Haas, Cink share Houston lead after 54 holes

By Will GrayMarch 30, 2013, 9:51 pm

After 54 holes, the leaderboard at the Shell Houston Open can be characterized by one word: crowded. Here's the skinny heading into the final round, where a pair of players share the lead at Redstone Golf Club:

The leaderboard: Bill Haas (-11), Stewart Cink (-11), D.A. Points (-10), Steve Wheatcroft (-10), Ben Crane (-10), Jason Kokrak (-10), Louis Oosthuizen (-9), Bud Cauley (-9), Keegan Bradley (-9)

What it means: With 18 holes to go, this event remains wide open. While Haas and Cink share the lead heading into Sunday, 15 players will begin the final round within two shots of the lead. As Redstone Golf Club has allowed both exceptionally high and low scores throughout the week, the outcome of Sunday's final round remains anyone's guess. 

Round of the day: Last year, Oosthuizen used a high finish in Houston to propel himself into a playoff appearance at the Masters. Saturday, the South African again played his way into contention, carding a bogey-free 65 to move up 31 spots on the leaderboard. Oosthuizen began slowly but carded six birdies in a nine-hole stretch from Nos. 8-16. At 9 under, he will begin the final round just two shots off the pace.

Best of the rest: Currently struggling through a sophomore slump, Cauley offered a glimpse of the game that helped him to a successful rookie campaign in 2012. Cauley, who has missed six cuts in eight starts thus far in 2013, rebounded from a 2-over 74 Friday to card eight birdies against just one bogey Saturday. His 7-under 65 moved the former Alabama standout into a tie for seventh entering the final round.

Biggest disappointment: One of the more consistent players on the PGA Tour across the last 15 months, Brendon De Jonge entered the third round inside the top 10. Three birdies were offset by a trio of bogeys on Saturday, though, and the Zimbabwean fell outside the top 25 after an even-par 72 during a third round where low scores were abundant.

Main storyline heading into Sunday: Who can emerge from a crowded leaderboard? Several among the leaders are seeking their first career win, while others are looking for their first PGA Tour victory in several years. With so many players beginning the round in contention, Sunday could shape up as an exciting shootout in the Lone Star State.

Shot of the day: Having barely made the cut, Chez Reavie began his round with a bang at the par-4 third. Reavie had 146 yards left for his approach to a green guarded by water, but after holing the shot for an eagle 2, the veteran moved to 4 under overall.  After playing the next 15 holes in 2 under, Reavie will now begin the final round at 6 under for the week, just five shots off the pace.

Quote of the day: 'I could see something like this coming. I'm just excited for the opportunity and to tee off late on Sunday.' – Cink, who is in position for his first win since the 2009 British Open.

Day (68) just one back at Australian Open

By Nick MentaNovember 24, 2017, 6:40 am

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.

Full-field scores from the Emirates Australian Open

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

By Golf Channel DigitalNovember 23, 2017, 8:49 pm

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.’’

Full-field scores from the Emirates Australian Open

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

By Golf Channel DigitalNovember 23, 2017, 6:01 pm

Here's a look, through social media, at how the golf world celebrates Thanksgiving.

Lexi Thompson:

Baking time!!

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David Feherty:

Jack Nicklaus:

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Steve Stricker:

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Frank Nobilo:

Ian Poulter:

Tyrone Van Aswegen:

Happy Thanksgiving: Biggest turkeys of 2017

By Grill Room TeamNovember 23, 2017, 3:00 pm

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.