Notes: Boo keeps Sergio on his toes

Associated Press

LEMONT, Ill. – Sergio Garcia was disqualified at the PGA Championship when he signed an incorrect scorecard in the second round because Boo Weekley wrote down the wrong score and Garcia didn’t stick around long enough to check it.

The PGA Tour Playoffs pairings put them together the first two rounds at the Deutsche Bank Championship.

Three weeks later, not much changed.

“I fouled it up again,” Weekley said.

Turns out Weekley put down the wrong score for Garcia in the first round and the second round. The only difference was Garcia and PGA Tour officials caught the mistake before he signed it.

“I don’t know what it is about him,” Weekley said. “I keep messin’ up. It’s aggravating.”

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STRICKER’S SILLY SEASON: When Steve Stricker had a breakthrough year in 1996 by winning two times, he got so caught up in the end-of-the-year festivities that he didn’t take enough time for himself.

This year, he is limiting his silly-season schedule to two events that could not be farther apart, even though separated by only three weeks on the calendar. Stricker said he would play the Nedbank Challenge in South Africa, then the Target World Challenge in California.

He is looking forward to Sun City, primarily as a father-daughter trip with 9-year-old Bobbi. They plan to arrive early to take in a safari and some other sightseeing.

“I asked her if she wanted to go to South Africa and she said, ‘Sure!’ She has no idea where South Africa is,” Stricker said. “She probably thinks it’s the next state over. But it will be fun. Nikki (his wife) and I went in ‘96 and we had a blast.”

Stricker only played in the pro-am last year at Target, which is hosted by Tiger Woods. He had such a good time that he recently called tournament organizers asking if he could play the pro-am again. No need for that now. With his stellar season, he is No. 5 in the world and is eligible for the tournament. That means he can stay all week.

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GRAND SLAM: Jim Furyk’s offseason could include a trip to Bermuda for the PGA Grand Slam if PGA champion Tiger Woods elects not to go. Woods has never missed the Grand Slam when eligible, and a decision is expected this week.

“I would like to play,” Furyk said last week.

Furyk is the first alternate based on his runner-up finish at Oakmont and top 15s at the Masters and British Open. Ernie Els is next on the alternate list of past major champions, followed by Retief Goosen and Mike Weir.

Furyk isn’t sure, however, if the PGA of America will take him.

He will be playing in South Korea the week before, and he has verbally committed to a skins game the day after. The earliest he could get to Bermuda would be Monday evening on Oct. 15, meaning he would miss the pro-am. The Grand Slam is Oct. 16-17.

There is precedence for missing the pro-am. When the Grand Slam was held at Poipu Bay in Hawaii, Phil Mickelson skipped the pro-am in 2005 citing family obligations, while Woods missed that year with a stomach virus.

“I know there’s precedence,” Furyk said. “But I’m also an alternate. I like the PGA of America. And I would love to go, as long as I could work everything out.”

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DIVOTS: Dick Ferris, former chairman of United Airlines, is retiring from the PGA Tour policy board after serving for more than 20 years, the last 14 years as the chairman. He will be replaced by Ed Whitacre, chairman emeritus of AT&T, and the executive largely responsible for putting together Tiger Woods’ involvement with the new AT&T National. … The FBR Open contributed $7.8 million to local charities, the highest of any PGA Tour event in 2007 and $1 million more than the tournament raised last year. … The Royal & Ancient has created the Mark. H. McCormack Medal for the leading player in the World Amateur Golf Ranking. McCormack, the late founder of IMG, also has his name on the trophy given to the professional who leads the world ranking for the most weeks in a year.

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STAT OF THE WEEK: Phil Mickelson, who withdrew from the BMW Championship, has never finished in the top 25 in 10 starts at Cog Hill.

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FINAL WORD: “We had a Nationwide Tour gallery.” – Arron Oberholser, after playing in the final group at the Deutsche Bank Championship with Brett Wetterich. They were behind the Tiger Woods-Phil Mickelson pairing.

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