Augusta State Out Duels Clemson

By Golf Channel DigitalApril 7, 2003, 4:00 pm
Courtesy of AugustaState.com
 
College CentralAUGUSTA, Ga. -- Augusta State and Clemson endured a four-hour rain delay and then staged one of the most dramatic duels in Cleveland Golf/Augusta State Invitational history Sunday afternoon at Forest Hills Golf Club, and it took an eagle on the 18th hole from ASU senior Oliver Wilson to deliver the Jaguars to the team title.

Wilson sank a 14-foot putt after driving the green on the 290-yard, par-four 18th to earn medalist honors by two shots over Clemson's D.J. Trahan. Both Wilson and Trahan equaled the tournament course record of eight-under 64 Sunday, first set by Tennessee's Stuart Smith in 1981 and matched by Wake Forest's Bill Haas in 2001 and Georgia Tech's Nicholas Thompson in Saturday's second round.

Wilson's heroics were the difference in the team title as well, as the third-ranked Jaguars collected their sixth victory of the season by outlasting top-ranked Clemson, the overnight leader, by two shots. ASU established a new single-round tournament record with a final round of 21-under 267 and also set a new 54-hole record at 44-under 820. Tennessee set the previous mark of 23-under 841 in the 2002 Cleveland/ASU Invite. ASU also established a new school record as well with their 44-under total. The Jags' previous mark of 30-under 834 was set at the Gator Invitational in 2000.

Oklahoma State and Wake Forest tied for third place at 25-under 839 and Georgia finished fifth at 23-under 841. Georgia Tech took sixth at 22-under 842, one shot back of the Bulldogs.

The title, the 10th for ASU in the 25-year history of the event and its fourth in the last five years, came against a field that included nine of the top 17 teams in the country and 14 of the top 40.

'Of our six wins this season, this certainly means the most,' said ASU coach Josh Gregory. 'For our guys to go out and shoot 44-under in our event, in front of our fans and family and friends says it all. This is the fourth time we've been paired with Clemson in the final round and the fourth time we've beaten them.But they're the top-ranked team for a reason and they've played well all year.'

Wilson's victory is the third of the season and the second of the spring for the senior from Masfield, England. His round of eight-under 64 set a new career-low, as did his three-round total of 17-under 199. The individual title is also the second for Wilson in the last three years. He chipped in for eagle on the 18th in 2001 to capture the individual title and deliver ASU to the tournament title as well.

'I knew standing on the (18th) tee that I needed to do something big,' said Wilson, a first-team All-America selection as a junior. 'It was the best shot I've ever hit in my life, by far. I didn't think I hit the putt hard enough. I was trying to get it close and it went in and it ended up being the difference.'

Wilson wasn't the only Jaguar to establish a new career best on Sunday. Freshman James Heath, who entered the final round tied with Wilson for the lead at nine-under 135, carded a four-under 68 to finish alone in third at 13-under 203, his best finish as a Jaguar. Sophomore Kalle Edberg fired a six-under 66 to jump into a tie for 11th at seven-under 209, and sophomore Emmett Turner matched Edberg's finish, posting a final-round of three-under 69. Sophomore Scott Jamieson managed a final round of even-par 72 and a three-round total of two-over 218.

Day, Spieth chasing Davis after Day 1 of Aussie Open

By Jason CrookNovember 23, 2017, 6:50 am

The PGA Tour is off this week but a couple of the circuit’s biggest stars – Jordan Spieth and Jason Day – are headlining the Emirates Australian Open, the first event in The Open Qualifying Series for the 2018 Open at Carnoustie. Here's how things look after the opening round, where Cameron Davis has opened up a two-shot lead:

Leaderboard: Cameron Davis (-8), Taylor MacDonald (-6), Nick Cullen (-5), Jason Day (-5), Brian Campbell (-4), Lucas Herbert (-4), Stephen Leaney (-4), Anthony Quayle (-4)

What it means: Jordan Spieth has won this event three of the last four years, including last year, but he got off to a rocky start on Thursday. Playing in the windy afternoon wave, the world No. 2 bogeyed his first two holes but rebounded with birdies on Nos. 4 and 5. It was more of the same the rest of the way as the 24-year-old carded three more bogeys and four birdies, getting into the clubhouse with a 1-under 70. While it certainly wasn't the start he was hoping for, Spieth didn't shoot himself out of the tournament with 54 holes left to play, he has plenty of time to claw his way up the leaderboard.

Round of the day: With Round 1 in the books, the solo leader, Davis, is the easy pick here. The 22-year-old Aussie who turned pro last year, came out of the gates on fire, birdieing six of his first seven holes, including four in a row on Nos. 4 through 7. He did drop a shot on the ninth hole to go out in 30 but rebounded with three more birdies on the back to card a 8-under 63. Davis, who was born in Sydney and played this year on the Mackenzie Tour in Canada. He will attempt to get his Web.com Tour card next month during qualifying in Arizona.

