Levet Jimenez Lead BMW

By Sports NetworkAugust 28, 2004, 4:00 pm
European TourMUNICH, Germany -- Thomas Levet shot a 9-under 63 on Saturday to match fellow European Ryder Cup member Miguel Angel Jimenez in the lead after the third round of the BMW International Open. The duo finished 54 holes at 15-under-par 201 with a two-shot edge over Retief Goosen and Markus Brier.
The Ryder Cup quest of Colin Montgomerie and Fredrik Jacobson continued on Saturday as the duo moved into a tie for fifth with David Lynn and Peter Fowler at 12-under-par 204. Paul McGinley, who is currently 10th on the Ryder Cup European Points List, was one shot further back at 11-under-par 205.
Levet, who also shot a 63 when he won this year's Scottish Open, is having one of the strongest seasons of his career. The Frenchman has already wrapped up a spot on Bernhard Langer's team and continued his blistering pace this weekend that has seen him shoot 16 under par over the last two days.
'It was just one of those days when everything clicked together,' who matched his career best on the European Tour. 'All in all, when you shoot 9 under par in one day, there can't be much wrong with your game, so it is pretty good.'
He picked up his first birdie at the fourth and drained a 12-foot putt for a birdie at the par-5 sixth. Levet then made it two in a row with a birdie at the seventh and hit a stellar second shot that stopped within 10 feet of the hole at the par-5 ninth.
Levet ran home the eagle putt to reach 11 under around the turn. He kept firing on all cylinders on the back nine and reached the green in two at the par-5 11th. Levet two-putted for a birdie and played his approach to 3 feet for a birdie at the 13th.
The 35-year-old then headed to the difficult 14th, a whole he double bogeyed in the opening round. Levet's second shot came up short of the green at the par-4, but he chipped in for another birdie to move to minus-14.
Levet dropped his tee shot inside 11 feet for a birdie at the par-3 17th and needed an eagle at the par-5 18th to establish a new course record at Golfclub Mnchen Nord-Eichenried. His second shot to the last found a greenside bunker, however, and Levet left with a closing par.
'Nothing is far off as far as my game is concerned and it is pretty solid in every department,' said Levet. 'So I'm all set for The Ryder Cup and actually I'm looking forward to it.'
Jimenez, a three-time winner on the European Tour this season, hit his second shot to seven feet for a birdie at the par-4 fifth and rolled in a long birdie putt at the par-3 eighth.
The Spaniard added a birdie at the ninth but drove into the rough en route to a bogey at the 10th. Jimenez responded at the very next hole, reaching the green in two at the par-5 11th and two-putting for a birdie.
Jimenez, who had fallen behind the charging Levet, made a run to regain the top spot down the stretch. He collected back-to-back birdies from the 15th to match Levet at 15 under, but found trouble with a bogey at the 17th.
At the par-5 18th, Jimenez hit his second shot into heavy rough but played his third on to the front fringe about 16 feet from the hole. The 40-year-old sank the birdie putt to join Levet in the lead with one round to play.
'I very much like playing in Germany. I used to play a lot here because the course conditions and the weather is fantastic,' said Jimenez. 'The people are so great as well so I am very happy here.'
Goosen, who held the first-round lead, collected three birdies and a bogey over his first nine holes. The reigning U.S. Open champion struggled early on the back side with a pair of bogeys to go along with a birdie at the 11th, but closed with three birdies over his last four holes for a round of 68.
Brier eagled the last to finished alongside Goosen at 13-under-par 203 after a round of 67.
Defending champion Lee Westwood posted a 66 to join Soren Kjeldsen, Sebastien Fernandez and Tino Schuster in a tie for 10th at 10-under-par 206.
Ryder Cup hopefuls Luke Donald and Alex Cejka followed at 9-under-par 207 along with Paul Casey, who has already secured his spot on the European squad, and Andrew Raitt.
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    Awards season: Handing out the 2017 Rexys

    By Rex HoggardDecember 14, 2017, 7:00 pm

    After careful consideration and an exhaustive review of 2017 we present The Rexys, a wildly incomplete and arbitrary line up following one of the most eventful years in golf.

