Beard Working For Goti As Two Rounds In The Books

By Marty HenwoodFebruary 5, 2003, 5:00 pm
ORLANDO, Fla. -- A trio of players share lead after Tuesdays second round of the Canadian Tours Winter Qualifying School.
 
Former Tour member Ramiro Goti of Argentina, Swedens Anders Hultman and Nick Davey of New Zealand each have a 36-hole total of 2-under 142, one shot in front of seven others, including first round co-leader Christopher Kim and ChampionsGate employee Derrick Centers. Carl Desjardins (Ste. Catherine, QC) and John Heffernan (Humboldt, SK) are the top Canadians at 5-over 149.
 
Competitors will play two rounds apiece on the International and National courses at ChampionsGate before the field is reduced to the low 60 scores plus ties after Thursdays fourth round. Those remaining will compete Friday in the hopes of landing one of 20 exempt and 10 non-exempt cards to be awarded for the 2003 Canadian Tour season.
 
Joe Horowitz of New York, who shared the lead with Kim after the opening round, struggled to a 10-over 82 Tuesday. Former N.H.L. star goaltender Grant Fuhr followed his opening-round 73 with a 14-over 86, while former N.F.L. quarterback Billy Joe Tolliver carded a 73 for a two-day of 4-over 148.
 
Last year in Orlando, Goti grew a beard through the week of Q-school but shaved it off before the season-opener in Houston, TX. He then went on to make just 3 of 13 cuts, was unable to retain his card and, feeling a bit superstitious this week, has decided to grow the beard grow out once again. Gotis wife of nine months, Mercedes, works as a television producer in Argentina but plans to caddy for her husband, as she did this past season, should Goti get a playing card here. Even with a card, Goti also knows he will need to buy a razor before his wife arrives in North America.
 
If my wife sees me like this, I dont think shell be coming to Canada even if I do get status on Tour, laughed Goti. Well, I figured it brought me luck here last winter, and this week it has been so far, so good.
 
It was a tough rookie season for Goti in 2002, but he also admits it may have been a blessing in disguise. Goti noticed that most of the top players on the Canadian Tour work with a private coach, and upon returning to Argentina, he began working with his own tutor in anticipation of working his way back on Tour.
 
There were a lot of things I wanted to work on, and being able to work with someone has really helped me. For me, last year was a learning experience. I am looking forward to coming back and having a much better season.
 
Strong winds whipped throughout ChampionsGate Tuesday, adding another dimension to the always-challenging ChampionsGate designs.
 
Hultman, a Swedish national team member who also played with rising PGA Tour star Charles Howell III on the N.C.A.A. national champion Oklahoma State University squad in 2000, was paired with Goti for the opening two days.
 
I think the National has played a little easier of the past couple of days, but as that wind starting picking up on our back nine it added a few extra yards, admitted the 23-year-old. Playing with Ramiro has been good for me, it has raised my game up a notch.
 
I dont look at anyone elses scores. It can be hard to ignore, but I am looking to improve my own game. I know what I need to do this week, now I have to do it.
 
