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By Associated PressMay 31, 2003, 4:00 pm
DUBLIN, Ohio -- As David Duval waited to clean up a par on the 18th hole, he looked up at a private jet soaring over Muirfield Village. That's usually where he's been Friday afternoons this year on the PGA Tour -- on his way home.
Not this time.
David DuvalDuval shot a 72 on Friday and was at 1-over 145, easily making the cut. It was the first time he made the cut since the Nissan Open at Riviera Country Club three months ago.
'My goal is not to make cuts,' Duval said. 'Considering how I've been playing, certainly this is a positive step. I'm more pleased with how I played.'
The Memorial Tournament will be only his third check of the year. In 11 previous tournaments, he made the cut at Riviera and tied for 33rd at the World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship, the equivalent of getting beat in the first round.
'It's hard to continually improve if you don't play on the weekend,' he said.
Duval has been working with David Leadbetter, and he says his game is turning around. It might be time to believe him.
For the second straight day, John Daly threw caution to the wind and drove a ball over the green at the 363-yard 14th hole at Muirfield Village Golf Club.
Then Jack Nicklaus threw a fit.
Told that Daly had gunned for the green and flown it in both rounds, Nicklaus expressed anger at ball technology which he said is making many courses obsolete.
Jack Nicklaus'Now is that absurd?' the course designer and tournament host said Friday. 'It's not Daly; it's the golf ball. To have a golf ball that will do that is just ruining the game of golf. It's ridiculous. Absolutely ridiculous. I know John can hit it, and more power to John. You take advantage of what equipment you've got. If you don't, you're crazy.
'But how do you make a golf course defend that? You don't. It takes all the strategy out of play. It takes everything you've done to prepare out of play. I just don't think that's right for the game of the golf.'
The par-4 14th has a vast landing area in front of a creek that bisects the hole about 230 yards from the tee. The prevailing wisdom is to hit a safe shot off the tee, then hit a mid to short iron into the narrow green that is guarded on the left by bunkers and the right by the creek.
Daly birdied the hole in the first round after driving into the back bunker -- near where reigning Masters winner Mike Weir was contemplating a shot.
In Friday's second round, Daly again hit driver off the tee. His ball came to rest 352 yards away, again in the back bunker, just 38 feet from the pin.
From there, however, things unraveled.
Daly blasted out past the hole, the ball running into the fringe. He chipped 3 1/2 feet past and missed his par putt coming back. The bogey was one of four he had on the back nine while shooting a 1-over 73 that left him at 3-under 141.
'I'm driving the ball very well, real straight and long,' Daly said. 'My putting has been really bad.'
Nicklaus made it clear he wasn't angry at Daly, but rather advanced ball technology that has turned 160-pounders into bombers off the tee.
'It's the biggest issue I've seen in golf,' said Nicklaus, who has designed almost 300 courses on every continent. 'It's discouraging to do golf courses all over the world like I do and have them be obsolete the week after you open them -- only because of the golf ball.'
Ian Woosnam of Wales withdrew from U.S. Open qualifying next week, replaced by someone who is willing to travel even farther.
Woosnam faced the prospect of flying over the Atlantic to play 36 holes on Tuesday in Maryland, then return to Europe if he missed the cut.
The first alternate at Woodmont Country Club is Masao Nakajima of Tokyo, who is playing in Japan this week. He must leave immediately after the tournament to make it to Woodmont for the final stage of qualifying.
Paul Azinger followed an opening 69 with a 79 and missed the cut.
Asked what he would do after missing the cut, Nicklaus said, 'You know a good place to fish around here?'
After making the cut in his first appearance at the Memorial, Lee Westwood said, 'I'd heard about the milkshakes as much as I'd heard about the course.'
Leader Kenny Perry has the same 36-hole score (11-under 133) as when he won the Memorial in 1991.
Chris Smith was paired with Tiger Woods each of the first two rounds, but took credit for the huge galleries. 'A lot of people came out to watch me this week,' he said with a laugh.
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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."

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    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.