     There will be omissions – just keep your calls, concerns and even e-mails to yourself. We appreciate your patronage, but not your feedback.

    It’s Not You, It’s Me Award. You know the deal: You can’t be a part of two until you’re a better one; but on this front it’s really just a desire to find a better two.

    It was a tough year for caddies, and not just any caddies. In June, Phil Mickelson split with longtime bagman Jim “Bones” Mackay. Both player and caddie cited the need for “change,” but the move reverberated throughout the game.

    “The fairytale is over,” mused one caddie when told of the high-profile split.

    In the wake of the Lefty/Bones break, Rory McIlroy split with his caddie J.P Fitzgerald, and Jason Day replaced looper/swing coach Colin Swatton on his bag. It all proves yet again that there are only two kinds of caddies, those who have been fired and those who are about to be fired.

    Run for the Rose Cup. Sergio Garcia got the green jacket, a lifetime exemption to the game’s most coveted member-member and a long-awaited major, but Justin Rose took home the slightly less prestigious “Rose Cup.”

    Following a frenzied afternoon at Augusta National in April, Rose lost to Garcia on the first playoff hole, but he won so much more with his honesty and class.

    “You're going to win majors and you're going to lose majors, but you've got to be willing to lose them,” Rose figured following the final round. “You've got to put yourself out there. You've got to hit the top of the leaderboard. There's a lot of pressure out there and if you're not willing to enjoy it, then you're not ready to win these tournaments. I loved it out there.”

    Few have made losing look so dignified and fewer still are as easy to root for.

    Half-Empty Cup. It was the perfect setting, with sweeping views of the Manhattan skyline and the promise of the Tristate masses descending on this fall’s Presidents Cup.

    If only all those rowdy New Yorkers had something to cheer.

    For the sixth time in the last seven matches, the U.S. team rolled to a victory of at least three points. This particular edition was even in danger of ending on Saturday afternoon thanks to a particularly dominant performance by a young American squad led by Steve Stricker.

    Officials spoke of the purity of the competition and the attention the ’17 cup generated, but however you spin the 19-11 rout, this cup is half empty.

    Enigma Award. The actual hardware is simply an oversized question mark and was sent directly to Tiger Woods’ South Florida compound following the most curious of seasons.

    While it’s become customary in recent years to consider the uncertain path that awaits the 14-time major winner, this most recent calendar brought an entirely new collection of questions following fusion surgery on his lower back in April, his arrest for DUI on Memorial Day and, finally, a glimmer of hope born from his tie for ninth at the Hero World Challenge earlier this month.

    When will he play again? Can he compete against the current generation of world-beaters? Can his body withstand the rigors of a full PGA Tour schedule? Should Jim Furyk make him a captain’s pick now or wait to see if he should be driving a vice captain’s golf cart instead?

    Little is certain when it comes to Woods, and the over-sized question mark goes to ... the guy in red and black.

    After Further Review Chalice. In April, Lexi Thompson endured a heartbreaking loss at the ANA Inspiration, the byproduct of a surreal ruling that arrived a day late via a viewer e-mail and cost the would-be winner a major championship.

    The entire event was so unsavory that the USGA and R&A made not one but two alterations to the rules and created a “working group” to avoid similar snafus in the future.

    That working group – it turns out the U.S. Ryder Cup team has some sort of copyright on “task force” – initially issued a decision that introduced a “reasonable judgment” and a “naked eye” standard to video reviews, and last week the rule makers kept the changes coming.

    The new protocols on video review will now include an official to monitor tournament broadcasts and ended the practice of allowing fans to call in, or in this case e-mail, possible infractions to officials. The USGA and R&A also eliminated the two-stroke penalty for players who sign incorrect scorecards when the player is unaware of the penalty.

    While all this might be a step in the right direction, it does nothing to change Thompson’s fate. The AFR Chalice won’t change the harsh reality, but at least it will serve as a reminder of how she helped altered the rulemaking landscape.

    Nothing Runs Like a Deere Award. Nothing gets fans fired up like officials turning fields of fescue rough into hay on the eve of a major championship, and the USGA’s decision to do some 11th-hour trimming at Erin Hills in June certainly caught many by surprise.

