Furyk Flies into Pebble Lead

By Sports NetworkFebruary 7, 2003, 5:00 pm
PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. -- Jim Furyk tied for the low round of the day Friday with a 6-under 66 to take a one-shot lead after 36 holes at the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. Furyk, who stands at 7-under-par 137, is one shot ahead of five golfers.
Tom Lehman, Rod Pampling, Paul Stankowski, Tim Herron and overnight leader Kevin Sutherland are tied for second place at 6-under-par 138. Davis Love III and Mark O'Meara are one stroke further back at 5-under par.
Furyk, who started on the back nine at Poppy Hills, two-putted for birdie at the 10th, but was unable to convert for several holes. He carded six consecutive pars before birdieing the final two holes of his first nine.
'It's just been different,' said Furyk, referring to the dry conditions the first two days. 'I've never seen the golf courses this way in a lot of years playing here. I never realized how much slope there is on some of these greens. I've played here a lot when the greens were very wet, and they're usually slow. Not this year.'
The 2002 Memorial winner birdied the par-five fourth from 35 feet, his third birdie on four par-5s to that point. Furyk then faltered at the sixth with his lone bogey of the day when he was unable to get up-and-down from a greenside bunker.
Furyk responded in brilliant fashion as he birdied the final three holes to climb into the lead for the first time during the tournament.
'I made kind of a bad bogey at six,' said Furyk. 'It was nice to turn around and birdie Nos. 7, 8 and 9. A good finish today means I can go home and get some sleep tonight.'
Furyk, who grew up in Pennsylvania as a Pittsburgh Steelers fan, is paired with former Steelers wide receiver Lynn Swann in the Pro-Am.
'I wanted to be his partner if he was going to play,' said Furyk. 'I figure on my days off, I don't want to talk about golf, so I haven't quizzed him too much (about football).'
Sutherland struggled at Spyglass Hill, the second of three courses being used for the first three rounds of the tournament. He bogeyed the first, but recovered that stroke with a birdie at the next. He wrapped a pair of birdies around his second bogey of the round at the sixth.
The 39-year-old also carded bogeys at 10 and 13, while birdieing the 11th as he fell out of the lead.
Herron, who collapsed late last week to fall out of the lead at the Bob Hope Classic, carded a 3-under 69 at the Pebble Beach Golf Links, the final course being used for the tournament.
'Lumpy' as he is known, birdied the second and sixth to move to minus-5. He bogeyed the eighth, but responded with a birdie at the next to remain 2-under for his round.
Herron birdied the 11th around the turn, but dropped that shot with a bogey at the next. He completed his round of 69 with a birdie at the par-5 18th.
Scott McCarron, Loren Roberts, Rory Sabbatini, Dave Stockton, Jr., Tim Clark and Brad Faxon are tied for ninth at 4-under-par 140. Including the seven golfers at minus-3, there are 21 players within four strokes of the lead.
Defending champion Matt Gogel is in danger of missing the cut, which will come after round three, as he stands at 7-over-par 151.
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  • Day, Spieth chasing Davis after Day 1 of Aussie Open

    By Jason CrookNovember 23, 2017, 6:50 am

    The PGA Tour is off this week but a couple of the circuit’s biggest stars – Jordan Spieth and Jason Day – are headlining the Emirates Australian Open, the first event in The Open Qualifying Series for the 2018 Open at Carnoustie. Here's how things look after the opening round, where Cameron Davis has opened up a two-shot lead:

    Leaderboard: Cameron Davis (-8), Taylor MacDonald (-6), Nick Cullen (-5), Jason Day (-5), Brian Campbell (-4), Lucas Herbert (-4), Stephen Leaney (-4), Anthony Quayle (-4)

    What it means: Jordan Spieth has won this event three of the last four years, including last year, but he got off to a rocky start on Thursday. Playing in the windy afternoon wave, the world No. 2 bogeyed his first two holes but rebounded with birdies on Nos. 4 and 5. It was more of the same the rest of the way as the 24-year-old carded three more bogeys and four birdies, getting into the clubhouse with a 1-under 70. While it certainly wasn't the start he was hoping for, Spieth didn't shoot himself out of the tournament with 54 holes left to play, he has plenty of time to claw his way up the leaderboard.

    Round of the day: With Round 1 in the books, the solo leader, Davis, is the easy pick here. The 22-year-old Aussie who turned pro last year, came out of the gates on fire, birdieing six of his first seven holes, including four in a row on Nos. 4 through 7. He did drop a shot on the ninth hole to go out in 30 but rebounded with three more birdies on the back to card a 8-under 63. Davis, who was born in Sydney and played this year on the Mackenzie Tour in Canada. He will attempt to get his Web.com Tour card next month during qualifying in Arizona.

