Kris Tamulis had been waiting a long time for this – 185 starts to be exact. But on Sunday, she finally earned a breakthrough win on the LPGA Tour, taking the Yokohama Tire LPGA Classic in Alabama.
She had to play 29 holes on Sunday to do it, finishing out a weather-delayed third round at The Senator Course in Prattville with a 5-under 67, then did two better in the final round with a 65 that held off former No. 1 Yani Tseng and Austin Ernst by a shot at 17-under 271.
The 34-year-old may well have been helped by the marathon nature of the finish, leaving little time to think about what could happen.
"It was amazing," Tamulis said after the win. "I was definitely not expecting this today."
Tamulis made a birdie on the 71st hole of the tournament and came up just short of another on the 18th, left to wonder if someone would catch her from well behind. After waiting almost an hour, the 34-year-old had her win when neither Ernst nor Tseng, playing together, could convert their birdie putts.
"When they both missed I was just shocked," said Tamulis, who didn't even bother hopping to the range to prepare for a potential playoff. She didn't follow what was happening on the course on her phone, either. A friend did that, according to the Associated Press.
After the win, Tamulis said she was inspired by her caddie, Thomas “Motion” Frank, who lost his Houston home, which he purchased from his mother, in April in a fire caused by a lightning strike.
“Mo believes in me more than I believe in me,” said Tamulis, according to Golf Channel. “He’s just such an inspiration.”
Tamulis and her fellow LPGA players raised $14,000 to help Frank rebuild the home.
“Having what happened to him really puts everything in perspective,” Tamulis said. “He's been dealing with the city and trying to figure out his house situation since then. That was in April. He shows up. He's great, and I am so thankful. He really puts everything in perspective for me, and I'm just really lucky to have him.”
Sometimes, all it takes to do something is belief, persistence and patience.
At 46, Dicky Pride earned his 2015-16 PGA Tour status on Sunday in the final regular-season event on the Web.com Tour, winning the WinCo Foods Portland Open for his first professional win in some 21 years. He jumped from 40th on the money list to fifth, guaranteeing him one of 25 PGA Tour cards up for grabs from the season-long money list.
The journeyman knew this was coming, or at least that's what he was telling himself with a card he'd carried in his wallet for most of the Web.com Tour season, which he shared on Twitter after his win.
The three-shot win sends Pride back to the PGA Tour, while Tim Herron, who finished second and three behind Pride, jumped up from outside the Web.com Tour Finals into the 32nd spot with a chance to earn one of the 25 PGA Tour cards available in the four-event series that runs concurrently alongside the remainder of the PGA Tour's FedEx Cup playoffs.
John Daly is lucky to be alive after he collapsed Saturday during a Jackson, Miss., area golf tournament.
Daly passed out on the 18th hole at Deefield Golf Club while competing in a small event, including several friends. He was eventually taken to nearby Baptist Medical Center and treated for a collapsed lung, but, in the initial moments after the collapse, Daly was not breathing.
“I had my arm around him when he went down. He had no pulse and wasn’t breathing for close to three minutes,” said playing partner Will Dottley, according to Golf Channel. “It was kind of a miracle.”
Dottley said a nurse in the gallery performed CPR on Daly.
Daly's agent, Bud Martin, said Daly's injury was partially the result of a rib injury he suffered in 2007 at the Honda Classic, when Daly had to stop his swing on the 12th hole of the first round when a female fan, according to Daly, stepped out in front of him mid-swing to snap a picture of the two-time major winner. Witnesses and playing partners said Daly had been struggling in the 90-degree heat on the course and had appeared in poor condition before the incident.
However, after Daly was released on Sunday morning, he returned to the course to finish the tournament.
The 49-year-old is eligible to compete on the Champions Tour, reserved for players who are 50 and older, in April 2016.