Medalist Tway Advance at US Am

By Sports NetworkAugust 23, 2006, 4:00 pm
CHASKA, Minn. -- Billy Horschel, the medalist who established a new USGA record on Monday with an 11-under-par 60, defeated Ray Sheedy, 3 and 2 Wednesday to move past the first round of match-play at the U.S. Amateur Championship.
 
Horschel advanced to the second round at Hazeltine National Golf Club, which, along with The Chaska Town Course, hosted the first two rounds of the stroke play portion of the tournament.
 
He will face David Merkow in the next round after Merkow toppled Ben Leong, 5 and 3.
 
Kevin Tway, the son of former PGA Champion Bob Tway and the 2005 U.S. Junior Amateur champion, knocked off Lloyd Saltman, 4 and 3.
 
'I played pretty well,' said Kevin Tway. 'I'm just trying to hit fairways and greens and putt pretty well. You have to make some birdies, so just capitalize on that.'
 
Tway now has a second-round match with Canadian Ryan Yip, who was a 2 and 1 winner over Jason Kang.
 
Oliver Fisher beat Drew Weaver, 2 and 1 on Wednesday and will meet Jim Renner, a 2 and 1 victor over Michael McGowan, Thursday morning. Jonathan Hodge scored one of the larger wins on Wednesday with a 6 and 5 thumping of Beck Troutman. That sets up a second-round duel with John Hahn, a 2 and 1 winner over Derek Fathauer.
 
Matthew Swan bested Canadian Greg Machtaler, 5 and 4 to advance against Ryan Posey, who needed 21 holes to stop Ben Fox.
 
Perhaps the most intriguing second-round match pits reigning U.S. Amateur Public Links champion, Casey Watabu, who defeated James Love, 1-up, and Trip Kuehne, who lost to Tiger Woods in the final of the 1994 U.S. Amateur Championship. Kuehne hammered Chris Rogers, 5 and 3.
 
Eddie Olson won 1-up over Michael Schachner and will meet John Kelly in round two. Kelly moved into round two with a 3 and 1 victory over Daryl Fathauer. Dustin Johnson, a 1-up winner over Justin Fraley on Wednesday, will tee it up on Thursday with Jon McLean, the most lopsided winner in the first round with a 7 and 5 thrashing of Jon Sauer.
 
Mark Harrell, who finished second in stroke play, did not fare as well in the match play. He lost 3 and 2 Roberto Castro, who will now face Joseph Bramlett, who knocked off Julien Guerrier, 2 and 1 on Wednesday.
 
Webb Simpson won his match 2-up against Todd Mitchell. That means he will meet Luke Bakke in the second round after Bakke beat Rory Hie 1-up after one extra hole.
 
Alex Prugh, a 2 and 1 winner against Daniel Summerhays, will battle it out on Thursday with Jeffrey Castle, a 3 and 2 victor over Tarik Can. Bronson La'Cassie outlasted Andres Echavarria 3 and 2 in the opening round and will play Mark Strickland, a 3 and 1 winner over Josh Esler.
 
Kyle Davis won 4 and 3 over Shane Prante and plays Jonathan Moore on Thursday after Moore dismantled Skip Berkmeyer, 6 and 5. Antti Ahokas bested Rhys Davies 4 and 2 to set up a match against Richie Ramsay, a 5 and 3 victor over Mark Leon, on Friday.
 
Rickie Fowler, who toppled Jeff Bell 5 and 4, will play Andrew DiBitetto on Friday. DiBitetto bettered Robby Ormand to the tune of 4 and 3. Pablo Martin took 21 holes to eliminate Tyrone Mordt and set up Thursday's battle with Greg Carlin, who sent Kevin Chappell packing after a 2 and 1 loss.
 
Both the second and third rounds will be played on Thursday with the quarterfinals on Friday and the semifinals on Saturday. The 36-hole final will take place on Sunday.
 
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    Ortiz takes Web.com Tour clubhouse lead in Bahamas

    By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 16, 2018, 2:19 am

    Former Web.com Tour Player of the Year Carlos Ortiz shot a bogey-free, 4-under-par 68 Monday to take the clubhouse lead in The Bahamas Great Exuma Classic at Sandals Emerald Bay.

    Four other players - Lee McCoy, Brandon Matthews, Sung Jae Im and Mark Anderson - were still on the course and tied with Ortiz at 6-under 210 when third-round play was suspended by darkness at 5:32 p.m. local time. It is scheduled to resume at 7:15 a.m. Tuesday.

    Ortiz, a 26-year-old from Guadalajara, Mexico, is in search of his fourth Web.com Tour victory. In 2014, the former University of North Texas standout earned a three-win promotion on his way to being voted Web.com Tour Player of the Year.

    McCoy, a 23-year-old from Dunedin, Fla., is looking to become the first player to earn medalist honors at Q-School and then win the opening event of the season.

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    Randall's Rant: Can we please have some rivalries?

    By Randall MellJanuary 16, 2018, 12:00 am

    Memo to the golf gods:

    If you haven’t finalized the fates of today’s stars for the new year, could we get you to deliver what the game has lacked for so long?

    Can we get a real, honest-to-goodness rivalry?