T1 Davey, Nick New Zealand 72 70 142 -2
T1 Goti, Ramiro Buenos Aires, Argentina 71 71 142 -2
T1 Hultman, Anders Sweden 72 70 142 -2
T4 Centers, Derrick Somerset, KY 69 74 143 -1
T4 Miller, Ryan West Alexandria, OH 73 70 143 -1
T4 Patrick, David Scotland 71 72 143 -1
T4 Bettencourt, Matt Modesto, CA 71 72 143 -1
T4 Torres, Jesus Mexico 72 71 143 -1
T4 Kim, Christopher Fullerton, CA 68 75 143 -1
T4 Gibson, Scott Huntington Beach, CA 74 69 143 -1
T11 Tanaka, Dai Japan 70 74 144 0
T11 Allred, Jason Scottsdale, AZ 70 74 144 0
T11 Compton, Erik Cleveland, OH 72 72 144 0
T11 Hastings, Brad Easton, MD 71 73 144 0
T11 Bachman, John Orlando, FL 73 71 144 0
T11 Damron, Patrick Orlando, FL 73 71 144 0
T11 Jensen, Clint Palm Beach Gardens, FL 69 75 144 0
T18 Lavoie, Ryan West Palm Beach, FL 72 73 145 1
T18 Parra, Chris Tequesta, FL 71 74 145 1
T18 Pigott, Sam Kent, England 72 73 145 1
T21 Yi, Dong Alameda, CA 73 73 146 2
T21 Mikkelsen, Kris Dunwoody, GA 71 75 146 2
T21 Higton, Jason Fresno, CA 75 71 146 2
T21 Marino, Steve Fairfax, VA 77 69 146 2
T21 Horacek, Sandy Los Angeles, CA 75 71 146 2
T21 Nelson, Drew Woodstock, GA 73 73 146 2
T21 Patterson, John Hilton Head, SC 74 72 146 2
T21 Corbett, Clark Long Beach, CA 74 72 146 2
T29 Salinetti, Jim West Palm Beach, FL 74 73 147 3
T29 Brown, Michael Cheltenham, PA 73 74 147 3
T29 Knudsen, Erik Orlando, FL 74 73 147 3
T29 Erickson, Tyler Tempe, AZ 73 74 147 3
T29 Loving, Matthew Corpus Cristi, TX 74 73 147 3
T29 Shuert, Steve St. Louis, MO 72 75 147 3
T29 Byers, Aaron Albany, OR 80 67 147 3
T29 Habig, Josh Jasper, IN 75 72 147 3
T37 Hong, Chang Bethesda, MD 74 74 148 4
T37 Fosdick, Joshua Nashville, TN 74 74 148 4
T37 Wightman, Tele Chicopee, MA 75 73 148 4
T37 Bradford, George Columbia, MD 72 76 148 4
T37 Harnden, Brandon Portland, OR 74 74 148 4
T37 Wyatt, Charles Tampa, FL 73 75 148 4
T37 Argiro, Eduardo Argentina 71 77 148 4
T37 Tolliver, Billy Joe Shreveport, LA 75 73 148 4
T37 Donovan, Matt Pittsfield, MA 71 77 148 4
T37 Boner, Brett Charlotte, NC 72 76 148 4
T37 Mathews, Stan Monteca, CA 77 71 148 4
T37 Werley, CJ Coshocton, OH 76 72 148 4
T37 DiMuccio, Joey New Castle, PA 74 74 148 4
T50 Wheatcroft, Steven Tequesta, FL 74 75 149 5
T50 Lower, Johua Englewood, FL 75 74 149 5
T50 Oppenheim, Rob Andover, MA 73 76 149 5
T50 Edmond, Pascal France 72 77 149 5
T50 Williamson, Lee Crawfordsville, IN 72 77 149 5
T50 Duncan, TJ Carson City, NV 74 75 149 5
T50 Fribley, Chad Tualatin, OR 77 72 149 5
T50 Takacs, Brendan Clearwater, FL 71 78 149 5
T50 Coughlan, Richie Ireland 77 72 149 5
T50 Desjardins, Carl Ste. Catherine, QC 78 71 149 5
T50 Heffernan, John Humboldt, SK 76 73 149 5
T50 Goik, Brent Bay City, MI 77 72 149 5
T62 Horowitz, Joe Long Beach, NY 68 82 150 6
