By Herschel CaldwellDecember 1994: Surgery on left knee to remove two benign tumors and scar tissue.
Dec. 13, 2002: Surgery on left knee to remove fluid inside and outside the ACL and remove benign cysts from his left knee. Misses the season opener in 2003.
August 2007: Ruptures the ACL in his left knee while running on a golf course after the British Open, but is able to keep playing. Wins five of the last six tournaments he plays, including the PGA Championship for his 13th major.
By Doug Ferguson, Associated Press
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Joe LaCava walked nearly every blade of grass on the 18th green at Valhalla Golf Club, jotting notes in his yardage book after stepping off the distances from every edge of the green to every possible pin position. It was just like any other Monday at a major.
The caddie just didn’t know whether any of this information would be useful in the PGA Championship. LaCava was awaiting word on whether his boss — Tiger Woods — would be healthy enough to play the final major of the year.
“I’m optimistic,” LaCava said after he finished charting the entire golf course. “I’m hoping he plays. So I’m just doing whatever work I would normally do.”
by Herschel Caldwell
Lizette Salas is proving she deserves to be on the big stage; The 2013 U.S. Solheim Cup Team. A captain’s pick, Salas played well enough to win her match on Friday partnered with Stacy Lewis. But they ran into a buzz saw European team of Anna Nordqvist and 17 year old phenom, Caroline Hedwall losing 4&2.
Salas has been a student of LPGA hall of famer and legend Nancy Lopez for nearly two years. “Sales is a brilliant golfers who has a very bright future on the LPGA, she is also grounded and has a great sense of history and the role she wishes to play.” Says Lopez. Her mom and dad walked inside the ropes up and down of a very hilly Colorado course beaming with pride. “She is our baby all grown up and we are very proud of her.” Says a smiling father.
Editor’s note: Minorities are not strangers to the elite field of golfers representing the United States in team competition. Nancy Lopez has served as a player with a stellar record and as a team captain. Calvin Peete was the first African American to represent the United States on the Ryder Cup team. Lezette Salas deservingly takes her place representing the United States and a very proud Latino community.