Razorbacks Rule In Myrtle Beach

By Golf Channel DigitalMarch 13, 2003, 5:00 pm
Courtesy of GoHogs.com
College CentralMYRTLE BEACH, S.C. ' The Arkansas golf team won its first team tournament title in five years when the Razorbacks finished in first place at the Coastal Carolina Invitational. Arkansas shot a 9-over-par 873 after scoring rounds of 295, 296 and 282. The Razorbacks last won a tournament title in 1998 at the Kroger Intercollegiate when they shot 592.
We really came from behind to win this tournament, Arkansas head coach Mike Ketcham said. We got off to a good start, but struggled on the 14th and 15th holes, then came back to win on the 17th and 18th. It was a good win for us. Weve come close a couple times this year, but its good to know the feeling of winning. The key to winning for us was the consistency this team had. We always have one or two guys leading, but the team as a whole performed well. Hopefully, well be able to build on this for next week at the Morris Williams Invitational.
After the first day of play UNC-Wilmington (29) held a one stroke lead over Arkansas, but the Hogs were able to pull away when they shot a six-under-par 282 in the last round for a final score of 873. Virginia Tech was close behind in second when they shot a 284 in the final round for a total of 874.
All five UA golfers finished in the top 25. Junior Andrew Dahl led the team with a second place finish. Dahl shot a 70 in the third round to finish out the tournament with a 214 and two under par. It was his fourth top 10 finish of the season. Junior Seth Murphy was next when he tied for seventh with a final score of 220 and four over par after he shot a 74 in the third round.
Freshman Paul Bradshaw shot a 71 in the last round to come away with an 11th place showing and six over par for 222. Senior Nick Beach ended the tournament in 18th with a score of 224 and eight over par after he shot a 73 in the third round.
Junior Adam Wing had a career-best round of 68 to move up to 24th after being in 61st on Monday. His final score was a 10-over-par 226.
The Hogs will play next at the Morris Williams Invitational in Austin, Texas on March 16-18, before they take a week off for spring break.

FINAL RESULTS Coastal Carolina Invitational
* Individual TPC of Myrtle Beach MurrellsInlt,SC
Dates: 03/10 - 03/11 (Today:03-11-2003)
Par: 72
Yardage: 6920
Fin. Top 20 Teams Scores
1 Arkansas, U. of 295 296 282 873
2 Virginia Tech 297 294 284 875
3 Central Florida, U. 301 292 287 880
4 N. Car. Wilmington 295 294 302 891
5 Va. Commonwealth 295 310 302 907
6 Memphis, U. of 303 307 298 908
7 Washington State U. 302 302 307 911
8 Coastal Carolina 306 305 303 914
9 Louisville, U. of 304 306 305 915
10 East Carolina Univ. 301 306 311 918
11 Old Dominion Univ. 313 306 302 921
12 Charlotte 315 296 314 925
13 Furman University 307 308 318 933
14 Michigan, U. of 308 308 326 942
Fin. Name School Scores
1 Brendon De Jonge Va. Tech 76 70 67 213 -3
2 Andrew Dahl Arkansas 72 72 70 214 -2
3 Barry Roof UCF 70 75 70 215 -1
Stefan Wistorf UCF 71 73 71 215 -1
5 Ted Brown VCU 71 72 75 218 +2

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Ortiz takes Web.com Tour clubhouse lead in Bahamas

By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 16, 2018, 2:19 am

Former Web.com Tour Player of the Year Carlos Ortiz shot a bogey-free, 4-under-par 68 Monday to take the clubhouse lead in The Bahamas Great Exuma Classic at Sandals Emerald Bay.

Four other players - Lee McCoy, Brandon Matthews, Sung Jae Im and Mark Anderson - were still on the course and tied with Ortiz at 6-under 210 when third-round play was suspended by darkness at 5:32 p.m. local time. It is scheduled to resume at 7:15 a.m. Tuesday.

Ortiz, a 26-year-old from Guadalajara, Mexico, is in search of his fourth Web.com Tour victory. In 2014, the former University of North Texas standout earned a three-win promotion on his way to being voted Web.com Tour Player of the Year.

McCoy, a 23-year-old from Dunedin, Fla., is looking to become the first player to earn medalist honors at Q-School and then win the opening event of the season.

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Randall's Rant: Can we please have some rivalries?

By Randall MellJanuary 16, 2018, 12:00 am

Memo to the golf gods:

If you haven’t finalized the fates of today’s stars for the new year, could we get you to deliver what the game has lacked for so long?

Can we get a real, honest-to-goodness rivalry?

It’s been more than two decades since the sport has been witness to one.

With world No. 1 Dustin Johnson and former world No. 1 Rory McIlroy at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship this week, an early-season showdown would percolate hope that this year might be all about rivalries.

