Georgia Extends Lead at NCAAs

By Associated PressJune 2, 2005, 4:00 pm
College CentralEditor's Note: Exclusive coverage of the Men's NCAA Division I Golf Championships will be televised on The Golf Channel beginning June 2 at 3:00 p.m. ET.
 
NCAAOWINGS MILLS, Md. -- Georgias Richard Scott shot a 1-under 69 and teammate Brendon Todd added a 70 in windy conditions Thursday to help the Bulldogs increase their lead to nine strokes after the second round of the NCAA Division I tournament.
 
Youve got to put aside thinking about leading or winning and just take it one shot at a time, Scott said. On this course and with these teams playing, if you lose focus, it can bite you. Were just worrying about each shot.
 
Georgia had a 4-over 284 total Thursday'counting the top four scores from the five-player squad'to finish 36 holes at 2-under 558 on the Caves Valley course. Chris Kirk added a 71 for the Bulldogs, and Kevin Kisner and David Denham shot 74s.
 
If you had told me after two rounds wed be under par, I would have taken that without a doubt, Georgia coach Chris Haack said. Im proud of the way the guys are playing. Theyre all focused on the task at hand. Theyre doing a good job of staying in the present and not getting emotional.
 
Tennessee, 8 over in the second round, was second at 7 over, followed by Georgia Tech at 9 over, Southern California at 12 over and UNLV, Duke, Georgia State and Washington at 14 over. Top-ranked Oklahoma State was 15th at 21 over.
 
Pepperdines Michael Putnam topped the individual leaderboard, shooting his second straight 67 for a 6-under 134 total. Augusta States Major Manning (70) was a stroke back, and Washingtons James Lepp (67) and Georgia Techs Roberto Castro (68) were three strokes behind Putnam at 3-under 137.
 
Putnam had an eagle, two birdies and a bogey'on his final hole.
 
I played solid all day, Putnam said. I only hit one bad shot and that was on the last hole. My mind-set for the day was not to make a bogey. I think when you have that mind-set, it helps make the day a little more relaxing.
 
Defending champion Ryan Moore of UNLV, also the 2004 U.S. Amateur and U.S. Public Links winner, followed his opening 72 with a 73 for a 5-over 145 total. New Mexicos Spencer Levin, who tied for 13th last year in the U.S. Open, also struggled, shooting a 75 for a 7-over 147 total.
 
Team Scores
Georgia 274-284--558
Tennessee 279-288--567
Georgia Tech 288-281--569
Southern Cal 290-282--572
UNLV 284-290--574
Duke 288-286--574
Georgia State 287-287--574
Washington 289-285--574
Augusta State 286-289--575
Brigham Young 285-290--575
Arizona State 291-285--576
Arizona 282-296--578
Florida 289-291--580
Wake Forest 287-293--580
Oklahoma State 292-289--581
Kentucky 291-292--583
SMU 287-297--584
Alabama 291-293--584
Georgia Southern 286-298--584
Arkansas 288-296--584
Coastal Carolina 284-301--585
Missouri 300-286--586
San Diego State 290-297--587
Stanford 296-292--588
New Mexico 289-300--589
Tulsa 290-302--592
Texas A&M 296-296--592
Texas 298-297--595
Purdue 299-299--598
UCLA 299-301--600
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Individual Leaders
Michael Putnam, Pepperdine 67-67--134
Major Manning, Augusta State 65-70--135
Roberto Castro, Georgia Tech 69-68--137
James Lepp, Washington 70-67--137
Oscar Alvarez, BYU 67-71--138
Shawn Jasper, Missouri 72-66--138
Ross McGowan, Tennessee 67-71--138
Michael Schachner, Duke 70-68--138
Brendon Todd, Georgia 68-70--138
Kevin Kisner, Georgia 65-74--139
Zack Miller, Stanford 70-69--139
Alex Noren, Oklahoma State 70-69--139
Aron Price, Georgia Southern 66-73--139
Joshua Wooding, Southern Cal 71-68--139
Chris Kirk, Georgia 69-71--140
Niklas Lemke, Arizona State 70-70--140
Taylor Wood, Southern Cal 72-68--140
Robert Gates, Texas A&M 68-73--141
Beau Glover, Arkansas 70-71--141
Richard Scott, Georgia 72-69--141
Mitch Cohlmia, Tulsa 67-75--142
Rob Grube, Stanford 71-71--142
Mark Harrell, Alabama 70-72--142
Ty Harris, Georgia State 72-70--142
John Holmes, Kentucky 70-72--142
Nathan Lashley, Arizona 71-71--142
Doug Manchester, Wake Forest 71-71--142
Philip Pettitt, Tennessee 69-73--142
Joel Sjoholm, Georgia State 73-69--142
Martin Ureta, North Carolina 68-74--142

