Bay Hill blues
Wild driver, balky putter
make for brutal round
Ted Purdy never got anything going during the first round of the
Bay Hill Invitational Thursday. With drives sailing wide of
fairways, iron play that was finding bunkers and 32 putts on
the day, probably not much could have reversed his fortunes.
"I was hitting it all over the place. It was unbelievable," Ted
said on his way to watch his beloved Arizona Wildcats play
Seton Hall in the NCAA Tournament that night.
Today's struggles on the course diverge mightily from Ted's
successful PGA Tour season so far this year, which has seen
him make 5-consecutive cuts and 6 cuts out of 7 tournaments.
Trouble, though, struck early today. After two solid pars to start,
Ted scored a water-logged bogey on No. 3, finding a watery
grave, rinsing his tee-ball on the port side of the greensward.
On the next hole, a par 5, Ted played botch-y-ball with a drive
that landed in a fairway bunker, from which he had some
trouble extricating himself. What would have been a par-saving
putt came up 2-feet short.
On the par 4 fifth hole, Ted lawn-darted his second shot to
within 7-feet of the pin, but missed the bird, leaving him a
Stew-proofed 5-incher for par.
Hole 8 brought a dastardly double to the scorecard, and an
end to the day's "jolly goff," when Ted plunked his approach
shot into a green-side bunker, short-sided on the right. The
ensuing sand shot soared over the pin, careening to the
extreme back side of the green, some four leagues from the
cup. A plucky three-jack from there yielded the six, known to the
pros as giga-bogey.
On 13, Ted hit it close to the pin on his second shot, but that
birdie try just slid by the hole, leaving just a couple inches for
The lone birdie of the day landed on the par 5 16th, where Ted
launched a good drive, hit the green with the second, putted far
beyond the cup for eagle, but sank the 8-foot come-backer.
Gift ... with a bullet
How's this for a great gift? Jamie Purdy, older brother of PGA Tour
player Ted, a former Arizona Wildcat, recently received a new set of
PING irons and woods as a gift from his brother.
The next day, without hitting a single warm-up shot with the clubs,
Jamie played in the Friday "skins game" at El Rio.
On the 199-yard fourth hole, he hit his new 6-iron for the first time. It
went in the hole.
Witnesses were Mark Stewart, Rex Chavez and Dillon Gallagher.
By Charles Durrenberger
Arizona Daily Star
It was a very, Merry Christmas for
former Arizona golfer Ted Purdy. Ted's
wife, Arlene, gave birth to the couple's
second child, a baby girl, Andie
Joanne, and his Masters invitation
arrived in the mail.
Ten he was off to Maui for the
Mercedes Championship, reserved
for winners on the 2005 PGA Tour.
"It will be hard leaving, but hopefully I
can win again this season and we
can take the whole family next year,"
Purdy had his best year as a pro in
2005, racking up $2.19 million.
He finished 24th on the money list,
and is the big winner of the inaugural
Charlie Awards, a list of the most
compelling professional golfers with
Purdy's first career victory at the Byron
Nelson Open in Dallas means he is
fully exempt on tour through the 2007
"I had some near-misses on tour,
and I wanted to win so badly," Purdy
said from his Phoenix home.
"It was a very special win, in a very
special place, with a very special host.
"Not only that, it means job security,"
he quickly added.
With a young family, the win also was
important because Purdy now is fully
vested in the tour's pension plan and
qualifies for lifetime health insurance.
Purdy's 2005 highlights included a
top-10 finish at the PGA
Championship, his first Masters
appearance and 64th place in the
World Golf Rankings.
At No. 64, he would be matched with
No. 1 seed Tiger Woods at the
Accenture Match Play Championship
"I have a lot of mixed emotions about
that, because that would mean I
wouldn't get to play in Tucson — my
favorite tournament on tour," Purdy
The Chrysler Classic of Tucson is
played on the same weekend as the
match-play event, a setup that could
change if Tucson begins to host the
event in 2007.
"Tucson deserves to have the Match
Play," Purdy added. "It's perfect for it,
and I hope it happens.
"The Conquistadores do the best job
on tour of taking care of the players,
and putting on a great event."
Ted realizes a dream with his appearance in the
Mercedes Championship, reserved for last year's
winners on the PGA Tour.
Good friends, the
festive times with
Ted at the first
tourney of the
Mar and Par Huiskamp
with Ted Purdy in
Jim and Jordy Lippert
Jim Purdy celebrates what
is, to him, a big hit. Chuck
Sjoberg marvels at his idiocy.