Beer Man Takes Toshiba Lead

By Sports NetworkMarch 19, 2005, 5:00 pm
2005 Toshiba Senior ClassicNEWPORT BEACH, Calif. -- Mark Johnson fired an 8-under 63 on Saturday to take a three-shot lead after two rounds of the Toshiba Senior Classic. Johnson completed 36 holes at 12-under-par 130.
Keith Fergus climbed into second place by himself at 9-under-par 133 after a second-round 66. Tom Jenkins and Wayne Levi, who shared second entering the round, are now tied for third place at minus-8 after 3-under 68s in the second round.
Gil Morgan, the first-round leader, birdied 16 and 17 before an eagle at 18 got him back to 1 under for his round. He shares fifth place with Mike Reid (65) and Ben Crenshaw (67) at 7-under-par 135.
Johnson had a stellar front nine. He opened his round with a 6-foot eagle putt at the par-5 third. The 50-year-old came right back with a birdie from 40 feet out at four to move to 7 under.
The Californian picked up another birdie at the sixth. Johnson converted his third birdie putt at the par-4 ninth, from 35 feet away, at Newport Beach Country Club.
Johnson continued to roll on the back nine with a 5-foot birdie putt at the 11th that moved him to 10 under. He kept going with a birdie at the 13th and another on the 15th.
He bogeyed the 16th for the second straight round to lose a stroke. Johnson, however, closed with a 3-foot birdie putt at the last to polish off a 63.
On Sunday, Johnson, a former beer truck driver, will go for his first Champions Tour title. This is the first time in his brief Champions Tour career that he has held a lead.
'Great day for me,' Johnson said. 'It was nice to have a good round for my mom on her birthday. I got off to a good start with an eagle and birdie at three and four. I was very fortunate to make numerous putts today. I'll be nervous on Sunday for sure.'
Fergus picked up birdies at the third and fifth to get to 6 under. After a bogey at the eighth, the 51-year-old birdied the ninth from 30 feet out to make the turn at minus-6.
Fergus, a three-time winner on the PGA Tour and a two-time winner on the Nationwide Tour, collected the fourth birdie of his round at the par-4 14th. He then sank a 6-foot eagle putt at the par-5 15th to jump to 9 under.
The Texan stumbled to another bogey at the 16th, but like Johnson, Fergus birdied the last to close out his round.
'I played solid today,' Fergus said. 'I made two bogeys, but made a few more putts than I did on Friday. Mark will definitely feel some pressure. It's up to us to put some more on him.'
John Bland, Dave Eichelberger, Mark McNulty and Lonnie Nielsen are in eighth place at 6-under-par 136.
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    Watch: Tiger throws dart, pours in birdie at 8

    By Golf Channel DigitalMarch 18, 2018, 7:31 pm

    Starting Sunday five off the lead, Tiger Woods teed off his final round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational with a laced 2-iron and a par at No. 1.

    Woods hit the green at the par-3 second but left himself a 50-foot birdie putt and a 6-footer to save par, which we walked in.

    A two-putt 4 at the par-5 fourth gave Woods his first birdie of the day and moved him to 8 under for the week. Apparently energized, Tiger pulled driver at the short par-4 fifth and unleashed this violent swing.

    A pitch from the thick rough hit a sprinkler head and stopped on the apron, leading to this birdie try, which fortunately hit the pin but unfortunately didn't fall.

    Looking to pick up another stroke - or two - at the par-5 sixth, Woods took his drive 317 yards over the water and hit this second shot from 227 yards to 13 feet, leading to another two-putt birdie when his eagle try burned the right edge.

    Returning to his trusty 2-iron, Tiger found the fairway at par-4 eighth and then threw this dart from 176 yards to 6 feet and rolled in his third birdie putt of the day to move to 10 under.

    (More coming...)

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    Tiger Tracker: Arnold Palmer Invitational

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    McIlroy: Time for Tour to limit alcohol sales on course

    By Ryan LavnerMarch 18, 2018, 1:50 pm

    ORLANDO, Fla. – Rory McIlroy suggested Saturday that the PGA Tour might need to consider curbing alcohol sales to stop some of the abusive fan behavior that has become more prevalent at events.

    McIlroy said that a fan repeatedly yelled his wife’s name (Erica) during the third round at the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

    “I was going to go over and have a chat with him,” McIlroy said. “I think it’s gotten a little much, to be honest. I think they need to limit the alcohol sales on the course, or they need to do something, because every week it seems like guys are complaining about it more and more.

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    “I know that people want to come and enjoy themselves, and I’m all for that, but sometimes when the comments get personal and people get a little bit rowdy, it can get a little much.”

    This isn’t the first time that McIlroy has voiced concerns about fan behavior on Tour. Last month at Riviera, he said the rowdy spectators probably cost Tiger Woods a half-shot a round, and after two days in his featured group he had a splitting headache.

    A week later, at the Honda Classic, Justin Thomas had a fan removed late in the final round.

    McIlroy believes the issue is part of a larger problem, as more events try to replicate the success of the Waste Management Phoenix Open, which has one of the liveliest atmospheres on Tour.

    “It’s great for that tournament, it’s great for us, but golf is different than a football game, and there’s etiquette involved and you don’t want people to be put off from bringing their kids when people are shouting stuff out,” he said. “You want people to enjoy themselves, have a good day.”

    As for a solution, well, McIlroy isn’t quite sure.

    “It used to be you bring beers onto the course or buy beers, but not liquor,” he said. “And now it seems like everyone’s walking around with a cocktail. I don’t know whether (the solution) is to go back to letting people walking around with beers in their hands. That’s fine, but I don’t know.”

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    Confident Lincicome lurking after 54 holes at Founders

    By Randy SmithMarch 18, 2018, 2:45 am

    PHOENIX – Brittany Lincicome is farther back than she wanted to be going into Sunday at the Bank of Hope Founders Cup, but she’s in a good place.

    She’s keeping the momentum of her season-opening Pure Silk Bahamas Classic victory going this year.

    Her confidence is high.

    “Last year, I won in the Bahamas, but then I didn't do anything after that,” Lincicome said. “I don't even know if I had a top 10 after my win in the Bahamas. Obviously, this year, I want to be more consistent.”

    Lincicome followed up her victory in the Bahamas this year with a tie for seventh in her next start at the Honda LPGA Thailand. And now she’s right back on another leaderboard with the year’s first major championship just two weeks away. She is, by the way, a two-time winner at the ANA Inspiration.

    Missy Pederson, Lincicome’s caddie, is helping her player keep that momentum going with more focus on honing in the scoring clubs.

    “One of our major goals is being more consistent,” Pederson said. “She’s so talented, a once in a generation talent. I’m just trying to help out in how to best approach every golf course.”

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    Pederson has helped Lincicome identify the clubs they’re likely to attack most with on the particular course they are playing that week, to spend more time working with those clubs in practice. It’s building confidence.

    “I know the more greens we hit, and the more chances we give ourselves, the more our chances are to be in contention,” Pederson said. “Britt is not big into stats or details, so I have to figure out how to best consolidate that information, to get us exactly where we need to be.”

    Lincicome’s growing comfort with clubs she can attack with is helping her confidence through a round.

    “I’ve most noticed consistency in her mental game, being able to handle some of the hiccups that happen over the course of a round,” Pederson said. “Whereas before, something might get under her skin, where she might say, `That’s what always happens,’ now, it’s, `All right, I know I’m good enough to get this back.’ I try to get her in positions to hit the clubs we are really hitting well right now.”

    That’s leading to a lot more birdies, fewer bogeys and more appearances on leaderboards in the start to this year.