 2018.
  • “I know he’s good,” said Thompson, when the pair of 27-year-olds were asked what they knew about each other. McNealy commented on their shared competitive drive.
  • “We’re not showing up here as an exhibition,” he said. “I want to give us as many good looks from the fairway as possible and just hit it right at the flag. Really excited.”
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8. Best celeb foursome Tiger has played with

Our Matt Vincenzi…“With Capital One’s The Match set to take place this weekend, Tiger Woods was asked about the best celebrity foursome that he’s ever played a round with.”

  • “Tiger replied: “[John] Smoltz, [Tom] Glavine and [Greg] Maddux when they were all pitching with the Braves. That was epic. I shot 62, 62 and lost money.”
  • “The three pitchers combined to win seven National League Cy Young Awards in the 1990s and led the Atlanta Braves to a World Series win in 1995.”
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9. QBE Shootout Photos

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Morning 9: On-site betting coming to PGA Tour | Scott on LIV peace talks | Rory to play Irish Open

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By Ben Alberstadt with Gianni Magliocco and Matthew Vincenzi.

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December 7, 2022

Good Wednesday morning, golf fans, as we inch closer to Tiger’s return this Sunday in the latest edition of the Match.

1. On-site betting is coming to the PGA Tour

Josh Weinfuss for ESPN…”The PGA Tour and DraftKings held a groundbreaking ceremony Monday at TPC Scottsdale, site of the WM Phoenix Open, on the first sportsbook to be located at a tournament venue.”

  • “It’s a big deal,” PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan said.
  • “The building, which has already broken ground and is set to open in October, according to Scottsdale Mayor David Ortega, will be 12,000 square feet and located to the east of the TPC Scottsdale Stadium Course, which hosts the tournament. It will hold about 390 people, be open year-round and serve food and drinks.”
  • “Five years ago, Monahan said Monday, he never saw the PGA Tour having a sportsbook at one of its tournament sites. But, eventually, as the sports betting landscape kept evolving and growing, the PGA Tour saw potential openings in building physical structures at courses.”
Full piece.

2. Adam Scott on talk of LIV peace talks

The AP’s Doug Ferguson…“Negotiations don’t start with one party getting to decide who speaks for the other. Most curious to Scott was the idea of any peace talks. LIV Golf has spent $2 billion to lure big names and start a rival league and the PGA Tour doubled down by suspending players who left. LIV Golf sued and the PGA Tour countersued.”

  • “What’s there to talk about outside of depositions?”
  • “I don’t know what this coming together is,” Scott said last week in Melbourne. “I don’t know, is someone making that up? Is that a possibility? I don’t know. I really am not involved at that level at all, and it seems like all speculation to me.”
  • “I genuinely feel like LIV should get on with what they’re doing and the PGA Tour should get on with what they’re doing and it will all sort out,” he said. “Whether that’s together or not, I have no clue. But I don’t necessarily think that it has to be together or not together for the good of the game. I think the good of the game will prevail, but it’s a big shake-up and we’re not used to that.”
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3. New USGA president nominated

Golfweek’s Adam Schupak…“Fred Perpall has been nominated to serve as the 67th president of the United States Golf Association. He would be the first Black man to hold that post in the association’s history, dating to 1894.”

  • “If elected, Perpall, 47, will succeed Stu Francis of Hillsborough, California, who will conclude his three-year term in February 2023. Highlights of Francis’ presidency include helping to guide the organization successfully through the COVID-19 pandemic, bringing on Mike Whan as USGA CEO, and working to elevate all USGA championships and host sites, among many other contributions.”
  • “Perpall, a native of the Bahamas who now calls Dallas home, is completing his fourth year on the executive committee, and his first as president-elect. He chairs the Championship Committee, helping to usher in the inaugural U.S. Adaptive Open Championship and the site selection of several USGA championships to many of America’s iconic courses.”
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4. ICYMI: A few notable Tiger quotes from the Bahamas

Kevin Prise from PGATour.com assembles some of TW’s remarks from last week…

  • “To get not only just one, but I’d like to get a big one too.”
  • “Woods was posed the question by Paul Azinger on Saturday’s broadcast of the Hero World Challenge: How motivating is the prospect of earning an 83rd PGA TOUR title to break a tie with Sam Snead as winningest player in TOUR history?”
  • “Woods was direct. It is motivating to be sure, and he doesn’t intend on limiting his ambitions to a standard TOUR event. He’s intent on pursuing another major title.”
  • “Woods built his 2022 schedule around competing at The 150th Open at St. Andrews. Not only did he achieve this goal, but he also competed at the Masters and PGA Championship, advancing to the weekend in each. He missed the cut at The Open but remains steadfast in his belief that he can go toe-to-toe with “the kids” and return to contention in TOUR starts, including majors, moving forward.”
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6. R.I.P. Leon Gilmore

Golfweek’s Adam Schupak…“Golf industry veteran Leon Gilmore died Dec. 1. His family said he suffered a massive stroke. He was 52.

