Delahoussayes 62 leads Canadian Open

By Associated PressJuly 23, 2010, 4:13 am

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TORONTO – Long a sleepy, leafy retreat, St. George’s Golf and Country Club got a rude awakening in its first Canadian Open in 42 years.

The hilly, tree-lined layout figured to be a stern test with its thick rough, narrow fairways and undulating greens. Instead, it turned out to be a pushover that left players wondering what happened to the beast they expected.

“When I woke up and saw the scores, I was like, `I don’t know if they changed courses or what,”’ first-round leader Brent Delahoussaye said. “It just wasn’t playing the same that I thought it was in the practice round.”

The little-known Delahoussaye did the most damage to the Stanley Thompson-designed course’s reputation Thursday, shooting an 8-under 62 to match the tournament record. The 29-year-old former Clemson player whose lone professional victory came in the 2006 Hooters Tour Classic had an eagle, seven birdies and a bogey.

“Today, I was like, you know what, `I’m just going to go out there and play. This course doesn’t set up good for me, so I’m just going to go out there with a good attitude and not worry about it,”’ Delahoussaye said. “And look where I am now.”

He wasn’t alone.

Vance Veazey and Brock Mackenzie shot 64s, and Hunter Mahan, Dean Wilson, Charley Hoffman, Jimmy Walker, Rich Barcelo, Steve Wheatcroft, Spencer Levin, Daniel Chopra and Brian Stuard had 65s. Seventy players broke par and the 156-man field averaged 69.712.

“This golf course seems to be about putting it in the fairway and on the greens,” Veazey said. “You have to hit good shots into the greens because they have slope. And I had a lot of good looks with the putter.”

Four other players have shot 62s in the Canadian Open, the first three at Glen Abbey. Leonard Thompson set the record in 1981, Andy Bean matched it in 1983, both at a par of 71, and Greg Norman did it in 1986, when par was 72. Mahan had a 9-under 62 at Angus Glen in 2007.

“I wasn’t thinking about a course record or thinking about leading the tournament,” Delahoussaye said after hitting 13 of 14 fairways in regulation, 14 of 18 greens and needing only 24 putts. “I was just thinking about hitting shots. I just need to take that mentality and do it the next three days.”

Delahoussaye, a Q-school graduate making his 14th career PGA Tour start, also broke the course record of 64 set by Canadian George Knudson in 1968 in the last Canadian Open at St. George’s. In the final group off the ninth tee, Delahoussaye played the front nine – his first and last eight holes – in 6-under 28.

He was 3 under on his first two holes, hitting a 3-iron from 230 yards to 8 feet on the par-5 ninth to set up his eagle and holing a 14-footer on the par-4 10th.

“I was thinking, `Wow! This could be good,”’ Delahoussaye said.

He birdied the 12th, gave the stroke back with a bogey on the par-3 13th and birdied the 17th to get back to 4 under. He birdied Nos. 2, 5, 6, and 7 and closed with a par on the par-3 eighth.

Barcelo had nine birdies, two bogeys and a double bogey. He had five straight birdies on Nos. 4-8 and seven in an eight-hole stretch.

“Today was an extremely fun day to play golf,” Barcelo said. “The weather was nice, the golf course was set up great, the fans were fantastic. … It’s refreshing to see a setup where you have to hit good shots all day long.”

Canadian star Mike Weir shot a 72. Fighting tendinitis in his right arm, the 40-year-old Weir is trying to become the first Canadian winner in 56 years and first Canadian-born champion in 96 years.

“It actually felt a lot better today,” Weir said. “I don’t want to use an excuse like that. I just didn’t play well.”

Stephen Ames and Jon Mills topped the 18 Canadians at 67.

“I’m surprised how many good scores there are,” said Ames, a naturalized Canadian citizen from Trinidad and Tobago. “But the greens are very receptive.”

