Charles 68 Shares Kinkos Lead

By Sports NetworkMay 8, 2004, 4:00 pm
04 FedEx KinkoAUSTIN, Texas -- Sixty-eight-year-old Bob Charles carded a 2-under 70 Saturday to climb into a share of the lead after two rounds of the FedEx Kinko's Classic. Charles stands at 5-under-par 139 alongside Wayne Levi (69) and Mark McNulty (71).
That trio is one stroke clear of first round co-leader Raymond Floyd (73), Morris Hatalsky (69) and Isao Aoki (71). Bruce Lietzke, Craig Stadler, Tom Watson and Jose Maria Canizares share seventh place at 3-under-par 141.
Charles began his day two strokes behind Floyd and co-leader Sam Torrance. The New Zealand native quickly climbed to 5 under as he birdied each of the first two holes at The Hills Country Club.
The 23-time winner on the Champions Tour ran off four straight pars before stumbling to a bogey at the seventh. Charles tripped to another bogey at the ninth to slide back to 3 under.
After a pair of pars, Charles dropped in his third birdie at the par-4 12th. He posted four straight pars before grabbing a share of lead with a birdie at the par-4 17th.
Charles is trying to become oldest winner on the Champions Tour. Mike Fetchick currently holds that mark having won the 1985 Hilton Head Seniors Invitational at the age of 63. Charles is also trying to win a professional event for the sixth straight decade.
'This is the type of course I feel comfortable on, but I'm trying not to think about winning,' said Charles. 'That will just put pressure on myself. I can't believe no one got the better of the golf course today.'
Levi picked up his first birdie at the par-4 fourth. He later eagled the par-5 eighth to move to 5 under. He stumbled to bogeys at the ninth and 12th. The 2003 3M Championship winner bounced back with birdies at the 14th and 18th to share first place.
'You have to commit to your shot in winds like this, but that's been the strength of my game,' Levi said. 'I hit the ball really solid today. I haven't had as many high finishes because I haven't made many putts.'
McNulty, who won the Outback Steakhouse Pro-Am earlier this year, began the day at minus-4. He climbed out in front with birdies at the second and fourth.
He moved to minus-8 with an eagle at the eighth. However, things went down hill from there. The Zimbabwe native faltered to a double bogey at the very next hole. He fell back into a share of the lead with a bogey at the par-3 16th.
'I was just late on my swing and that's what happens,' said McNulty of his double bogey. 'I came back nicely, but it was a disappointment. I think any score under par today guys have to be pleased with.'
Larry Nelson carded a 3-under 69 to move to 2-under-par 142. He is joined there by D.A. Weibring and Tom Kite, who both shot 73s Saturday.
Torrance stumbled to a 4-over 76. He stands at 1-under-par 143 where he is joined by Ed Fiori, John Harris, Joe Inman, Graham Marsh, Dana Quigley and Bobby Wadkins.
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  • 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.

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    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.

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    By Golf Channel DigitalNovember 23, 2017, 8:49 pm

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    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.’’

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    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.

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