Perry maintains Travelers lead as play suspended

By Associated PressJune 26, 2009, 4:00 pm
CROMWELL, Conn. ' Kenny Perry followed up his opening 61 with a 68 Friday and held on to a two-stroke lead when thunderstorms halted the second round of the Travelers Championship.
 
Perry, who tied the course record Thursday, said he actually hit the ball better on Friday, but lost his touch with the putter. He had just three birdies despite hitting 16 greens.
 
What I felt was the right speed was always short, and then when I tried to hit it, I couldnt stroke it, he said. I was hitting the putt, then I was blowing it right through the break.
 
He and the rest of the morning golfers played through off-and-on showers that slowed already soft greens.
Kenny Perry shot a 68 Friday, good enough to maintain the lead. (Getty Images)
Ryan Moore shot a 65 to move into second place and said conditions allowed him to go for the pin all day.
 
Thats what I was doing, and that really doesnt happen very much, he said.
 
The sun came out for the afternoon, but severe weather moved in just before 4:30 p.m. with 73 golfers still on the course. Play was officially called for the day at 6 p.m.
 
Colt Knost, who was celebrating his 24th birthday Friday, and 26-year-old Aaron Watkins were in the clubhouse at 8 under. They were tied with Anthony Kim, Paul Goydos, David Toms and Spencer Levin, all of whom were playing their back nine when play was halted.
 
Knost says hes almost fully recovered from minor injuries suffered when he was struck by a drunken driver just before the U.S. Open qualifier in Memphis.
 
I could be in bed right now and not playing out here, so I feel very lucky to be playing this game for a living and thats the way Im just going about it now, he said.
 
Michael Allen shot a 65, tying him with Moore, Chris Stroud and Brad Faxon for the best round of the day. Allen was one of six golfers at 7 under par.
 
Id like to be 11 under like Kenny but I played quite nicely, Allen said. Hopefully, Ill have some good things for the weekend.
 
The cut line was expected to be at 3 under. Faxon finished 1 under and may be heading home.
 
Matt Weibring finished at 2 under despite hitting the shot of the day. He put his approach on the par-4 fourth hole into the cup from 194 yards out.
 
Defending champion Stewart Cink was 1 over through 13 holes. Chris DiMarco (2 under), Stuart Appleby (even), and Notah Begay III (3 over) were all expected to miss the cut.
 
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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."

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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.

    Lexi, Finau 3 back going into final QBE round

    By Associated PressDecember 9, 2017, 11:58 pm

    NAPLES, Fla. - Graeme McDowell and Shane Lowry shot an 8-under 64 in modified alternate shot and shared the lead Saturday with Steve Stricker and Sean O'Hair going into the final round of the QBE Shootout.

    McDowell (Northern Ireland) and Lowry (Ireland), the only international players among the 12 teams at Tiburon Golf Club, began to erase a five-shot deficit with an eagle and birdie on the opening two holes and they dropped only one shot all day in blustery conditions.

    Stricker and O'Hair started the back nine with a pair of bogeys, rallied with three straight birdies and then dropped one last shot from the bunker on the 17th.

    The teams were tied at 18-under 126.

    Lexi Thompson, the lone LPGA player in the field, teamed with Tony Finau for a 66 that put them in the hunt going into the final round. Thompson and Finau were three shots behind.

    McDowell and Lowry tied for ninth in the World Cup last year. They grew up playing Irish junior golf and appreciate the difficulty of alternate shot, even the modified version when both players hit tee shots.


    Full-field scores from the QBE Shootout


    ''To go out and shoot 8 under in that format in these conditions today, I think it speaks volumes about the fact we're both playing pretty well,'' McDowell said. ''We both had an opportunity to hit some good shots out there today and make some good putts, and it gives you a little bit of momentum going in there tomorrow.''

    The format for the final round is better ball.

    Stricker and O'Hair have each won the QBE Shootout, but not as partners.

    Stricker, captain of the winning American team at the Presidents Cup, said he couldn't get comfortable and put O'Hair in some tough spots.

    ''We should have probably been two or three shots better than what we were,'' Stricker said. ''Sean played another good round of golf and made some great putts in there to keep us going, but all in all, we're in good shape.''

    Keegan Bradley and Brendan Steele shot 70 and were two shots out of the lead.

    Defending champions Matt Kuchar and Harris English had a 72 and were tied for last place with Zach Johnson and Charley Hoffman, who shot 70. They were nine shots out of the lead.