Five Spot Calc Opens Big Lead

By Sports NetworkSeptember 9, 2005, 4:00 pm
2005 Bell Canadian OpenVANCOUVER, British Columbia -- Mark Calcavecchia carded a 3-under 67 on Friday to open a commanding five-stroke lead after two rounds of the Bell Canadian Open. Calcavecchia completed 36 holes at 8-under-par 132.
Mark Calcavecchia
Mark Calcavecchia's last PGA Tour win came in the 2001 Phoenix Open.
Lucas Glover, who shared the first-round lead with Calcavecchia, stumbled to a 2-over 72. He is alone in second at 3-under-par 137. Jerry Kelly fired a 4-under 66 to climb into a share of third place.
Kelly was joined at minus-2 by Carlos Franco (70), Jesper Parnevik (72), Jerry Kelly (66) and Bob Heintz (70).
World No. 2 and defending champion Vijay Singh moved back into contention with a 4-under 66. He is tied for eighth at minus-1 with six other players.
Calcavecchia stumbled out of the gate with a bogey at the first. He got that stroke back with a birdie on the par-3 third at Shaughnessy Golf & Country Club after sticking a 5-iron within 2 feet.
The 45-year-old parred his next three holes before catching fire. Calcavecchia birdied the par-5 seventh from 20 feet out to move to minus-6. He made it two straight as his 6-foot birdie try on eight fell into the cup.
Calcavecchia dropped in a hard-breaking, 20-foot birdie attempt at the ninth to make it three straight and get to minus-8. The 11-time winner on the PGA Tour parred the first six holes of the back nine.
He struggled to a bogey on the par-4 16th to fall back to 7 under after his second shot flew the green and he was unable to get up and down for par.
Calcavecchia atoned for that error with a 6-foot birdie on the par-4 closing hole to move five clear of the field.
'Today I felt good. Actually, starting out I almost felt too relaxed,' said Calcavecchia. 'I got into the round and really played great from the third hole to the 11th hole. I played okay on the back, but birdied the last hole which was nice. Two real good ones there.'
Glover started on the back nine with seven consecutive pars. He birdied 17 to get to minus-6, but bogeyed 18. He fell down to minus-2 with bogeys on one, three and five.
The 25-year-old got one of those strokes back with a birdie on the par-5 seventh. He parred his final two holes to remain there.
Singh started his round with a bogey on No. 1. He bounced back with birdies at three and four, but stumbled to another bogey on five. He birdied the seventh to get to plus-2.
The world No. 2 dropped in back-to-back birdies from the 10th to climb to even par. Singh carded his final birdie on 14 before parring his final four holes.
Singh was joined at 1-under-par 139 by Matt Kuchar (67), Ryan Moore (70), Trevor Immelman (68), Ted Purdy (72), Arjun Atwal (67) and Brent Geiberger (71).
The cut line fell at 4-over-par 144 with 73 players moving on to the weekend. Among those who missed the cut were Jason Gore (145), Canadian Mike Weir (146) and former PGA champion Rich Beem (147).

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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.