Pavin Still Leads as Play Again Suspended

By Sports NetworkJuly 28, 2006, 4:00 pm
US Bank Championship in MilwaukeeMILWAUKEE -- Corey Pavin is still on top the leaderboard during the suspended second round of the U.S. Bank Championship in Milwaukee at Brown Deer Park Golf Course.
 
Pavin, one day removed from establishing a new PGA TOUR record for best nine-hole score when he went through the front nine in 26, is 3 under par through 11 holes of his second round.
 
Jason Bohn
Jason Bohn is looking for his second career PGA TOUR victory.
The 1995 U.S. Open champion stands at 12 under par, which is good for a one- shot lead over Jason Bohn, who posted a 6-under 64 on Friday.
 
Jeff Sluman, a two-time former champion, carded a second-round, 5-under 65. He is tied for third place with D.J. Trahan (65), native son Jerry Kelly (67) and Australian Nathan Green (64). The group is knotted at 9-under-par 131.
 
Arjun Atwal is 3 under through 11 holes of his second round.
 
A lot of golf was played at the Brown Deer Park Golf Club on Friday in an effort to get the tournament back on schedule. Thursday's action featured a five-hour weather delay before play was suspended for the day.
 
With most of the field yet to complete the first round, they returned early Friday morning. Most of the group that did not tee off on Thursday played all 36 holes on Friday in 90-degree temperatures.
 
The second round was not completed on Friday, so golfers will be back in position Saturday morning at 8:00 a.m. (ET). The plan is to begin the third round around 11:00 a.m. in threesomes off both the first and 10th tees.
 
Pavin, who won this title in 1986, started on the back nine in round two and parred his first four holes. He broke into red figures for the first time with a 4-foot birdie putt at the 14th.
 
On the next hole, the par-5 15th, Pavin left himself with 6 feet for birdie and he converted the putt to join Bohn atop the leaderboard at minus-11.
 
On Thursday, Pavin needed an eagle at the par-5 final hole to shoot 59, but only made par. He admitted that he went for the green in two when he shouldn't have, but laid up on Friday and made birdie to take the outright lead.
 
Pavin played solidly on his last two holes, but could not collect any additional birdies. When the horn sounded, he was one ahead with 25 holes on the docket for Saturday.
 
Bohn, who did not play in last week's British Open even though he was qualified because he wanted to defend his B.C. Open title, parred his first four holes in the second round, but collected back-to-back birdies from the fifth.
 
The 36-year-old bogeyed the eighth hole to fall back to minus-6, but reclaimed the lost stroke with a birdie one hole later. Bohn birdied the par-3 11th to reach 8 under par for the championship.
 
Bohn tied for the lead at the par-4 14th when his wedge approach stopped 7 feet from the hole to set up birdie. It was his play down the stretch that got Bohn near the top of the leaderboard.
 
At the par-4 17th, Bohn drained a 6-foot birdie putt to move into the lead by himself at 10 under par. He came up short with his second shot at the par-5 closing hole, but chipped to 4 feet and converted the birdie opportunity.
 
Bohn played one hole on Thursday before the horn sounded. That meant Bohn played 35 holes on Friday in 11 under par and considering the conditions, that was an impressive feat.
 
'It was pretty tough. I knew it was going to be a hot day and a struggle,' said Bohn, who will extend the fourth longest consecutive cuts made streak on tour to 14. 'I kept telling my caddy that if we kept making birdies, that will keep pumping you up.'
 
Jason Day, who turned professional less than two weeks ago, shot a 6-under 64 in the second round. He is the only player in the clubhouse at 8-under-par 132.
 
Former PGA Champion Shaun Micheel is at minus-8 on his second nine.
 
One player who will definitely not be around once the 36-hole cut is made on Saturday is 2005 winner Ben Crane. He was disqualified on Friday for signing an incorrect scorecard.
 
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  • Rahm, Koepka both jump in OWGR after wins

    By Will GrayNovember 20, 2017, 1:19 pm

    Jon Rahm and Brooks Koepka both made moves inside the top 10 of the Official World Golf Rankings following wins in Dubai and Japan, respectively.

