Cal Holds NCAA Lead Through 36 Holes

By Associated PressJune 2, 2004, 4:00 pm
College CentralHOT SPRINGS, Va. -- California held on to its one-stroke lead, shooting a 9-over 289 on a difficult scoring day at the second round of the NCAA men's golf championships on Wednesday.
Only Pepperdine finished below par in the second round at the par-70, 6,679-yard Cascades Golf Course. The Waves shot a 4-under 276, moving into a tie for fourth place with Washington.
'We played well on the back nine when the wind was howling,' California coach Steve Desimone said of his team, which teed off on the back nine. 'It was a disappointing final nine.
'But hey, we're still up one. No one said this was going to be easy.'
The Golden Bears' two-round score of 8-over 568 puts them one stroke ahead of Kentucky and two ahead of Brigham Young.
Pepperdine and Washington have a two-round total of 571, followed by Georgia State and UCLA tied for sixth (572).
Defending national champion Clemson shot 10-over Wednesday and was in 13th place at 575.
In the individual competition, Arizona's Chris Nallen shot a 67 to move into a tie for first place at 4-under 136 with Kentucky's Matt Wells and California's Jeff Hood.
Nallen had four birdies and one bogey. Wells had eight birdies with four bogeys in shooting a 68, while Hood finished with a 71.
'I just could not make any putts,' said Hood, who was 5-under after the first round. 'I bet I had five or six putts inside of 10 feet and didn't make any of them.'
Pepperdine's Michael Putnam fired the best round of the day, a 65 with five birdies and no bogeys. He is 1-under for the tournament.
The third round Thursday is cut day. Only the top 15 teams will compete in the final round Friday.
Rd. 2 Team Results
1. California 568
2. Kentucky 569
3. BYU 570
T4. Pepperdine 571
T4. Washington 571
T6. Georgia State 572
T6. UCLA 572
T8. TCU 573
T8. Arizona 573
T10. Florida 574
T10. Texas 574
T10. Georgia Tech 574
13. Clemson 575
14. Purdue 577
15. Penn State 580
T16. Auburn 581
T16. Oklahoma 581
T16. Oklahoma State 581
T19. Kent State 582
T19. New Mexico 582
T19. USC 582
22. Texas A&M 583
T23. SMU 585
T23. North Carolina 585
25. Toledo 586
26. Georgia 587
27. Arizona State 596
28. Vanderbilt 597
29. Wichita State 602
30. Rhode Island 610

Individual Leaders
Jeff Hood, California 65-71--136
Chris Nallen, Arizona 69-67--136
Matt Wells, Kentucky 68-68--136
A.J. Elgert, Kansas St. 68-69--137
Travis Johnson, UCLA 69-68--137
Ryan Moore, UNLV 67-70--137
Bill Haas, Wake Forest 70-68--138
Jason Hartwick, Texas 70-68--138
Mark Leon, Penn St. 69-69--138
Matt Hendrix, Clemson 71-68--139
Kasper Jorgensen, Georgia St. 69-70--139
Jeff Overton, Indiana 67-72--139
Michael Putnam, Pepperdine 74-65--139
Chan Wongluekiet, Georgia Tech 70-69--139
Ben Hayes, Southern Cal 69-71--140
John Holmes, Kentucky 71-69--140
Shiv Kapur, Purdue 72-68--140
Matthew Rosenfeld, Texas 69-71--140
Mark Lamb, Arizona 72-69--141
Alex Prugh, Washington 71-70--141
Stephen Reed, Texas A&M 73-68--141
Ryan Yip, Kent St. 71-70--141
Oscar Alvarez, Brigham Young 70-72--142
Scott Carlyle, California 71-71--142
Jonathan Dismuke, Auburn 68-74--142
Jake Ellison, Brigham Young 70-72--142
Jack Ferguson, Clemson 69-73--142
Jonathan Fricke, Georgia St. 73-69--142
Pariya Junhasavasdikul, Purdue 72-70--142
Tyler Leon, Oklahoma St. 70-72--142
Spencer Levin, New Mexico 72-70--142
Brock Mackenzie, Washington 71-71--142
Adam Meyer, TCU 66-76--142
Todd Miller, Brigham Young 69-73--142
Jessie Mudd, Florida 69-73--142
Brian O'Flaherty, Pepperdine 73-69--142

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Watch: Tiger throws dart, pours in birdie at 8

By Golf Channel DigitalMarch 18, 2018, 7:31 pm

Starting Sunday five off the lead, Tiger Woods teed off his final round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational with a laced 2-iron and a par at No. 1.

Woods hit the green at the par-3 second but left himself a 50-foot birdie putt and a 6-footer to save par, which we walked in.