T62 Hibler, Jesse Boise, ID 72 78 150 6
T62 Peluso, Todd Palm City, FL 72 78 150 6
T62 Carman, Brett Claysville, PA 72 78 150 6
T62 Watt, James Lodi, CA 76 74 150 6
T62 Havens, David Wytheville, VA 77 73 150 6
T62 Lebeck, David Beaverton, OR 72 78 150 6
T69 Walters, Barry Yakima, WA 75 76 151 7
T69 Lemon, Jim Madison, WI 74 77 151 7
T69 Link, William Acton, MA 73 78 151 7
T69 McCammon, Jeff Jupiter, FL 74 77 151 7
T69 Dailey, John Frisco, TX 74 77 151 7
T69 Horodesky, Gregory Las Vegas, NV 73 78 151 7
T69 Douglas, Rob Stratford, ON 78 73 151 7
T69 Kemp, Korky Greensboro, NC 79 72 151 7
T69 Moore, Michael Mississauga, ON 76 75 151 7
T69 Van Rensburg, Morne South Africa 80 71 151 7
T69 Fonner, Matthew Saratoga, CA 79 72 151 7
T80 Cannon, Brad Phoenix, AZ 73 79 152 8
T80 Hutsell, David Baltimore,MD 74 78 152 8
T80 Trevino, Chris Chula Vista, CA 76 76 152 8
T80 Wright, Justin Livermore, CA 74 78 152 8
T80 Snelling, Justin Boise, ID 75 77 152 8
T80 Martin, Trey Phoenix, AZ 74 78 152 8
T80 Benedetti, Jorge Miami, FL 75 77 152 8
T80 Cuthbertson, Phil Rocklin, CA 76 76 152 8
T80 Bloxham, Jordan West Jordan, UT 75 77 152 8
T80 Weatherly, Scott Fort Payne, AL 77 75 152 8
T80 Lane, Matthew New Zealand 77 75 152 8
T80 Peltomaki, Jyry Finland 73 79 152 8
T80 Beyer, Cody Tucson, AZ 74 78 152 8
T80 Flugstad, Brian Seattle, WA 75 77 152 8
T80 Jenkins, Steven Chesterfield, VA 76 76 152 8
T80 Karnow, Kyle Elk Grove, CA 76 76 152 8
T80 Davidson, Graham Langholm, Scotland 74 78 152 8
T80 Brost, Matt Austin, TX 74 78 152 8
T80 Williams, Mark New Zealand 76 76 152 8
T80 Okushima, Tomoaki Japan 74 78 152 8
T100 Larrea, Santiago Spain 75 78 153 9
T100 Gentry, Brian Tahoe City, CA 77 76 153 9
T100 Gatchel, Matt Palm Harbor, FL 76 77 153 9
T100 Koch, Shawn Howell, MI 76 77 153 9
T100 Mortimer, Jamie Waterloo, ON 84 69 153 9
T100 Saglio, Matthew Clearwater, FL 78 75 153 9
T100 Jang, Jae Indio, CA 74 79 153 9
T100 Sauger, Mark Cape Coral, FL 77 76 153 9
T100 Campbell, Chris Surprise, AZ 74 79 153 9
T109 Ilic, Zoran Lakeland, FL 76 78 154 10
T109 Kanesaka, Fumio Japan 72 82 154 10
T109 Laing, Jason New Zealand 75 79 154 10
T109 Kitts, Ben Summerfield, FL 79 75 154 10
T109 Herberth, Erik Avon Lake, OH 77 77 154 10
T114 Stone, Jason Brentwood, CA 80 75 155 11
T114 Stevens, Kevin Menlo Park, CA 78 77 155 11
T114 Ellis, Ryan Draper, UT 80 75 155 11
T114 Corcoran, Rob South Windsor, CT 78 77 155 11
T114 Vitali, Peter Tequesta, FL 77 78 155 11
T114 Cohen, Itamar Israel 75 80 155 11
T114 McAfee, Alan Germantown, TN 78 77 155 11
T114 Lacroix, Brandon Roanoke, VA 82 73 155 11
T114 Sueki, Tsuyoshi Japan 78 77 155 11
T114 Slowinski, Matt Glen Ellyn, Il 81 74 155 11
T114 Harvey, Billy Las Vegas, NV 78 77 155 11
