Bruins Holding Onto Advantage

By Golf Channel DigitalFebruary 14, 2003, 5:00 pm
Courtesy of GatorZone.com
 
NCAAWAIKOLOA, Hawaii -- The UCLA men's golf team holds a one-shot lead entering the final round at the TaylorMade Big Island Classic, hosted by Hawaii-Hilo University at the Waikoloa Resort.
 
The Bruins posted a round of 271, 9-under par on the Beach Course, and boast a 36-hole total of 554, 14-under par. TCU is second at 555 and Arkansas is third at 558. Houston, Oklahoma and Texas are tied for fourth place at 562. USC is eighth at 566.
 
Individually, junior Roy Moon posted a career-best score of 62, 8-under par on the Beach Course. He is tied for 11th place at 139, 3-under par. Junior Steve Conway is tied for eighth place at 138, 4-under par. Conway fired his second straight round of 69 on Thursday. Junior John Merrick posted his second consecutive round of 70 and is tied for 14th at 2-under par 140. Junior Travis Johnson posted an even par 70 in the second round and is tied for 42nd at 143.
 
Taylor Made/Waikoloa Intercollegiate
Waikoloa: Kings (par-72, 7,074 yards)/Beach (par 70, 6,566 yards)
 
Team Results
Fin. School Scores
1 UCLA 283 271 554 -14
2 TCU 276 279 555 -13
3 Arkansas 291 267 558 -10
4 Houston 288 274 562 -6
Oklahoma 281 281 562 -6
Lamar 283 279 562 -6
Texas Tech 284 278 562 -6
8 Southern California 293 273 566 -2
9 Washington 295 272 567 -1
10 Pepperdine 293 275 568 E
Georgia Tech 288 280 568 E
12 Fresno State 293 281 574 +6
Arizona State 290 284 574 +6
Texas A&M 299 275 574 +6
15 Kansas 297 278 575 +7
Baylor 289 286 575 +7
17 Oregon State 301 277 578 +10
Hawaii 295 283 578 +10
19 Oregon 288 291 579 +11
20 Nevada 291 291 582 +14
Mississippi 296 286 582 +14
22 Stanford 301 285 586 +18
23 Hawaii-Hilo 291 296 587 +19
24 Rhode Island 303 294 597 +29
25 Nagoya U of Commerce 314 297 611 +43
26 Air Force 304 319 623 +55
 
