Reavie leads Weir slips at Canadian Open

By Associated PressJuly 25, 2008, 4:00 pm
RBC Canadian OpenOAKVILLE, Canada ' Chez Reavie picked up a stroke before he even got to Glen Abbey for the third round of the Canadian Open.
 
Actually, probably before he got out of bed Saturday.
 
Im tired, Reavie said Friday after playing 33 holes to take a two-stroke lead over Eric Axley in the suspended second round. At about 7:45 a.m., that lead went to three when Axley finished his round with a bogey.
 
I played really well and I felt fine on the last hole, but when I signed my scorecard I could kind of feel the energy just kind of leave my body.
 
Reavie was 13 under Friday after opening play Thursday with three straight pars. He finished the rain-delayed first round with a 6-under 65 and had a 64 in the second.
 
I got to keep my momentum and just keep playing all day, said Reavie, playing for the sixth straight week. This is by far my best start. Ive been hitting the ball real well all year, but I havent been scoring real well.
 
At 13-under 129 the 26-year-old PGA TOUR rookie matched the tournament record for the first 36 holes set by Scott Dunlap in 1996 when Glen Abbey played to a par of 72. The 129 total also matched the best on the PGA Tour this year.
 
Axley, one of 63 players unable to finish the second round, was 11 under with a hole left when play was suspended because of darkness, but dropped a stroke on the par-4 ninth for a 67. Brian Davis and Nicholas Thompson were four strokes back at 9 under. They both returned to the course early to play one hole. Davis birdied the 18th for a 64, and Thompson finished with a par on No. 9 for a 66.
 
Anthony Kim, tied for 26th at 4 under through 15 holes when play was suspended Friday night, went birdie-birdie-eagle for a 69 to get to 8 under. After playing the front nine in 5-over 30, he shot a 7-under 29 on the back nine.
 
Billy Mayfair (66), Steve Marino (67) and Briny Baird (65) also were 8 under. Baird played five holes Saturday morning, while Mayfair and Marino finished Friday.
 
Mike Weir, part of a tournament-record, seven-man tie for the first-round lead after a bogey-free 65 Thursday morning, was even par for 16 holes Friday, then birdied the 18th Saturday for a 70. The Canadian star was 7 under.
 
Theres tons of golf left, Weir said.
 
Reavie eagled the par-5 13th in the second round to reach 12 under, holing a 78-yard shot over the water guarding the front of the green.
 
I wanted to fly it 83 yards and I think I flew it about 83 yards and spun it back into the hole, Reavie said. The going into the hole part is a bit lucky.
 
The former Arizona State player made a 13-foot birdie putt on No. 16 and holed an 8-footer for par on 18. His 2-iron approach from 240 yards sailed long and left on the par-5 closing hole, leaving him an awkward shot on a steep downslope, but he hit into a bunker, blasted onto the green and holed the putt.
 
I actually had a good lie, but I was on such a slope I had to get under it, Reavie said. I went right under it and it went into the bunker.
 
Because of the wet conditions, players were allowed to use preferred lies in the fairways, giving the accurate Reavie a big advantage. In the two rounds, he hit 24 of 28 fairways, 27 of 36 greens in regulation and needed only 50 putts.
 
Every time youre in the fairway you get to clean it and then place it in a perfect lie, Reavie said. You can even move it a full club-length.
 
Two-time defending champion Jim Furyk, grouped with Mayfair and Sean OHair, was 4 under after a 27-hole day on the course saturated by 8 inches of rain in a week. He finished off a first-round 70 and added a bogey-free 68 in the second.
 
Its like walking in sand and out there. Twenty-seven today kind of felt like 36, said Furyk, the winner in 2006 at Hamilton and 2007 at Angus Glen. Im hanging in there. No bogeys, but only three birdies. I need to stay focused and be real patient.
 
OHair was 6 under after rounds of 65 and 71. He made consecutive double bogeys on Nos. 1 and 2'his 10th and 11th holes'in the second round, but rebounded with birdies on Nos. 4-6 and finished with three pars.
 
All of a sudden I starting hitting it sideways, OHair said.
 
