Actor Wagner leads, Romo second in Celebrity Golf Championship

By Associated PressJuly 16, 2011, 10:51 pm

STATELINE, Nev. – Actor Jack Wagner extended his lead with four birdies and Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo had one of the best rounds of the day to move into second place Saturday at the American Century Celebrity Golf Championship at Lake Tahoe.

Wagner, who became the only non-professional athlete to win the 54-hole tournament five years ago, said his game has improved since he learned not to dwell on his mistakes.

“You know, I don’t have a PGA Tour card. I’m an actor who plays some golf and I’ve got to approach it that way and just kind of not beat myself up,” Wagner said.

“I think that’s the real mistake I’ve made in the past is kind of beating myself up out there. So I’ve been able to kind of let the bad shots go so far,” he said.

Wagner, who will be teamed with Romo in the final group on Sunday, could become the first winner to lead wire-to-wire since the event switched to a modified Stableford scoring format in 2003.

He followed an opening 68 with a 71 on Saturday that translated into a two-day total of 52 points in the system that awards six points for eagle, three for birdie, one for par, none for bogey and minus two for anything worse.

Wagner said part of the credit for his success goes to his caddy, a longtime friend and PGA Tour player, David Berganio Jr.

“David keeps saying, `Take it man, let’s go. Put the pedal to the metal, dude, let’s go”” Wagner said. “I’m like, `I’m an actor. I don’t know pedal to the metal.”’

Romo also had four birdies during a round of 70, good for 46 points at a tournament with a $600,000 purse, $125,000 for the winner.

Former quarterback Chris Chandler was next with 42 points, followed by actor Oliver Hudson with 41. Vinny Del Negro, John Smoltz and Jeremy Roenick were next with 40. Brett Saberhagen had 39 and Mike Modano 37.

Romo tied for second last year and has finished no worse than a tie for third in his two other appearances at the tournament. He said he’s out to win it on Sunday.

“I’m very competitive whenever I show up to play whether it’s basketball, football, soccer, golf, whatever it is,” Romo said.

“For me, it’s not really enjoyable to go out and be 32nd best whatever it is you’re doing,” he said. “I think the competition for me is what fuels the passion of winning and losing. I mean, just competing is what I enjoy doing every day when I wake up.”

“I understand when I lose, you know, that it’s part of the process. It’s just not enjoyable while it’s going on,” Romo said.

Wagner said he has won the club championship at Bel Air Country Club in Los Angeles six times “and been runner-up 12 times.” He said he’s never played with Romo before but is looking forward to it.

“Tony’s hungry,” Wagner said. “I’m glad because I want to play with a guy who is right next to me nipping on my heels and I want to be able to bury him. That’s my goal tomorrow, to just take it.”

Other competitors had other priorities at the course on the shores of the azure mountain lake where more than 100 boats anchored along the two closing holes.

“You don’t want to nail anybody,” Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow said.

NBA star Charles Barkley sent one errant drive over the gallery’s head about 200 yards to the right. On another tee, a fan asked him if they were standing far enough out of the way to be safe.

“I ain’t hit the ball yet,” Barkley answered. “How the hell would I know?”

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McCoy earns medalist honors at Web.com Q-School

By Will GrayDecember 11, 2017, 12:30 am

One year after his budding career was derailed by a car accident, Lee McCoy got back on track by earning medalist honors at the final stage of Web.com Tour Q-School.

McCoy shot a final-round 65 at Whirlwind Golf Club in Chandler, Ariz., to finish the 72-hole event at 28 under. That total left him two shots ahead of Sung-Jae Im and guaranteed him fully-exempt status on the developmental circuit in 2018.

It's an impressive turnaround for the former University of Georgia standout who finished fourth at the 2016 Valspar Championship as an amateur while playing alongside Jordan Spieth in the final round. But he broke his wrist in a car accident the day before second stage of Q-School last year, leaving him without status on any major tour to begin the year.

