Old Watson Leads Senior Open

By Sports NetworkJuly 7, 2006, 4:00 pm
2006 U.S. Senior OpenHUTCHINSON, Kan. -- Tom Watson is feeling like the old Tom Watson.
 
'I had the Watson of old kind of feel today,' the 56-year-old joked Friday after shooting a 4-under 66 to take the midway lead at the U.S. Senior Open.
 
'I hit it sideways a little bit here and there and hit some really good shots and hit some bad shots and let the putter do the work. So it was a good fun day out there today.'
 
Allen Doyle
Defending champion Allen Doyle is just one back.
Watson stands at 4-under-par 136 and will take a one-shot lead into the third round Saturday at Prairie Dunes Country Club.
 
The 39-time PGA TOUR champion and eight-time Champions Tour winner did it with his putter on Friday, needing just 26 strokes of the flat stick to get around the course. He one-putted 11 times.
 
'I didn't hit the ball quite as well today as I did yesterday, but I certainly putted quite a bit better,' said Watson, who opened with an even-par 70 on Thursday. 'And that was the key to my round today.'
 
Of course, it helps to be playing in front of a home crowd.
 
'Well, this certainly is a homer crowd right here,' said Watson, a Kansas City native and honorary club member. 'I saw quite a few people here I hadn't seen for a while, and they all came to Prairie Dunes to see me play. It's fun to play in front of your home crowd.'
 
Watson is seeking his fifth major championship on the Champions Tour and first since claiming his second Senior British Open last year. He mixed six birdies with two bogeys on Friday, and has followed up each of his last three bogeys with a birdie on the next hole.
 
'It's nice to have that category now called bounce-back. It's like getting slugged in a boxing match -- you know, you counter. And I've always had that ability to do that,' Watson said.
 
Watson was one of only nine players to finish two rounds at even-par or better.
 
Defending champion Allen Doyle shot a 2-under 68 and leads a group of four players who are tied for second place at 3-under-par 137. When he won last year, Doyle came back from nine shots down on Sunday.
 
'I can only think of one year I didn't play pretty good in one of these,' Doyle said. 'But [this year] certainly wouldn't have been as nice if I shot 75-75 and was ordering the plane early. That wouldn't have sat quite as well.'
 
Mark James joined Doyle as the only two players to finish in red numbers on both days. He shot a 1-under 69 and shares second place with Doyle, Morris Hatalsky (67) and Bob Gilder (66).
 
Elsewhere, first-round leaders Jay Haas and Dave Barr both took steps back on Friday.
 
Haas, a three-time winner this year, shot a 5-over 75 and is tied for 11th place at plus-two. Barr stumbled to a 76 and into a tie for 15th place at plus-3.
 
The cut line fell at 7 over par with 61 players moving on to the weekend.
 
Only one amateur survived: Randy Reifers shot a 73 and is tied for 28th place at plus-4 with eight other players, including Fred Funk, who is making his Champions Tour debut.
 
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  • Trump playing 'quickly' with Tiger, DJ

    By Golf Channel DigitalNovember 24, 2017, 1:33 pm

    Tiger Woods is scheduled to make his return to competition next week at his Hero World Challenge. But first, a (quick) round with the President.

    President Donald Trump tweeted on Friday that he was going to play at Trump National Golf Club in Jupiter, Fla., alongside Woods and world No. 1 Dustin Johnson.

    Woods and President Trump previously played last December. Trump, who, according to trumpgolfcount.com has played 75 rounds since taking over the presidency, has also played over the last year with Rory McIlroy, Ernie Els and Hideki Matsuyama.

    Chawrasia leads major champs in Hong Kong

    By Associated PressNovember 24, 2017, 1:19 pm

    HONG KONG – S.S.P. Chawrasia extended his lead at the Hong Kong Open to two strokes Friday after a 4-under 66 in the second round.

    Chawrasia, who had led by one at the Hong Kong Golf Club, is at 9-under 131 overall and took as much as a five-stroke lead at one point.

    ''Yesterday I was putting very well, and today, also I make some up and downs. I saved a couple of short putts. That's why I think I'm leading by two shots most probably,'' the Indian said. ''The next two days, I'm just looking forward.''


    Full-field scores from the UBS Hong Kong Open


    Thomas Aiken (64) is second, followed by Alexander Bjork (66), Joakim Lagergren (66), Poom Saksansin (68) and Julian Suri (67) at 5 under 135.

    Aiken's round was the lowest of the tournament.

    ''It is tough out there. The greens are really firm. You've got to hit the fairway,'' Aiken said. ''If you get above the holes, putts can get away from you.''

    Justin Rose (69) had six birdies, but three bogeys and a double-bogey at the par 3 12th kept him at 3 under for the tournament.

    Masters champion Sergio Garcia (71), playing for the first time in Hong Kong, was at even par, as was defending champion Sam Brazel (71) and 2014 champion Scott Hend (67).

    ''I have to play better,'' Garcia said. ''The way I felt like I played, it's difficult. This kind of course, you need to play well to shoot a good score.''

    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.

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    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.