Minn. - Phil Mickelson's second shot Sunday in the PGA
Championship carried about 199 yards, bounced 6 feet in front
of the hole and found the cup for an eagle.
couldn't believe that thing went in," Mickelson said.
"Those are fun to see."
also proved to be a mirage.
shot 6 over on the remaining 17 holes to cap a miserable week
at Hazeltine National. He finished at 12-over 300, tying for
73rd. It's the first time he's shot 300 at a major in 11
years, dating to the 1998 British Open at Royal Birkdale.
last two weeks have been frustrating with my play,"
Mickelson said. "I'll have a week off here fortunately
before we start the FedEx Cup and I'll see if I can get my
game turned around for Barclays."
took six weeks off earlier this summer after his wife and
mother were diagnosed with breast cancer, and his game has
been slow to return. He played last week at the Bridgestone
for the first time since the U.S. Open in June and tied for
struggles continued at the PGA.
teed off bright and early at 8:12 a.m., and he woke up the
crowd when he holed out for eagle on the par-4, 490-yard first
hole. The roar could be heard across the course, and it
spurred Mickelson on to a 1-under 35 on the front nine.
course, Mickelson didn't have to putt on No. 1, which was a
good thing. He has struggled all week to regain his putting
stroke with minimal success. He needed 34 putts in the first
round, 33 in the second and 30 on Saturday as he plummeted out
haven't putted the best for a little while now, so it's
probably going to take a little more than overnight," he
said. "But I at least feel like I have a little bit
birdied Nos. 9 and 14, but a disastrous trip through the
signature 16th summed up his week. He hit a poor tee shot way
left into the hazard area, but was able to play it in the deep
rough. But he chunked his utility club and the ball plopped
into the creek just a few feet down the slope.
spent extra time on the practice greens this week tinkering
with his putting stroke, but declined to discuss the changes
he was making.
said will play The Barclays in two weeks, but has not laid out
a longer-term plan for the rest of the season.
Couples did say though that he expects Mickelson to play in
the Presidents Cup.
think everything is fine there," Couples said. "I
hope he wants to play. I hope he can play. I hope Amy's there.
I believe in all that that they will both be there."
PROBLEMS: U.S. Open winner Lucas Glover shot a 2-over 74 on
Sunday to tie for fifth at 2-under 286, capping a frustrating
week for this year's major champions at Hazeltine National.
hit some loose shots and my putter sort of ran out of gas for
me," Glover said.
started the day four strokes back of the lead and hoping to
get back into contention, but he had trouble with the putter
for most of the afternoon.
one of those days were there was a lid on it," Glover
wasn't the only one who had trouble.
tying for fourth at the Bridgestone last week, Masters winner
Angel Cabrera never really got going at Hazeltine. He shot
three rounds of 4-over 76, including the final round on
Sunday, and finished 10 over.
had an 8 on the par-3 eighth hole and then a bogey on the
ninth during his 76 on Sunday.
Open winner Stewart Cink finished with an 81 on Sunday and was
5 over for the tournament.
BOUND: By finishing in the top 15, John Merrick and Italian
Francesco Molinari both qualified for the PGA next year at
and Molinari were among six players who tied for 10th at
from Long Beach, Calif., tied for the low round of the day
with a 70 to ensure his return next year.
AND THE O'HAIR: Last week at the Bridgestone, course officials
had to tell Padraig Harrington and Tiger Woods to speed up.
Sunday at the PGA, Hazeltine officials had to tell Sean O'Hair
to slow down.
was the first player on the course Sunday morning, teeing off
by himself at 7:36 a.m. The American wasted little time
bringing an end to a long week. O'Hair finished his round in a
blistering 2 hours and 13 minutes, averaging about 6 minutes a
actually didn't play that bad," O'Hair said.
after shooting an 82 on Saturday to drop him to 13 over,
O'Hair, who won the Quail Hollow Championship and has five
other top-10 finishes this year, actually played better at the
breakneck pace. He shot 73, tying his lowest round of the
week, to finish the tournament at 14-over 302.
had three bogeys and two birdies, but had to be told to slow
down at the turn because he was catching up to the hole crews
who were still putting the pins in the greens.
me, it just kind of gets you in that good momentum,"
O'Hair said. "You just get up there and hit it."
JIM: Jim Furyk's second shot on No. 8 went right of the green
and down into the rough on the backside of the hill, stopping
just before falling into the water.
Furyk removed his right shoe and sock and rolled up his pant
leg to his knee, then executed a beautiful little punch shot
to 3 feet. He walked up the hill and put the gimme putt in
with his foot still bare, much to the delight of the gallery.
shot a 5-over 77 and finished at 10 over.
Tom Lehman, the only Minnesota native in the field, shot
3-over 75 to finish 11 over. The University of Minnesota alum
got a rousing ovation as he walked to the 18th green, holding
up his driver with the Golden Gophers headcover.
needs update before Ryder arrives
Minn. — There have been office buildings on the left side
of Hazeltine Boulevard for years. The clutter recently
increased with a Kohl's department store built on the right
you clear the commerce, there are homes to the left and a
large open field to the right. There's hardly a hint that
you're entering Hazeltine National, a championship golf
nothing we can do about what people see when they first turn
off (Hwy.) 41," club manager Matt Murphy said.