Individual Results
 

Name School Scores
1 Adam Meyer TCU 67 68 135 -7
2 John Kidwell Oklahoma 69 68 137 -5
Andrew Dahl Arkansas 69 68 137 -5
Nick Watney Fresno St. 68 69 137 -5
Adam Rubinson TCU 67 70 137 -5
Ryan Baca Baylor 66 71 137 -5
Mark Hull Texas Tech 67 70 137 -5
8 Michael Putnam Pepperdine 72 66 138 -4
Chris Marshall Kansas 71 67 138 -4
Steve Conway UCLA 69 69 138 -4
11 Roy Moon UCLA 77 62 139 -3
Brooks Kelly Texas Tech 73 66 139 -3
Nico Bollini USC 72 67 139 -3
14 Brock Mackenzie Washington 74 66 140 -2
Chris Stroud Lamar 69 71 140 -2
Paul Bradshaw Arkansas 73 67 140 -2
Ben Flam Arizona St 70 70 140 -2
Parker Briley Texas A&M 73 67 140 -2
John Wine Houston 70 70 140 -2
John Merrick UCLA 70 70 140 -2
21 Zach Mowbray Houston 70 71 141 -1
Nicholas Thompson Ga. Tech 74 67 141 -1
Chris Carnahan Oregon 71 70 141 -1
Blake Martin Oklahoma 72 69 141 -1
Mark Van Hoose Lamar 72 69 141 -1
Kevin Newman Houston 74 67 141 -1
Conner Robbins Washington 75 66 141 -1
28 Troy Matteson Ga. Tech 73 69 142 E
Chez Reavie Arizona St 72 70 142 E
Jim Seki Stanford 71 71 142 E
Adam Wing Arkansas 73 69 142 E
Dan Potter Washington 73 69 142 E
Stephen Reed Texas A&M 72 70 142 E
Will Doughtie Baylor 70 72 142 E
Lucas Boyd Ole Miss 73 69 142 E
Eric Chang Hawaii 73 69 142 E
Andrew Dresser Texas Tech 72 70 142 E
Michael Jurgensen Oregon St. 72 70 142 E
28 Stephen Polanski TCU 75 67 142 E
Doug Manor Oklahoma 71 71 142 E
Casey Watabu Nevada 70 72 142 E
42 David Tasker Texas A&M 76 67 143 +1
Matthew Kodama Hawaii 72 71 143 +1
Tyler Hall Kansas 73 70 143 +1
Travis Johnson UCLA 73 70 143 +1
Randy Creighton Pepperdine 71 72 143 +1
Chan Wongluekiet Ga. Tech 70 73 143 +1
48 Chris Botsford USC 77 67 144 +2
Nick Mason Haw.-Hilo 73 71 144 +2
Trevar Matheson Baylor 76 68 144 +2
Brett Callas Houston 74 70 144 +2
Corey Prugh Washington 73 71 144 +2
Shawn Stefani Lamar 77 67 144 +2
Jonathan Lenz Ole Miss 74 70 144 +2
David Oh USC 74 70 144 +2
Tyler Ley USC 75 69 144 +2
Ryan Rainer Kansas 73 71 144 +2
Clint Deibert Texas Tech 72 72 144 +2
Chance Holmes Oregon St. 71 73 144 +2
60 Daren Grieg Oregon St. 78 67 145 +3
Simon Robinson Houston 78 67 145 +3
Brady Stockton Arizona St 75 70 145 +3
Matt Larson Lamar 73 72 145 +3
Jarrod Gardner Ole Miss 72 73 145 +3
Gregg LaVoie Oregon 73 72 145 +3
Brian O'Flaherty Pepperdine 72 73 145 +3
Darren Holder Arkansas 82 63 145 +3
Jim Renner Oklahoma 69 76 145 +3
Chris Davis Lamar 69 76 145 +3
70 David Schultz TCU 72 74 146 +4
Ryan McDonald Fresno St. 74 72 146 +4
Colby Beckstrom TCU 70 76 146 +4
Jeremy Moreno Fresno St. 77 69 146 +4
Kevin Blue Stanford 74 72 146 +4
Kellen-Floyd Asao Hawaii 78 68 146 +4
Brandon White Pepperdine 78 68 146 +4
Kevin Shimomura Haw.-Hilo 72 74 146 +4
Mike Sica Oregon 70 76 146 +4
79 Sprague Kolp Nevada 75 72 147 +5
Chad Spencer Fresno St. 74 73 147 +5
Michael Kim Haw.-Hilo 72 75 147 +5
Thomas Jordan Ga. Tech 71 76 147 +5
Chad Spencer Rhode Isl. 75 72 147 +5
84 John Ellis Oregon 74 74 148 +6
Martin Flores Oklahoma 75 73 148 +6
George Downing Stanford 78 70 148 +6
Ben Hayes USC 72 76 148 +6
88 Ian Hagen Nevada 72 77 149 +7
Shaun Helmle Texas A&M 78 71 149 +7
Kenny Coakley Oregon St. 81 68 149 +7
Jesse Mueller Arizona St 73 76 149 +7
Mark Modglin Fresno St. 78 71 149 +7
93 Jaime Matsumura Hawaii 75 75 150 +8
Colin Gilliam Haw.-Hilo 74 76 150 +8
95 Ron Won Stanford 79 72 151 +9
Takeshi Kashima Nagoya 77 74 151 +9
Andrew Price Kansas 81 70 151 +9
Josh Green Nevada 81 70 151 +9
James Clarke Rhode Isl. 75 76 151 +9
Kellan Anderson Haw.-Hilo 75 76 151 +9
Kevin Ward Kansas 80 71 151 +9
102 Jordan Dempsey Ole Miss 78 74 152 +10
Chris Elliott Pepperdine 83 69 152 +10
Sean Deacon Oregon St. 80 72 152 +10
Kenneth Fahey Rhode Isl. 78 74 152 +10
Jason Lockwood Rhode Isl. 80 72 152 +10
Mike Derminio Arizona St 78 74 152 +10
Will McDonald Baylor 77 75 152 +10
Daniel Timmons Nevada 74 78 152 +10
110 Adam Wasinger Air Force 76 77 153 +11
Kunihiro Kamii Nagoya 80 73 153 +11
Jon Antunes Baylor 78 75 153 +11
Koji Ikeda Nagoya 78 75 153 +11
114 Hidekatsu Kawahira Nagoya 79 75 154 +12
Pat Phillips Stanford 78 76 154 +12
116 Andrew Parr Texas A&M 78 77 155 +13
Adam Cranford Ga. Tech 84 71 155 +13
Kala'e Leong Air Force 79 76 155 +13
119 Michael Carbone Rhode Isl. 75 83 158 +16
Jarett Hamamoto Air Force 77 81 158 +16
Jimmy White Oregon 83 75 158 +16
122 Brandon Daum Air Force 74 85 159 +17
Brian Swope Ole Miss 77 82 159 +17
124 Chikara Nakatake Nagoya 80 80 160 +18
125 Landon Chang Air Force 77 86 163 +21
DQ Spencer Levin UCLA 71 DQ
DQ Justin Kim Hawaii 75 DQ
DQ Nick Beach Arkansas 76 DQ
DQ Derek Berg Washington 76 DQ
DQ Brad Jacobson Texas Tech 77 DQ
 