  • “During his career, Gilmore served in various roles for First Tee, the Monterey Peninsula Foundation and PGA Tour Champions.”
  • “He began his career in the golf industry in Atlanta as director of the East Lake Junior Academy’s program for underserved youth in the community. After spending a year and half there, Gilmore assumed a role with First Tee, rising to director of development, where he was responsible for facility development and strategy in nine states and was involved in the successful launch of 35 facilities.”
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7. Rory to return to Irish Open

Irish Independent report…”Rory McIlroy will return to the Irish Open at the K Club next year.”

  • The world number one, PGA Tour and DP Tour champion has confirmed his entry for next year’s event from September 7-10. McIlroy won the Irish Open at the same venue in 2016 with a stunning birdie-par-eagle finish to win by three stokes.
  • “The Irish Open is a tournament that I grew up not just watching on TV but attending as a kid, seeing all my favourite players there over the years,” said McIlroy. “It’s always been such a well-supported event. I’ve had my fair share of support and great memories at that tournament and going back to The K Club, it’s where I’ve had the most success and I’m obviously excited to get back there.
  • “The atmosphere was electric during that final round in 2016 and I’m looking forward to seeing the fans out in force at The K Club once again.”
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Morning 9: QBE Shootout to be mixed event | Rory reveals Sergio text rant | Screenshots of the year

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By Ben Alberstadt with Gianni Magliocco and Matthew Vincenzi.

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December 6, 2022

Good Tuesday morning, golf fans, as we inch closer to Tiger’s return this Sunday in the latest edition of the Match.

1. QBE Shootout to become mixed team event

The AP’s Doug Ferguson…”Nelly Korda and Lexi Thompson are representing the LPGA Tour this week in the QBE Shootout. Next year, they will have plenty of company.”

  • “The QBE Shootout will become a mixed-team event starting in 2023, returning such a format to the schedule for the first time since the JC Penney Classic in 1999.”
  • “Players were informed of the change at a meeting last week in the Bahamas.”
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2. Top three JGTO finishers to receive DP World Tour membership

PGATour.com staff report…“The DP World Tour and PGA TOUR jointly announced today a new landmark partnership with the Japan Golf Tour Organization (JGTO) that will see the top three players on the JGTO Order of Merit earn membership onto the DP World Tour for the ensuing season, beginning with the 2022-23 campaign.”

  • “The formal pathway further enhances the existing global pathway system, as the leading 10 players on DP World Tour’s Race To Dubai Rankings [in addition to those already exempt] will earn cards on the PGA TOUR, beginning with the 2024 season, as part of the operational joint venture partnership between the PGA TOUR and DP World Tour announced in June.”
  • “In addition to these new formal pathways, which also includes access to DP World Tour Qualifying School for leading players not otherwise exempt, the JGTO will work alongside the DP World Tour and PGA TOUR on other key business areas, including strategic development and commercial growth. Among those is a continued commitment to the ISPS HANDA – CHAMPIONSHIP, which is set to make its debut on the DP World Tour schedule next April 20-23, 2023, at PGM Ishioka GC in Omitama, Japan.”
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3. ICYMI: Zack Fischer’s big day in Argentina

Golf Channel’s Brentley Romine…”A spot in next summer’s Open Championship was secured on Sunday in Argentina.”

  • “Zack Fischer, a Korn Ferry Tour member playing in his first PGA Tour Latinoamerica event, won the Visa Argentine Open by a shot at Nordelta Golf Club in Buenos Aires to earn an exemption into the 2023 Open at Royal Liverpool.”
  • “I’m just over the moon right now,” said Fischer, who will be making his major-championship debut July 20-23 in England.
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4. “Shut up about LIV”

Our Matt Vincenzi…

  • “During the 2022 U.S. Open, Rory McIlroy woke up to a text message from Sergio Garcia telling him to “shut up” about LIV Golf.”
  • “Rory revealed that he received the text message while doing an interview with the Irish Independent, saying, “He was basically telling me to shut up about LIV, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah.”
  • “The 33-year-old said that he “was pretty offended and sent him back a couple of daggers and that was it.”
Full piece.

5. Devastated by DQ at Q-Series, Alana Uriell is determined to bounce back

Golf Channel’s Brentley Romine…”It had been an emotional 48 hours for Alana Uriell.”

  • “Two days earlier, the 26-year-old professional golfer had made the costliest mistake of her career, signing for an incorrect score and subsequently being disqualified from LPGA Q-Series after just two rounds. Now, she was tasked with making sense of it all.”
  • “I’m still reeling from the whole thing,” Uriell told GolfChannel.com on Sunday afternoon.
  • “I’ve never done this before; I’ve never signed for a lower score and gotten disqualified,” she added. “I don’t think I’ve ever been disqualified. This is new … and terrible timing, too. It could’ve just been a normal LPGA event and I would be like, Well, I lost out on a week, but I can compete next week. This was a little more at stake, and that’s the part that really is the butt-kicker in all this.”
Full piece.

6. Screenshots of the year

  • No words for this fine item from Golf Digest’s Christopher Powers, just check it out.
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