Augusta State Out In Front At Mercedes
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Second-ranked Augusta State followed up a solid morning round of 3-under 285 by firing a sizzling 7-under 281 to open up a 10-shot lead in the Mercedes-Benz Collegiate in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.
The Jaguars own a 10-stroke lead over second-place Oklahoma State, while No. 1 Clemson and No. 3 Florida are tied for third place, 11 shots back of the Jaguars.
'We really put it together this afternoon,' ASU coach Josh Gregory said. 'We were kind of just going through the motions, and then we got on a roll. The way we figured it, we played the last 10 holes in 15 under par. Kalle Edberg played his heart out. He was sick as a dog, but he he gave us all he had. For him to contribute says something about what he's made of.'
Freshman James Heath, playing in just his second collegiate tournament, paced the Jaguars with rounds of 70 and 68 for a total of 6-under 138. He s alone in second place, two strokes behind individual leader Dustin Bray of North Carolina.
Sophomore Scott Jamieson is in fifth place at 140 after rounds of 69-71. Senior Oliver Wilson (73-72) and sophomore Emmett Turner (75-70) are each tied for 20th at 1-over 145. Edberg, also a sophomore, is tied for 51st after rounds of 73-77.
The Jaguars are trying for their fourth straight tournament title and their fifth win in their last six events.
Mercedes-Benz Collegiate Championship
Sawgrass Country Club
Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.
Par 72 -- 6,895 yards
Augusta State Individual Results
2. James Heath 70-68=138 (-6)
t5. Scott Jamieson 69-71=140 (-4)
t20. Oliver Wilson 73-72=145 (+1)
t20. Emmett Turner 75-70=145 (+1)
t51. Kalle Edberg 73-77=150 (+6)
1. Augusta State 285-281=566 (-10)
2. Oklahoma State 281-295=576 (E)
3. Clemson 287-290=577 (+1)
3. Florida 285-292=577 (+1)
5. Wake Forest 289-291=580 (+4)
6. North Carolina State 288-293-581 (+5)
7. Texas 290-292=582 (+6)
8. South Carolina 289-295=584 (+8)
9. North Carolina 289-296=585 (+9)
9. Tennessee 287-298=585 (+9)
11. Georgia 302-286=588 (+12)
11. Duke 293-295=588 (+12)
13. North Florida 299-293=592 (+16)
14. Louisiana State 298-297=595 (+19)
15. Florida State 300-298=598 (+22)
Day (68) just one back at Australian Open
Jason Day posted a second-round 68 to move himself just one off the lead held by Lucas Herbert through two rounds at the Emirates Australian Open. Here’s where things stand after 36 holes in Sydney.
Leaderboard: Herbert (-9), Day (-8), Cameron Davis (-7), Anthony Quayle (-6), Matt Jones (-4), Cameron Smith (-4), Nick Cullen (-4), Richard Green (-4)
What it means: Day is in search of his first worldwide victory of 2017. The former world No. 1 last visited the winner’s circle in May 2016, when he won The Players at TPC Sawgrass. A win this week would close out a difficult year for the Aussie who struggled with his game while also helping his mother in her battle with cancer. Day’s last victory on his native soil came in 2013, when he partnered with Adam Scott to win the World Cup of Golf for Australia at Royal Melbourne.
Round of the day: Herbert followed an opening 67 with a round of 66 to vault himself into the lead at The Australian Golf Club. He made six birdies, including four on his second nine, against a lone bogey to take the outright lead. The 22-year-old, who held the lead at this event last year and captured low-amateur honors in 2014, is coming off a runner-up finish at the NSW Open Championship, which boosted him from 714th to 429th in the Official World Golf Ranking. His 5-under score was matched by Dale Brandt-Richards and Josh Cabban.
Best of the rest: Matt Jones, who won this event over Jordan Spieth and Adam Scott two years ago, turned in 4-under 67. Jones is best known to American audiences for his playoff victory at the 2014 Shell Houston Open and for holding the 36-hole lead at the 2015 PGA Championship at Whistling Straits, which was eventually won by Day. Jones will start the weekend five shots off the lead, at 4 under par.
Biggest disappointment: Spieth has a lot of work to do this weekend if he expects to be in the title picture for the fourth year in a row. Rounds of 70-71 have him eight shots behind the lead held by Herbert. Spieth made a birdie and a bogey on each side Friday to turn in level par. The reigning champion golfer of the year has finished first, second and first at this event over the last three years.
Storyline to watch this weekend: The Australian Open is the first event of the 2018 Open Qualifying Series. The leading three players who finish in the top 10 and who are not otherwise exempt will receive invites into next summer’s Open Championship at Carnoustie.
Ogilvy urges distance rollback of ball
Add Geoff Ogilvy to the chorus of voices calling for a distance rollback of the golf ball.
In an interview before the start of the Emirates Australian Open, Ogilvy said a "time-out" is needed for governing bodies to deal with the issue.
"It's complete nonsense," he said, according to an Australian website. "In my career, it’s gone from 300 yards was a massive hit to you’re a shorter hitter on tour now, legitimately short. It’s changed the way we play great golf courses and that is the crime. It isn’t that the ball goes 400, that’s neither here nor there. It’s the fact the ball going 400 doesn’t makes Augusta work properly, it functions completely wrong.’’
Ogilvy used an example from American baseball to help get his point across to an Australian audience.
“Major League Baseball in America, they use wooden bats, and everywhere else in baseball they use aluminium bats,’’ he said. “And when the major leaguers use aluminium bats they don’t even have to touch it and it completely destroys their stadiums. It’s just comedy.
“That’s kind of what’s happened to us at least with the drivers of these big hitters; We’ve completely outgrown the stadiums. So do you rebuild every stadium in the world? That’s expensive. Or make the ball go shorter? It seems relatively simple from that perspective.’’
Ogilvy, an Australian who won the 2006 U.S. Open, said he believes there will be a rollback, but admitted it would be a "challenge" for manufacturers to produce a ball that flies shorter for pros but does not lose distance when struck by recreational players.
The golf world celebrates Thanksgiving
Here's a look, through social media, at how the golf world celebrates Thanksgiving.
The major championships I'm certainly proud of, but Barbara, the kids and my grandkids are the best things to ever happen to me. From our family to yours, Happy Thanksgiving! pic.twitter.com/wkma1Q9LlK— Jack Nicklaus (@jacknicklaus) November 23, 2017
GC Tiger Tracker:
Mixing Thanksgiving and waiting for a week from today. pic.twitter.com/u9m9WxQNYx— GC Tiger Tracker (@GCTigerTracker) November 23, 2017
Happy thanksgiving to everyone! Hope you have a wonderful day with family and friends. #Thankful— Steve Stricker (@stevestricker) November 23, 2017
Was reading about Thanksgiving. Originally they ate waterfowl, venison, ham, lobster, clams, berries, fruit, pumpkin, and squash. Seems a bit tastier than Turkey!— Frank Nobilo (@FrankNobiloGC) November 23, 2017
Literally food for thought.
Tyrone Van Aswegen:
Happy Thanksgiving: Biggest turkeys of 2017
Thanksgiving brings us golf's biggest turkeys of the year. Donald Trump, Grayson Murray and a certain (now-former) tournament director headline the list. Click here or on the image below to check out all the turkeys.