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KINSTON, JAMAICA – Reigning U.S. Open champion Lucas Glover is back in a New York state of mind. The South Carolina native loves New York City, where he and his wife honeymooned and where he’s staying this week and taking a water taxi across the Hudson River to Liberty National Golf Course. Not to mention he won his first major in nearby Long Island. Glover is a big New York Yankees fan too. He grew up rooting for star first basemen Don Mattingly (Donnie Baseball to the Yankee faithful). So it was a thrill of a lifetime for Glover to throw out the first pitch before the pinstripes hosted the Texas Rangers Aug. 25, at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx. Glover met Yankees manager Joe Girardi, pitching coach Dave Eiland and outfielder Johnny Damon before the game. He stood on the mound with Yankees starting pitcher Joba Chamberlain during the National Anthem and then delivered his fastball to catcher Jorge Posada. “I was going to throw it in the seats before I bounced it,” Glover said. “I threw a nice pitch. It might have been a touch inside for a righty, belt-high. “That was one of the coolest things I’ve ever gotten to do.” Send your comments to





t might not compare to winning a Super Bowl, but former NFL quarterback Mark Rypien is pretty proud of the fact that he won the inaugural American Century Championship in 1990. It may have been his finest hour in golf, a sport he’s loved since his late father, Bob, introduced it to him as a youngster. And he’s finding a little more time to play now that he’s been removed from football for close to a decade. Back in 1990, the field at golf’s

“It’s hard to play golf at 17, unless you’re in the hunt...”

Mark Rypien

looks to shine again at the Half Moon Golf Classics most popular non-PGA Tour celebrity event wasn’t as good as today both in terms of star power and golf prowess - but Rypien put on a show nonetheless. After opening the 54hole event with a 78, Rypien played the next two rounds 1-under.

Now, he just wants to contend (maybe even win) and have a little fun in the 20th edition of the American Century Championship, held once again at Edgewood Tahoe’s Lakeside Course July 14-19. And he wants you to have some fun, too. American Century Championship - Tony RomoThe three-round tournament, which includes celebrityams and practice rounds during the week, is probably the most relaxed and fun-loving event in golf. Athletes and celebrities like Michael Jordan, Dan Marino, Mario Lemieux, Ozzie Smith, Ray Romano and Kevin Nealon will be there, letting their hair down and mingling with fans at least until they find themselves in contention on the final day. When the competitive juices flow, these guys turn it on. They might even ignore the offshore party of 250 boats near the par-3 17th. “It’s hard to play golf at 17, unless you’re in the hunt,” said Rypien, referring to the scantily clad offshore spectators who sometimes use questionable tactics to distract the players. Somehow, though, defending champion and seven-time winner Rick Rhoden made it past 17 last year, then drained a 12-foot putt on the final hole to finish one point ahead of four-time winner Dan Quinn. By Mike Bailey | Senior Writer


Ryan Palmer

earns second career victory in Constant Spring Golf Classic

25 finish in 30 starts in 2007, earning $524,988 and slipping to 410 in the world rankings. “I had [it] a little rough last year,” Palmer said. “I put so much sweat and a lot of tears into this year.” This year, Palmer has made the cut in 11 of 21 PGA Tour events and now has more than $1.3 million in earnings. He has six top-25 finishes, including placing in the top 10 three


yan Palmer is the latest in a string of golfers to make a major move in the PGA Tour’s Fall Series. Palmer overcame a nightmarish stretch and weather delays to break a six-way tie by sinking a 10-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole Sunday to win the Ginn sur Mer Classic by a stroke. The putt gave Palmer his second PGA Tour victory and an $828,000 first-place check. More importantly, the victory at Palm Coast, Fla., gives Palmer a twoyear exemption on the PGA Tour. His winning score of 7-under-par 281 at the Conservatory Course at Ginn Hammock Beach Resort moved Palmer from No. 143 to No. 73 on the PGA Tour money list. “I’m speechless - it’s unbelievable,” Palmer told reporters. “The work I put in this year, working hard, grinding ... for it to finally show.

“I put so much sweat and a lot of tears into this year...”

I knew it was coming.” Palmer appeared to be on his way to a successful career on Tour as he earned more than $1 million from 2004-2006, climbing to No. 80 in the world golf rankings in 2005. However, the Texas native had just one top-

times. Palmer’s last victory came in 2004 when he won the Children’s Miracle Network Classic. Shortly after making the turn, Palmer called a penalty on himself and made bogey on the 10th hole. He then took double bogey on the next hole with a tee

shot into the water. All six of the Fall Series winners this season were at No.125 or higher on the money list prior to their win. The list includes Will MacKenzie at the Viking Classic (No. 178 to No. 97), Dustin Johnson at Turning Stone (No. 128 to No. 41), Zach Johnson at Valero Texas Open (No. 125 to No. 55), Marc Turnesa at the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Classic (No. 138 to No. 75) and Cameron Beckman at the Open (No. 175 to No. 86). George McNeill, Nicholas Thompson, Vaughn Taylor, Ken Duke and Michael Letzig all tied for second at 6-under 282. Troy Matteson, Brian Gay, Tom Scherrer, Robert Allenby and John Huston tied for seventh at 5-under 283. Jeff Overton, who entered the tournament at No. 126 on the money list, shot a 3-under 285 to finish tied for 18th and move up to No. 125 on the money list — just 12 days after undergoing an emergency appendectomy. Palmer, Overton and Vaughn Taylor all moved into the top 125 with their performances this weekend. Patrick Sheehan, David Toms and Charles Warren dropped out heading into the final event of the season, next week’s Children’s Miracle Network Classic presented by Wal-Mart. By: Ryan Grant, FG Reporter



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