Goosen Goes Low Play Halted

By Sports NetworkFebruary 21, 2003, 5:00 pm
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia -- Retief Goosen fired a second-round 7-under-par 64 Friday before thunderstorms halted play at the Carlsberg Malaysian Open. Goosen stands at 12-under-par 130, but trails overnight co- leader Arjun Atwal by one stroke. Atwal is 13-under-par through seven holes of his second round.
 
Play was halted at 2:25 P.M.. local time when heavy thunderstorms rolled into the area. The round was suspended for the day at 5:45 P.M. after it was determined the course was unplayable. The heavy rain caused flooding and several bunkers were washed out as a result. The second round will resume at 8:00 A.M. local time.
 
Goosen and all those with morning tee times were able to complete their rounds before the storms hit. The 2001 U.S. Open champion began his day on the back nine at The Mines Resort & Golf Club and got off to a remarkable start.
 
The 34-year-old carded birdies on his first two holes to climb to 7-under- par. After a par on the 12th hole, his third, Goosen ran off four consecutive birdies beginning on No. 13. He later birdied the 18th for a back-nine score of 7-under-par 29, which moved him to minus-12 for the tournament.
 
Around the turn, Goosen played inconsistently. He bogeyed No. 1, his tenth hole after plugging his second shot in a green-side bunker. He went on to post back-to-back birdies starting at the fourth to get to 13-under-par. However, Goosen wrapped a pair of bogeys around a birdie at the eighth to finish the side at even-par and 12-under-par through two rounds.
 
'Making two fives at the first and third was the end of a really low round,' said Goosen, referring to his chances of breaking 60. 'I got off to a great start on my front nine and 29 was probably the worst I could have scored. I made a bad five at the 17th and that stopped the momentum a bit.'
 
The 2002 Johnnie Walker Classic winner was hoping for more out of his round though.
 
'It turned out to be quite a disappointing round,' said Goosen. 'But with two rounds to go I am where I want to be. In this game, you can always be better.'
 
Atwal began his round with a birdie at the first to get into double digits under-par. He birdied the par-4 fourth, before carding consecutive birdies starting at the sixth that moved him back into the lead at minus-13.
 
Ted Oh is one stroke behind Goosen and alone in third place at 11-under-par 131. Thammanoon Srirot and Padraig Harrington are one stroke further back at minus-10. All three of these men completed the second rounds.
 
Harrington was impressive as he carded a 5-under-par 66 for the second straight day. Harrington, who won the season-opening BMW-Asian Open in November, began his round with consecutive birdies starting at the 10th, his first hole.
 
After a bogey at the 13th, he responded with back-to-back birdies beginning at the 14th. He also birdied No. 17 to make the turn 4-under-par for the round and 9-under-par overall.
 
On the front side, Harrington notched birdies at the second and third to climb to minus-11. However he faltered with a bogey at the sixth to fall back to 10-under-par.
 
'I spent the last six weeks practicing and that makes your mind very active,' said Harrington, who was referring to the fact that he is thinking too much about certain shots. 'But then it is difficult to turn it off when you are on the course. But I am very pleased with two 66's. You are never really sure after a long break how things are going to go.'
 
Daniel Chopra and Andersson are tied for sixth place at minus-9. However, Chopra completed his second round, while Andersson's second round has not begun. Prayad Marksaeng and Brad Kennedy are one shot behind that pair at 8-under-par 134.
 
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    Singh's lawsuit stalls as judge denies motion

    By Rex HoggardJanuary 23, 2018, 7:54 pm

    Vijay Singh’s attempts to speed up the proceedings in his ongoing lawsuit against the PGA Tour have been stalled, again.

    Singh – who filed the lawsuit in New York Supreme Court in May 2013 claiming the Tour recklessly administered its anti-doping program when he was suspended, a suspension that was later rescinded – sought to have the circuit sanctioned for what his attorneys argued was a frivolous motion, but judge Eileen Bransten denied the motion earlier this month.

    “While the court is of the position it correctly denied the Tour’s motion to argue, the court does not agree that the motion was filed in bad faith nor that it represents a ‘persistent pattern of repetitive or meritless motions,’” Bransten said.

    It also doesn’t appear likely the case will go to trial any time soon, with Bransten declining Singh’s request for a pretrial conference until a pair of appeals that have been sent to the court’s appellate division have been decided.

    “What really should be done is settle this case,” Bransten said during the hearing, before adding that it is, “unlikely a trail will commence prior to 2019.”

    The Tour’s longstanding policy is not to comment on ongoing litigation, but earlier this month commissioner Jay Monahan was asked about the lawsuit.

    “I'll just say that we're going through the process,” Monahan said. “Once you get into a legal process, and you've been into it as long as we have been into it, I think it's fair to assume that we're going to run it until the end.”

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    Videos and images from Tiger's Tuesday at Torrey

    By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 23, 2018, 7:45 pm

    Tiger Woods played a nine-hole practice round Tuesday at Torrey Pines South, site of this week's Farmers Insurance Open. Woods is making his first PGA Tour start since missing the cut in this event last year. Here's a look at some images and videos of Tiger, via social media:







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    Power Rankings: 2018 Farmers Insurance Open

    By Will GrayJanuary 23, 2018, 6:59 pm

    The PGA Tour remains in California this week for the Farmers Insurance Open. A field of 156 players will tackle the North and South Courses at Torrey Pines, with weekend play exclusively on the South Course.