T125 Rodriguez, Miguel Argentina 76 80 156 12
T125 Slawson, J.D. Austin, TX 77 79 156 12
T125 Ki, Yuji Japan 74 82 156 12
T125 Holowczak, Adam Parma, OH 79 77 156 12
T125 Rohrbaugh, Doug Carbondale, CO 80 76 156 12
T125 Ping, David Ypsilanti, MI 78 78 156 12
T125 San Gabriel, Paulo Covina, CA 77 79 156 12
T125 Levy, Jon Scottsdale, AZ 77 79 156 12
T133 Rudolph, John La Jolla, CA 77 80 157 13
T133 Hodgkinson, Richard England 77 80 157 13
T133 Makino, Yuji Japan 75 82 157 13
T133 Paganini, Lou Naples, FL 76 81 157 13
T133 Sine, Josh Springfield, OH 78 79 157 13
T133 Busby Jr., John St. George, UT 79 78 157 13
T133 Giordano, Davidde Rochester, NY 76 81 157 13
T133 Maki, Peter Franklin, MA 78 79 157 13
T141 Leao, Ivo Brazil 79 79 158 14
T141 Evangelist, Shane Irving, TX 79 79 158 14
T141 Smith, Brandon Tucson, AZ 81 77 158 14
T141 Miller, Scott Royal Palm Beach, FL 79 79 158 14
T141 Sandeman, Alex England 78 80 158 14
T141 Stewart, Travis Jamestown, NC 85 73 158 14
T141 Shears, Jared Roy, UT 82 76 158 14
T141 Nomura, Eric Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 78 80 158 14
T149 Fuhr, Grant Edmonton, AB 73 86 159 15
T149 Jeong, Tae Korea 75 84 159 15
T149 Veres, Mike Logan, West VA 81 78 159 15
T152 DeLeon, Daniel Mexico 77 83 160 16
T152 Coughlin, Peter Punta Gorda, FL 76 84 160 16
T154 Sessions, Dean Westminster, CO 78 83 161 17
T154 Corson, Adam Potomac, MD 80 81 161 17
T154 Banks, Ben England 82 79 161 17
T154 McGaha, Benji Easley, SC 81 80 161 17
T154 Licursi, Daniel Chatsworth, CA 79 82 161 17
T159 Edmond, Olivier France 81 81 162 18
T159 Tassic, Don Northville, MI 85 77 162 18
T161 Thornburg, Michael Hendersonville, NC 79 84 163 19
T161 Irie, Norio Gardenia, CA 77 86 163 19
T161 Heiple, Josh Sturgis, MI 84 79 163 19
T161 Gavlak, Zac Palmer, AK 81 82 163 19
T161 Slabbert, Gavin Roseville, CA 82 81 163 19
166 Humerickhouse, Keith Boca Raton, FL 81 83 164 20
T167 Takase, Atsushi Japan 80 85 165 21
T167 Harrison, Jeremy Hollywood, FL 84 81 165 21
169 Hasson, Felipe Brazil 80 86 166 22
T170 Guilder, Tony Irvine, CA 84 83 167 23
T170 Stevens, Noah Austin, TX 84 83 167 23
T172 Paul, Thomas Scottsdale, AZ 82 86 168 24
T172 Fox, Derek Draper, UT 86 82 168 24
T174 Caldwell, Raymond San Antonio, TX 82 87 169 25
T174 Nakatsuka, Kazuta Japan 79 90 169 25
T174 Newboldt, Tim Kihei, HI 79 90 169 25
177 Kuliesh, John Lewisburg, W.V. 80 90 170 26
178 Pereira, Jeff Vancouver, BC 92 81 173 29
179 Chor, Michael Phnom Penh, Cambodia 88 92 180 36
180 Vitorino, Tito Sarasota, FL 93 89 182 38
T181 Payne, Dusty Fayetteville, GA 87 96 183 39
T181 Smith, Lang Lakeland, TN 89 94 183 39
Dawson, Philip Shingle Springs, CA 89 W/D W/D W/D
Saito, Tokuro Japan 93 W/D W/D W/D

