Levi on Top at Constellation Energy

By Sports NetworkOctober 2, 2004, 4:00 pm
HUNT VALLEY, Md. -- Wayne Levi eagled the 16th hole on Saturday en route to a 4-under 68 and the second-round lead of the Constellation Energy Classic. He stands at 12-under-par 132 and leads by two over Jose Maria Canizares and Graham Marsh at Hayfields Country Club.
 
Canizares was tied for the lead with Levi late on the back nine, but bogeyed the 17th. He and Marsh each posted matching rounds of 6-under 66 and are knotted at 10-under-par 134.
 
Gil Morgan and Bob Gilder shot 5-under 67 and share fourth at minus-9.
 
Levi tallied three birdies in his first five holes, and appeared to be cruising to the winner's circle Sunday afternoon. He bogeyed the 11th when he pulled a 7-iron, but rebounded with a 15-foot birdie putt at No. 12 to maintain a big lead.
 
But Canizares flew up the leaderboard, thanks to four birdies on his front nine, all from inside 6 feet. He birdied three in a row from the 14th to match Levi in the lead at 11 under par.
 
Canizares missed the short grass off the tee at the 17th, then failed to find the green with his second. He chipped to 10 feet, but missed his par putt to fall one back.
 
Levi extended the lead at the par-5 16th. He found the fairway with his drive and had 212 yards for his second. Levi hit a 3-iron to 12 feet and made the eagle putt to move three clear of Canizares.
 
Trouble loomed for Levi off the 17th tee. He drove in the right rough and his ball nestled down into the thick stuff. Levi hit a long shot trying to run it up to the green, but his ball plugged and he made bogey. Levi parred the 18th to preserve his two-shot lead.
 
'These guys are good,' said Levi, whose only win on the elder circuit came at last year's 3M Championship. 'I'm going to have to put up some numbers tomorrow.
 
'I'll just keep doing the things I've been doing. I've got to make putts like I have been. You've got to have guts. You've got to be careful out there. Tomorrow is the day.'
 
Marsh collected only one birdie on the front nine, but caught fire on the back. He birdied 10, 11, 13 and 16, then closed out his round with an 8-foot birdie putt at 18 to get within two of his first Champions Tour victory since the 1999 Tradition.
 
Tom Watson, who will have season-ending hip surgery on Tuesday, carded his second 4-under 68 in as many days and is part of a group tied for sixth. Jerry Pate (66), Mark McNulty (68) and Rodger Davis (71) joined Watson at 8-under-par 136.
 
Vicente Fernandez (66), Des Smyth (69) and Jim Ahern (68) share 10th place at minus-7.
 
Defending champion Larry Nelson improved from his opening-round 74 on Saturday. He shot a 3-under 69 in the second round and is part of a logjam in 49th place at 1-under-par 143.
 
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    Suspended Hensby offers details on missed drug test

    By Will GrayDecember 12, 2017, 11:30 pm

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    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.

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    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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    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.”

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