Divots: Reavie, the Knoxville Open winner last year on the Nationwide Tour, has a sponsorship deal with the Arizona Diamondbacks. His shirts feature the baseball teams A logo. Pat Fletcher was the last Canadian winner, taking the 1954 event at Point Grey in Vancouver, British Columbia. Fletcher was born in England. In 1996, Dunlap followed his 64-65 start with a 76 to tie for third in the rain-shortened event.
 
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  • If Park is nervous, she sure doesn't show it

    By Randall MellNovember 17, 2017, 11:24 pm

    NAPLES, Fla. – Sung Hyun Park says she can feel her heart pounding every time she steps to the first tee.

    She says she always gets nervous starting a round.

    You don’t believe it, though.

    She looks like she would be comfortable directing a sky full of Boeing 737s as an air traffic controller at Incheon International Airport . . .

    Or talking people off the ledges of skyscrapers . . .

    Or disarming ticking bombs . . .

    “In terms of golf, I always get nervous,” she insists.

    Everything about Park was at odds with that admission Friday, after she took control halfway through the CME Group Tour Championship.

    Her Korean nickname is “Dan Gong,” which means “Shut up and attack.” Now that sounds right. That’s what she looks like she is doing, trying to run roughshod through the Tour Championship in a historic sweep of all the LPGA’s most important awards and honors.

    Park got just one look at Tiburon Golf Club before this championship began, playing in Wednesday’s pro-am. Then she marched out Thursday and shot 67, then came out Friday and shot 65.

    At 12 under overall, Park has a three-shot lead on Caroline Masson and Sarah Jane Smith.

    She is six shots up on Lexi Thompson, who leads the CME Globe point standings in the race for the $1 million jackpot.

    She is 11 shots up on world No. 1 Shanshan Feng.

    And 11 shots up on So Yeon Ryu, who leads the Rolex Player of the Year point standings.


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    There’s a long way to go, but Park is in position to make an epic sweep, to win the Tour Championship, that CME Globe jackpot, the Rolex Player of the Year Award, the Rolex Rookie of the Year Award, the Vare Trophy for low scoring average, the LPGA money-winning title and the Rolex world No. 1 ranking.

    Nobody’s ever dominated a weekend like that in women’s golf.

    It’s all there for the taking now, if Park can keep this going.

    Park has another nickname back in South Korea. Her fans call her “Namdalla.” That means “I am different.” She’ll prove that if she owns this weekend.

    Park, 24, isn’t assuming anything. She’s humbly aware how much talent is flooding the LPGA, how the tour’s depth was underscored in a year where five different players have reigned as world No. 1, five different players won majors and 22 different winners stepped forward in 32 events.

    “I don’t think it’s quite that far a lead,” Park said of her three-shot advantage. “Two, three shots can change at any moment.”

    About those nerves that Park insists plague her, even Hall of Famer Judy Rankin can’t see it.

    Not when Park unsheathes a driver on a tee box.

    “She’s the most fearless driver of the ball out here,” Rankin said. “I would put Lexi a close second and everybody else a distant third. She hits drivers on holes where you shouldn’t, and she hits it long and she just throws it right down there between hazard stakes that are 10 yards apart, like it’s nothing. Now, that’s a little hyperbole, but she will hit driver almost everywhere.”

    David Jones, Park’s caddie, will attest to that. He was on Park’s bag when she won the U.S. Women’s Open in July and won the Canadian Pacific Women’s Open in August.

    “She reaches for driver a lot because she is a good driver,” Jones said. “She isn’t reckless. She’s as accurate with a driver as she is a 3-wood.”

    Park and Thompson played together in the first round. Park is eighth on tour in driving distance, averaging 270 yards per drive, and Thompson is third, averaging 274.

    Thompson loves to hit driver, too, but . . . 

    “Lexi hit a lot of 3-woods compared to us when we played together yesterday,” Jones said.

    Jones doesn’t find himself talking Park out of hitting driver much.

    “It’s really simple,” Jones said. “When you hit driver as straight as she does, why mess around?”

    Count Golf Channel analyst Brandel Chamblee, a student of the swing, among admirers of Park’s abilities.

    “No other swing in the game comes close to her technical perfection and elegance in my opinion,” Chamblee tweeted Friday.

    Come Sunday, Park hopes to complete a perfect sweep of the LPGA’s most important awards.

