Ricky Barnes sets 36-hole US Open scoring record

By Associated PressJune 20, 2009, 4:00 pm
2009 U.S. OpenFARMINGDALE, N.Y. ' With a record-setting show, Ricky Barnes became the leader at the halfway point of the rain-plagued U.S. Open.
 
Tiger Woods, meanwhile, remained well off the leaderboard at soggy Bethpage Black.
 
Barnes, the 2002 U.S. Amateur champion, set the U.S. Open 36-hole scoring record by finishing two trips around the course in 8-under 132. He completed his second round Saturday morning, making three birdies in nine holes for a 65 and ending up one shot ahead of Lucas Glover (64) and two up on first-round leader Mike Weir (70).
 
The previous 36-hole record was 133, set by Jim Furyk and Vijay Singh at Olympia Fields in 2003 and matched Saturday by Glover, who completed his round shortly before Barnes posted his score.
 
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Ricky Barnes shot 5-under 65 in the second round. (Getty Images)
Its pretty cool, Barnes said. Obviously at the beginning of the week you didnt think that score was out there. Obviously with some tees moved up and the soft greens helped it out. And obviously with my ball-striking was the most probably impressive part of the first 36 holes.
 
The cut was 144, 4 over par, with 60 players ' the minimum possible ' qualifying for the final two rounds.
 
Woods, the defending champion, was tied for 41st, 11 shots behind Barnes. The third round was to begin later Saturday afternoon, with the USGA hoping rain bands that had passed over Bethpage earlier in the day were gone, at least for a few hours.
 
You never know, Woods said. Ive got 36 more holes, over the next probably three days. Its one of those things where if I keep plugging along, just like any U.S. Open, keep plugging along, make a birdie here and there and well see where it ends up.
 
Barnes has hit 31 of 36 greens this week; the rest of the field is only hitting the green in regulation about half the time.
 
If you would have told me I would have been 8 under and only (a) one-shot lead, I would have said, Youre kidding me, Barnes said. But Ill take it. It was solid play. And Im happy with the position Im at.
 
Woods was not.
 
The defending champion and worlds No. 1 shot 69 on Saturday, getting to 3 over for the week and making the cut with only one stroke to spare. He missed a 10-footer for par on his closing hole, then swiped his putter in frustration before tapping in to end his four-birdie, three-bogey day.
 
Glover had a chance at matching the U.S. Open and all-time major championship record with a 20-foot birdie putt on his final hole Saturday morning, only to leave it short and settle for a bogey-free 64.
 
Glover said he was thinking about shooting 63 as he stood over the putt, then lamented that he weenied out.
 
He didnt have much else to complain about.
 
Im very pleased, said Glover, who didnt even make the cut in any of his three previous U.S. Opens. Probably as good a round of golf as Ive played. Im very excited.
 
Three players, including David Duval, were tied for fourth at 3 under through 36 holes.
 
Im just happy Ive given them a good show so far, Duval said.
 
Azuma Yano of Japan shot 65 in his second round, joining Duval and Swedens Peter Hanson at 3 under. Steve Stricker made a big move as well, shooting 66 to move into a tie for 11th at 1 under.
 
Light rain started falling around midday Saturday, then stopped about four hours later. Much work has been done at Bethpage to get rid of the water that turned the park into a pool on Thursday, but any significant new rainfall would likely make the Black unplayable once again.
 
Its been a lot of starting and stopping this week, Weir said. Its just been a test of patience and trying to be in the right state of mind each time you come out not to let things change too much. Its difficult for everybody.
 
The forecast for Saturday night and Sunday was downright miserable, and some players didnt think there was a chance of this tournament having the traditional Fathers Day finish.
 
Aint gonna this year, Duval said.
 
Phil Mickelson took a drop on the way to making bogey at the par-5 13th for the second straight day, and wound up shooting even par 70 to go to 1 under for the tournament.
 
Im only what, six back? Were only halfway through and were all going to be playing under the same conditions now, said Mickelson, who wound up seven behind Barnes. I like the position Im in.
 
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    McCoy earns medalist honors at Web.com 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 Web.com 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 Web.com 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 Web.com 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."


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    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.