    Be sure to join the all-new Golf Channel Fantasy Challenge - including a new One & Done game offering - to compete for prizes and form your own leagues, and log on to www.playfantasygolf.com to submit your picks for this week's event.

    Jon Rahm won this event last year by three shots over Charles Howell III and C.T. Pan. Here are 10 names to watch in La Jolla:

    1. Jon Rahm: No need to overthink it at the top. Rahm enters as a defending champ for the first time, fresh off a playoff win at the CareerBuilder Challenge that itself was preceded by a runner-up showing at Kapalua. Rahm is perhaps the hottest player in the field, and with a chance to become world No. 1 should be set for another big week.

    2. Jason Day: The Aussie has missed the cut here the last two years, and he hasn't played competitively since November. But he ended a disappointing 2017 on a slight uptick, and his Torrey Pines record includes three straight top-10s from 2013-15 that ended with his victory three years ago.

    3. Justin Rose: Rose ended last year on a tear, with three victories over his final six starts including two in a row in Turkey and China. The former U.S. Open winner has the patience to deal with a brutal layout like the South Course, as evidenced by his fourth-place showing at this event a year ago.

    4. Rickie Fowler: This tournament has become somewhat feast-or-famine for Fowler, who is making his ninth straight start at Torrey Pines. The first four in that run all netted top-20 finishes, including two top-10s, while the last four have led to three missed cuts and a T-61. After a win in the Bahamas and T-4 at Kapalua, it's likely his mini-slump comes to an end.

    5. Brandt Snedeker: Snedeker has become somewhat of a course specialist at Torrey Pines in recent years, with six top-10 finishes over the last eight years including wins in both 2012 and 2016. While he missed much of the second half of 2017 recovering from injury and missed the cut last week, Snedeker is always a threat to contend at this particular event.

    6. Hideki Matsuyama: Matsuyama struggled to find his footing after a near-miss at the PGA Championship, but he appears to be returning to form. The Japanese phenom finished T-4 at Kapalua and has put up solid results in two of his four prior trips to San Diego, including a T-16 finish in his 2014 tournament debut. Matsuyama deserves a look at any event that puts a strong emphasis on ball-striking.

    7. Tony Finau: Finau has the length to handle the difficult demands of the South Course, and his results have gotten progressively better each time around: T-24 in 2015, T-18 in 2016 and T-4 last year. Finau is coming off the best season of his career, one that included a trip to the Tour Championship, and he put together four solid rounds at the Sony Open earlier this month.

    8. Charles Howell III: Howell is no stranger to West Coast golf, and his record at this event since 2013 includes three top-10 finishes highlighted by last year's runner-up showing. Howell chased a T-32 finish in Hawaii with a T-20 finish last week in Palm Springs, his fourth top-20 finish this season.

    9. Marc Leishman: Leishman was twice a runner-up at this event, first in 2010 and again in 2014, and he finished T-20 last year. The Aussie is coming off a season that included two wins, and he has amassed five top-10s in his last eight worldwide starts dating back to the Dell Technologies Championship in September.

    10. Gary Woodland: Woodland played in the final group at this event in 2014 before tying for 10th, and he was one shot off the lead entering the final round in 2016 before Mother Nature blew the entire field sideways. Still, the veteran has three top-20s in his last four trips to San Diego and finished T-7 two weeks ago in Honolulu.

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    Davis on distance: Not 'necessarily good for the game'

    By Will GrayJanuary 23, 2018, 6:28 pm

    It's a new year, but USGA executive Mike Davis hasn't changed his views on the growing debate over distance.

    Speaking with Matt Adams on SiriusXM PGA Tour Radio, Davis didn't mince words regarding his perception that increased distance has had a negative impact on the game of golf, and he reiterated that it's a topic that the USGA and R&A plan to jointly address.

    "The issue is complex. It's important, and it's one that we need to, and we will, face straight on," Davis said. "I think on the topic of distance, we've been steadfast to say that we do not think increased distance is necessarily good for the game."

    Davis' comments echoed his thoughts in November, when he stated that the impact of increased distance has been "horrible" for the game. Those comments drew a strong rebuke from Titleist CEO Wally Uihlein, who claimed there was "no evidence" to support Davis' argument.

    That argument, again reiterated Tuesday, centers on the rising costs associated with both acquiring and maintaining increased footprints for courses. Davis claimed that 1 in 4 courses in the U.S. is currently "not making money," and noted that while U.S. Open venues were 6,800-6,900 yards at the start of his USGA tenure, the norm is now closer to 7,400-7,500 yards.

    "You ask yourself, 'What has this done for the game? How has that made the game better?'" Davis said. "I think if we look at it, and as we look to the future, we're asking ourselves, saying, 'We want the game of golf to be fun.' We want it to continue to be challenging and really let your skills dictate what scores you should shoot versus necessarily the equipment.

    "But at the same time, we know there are pressures on golf courses. We know those pressures are going to become more acute."