LeBruns 61 Good for 36-Hole Lead

By Sports NetworkJuly 15, 2005, 4:00 pm
Scholarship America ShowdownHUDSON, Wis. -- Steve LeBrun set a new course record on Friday with his 9-under 61 in the second round of the Scholarship America Showdown. LeBrun stands at 14-under-par 126 through 36 holes at Troy Burne Golf Club.
LeBrun's 61 broke Kyle Thompson's course record by one stroke and LeBrun's 36- hole total smashed Thompson's record of 130 from last year.
Chad Wilfong, who played with LeBrun, posted a 7-under 63 to move into a tie for second place at 10-under-par 130. Steven Bowditch, who won the Jacob's Creek Open earlier this season, also moved to minus-10 with a 65.
Anthony Painter, Tim Simpson, Jerry Smith and Jon Mills share fourth place at 7-under-par 133.
LeBrun, 27, was on fire right from the start, opening with birdies on the first three holes. He dropped in a birdie putt on the sixth and moved to 10 under with a birdie at seven. He then birdied the eighth to cap his second run of three straight birdies.
'It was a nice way to start, especially on Friday,' LeBrun said. 'I think my Friday scoring average is probably around 77 going into today. I started off with three birdies and you can't beat that. You get to 8 under and you're not thinking about the cut anymore, you're thinking about trying to win the tournament or getting yourself in position to win it.'
LeBrun stumbled to a bogey on nine to fall back to minus-10. The Floridian converted back-to-back birdie chances from the 11th and got to 13 under with an 8-foot birdie putt on the par-3 15th. LeBrun closed out his round with a 25-foot birdie putt at the last to set a new course record.
'It's definitely my best round ever,' said LeBrun, who has never been higher than tied for 18th after 36 holes in any of his 17 career starts on the Nationwide Tour. 'Chad and I were both feeding off each other, especially early on. We were both making so many putts.'
Wilfong matched LeBrun's run of three straight birdies from the first. He then dropped in a birdie on the fifth to start another run of three birdies in a row.
The 24-year-old parred his next five holes. Wilfong, who made the cut for the second time in seven career Nationwide Tour starts, stumbled to a bogey on the par-three 13th.
Wilfong converted consecutive birdie putts from the 16th to move into a tie for second place.
'I looked at him and said, 'What did you shoot?' and he said '61.' I just threw my card up at that point because 63 is no good,' Wilfong said of his talk with LeBrun walking off the 18th green. 'He played well. It was fun to be a part of it.'
Bowditch opened with a birdie on the first and sank back-to-back birdies from the fifth to move to 8 under. The Australian stumbled to a bogey on the seventh, but came right back to birdie the eighth. He then managed two birdies over his final nine holes to tie for second.
'I started driving the ball better, though I'm still making a few terrible swings,' said Bowditch. 'Because I'm starting to drive it good, I took driver on absolutely every hole I could today.'
First-round leader Brandt Snedeker struggled to a 1-over 71. He stands at 6-under-par 134 alongside John Merrick, David Morland IV, Jason Dufner and Charley Hoffman. Jason Gore, who won the Pete Dye Classic last week, leads a group at minus-5.
The cut line fell at 1-over-par 141 with 65 players moving on to the final two rounds.
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    By Grill Room TeamDecember 18, 2017, 3:22 pm

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    Thomas entered the year ranked outside the top 20, and few might have pegged him for a transcendent campaign. But he kicked off January with a win in Hawaii, added another before leaving the Aloha State and never looked back.

    Thomas’ seminal moment came in August when he captured the PGA Championship at Quail Hollow for his breakthrough major title. One month after greeting Jordan Spieth behind the final green at Royal Birkdale, this time it was Thomas’ turn to have friends stick around to snap pictures with the trophy that signaled his arrival among golf’s upper echelon.

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    In addition to racking up the hardware – five in total, including the inaugural CJ Cup at Nine Bridges in his first start of the new wraparound season – Thomas dazzled with style. His runaway win at the Sony Open included an opening-round 59, and his third-round 63 at Erin Hills marked the first time anyone had ever shot 9 under on a U.S. Open venue.

    Thomas’ consistency was rewarded at East Lake, when a runner-up finish at the Tour Championship netted him the season-long title and $10 million prize. It was in the subsequent press conference where he shared the goals list he had written into his cell phone in February, having ticked off nearly every one. It showed a dedicated attention to detail as well the tactical approach with which Thomas had steered his rapid ascent.

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    By Associated PressDecember 17, 2017, 11:36 pm

    ORLANDO, Fla. - Angel Cabrera and Angel Cabrera Jr. closed with a 12-under 60 for a three-shot victory in their debut at the PNC Father/Son Challenge.

    The Cabreras opened with a 59 at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club and were challenged briefly by the defending champions, David Duval and Nick Karavites, in the scramble format Sunday. The Argentines went out in 30, and they had a two-shot lead with Cabrera's son came within an inch of chipping in for eagle on the final hole.

    They finished at 25-under 199 for a three-shot victory over Duval and Karavites, and Bernhard Langer and Jason Langer. The Langer team won in 2014.

    Mark O'Meara and Shaun O'Meara tied for fourth at 21 under with Jerry Pate and Wesley Pate.

    Cabrera wasn't even in the field until two-time U.S. Open champion Curtis Strange and his son, Tom Strange, had to withdraw.

    Duval and his stepson went out in 28, but the Cabreras regained control by starting the back nine with back-to-back birdies, and then making birdies on the 13th, 14th and 16th. The final birdie allowed them to tie the tournament scoring record.

    ''This is certain my best week of the year,'' said Cabrera, the 2009 Masters champion and 2007 U.S. Open champion at Oakmont. ''To play alongside all the legends ... as well as playing alongside my son, has been the greatest week of the year.''

    The popular event is for players who have won a major championship or The Players Championship. It is a scramble format both days.

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