Course Record Earns Pappas Rd 1 Lead

By Sports NetworkJuly 28, 2005, 4:00 pm
Nationwide TourWICHITA, KS -- Deane Pappas fired a 9-under-par 62 Thursday to grab the lead after one round of the Wichita Open on the North Course at Crestview Country Club.
Tom Scherrer, a two-time winner on the Nationwide Tour, stands alone in second place at 7-under-par 64. Kevin Durkin, Shane Bertsch and Charley Hoffman are one stoke further back at minus-6.
Pappas opened with a birdie on the par-4 third, but gave that stroke back with a bogey on the sixth. The South African then got a stroke back with a 12- foot birdie putt on the eighth.
The 37-year-old made it two in a row as he birdied the ninth from five feet out. Around the turn, Pappas dropped in a birdie putt on the par-4 11th, then caught fire down the stretch.
Pappas, a two-time winner on the Nationwide Tour, two-putted for birdie at the 14th and came right back to birdie 15 from 10 feet out to get to 5-under. He wasn't done, either. Pappas birdied 16 and 17 to move into a tie for the lead.
'I hit it pretty well and putted well today,' said Pappas. 'But I'll have to keep shooting low. No one else is going to slow down.'
He then holed out from a greenside bunker for eagle at the par-5 closing hole to post a 62. That total was one stroke shy of the tournament record, but did set a new course record. It was also a career-best score for Pappas.
'I got on a roll starting on No. 14,' said Pappas. 'The last five holes seemed easy to me today. It has been a while since I've had a streak like that. You have to putt well to have a streak like that.'
Scherrer played the back nine first on Thursday and sank a birdie on the 11th, his second. However, he tripped to a bogey at the next. The 35-year-old then rolled in back-to-back birdies from the 14th to move to minus-2.
The University of North Carolina alum picked up a birdie on the 17th. Scherrer then eagled the 18th to make the turn at minus-5.
Scherrer came right back with a birdie on the first, then cooled off with five straight pars. He got to minus-7 with a birdie on the par-4 seventh before parring his final two holes.
'I'm very happy with my round,' Scherrer said. 'I obviously played very well. I feel my game is going in the right direction.'
Troy Matteson, who won the Virginia Beach Open earlier this year, opened with a 5-under-par 66. He was joined in a tie for sixth place by Camilo Villegas, Matt Weibring, Alex Aragon, Jamie Broce, Stephen Collins and Jason Schultz.
Chris Couch, who is a two-time winner this season, and Joel Kribel lead a group of players one stroke further back at minus-4.
Related Links:
  • Leaderboard - Preferred Health Systems Wichita Open
  • Full Coverage - Preferred Health Systems Wichita Open
  • 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.

    Full-field scores from the Indonesian Masters

    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.

    Getty Images

    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."

    Newsmaker of the Year: No. 3, Tiger Woods

    By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 14, 2017, 12:45 pm

    After returning to competition at the Hero World Challenge in December 2016, Woods started the new year with an ambitious slate of tournament starts as he eyed his first full season since 2013. But he made it only three rounds, looking rusty en route to a missed cut at Torrey Pines before withdrawing abruptly in Dubai.

    The “spasms” that led to that withdrawal turned out to be something far more serious, as Woods underwent his fourth and most invasive back surgery in April, a lumbar fusion. It brought with it an extensive rehabilitation, and at the Presidents Cup in September Woods humored the prospect that he might never again play competitive golf.

    At Liberty National he also faced some scrutiny for an off-course incident from months prior. In May he was arrested for suspicion of DUI, an incident that produced a startling roadside video of an intoxicated Woods struggling to follow instructions from the arresting officer after driving erratically.

    Full list of 2017 Newsmakers of the Year

    While he was not drinking at the time, Woods was found to have a mix of several prescription medications in his system, including multiple painkillers. He checked himself into a private drug treatment program in July to address his dependency issues, and in October he pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of reckless driving.

    But the incident was barely a memory when Woods again made a return to competition in the Bahamas at the tournament he hosts. This time around he exceeded nearly every expectation, twice shooting 4-under 68 while tying for ninth among the 18-man field. Having re-tooled his swing following fusion surgery, Woods appeared relaxed, happy and healthy while briefly taking the lead during the tournament’s second round.

    What lies ahead for Woods in 2018 remains uncertain, as the stop-and-start nature of this past season serves as a cautionary tale. But after a harrowing arrest and another serious surgery, he seems once again focused on his game, intent on chasing down a new crop of elite talent, some of whom are barely more than half his age.

    Woods' initial comeback short-lived, leads to another back surgery

    Article: Woods undergoes "successful" fourth back surgery

    Article: Woods (back spasm) withdraws from Dubai

    Article: Players disappointed Woods withdraws from Dubai

    Really, again: Tiger undergoes fourth back surgery

    Begay on Tiger: Future is 'extremely uncertain'

    Woods arrested for DUI, enters diversion program after getting "professional help"

    Article: Woods arrested for DUI in May

    Article: Police say Woods had 5 drugs in system when arrested

    Article: DUI affidavit states Tiger asleep in parked car

    Dashcam video released of Tiger's DUI arrest

    Begay, Rolfing: Tiger's arrest needs to be wakeup call

    Photos: Tiger Woods' car during DUI arrest

    Tiger Woods at his 2017 DUI court hearing.

    Photos: Tiger Woods in court for DUI hearing

    Article: Tiger gets 'professional help' for prescription meds

    Tiger Woods at his 2017 DUI court hearing.

    Article: Woods pleads in court guilty to reckless driving

    Woods goes from unsure of his pro golf future to resuming full golf activities

    Article: Doctor clears Woods for full golf activity six months after back surgery

    Article: Tiger doesn't know what future holds

    Article: Woods back to making full swings

    Woods admits he might never return to competition

    Making progress: Breaking down Tiger's driver swing

    Woods returns to competition for first time since February at Hero World Challenge

    Article: Hero comeback a success for healthy Woods

    Article: Woods discusses his back: 'No issues at all, none'

    Tiger Tracker: Woods finished T-9 in return to competition

    Chamblee: 'I was wrong' about some of my Woods skepticism

    Tiger, if you were hurting, would you tell us? 'Yeah, I'd tell you'

    Woods out and about in 2017

    Article: Video, images of Tiger's round with Trump

    Article: Woods posts photo as 'Mac Daddy Santa'

    Article: Tiger at U.S. Open sitting in Nadal's box

    Article: Shirtless Tiger holds up a massive lobster

    Getty Images

    Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017

    By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 14, 2017, 12:30 pm