    National champion Sooners meet with Trump in D.C.

    By Golf Channel DigitalNovember 17, 2017, 11:10 pm

    The national champion Oklahoma men's golf team visited Washington D.C. on Frday and met with President Donald Trump.

    Oklahoma topped Oregon, 3 1/2 to 1 1/2, in last year's national final at Rich Harvest Farms to win their second national championship and first since 1989.

    These pictures from the team's trip to Washington popped up on social media late Friday afternoon:

    Rookie Cook (66-62) credits prior Tour experience

    By Rex HoggardNovember 17, 2017, 10:36 pm

    ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. – Austin Cook is a rookie only on paper. At least, that’s the way he’s played since joining the circuit this season.

    This week’s RSM Classic is Cook’s fourth start on Tour, and rounds of 66-62 secured his fourth made cut of the young season. More importantly, his 14-under total moved him into the lead at Sea Island Resort.

    “I really think that a couple years ago, the experience that I have had, I think I've played maybe 10 events, nine events before this season,” Cook said. “Being in contention a few times and making cuts, having my card has really prepared me for this.”


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    Cook has been perfect this week at the RSM Classic and moved into contention with four consecutive birdies starting at No. 13 (he began his round on the 10th hole of the Seaside course). A 6-footer for birdie at the last moved him one stroke clear of Brian Gay.

    In fact, Cook hasn’t come close to making a bogey this week thanks to an equally flawless ball-striking round that moved him to first in the field in strokes gained: tee to green.

    If Cook has played like a veteran this week, a portion of that credit goes to long-time Tour caddie Kip Henley, who began working for Cook during this year’s Web.com Tour finals.

    “He’s got a great golf brain,” Henley said. “That’s the most flawless round of golf I’ve ever seen.”

    Cook fires 62 for one-shot lead at RSM Classic

    By Associated PressNovember 17, 2017, 10:26 pm

    ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. – PGA Tour rookie Austin Cook made a 6-foot birdie putt on his final hole for an 8-under 62 and a one-shot lead going into the weekend at the RSM Classic.

    Cook has gone 36 holes without a bogey on the Plantation and Seaside courses at Sea Island Golf Club. He played Seaside - the site of the final two rounds in the last PGA Tour event of the calendar year - on Friday and ran off four straight birdies on his opening nine holes.

    ''We've just been able to it hit the ball really well,'' Cook said. ''Speed on greens has been really good and getting up-and-down has been great. I've been able to hit it pretty close to the hole to make some pretty stress-free putts. But the couple putts that I have had of some length for par, I've been able to roll them in. Everything's going well.''

    The 26-year-old former Arkansas player was at 14-under 128 and had a one-stroke lead over Brian Gay, who shot 64 on Seaside. No one else was closer than five shots going into the final two rounds.

    The 45-year-old Gay won the last of his four PGA Tour titles in 2013.


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    ''I've hit a lot of greens and fairways,'' Gay said. ''I've hit the ball, kept it in front of me. There's a lot of trouble out here, especially with the wind blowing, so I haven't had to make too many saves the first couple days and I putted well.''

    Cook has made the weekend cuts in all four of his starts this season. He earned his PGA Tour card through the Web.com Tour, and has hired Gay's former caddie, Kip Henley.

    ''With him being out here so long, he knows everybody, so it's not like I'm completely the new kid on the block,'' Cook said. ''He's introduced me to a lot of people, so it's just making me feel comfortable out here. He knows his way around these golf courses. We're working really well together.''

    First-round leader Chris Kirk followed his opening 63 on the Plantation with a 70 on the Seaside to drop into a tie for third at 9 under with C.T. Pan (65) and Vaughn Taylor (66).

    Brandt Snedeker is looking strong in his first start in some five months because of a sternum injury. Snedeker shot a 67 on the Plantation course and was six shots back at 8 under.

    ''I was hitting the ball really well coming down here,'' Snedeker said. ''I was anxious to see how I would hold up under pressure. I haven't played a tournament in five months, so it's held up better than I thought it would. Ball-striking's been really good, mental capacity's been unbelievable.

    ''I think being so fresh, excited to be out there and thinking clearly. My short game, which has always been a strength of mine, I didn't know how sharp it was going to be. It's been really good so far.''