A two-putt 4 at the par-5 fourth gave Woods his first birdie of the day and moved him to 8 under for the week. Apparently energized, Tiger pulled driver at the short par-4 fifth and unleashed this violent swing.

A pitch from the thick rough hit a sprinkler head and stopped on the apron, leading to this birdie try, which fortunately hit the pin but unfortunately didn't fall.

Looking to pick up another stroke - or two - at the par-5 sixth, Woods took his drive 317 yards over the water and hit this second shot from 227 yards to 13 feet, leading to another two-putt birdie when his eagle try burned the right edge.

Returning to his trusty 2-iron, Tiger found the fairway at par-4 eighth and then threw this dart from 176 yards to 6 feet and rolled in his third birdie putt of the day to move to 10 under.

(More coming...)

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Tiger Tracker: Arnold Palmer Invitational

By Tiger TrackerMarch 18, 2018, 5:00 pm

Tiger Woods will start Sunday five off the lead at the Arnold Palmer Invitational. How will he follow up last week's runner-up? We're tracking him at Bay Hill.

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McIlroy: Time for Tour to limit alcohol sales on course

By Ryan LavnerMarch 18, 2018, 1:50 pm

ORLANDO, Fla. – Rory McIlroy suggested Saturday that the PGA Tour might need to consider curbing alcohol sales to stop some of the abusive fan behavior that has become more prevalent at events.

McIlroy said that a fan repeatedly yelled his wife’s name (Erica) during the third round at the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

“I was going to go over and have a chat with him,” McIlroy said. “I think it’s gotten a little much, to be honest. I think they need to limit the alcohol sales on the course, or they need to do something, because every week it seems like guys are complaining about it more and more.

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“I know that people want to come and enjoy themselves, and I’m all for that, but sometimes when the comments get personal and people get a little bit rowdy, it can get a little much.”

This isn’t the first time that McIlroy has voiced concerns about fan behavior on Tour. Last month at Riviera, he said the rowdy spectators probably cost Tiger Woods a half-shot a round, and after two days in his featured group he had a splitting headache.

A week later, at the Honda Classic, Justin Thomas had a fan removed late in the final round.

McIlroy believes the issue is part of a larger problem, as more events try to replicate the success of the Waste Management Phoenix Open, which has one of the liveliest atmospheres on Tour.

“It’s great for that tournament, it’s great for us, but golf is different than a football game, and there’s etiquette involved and you don’t want people to be put off from bringing their kids when people are shouting stuff out,” he said. “You want people to enjoy themselves, have a good day.”

As for a solution, well, McIlroy isn’t quite sure.

“It used to be you bring beers onto the course or buy beers, but not liquor,” he said. “And now it seems like everyone’s walking around with a cocktail. I don’t know whether (the solution) is to go back to letting people walking around with beers in their hands. That’s fine, but I don’t know.”

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Confident Lincicome lurking after 54 holes at Founders

By Randy SmithMarch 18, 2018, 2:45 am

PHOENIX – Brittany Lincicome is farther back than she wanted to be going into Sunday at the Bank of Hope Founders Cup, but she’s in a good place.

She’s keeping the momentum of her season-opening Pure Silk Bahamas Classic victory going this year.

Her confidence is high.

“Last year, I won in the Bahamas, but then I didn't do anything after that,” Lincicome said. “I don't even know if I had a top 10 after my win in the Bahamas. Obviously, this year, I want to be more consistent.”

Lincicome followed up her victory in the Bahamas this year with a tie for seventh in her next start at the Honda LPGA Thailand. And now she’s right back on another leaderboard with the year’s first major championship just two weeks away. She is, by the way, a two-time winner at the ANA Inspiration.

Missy Pederson, Lincicome’s caddie, is helping her player keep that momentum going with more focus on honing in the scoring clubs.

“One of our major goals is being more consistent,” Pederson said. “She’s so talented, a once in a generation talent. I’m just trying to help out in how to best approach every golf course.”

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Pederson has helped Lincicome identify the clubs they’re likely to attack most with on the particular course they are playing that week, to spend more time working with those clubs in practice. It’s building confidence.

“I know the more greens we hit, and the more chances we give ourselves, the more our chances are to be in contention,” Pederson said. “Britt is not big into stats or details, so I have to figure out how to best consolidate that information, to get us exactly where we need to be.”

Lincicome’s growing comfort with clubs she can attack with is helping her confidence through a round.

“I’ve most noticed consistency in her mental game, being able to handle some of the hiccups that happen over the course of a round,” Pederson said. “Whereas before, something might get under her skin, where she might say, `That’s what always happens,’ now, it’s, `All right, I know I’m good enough to get this back.’ I try to get her in positions to hit the clubs we are really hitting well right now.”

That’s leading to a lot more birdies, fewer bogeys and more appearances on leaderboards in the start to this year.