Mr Bean Closing In on First Title

By Sports NetworkJune 5, 2004, 4:00 pm
ADA, Mich. -- Andy Bean fired a 7-under 65 Saturday to move into a share of the lead after two rounds of the Farmers Charity Classic. Bean was joined atop the leaderboard by Bob Gilder at 10-under-par 134, three shots clear of their closest competitors.
Sammy Rachels, who held the opening-round lead, managed a 1-over 73 Saturday at Egypt Valley Golf Club to fall back into a tie for third. Rachels was joined by Stewart Ginn, Jim Thorpe, Tom Purtzer and Vicente Fernandez at 7-under-par 137.
Bean, who will be in search of his first career victory on the Champions Tour since joining the senior circuit last year, ran off six consecutive pars to start his round before his first birdie of the day at the par-5 seventh. He then birdied the par-3 eighth to make it two in a row and stand at 5 under around the turn.
At the par-3 12th, Bean hit his tee ball close to the hole and watched as the ball stopped within 2 feet of the cup. He tapped in for birdie before hitting a huge drive at the par-5 13th.
Bean played his approach inside three feet for a short eagle putt and left himself with 18 feet left for a birdie at the very next hole. Bean then drained the birdie try to reach 9 under.
The 51-year-old scrambled off the tee at the par-3 16th, but converted a 16-footer to save par. Bean then dropped his approach within 5 feet of the cup for a birdie at the last to secure a share of the 36-hole lead.
'It's about to be fun again,' said Bean, who won 11 times in his PGA Tour career.
Gilder, a seven-time winner on the Champions Tour who is looking for his first win of the season, tallied his first birdie at the par-4 second and added a birdie at the sixth to climb to minus-8.
He hit his second shot within a few inches of the cup for a birdie at the ninth and moved into the lead with a birdie at the very next hole.
Gilder found trouble with a bogey at the 16th, but came right back with a birdie at the par-5 17th.
At the 18th, Gilder hit an 8-iron 6 feet past the hole and sank the birdie putt to assume a share of the lead with one round to play.
'I've hit the ball really well the last two days,' said Gilder, whose best finish this season is a tie for third at the Kinko's Classic.
Hale Irwin, who won his fourth Senior PGA Championship last Monday at Valhalla, shot a 5-under 67 to move within striking distance of the leaders at 6-under-par 138 along with Mark McNulty, Jerry Pate, Fred Gibson, James Mason and last year's runner-up, Eamonn Darcy.
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  • Day (68) just one back at Australian Open

    By Nick MentaNovember 24, 2017, 6:40 am

    Jason Day posted a second-round 68 to move himself just one off the lead held by Lucas Herbert through two rounds at the Emirates Australian Open. Here’s where things stand after 36 holes in Sydney.

    Leaderboard: Herbert (-9), Day (-8), Cameron Davis (-7), Anthony Quayle (-6), Matt Jones (-4), Cameron Smith (-4), Nick Cullen (-4), Richard Green (-4)

    What it means: Day is in search of his first worldwide victory of 2017. The former world No. 1 last visited the winner’s circle in May 2016, when he won The Players at TPC Sawgrass. A win this week would close out a difficult year for the Aussie who struggled with his game while also helping his mother in her battle with cancer. Day’s last victory on his native soil came in 2013, when he partnered with Adam Scott to win the World Cup of Golf for Australia at Royal Melbourne.

    Full-field scores from the Emirates Australian Open

    Round of the day: Herbert followed an opening 67 with a round of 66 to vault himself into the lead at The Australian Golf Club. He made six birdies, including four on his second nine, against a lone bogey to take the outright lead. The 22-year-old, who held the lead at this event last year and captured low-amateur honors in 2014, is coming off a runner-up finish at the NSW Open Championship, which boosted him from 714th to 429th in the Official World Golf Ranking. His 5-under score was matched by Dale Brandt-Richards and Josh Cabban.

    Best of the rest: Matt Jones, who won this event over Jordan Spieth and Adam Scott two years ago, turned in 4-under 67. Jones is best known to American audiences for his playoff victory at the 2014 Shell Houston Open and for holding the 36-hole lead at the 2015 PGA Championship at Whistling Straits, which was eventually won by Day. Jones will start the weekend five shots off the lead, at 4 under par.

    Biggest disappointment: Spieth has a lot of work to do this weekend if he expects to be in the title picture for the fourth year in a row. Rounds of 70-71 have him eight shots behind the lead held by Herbert. Spieth made a birdie and a bogey on each side Friday to turn in level par. The reigning champion golfer of the year has finished first, second and first at this event over the last three years.

    Storyline to watch this weekend: The Australian Open is the first event of the 2018 Open Qualifying Series. The leading three players who finish in the top 10 and who are not otherwise exempt will receive invites into next summer’s Open Championship at Carnoustie.

    Ogilvy urges distance rollback of ball

    By Golf Channel DigitalNovember 23, 2017, 8:49 pm

    Add Geoff Ogilvy to the chorus of voices calling for a distance rollback of the golf ball.

    In an interview before the start of the Emirates Australian Open, Ogilvy said a "time-out" is needed for governing bodies to deal with the issue.

    "It's complete nonsense," he said, according to an Australian website. "In my career, it’s gone from 300 yards was a massive hit to you’re a shorter hitter on tour now, legitimately short. It’s changed the way we play great golf courses and that is the crime. It isn’t that the ball goes 400, that’s neither here nor there. It’s the fact the ball going 400 doesn’t makes Augusta work properly, it functions completely wrong.’’

    Full-field scores from the Emirates Australian Open

    Ogilvy used an example from American baseball to help get his point across to an Australian audience.

    “Major League Baseball in America, they use wooden bats, and everywhere else in baseball they use aluminium bats,’’ he said. “And when the major leaguers use aluminium bats they don’t even have to touch it and it completely destroys their stadiums. It’s just comedy.

    “That’s kind of what’s happened to us at least with the drivers of these big hitters; We’ve completely outgrown the stadiums. So do you rebuild every stadium in the world? That’s expensive. Or make the ball go shorter? It seems relatively simple from that perspective.’’

    Ogilvy, an Australian who won the 2006 U.S. Open, said he believes there will be a rollback, but admitted it would be a "challenge" for manufacturers to produce a ball that flies shorter for pros but does not lose distance when struck by recreational players.

    The golf world celebrates Thanksgiving

    By Golf Channel DigitalNovember 23, 2017, 6:01 pm

    Here's a look, through social media, at how the golf world celebrates Thanksgiving.

    Lexi Thompson:

    Baking time!!

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    Happy Thanksgiving: Biggest turkeys of 2017

    By Grill Room TeamNovember 23, 2017, 3:00 pm

    Thanksgiving brings us golf's biggest turkeys of the year. Donald Trump, Grayson Murray and a certain (now-former) tournament director headline the list. Click here or on the image below to check out all the turkeys.