Scott Still Leading Daly Still Supplying Drama

By Associated PressJune 9, 2007, 4:00 pm
Stanford St. Jude ChampionshipMEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Adam Scott is cruising along with fellow Australian Andrew Buckle close behind, ignoring the pain of blistered feet.
 
And John Daly?
 
At least his fans keep cheering even when his personal life is more thrilling than his game.
 
Scott shot a 4-under 66 that gave him a one-stroke clubhouse lead when darkness suspended the second round of the Stanford St. Jude Championship on Friday night, a bogey-free performance overshadowed by Daly telling police his wife woke him up by attacking him with a steak knife.
 
His lead stood when Buckle, among 26 players who returned Saturday morning to the TPC Southwind to finish the second round, stumbled on his final hole with a double bogey on the par-4 9th for a 66 that dropped him to 4 under.
 
That left the world's fourth-ranked golfer with the 36-hole lead at 7 under and a 133 total.
 
In an event featuring six of the top 12 golfers in the world, Buckle couldn't help looking at the scoreboard Friday, which might have helped him block out the blisters from playing 36 holes Monday in new shoes.
 
'It's cool to look at it and see what they've got going on up there with all the vision, pretty cool, yeah, always in front of you. You see them, but you're not really worried about it,' Buckle said.
 
Brian Gay, who waited out the delay after putting his second shot on the green at No. 18, holed out from 45 feet for birdie and a 66 that left him a stroke back at 6 under. Fredrik Jacobson, who shared the first-round lead with Scott, was 3 under after a 70.
 
Two-time Memphis winner David Toms (68) was 2 under along with Duffy Waldorf (69), Brian Davis (68), Scott Verplank (69), Woody Austin (66). Among those who finished Saturday morning, Jose Maria Olazabal bogeyed his one hole for a 66 that dropped him to 1 under, but Brandt Snedeker parred his final two (68) and joined the tie at 2 under.
 
The suspension resulted after a three-hour delay for thunderstorms and forced 81 players making the cut at 5 over to start the third round with threesomes going off both the first and 10th tees to get back on schedule ahead of a clear weekend forecast.
 
Defending U.S. Open champ Geoff Ogilvy, at 9 over, was among those missing the cut.
 
Daly's personal problems surfaced just before the delay as people noticed red marks on both cheeks, almost as if he had been clawed, as he prepared to tee off on No. 1. The horn sounded, and he released a statement that Sherrie Daly attacked him Friday morning and was letting police investigate.
 
She wasn't around when deputies arrived after 6 a.m., so Daly was left to file charges if he wanted her arrested. A department spokesman said charges had not been filed as of late Friday afternoon.
 
Daly, playing on a sponsor's exemption, had two bodyguards with him as he shot a 74 that left him at 4 over and playing this weekend. He had fans cheering him as he had two double bogeys, five bogeys and five birdies.
 
Scott's round was impressive considering that 13 of the 75 with morning tee times broke par in wind that was why only seven players broke par Thursday. He had two holes left when play was suspended, and the rain softened the greens.
 
The Aussie, who has three of his victories when leading after 36 holes, had two birdies on each side thanks to his putter. He holed out from nearly 14 feet on No. 13 and sunk a 40-footer on No. 7 to drop to 7 under with the weather moving in.
 
'I was playing quite nicely at the time. It's never ideal, but it's something you have to get used to because we seem to do it a lot on tour. And you just have to learn to relax and take it for what it is and try to come out with a fresh mind,' Scott said.
 
Buckle has struggled with some cracked ribs this year. He tied for fourth at the Buick Invitational but has missed five cuts since then. He said he's still struggling with his driver, but he needed only 20 putts, three 11 feet or longer in his seven-birdie, one-bogey round.
 
'We had no wind and soft greens, and the greens were pure,' Buckle said.
 
Notes:
Jeff Maggert became the first defending champion to miss the cut since Jim Gallagher Jr. in 1996. Maggert was 12 over after rounds of 73 and 79. Others missing the cut included Padraig Harrington (6 over) and Hank Kuehne (8 over) despite having tennis star Venus Williams cheering him Friday. ... Pablo Martin's pro debut could have gone better. He was at 6 over and missed the cut.
 
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    Fleetwood flawless en route to Abu Dhabi lead

    By Will GrayJanuary 18, 2018, 2:06 pm

    New year, same results for Tommy Fleetwood.

    The reigning Race to Dubai champ picked up where he left off in the opening round of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship, carding a bogey-free 66 during which the Englishman found all 18 greens in regulation. At 6 under, he shares the lead with Japan's Hideto Tanihara and sits one shot clear of five other players.

    "Very stress-free. Played really well from start to finish," Fleetwood said. "Felt like I did what you need to do around this golf course, which is drive it well, hit your irons solid. You can't really be too greedy a lot of the time, and then sort of my pace putting was really good. So basically just did what you need to do to get a good score around this golf course, and I got one."


    Full-field scores from the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship


    Fleetwood shined in a marquee grouping that included world No. 1 Dustin Johnson and Rory McIlroy, as he birdied three holes on each nine. This is his first worldwide start since a T-3 finish at the Hero World Challenge.

