In their own words: How delay affects PGA leaders

By Jason CrookJuly 30, 2016, 11:05 pm

SPRINGFIELD, N.J. – A long Saturday at Baltusrol produced very little golf from those near the top of the PGA Championship leaderboard, as the horn blew before the final groups went off the first tee.

Now players are looking at a best-case scenario of a marathon Sunday finish; but with more storms in the forecast, it's very possible things could stretch until Monday or even Tuesday.

Here's how some of those in the mix at the year's final major are dealing with the harsh reality of what could be just the beginning of a very long weather delay.

Robert Streb (9 under):

"Obviously the course looks like it is unplayable. Everything is underwater ... I guess just go home, hang out with the family and might be waiting around tomorrow morning, too ... I'm guessing we're going to be here till at least Monday, hopefully not Tuesday. But we'll see how it goes and just kind of take today as a day of rest, I guess."

Emiliano Grillo (7 under):

"It's going to be pretty soft. I think it's going to be pretty similar to what we had on Friday, very wet, and you can go at it with any club, pretty much. It's going to be long for everybody. The rough is going to be very wet and it's going to be very hard to get the ball out of it. It's going to be one of those that if you are very precise off the fairway, it's going to pay off."

Jason Day (7 under): 

"I think the plus side was that I didn't actually have to go out. Obviously if you get off to a bad start, you're thinking about it, and vice versa is if you get off to a good start ... It should yield a few more birdies [on Sunday] and if you can do that, but also stay patient with regards to the weather, just keep yourself mentally intact. Because a lot of sitting around can get you kind of off base and if you don't stay on top of it, you can start playing some poor golf. I just need to make sure I stay on top of it."

Henrik Stenson (6 under):

"It's going to be a long day tomorrow, and I mean, I don't know if it's a benefit or not, not having started ... You've just got to get some good sleep and make sure you eat enough and drink enough, plenty during the day, because it will be a long day. It's normally the mind that gives up before the body. If you're getting fatigued or tired, it's normally the head that gets tired. The body is normally fine to play two rounds of golf."

Martin Kaymer (5 under):

"I don't know how the weather is going to be tomorrow. Maybe probably going to be the same. An ideal case, we're going to play 36 holes tomorrow, which I don't mind. It's going to be good for the guys who are fairly fit. It's going to be a mental challenge to stay on top of your game for that long. Today, it's pretty much a day off in terms of golf, but mentally we always have to be ready to play. But it's going to be a long, long week now."

Patrick Reed (5 under):

"It's one of those things, if you know it's going to happen at some point, you just prepare for it and just make sure that you just restart whenever the time comes, whenever you have to actually go back out. I think that's the biggest key is not doing too much walking around, not doing too much to exert too much energy ... You never know. The weather looks suspect tomorrow, as well."

Rickie Fowler (4 under):

"I hit two shots. Unfortunately I feel like I've been swinging really well the last couple days and had a really good warm-up this afternoon, so I was looking forward to getting out there and getting after it ... We're probably only going to get a limited amount of holes, as well. I know there's some storms, as well, expected tomorrow afternoon. Like I said, play when we get to play and go from there."

Webb Simpson (4 under): 

"I was playing pretty good and had to stop. But it's just the way it goes. Hopefully tomorrow it can pick back up in that rhythm. Tomorrow doesn't look good but hopefully we can get it done ... Just go back and get some rest. Got an early morning for tomorrow. Hopefully we'll be able to play. But you know, it's one of those things, I've got to come out ready to go."

Jordan Spieth (3 under):

"Just wish I could sleep in. Not going to get to sleep in. It will be a wake-up call in the 4:00s. It is what it is. Looks like there's a chance this could go into Tuesday. So just kind of be as patient as possible and when we get out, we get out, and just try and take advantage when you can."

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McCoy earns medalist honors at 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 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 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 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.