Battling mono, Kaufman tied for lead at CME

By Randall MellNovember 19, 2017, 2:05 am

NAPLES, Fla. – Kim Kaufman’s bout with mononucleosis might leave fellow tour pros wanting to catch the fever, too.

A couple months after Anna Nordqvist battled her way into contention at the Women’s British Open playing with mono, and then thrived at the Solheim Cup with it, Kaufman is following suit.

In her first start since being diagnosed, Kaufman posted an 8-under-par 64 Saturday to move into a four-way tie for the lead at the CME Group Tour Championship. It was the low round of the day. She’s bidding to win her first LPGA title.

“I’ve been resting at home for two weeks,” Kaufman said. “Didn’t do anything.”

Well, she did slip on a flight of stairs while recuperating, hurting her left wrist. She had it wrapped Saturday but said that’s mostly precautionary. It didn’t bother her during the round.


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“I’m the only person who can take two weeks off and get injured,” Kaufman joked.

Kaufman, 26, left the Asian swing after playing the Sime Darby Malaysia, returning to her home in South Dakota, to see her doctor there. She is from Clark. She was told bed rest was the best thing for her, but she felt good enough to make the trip to Florida for the season-ending event.

“We had some really cold days,” Kaufman said. “We had some snow. I was done with it. I was coming down here.”

How does she feel?

“I feel great,” she said. “I’m a little bit shaky, which isn’t great out there, but it’s great to be here doing something. I was going a little bit stir crazy [at home], just kind of fighting through it.”

Kaufman made eight birdies in her bogey-free round.

New-look Wie eyes CME Group Tour Championship title

By Randall MellNovember 19, 2017, 1:32 am

NAPLES, Fla. – Michelle Wie is sporting a new look that even has fellow players doing double takes.

Bored during her six-week recovery from an emergency appendectomy late this summer, Wie decided to cut and die her hair.

She went for golden locks, and a shorter style.

“I kind of went crazy after being in bed that long,” Wie said. “I just told my mom to grab the kitchen scissors and just cut all my hair off.”

Wie will get to sport her new look on a big stage Sunday after playing herself into a four-way tie for the lead at the CME Group Tour Championship. With a 6-under-par 66, she is in contention to win her fifth LPGA title, her first since winning the U.S. Women’s Open three years ago.


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Wie, 28, fought her way back this year after two of the most disappointing years of her career. Her rebound, however, was derailed in late August, when she withdrew from the final round of the Canadian Pacific Women’s Open to undergo an emergency appendectomy. She was out for six weeks.

Before the surgery, Wie enjoyed getting back into contention regularly, with six finishes of T-4 or better this season. She returned to the tour on the Asian swing in October.

Fellow tour pros were surprised when she came back with the new look.

“Definitely, walk by people and they didn’t recognize me,” Wie said.

Wie is looking to continue to build on her resurgence.

“I gained a lot of confidence this year,” she said. “I had a really tough year last year, the last couple years. Just really feeling like my old self. Really feeling comfortable out there and having fun, and that's when I play my best.”

You Oughta Know: LPGA's Sunday scenarios

By Randall MellNovember 19, 2017, 1:17 am

NAPLES, Fla. – The CME Group Tour Championship is loaded with pressure-packed subplots Sunday at Tiburon Golf Club.

Here’s what You Oughta Know about the prizes at stake:

Race to the CME Globe

Lexi Thompson and Sung Hyun Park are 1-2 in CME Globe points. They are best positioned Sunday to take home the $1 million jackpot in the season-long competition.

Thompson and Park are tied for fifth in the tournament, one shot off the lead. If either of them wins, she will take home the jackpot.

The way it’s unfolding Thompson is a good bet to take home the jackpot by merely finishing ahead of Park, unless they both stumble badly on Sunday.

Ariya Jutanugarn is also one shot off the lead. She must win to take home the jackpot, but she would also need Thompson to finish ninth or worse and Park to finish eighth or worse and nobody else among the top 12 in points to make a bold Sunday charge.

Stacy Lewis is one shot off the lead with a longshot chance at the jackpot. She must win the tournament while Thompson finishes 26th or worse, Park finishes 12th or worse and nobody else among the top 12 in points makes a bold Sunday charge.