Best of the rest: Making his first start in his home country in four years, Day started on the 10th hole at The Australian Golf Club and made four birdies to one bogey on the back side before adding four more circles after making the turn. Unfortunately for the 30-year-old, he also added an ugly double-bogey 6 on the par-4 eighth hole and had to settle for a 5-under 66, good enough to sit T-3. Day, who has dropped to No. 12 in the world rankings, is looking for his first win on any tour since the 2016 Players Championship.

Main storyline heading into Friday: Can the upstart 22-year-old Davis hold off the star power chasing him or will he fold to the pressure of major champions in his rearview mirror? Day (afternoon) and Spieth (morning) are once again on opposite ends of the draw on Friday as they try to improve their position before the weekend.

Shot of the day: It’s tough to beat an ace in this category, and we had one of those on Thursday from Australian Brad Shilton. Shilton’s hole-in-one on the par-3, 188-yard 11th hole came with a special prize, a $16k watch.

Quote of the day: “Just two bad holes. Pretty much just two bad swings for the day,” – Day, after his 66 on Thursday. 

Watch: Shilton wins $16k timepiece with hole-in-one

By Golf Channel DigitalNovember 23, 2017, 2:50 am

Australian Brad Shilton made a hole-in-one on the par-3, 188-yard 11th hole during the first round of the Australian Open, and he was rewarded handsomely for his efforts - with a Tag Heuer watch worth $16k.

Day gets in early mix with 66 in return to Australia

By Associated PressNovember 23, 2017, 2:32 am

SYDNEY - Jason Day's first tournament round in Australia in four years was a 5-under 66 to put him among the leaders early Thursday at the Australian Open.

Day's round came unhinged late with a double-bogey 6 on the par-4 eighth hole, his second-last of the day. He hit his tee shot into the trees on the left, hit back out to the fairway, missed his approach to the green and then couldn't get up and down.

''That was brutal,'' Day said of the 481-yard hole that played into gusting winds.

But Day recovered quickly to birdie his last to sit three strokes behind fellow Australian and early leader Cameron Davis, who started on the first, had six front-nine birdies and shot 63 at The Australian Golf Club.

In between the two was Australian Taylor MacDonald, who shot 65.

''It was a pretty solid round, I didn't miss many fairways, I didn't miss many greens,'' Day said. ''I'd give myself a seven or eight out of 10.''

Defending champion Jordan Spieth, attempting to win the Australian Open for the third time in four years, was off to a poor start among the afternoon players, bogeying his first two holes.

The Sydney-born Davis played most of this season on the Mackenzie Tour in Canada and will attempt to secure his Web.com card in the final round of qualifying from Dec. 7-10 in Chandler, Arizona.

''Everything went to plan,'' Davis said. ''I got off to a great start. I was hitting my spots and was able to keep it together on the back nine.''

NOTES: Australian Brad Shilton had the first ace of the tournament, using a 5-iron for a hole-in-one on the par-3, 188-yard 11th hole, his second hole of the day. Australian veteran Geoff Ogilvy, the 2006 U.S. Open winner, shot 69. He and Rod Pampling (68) played the first round with Day.

Day: Woods feeling good, hitting it long

By Golf Channel DigitalNovember 22, 2017, 9:33 pm

Jason Day says Tiger Woods told him he feels better than he has in three years, which is good news for Woods a week ahead of his return to the PGA Tour at the Hero World Challenge.

Day, a fellow Nike endorser, was asked about Woods during his news conference at the Emirates Australian Open on Wednesday. "I did talk to him," Day said, per a report in the Sydney Morning Herald,"and he did say it's the best he's ever felt in three years'" Day said.

"He doesn't wake up with pain anymore, which is great. I said to him, 'Look, it's great to be one of the best players ever to live, but health is one thing that we all take for granted and if you can't live a happy, healthy life, then that's difficult.'"

The Hero World Challenge will be played Nov. 30-Dec. 3 in the Bahamas and broadcast on Golf Channel and NBC.

Day, who has had his own health issues, said he could empathize with Woods.

"I totally understand where he's coming from, because sometimes I wake up in the morning and it takes me 10 minutes to get out of bed, and for him to be in pain for three years is very frustrating."

Woods has not played since February after undergoing surgery following a recurrence of back problems.

"From what I see on Instagram and what he's been telling me, he says he's ready and I'm hoping that he is, because from what I hear, he's hitting it very long," Day said.

"And if he's hitting it long and straight, then that's going to be tough for us because it is Tiger Woods. He's always been a clutch putter and in amongst the best and it will be interesting to see.

"There's no pressure. I think it's a 17- or 18-man field, there's no cut, he's playing at a tournament where last year I think he had the most birdies at."