It seems as if the stars are finally aligned to make up for our long drought of rivalries, of the recurring clashes you have so sparingly granted through the game’s history.

We’re blessed in a new era of plenty, with so many young stars blossoming, and with Tiger Woods offering hope he may be poised for a comeback. With Johnson, McIlroy, Jordan Spieth, Jason Day, Justin Thomas, Jon Rahm, Hideki Matsuyama, Brooks Koepka and Rickie Fowler among today’s dynamic cast, the possibility these titans will time their runs together on the back nine of Sundays in majors excites.

We haven’t seen a real rivalry since Greg Norman and Nick Faldo sparred in the late '80s and early '90s.

Woods vs. Phil Mickelson didn’t really count. While Lefty will be remembered for carving out a Hall of Fame career in the Tiger era, with 33 victories, 16 of them with Tiger in the field, five of them major championships, we get that Tiger had no rival, not in the most historic sense.

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Phil never reached No. 1, was never named PGA Tour Player of the Year, never won a money title and never dueled with Woods on Sunday on the back nine of a major with the title on the line.  Still, it doesn’t diminish his standing as the best player not named Tiger Woods over the last 20 years. It’s a feat so noteworthy it makes him one of the game’s all-time greats.

We’ve been waiting for an honest-to-goodness rivalry since Faldo and Norman took turns ruling at world No. 1 and dueling in big events, including the back nine of multiple majors. 

In the '70s, we had Nicklaus-Watson. In the '60s, it was Nicklaus-Palmer. In the '40s and '50s, it was Hogan, Snead and Nelson in a triumvirate mix, and in the '20s and '30s we had Hagen and Sarazen.

While dominance is the magic ingredient that can break a sport out of its niche, a dynamic rivalry is the next best elixir.

Dustin Johnson looks capable of dominating today’s game, but there’s so much proven major championship talent on his heels. It’s hard to imagine him consistently fending off all these challengers, but it’s the fending that would captivate us.

Johnson vs. McIlroy would be a fireworks show. So would Johnson vs. Thomas, or Thomas vs. Day or McIlroy vs. Rahm or Fowler vs. Koepka ... or any of those combinations.

Spieth is a wild card that intrigues.

While he’s not a short hitter, he isn’t the power player these other guys are, but his iron game, short game, putter and moxie combine to make him the most compelling challenger of all. His resolve, resilience and resourcefulness in the final round of his British Open victory at Royal Birkdale make him the most interesting amalgam of skill since Lee Trevino.

Woods vs. any of them? Well, if we get that, we promise never to ask for anything more.

So, if that cosmic calendar up there isn’t filled, how about it? How about a year of rivalries to remember?

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McIlroy: 2018 may be my busiest season ever

By Will GrayJanuary 15, 2018, 6:28 pm

With his return to competition just days away, Rory McIlroy believes that the 2018 season may be the most action packed of his pro career.

The 28-year-old has not teed it up since the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship in early October, a hiatus he will end at this week's Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship. It will be the start of a busy spring for the Ulsterman, who will also play next week in Dubai before a run of six PGA Tour events leading up to the Masters.

Speaking to the U.K.'s Telegraph, McIlroy confirmed that he will also make a return trip to the British Masters in October and plans to remain busy over the next 12 months.

"I might play more times this year than any before. I played 28 times in 2008 and I'm on track to beat that," McIlroy said. "I could get to 30 (events), depending on where I'm placed in the Race to Dubai. But I'll see."

McIlroy's ambitious plan comes in the wake of a frustrating 2017 campaign, when he injured his ribs in his first start and twice missed chunks of time in an effort to recover. He failed to win a worldwide event and finished the year ranked outside the top 10, both of which had not happened since 2008.

But having had more than three months to get his body and swing in shape, McIlroy is optimistic heading into the first of what he hopes will be eight starts in the 12 weeks before he drives down Magnolia Lane.

"I've worked hard on my short game and I'm probably feeling better with the putter than I ever have," McIlroy said. "I've had a lot of time to concentrate on everything and it all feels very good and a long way down the road."

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What's in the Bag: Sony Open winner Kizzire

By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 15, 2018, 6:05 pm

Patton Kizzire earned his second PGA Tour victory by winning a six-hole playoff at the Sony Open in Hawaii. Take a look inside his bag.

Driver: Titleist 917D3 (10.5 degrees), with Fujikura Atmos Black 6 X shaft

Fairway Wood: Titleist 917F2 (16.5 degrees), with Aldila Tour Blue 95 TX shaft

Hybrid: Titleist 913H (19 degrees), with UST Mamiya AXIV Core 100 Hybrid shaft

Irons: Titleist 718 T-MB (4), 718 CB (5-6), 718 MB (7-9), with True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shafts

Wedges: Titleist SM7 prototype (47, 52, 56, 60 degrees), with True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shafts

Putter: Scotty Cameron GoLo Tour prototype

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x