Hot putter, play help grab MCI lead
Ted Purdy took full advantage of Moving Day at the MCI Heritage,
driving fairways, hitting greens and draining many of his 24 putts
for 6-under par 65.
He takes a four-stroke lead into Sunday's final round.
Ted made the turn Saturday at Harbour Town in 31, confidently
draining five birdies with a sweet looking new left hand-low putting
He looked about to burst after bogeying No. 15, after driving wildly
into the trees and sliding his par save just off the right edge of the
hole, but came right back with a solid bird on the next green.
"As long as I trust my stuff, I'll be fine," he said. "I can do it
|Jonathan Dyer/The Island Packet
Third-round winner: charity
Purdy might have gotten a small preview of the pressure he'll face today early
Saturday evening when attention was all on him.
By moving to the front of the field he was named this week's winner of the Crestor
Charity Challenge, a season-long promotional campaign in which the Tour and
the company donate $100,000 in the name of each tournament and its third-round
As he prepared for a brief ceremony to recognize the award, Purdy had to
apologize after he dropped his microphone.
"I'm new to this,'' he said.
Climb to tour win starts
at House of Discipline
It takes iron will to win on the PGA Tour.
Phoenix exercise guru Mack Newton makes sure that golfer Ted
Purdy competes with iron biceps, too --- not to mention washboard
abs, ripped shoulders and a scintillating positive attitude.
Well, at least that's the goal of Ted's rigorous exercise regimen.
"I work out with Mack whenever I'm in town," Ted said recently.
"The positive mental aspect of the class has helped me more than
anything, but obviously the flexibility, strength and fitness have also
been a huge benefit," he said.
"Ted already has a positive attitude, I've just helped him fine-tune it,
made him aware of how much he already knows so he can stay
connected to his knowledge," Newton said.
The effects of Ted's dedication to Newton's exercise plans haven't
"Ted was kind of a scrawny kid as a freshman at the University of
Arizona," remembered Tucson golf writer Mark Stewart. "Now he's
surging out of his shirts. Bruce Banner has suddenly become the
Ted sometimes grits his teeth when on his way to Mack's "House
of Discipline" for his workouts --- "Mack's going to kick my butt
today," he's been known to say --- but he's always eager to get
there, knowing that perhaps the journey to the summit of success
on Tour begins with a single one of Newton's signature "Mountain
Mack appreciates his appearances, too.
"Ted brings a brightness and an enthusiastic edge to the class,"
Newton said. "You can always feel it when he's here."
Ted's victory last year at the Nationwide Tour's First Tee Arkansas
Classic had a lot to do with good conditioning.
"Because of rain delays, I had to play 39 holes on Sunday and I
won the tournament in a playoff. Had I not been working out with
Mack, I wouldn't have been able to make it," Ted said.
"I just want to thank Mack for everything he's done for me."
Ted practices at Moon Valley Country Club.
Ted's long-time teacher,
Pam Barnett, has been
guiding him for years, from
juniors all the way to the
PGA Tour. Notice the putting
grip, which reverted to a left
hand-low configuration for
the MCI Heritage.
Sizzling Tour return
Ted Purdy brought his sweet swing back to The Show this
season, five years after first earning his PGA Tour Card in the '98
Q-School. The return so far has been solid.
With wife, Arlene, and their new baby boy, Samuel, by his side for
the adventure, Ted has played well, making six cuts out of nine
events. His best finishes have been ties for 17th at the AT&T
Pebble Beach National Pro-Am and 20th at the Chrysler Classic
Purdy nabbed his new Tour Card last year by virtue of a 15th place
finish on the Nationwide Tour's money list, thanks to 11 top-25
finishes in 25 starts and a win at the First Tee Arkansas Classic.
Ted seemed poised for a successful pro career while earning
All-American honors twice during his college days at the
University of Arizona. His fine UA career earned him a spot on the
golf team's Wall of Fame at Arizona National Golf Course in
Tucson. During his senior year, Ted won twice, including a
six-shot victory over Stanford's Tiger Woods at the 1996 Ping
Purdy turned pro in 1996 after graduating from the University of
Arizona with a finance degree, and struck out for the Asian Tour,
where he was named Rookie of the Year in 1997. He's been a
factor on that tour's Order of Merit most years since, and also has
played strongly through the years in several European and Japan
His first stint on Tour was 1999, tying for 14th at the 1998
Q-School. He struggled on the Big Tour that year, though, only
making 8 out of 27 cuts during that rookie year. His best finish
then: a tie for 35 at the Buick Invitational.
A year later, Ted played his best PGA Tour event during the 2000
Touchstone Energy Tucson Classic, where finished in 11th place,
but disappointed after holding an early Sunday lead.
He's won the Arizona state high school title while at Brophy Prep,
the Southwest Amateur, Arizona Amateur Stroke Play
Championship and the 1997 Hero Honda Masters in New Delhi,
Last year, Ted Monday qualified for the AT&T Pebble Beach
National Pro-Am with a 90-foot birdie bomb on the first playoff
hole. He also played in the 2003 Chrysler Classic of Tucson on a
Ted ascribes his well-regarded golf swing to the Ernest Jones
"Swing the Clubhead" theory, which was taught to him by his
long-time coach, former LPGA player Pam Barnett, who now
teaches at Moon Valley Golf Club in Phoenix.
Samuel, left, smiles with
Mom, Dad and almost with
|Photo by James Wood, Arizona Daily Star
Purdy stares down a putt at the Chrysler
Classic of Tucson.
he defeated Tiger
Woods at the 1996
making just about
everything he looked
Purdy smacks a drive at the Chrysler Classic of Tucson.
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