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December 12, 2005


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[7] In a surprise, Ty Votaw announces he'll step down as LPGA commissioner at the end of the year. ? Stuart Appleby wins the PGA Tour's season-opening Mercedes Championships, then rushes to Australia to be there when his wife, Ashley, gives birth to a daughter, Ella, three days later. [14] Michelle Wie plays in the men's Sony Open for the second time, missing the cut by seven shots. [23] The Champions tour kicks off its 25th season when Dana Quigley beats Tom Watson in a playoff at the MasterCard Championship. [24] NBC extends its contract to televise USGA championships through 2014. [25] Arnold Palmer marries Kathleen (Kit) Gawthrop. [28] Tag Ridings becomes the first Tour player to make a double eagle and two eagles in the same round, during the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic. ? Tiger Woods's caddie, Steve Williams, crashes during an auto race in New Zealand, injuring his left hand. Fifty stitches are required.


[1] John Daly joins Hootie & the Blowfish onstage to sing at a Super Bowl media reception in Jacksonville. [3] After opening with an 81 at the FBR Open in Scottsdale, Daly withdraws, citing illness. ? Ty Tryon, 20, wins the first tournament of his pro career, a Hooters tour event in Clermont, Fla. The $11,000 first prize exceeds the $9,058 he made in 22 Nationwide tour starts in '04. [4] Annika Sorenstam and David Esch, married for eight years, file for divorce in Florida. [9] In Great Britain the Ladies' Golf Union announces that transsexuals will be allowed to enter the Women's British Open. [16] The day after attending a reception for his new sponsor, Grey Goose vodka, Retief Goosen oversleeps, arrives at Riviera 15 minutes late for his 6:40 a.m. pro-am tee time and is disqualified from the Nissan Open. [21] Storms reduce the Nissan to 36 holes and unofficial status. [26] Jennifer Rosales opens the LPGA season by leading wire-to-wire at the SBS Open.


[1] Jake Nicklaus, the 17-month-old grandson of Jack Nicklaus and the son of Steve and Krista Nicklaus, drowns in a hot tub at his house in North Palm Beach, Fla. [2] Ian Woosnam is named captain of the 2006 European Ryder Cup team. Nick Faldo will captain in 2008. [6] Tiger Woods wins an exciting final-round duel with Phil Mickelson at Doral and ends Vijay Singh's run as the No. 1--ranked player in the world after 26 weeks. [13] When a frustrated Pat Perez gives his ball the finger after missing putts during the final round of the Honda Classic, NBC stops showing his shots live. [27] Annika Sorenstam wins the Kraft Nabisco Championship to tie Nancy Lopez's record for consecutive LPGA victories with five. [28] Bob Tway hits four shots into the water at the 17th hole at the TPC at Sawgrass, then three-putts for a 12, breaking the Players Championship record high of 11 on that hole, set by Robert Gamez in 1990. [31] Pebble Beach Golf Links raises its greens fee from $395 to $425.


[2] The Portuguese Open, the 14th stop on the European tour, is the first tournament actually played in Europe. [7] Billy Casper, 73, shoots what would've been a record-high 105 in the first round of the Masters but doesn't turn in his scorecard. [9] Due to a rainout on Friday and a two-tee restart, Jack Nicklaus finishes his final Masters on the 9th green on Saturday. [10] Tiger Woods wins the Masters for a fourth time. [11] The USGA e-mails golf manufacturers inviting them to submit balls that would go 15 to 25 yards shorter. [15] Tom Kite is disqualified for the first time in 34 years on the PGA Tour for signing for a wrong score at the MCI Heritage Classic. [17] David Frost needs only 92 putts at the Heritage, breaking the Tour record by one. [20] Vijay Singh is elected into the World Golf Hall of Fame despite record-low voter support (56%). [27] The USGA receives a record 9,048 entries to the U.S. Open, three of them from women.


[1] Jim Thorpe wins the FedEx Kinko's Classic and donates the entire $247,500 first prize to his church. [8] Cristie Kerr takes the Michelob Ultra Open, ending Annika Sorenstam's five-tournament winning streak. [13] Tiger Woods misses the cut at the Byron Nelson Championship, ending his record streak of playing on the weekend in 142 consecutive starts. ? Methodist College wins the NCAA Division III women's championship for the eighth straight year. [19] Duke dusts the field by five strokes at the women's NCAA, winning for the third time in seven years. [22] Paula Creamer, 18, becomes the second youngest winner in LPGA history at the Sybase Classic. [26] Creamer graduates from high school. [27] Mike Reid drives the hour from Ligonier, Pa., to Indiana, Pa., to tour the Jimmy Stewart Museum after the second round of the Senior PGA Championship. [29] Reid wins the Senior PGA.

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