Chalmers Leads by Two Gore MC

By Sports NetworkSeptember 23, 2005, 4:00 pm
Nationwide TourBOISE, Idaho -- Greg Chalmers carded a 6-under 65 on Friday to grab a two-stroke lead through two rounds of the Boise Open. Chalmers completed 36 holes at 11-under-par 131.
Camilo Villegas, who owns six top-10 finishes this year, also shot a 65. He is alone in second place at 9-under-par 133. Danny Ellis, Nathan Green, Keith Huber, Charley Hoffman and Troy Matteson, a two-time winner this season, are one stroke further back at minus-8.
Chalmers got off to a rough start with a three-putt bogey on the first. He bounced right back, though, as he birdied the par-5 second. After a par on the third, Chalmers converted a birdie try on the fourth to move to minus-6.
The Australian made it two straight as be birdied No. 5. Chalmers then continued his hot play with birdies on the seventh and ninth to move to minus-9 at Hillcrest Country Club.
'That one really gave me the impetus into the back nine that I needed,' said Chalmers of his birdie on nine. 'I'm certainly used to this kind of breeze, but it was very difficult because it was gusting in different directions.'
Chalmers sank the sixth birdie of his round on the par-4 10th. The 31-year-old parred his next five holes before draining a birdie putt on the par-5 16th. He parred his final two holes.
'The game ebbs and flows and this is a chance for me to get back on the PGA Tour,' said Chalmers, who ended 156th on the PGA Tour money list last year. 'I didn't have a great year last year so I've got to do what I've got to do. I'm one of many guys at this time of year where a victory or a great week could change a lot of things.'
Villegas had a hot front nine. He birdied the second to get to minus-4. The University of Florida alum then converted a birdie chance on the par-4 fifth and made it two straight with a birdie at the sixth.
The 23-year-old made it three straight with a birdie on the par-4 seventh. Villegas parred his next four holes around the turn before dropping a shot at the par-4 12th.
Villegas moved to minus-8 with consecutive birdies from the par-4 15th. He closed with a birdie at the last to take second place.
Jason Schultz, who won the Chattanooga Classic earlier this year, shot a 4-under 67. He shares eighth place with John Mallinger (71) at 7-under-par 135.
Brent Schwarzrock, Bubba Watson, Matt Weibring, Robert Garrigus, Matt Hansen, Matt Hendrix, Brian Henninger and Eric Axley, who The Rex Hospital Open earlier this year, are one stroke further back at 6-under-par 136.
Defending champion Scott Gump struggled to a 3-over 74 on Friday, but made the cut by one stroke at 3-under-par 139. The cut line fell at 2-under-par 140 with 61 players advancing to the weekend.
Among those missing the cut was 'battlefield promotion' winner Jason Gore. Gore, who won on the PGA Tour last week and received a special exemption to play in this event, stumbled to a 2-over 73 to miss the cut at 1-over-par 143.
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    McCoy earns medalist honors at Q-School

    By Will GrayDecember 11, 2017, 12:30 am

    One year after his budding career was derailed by a car accident, Lee McCoy got back on track by earning medalist honors at the final stage of Tour Q-School.

    McCoy shot a final-round 65 at Whirlwind Golf Club in Chandler, Ariz., to finish the 72-hole event at 28 under. That total left him two shots ahead of Sung-Jae Im and guaranteed him fully-exempt status on the developmental circuit in 2018.

    It's an impressive turnaround for the former University of Georgia standout who finished fourth at the 2016 Valspar Championship as an amateur while playing alongside Jordan Spieth in the final round. But he broke his wrist in a car accident the day before second stage of Q-School last year, leaving him without status on any major tour to begin the year.

    McCoy was not the only player who left Arizona smiling. Everyone in the top 10 and ties will be exempt through the first 12 events of the new Tour season, a group that includes former amateur standouts Curtis Luck (T-3), Sam Burns (T-10) and Maverick McNealy (T-10).

    Players who finished outside the top 10 but inside the top 45 and ties earned exemptions into the first eight events of 2018. That group includes Cameron Champ (T-16), who led the field in driving at this year's U.S. Open as an amateur, and Wyndham Clark (T-23).

    Everyone who advanced to the final stage of Q-School will have at least conditional Tour status in 2018. Among those who failed to secure guaranteed starts this week were Robby Shelton, Rico Hoey, Jordan Niebrugge, Joaquin Niemann and Kevin Hall.

    Els honored with Heisman Humanitarian Award

    By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 10, 2017, 11:41 pm

    The annual Heisman Trophy award ceremony is one of the biggest moments in any football season, but there was a touching non-football moment as well on Saturday night as Ernie Els received the Heisman Humanitarian Award.

    The award, which had been announced in August, recognized Els' ongoing efforts on behalf of his Els for Autism foundation. Els received the award at Manhattan's PlayStation Theater, where Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield won the Heisman Trophy.

    Els, 47, founded Els for Autism in 2009 with his wife after their son, Ben, was diagnosed with autism. Their efforts have since flourished into a 26-acre campus in Jupiter, Fla., and the creation of the Els Center for Excellence in 2015.

    The Heisman Humanitarian Award has been given out since 2006. Past recipients include NBA center David Robinson, NFL running back Warrick Dunn, soccer star Mia Hamm and NASCAR driver Jeff Gordon.

    A native of South Africa, Els won the U.S. Open in 1994 and 1997 and The Open in 2002 and 2012. He has won 19 times on the PGA Tour and was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2011.

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    Monday finish for Joburg Open; Sharma leads by 4

    By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 10, 2017, 8:57 pm

    Rain, lightning and hail pushed the Joburg Open to a Monday finish, with India’s Shubhankar Sharma holding a four-stroke lead with 11 holes to play in Johannesburg.

    Play is scheduled to resume at 7:30 a.m. local time.

    South Africa’s Erik van Rooyen will have a 3-foot putt for birdie to move within three shots of Sharma wen play resumes at the Randpark Golf Club. Sarma is at 22 under par.

    Tapio Pulkkanen of Finland and James Morrison of England are tied for third at 14 under. Pulkkanen has 10 holes remaining, Morrison 11.

    The top three finishers who are not already exempt, will get spots in next year’s Open Championship at Carnoustie.



    Stricker, O'Hair team to win QBE Shootout

    By Will GrayDecember 10, 2017, 8:55 pm

    It may not count in the official tally, but Steve Stricker is once again in the winner's circle on the PGA Tour.

    Stricker teamed with Sean O'Hair to win the two-person QBE Shootout, as the duo combined for a better-ball 64 in the final round to finish two shots clear of Graeme McDowell and Shane Lowry. It's the second win in this event for both men; Stricker won with Jerry Kelly back in 2009 while O'Hair lifted the trophy with Kenny Perry in 2012.

    Stricker and O'Hair led wire-to-wire in the 54-hole, unofficial event after posting a 15-under 57 during the opening-round scramble.

    "We just really gelled well together," Stricker said. "With his length the first day, getting some clubs into the greens, some short irons for me, we just fed off that first day quite a bit. We felt comfortable with one another."

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    Stricker won 12 times during his PGA Tour career, most recently at the 2012 Tournament of Champions. More recently the 50-year-old has been splitting his time on the PGA Tour Champions and captained the U.S. to a victory at the Presidents Cup in October. O'Hair has four official Tour wins, most recently at the 2011 RBC Canadian Open.

    Pat Perez and Brian Harman finished alone in third, four shots behind Stricker and O'Hair. Lexi Thompson and Tony Finau, the lone co-ed pairing in the 12-team event, finished among a tie for fourth.