Geiberger Grabs Top Spot in Greensboro

By Sports NetworkOctober 15, 2004, 4:00 pm
GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Brent Geiberger posted a 5-under 67 on Friday to move into the lead after the second round of the Chrysler Classic of Greensboro. Geiberger finished 36 holes at 11-under-par 133 at Forest Oaks Country Club.
Former PGA champion David Toms fired a 65 to join Tom Pernice, Jr. and Jeff Brehaut in a tie for second at 10-under-par 134.
Geiberger's lone PGA Tour victory came in 1999 in Hartford, where he also held the 36-hole lead. A win this week would be fitting since his father Al captured the event in 1976.
'I would like to win any of the tournaments he's won,' said Geiberger. 'Any time you win it's special, but it's kind of neat to have won a place your dad has.'
Geiberger parred his first four holes before he picked up his first birdie of the day at the par-4 fifth. He then birdied the par-5 ninth and took advantage of the par-5 holes on the inward half with birdies at the 13th and the 15th.
The 36-year-old capped off his round with a birdie at the par-4 18th to complete his first 36 holes without a bogey.
'Today was a lot tougher than yesterday, that's for sure,' said Geiberger, whose best finish on the PGA Tour this season was a tie for 14th at the Texas Open. 'Pretty proud of not having any bogeys yet. That was one of my goals today was that if I could get around with no bogeys I would be happy with that.'
Toms collected five birdies and a bogey over his first nine holes to make the turn at 7 under. Toms, who already won this year at the St. Jude Classic, added a trio of birdies on the back side to finish within one of the lead.
'It was a tough day to get a lot of opportunities to make birdies and it seemed like when I did, I capitalized on them and when I got in a tough spot I recovered well,' said Toms. 'I wasn't really surprised at the score, it was just a good score considering the conditions.'
Like Geiberger, Brehaut is currently on the outside looking in on the money list. He is currently ranked 160th but a solid weekend could turn things around.
'This year has been a real battle for me,' said Brehaut. 'I feel like I've played better than I've scored or performed. It's been frustrating, this is my 32nd event which is way more than I want to play. I got a 10-year-old and 5-year-old at home and it's very difficult leaving. But I put myself in this position, so I got to try and work my way out of it.'
Brehaut birdied each of his first two holes and converted a 12-footer for birdie at the par-5 ninth to reach minus-7. The 41-year-old stumbled to a bogey at the 10th, but hit his second shot to 30 feet at the par-5 13th and ran home the putt for an eagle.
He tallied another birdie at the 15th and hit his second shot to 10 feet for a birdie and a round of 66.
Pernice started on the back side and ran off back-to-back birdies from the 12th to get to 8 under. He kept on cruising with a birdie at the 15th and made it two in a row with a birdie at the 16th.
The 45-year-old added a birdie at the first to move to 11 under, but found trouble with a bogey at the fourth, his first dropped shot of the tournament, en route to a round of 68.
First-round leader Jason Dufner carded a 70 to finish two shots off the pace at 9-under-par 135 along with Tom Lehman, Jerry Kelly, Bo Van Pelt and Joe Ogilvie. Hank Kuehne and David Frost followed at 8-under-par 136.
Ryan Moore shot a 69 to become the first amateur to make the cut at this event since Gary Pinns in 1980. Moore, who is trying to become the first person to win a PGA Tour event as an amateur since Phil Mickelson titled in Tucson in 1991, joined Brenden Pappas, Ben Crane, Blaine McCallister, Brett Quigley and Michael Allen at 7-under-par 137.
Defending champion Shigeki Maruyama was one shot further back in a group at 6-under-par 138.
The 36-hole cut fell at 3-under-par 141 with 71 players qualifying for the weekend. Among those who weren't as fortunate were course designer Davis Love III, John Daly, Jay Haas, Luke Donald and Jim Furyk.
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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.