Lafeber Leads Clarke Two Back in Scotland

By Sports NetworkJuly 8, 2005, 4:00 pm
2005 Barclays Scottish OpenGLASGOW, Scotland -- Maarten Lafeber fired a 7-under 63 Friday to move to the top of the leaderboard after two rounds of The Barclays Scottish Open. Lafeber stands at 12-under-par 130.
 
Angel Cabrera, who shared the first-round lead with Stuart Little, posted a 4-under 67. He stands alone in second place at minus-11. Alastair Forsyth fired a 64 to move into a tie for third at 10-under-par 132 along with Darren Clarke and Jonathan Lomas, who each shot 65.
 
Lafeber played the back nine first at Loch Lomond Golf Club and got off to a hot start. He drained a birdie on the par-3 11th to get to 5 under.
 
For the second straight round, Lafeber tallied back-to-back birdies from the 13th. He birdied the par-4 18th to make the turn at minus-8.
 
The 30-year-old birdied the par-5 third for the second day in a row. Lafeber came back with a birdie on the par-5 sixth. He made it two in a row with a birdie on No. 7. The 2003 Dutch Open winner closed with a birdie at the last to cap off a bogey-free round.
 
'I was doing fine, playing solid all year and stuff, but I felt the mental side of my game was letting me down. I thought that my self-confidence was low and that I was struggling on the course as a result,' said Lafeber, who caught up with his sports psychologist on Wednesday. 'I got positive really quickly and that helped me out yesterday and again today. It's paying off.'
 
Cabrera played his first eight holes at minus-one after a birdie on the third. He ran in consecutive birdie putts from the ninth to get to minus-10.
 
The Argentine tripped to a bogey at the par-three 11th. Cabrera converted a birdie on the 13th and made it two straight with a birdie at the next. He closed with four straight pars to take second place.
 
'I played much better than yesterday, but scored three shots more. That happens in golf,' Cabrera said. 'I only missed one fairway and two greens, but I still think the score is okay. I played really good and had birdie chances on nearly every hole apart from the 18th. However, today was the easiest I've ever seen Loch Lomond, no wind or rain and not like usual at all.'
 
Gary Orr fired a 6-under 65 in the second round to move to 9-under-par 133. He was joined there by Tim Clark (66), Greg Owen (66) and Richard Sterne (68). Simon Khan and Lee Westwood were one stroke further back in a tie for 10th at minus-8.
 
Tom Lehman, the 2006 U.S. Ryder Cup captain, is in a group at 7-under-par 135 after a 69. World No. 3 Ernie Els is one stroke further back at minus-6.
 
Little struggled to a 2-over 73. He slipped into a tie for 31st at 5-under-par 137.
 
Defending champion Thomas Levet carded a 3-under 68 to make the cut at 3-under-par 139. The cut line fell at minus-2 with 72 players moving on to the weekend.
 
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    Suspended Hensby offers details on missed drug test

    By Will GrayDecember 12, 2017, 11:30 pm

    One day after receiving a one-year suspension from the PGA Tour for failing to provide a sample for a drug test, Mark Hensby offered details on the events that led to his missed test in October.

    Hensby, 46, released a statement explaining that the test in question came after the opening round of the Sanderson Farms Championship, where the Aussie opened with a 78. Frustrated about his play, Hensby said he was prepared to give a blood sample but was then informed that the test would be urine, not blood.

    "I had just urinated on the eighth hole, my 17th hole that day, and knew that I was probably unable to complete the urine test for at least a couple more hours," Hensby said. "I told this gentleman that I would complete the test in the morning prior to my early morning tee time. Another gentleman nearby told me that 'they have no authority to require me to stay.' Thus, I left."

    Hensby explained that he subsequently received multiple calls and texts from PGA Tour officials inquiring as to why he left without providing a sample and requesting that he return to the course.

    "I showed poor judgment in not responding," said Hensby, who was subsequently disqualified from the tournament.

    Hensby won the 2004 John Deere Classic, but he has missed six cuts in seven PGA Tour starts over the last two years. He will not be eligible to return to the Tour until Oct. 26, 2018.

    "Again, I made a terrible decision to not stay around that evening to take the urine test," Hensby said. "Obviously in hindsight I should have been more patient, more rational and taken the test. Call me stupid, but don't call me a cheater. I love the game. I love the integrity that it represents, and I would never compromise the values and qualities that the game deserves."

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    Day's wife shares emotional story of miscarriage

    By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 12, 2017, 4:12 pm

    Jason Day’s wife revealed on social media that the couple had a miscarriage last month.

    Ellie Day, who announced her pregnancy on Nov. 4, posted an emotional note on Instagram that she lost the baby on Thanksgiving.

    “I found out the baby had no heartbeat anymore. I was devastated,” she wrote. “I snuck out the back door of my doctor, a hot, sobbing, mascara-covered mess. Two and a half weeks went by witih me battling my heart and brain about what was happening in my body, wondering why this wouldn’t just be over.”

    The Days, who have two children, Dash and Lucy, decided to go public to help others who have suffered similar heartbreak.

    “I hope you know you aren’t alone and I hope you feel God wrap his arms around you when you feel the depths of sorrow and loss,” she wrote.  

    Newsmaker of the Year: No. 5, Sergio Garcia

    By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 12, 2017, 1:00 pm

    This was the year it finally happened for Sergio Garcia.

    The one-time teen phenom, known for years as “El Nino,” entered the Masters as he had dozens of majors beforehand – shouldered with the burden of being the best player without a major.

    Garcia was 0-for-72 driving down Magnolia Lane in April, but after a thrilling final round and sudden-death victory over Justin Rose, the Spaniard at long last captured his elusive first major title.

    The expectation for years was that Garcia might land his white whale on a British links course, or perhaps at a U.S. Open where his elite ball-striking might shine. Instead it was on the storied back nine at Augusta National that he came alive, chasing down Rose thanks in part to a memorable approach on No. 15 that hit the pin and led to an eagle.


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    A green jacket was only the start of a transformative year for Garcia, 37, who heaped credit for his win on his then-fiancee, Angela Akins. The two were married in July, and months later the couple announced that they were expecting their first child to arrive just ahead of Garcia’s return to Augusta, where he'll host his first champions’ dinner.

    And while players often cling to the notion that a major win won’t intrinsically change them, there was a noticeable difference in Garcia over the summer months. The weight of expectation, conscious or otherwise, seemed to lift almost instantly. Like other recent Masters champs, he took the green jacket on a worldwide tour, with stops at Wimbledon and a soccer match between Real Madrid and Barcelona.

    The player who burst onto the scene as a baby-faced upstart is now a grizzled veteran with nearly two decades of pro golf behind him. While the changes this year occurred both on and off the course, 2017 will always be remembered as the year when Garcia finally, improbably, earned the title of major champion.


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    Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017

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