Beem Leads Pack at Disney World

By Sports NetworkOctober 22, 2005, 4:00 pm
2005 Funai Classic at the Walt Disney World ResortLAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Rich Beem, the 2002 PGA Champion, fired a 9-under 63 on Saturday to take a one-shot lead late in the third round of the FUNAI Classic. Beem completed 54 holes at 19-under-par 197.
 
Weather was an issue for the second straight day. Inclement weather pushed the end of the second round to Saturday morning. More bad weather Saturday afternoon forced the suspension of play with 25 players remaining on the course.
 
The third round will resume at 7:30 a.m. (ET) Sunday. With Hurricane Wilma on the horizon, there is some question as to whether the event will be called after 54 holes or can squeeze in all 72 scheduled holes. Tournament officials hope to begin the final round at 9:00 a.m.
 
The leaderboard is tight behind Beem. Mark Wilson also shot 63, while Mark Calcavecchia carded a 7-under 65 to share second place at 18-under-par 198.
 
They were joined there by Tim Clark (16 holes), Geoff Ogilvy (15), Tom Pernice, Jr. (15) and Carl Pettersson (15). There are seven more players within three strokes of the leader.
 
The big story earlier Saturday was World No. 1 Tiger Woods missing his second cut of the season, and third of his career. He needed to finish birdie-birdie and instead closed bogey-par to miss the cut by three strokes at minus-3.
 
Woods ended on the Magnolia Course at Walt Disney World Resort. Meanwhile, world No. 2 Vijay Singh ended his second round on the Palm Course. Singh beat Woods by a stroke, finishing at minus-4, but will also have the weekend off.
 
Despite the top-two players in the world missing the cut, the remainder of the field matched a PGA record for lowest cut in relation to par at 6 under. It was the fourth time there was a 6 under cut in tour history, and second of the season.
 
Beem opened the third round on the Magnolia Course with a par on the first. He quickly got hot as his birdie putt on the second fell into the cup. The PGA Champion made it two straight with a birdie on the third.
 
The 35-year-old moved to 13 under as he birdied the par-five fourth. Beem parred his next five holes and took advantage of the par-5 10th by posting a birdie there.
 
Beem made it two in a row as he drained a birdie putt on the par-4 11th. After a pair of pars, he birdied the par-5 14th. He came right back with a birdie on the 15th.
 
The three-time winner on the PGA Tour got within one of Calcavecchia with a birdie at the 16th. Beem then took over the lead at minus-19 as he birdied No. 17 and Calcavecchia bogeyed the last.
 
Calcavecchia, like Beem, opened with a birdie on No. 2. He then eagled the fourth and birdied the fifth to move to 15 under.
 
The 45-year-old, who won the Canadian Open earlier this season, birdied each of the next two par-5s, Nos. 8 and 10, to grab a share of the lead at 17 under alongside Pettersson.
 
Calcavecchia was the first to get to 19 under as he birdied 13 and 15 to move one clear of the field. However, the 12-time winner lost his drive right off the 18th tee and was unable to save par to end one back.
 
'I chunked it out of the wood chips there on 18, but I feel like I'm swinging good and I sure hope we get to play tomorrow,' said Calcavecchia. 'Confidence is a wonderful thing and I've got some again and it feels great.'
 
Wilson birdied every other hole from the second on the front nine to turn at 13 under. He birdied the 10th, then ran off four consecutive birdies from the 12th to move 18 under. The 28-year-old bogeyed the 16th, but bounced right back with a birdie on 17 to share second.
 
'I started out and didn't hit the greatest shot, but made about a 10-footer for par,' Wilson said. 'In the back of my mind, I hadn't made a bogey all week so I was thinking about that all day. I thought if I can miss one of these par putts it would be actually good. Then I missed about a 10-footer for par on 16. The birdies were falling. I hit a lot close.'
 