 
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  • Def. champ Fitzpatrick grabs lead at Euro finale

    By Associated Press, Golf Channel DigitalNovember 17, 2017, 1:50 pm

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – Defending champion Matthew Fitzpatrick shot a second straight 5-under-par 67 to secure a one-stroke lead halfway through the European Tour's season-ending Tour Championship on Friday.

    At 10 under after two rounds on the Earth course of Jumeirah Golf Estate, Fitzpatrick leads English compatriot Tyrrell Hatton, whom he beat by one shot to win the title last year.

    Hatton moved into contention with a brilliant 9-under 63, a round soured only by a closing bogey on the par-5 18th hole.

    In the Race to Dubai, main protagonists Tommy Fleetwood and Justin Rose experienced contrasting emotions to their opening rounds. Fleetwood boosted his chances by rising into a tie for 11th at 6 under after a 65. Rose endured a three-putt bogey on the 18th to finish with a 70, and dropped on the leaderboard so he's just two shots ahead of Fleetwood.

    Masters champion Sergio Garcia, the only other player with a chance to win the Order of Merit, stayed in contention by adding a 69 to his opening 70 to be one shot behind Fleetwood.


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    Fleetwood needs to equal or better Rose's finishing position to claim the title. If Rose doesn't finish in the top five and Garcia doesn't win, Fleetwood will have done enough.

    Fitzpatrick made two bogeys but eagled the 14th, and five birdies contributed to his 67.

    Overnight leader Patrick Reed is now three back following an even-par 72. Reed is in the field thanks to a European Tour regulation that allows the Presidents Cup to count as an official event, thus allowing him to meet his quota of tournaments played.

    Fitzpatrick was helped immensely also by the 18th, where Hatton, Rose, and Reed all made bogeys. Fitzpatrick birdied the hole for a second straight day with a 25-foot putt.

    ''I said to my caddie, we were putting really, really well all week so far,'' Fitzpatrick said.

    ''The thing is, you get so many fast putts around here, even uphill into the green, they are still running at 12, 13 (on the stimpmeter) even. You've just got to be really sort of careful. Every putt is effectively a two-putt. You've got to control your pace well and limit your mistakes, because it's easy to three-putt out here.''

    Rose, hoping to win a third straight tournament after triumphs in China and Turkey, was disappointed with his finish despite playing solid golf from tee to green.

    ''To make six (on 18) just ends the day on the wrong note, but other than that, I played really well on the back nine,'' Rose said.

    ''I was aware of the scores and who had done what today. But listen, halfway stage, I'd probably have signed up for that if somebody said on Wednesday you would be in this position after two rounds. It's a position you can build on the weekend.''

    Fleetwood resurrected his chances of winning the Order of Merit with a 65, eight shots better than his opening round. His only bogey of the day came on the seventh after an errant drive, but that was the only mistake on a solid day that saw him make eight birdies.

    Fleetwood spent hours on the putting green after his first round.

    ''I needed a low one today for (a tournament win and the Order of Merit),'' he said. ''Luckily, I got a good score.''

    Closing eagle gives Kirk 1-shot lead in RSM

    By Rex HoggardNovember 17, 2017, 12:16 am

    ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. - Chris Kirk holed an 18-foot putt for eagle on his final hole for a 9-under 63 and a one-shot lead Thursday in the RSM Classic.

    Kirk played the par 5s on the Plantation Course at Sea Island Golf Club in 5 under.

    ''I kind of hit my putter on the fringe a little bit and I wasn't sure it was going to get there, but that was just kind of the day that it was,'' Kirk said. ''Even when I thought it wasn't quite going to work out, it still went in the middle of the hole.''

    The seven lowest scores of the opening round came on the Plantation Course during a picturesque afternoon on the Golden Isles. Sporting a University of Georgia hat Thursday, Kirk won at Sea Island four years ago for the second of his four PGA Tour victories.

    ''It's a big Georgia territory out here on St. Simons,'' Kirk said. ''Hopefully, my hat will bring me some luck the rest of the week.''

    The tournament is the final PGA Tour event of the calendar year, and Kirk is sorting out equipment changes.