    Officials said the nip/tuck on four holes was in reaction to a particularly foreboding forecast that never materialized, and the maintenance drew the ire of some players.

    “We have 60 yards from left line to right line,” Rory McIlroy said. “You’ve got 156 of the best players in the world here; if we can’t hit it within that avenue, you might as well pack your bags and go home.”

    The record low scoring at the U.S. Open – winner Brooks Koepka finished with a 16-under total – didn’t help ease the fervor and had some questioning whether the softer side of the USGA has gone a bit too far?

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    Podcast: Daly takes big pride in 'Little John'

    By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 14, 2017, 5:28 pm

    John Daly is a two-time major champion, but the newest trophy in his household belongs to someone else.

    That’s because Daly’s son, 14-year-old Little John “LJ” Daly, rallied to capture an IJGT junior golf event over the weekend. The younger Daly birdied the first extra hole to win a five-person playoff at Harbour Town Golf Links, site of the PGA Tour’s RBC Heritage.

    Daly recently sat down for a Golf Channel podcast to describe what it’s like to cheer for his son and PNC Father-Son Challenge partner, share the unique challenge presented by the upcoming Diamond Resorts Invitational and reflect on some of the notable highs of a career that has now spanned more than 25 years.

    Sneds starts slowly in Masters invite bid

    By Will GrayDecember 14, 2017, 4:22 pm

    Brandt Snedeker flew halfway around the world in search of a Masters invite, but after one round of the Indonesian Masters it appears he'll likely return home empty-handed.

    Snedeker made only two birdies during his opening round in Indonesia, shooting an even-par 72 that left him in a tie for 77th and 10 shots behind leader Justin Rose. This is the final OWGR-rated event of 2017, and as a result it has drawn several notable entrants, including Snedeker, who hope to crack the top 50 in the world rankings by year's end to secure a trip to Augusta National.

    Full-field scores from the Indonesian Masters

    Snedeker started the year ranked No. 28, but after missing five months because of injury he entered the week ranked No. 51 and is projected to slip even further by the end of the month. As a result, he likely needs a top-3 finish in order to secure a return to the Masters, which he has missed only once since 2007.

    World No. 55 Dylan Frittelli also struggled, shooting a 4-over 76 in the opening round, while No. 56 Kiradech Aphibarnrat is tied for 14th at 4 under. Yusaku Miyazato, currently 58th in the world, is tied for ninth and five shots behind Rose.

    Should Snedeker and the other hopefuls fail to crack the top 50 by the end of the year, two paths to the Masters remain: win a full-point event on the PGA Tour in early 2018 or be inside the top 50 in the world rankings when the final cutoff is made on March 25.

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    Crosby selected as 2019 U.S. Walker Cup captain

    By Will GrayDecember 14, 2017, 3:19 pm

    The USGA announced that former U.S. Amateur champ Nathaniel Crosby will serve as the American captain for the 2019 Walker Cup, which will be played at Royal Liverpool Golf Club in Hoylake, England.

    Crosby, 56, is the son of entertainment icon and golf enthusiast Bing Crosby. He won the 1981 U.S. Amateur at The Olympic Club as a teenager and earned low amateur honors at the 1982 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach. He also played in the 1983 Walker Cup, coincidentally held at Royal Liverpool, before embarking on a brief career in professional golf, with his amateur status reinstated in 1994.

    "I am thrilled and overwhelmed to be chosen captain of the next USA Walker Cup team," Crosby said in a statement. "Many of my closest friends are former captains who will hopefully take the time to share their approaches in an effort to help me with my new responsibilities."

    Crosby takes over the captaincy from John "Spider" Miller, who led the U.S. squad both in 2015 and earlier this year, when the Americans cruised to a 19-7 victory at Los Angeles Country Club.

    Crosby is a Florida resident and member at Seminole Golf Club, which will host the 2021 matches. While it remains to be seen if he'll be asked back as captain in 2021, each of the last six American captains have led a team on both home and foreign soil.

    Started in 1922, the Walker Cup is a 10-man, amateur match play competition pitting the U.S. against Great Britain and Ireland. The U.S. team holds a 37-9 all-time lead in the biennial matches but has not won in Europe since 2007.