DIVOTS: Because of logistical problems, the players started on Nos. 1 and 9 instead of the usual first and 10th. … Pat Fletcher, born in England, was the last Canadian winner, taking the 1954 event at Point Grey in Vancouver. Carl Keffer is the only Canadian-born champion, winning in 1909 and 1914. Albert Murray, a Canadian also born in England, won in 1908 and 1913.

Rose (62) sets blistering pace in Indonesia

By Associated PressDecember 14, 2017, 3:06 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia – Justin Rose shot a 10-under 62 Thursday to take a two-stroke lead after the first round of the Indonesian Masters.

Rose, starting on the back nine at Royale Jakarta Golf Club, had five birdies to go out in 31, then birdied four of five holes midway through his final nine and another birdie on his last hole in the $750,000 tournament.


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Gunn Charoenkul (64) was in second place and Kim Giwhan and Phachara Khongwatmai (both 65) were tied for third.

Brandt Snedeker shot 72. Ranked 51st in the world, the American is aiming for a strong finish in Jakarta to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters.

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LaCava: Woods wouldn't talk after H.O.R.S.E. match

By Will GrayDecember 14, 2017, 2:27 pm

The competitive streak within Tiger Woods knows no bounds - even on the basketball court, according to caddie Joe LaCava.

LaCava has been on Woods' bag since 2011, and he recently shared a story on "Inside the Ropes" on Sirius/XM PGA Tour Radio about a clash between the two men over a seemingly friendly game of H.O.R.S.E. Actually, it turned into nine straight games (and nine straight wins) for LaCava, who exploited a weakness in Woods' on-court strategy while leaning on a mid-length jumper of his own:

"The thing with him was if I missed a shot, which I missed plenty of shots, but if I missed the shot he'd go back down to the 3 (point line) because he liked to make the 3," LaCava said. "But it's harder obviously to make a 3, and I'd go right back to the baseline 12-footer, and he couldn't make it."

It's a short list of people who have beaten Woods nine times in any athletic pursuit, let alone in a row. But for LaCava, the fallout from his afternoon of on-court dominance was less than subtle.

"He did not talk to me the rest of the day," LaCava explained. "I didn't even get the old text, 'Dinner is ready,' because I stay across at the beach house. I didn't even get that text that night. I had to get take-out. He didn't announce he wasn't (talking), he just did it. I'm telling you, nine games in a row. Like I said, he's so competitive, even at something like that."

Newsmaker of the Year: No. 3, Tiger Woods

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 14, 2017, 12:45 pm

After returning to competition at the Hero World Challenge in December 2016, Woods started the new year with an ambitious slate of tournament starts as he eyed his first full season since 2013. But he made it only three rounds, looking rusty en route to a missed cut at Torrey Pines before withdrawing abruptly in Dubai.

The “spasms” that led to that withdrawal turned out to be something far more serious, as Woods underwent his fourth and most invasive back surgery in April, a lumbar fusion. It brought with it an extensive rehabilitation, and at the Presidents Cup in September Woods humored the prospect that he might never again play competitive golf.

At Liberty National he also faced some scrutiny for an off-course incident from months prior. In May he was arrested for suspicion of DUI, an incident that produced a startling roadside video of an intoxicated Woods struggling to follow instructions from the arresting officer after driving erratically.


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While he was not drinking at the time, Woods was found to have a mix of several prescription medications in his system, including multiple painkillers. He checked himself into a private drug treatment program in July to address his dependency issues, and in October he pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of reckless driving.

But the incident was barely a memory when Woods again made a return to competition in the Bahamas at the tournament he hosts. This time around he exceeded nearly every expectation, twice shooting 4-under 68 while tying for ninth among the 18-man field. Having re-tooled his swing following fusion surgery, Woods appeared relaxed, happy and healthy while briefly taking the lead during the tournament’s second round.

What lies ahead for Woods in 2018 remains uncertain, as the stop-and-start nature of this past season serves as a cautionary tale. But after a harrowing arrest and another serious surgery, he seems once again focused on his game, intent on chasing down a new crop of elite talent, some of whom are barely more than half his age.

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