    ''I'm still trying to get it all worked out and figure out what I want to do going forward,'' Kirk said. ''But keep shooting 9 under, so I won't have to worry about it too much.'

    Joel Dahmen had a 64.


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    ''I think it played a little easier today,'' Dahmen said. ''The wind was down, greens were a little softer over here on the Plantation side. But just kept the ball in front of me and made a bunch of 8- to 10-footers.

    ''I've been rolling it pretty good,'' Swafford said. ''Took some time off, which was nice, after China. I was kind of frustrated with the golf a little bit. Took a little time off and got back into it. Something just kind of started clicking, but knew I don't have to be crazy aggressive and just give myself a chance.''

    Sea Island resident Hudson Swafford was at 65 at the Plantation along with Jason Kokrak and Brian Gay.

    ''I feel like I've been rolling it pretty good,'' Swafford said. ''Took some time off, which was nice, after China. I was kind of frustrated with the golf a little bit. Took a little time off and got back into it. Something just kind of started clicking, but knew I don't have to be crazy aggressive and just give myself a chance.''

    He played alongside fellow former Georgia players Bubba Watson and Brian Harman.

    ''We are right in the heart of Dawgs' territory, mine and Harman's backyard, so it's kind of nice,'' Swafford said.

    Though, his caddie wore an Auburn shirt.

    ''We don't need to talk about that,'' said Swafford, not needing to be reminded that Auburn beat Georgia in football last week.

    Nick Watney and Brice Garnett each had a 5-under 65 on the Seaside Course, which will be used for the final two rounds.

    Brandt Snedeker opened with a 67 in his first return from a sternum injury that sidelined him since the Travelers in June.

    Harman shot 69, and Watson had a 71.

    Co-leader Smith credits Foley's influence

    By Randall MellNovember 16, 2017, 11:33 pm

    NAPLES, Fla. – Sarah Jane Smith is making the most of the devoted efforts of Sean Foley this week.

    Foley’s prize pupil, Justin Rose, is in the hunt at the World Tour Championship in the United Arab Emirates, looking to win the European Tour’s Race to Dubai, but Foley isn’t there with him.

    Foley promised to help Smith this week, and he’s living up to the pledge, making the trip to Naples.

    “At 33, Sarah is in her prime,” Foley told GolfChannel.com. “She is going to hold a trophy at some point. She is too skilled not to win.”

    Foley's extra attention is paying off for Smith.


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    With a 6-under-par 66, Smith moved into early contention to make her first LPGA title memorable at the CME Group Tour Championship. She’s tied for the first-round lead with Taiwan rookie Peiyun Chien.

    “I just seem to play my best with him,” Smith said.

    Foley, the former coach to Tiger Woods, was No. 10 in Golf Digest’s Top 100 teacher rankings released this fall.

    Foley sees a lot coming together in Smith’s game. She is a 12-year veteran building some momentum. She tied for third at the Women’s Australian Open earlier this year and is coming off three consecutive top-15 finishes in Asia. She is sixth on tour in birdies this season. 

    “As a coach, you try to get a player to see something in themselves that is already there,” Foley said.

    Rose, by the way, opened with a 6-under-par 66 in Dubai and is one shot off the lead.

    Seeking awards sweep, Park 1 off lead

    By Randall MellNovember 16, 2017, 11:03 pm

    NAPLES, Fla. – Sung Hyun Park made a strong start in her bid to make LPGA history with an epic sweep of the year’s major awards.

    Park opened the CME Group Tour Championship Thursday with a 5-under-par 67, moving her a shot off the lead.

    Park is looking to join Nancy Lopez as the only players to win the Rolex Player of the Year and Rolex Rookie of the Year awards in the same season. Lopez did it in 1978. Park has already clinched the Rookie of the Year Award.

    Park, 24, can also walk away with the Vare Trophy for low scoring average, the LPGA money-winning title and the Race to the CME Globe’s $1 million jackpot.


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    Nobody has ever swept all those awards.

    There’s even more for Park to claim. She can also take back the Rolex world No. 1 ranking. She’s No. 2, just two hundredths of a point behind Shanshan Feng.

    “I think the course suits my game really well,” Park said through a translator. “I think I can play well in the next rounds.”

    Park played the course just once before Thursday’s start, in Wednesday’s pro-am.

    The reigning U.S. Women’s Open champion, Park won twice this year. She also won the Canadian Pacific Women’s Open this summer.