Fuhr DQd Fails to Earn Canadian Card

By Marty HenwoodMay 26, 2004, 4:00 pm
Canadian Tour-LargeKAMLOOPS, BC -- For Aussie Craig Scott, Wednesdays final round of the Canadian Tours Spring Qualifying School will likely be a day he will always remember. For NHL Hall of Fame goaltender Grant Fuhr, it will be one he wants to forget.
 
Scott capped off an impressive week with a final-round 6-under 66 to take home medalist honors with a four-round total of 10-under 278. Brien Davis of Las Vegas, Nev. was two shots back, while Utah native Todd Tanner came in at 5-under 283.
 
Fifteen players from five countries -- Canada, U.S., Australia, Argentina and Norway -- nailed down tour playing cards Wednesday. Chris Wood of Chilliwack, BC will have exempt status for the rest of 2004 while fellow Chilliwack native Galen Johnston will be non-exempt after losing in a playoff for the final exempt card.
 
But the story of the day will belong to Fuhr, the five-time Stanley Cup champion and Hockey Hall of Fame inductee. After several near-misses at tour qualifying schools since hanging up his skates, Fuhr seemed poised to join the Canadian Tour after his 72-hole score of 5-over 293 left him in 13th spot. Just when it seemed his bio could be posted on the tour website, Fuhr was disqualified after signing his scorecard for an incorrect score Wednesday.
 
Starting the day in eighth spot, Fuhr was fighting the ball for most his round but was still in an ideal spot late in the day. That is, until the par-3 17th. After just missing a long par putt, Fuhr tapped in for bogey but erroneously marked a 3 on his scorecard. After signing his name for a 76 instead of a 77 in the scoring tent after his round, Fuhr admitted his mistake to tour officials, knowing full well the consequences wound snuff out his dream for this season.
 
A 13th-place finish would have assured Fuhr one of the five non-exempt cards that were handed out.
 
Its one of those unfortunate situations when a player signs for a wrong score, said Tournament Director Ray Horne. Unfortunately, the penalty for that is disqualification. Grant brought it to our attention. Golf is an honorable game, and he did the right thing.
 
Those who gained playing privileges will not have to wait long to get a taste of Canadian Tour action. The third annual Lewis Chitengwa Memorial Championship, the seventh event of the season, is slated to be staged from June 10-13 in Wintergreen, Va.
 
Honestly, I dont know how you sleep that one off, said American Scott Miller, who finished in sixth spot, when asked of Fuhrs disqualification. That is going to take a couple of weeks to get over.
 
Canadian Tour officials had to make a last-minute change of venue for this week when The Dunes at Kamloops, the longtime host of Spring Q-School, was deemed unplayable. The tournament was moved across town to Rivershore Estates and Golf Links, which had served as co-host with The Dunes when the Tour split Q-school at two courses. This weeks location change meant play did not get underway until Monday afternoon before competitors played 36 holes Tuesday.
 
EARNED EXEMPT CARD
(x-in playoff)
 
Scott, Craig (Australia) 66-74-72-66_278 -10
Davis, Brien (Las Vegas, Nev.) 70-71-68-71_280 -8
Tanner, Todd (Salt Lake City, Utah) 70-70-74-69_283 -5
Johnson, Jay (Tucson, Ariz.) 71-73-71-71_286 -2
Karnow, Kyle (Elk Grove, Calif.) 76-69-71-71_287 -1
Brown, Michael (Cheltenham, Pa.) 76-71-71-72_290 +2
Miller, Scott (Salt Lake City, Utah) 70-70-75-75_290 +2
Seki, Jim (Palo Alto, Calif.) 73-70-72-75_290 +2
Wood, Chris (Chilliwack, B.C.) 68-75-75-73_291 +3
x-Pence, Todd (Cheney, Wash.) 74-75-71-72_292 +4
 
EARNED NON EXEMPT CARD
 
Dawson, Philip (Shingle Springs, Calif.) 70-74-74-74_292 +4
Johnston, Galen (Chilliwack, B.C.) 72-77-71-72_292 +4
Soria, Marcelo (Argentina) 74-68-79-73_294 +6
Davis, Marshall (Van Nuys, Calif.) 73-73-78-71_295 +7
Tommervik, Frank (Norway) 68-74-80-73_295 +7

Trump playing 'quickly' with Tiger, DJ

By Golf Channel DigitalNovember 24, 2017, 1:33 pm

Tiger Woods is scheduled to make his return to competition next week at his Hero World Challenge. But first, a (quick) round with the President.

President Donald Trump tweeted on Friday that he was going to play at Trump National Golf Club in Jupiter, Fla., alongside Woods and world No. 1 Dustin Johnson.

Woods and President Trump previously played last December. Trump, who, according to trumpgolfcount.com has played 75 rounds since taking over the presidency, has also played over the last year with Rory McIlroy, Ernie Els and Hideki Matsuyama.

Chawrasia leads major champs in Hong Kong

By Associated PressNovember 24, 2017, 1:19 pm

HONG KONG – S.S.P. Chawrasia extended his lead at the Hong Kong Open to two strokes Friday after a 4-under 66 in the second round.

Chawrasia, who had led by one at the Hong Kong Golf Club, is at 9-under 131 overall and took as much as a five-stroke lead at one point.

''Yesterday I was putting very well, and today, also I make some up and downs. I saved a couple of short putts. That's why I think I'm leading by two shots most probably,'' the Indian said. ''The next two days, I'm just looking forward.''


Full-field scores from the UBS Hong Kong Open


Thomas Aiken (64) is second, followed by Alexander Bjork (66), Joakim Lagergren (66), Poom Saksansin (68) and Julian Suri (67) at 5 under 135.

Aiken's round was the lowest of the tournament.

''It is tough out there. The greens are really firm. You've got to hit the fairway,'' Aiken said. ''If you get above the holes, putts can get away from you.''

Justin Rose (69) had six birdies, but three bogeys and a double-bogey at the par 3 12th kept him at 3 under for the tournament.

Masters champion Sergio Garcia (71), playing for the first time in Hong Kong, was at even par, as was defending champion Sam Brazel (71) and 2014 champion Scott Hend (67).

''I have to play better,'' Garcia said. ''The way I felt like I played, it's difficult. This kind of course, you need to play well to shoot a good score.''

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.