Kresge Defeats Barnes in Nationwide Playoff

By Sports NetworkSeptember 24, 2006, 4:00 pm
Nationwide TourJUNCTION CITY, Oreg. -- Cliff Kresge defeated Ricky Barnes with a par on the third playoff hole Sunday to win the Oregon Classic, his first victory in four years and third overall on the Nationwide Tour.
 
Kresge and Barnes finished at 17-under-par 271 -- Kresge after his third consecutive five-under 67 and Barnes following his third straight four-under 68.
 
Playing in the final group, Barnes made a birdie on 18 to force the playoff, then returned to play Shadow Hills' par-five closing hole two more times.
 
On the first sudden-death hole, Barnes saved par from the rough while Kresge made his par the conventional way, from the fairway.
 
Both players then botched the second playoff hole, but in different ways: Kresge drove into the right rough, then knocked his approach into a greenside bunker, while Barnes hit his first two shots into the rough.
 
Barnes made par after two-putting from 45 feet. Kresge needed two putts from 15 feet for his par.
 
Switching to the par-four 10th for the next hole, both players teed off into the rough again. Kresge had the better approach, though, sticking his second shot onto the green 20 feet from the hole and then watching as Barnes' sailed the putting surface.
 
Barnes chipped to five feet and Kresge lagged a birdie try within six inches.
 
After his opponent tapped in for his par, Barnes missed the downhill knee- knocker to give Kresge the win.
 
'You never like to win like that, you always want to make one to win,' said Kresge. 'Honestly, though, we'll all take them any way we can get them.'
 
Though Sunday's win was his first since 2002, Kresge has had an impressive season. He won $81,000 on Sunday and moved to No. 2 on the Nationwide Tour money list with $294,262.
 
'This feels great and now I'm just one place away from where I want to be,' said Kresge, who had six birdies and one bogey in the final round -- all on his first 11 holes.
 
Barnes, the 2002 U.S. Amateur champion, was seeking his first Nationwide Tour win. He had five birdies and one bogey on Sunday.
 
This was the ninth playoff on the Nationwide Tour this season. Kresge is no stranger to winning this way. He's 3-0 all-time in playoffs.
 
'Once you're in a playoff, the pressure's off because the worst you can do is second,' he said.
 
Tim Wilkinson, who shared the third-round lead with Barnes, shot a three-under 69 and finished in third place at 16-under 272. Chris Baryla had a 68 and ended in fourth at 13-under 275, while Scott Dunlap was one shot further back at 276 following a 67.
 
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    By Golf Channel DigitalNovember 24, 2017, 1:33 pm

    Updated at 11:14 a.m. ET

    An Instagram user known as hwalks posted photos to her account that included images of Tiger Woods, President Trump and Dustin Johnson Friday at Trump National, as well as video of Woods' swing.



    Original story:

    Tiger Woods is scheduled to make his return to competition next week at his Hero World Challenge. But first, a (quick) round with the President.

    President Donald Trump tweeted on Friday that he was going to play at Trump National Golf Club in Jupiter, Fla., alongside Woods and world No. 1 Dustin Johnson.



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    By Associated PressNovember 24, 2017, 1:19 pm

    HONG KONG – S.S.P. Chawrasia extended his lead at the Hong Kong Open to two strokes Friday after a 4-under 66 in the second round.

    Chawrasia, who had led by one at the Hong Kong Golf Club, is at 9-under 131 overall and took as much as a five-stroke lead at one point.

    ''Yesterday I was putting very well, and today, also I make some up and downs. I saved a couple of short putts. That's why I think I'm leading by two shots most probably,'' the Indian said. ''The next two days, I'm just looking forward.''


    Full-field scores from the UBS Hong Kong Open


    Thomas Aiken (64) is second, followed by Alexander Bjork (66), Joakim Lagergren (66), Poom Saksansin (68) and Julian Suri (67) at 5 under 135.

    Aiken's round was the lowest of the tournament.

    ''It is tough out there. The greens are really firm. You've got to hit the fairway,'' Aiken said. ''If you get above the holes, putts can get away from you.''

    Justin Rose (69) had six birdies, but three bogeys and a double-bogey at the par 3 12th kept him at 3 under for the tournament.

    Masters champion Sergio Garcia (71), playing for the first time in Hong Kong, was at even par, as was defending champion Sam Brazel (71) and 2014 champion Scott Hend (67).

    ''I have to play better,'' Garcia said. ''The way I felt like I played, it's difficult. This kind of course, you need to play well to shoot a good score.''

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    By Nick MentaNovember 24, 2017, 6:40 am

    Jason Day posted a second-round 68 to move himself just one off the lead held by Lucas Herbert through two rounds at the Emirates Australian Open. Here’s where things stand after 36 holes in Sydney.

    Leaderboard: Herbert (-9), Day (-8), Cameron Davis (-7), Anthony Quayle (-6), Matt Jones (-4), Cameron Smith (-4), Nick Cullen (-4), Richard Green (-4)

    What it means: Day is in search of his first worldwide victory of 2017. The former world No. 1 last visited the winner’s circle in May 2016, when he won The Players at TPC Sawgrass. A win this week would close out a difficult year for the Aussie who struggled with his game while also helping his mother in her battle with cancer. Day’s last victory on his native soil came in 2013, when he partnered with Adam Scott to win the World Cup of Golf for Australia at Royal Melbourne.


    Full-field scores from the Emirates Australian Open


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    Best of the rest: Matt Jones, who won this event over Jordan Spieth and Adam Scott two years ago, turned in 4-under 67. Jones is best known to American audiences for his playoff victory at the 2014 Shell Houston Open and for holding the 36-hole lead at the 2015 PGA Championship at Whistling Straits, which was eventually won by Day. Jones will start the weekend five shots off the lead, at 4 under par.

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    Full-field scores from the Emirates Australian Open


    Ogilvy used an example from American baseball to help get his point across to an Australian audience.

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