August 9, 2013 |
PITTSFORD, N.Y. - Remember when Adam Scott didn't threaten much at a major? Hey, at least Greg Norman kept putting himself in position enough to have it all go wrong in the end. Well, at 33, the fellow Australian has now become almost a fixture in these things. Right about the same time, coincidentally or whatever, he hooked up with caddie Steve Williams after Williams' messy breakup from Tiger Woods. Or maybe Scott finally just became the kind of player most everyone always thought he could be. It happens.
August 8, 2013 |
PITTSFORD, N.Y. - The Philadelphia-area will be well-represented at the 95th PGA Championship, which starts tomorrow at Oak Hill Country Club. Mark Sheftic, the PGA teaching professional at Merion, and David McNabb, the PGA head professional at Applebrook Golf Club in Malvern, will both be in the field. It is the first PGA Championship for McNabb, who tied for ninth in the 2013 PGA Professional National Championship, giving him a shot to play with the best golfers in the world this week.
August 7, 2013 |
THE PGA Championship counts the same as the Masters, U.S. Open and British Open. It just doesn't seem that way. Because, well, it's generally viewed as being fourth in the grand-slam pecking order. Just don't try selling that to five-time champion Jack Nicklaus, who I'm sure treasures those Wanamaker Trophies every bit as much as his other 13 major titles. Still . . . The Masters has the green jacket, and returns to the same TV-friendly venue every April. The U.S. Open is the national championship, and is the toughest tournament to win. The British Open is the oldest championship, and the one the rest of the world reveres most.
July 30, 2013 |
THE LAST TIME Brandon Matthews stepped off the golf course in a qualifying round, he thought he had played himself into the U.S. Open at Merion. In the blink of an eye, he was runner-up, and deemed to be an alternate for the Open. Last week, when Matthews stepped back on the course for his U.S. Amateur qualifying rounds, he made sure he left nothing up to chance. The Temple sophomore carded rounds of 67 and 69, for a 136 total that was three shots better than anyone else who attempted to qualify for the Amateur.
July 19, 2013 |
Colleen Wohlrab was immersed in her morning workout on the Schuylkill when a woman rowed up next to her. The woman wanted to know: Was she from Vesper Boat Club? Was she going to the Under-23 World Championships in Austria? Wohlrab told her that she was. There were more in training, actually, a small flotilla of them on the river. For the summer, the Schuylkill has become the de facto national team training center for the under-23 lightweight women's class. At the U.S. trials in June, Vesper swept all three races - four, double, and single - to qualify seven athletes for the Under-23 World Championships, which begin Wednesday in Linz.
July 2, 2013 |
PITTSBURGH - Kenny Perry won the Senior Players Championship for his first major title, overtaking Fred Couples on Sunday with a 6-under-par 64. Perry finished his four rounds at Fox Chapel in 19-under 261 - 2 shots ahead of Couples and Duffy Waldorf. Perry was runner-up in the 1996 PGA Championship and 2009 Masters as a regular on the PGA Tour. He tied for second in the Senior PGA Championship last month. On Sunday, the 52-year-old Kentuckian hit close to the pin on Nos. 16 and 17 for tap-in birdies to break free from Couples and Waldorf.
June 26, 2013
Mark Sheftic birdied the final two holes Tuesday at rainy Sunriver Resort in Oregon for a share of the third-round lead in the PGA Professional National Championship. "People normally call the third round 'Moving Day.' I call it 'Survival Day,' " said the 38-year-old Sheftic, a PGA teaching pro at Merion. He shot a 1-under-par 71 at the Crosswater Club to match playing partner Chip Sullivan at 8-under 207. Sullivan, 48, the PGA golf director at Hanging Rock in Salem, Va., had a 71. David McNabb of Applebrook in Malvern was 8 back, tied for 16th after a 73. The top 20 finishers Wednesday will earn spots in the PGA Championship.
June 26, 2013 |
STONEWALL LINKS, in Elverson, Chester County, will host the 2016 Mid-Amateur Championship, the USGA announced yesterday. It will be the first USGA championship held at Stonewall Links. The dates are Sept. 10-15. Stonewall Links is located 50 miles northwest of Philadelphia, and will host the event on its Tom Doak-designed Old and North Courses. The Old Course's design challenges players from tee to green and emphasizes accuracy and distance, while the North Course features more difficult green complexes and requires a more exacting short game.
June 25, 2013
After shooting a 3-under 69 Sunday, Mark Sheftic of Merion backed it up Monday with a 4-under 67 in the second round of the PGA Professional National Championship in Sunriver, Ore. Through two rounds of the PNC, Sheftic is at 7-under 136, tied for second just 1 shot behind leader Rod Perry . The 38-year-old is the teaching professional at Merion Golf Club in Ardmore. He tied for second in the 2009 PNC and finished alone in third in 2010. The top 20 finishers earn spots in the PGA Championship in August at Oak Hill in Rochester, N.Y. NHL: The Minnesota Wild re-signed goaltender Niklas Backstrom to a three-year, $10.25 million contract, keeping the veteran from becoming an unrestricted free agent next month.