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Singh's lawsuit stalls as judge denies motion

By Rex HoggardJanuary 23, 2018, 7:54 pm

Vijay Singh’s attempts to speed up the proceedings in his ongoing lawsuit against the PGA Tour have been stalled, again.

Singh – who filed the lawsuit in New York Supreme Court in May 2013 claiming the Tour recklessly administered its anti-doping program when he was suspended, a suspension that was later rescinded – sought to have the circuit sanctioned for what his attorneys argued was a frivolous motion, but judge Eileen Bransten denied the motion earlier this month.

“While the court is of the position it correctly denied the Tour’s motion to argue, the court does not agree that the motion was filed in bad faith nor that it represents a ‘persistent pattern of repetitive or meritless motions,’” Bransten said.

It also doesn’t appear likely the case will go to trial any time soon, with Bransten declining Singh’s request for a pretrial conference until a pair of appeals that have been sent to the court’s appellate division have been decided.

“What really should be done is settle this case,” Bransten said during the hearing, before adding that it is, “unlikely a trail will commence prior to 2019.”

The Tour’s longstanding policy is not to comment on ongoing litigation, but earlier this month commissioner Jay Monahan was asked about the lawsuit.

“I'll just say that we're going through the process,” Monahan said. “Once you get into a legal process, and you've been into it as long as we have been into it, I think it's fair to assume that we're going to run it until the end.”

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Videos and images from Tiger's Tuesday at Torrey

By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 23, 2018, 7:45 pm

Tiger Woods played a nine-hole practice round Tuesday at Torrey Pines South, site of this week's Farmers Insurance Open. Woods is making his first PGA Tour start since missing the cut in this event last year. Here's a look at some images and videos of Tiger, via social media:







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Power Rankings: 2018 Farmers Insurance Open

By Will GrayJanuary 23, 2018, 6:59 pm

The PGA Tour remains in California this week for the Farmers Insurance Open. A field of 156 players will tackle the North and South Courses at Torrey Pines, with weekend play exclusively on the South Course.

Be sure to join the all-new Golf Channel Fantasy Challenge - including a new One & Done game offering - to compete for prizes and form your own leagues, and log on to www.playfantasygolf.com to submit your picks for this week's event.

Jon Rahm won this event last year by three shots over Charles Howell III and C.T. Pan. Here are 10 names to watch in La Jolla:

1. Jon Rahm: No need to overthink it at the top. Rahm enters as a defending champ for the first time, fresh off a playoff win at the CareerBuilder Challenge that itself was preceded by a runner-up showing at Kapalua. Rahm is perhaps the hottest player in the field, and with a chance to become world No. 1 should be set for another big week.