Clark wrapped birdies on the second and fourth around a bogey on the third. He picked up another birdie on the eighth. Around the turn, the South African eagled the 10th. He birdied the 14th and parred his next two holes before play was called for the day.
 
Pettersson, who led after the second round thanks to a 61, started by bogeying the first. He got that stroke back with a birdie on four. The Swede parred five straight before a birdie at the 10th. He parred the next five before play was halted.
 
Pernice, who shot 62 in round two, was minus-3 through 15 holes thanks to four birdies and a bogey.
 
Ogilvy had two birdies and a bogey on the front nine. On the back nine, The Australian birdied the 10th. He dropped in back-to-back birdies from the 14th before players were pulled off the course.
 
Justin Rose (64) and Harrison Frazar (66) share eighth place at 17-under-par 199. They were tied there by Kent Jones, who is through 16 holes. Lucas Glover is done his round one stroke further back at minus-16. Dudley Hart is alongside Glover with one hole to play, while Stephen Leaney and Steve Lowery have two holes remaining and are at minus-16.
 
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    Lesson with Woods fetches $210K for Harvey relief

    By Will GrayDecember 13, 2017, 2:51 pm

    A charity event featuring more than two dozen pro golfers raised more than $1 million for Hurricane Harvey relief, thanks in large part to a hefty price paid for a private lesson with Tiger Woods.

    The pro-am fundraiser was organized by Chris Stroud, winner of the Barracuda Championship this summer, and fellow pro and Houston resident Bobby Gates. It was held at Bluejack National in Montgomery, Texas, about an hour outside Houston and the first Woods-designed course to open in the U.S.

    The big-ticket item on the auction block was a private, two-person lesson with Woods at Bluejack National that sold for a whopping $210,000.

    Other participants included local residents like Stacy Lewis, Patrick Reed and Steve Elkington as well as local celebrities like NBA All-Star Clyde Drexler, Houston Texans quarterback T.J. Yates and Houston Astros owner Jim Crane.

    Stroud was vocal in his efforts to help Houston rebuild in the immediate aftermath of the storm that ravaged the city in August, and he told the Houston Chronicle that he plans to continue fundraising efforts even after eclipsing the event's $1 million goal.

    "This is the best event I have ever been a part of, and this is just a start," Stroud said. "We have a long way to go for recovery to this city, and we want to keep going with this and raise as much as we can and help as many victims as we can."

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    LPGA schedule features 34 events, record purse

    By Randall MellDecember 13, 2017, 2:02 pm

    The LPGA schedule will once again feature 34 events next year with a record $68.75 million in total purses, the tour announced on Wednesday.

    While three events are gone from the 2018 schedule, three new events have been added, with two of those on the West Coast and one in mainland China.

    The season will again start with the Pure Silk Bahamas Classic on Paradise Island (Jan. 25-28) and end with the CME Group Tour Championship in Naples, Fla., (Nov. 15-18).

    The LPGA played for $65 million in total prize money in 2017.

    An expanded West Coast swing in the front half of the schedule will now include the HUGEL-JTBC Championship in the Los Angeles area April 19-22. The site will be announced at a later date.

    The tour will then make a return to San Francisco’s Lake Merced Golf Club the following week, in a new event sponsored by L&P Cosmetics, a Korean skincare company. Both new West Coast tournaments will be full-field events.

    The tour’s third new event will be played in Shanghai Oct. 18-21 as part of the fall Asian swing. The title sponsor and golf course will be announced at a later date.

    “Perhaps the most important aspect of our schedule is the consistency — continuing to deliver strong playing opportunities both in North America and around the world, while growing overall purse levels every year,” LPGA commissioner Mike Whan said in a statement. “There is simply no better [women’s] tour opportunity in the world, when it comes to purses, global TV coverage or strength of field. It’s an exciting time in women’s golf, with the best players from every corner of the globe competing against each other in virtually every event.”

