Rollins takes 4-stroke lead in Reno

By Associated PressAugust 8, 2009, 4:00 pm
PGA Tour (75x100)RENO, Nev. ' John Rollins doubled his lead in the Legends Reno-Tahoe Open, shooting a 5-under 67 on Saturday to move four strokes ahead of Ryan Palmer and set up a final-round pairing between two good friends who live a mile apart in Texas and started the day eating breakfast together.
Rollins, who tied the course record with a 62 on Friday, had three birdies and three bogeys during an up-and-down front nine. But he followed a 14-foot birdie putt with a 30-foot eagle on the par-5 11th and added two birdies to finish at 17-under 199 at Montreux Golf & Country Club on the edge of the Sierra.
I told my caddie going down the 10th fairway we just needed to settle down and kind of right the ship and just try to get a good back nine and wed be in position, Rollins said.
Sure enough, we go out and birdie 10, eagle 11 and then make a great putt on 13 for birdie and then birdied 18 to finish, said the two-time winner on the PGA Tour who tied for second at Reno last year and was the runner-up this year at the Honda Classic and the Buick Invitational.
Palmer started the round five strokes off the lead, but birdied three of the first four holes and shot a 66 to reach 13 under.
I couldnt ask for a better spot to be in, said Palmer, who also has won twice on tour, including last years Ginn sur Mer Classic.
I striped it that front nine and made a bunch of short birdie putts. I didnt get ahead of myself and just kept hitting fairways and greens.
Palmer owed part of his success to his caddies tennis shoes. He borrowed them to get a better stance when he was forced to hit a shot on the 15th hole off the cement cart path because a free drop would have put him out of bounds.
You cant get very good footing with spikes on the cart path, he said. I called an official over and asked if I could wear my caddies shoes. I knew he was part of my equipment and so I kind of got smart for a change I got good footing and put the club on the ball and hit a great shot.
Joe Ogilvie was another stroke back after a bogey-free 66 that included an eagle and four birdies.
Could have been a 64, but 66 is good, Ogilvie said.
Martin Laird (66) was 11 under. He finished birdie-birdie-birdie-eagle, holing a 77-yard approach to the par-4 18th that spun back 20 feet into the cup to the roar of the gallery.
I knew it was going to spin back, he said. Then the crowd was getting louder and louder as the ball was getting closer to the hole. I knew I had a chance and it was nice to see it disappear.
Rocco Mediate was at 10-under 206 after consecutive 68s. Chris Riley, who shot a 9-under 27 on the front nine Friday, had a 71 to get to 9 under. He was tied with 2003 PGA champions Shaun Micheel (73) and Robert Garrigus (71), who double-bogeyed the 18th. Billy Mayfair shot a bogey-free 64 ' the best round of the day ' to join J.J. Henry (65), Kevin Na (67), Jeff Quinney (70) and former Nevada Wolf Pack star Rich Barcelo (71) at 8 under.
Rollins said he was looking forward to playing with Palmer.
We actually had breakfast together this morning. So its kind of funny now were going to be paired together in the final round, Rollins said. It will be relaxing for both of us and hopefully the two of us can go out and play well. And whoever plays better will be the last man standing.
Palmer, whose wife is expecting their second child in about three weeks back home in Colleyville, Texas, said he and Rollins dont play much golf together there.
But our wives are friends, Palmer said. They have a little daughter. So we go to each others birthday parties. It will be fun playing with him. I know were both looking forward to it.
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    Day's wife shares emotional story of miscarriage

    By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 12, 2017, 4:12 pm

    Jason Day’s wife revealed on social media that the couple had a miscarriage last month.

    Ellie Day, who announced her pregnancy on Nov. 4, posted an emotional note on Instagram that she lost the baby on Thanksgiving.

    “I found out the baby had no heartbeat anymore. I was devastated,” she wrote. “I snuck out the back door of my doctor, a hot, sobbing, mascara-covered mess. Two and a half weeks went by witih me battling my heart and brain about what was happening in my body, wondering why this wouldn’t just be over.”

    The Days, who have two children, Dash and Lucy, decided to go public to help others who have suffered similar heartbreak.

    “I hope you know you aren’t alone and I hope you feel God wrap his arms around you when you feel the depths of sorrow and loss,” she wrote.  

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    This was the year it finally happened for Sergio Garcia.

    The one-time teen phenom, known for years as “El Nino,” entered the Masters as he had dozens of majors beforehand – shouldered with the burden of being the best player without a major.

    Garcia was 0-for-72 driving down Magnolia Lane in April, but after a thrilling final round and sudden-death victory over Justin Rose, the Spaniard at long last captured his elusive first major title.

    The expectation for years was that Garcia might land his white whale on a British links course, or perhaps at a U.S. Open where his elite ball-striking might shine. Instead it was on the storied back nine at Augusta National that he came alive, chasing down Rose thanks in part to a memorable approach on No. 15 that hit the pin and led to an eagle.

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    And while players often cling to the notion that a major win won’t intrinsically change them, there was a noticeable difference in Garcia over the summer months. The weight of expectation, conscious or otherwise, seemed to lift almost instantly. Like other recent Masters champs, he took the green jacket on a worldwide tour, with stops at Wimbledon and a soccer match between Real Madrid and Barcelona.

    The player who burst onto the scene as a baby-faced upstart is now a grizzled veteran with nearly two decades of pro golf behind him. While the changes this year occurred both on and off the course, 2017 will always be remembered as the year when Garcia finally, improbably, earned the title of major champion.

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    By Grill Room TeamDecember 11, 2017, 9:47 pm

    Well, this is a one new one.

    According to a report from KTVQ in Montana, this line in the Montana State High School Association rule book all but forbids spectators from observing high school golf in that state:

    “No spectators/fans are allowed on the course except for certain locations as designated by the tournament manager and club professional.”

    Part of the issue, according to the report, is that most courses don't bother to designate those "certain locations" leaving parents unable to watch their kids compete.

    “If you tell a parent that they can’t watch their kid play in the Thanksgiving Day football game, they would riot,” Chris Kelley, a high school golf parent, told KTVQ.

    The report lists illegal outside coaching as one of the rule's chief motivations, but Montana State women's golf coach Brittany Basye doesn't quite buy that.

    “I can go to a softball game and I can sit right behind the pitcher. I can make hand signals,” she is quoted in the report. “I can yell out names. I can do the same thing on a softball field that might affect that kid. Football games we can yell as loud as we want when someone is making a pass or a catch.”

    The MHSA has argued that unlike other sports that are played in a confined area, the sprawling nature of a golf course would make it difficult to hire enough marshals to keep unruly spectators in check.

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