    Rahm captured the European Tour season finale, winning the DP World Tour Championship by a shot. It was his third worldwide victory of 2017 and it allowed the Spaniard to overtake Hideki Matsuyama at world No. 4. It also establishes a new career high in the rankings for Rahm, who started the year ranked No. 137.

    Koepka cruised to a nine-shot victory while successfully defending his title at the Japan Tour's Dunlop Phoenix. The victory was his first since winning the U.S. Open and it helped Koepka jump three spots to No. 7 in the latest rankings. Reigning PGA Tour Rookie of the Year Xander Schauffele, who finished second behind Koepka in Japan, went from 30th to 24th.

    After earning his maiden PGA Tour victory at the RSM Classic, Austin Cook vaulted from No. 302 to No. 144 in the world. Runner-up J.J. Spaun jumped 48 spots to No. 116, while a hole-out with his final approach helped Brian Gay rise 73 spots to No. 191 after finishing alone in third at Sea Island.

    Dustin Johnson remains world No. 1, followed by Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas with Rahm and Matsuyama now rounding out the top five. Justin Rose remains at No. 6, followed by Koepka, Rickie Fowler and Henrik Stenson. Rory McIlroy slid two spots to No. 10 and is now in danger of falling out of the top 10 for the first time since May 2014.

    With his return to competition now less than two weeks away, Tiger Woods fell four more spots to No. 1193 in the latest rankings.

    Love to undergo hip replacement surgery

    By Rex HoggardNovember 20, 2017, 1:08 pm

    ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. – Two days removed from arguably the most hectic week of his year, Davis Love III will undergo replacement surgery on his left hip.

    Love, who hosted and played in last week’s RSM Classic, said he tried to avoid the surgery, but the pain became too much and he will undergo the procedure on Tuesday at the Andrews Sports Medicine and Orthopedic Center in Birmingham, Ala.

    “I had a hip problem the last few years, and I had a hip resurfacing trying to avoid hip surgery because I’m a chicken, but after playing [the CIMB Classic and Sanderson Farms Championship] I realized it was an uphill battle,” Love said.


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    Love said doctors have told him recovery from the procedure will take between three to four months, but he should be able to start work on his chipping and putting within a few weeks.

    Love, who missed the cut at the RSM Classic, said earlier in the week that his goal is to become the oldest PGA Tour winner and that the only way to achieve that was by having the surgery.

    “Now I’m excited that I’ve crossed that bridge,” said Love, who will turn 54 next April. “Once I get over that I can go right back to the Tour. I won after a spine fusion [2015 Wyndham Championship] and now I’d like to win with a new hip. That’s the reason I’m doing it so I can get back to golf and keep up.”

    LPGA awards: Ryu, S.H. Park tie for POY

    By Randall MellNovember 20, 2017, 1:56 am

    NAPLES, Fla. – In the end, the CME Group Tour Championship played out a lot like the entire 2017 season did.

    Parity reigned.

    Nobody dominated the game’s big season-ending awards, though Lexi Thompson and Sung Hyun Park came close.

    Thompson walked away with the CME Globe’s $1 million jackpot and the Vare Trophy for low scoring average. If she had made that last 2-foot putt at the 72nd hole Sunday, she might also have walked away with the Rolex Player of the Year Award and the Rolex world No. 1 ranking.

    Park shared the Rolex Player of the Year Award with So Yeon Ryu. By doing so, Park joined Nancy Lopez as the only players in LPGA history to win the Player of the Year and Rookie of the Year titles in the same season. Lopez did it in 1978. Park also won the LPGA money-winning title.

    Here’s a summary of the big prizes:

    Rolex Player of the Year
    Ryu and Park both ended up with 162 points in the points-based competition. Park started the week five points behind Ryu but made the up the difference with the five points she won for tying for sixth.

    It marks the first time the award has been shared since its inception in 1966.

