Pernice Fires Course Record at Open Qualifier

By Associated PressJune 27, 2005, 4:00 pm
SUMMIT, N.J. -- Tom Pernice Jr. shot a course-record 8-under-par 64 in the morning round and shared medalist honors with Geoff Ogilvy of Australia in the international qualifying final for the British Open on Monday.
 
Pernice and Ogilvy had 10-under-par 134 totals on the North and South courses at the Canoe Brook Country Club in heading the 14 qualifiers who earned berths for the Open at St. Andrews on July 14-17.
 
Duffy Waldorf, Alex Cejka of Germany, Joe Durant, Steve Gutschewski and Jason Allred finished a stroke back at 135 on the rainy day that mimicked British Open conditions without the chill.
 
Tom Byrum was alone at 8-under-par 136, while Bo Van Pelt, Daniel Chopra of Sweden and Australians Scott Hend of Australia and Robert Allenby also earned berths with 137 total.
 
Wilhelm Schauman, a Swede who carried his own bag, and Richard Barcelo got the final two berths by recording birdies on the first hole of a seven-man playoff that included former U.S. Open champion Corey Pavin. The group finished at 138.
Others who failed to qualify were Steve Elkington, Justin Rose, Bob Tway, Tom Kite and Jose Coceres, who all finished at 139.
 
Pernice, who finished 11th at the Barclays Classic this past weekend, had six birdies and an eagle on the North Course. The previous course record was a 65 posted by fellow PGA Tour player Len Mattiace.
 
Pernice, who got the only spot in a U.S. Open qualifier earlier this month, lost a ball in the rough on his second hole in the afternoon round en route to a 70.
Ogilvy had a pair of 67s in winning his second big qualifier this month. He was the medalist for the U.S. Open qualifying at Waterville, Ohio.
 
For Waldorf, qualifying was sweet. He missed by a stroke at Congressional last year.
 
Fourteen spots also were at stake Monday in England, with England's Simon Khan and Ireland's Peter Lawrie topping the 120-player field at 8-under 132 after rounds on Sunningdale's Old and New courses. Khan had two 66s, and Lawrie shot 65-67.
 
John Bickerton, Robert Coles, Simon Dyson, Marcus Fraser, Andrew Oldcorn, Peter Baker, Alastair Forsyth, Ian Woosnam, Patrik Sjoland, Andrew Butterfield and Robert Rock also qualified. David Geall, Kenneth Ferrie, Henrik Stenson, Jean-Francois Lucquin and Tom Whitehouse will return Tuesday for a playoff to determine the last spot.
 
Two-time Masters champion Jose Maria Olazabal (70-69) failed to qualify.
Twelve spots are available in local qualifying in Scotland on July 9-10 -- the Saturday and Sunday before the tournament. Three players will earn spots from each of the three qualifying tournaments at Ladybank, Leven Links, Lundin and Scotscraig.
 
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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.

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Wie takes shot at LPGA dress code in crop top

By Grill Room TeamDecember 10, 2017, 5:33 pm

The new LPGA dress code got mixed reviews when it was announced in July, and Michelle Wie is taking full advantage of her offseason with no restrictions.

The 28-year-old former U.S. Women's Open champion is keeping her game sharp while back in her home state of Hawaii, but couldn't help taking a shot at the rules while doing it, posting a photo to Instagram of her playing golf in a crop top with the caption, "Offseason = No dress code fine."

Offseason = No dress code fines #croptopdroptop

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Wie isn't the first to voice her displeasure with the rules. Lexi Thompson posted a similar photo and caption to Instagram shortly after the policy was announced.