So Yeon Ryu and Shanshan Feng are among others who still have a shot at the $1 million prize, but they have fallen back in the pack and need bold Sunday charges to take home the jackpot.

Rolex Player of the Year

The Rolex Player of the Year Award remains a four-player race.

Ryu (162), Feng (159), Park (157) and Thompson (147) all have a chance to win the award.

Park and Thompson are best positioned to make Sunday moves to overtake Ryu.

Park needs to finish sixth or better to win the award outright; Thompson needs to win the tournament to win the award.

It’s simple math.

The top 10 in the tournament will be awarded points.

1st - 30 points

2nd – 12 points

3rd – 9 points

4th – 7 points

5th – 6 points

6th – 5 points

7rd – 4 points

8th – 3 points

9th – 2 points

10th – 1 point

Vare Trophy

Thompson took a 69.147 scoring average to Naples. Park needs to finish nine shots ahead of Thompson to have a shot at the trophy.

Money-winning title

Park leads the tour in money winnings with $2,262,472. Ryu is the only player who can pass her Sunday, and Ryu must win the tournament to do so. Ryu is tied for 32nd, five shots off the lead. If Ryu wins the tournament, she also needs Park to finish worse than solo second.

Rolex world No. 1 ranking

World No. 1 Feng, No. 2 Park and No. 3 Ryu are separated by just three hundredths of a point.

Because they are so close, the scenarios for overtaking Feng are head spinning.

At No. 4, Thompson is a full average ranking point behind Feng, but she could become the sixth different player this season to move to No. 1. Thompson, however, has to win Sunday to have a chance to do so, and then it will depend on what Feng, Park and Ryu do. Again, the scenarios are complex.

Cook leads RSM Classic by three at Sea Island

By Associated PressNovember 19, 2017, 12:28 am

ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. - PGA Tour rookie Austin Cook shot a 4-under 66 on Saturday to increase his lead to three strokes in the RSM Classic.

Cook, a shot ahead after a second-round 62, had five birdies and a bogey - his first of the week - to reach 18-under 194 with a round left at Sea Island Golf Club's Seaside Course.

''Putting is key right now,'' Cook said. ''Been able to make a lot of clutch putts for the pars to save no bogeys. Hitting the ball pretty much where we're looking and giving ourselves good opportunities on every hole.''

Former University of Georgia player Chris Kirk was second after a 64.

''I'm really comfortable here,'' Kirk said. ''I love Sea Island. I lived here for 6 1/2 years, so I played the golf course a lot, SEC Championships and come down here for the RSM Classic. My family and I, we come down here a few other times a year as well.''

Brian Gay was another stroke back at 14 under after a 69.

''I love the course,'' Gay said. ''We keep getting different wind directions so it's keeping us on our toes. Supposed to be another completely different wind direction tomorrow, so we're getting a new course every day.''


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J.J. Spaun had a 62 to get to 13 under.

''I just kind of played stress-free golf out there and kept the golf ball in front of me,'' Spaun said. ''I had a lot of looks and scrambled pretty well, even though it was only a handful of times, but pretty overall pleased with how I played today.''

Cook has made the weekend cuts in all four of his starts this season. The 26-year-old former Arkansas player earned his PGA Tour card through the Web.com Tour.

''I think with an extra year on the Web this past year, I really grew mentally and with my game, just kind of more confidence,'' Cook said. ''I was able to put myself in contention on the Web.com more this year than I have in the past. I think I've just, you know, learned from experiences on the Web to help me grow out here.''

He planned to keep it simple Saturday night.

''I've got my parents here and my in-laws are both here as well as my wife,'' Cook said. ''Go home and just have a good home-cooked meal and just kind of enjoy the time and embrace the moment.''

Kirk won the last of his four PGA Tour titles in 2015 at Colonial.

''It's nice to be back in contention again,'' Kirk said. ''It's been a little while for me. But I felt great out there today, I felt really comfortable, and so hopefully it will be the same way tomorrow and I'll keep my foot on the pedal and stay aggressive, try to make some birdies.''