McCoy was not the only player who left Arizona smiling. Everyone in the top 10 and ties will be exempt through the first 12 events of the new Web.com Tour season, a group that includes former amateur standouts Curtis Luck (T-3), Sam Burns (T-10) and Maverick McNealy (T-10).

Players who finished outside the top 10 but inside the top 45 and ties earned exemptions into the first eight events of 2018. That group includes Cameron Champ (T-16), who led the field in driving at this year's U.S. Open as an amateur, and Wyndham Clark (T-23).

Everyone who advanced to the final stage of Q-School will have at least conditional Web.com Tour status in 2018. Among those who failed to secure guaranteed starts this week were Robby Shelton, Rico Hoey, Jordan Niebrugge, Joaquin Niemann and Kevin Hall.

Els honored with Heisman Humanitarian Award

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 10, 2017, 11:41 pm

The annual Heisman Trophy award ceremony is one of the biggest moments in any football season, but there was a touching non-football moment as well on Saturday night as Ernie Els received the Heisman Humanitarian Award.

The award, which had been announced in August, recognized Els' ongoing efforts on behalf of his Els for Autism foundation. Els received the award at Manhattan's PlayStation Theater, where Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield won the Heisman Trophy.

Els, 47, founded Els for Autism in 2009 with his wife after their son, Ben, was diagnosed with autism. Their efforts have since flourished into a 26-acre campus in Jupiter, Fla., and the creation of the Els Center for Excellence in 2015.

The Heisman Humanitarian Award has been given out since 2006. Past recipients include NBA center David Robinson, NFL running back Warrick Dunn, soccer star Mia Hamm and NASCAR driver Jeff Gordon.

A native of South Africa, Els won the U.S. Open in 1994 and 1997 and The Open in 2002 and 2012. He has won 19 times on the PGA Tour and was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2011.

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Monday finish for Joburg Open; Sharma leads by 4

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 10, 2017, 8:57 pm

Rain, lightning and hail pushed the Joburg Open to a Monday finish, with India’s Shubhankar Sharma holding a four-stroke lead with 11 holes to play in Johannesburg.

Play is scheduled to resume at 7:30 a.m. local time.

South Africa’s Erik van Rooyen will have a 3-foot putt for birdie to move within three shots of Sharma wen play resumes at the Randpark Golf Club. Sarma is at 22 under par.

Tapio Pulkkanen of Finland and James Morrison of England are tied for third at 14 under. Pulkkanen has 10 holes remaining, Morrison 11.

The top three finishers who are not already exempt, will get spots in next year’s Open Championship at Carnoustie.

 

 

Stricker, O'Hair team to win QBE Shootout

By Will GrayDecember 10, 2017, 8:55 pm

It may not count in the official tally, but Steve Stricker is once again in the winner's circle on the PGA Tour.

Stricker teamed with Sean O'Hair to win the two-person QBE Shootout, as the duo combined for a better-ball 64 in the final round to finish two shots clear of Graeme McDowell and Shane Lowry. It's the second win in this event for both men; Stricker won with Jerry Kelly back in 2009 while O'Hair lifted the trophy with Kenny Perry in 2012.

Stricker and O'Hair led wire-to-wire in the 54-hole, unofficial event after posting a 15-under 57 during the opening-round scramble.

"We just really gelled well together," Stricker said. "With his length the first day, getting some clubs into the greens, some short irons for me, we just fed off that first day quite a bit. We felt comfortable with one another."


Full-field scores from the QBE Shootout


Stricker won 12 times during his PGA Tour career, most recently at the 2012 Tournament of Champions. More recently the 50-year-old has been splitting his time on the PGA Tour Champions and captained the U.S. to a victory at the Presidents Cup in October. O'Hair has four official Tour wins, most recently at the 2011 RBC Canadian Open.

Pat Perez and Brian Harman finished alone in third, four shots behind Stricker and O'Hair. Lexi Thompson and Tony Finau, the lone co-ed pairing in the 12-team event, finished among a tie for fourth.