Coles Takes Lead at Louisiana Open

By Sports NetworkMarch 29, 2008, 4:00 pm
Nationwide TourBROUSSARD, La. - Gavin Coles birdied the 18th hole Saturday to post 5-under 66, which gave him a one-stroke lead after three rounds of the Louisiana Open at Le Triomphe Golf & Country Club.
 
Coles completed 54 holes at 11-under-par 202. He has won three times previously on the Nationwide Tour: once in 2002, 2004 and 2006.
 
Chris Riley, who led after both of the first two rounds, managed a 1-under 70 in the third round and dropped into second place at 10-under-par 203.
 
B.J. Staten fired an 8-under 63 to move into third place at minus-9. He was followed by Andrew Dresser (66), Tom Byrum (65), Vance Veazey (67) and Matthew Every (67) at 8-under-par 205.
 
The round was delayed for one hour, 40 minutes due to the threat of thunderstorms.
 
Riley maintained his lead on the front nine as he opened with six consecutive pars. He dropped in a birdie on the seventh to move to 10 under.
 
The former U.S. Ryder Cupper parred five straight from the eighth and was caught on the lead at that point.
 
Coles made the turn at 8 under, after three birdies and a bogey on the front nine. He connected on back-to-back birdies from the 10th to grab a share of the lead at 10-under.
 
The Australian and Riley each bogeyed No. 13 to fall to minus-9, where they shared the lead with Staten and Greg Owen.
 
Riley moved back into the lead with a birdie on the par-4 14th. He parred out to end at 10-under.
 
'I didn't make any putts today. I'm actually pretty pleased with how I played,' stated Riley. 'I haven't been in this position in awhile. Playing in the last group is a lot different than playing in the middle of the pack.'
 
Coles parred three in a row after his bogey on 13. He birdied the 17th to match Riley in the lead, then birdied the last to take the overnight lead.
 
'I played really nicely today apart from two holes,' said Coles of his bogeys on nine and 13. 'The great scores this morning set the precedent for what I had to do this afternoon.'
 
The only other time Coles held the 54-hole lead was at the 2002 Jacob's Creek Open Championship, where he went on to win.
 
'I'm just trying to stand on the 10th tee tomorrow with a chance to win the golf tournament,' Coles admitted. 'That is what we all play this game for...to get in these situations and having the feeling of being in the hunt and having a chance to win the golf tournament.'
 
Owen carded two late bogeys to close out a 3-under 68. He was joined in a share of eighth place at 7-under-par 206 by Daniel Summerhays and Travis Perkins.
 
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    Snedeker starts slow in effort to snag Masters invite

    By Will GrayDecember 14, 2017, 4:22 pm

    Brandt Snedeker flew halfway around the world in search of a Masters invite, but after one round of the Indonesian Masters it appears he'll likely return home empty-handed.

    Snedeker made only two birdies during his opening round in Indonesia, shooting an even-par 72 that left him in a tie for 77th and 10 shots behind leader Justin Rose. This is the final OWGR-rated event of 2017, and as a result it has drawn several notable entrants, including Snedeker, who hope to crack the top 50 in the world rankings by year's end to secure a trip to Augusta National.

    Snedeker started the year ranked No. 28, but after missing five months because of injury he entered the week ranked No. 51 and is projected to slip even further by the end of the month. As a result, he likely needs a top-3 finish in order to secure a return to the Masters, which he has missed only once since 2007.

    World No. 55 Dylan Frittelli also struggled, shooting a 4-over 76 in the opening round, while No. 56 Kiradech Aphibarnrat is tied for 14th at 4 under. Yusaku Miyazato, currently 58th in the world, is tied for ninth and five shots behind Rose.

    Should Snedeker and the other hopefuls fail to crack the top 50 by the end of the year, two paths to the Masters remain: win a full-point event on the PGA Tour in early 2018 or be inside the top 50 in the world rankings when the final cutoff is made on March 25.

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    Crosby selected as 2019 U.S. Walker Cup captain

    By Will GrayDecember 14, 2017, 3:19 pm

    The USGA announced that former U.S. Amateur champ Nathaniel Crosby will serve as the American captain for the 2019 Walker Cup, which will be played at Royal Liverpool Golf Club in Hoylake, England.

    Crosby, 56, is the son of entertainment icon and golf enthusiast Bing Crosby. He won the 1981 U.S. Amateur at The Olympic Club as a teenager and earned low amateur honors at the 1982 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach. He also played in the 1983 Walker Cup, coincidentally held at Royal Liverpool, before embarking on a brief career in professional golf, with his amateur status reinstated in 1994.

    "I am thrilled and overwhelmed to be chosen captain of the next USA Walker Cup team," Crosby said in a statement. "Many of my closest friends are former captains who will hopefully take the time to share their approaches in an effort to help me with my new responsibilities."

    Crosby takes over the captaincy from John "Spider" Miller, who led the U.S. squad both in 2015 and earlier this year, when the Americans cruised to a 19-7 victory at Los Angeles Country Club.

    Crosby is a Florida resident and member at Seminole Golf Club, which will host the 2021 matches. While it remains to be seen if he'll be asked back as captain in 2021, each of the last six American captains have led a team on both home and foreign soil.

    Started in 1922, the Walker Cup is a 10-man, amateur match play competition pitting the U.S. against Great Britain and Ireland. The U.S. team holds a 37-9 all-time lead in the biennial matches but has not won in Europe since 2007.

    Rose (62) sets blistering pace in Indonesia

    By Associated PressDecember 14, 2017, 3:06 pm

    JAKARTA, Indonesia – Justin Rose shot a 10-under 62 Thursday to take a two-stroke lead after the first round of the Indonesian Masters.

    Rose, starting on the back nine at Royale Jakarta Golf Club, had five birdies to go out in 31, then birdied four of five holes midway through his final nine and another birdie on his last hole in the $750,000 tournament.


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    Gunn Charoenkul (64) was in second place and Kim Giwhan and Phachara Khongwatmai (both 65) were tied for third.

    Brandt Snedeker shot 72. Ranked 51st in the world, the American is aiming for a strong finish in Jakarta to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters.

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    LaCava: Woods wouldn't talk after H.O.R.S.E. match

    By Will GrayDecember 14, 2017, 2:27 pm

    The competitive streak within Tiger Woods knows no bounds - even on the basketball court, according to caddie Joe LaCava.

    LaCava has been on Woods' bag since 2011, and he recently shared a story on "Inside the Ropes" on Sirius/XM PGA Tour Radio about a clash between the two men over a seemingly friendly game of H.O.R.S.E. Actually, it turned into nine straight games (and nine straight wins) for LaCava, who exploited a weakness in Woods' on-court strategy while leaning on a mid-length jumper of his own:

    "The thing with him was if I missed a shot, which I missed plenty of shots, but if I missed the shot he'd go back down to the 3 (point line) because he liked to make the 3," LaCava said. "But it's harder obviously to make a 3, and I'd go right back to the baseline 12-footer, and he couldn't make it."

    It's a short list of people who have beaten Woods nine times in any athletic pursuit, let alone in a row. But for LaCava, the fallout from his afternoon of on-court dominance was less than subtle.

    "He did not talk to me the rest of the day," LaCava explained. "I didn't even get the old text, 'Dinner is ready,' because I stay across at the beach house. I didn't even get that text that night. I had to get take-out. He didn't announce he wasn't (talking), he just did it. I'm telling you, nine games in a row. Like I said, he's so competitive, even at something like that."