and It's strictly up to him." “There’s no better time for me to win than right now,” he said. They were married a year later and settled in Fort Collins. Instant access to the latest news, videos and photos from around the world of golf. The head cover on his driver was made from an alligator he caught himself. Ollie Schniederjans (180th): Two years ago Schniederjans nearly caught Henrik Stenson at Sedgefield, but this year he missed the top-125 number by a wide margin and hasn’t teed it up since missing the cut at last month’s Barbasol Championship. But he’ll need to return to KFT Finals to keep that streak alive after recording just two top-25 finishes. 2020 It's just not fun.”. Saunders finished 50th on the 2012 Tour season in his first full professional season. When Saunders first left Clemson, after three years, to turn pro, there were times when he bridled at the constant mentions of his heritage. You have to always remember that. Among those who will remain exempt next season despite missing the top 125 are Austin Cook (130th), Jason Dufner (136th), Zach Johnson (154th), Jimmy Walker (158th) and Brendan Steele (171st). It's not easy, but he's steadily gotten better.". But after two rounds at TPC Twin Cities, a course Saunders’ grandfather Arnold Palmer designed, Saunders finds himself at 10 under, just four back of leader Bryson DeChambeau. "I called all three of my sisters and said, 'You have to make reservations right now and get to Pennsylvania to help Mom.' When he became a star junior as a teenager—he was once the No. I know being Arnold Palmer’s grandson opened some doors for me early in my pro career but I also think, at times, it made it harder. ", Saunders paused again, this time to gather himself, and then said, "He always wanted to talk to me. Sam Saunders lead his fellow PGA Tour pros in hitting ceremonial tee shots in the memory of his grandfather Arnold Palmer. 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I've come to understand how lucky I am to be his grandson.". "Arnold gave me very specific instructions to be certain that Doc was taken care of financially for the rest of his life," Johnston says, "and I will absolutely do that." Terms of Service I believe I'm good enough.". He bogeyed the next hole, too, but birdied three of his next four to right the ship. He has not won since Jan. 2015 and had only two top-10 finishes this season. He hits it long enough but would hardly be considered a bomber in what has become a bomber's world on tour. That's what Arnold would have wanted. They would be invited into the Oval Office and then to the private quarters of the building to spend some time with President Trump. Golf Channel, All Rights Reserved. That's one reason I play in Monday pro-ams even if I don't have to do it. So, too, have the high expectations. In fact, you might say it missed the whole forest because, to … I'm very proud of it.". He worries—as his grandfather did—about technology taking over the sport but believes the key to his game improving—as with so many players—is putting. Saunders’ Barracuda finish was his fourth top-10 this season (his best showing was a fifth at the Greenbrier in July), and he’s made nearly $1 million. He had a chance to do that at Reno. By signing up, you agree to the "My grandfather and a handful of players had the ability to make something that's very hard—making it to the PGA Tour and then winning on the PGA Tour—look easy. Golf Channel, All Rights Reserved. Where are you?' He can’t wait to find out what comes next. “I know crazy things can happen, but I was 95 percent sure I was in.”. Palmer's other businesses, including course design, senior communities, tea sales, automobiles and licensing—there are now 400 Arnold Palmer stores in Asia selling everything possible with the umbrella logo—will go on with people already in place. While several big names are inside the top 125 and will tee it up at next week’s Northern Trust, some notables ended up outside the all-important number. Saunders and Kelly met in Colorado when Sam was playing the Tour in 2011. As in the past, much of the money raised will go to the Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women & Babies, named for Palmer's late first wife. Uiagalelei, Patrick Mahomes gets kick out of himself in Bears jersey, Nick Castellanos doesn't opt out of Reds contract. "I've been preparing for this for a long time." You don't want to be playing bad golf and you certainly don't want to be playing bad golf in front of a bunch of people and cameras. "I feel like that's going to pay off in the next 10 years. ", ‘I remember once he asked me how I felt when I wasn’t playing well. And yet, he's still a long way from where he wants to go. The King's love of golf and life shines on through grandson Sam Saunders. Curtis Luck, Sam Saunders and Cody Gribble (who won on Tour in 2016) are among those who will join Schniederjans in a fight to regain some status for next season. "Kelly sat me down and told me I couldn't let these things bother me, that the only person I should be concerned about pleasing when it came to golf was me. When we all got up there, we agreed someone in the family had to speak. “‘Why haven’t you won yet?’ ” he said.

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