    Best of the rest: Making his first start in his home country in four years, Day started on the 10th hole at The Australian Golf Club and made four birdies to one bogey on the back side before adding four more circles after making the turn. Unfortunately for the 30-year-old, he also added an ugly double-bogey 6 on the par-4 eighth hole and had to settle for a 5-under 66, good enough to sit T-3. Day, who has dropped to No. 12 in the world rankings, is looking for his first win on any tour since the 2016 Players Championship.

    Main storyline heading into Friday: Can the upstart 22-year-old Davis hold off the star power chasing him or will he fold to the pressure of major champions in his rearview mirror? Day (afternoon) and Spieth (morning) are once again on opposite ends of the draw on Friday as they try to improve their position before the weekend.

    Shot of the day: It’s tough to beat an ace in this category, and we had one of those on Thursday from Australian Brad Shilton. Shilton’s hole-in-one on the par-3, 188-yard 11th hole came with a special prize, a $16k watch.

    Quote of the day: “Just two bad holes. Pretty much just two bad swings for the day,” – Day, after his 66 on Thursday. 

    Watch: Shilton wins $16k timepiece with hole-in-one

    By Golf Channel DigitalNovember 23, 2017, 2:50 am

    Australian Brad Shilton made a hole-in-one on the par-3, 188-yard 11th hole during the first round of the Australian Open, and he was rewarded handsomely for his efforts - with a Tag Heuer watch worth $16k.

    Day gets in early mix with 66 in return to Australia

    By Associated PressNovember 23, 2017, 2:32 am

    SYDNEY - Jason Day's first tournament round in Australia in four years was a 5-under 66 to put him among the leaders early Thursday at the Australian Open.

    Day's round came unhinged late with a double-bogey 6 on the par-4 eighth hole, his second-last of the day. He hit his tee shot into the trees on the left, hit back out to the fairway, missed his approach to the green and then couldn't get up and down.

    ''That was brutal,'' Day said of the 481-yard hole that played into gusting winds.

    But Day recovered quickly to birdie his last to sit three strokes behind fellow Australian and early leader Cameron Davis, who started on the first, had six front-nine birdies and shot 63 at The Australian Golf Club.

    In between the two was Australian Taylor MacDonald, who shot 65.

    ''It was a pretty solid round, I didn't miss many fairways, I didn't miss many greens,'' Day said. ''I'd give myself a seven or eight out of 10.''

    Defending champion Jordan Spieth, attempting to win the Australian Open for the third time in four years, was off to a poor start among the afternoon players, bogeying his first two holes.

    The Sydney-born Davis played most of this season on the Mackenzie Tour in Canada and will attempt to secure his Web.com card in the final round of qualifying from Dec. 7-10 in Chandler, Arizona.

    ''Everything went to plan,'' Davis said. ''I got off to a great start. I was hitting my spots and was able to keep it together on the back nine.''

    NOTES: Australian Brad Shilton had the first ace of the tournament, using a 5-iron for a hole-in-one on the par-3, 188-yard 11th hole, his second hole of the day. Australian veteran Geoff Ogilvy, the 2006 U.S. Open winner, shot 69. He and Rod Pampling (68) played the first round with Day.

    Day: Woods feeling good, hitting it long

    By Golf Channel DigitalNovember 22, 2017, 9:33 pm

    Jason Day says Tiger Woods told him he feels better than he has in three years, which is good news for Woods a week ahead of his return to the PGA Tour at the Hero World Challenge.

    Day, a fellow Nike endorser, was asked about Woods during his news conference at the Emirates Australian Open on Wednesday. "I did talk to him," Day said, per a report in the Sydney Morning Herald,"and he did say it's the best he's ever felt in three years'" Day said.

    "He doesn't wake up with pain anymore, which is great. I said to him, 'Look, it's great to be one of the best players ever to live, but health is one thing that we all take for granted and if you can't live a happy, healthy life, then that's difficult.'"

    The Hero World Challenge will be played Nov. 30-Dec. 3 in the Bahamas and broadcast on Golf Channel and NBC.

    Day, who has had his own health issues, said he could empathize with Woods.

    "I totally understand where he's coming from, because sometimes I wake up in the morning and it takes me 10 minutes to get out of bed, and for him to be in pain for three years is very frustrating."

    Woods has not played since February after undergoing surgery following a recurrence of back problems.

    "From what I see on Instagram and what he's been telling me, he says he's ready and I'm hoping that he is, because from what I hear, he's hitting it very long," Day said.

    "And if he's hitting it long and straight, then that's going to be tough for us because it is Tiger Woods. He's always been a clutch putter and in amongst the best and it will be interesting to see.

    "There's no pressure. I think it's a 17- or 18-man field, there's no cut, he's playing at a tournament where last year I think he had the most birdies at."