Perry sets 36-hole scoring record at ACE

By Associated PressFebruary 19, 2012, 12:00 am

NAPLES, Fla. – After the first round, Kenny Perry deadpanned that it was a typical day on the Champions Tour when he shot 8 under and wasn’t in the lead.

Saturday, it was time for the others to talk about him.

Perry shot a 10-under 62 and set the Champions Tour’s 36-hole scoring record at 18-under 126 in the second round of the ACE Group Classic.

“That’s amazing,” said Perry, three shots ahead of first-round leader Larry Mize. “So many great players have played this tour, and to be able to now say I’ve had the lowest 36 of all time is pretty neat. It’s a neat accomplishment. It’s just amazing I can make 20 birdies in 36 holes. That’s just phenomenal.”

Tom Lehman was four back, and defending champion Bernhard Langer another stroke behind at 13 under.

“What he’s done the first two days is spectacular, but not surprising,” Lehman said. “Nothing anybody does out here surprises me, and especially from him.”

Perry made five birdies on the front nine on The TwinEagles Club’s Talon Course, and six more on the back. He bounced back from a bogey on No. 15, with birdies on the last three holes. Perry made a 25-footer for birdie on No. 1, and followed that up with a 35-footer on No. 2.

“That really loosened me up, relaxed me, kind of really freed my game up,” he said. “It was off and running.”

Mize followed his opening 62 with a 67.

“Kenny played a great round,” said Mize, who had a 62 on Friday. “Gee whiz, that’s pretty special.”

Mize and Lehman were tied for second most of the day, then Mize birdied the last two holes to move into sole possession of second.

“Otherwise, I’m five back, which is a lot bigger mountain to climb,” said Mize, who has one Champions Tour win. “But three back, the way Kenny’s playing, it’s going to be a lot bigger mountain to climb anyway.”

Lehman was 5 under for the day after eight holes, but parred nine of the last 10, with a tap-in birdie on the par-5 17th. He had a 66.

“From the ninth hole to about the 15th hole I had some really, really good chances, and just couldn’t cash in,” Lehman said. “So today was a bit disappointing.”

Langer made a late charge by eagling the par-5 17th for the second straight day. He ended up with a 65.

“It looks like we’re all playing for second place, but we still have 18 holes to go,” said Langer, the winner last year at The Quarry.

Perry broke the record of 17 under held by six players. Of those, only Don Pooley in the 2006 MasterCard Championship in Hawaii failed to win. Tom Kite (2001 Gold Rush), Jim Ahern (2003 Music City Invitational), Langer (2007 Administaff Small Business Classic), Russ Cochran (2011 Mitsubishi Electric Championship), and Fred Couples (2011 AT&T Championship) also were 17 under.

Langer set the tournament scoring record last year at 20 under, and had 23 birdies. Perry already has 20 birdies.

Perry won the Franklin Templeton Shootout, an unofficial PGA Tour event hosted by Greg Norman, twice in Naples, in 2005 with John Huston and 2008 with Scott Hoch. Both times, Perry credited Huston and Hoch with helping him read Bermuda grass greens. But this week, Perry said the greens look like bentgrass ones to him, without much grain.

“All of my wins have been on bentgrass on Tour,” Perry said. “I’ve not really had much luck on Bermuda. This week I think no grain, and the ball rolling as pure as it’s rolling, I feel like I’m on bentgrass.”


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Woods' 2018 schedule coming into focus ... or is it?

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 16, 2017, 5:46 pm

Two weeks after his successful return to competition at the Hero World Challenge, Tiger Woods’ 2018 schedule may be coming into focus.

Golfweek reported on Saturday that Woods hopes to play the Genesis Open in February according to an unidentified source with “direct knowledge of the situation.”

Woods’ agent Mark Steinberg declined to confirm the 14-time major champion would play the event and told GolfChannel.com that Woods – who underwent fusion surgery to his lower back in April – is still formulating his ’18 schedule.

Woods’ foundation is the host organization for the Genesis Open and the event supports the Tiger Woods Learning Center in Anaheim, Calif.

The Genesis Open would be Woods’ first start on the PGA Tour since he missed the cut last January at the Farmers Insurance Open.

Rose weathering delayed Indonesian Masters

By Associated PressDecember 16, 2017, 3:52 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose held a three-stroke lead after eight holes of the third round Saturday when play was suspended for the day due to bad weather at the Indonesian Masters.

Rose was 3-under on the day and led his playing partners Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Scott Vincent. The Englishman led both players by a stroke after the second round was completed Saturday morning due to weather delays on Friday.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters.

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Lexi (wrist) WDs from Diamond Resorts Invitational

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 11:27 pm

Lexi Thompson on Friday withdrew from the Diamond Resorts Invitational, citing inflammation in her wrist. Thompson, who teamed with Tony Finau to finish tied for fourth place in last week's QBE Shootout, said she is under strict doctor's order not to hit golf balls until mid-January.

The Diamond Resorts Invitational is scheduled Jan. 12-14 at Tranquilo Golf Club in Orlando, Fla. The field for te 54-hole event includes LPGA and PGA Tour Champions players, as well as celebrities from the worlds or sports and entertainment.

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Rose leads Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs

By Associated PressDecember 15, 2017, 2:04 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose completed the final two holes of his second round early Saturday for a 3-under 69 and a one-stroke lead at the Indonesian Masters.

Rose, who had a first-round 62, was among a quarter of the field forced off the Royale Jakarta Golf Club course after weather delays on Friday.

The Englishman, who bogeyed his last hole, had a two-round total of 13-under 131.

Kiradech Aphibarnrat, who completed his 64 on Friday, was in second place.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters. He has been affected by a rib-sternum injury for most of the season.