Gogel Sets Course Record for Lead

By Sports NetworkJune 9, 2005, 4:00 pm
BETHESDA, Md. -- Matt Gogel fired an 8-under-par 63 on Thursday to establish a new course record at Congressional Country Club and lead after the suspended opening round of the Booz Allen Classic.
 
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Matt Gogel had eight birdies and no bogeys in his Thursday 63.
Lee Westwood, Brett Wetterich and Fredrik Jacobson are knotted at 5-under- par 66. Kevin Stadler was at 5 under par through 14 holes before play was called for the day.
 
Thunderstorms arrived in the afternoon stopping play and the round was ultimately suspended for the day. Players will return to the course at 7:00 a.m. ET to resume the opening round.
 
Gogel started on the back nine of Congressional's Blue Course and parred his first five holes until his third shot stopped within 15 feet of the hole at the par-5 15th. Gogel drained the birdie try and hit an 8-iron inside 3 feet for a birdie at the par-4 16th.
 
The 34-year-old hit his tee shot to 8 feet for a birdie at the par-3 18th and converted a 12-foot putt for a birdie at the par-4 first. Gogel then ran off back-to-back birdies starting at the par-4 third and reached the green in two at the par-5 sixth.
 
Gogel two-putted for birdie to move to 7 under. At the par-4 eighth, he dropped a wedge within a foot of the hole and tapped in for birdie and his lowest round of the season on the PGA Tour.
 
'The course is in absolutely perfect shape,' said Gogel. 'The fairways are a little soft still so the balls aren't going to run through the fairway, and the greens are soft.'
 
Gogel finished 98th on the 2004 PGA Tour money list to secure his card for this season, but he has struggled so far in 2005 making only four of 13 cuts.
 
'I'm playing well, I'm just getting nothing out of it. Just nothing positive has gone my way,' said Gogel, who won at Pebble Beach in 2002. 'I never had to really even worry about the top 125 on the money list. Just to get off to a start this year where I was missing cuts, it's brutal on your confidence.'
 
Westwood also started on the back nine and struggled out of the gate with a bogey at the 10th. He countered with back-to-back birdies from the 12th and tallied a birdie at the 18th to make the turn at 2 under.
 
The Englishman continued his fine play with a birdie at the first, but gave that shot back with a bogey at the fourth. Westwood recovered well with three straight birdies starting at the fifth to finish within three of Gogel.
 
'I played very solidly,' Westwood said. 'Probably a couple of bad shots out there that, you know, nothing more than that, that's where I made my bogeys.'
 
Jacobson played the back side first and picked up a birdie and a bogey over his first nine holes. He caught fire on the front half with a birdie at the first and four consecutive birdies from the third for his 66.
 
Wetterich stumbled to a bogey at the third, but came back with three straight birdies starting at the par-4 fifth. He added a birdie at the ninth and collected a birdie at the 12th to move to 4 under. Wetterich then birdied the par-4 17th for his share of second.
 
Former U.S. Open champion Jim Furyk finished at 4-under-par 67 along with Paul Goydos, Kevin Sutherland, Ben Crane, Michael Allen and Craig Perks. Vaughn Taylor stands at 4 under par through 17 holes.
 
Defending champion Adam Scott was one shot further back in a group at 3-under-par 68.
 
Ernie Els, who won the 1997 U.S. Open at Congressional, completed 17 holes at 2 under par. Reigning U.S. Open champion Retief Goosen finished at 1-under-par 70, while Vijay Singh and Phil Mickelson followed at even-par 71.
 
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    McCoy earns medalist honors at Web.com 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 Web.com 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 Web.com 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 Web.com 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.