Pavin 36-Hole Leader in Wisconsin

By Associated PressJuly 29, 2006, 4:00 pm
US Bank Championship in MilwaukeeMILWAUKEE -- Corey Pavin stayed on a record-setting pace Saturday, even though it took him two days to finish his second round at the U.S. Bank Championship.
Pavin had to play seven holes early Saturday after darkness halted play the night before, but he finished with a 6-under 64 to take a 15-under 125 lead into the third round later in the day. That tied the 46-year-old Pavin with Tiger Woods, Mark Calcavecchia and Tom Lehman for the record for the lowest score through the first 36 holes on the PGA Tour.
Woods accomplished the feat at the Bridgestone Invitational in 2000, but Calcavecchia (17 under at the 2001 FBR Open) and Lehman (19 under in 2001 at Las Vegas) each were further under par.
The U.S. Open winner in 1995, Pavin shot a PGA Tour record for nine holes when he carded a 26 on the par-34 front side to open the tournament on Thursday.
Jason Bohn had to play 35 holes Friday and, by the end of the weekend, he hopes to have a good reason to skip next year's British Open.
After drawing attention last week for staying stateside to defend his B.C. Open title, Bohn shot a 65 and a 64 in his first two rounds and was in second place at 11 under.
Jeff Sluman (65), D.J. Trahan (65), Jerry Kelly (67), Nathan Green (64) and Scott Frost (66) were 9 under.
Exactly half the players -- 78 -- were forced to finish the second round Saturday morning, and the cut was at 2-under 138.
Pavin, trying to become the second straight wire-to-wire winner in Milwaukee after Ben Crane did it last year, birdied his first hole of the day after hitting out of the rough to within 3 feet. He added birdies on No. 6 and No. 8. Pavin does not have a bogey despite missing 12 fairways over two rounds.
Bohn said he felt like he made the right decision when he decided against traveling to Hoylake, England, even though the British Open is his favorite major.
'I got an incredible reaction among my peers,' Bohn said. 'A lot of players told me it was a cool thing and commended me on it.'
If Bohn manages to win the U.S. Bank Championship, he'll have his second career title and be forced to make the same decision again because the Open falls on the same weekend as this tournament in 2007.
It sounds like he's already made up his mind.
'I hope that I win (here),' Bohn said. 'I hope that I never get to go to the British Open. If I keep winning and having to defend my title, then I will never go to the British Open.'
After his record-setting round Thursday, Pavin had to wait more than 28 hours to tee off for the second round while 106 players finished the first round and moved onto the second on Friday.
So Pavin took a long afternoon nap -- and then started paying attention.
'I always like to watch and see what's going on in the tournament,' Pavin said. 'I had an exact idea what was going on.'
Crane was disqualified for signing an incorrect scorecard.
He parred the par-5 sixth hole, but signed for a 3. Crane, who finished 36 holes Friday, had rounds of 67 and 72 to finish at 1 under. If he had scored a 3 on the hole, he would have made the cut.
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    McCoy earns medalist honors at 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 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 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 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.