    While the Evian Championship will again be played in September next year, the tour confirmed its plans to move its fifth major to the summer in 2019, to be part of a European swing, with the Aberdeen Standard Investments Ladies Scottish Open and the Ricoh Women’s British Open.

    The Manulife LPGA Classic and the Lorena Ochoa Invitational are not returning to the schedule next year. Also, the McKayson New Zealand Women’s Open will not be played next year as it prepares to move to the front of the 2019 schedule, to be paired with the ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open.

    The U.S. Women’s Open will make its new place earlier in the summer, a permanent move in the tour’s scheduling. It will be played May 31-June 3 at Shoal Creek Golf Club outside Birmingham, Ala. The KPMG Women’s PGA Championship (June 28-July 1) will be played at Kemper Lakes Golf Club on the north side of Chicago and the Ricoh Women’s British Open (Aug. 2-5) will be played at Royal Lytham & St. Annes in England.

    For the first time since its inception in 2014, the UL International Crown team event is going overseas, with the Jack Nicklaus Golf Club in Incheon, South Korea, scheduled to host the event Oct. 4-7. The KEB Hana Bank Championship will be played in South Korean the following week.

    Here is the LPGA's schedule for 2018:

    Jan. 25-28: Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classic; Paradise Island, Bahamas; Purse: $1.4 million

    Feb. 15-18: ISPS Handa Women's Australian Open; Adelaide, Australia; Purse: $1.3 million

    Feb. 21-24: Honda LPGA Thailand; Chonburi, Thailand; Purse: $1.6 million

    March 1-4: HSBC Women's World Championship; Singapore; Purse: $1.5 million

    March 15-18: Bank of Hope Founders Cup; Phoenix, Arizona; Purse: $1.5 million

    March 22-25: Kia Classic; Carlsbad, California; Purse: $1.8 million

    March 29 - April 1: ANA Inspiration; Rancho Mirage, California; Purse: $2.8 million

    April 11-14: LOTTE Championship; Kapolei, Oahu, Hawaii; Purse: $2 million

    April 19-22: HUGEL-JTBC Championship; Greater Los Angeles, California; Purse: $1.5 million

    April 26-29: Name to be Announced; San Francisco, California; Purse: $1.5 million

    May 3-6: Volunteers of America LPGA Texas Classic; The Colony, Texas; Purse: $1.3 million

    May 17-20: Kingsmill Championship; Williamsburg, Virginia; Purse: $1.3 million

    May 24-27: LPGA Volvik Championship; Ann Arbor, Michigan; Purse: $1.3 million

    May 31 - June 3: U.S. Women's Open Championship; Shoal Creek, Alabama; Purse: $5 million

    June 8-10: ShopRite LPGA Classic presented by Acer; Galloway, New Jersey; Purse: $1.75 million

    June 14-17: Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give; Grand Rapids, Michigan; Purse: $2 million

    June 22-24: Walmart NW Arkansas Championship presented by P&G; Rogers, Arkansas; Purse: $2 million

    June 28 - July 1: KPMG Women's PGA Championship; Kildeer, Illinois; Purse: $3.65 million

    July 5-8: Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic; Oneida, Wisconsin; Purse: $2 million

    July 12-15: Marathon Classic presented by Owens-Corning and O-I; Sylvania, Ohio; Purse: $1.6 million

    July 26-29: Aberdeen Standard Investments Ladies Scottish Open; East Lothian, Scotland; Purse: $1.5 million

    Aug. 2-5: Ricoh Women's British Open; Lancashire, England; Purse: $3.25 million

    Aug. 16-19: Indy Women in Tech Championship presented by Guggenheim; Indianapolis, Indiana; Purse: $2 million

    Aug. 23-26: CP Women's Open; Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada; Purse: $2.25 million

    Aug. 30 - Sept. 2: Cambia Portland Classic; Portland, Oregon; Purse: $1.3 million

    Sept. 13-16: The Evian Championship; Evian-les-Bains, France; Purse: $3.85 million