    Ryu and Park join Inbee Park as the only South Koreans to win the award. Park won it in 2013.


    Vare Trophy
    Thompson won the award with a scoring average of 69.114. Sung Hyun Park finished second at 69.247. Park needed to finish at least nine shots ahead of Thompson at the CME Group Tour Championship to win the trophy.

    There were a record 12 players with scoring averages under 70.0 this year, besting the previous record of five, set last year.


    CME Globe $1 million prize
    Thompson entered the week first in the CME points reset, but it played out as a two-woman race on the final day. Park needed to finish ahead of Thompson in the CME Group Tour Championship to overtake her for the big money haul. Thompson tied for second in the tournament while Park tied for sixth.

    By winning the CME Group Tour Championship, Jutanugarn had a shot at the $1 million, but she needed Park to finish the tournament eighth or worse and Thompson to finish ninth or worse.


    LPGA money-winning title
    Park claimed the title with $2,335,883 in earnings. Ryu was second, with $1,981,593 in earnings.

    The tour saw a tour-record 17 players win $1 million or more this season, two more than did so last year.

    Ryu came into the week as the only player who could pass Park for the title, but Ryu needed to win to do so.


    Rolex world No. 1 ranking
    The top ranking was up for grabs at CME, with No. 1 Feng, No. 2 Sung Hyun Park and No. 3 So Yeon Ryu all within three hundredths of a ranking point. Even No. 4 Lexi Thompson had a chance to grab the top spot if she won, but in the end nobody could overtake Feng. Her reign will extend to a second straight week.


    Rolex Rookie of the Year
    Park ran away with the award with her U.S. Women’s Open and Canadian Pacific Women’s Open victories among her 11 top-10 finishes. She had the award locked up long before she arrived for the season-ending CME Group Tour Championship.

    Ko ends first winless season with T-16 at CME

    By Randall MellNovember 20, 2017, 1:07 am

    NAPLES, Fla. – Lydia Ko carved a hybrid 3-iron to 15 feet and ended the most intensely scrutinized year of her young career with a birdie Sunday at the CME Group Tour Championship.

    “Nice to finish the season on a high note,” Ko said after posting a 3-under-par 69, good for a tie for 16th. “Obviously, not a top-10 finish, but I played really solid. I feel like I finished the season off pretty strong.”

    Ko posted two second-place finishes, a third-place finish and a tie for fifth in her last eight starts.

    “Ever since Indy [in early September], I played really good and put myself in good positions,” Ko said. “I felt like the confidence factor was definitely higher than during the middle of the year. I had some opportunities, looks for wins.”

    Sunday marked the end of Ko’s first winless season since she began playing LPGA events at 15 years old.

    Let the record show, she left with a smile, eager to travel to South Korea to spend the next month with family after playing a charity event in Bradenton, Fla., on Monday.


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    Much was made of Ko beginning the year with sweeping changes, with new equipment (PXG), a new coach (Gary Gilchrist) and a new caddie (Peter Godfrey).

    In the final summary, it wasn’t a Ko-like year, not by the crazy high standards she has set.

    She saw her run of 85 consecutive weeks at No. 1 end in June. She arrived in Naples holding on to the No. 8 ranking. She ends the year 13th on the LPGA money list with $1,177,450 in earnings. It’s the first time she hasn’t finished among the top three in money in her four full years on tour. She did log 11 top-10 finishes overall, three second-place finishes.

    How did she evaluate her season?

    “I feel like it was a better year than everyone else thinks, like `Lydia is in a slump,’” Ko said. “I feel like I played solid.

    “It's a season that, obviously, I learned a lot from ... the mental aspect of saying, `Hey, get over the bads and kind of move on.’”

    Ko said she learned a lot watching Stacy Lewis deal with her run of second-place finishes after winning so much.

    “Winning a championship is a huge deal, but, sometimes, it's overrated when you haven't won,” Ko said. “Like, you're still playing well, but just haven't won. I kind of feel like it's been that kind of year.

    “I think everybody has little ups and downs.”