    It’s been more than two decades since the sport has been witness to one.

    With world No. 1 Dustin Johnson and former world No. 1 Rory McIlroy at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship this week, an early-season showdown would percolate hope that this year might be all about rivalries.

    It seems as if the stars are finally aligned to make up for our long drought of rivalries, of the recurring clashes you have so sparingly granted through the game’s history.

    We’re blessed in a new era of plenty, with so many young stars blossoming, and with Tiger Woods offering hope he may be poised for a comeback. With Johnson, McIlroy, Jordan Spieth, Jason Day, Justin Thomas, Jon Rahm, Hideki Matsuyama, Brooks Koepka and Rickie Fowler among today’s dynamic cast, the possibility these titans will time their runs together on the back nine of Sundays in majors excites.

    We haven’t seen a real rivalry since Greg Norman and Nick Faldo sparred in the late '80s and early '90s.

    Woods vs. Phil Mickelson didn’t really count. While Lefty will be remembered for carving out a Hall of Fame career in the Tiger era, with 33 victories, 16 of them with Tiger in the field, five of them major championships, we get that Tiger had no rival, not in the most historic sense.


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    Phil never reached No. 1, was never named PGA Tour Player of the Year, never won a money title and never dueled with Woods on Sunday on the back nine of a major with the title on the line.  Still, it doesn’t diminish his standing as the best player not named Tiger Woods over the last 20 years. It’s a feat so noteworthy it makes him one of the game’s all-time greats.

    We’ve been waiting for an honest-to-goodness rivalry since Faldo and Norman took turns ruling at world No. 1 and dueling in big events, including the back nine of multiple majors. 

    In the '70s, we had Nicklaus-Watson. In the '60s, it was Nicklaus-Palmer. In the '40s and '50s, it was Hogan, Snead and Nelson in a triumvirate mix, and in the '20s and '30s we had Hagen and Sarazen.

    While dominance is the magic ingredient that can break a sport out of its niche, a dynamic rivalry is the next best elixir.

    Dustin Johnson looks capable of dominating today’s game, but there’s so much proven major championship talent on his heels. It’s hard to imagine him consistently fending off all these challengers, but it’s the fending that would captivate us.

    Johnson vs. McIlroy would be a fireworks show. So would Johnson vs. Thomas, or Thomas vs. Day or McIlroy vs. Rahm or Fowler vs. Koepka ... or any of those combinations.

    Spieth is a wild card that intrigues.

    While he’s not a short hitter, he isn’t the power player these other guys are, but his iron game, short game, putter and moxie combine to make him the most compelling challenger of all. His resolve, resilience and resourcefulness in the final round of his British Open victory at Royal Birkdale make him the most interesting amalgam of skill since Lee Trevino.

    Woods vs. any of them? Well, if we get that, we promise never to ask for anything more.

    So, if that cosmic calendar up there isn’t filled, how about it? How about a year of rivalries to remember?

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    McIlroy: 2018 may be my busiest season ever

    By Will GrayJanuary 15, 2018, 6:28 pm

    With his return to competition just days away, Rory McIlroy believes that the 2018 season may be the most action packed of his pro career.

    The 28-year-old has not teed it up since the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship in early October, a hiatus he will end at this week's Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship. It will be the start of a busy spring for the Ulsterman, who will also play next week in Dubai before a run of six PGA Tour events leading up to the Masters.

    Speaking to the U.K.'s Telegraph, McIlroy confirmed that he will also make a return trip to the British Masters in October and plans to remain busy over the next 12 months.

    "I might play more times this year than any before. I played 28 times in 2008 and I'm on track to beat that," McIlroy said. "I could get to 30 (events), depending on where I'm placed in the Race to Dubai. But I'll see."

    McIlroy's ambitious plan comes in the wake of a frustrating 2017 campaign, when he injured his ribs in his first start and twice missed chunks of time in an effort to recover. He failed to win a worldwide event and finished the year ranked outside the top 10, both of which had not happened since 2008.

    But having had more than three months to get his body and swing in shape, McIlroy is optimistic heading into the first of what he hopes will be eight starts in the 12 weeks before he drives down Magnolia Lane.

    "I've worked hard on my short game and I'm probably feeling better with the putter than I ever have," McIlroy said. "I've had a lot of time to concentrate on everything and it all feels very good and a long way down the road."

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    What's in the Bag: Sony Open winner Kizzire

    By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 15, 2018, 6:05 pm

    Patton Kizzire earned his second PGA Tour victory by winning a six-hole playoff at the Sony Open in Hawaii. Take a look inside his bag.

    Driver: Titleist 917D3 (10.5 degrees), with Fujikura Atmos Black 6 X shaft

    Fairway Wood: Titleist 917F2 (16.5 degrees), with Aldila Tour Blue 95 TX shaft

    Hybrid: Titleist 913H (19 degrees), with UST Mamiya AXIV Core 100 Hybrid shaft

    Irons: Titleist 718 T-MB (4), 718 CB (5-6), 718 MB (7-9), with True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shafts

    Wedges: Titleist SM7 prototype (47, 52, 56, 60 degrees), with True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shafts

    Putter: Scotty Cameron GoLo Tour prototype

    Ball: Titleist Pro V1x