2. Jason Day: The Aussie has missed the cut here the last two years, and he hasn't played competitively since November. But he ended a disappointing 2017 on a slight uptick, and his Torrey Pines record includes three straight top-10s from 2013-15 that ended with his victory three years ago.

3. Justin Rose: Rose ended last year on a tear, with three victories over his final six starts including two in a row in Turkey and China. The former U.S. Open winner has the patience to deal with a brutal layout like the South Course, as evidenced by his fourth-place showing at this event a year ago.

4. Rickie Fowler: This tournament has become somewhat feast-or-famine for Fowler, who is making his ninth straight start at Torrey Pines. The first four in that run all netted top-20 finishes, including two top-10s, while the last four have led to three missed cuts and a T-61. After a win in the Bahamas and T-4 at Kapalua, it's likely his mini-slump comes to an end.

5. Brandt Snedeker: Snedeker has become somewhat of a course specialist at Torrey Pines in recent years, with six top-10 finishes over the last eight years including wins in both 2012 and 2016. While he missed much of the second half of 2017 recovering from injury and missed the cut last week, Snedeker is always a threat to contend at this particular event.

6. Hideki Matsuyama: Matsuyama struggled to find his footing after a near-miss at the PGA Championship, but he appears to be returning to form. The Japanese phenom finished T-4 at Kapalua and has put up solid results in two of his four prior trips to San Diego, including a T-16 finish in his 2014 tournament debut. Matsuyama deserves a look at any event that puts a strong emphasis on ball-striking.

7. Tony Finau: Finau has the length to handle the difficult demands of the South Course, and his results have gotten progressively better each time around: T-24 in 2015, T-18 in 2016 and T-4 last year. Finau is coming off the best season of his career, one that included a trip to the Tour Championship, and he put together four solid rounds at the Sony Open earlier this month.

8. Charles Howell III: Howell is no stranger to West Coast golf, and his record at this event since 2013 includes three top-10 finishes highlighted by last year's runner-up showing. Howell chased a T-32 finish in Hawaii with a T-20 finish last week in Palm Springs, his fourth top-20 finish this season.

9. Marc Leishman: Leishman was twice a runner-up at this event, first in 2010 and again in 2014, and he finished T-20 last year. The Aussie is coming off a season that included two wins, and he has amassed five top-10s in his last eight worldwide starts dating back to the Dell Technologies Championship in September.

10. Gary Woodland: Woodland played in the final group at this event in 2014 before tying for 10th, and he was one shot off the lead entering the final round in 2016 before Mother Nature blew the entire field sideways. Still, the veteran has three top-20s in his last four trips to San Diego and finished T-7 two weeks ago in Honolulu.

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Davis on distance: Not 'necessarily good for the game'

By Will GrayJanuary 23, 2018, 6:28 pm

It's a new year, but USGA executive Mike Davis hasn't changed his views on the growing debate over distance.

Speaking with Matt Adams on SiriusXM PGA Tour Radio, Davis didn't mince words regarding his perception that increased distance has had a negative impact on the game of golf, and he reiterated that it's a topic that the USGA and R&A plan to jointly address.

"The issue is complex. It's important, and it's one that we need to, and we will, face straight on," Davis said. "I think on the topic of distance, we've been steadfast to say that we do not think increased distance is necessarily good for the game."

Davis' comments echoed his thoughts in November, when he stated that the impact of increased distance has been "horrible" for the game. Those comments drew a strong rebuke from Titleist CEO Wally Uihlein, who claimed there was "no evidence" to support Davis' argument.

That argument, again reiterated Tuesday, centers on the rising costs associated with both acquiring and maintaining increased footprints for courses. Davis claimed that 1 in 4 courses in the U.S. is currently "not making money," and noted that while U.S. Open venues were 6,800-6,900 yards at the start of his USGA tenure, the norm is now closer to 7,400-7,500 yards.

"You ask yourself, 'What has this done for the game? How has that made the game better?'" Davis said. "I think if we look at it, and as we look to the future, we're asking ourselves, saying, 'We want the game of golf to be fun.' We want it to continue to be challenging and really let your skills dictate what scores you should shoot versus necessarily the equipment.

"But at the same time, we know there are pressures on golf courses. We know those pressures are going to become more acute."