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APRIL 24, 2017
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By TED BISHOP

Sports fans of a certain age will remember Ralph Terry for his role in one of the most dramatic finishes in baseball history.

Terry, a New York Yankees right-hander, gave up the walk-off home run to the Pittsburgh Pirates’ Bill Mazeroski in Game 7 of the 1960 World Series. Although Terry enjoyed a 12-year career in Major League Baseball, including consecutive World Series titles with the Yankees, the pitch to Maz still hurts.

“That pitch cost my teammates a lot of money: about a $5,000 difference between the winners’ and losers’ shares,” Terry said in a recent phone interview.

Baseball led Terry to golf and an extraordinary multisport career.


At least Dufner is no drama queen

What you wrote about Jason Dufner was out of line (“When it comes to sportsmanship, Dufner is a slouch,” April 17, bit.ly/2nWXI9T). You vilify him, but you worship Jordan Spieth and Tiger Woods.

Woods had the worst attitude on the course, throwing his club and blaming everything else but himself, acting like a 2-year-old.

When Spieth misses a putt, he puts his hands on his face in disbelief. Such a drama queen.



In the news

Opened: Bayou Oaks South Course, the Rees Jones creation from two courses left in ruins when Hurricane Katrina tore through New Orleans and its City Park complex in 2005. The $24 million project is expected to be the caliber of former U.S. Open sites Torrey Pines and Bethpage Black, Jones told Forbes magazine. He compared the revitalization of the city’s Bayou District with what his redesigned East Lake Golf Club has done for Atlanta. With Bayou Oaks North, which opened in 2008 with help from federal emergency funds, City Park has a 36-hole complex.

Lost: His PGA Tour card, Ian Poulter, the frequent American antagonist on Europe’s resurgent Ryder Cup teams. Poulter, 41, who was playing on a major-medical extension because of arthritis-related problems in his right foot, missed the cut at last week’s Valero Texas Open. That left the Englishman $30,624 short of the requirement in 10 events to retain his playing privileges for this season. For now, Poulter will compete with Geoff Ogilvy in this week’s two-man team event at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans. He also can use past-champion status to seek spots on Tour and likely would turn to his home circuit, the European Tour, on a more frequent basis.


Keeping score

5

Length, in feet, of the birdie putt that Bernd Weisberger made on the first playoff hole to defeat Tommy Fleetwood and win the European Tour’s Shenzhen International on Sunday at Genzon Golf Club in Shenzhen, China. Weisberger, of Austria, entered the final round with a three-shot lead and was eight clear of Fleetwood, who shot 9-under 63 for a 16-under 272 total. It was the fourth victory for Weisberger.

42

Combined score, a course-record 12 under at the Top of the Rock par-3 course at Big Cedar Lodge in Ridgedale, Mo., that Carlos Franco and Vijay Singh shot Sunday to win the Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf. Franco and Singh had trailed by seven strokes after the first day of the tournament, which was shortened to 36 holes because of rain, before the final round – nine holes of modified alternate shot and nine holes of better ball – to finish at 15 under.

142

Number of spots that D.H. Lee jumped on the Web.com Tour money list, to No. 6, after winning the United Leasing & Finance Championship. Lee, 30, of Seoul, South Korea, closed with a 2-over 74 on Sunday at Victoria National Golf Club in Newburgh, Ind., but his 6-under 282 total clipped Jason Gore (72–283).

180

Number of PGA Tour starts that Kevin Chappell needed to win his first PGA Tour title. Chappell sank an 8-foot birdie putt on the final holeSunday for a one-stroke victory in the Valero Texas Open. Chappell shot 4-under 68 at TPC San Antonio’s AT&T Oaks Course for a 12-under 276 total to edge Brooks Koepka, who posted the day’s best round, a 65. Chappell, 30, the 2008 NCAA champion from UCLA, is the seventh first-time winner on Tour this season.



FROM THE INDUSTRY

Bridgestone Golf has been named the official golf ball sponsor of the Southeastern Junior Golf Tour, the company announced. Players on the tour will have their choice of a dozen golf balls – Tour B330, B330-S, B330-RX and B330-RXS models – in every tournament.



CALENDAR
April 25-26
National Golf Day
Washington
April 27-30
Web.com Tour: El Bosque Mexico Championship
El Bosque CC, Leon, Mexico
LPGA: Volunteers of America Texas Shootout
Las Colinas CC, Irving, Texas
PGA Tour: Zurich Classic of New Orleans
TPC Louisiana, Avondale, La.
European Tour: Volvo China Open
Topwin Golf and CC, Beijing
April 28-30
Symetra Tour: Symetra Classic
Atlanta National GC, Milton, Ga.
Industry: Haggin Oaks Golf Expo
Haggin Oaks Golf Complex, Sacramento, Calif.

      
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