    Sept. 27-30: Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Purse: $1.8 million

    Oct. 4-7: UL International Crown; Incheon, Korea; Purse: $1.6 million

    Oct. 11-14: LPGA KEB Hana Bank Championship; Incheon, Korea; Purse: $2 million

    Oct. 18-21: Name to be Announced; Shanghai, China; Purse: $2.1 million

    Oct. 25-28: Swinging Skirts LPGA Taiwan Championship; New Taipei City, Chinese Taipei; Purse: $2.2 million

    Nov. 2-4: TOTO Japan Classic; Shiga, Japan; Purse: $1.5 million

    Nov. 7-10: Blue Bay LPGA; Hainan Island, China; Purse: $2.1 million

    Nov. 15-18: CME Group Tour Championship; Naples, Florida; Purse: $2.5 million

    Newsmaker of the Year: No. 4, Jordan Spieth

    By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 13, 2017, 1:00 pm

    Dismissed because he’s supposedly too short off the tee, or not accurate enough with his irons, or just a streaky putter, Jordan Spieth is almost never the answer to the question of which top player, when he’s at his best, would win in a head-to-head match.

    And yet here he is, at the age of 24, with 11 career wins and three majors, on a pace that compares favorably with the giants of the game. He might not possess the firepower of Dustin Johnson and Rory McIlroy, but since he burst onto the PGA Tour in 2013 he has all that matters – a better résumé.

    Spieth took the next step in his development this year by becoming the Tour’s best iron player – and its most mentally tough.


    Full list of 2017 Newsmakers of the Year


    Just a great putter? Oh, puhleeze: He won three times despite putting statistics (42nd) that were his worst since his rookie year. Instead, he led the Tour in strokes gained-approach the green and this summer showed the discipline, golf IQ and bounce-back ability that makes him such a unique talent. 

    Even with his putter misbehaving, Spieth closed out the Travelers Championship by holing a bunker shot in the playoff, then, in perhaps an even bigger surprise, perfectly executed the player-caddie celebration, chest-bumping caddie Michael Greller. A few weeks later, sublime iron play carried him into the lead at Royal Birkdale, his first in a major since his epic collapse at the 2016 Masters.

    Once again his trusty putter betrayed him, and by the time he arrived on the 13th tee, he was tied with Matt Kuchar. What happened next was the stuff of legend – a lengthy ruling, gutsy up-and-down, stuffed tee shot and go-get-that putt – that lifted Spieth to his third major title.

    Though he couldn’t complete the career Grand Slam at the PGA, he’ll likely have, oh, another two decades to join golf’s most exclusive club.

    In the barroom debate of best vs. best, you can take the guys with the flair, with the booming tee shots and the sky-high irons. Spieth will just take the trophies.

    THE MAJORS

    Masters Tournament: Return to the 12th; faltering on Sunday (T-11)

    Spieth pars 12, but makes quad on 15

    Spieth takes another gut punch, but still standing

    Article: Spieth splashes to worst Masters finish

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    U.S. Open: 1 over usually good ... not at Erin Hills (T-35)

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    The Open: Unforgettable finish leads to major win No. 3 (1st)

    Spieth survives confusing ordeal on 13

    Photos: Spieth's incredible journey on 13

    Take it, it's yours: Spieth gets claret jug

    Chamblee: Spieth doesn't have 'it' - 'he has it all'

    Article: Spieth silences his doubters - even himself

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    PGA Championship: Career Grand Slam bid comes up well short (T-28)

    Article: Spieth accepts that Grand Slam is off the table


    TWO REGULAR TOUR WINS

    AT&T Pebble Beach

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    Travelers Championship

    Spieith wins dramatic Travelers in playoff

    Watch: Spieth holes bunker shot, goes nuts


    FUN OUTSIDE OF TOUR LIFE


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    Photos: Jordan Spieth and Annie Verret

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    Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017

    By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 13, 2017, 12:30 pm