"What we are planning to do is completely change what
you see for 150 yards before the front gate. The entry
experience was one of the first things talked about when
road into Hazeltine will make a sweep to the right and offer
a view of golf being played before members reach their
parking lot. That's also what the 12-man rosters from the
United States and Europe will see when they arrive for the
Ryder Cup in September 2016.
change and others still have to be confirmed by Hazeltine's
board of directors at a September meeting. The membership
previously voted in favor. And with revenues from this PGA
Championship exceeding projections, the board figures to
issue final approval.
is a modernization that Hazeltine definitely needs — to
its facility, and to the poanna greens that caused too many
putts to bounce rather than roll in the final major of 2009.
clubhouse — it's original — is quite a dump when
compared to modern facilities such as Interlachen, Golden
Valley and Medina (formerly Rolling Green), to name a few.
golf course has undergone frequent and dramatic changes
since designer Robert Trent Jones went wild with his
fondness for brawny tracks. There's no full-scale remodeling
that remains of the course, other than continuing the march
toward 8,000 yards.
turf is another issue. The plan calls for the fairway grass
to be killed and the greens to be dug out to a depth of 16
inches, starting next July 6.
kill the fairways? Because poanna is more weed than grass,
and it has taken a firm hold in Hazeltine's fairways.
wouldn't be too bright to spend a couple of million growing
bent grass and creating new drainage for the greens, and
then have members and guests dragging along fairway poanna
in their soft spikes and again infesting the greens.
is going to kill the poanna and have bent grass everywhere
— tees, fairways, greens.
clubhouse will disappear before the poanna. Demolition is
scheduled to start the first week of October.
new clubhouse would start at the current putting green and
stretch back to the where the current structure sits. The
locker room will expand by a mere 20 percent, keeping it
crowded for major tournaments but as a modern facility.
Hazeltine will not be spending money on is a swimming pool.
Irv Fish, a former member and currently the treasurer on the
U.S. Golf Association's executive committee, said:
is a four-letter word here. Hazeltine's mission is to
advance golf and host championships."
no major event definite after the Ryder Cup, although there
is expected to be a push to bring back a U.S. Open in the
maintain a reputation for golfing excellence within the
club, Hazeltine started a junior membership — players 38
and under with full privileges and reduced fees — a few
have 23 'juniors' right now, and several were outstanding
college players," Murphy said. "They have been
winning all the club events, but only at Hazeltine could you
hear the older members say, 'I guess I'm going to have to
is a unique club. Golf is so much the focus that the tennis
courts have become an employees' parking lot."
uniqueness includes the fact this sizable project —
entryway, clubhouse, greens and fairways — will bring no
members' assessment. The club would make a large down
payment with its cut of this PGA Championship, borrow the
remainder and pay it off after the Ryder Cup.
2016, Hazeltine is going to look much more like the
world-class golf venue it has become, and the greens should
be rolling as perfectly as the game's stars now expect.
will be different is that Mike Schultz, the head pro at
Hazeltine for 34 years, has said he will not be on the job
seven years from now.
would like to convince Mike to stay that long, but I don't
think it's possible," Murphy said. "That's going
to be a sad day at Hazeltine, when Mike Schultz says, 'This
putting dooms Tiger
Minn. - His bid for a 15th major championship vanquished,
Tiger Woods stood on the 18th green at Hazeltine National
on Sunday holding his putter in his hands and staring in
times he had started the Sunday of a major with the lead.
Fourteen times he brought the trophy home. Of all the ways
for that remarkable streak to come to an end, death by
putter had to be the most improbable.
known for nailing clutch putts on the biggest of stages,
Woods missed seven inside of 10 feet at the PGA
Championship on Sunday to let a two-shot lead slip away to
first-time major winner Y.E. Yang.
made absolutely nothing," said Woods, who had 33
putts in the round — his highest total of the week.
"I just have to say, terrible day on the greens. And
I had it at the wrong time."
started the day with a two-shot lead over Yang and Padraig
Harrington, and his reputation as the game's greatest
closer had many treating the early portion of the round as
Yang proved to be tougher and more focused than anyone
imagined, never wilting under Tiger's glare and forcing
him to do more than just intimidate to win.
the first time in his major career, Woods wasn't up to the
at the turn, Woods missed makable putts on Nos. 10, 13 and
17 as Yang surged to the front. Woods could never answer,
shooting a 3-over 75 to finish at 5 under, three strokes
hit the ball great off the tee, hit my irons well,"
Woods said. "I did everything I needed to do except
for getting the ball in the hole."
was a startling failure for a player who has earned his
reputation as the best in the world on the greens. He has
so many memorable putts in his career, including a
30-footer to beat Bob May at Valhalla in the 2000 PGA
Championship and a 12-footer on the final hole of the U.S.
Open to force a playoff with Rocco Mediate last year.
played well enough to win today," Woods said.
"And the frustrating thing is I didn't make any putts
and that's something I've been doing over the last three
weeks. I've been putting pretty good."
stormed into the final major of the season on the strength
of consecutive victories at the Buick Open and Firestone.
His sharp play continued on the first two days at
Hazeltine, putting him at 8 under and giving this the
feeling that his 15th major title was a foregone
played things more conservatively on Saturday, content to
make pars and hold the lead. But he couldn't finish things
off against Yang, who turned the tide in Tiger-like
fashion by sinking an 8-foot putt on No. 13 and holing out
from 60 feet on No. 14.
still had a few chances to get back into a tie on the last
two holes, but the shots, and in particular the putts,
just never came through.
South Korean gave Woods one more chance with a bogey at
No. 17, but Woods missed an 8-foot putt that would have
moved him into a tie heading to the final hole.
one was more surprised than Yang, who was playing with
Woods for the first time but was already well-versed in
seen through the highlights while playing in the same
tournaments that Tiger makes some miraculous shots and
miraculous putts," Yang said. "I've seen it
throughout his career, and I've admired him and respected
never feared him.
Woods unable to gain momentum and get the crowd roaring
with one of his signature big putts, Yang never looked
rattled through the entire round, even when he was
spraying shots into the trees or the crowd.
flat stick flailing, Woods never was able to take
was in control of the tournament for most of the
day," Woods said. "I was playing well, hitting
the ball well. I was making nothing."