    It was at this event a year ago that Fleetwood sparked a career campaign, edging Johnson and Pablo Larrazabal for the win. He added another win at the French Open in the summer to go along with a pair of runner-up results and a T-4 finish at the U.S. Open, all of which helped him capture the European Tour's season-long title.

    Fleetwood's sudden success in Abu Dhabi serves as a microcosm for his career resurgence. Prior to last year's victory, he had missed the cut in four of his five other trips to this event.

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    Sergio starts season with 66 in Singapore

    By Associated PressJanuary 18, 2018, 12:56 pm

    SINGAPORE – Sergio Garcia opened his season with a 5-under 66 and a share of the clubhouse lead on Thursday in the first round of the weather-interrupted Singapore Open.

    Playing his first tournament of the year, the Masters champion rebounded after making an early bogey to collect four birdies and an eagle at the Sentosa Golf Club.

    He was later joined by American qualifier Kurt Kitayama in the clubhouse lead. Still on the course, Tirawat Kaewsiribandit was at 6 under through 16 holes when play was suspended for the day because of the threat of lightning.

    Louis Oosthuizen, the 2010 Open champion, was at 5 under through 16 holes when he also had to stop his round because of the weather.

    Of the players who did finish their opening rounds, only three were within two strokes of Garcia and Kitayama. One of them was Casey O'Toole, who aced the par-3 second with a 7-iron.



    The 38-year-old Garcia dropped his only shot of the day on the par-4 15th, his sixth hole after teeing off on the back nine, when he missed the fairway and was unable to make par. But he made amends when he birdied the par-3 17th and then eagled the par-5 18th to go out in 33.

    ''I was 1 over after (the) seventh but it didn't feel like I was playing badly,'' said Garcia, who made birdies on each of the two par 5s and one of the par 3s on the second nine. ''But then I hit two greats in a row for holes 17 and 18. I got a birdie-eagle there, so that settled me a little bit and I could play solid in the back nine and it was a great round.''

    Garcia made the shortlist for the Laureus Sports Awards in the Breakthrough of the Year category after claiming his first major at Augusta National last year and is hoping for more success this season.

    He credits the Singapore Open as having played a part in toughening him up for his Masters win because he opted to start his 2017 campaign in the stifling humidity of Southeast Asia to prepare himself for the bigger tournaments ahead.

    Although he finished tied for 11th in Singapore, Garcia won the Dubai Desert Classic the next week and was in peak form when he won the Masters two months later.

    Kitayama only secured his place in the $1 million event on Monday by finishing at the top of the qualifying competition, but he made a strong start with birdies on three of his first five holes. The 25-year-old Thai was 6 under through 13 holes but spoiled his otherwise flawless round with a bogey on his last.

    ''I started with a birdie and I just let it roll from there. I had some good tee shots, which I think, is the biggest thing for this course,'' Kitayama said. ''I'm a little tired, but I'm hanging in there. Whenever I have time off, I'll try not to think too much about golf.''

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    13-year-old beats DJ in closest-to-the-pin contest

    By Ryan LavnerJanuary 18, 2018, 12:26 pm

    Dustin Johnson didn’t just get beat by Tommy Fleetwood and Rory McIlroy on Day 1 of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.

    Even a 13-year-old got the best of the world No. 1.

    Oscar Murphy teed off on the 177-yard 15th hole as part of the tournament’s Beat the Pro challenge during the opening round. The Northern Irishman, one of the HSBC’s Future Falcons, carved a 3-wood toward a back-right pin, about 25 feet away, closer than both Johnson and Fleetwood.

    “An unbelievable shot,” Fleetwood said afterward, “and me and Rory both said, ‘We don’t have that in our locker.’”



    Johnson still made par on the hole, but he mixed four birdies with four bogeys Thursday for an even-par 72 that left him six shots back of Fleetwood and Hideto Tanihara after the opening round.

    Johnson, who tied for second here a year ago, is coming off a dominant performance at the Sentry Tournament of Champions, where he won by eight shots to strengthen his lead atop the world rankings. 

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    McIlroy 'really pleased' with opening 69 in Abu Dhabi

    By Ryan LavnerJanuary 18, 2018, 12:10 pm

    It was an auspicious 2018 debut for Rory McIlroy.

    Playing alongside world No. 1 Dustin Johnson for his first round since October, McIlroy missed only one green and shot a bogey-free 69 at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship. McIlroy is three shots back of reigning Race to Dubai champion Tommy Fleetwood, who played in the same group as McIlroy and Johnson, and Hideto Tanihara.

    Starting on the back nine at Abu Dhabi Golf Club, McIlroy began with 11 consecutive pars before birdies on Nos. 3, 7 and 8.


    Full-field scores from the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship


    “I was excited to get going,” he told reporters afterward. “The last couple of months have been really nice in terms of being able to concentrate on things I needed to work on in my game and health-wise. I feel like I’m the most prepared for a season that I’ve ever been, but it was nice to get back out there.”

    Fleetwood, the defending champion, raced out to another lead while McIlroy and Johnson, who shot 72, just tried to keep pace.

    “Tommy played very well and I was just trying to hang onto his coattails for most of the round, so really pleased – bogey-free 69, I can’t really complain,” McIlroy said.

    This was his first competitive round in more than three months, since a tie for 63rd at the Dunhill Links. He is outside the top 10 in the world ranking for the first time since 2014.