Pride Vaults to the Top in Cleveland

By Sports NetworkAugust 26, 2005, 4:00 pm
2005 Cleveland OpenCLEVELAND, Ohio -- Former PGA Tour winner Dicky Pride posted a 5-under 66 on Friday to take the lead midway through the Cleveland Open. He stands at 9-under-par 133 and is ahead by two at StoneWater Golf Club.
Australia's Matthew Jones shot a 6-under 65 on Friday and is alone in second place at minus-7. Ahmad Bateman (66) and Garrett Willis (67) are knotted in third place at 6-under-par 136.
Pride, one of four first-round co-leaders, started on the back nine and parred his first two holes. He knocked an 8-iron to 17 feet to set up birdie at the 12th, then ran home a 12-footer for birdie at the 15th. Pride parred out on his opening nine for a 2-under 34.
At the first, Pride hit a 5-iron to 25 feet and sank the birdie putt to get to 7 under par for the tournament. Pride hit a rescue club to 12 feet with his second shot at the par-5 fourth and converted the eagle putt to get to minus-9.
He parred No. 5 and looked poised to add another birdie at the par-3 sixth. Pride's tee ball stopped 10 feet from the hole, but the 1994 St. Jude Classic winner on the PGA Tour three-putted for a bogey.
He reclaimed the lost stroke with an 8-footer for birdie at the seventh. Pride parred out and is in solid position to collect his first Nationwide Tour win.
'The golf course is playing very difficult and I'm playing very solid,' said Pride. 'The greens are in such good shape, you can trust your read. You can expect it to go where you want it to.'
Pride is currently 40th on the Nationwide Tour money list and is working hard to get back to the PGA Tour.
'My goal is to play and improve and finish in the top-20,' admitted Pride, who tied for third at this year's Henrico County Open. 'There have been a couple of rough stretches in there, but I'm improving.'
Todd Demsey shot a 65 on Friday and is alone in fifth place at minus-5.
Chad Collins, who shared the opening-round lead, managed an even-par 71 and is part of a group tied for sixth place. Greg Chalmers (67), Tom Scherrer (69), David McKenzie (70), Brian Smock (69) and Jeff Burns (67) joined Collins at 4-under-par 138.
Jason Dufner and Guy Boros, the remaining co-leaders from Thursday, each shot rounds of 2-over 73 and are part of a group tied for 21st at minus-2.
The 36-hole cut came at 1-over-par 143 and 69 players advanced to the weekend.
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    McCoy earns medalist honors at Q-School

    By Will GrayDecember 11, 2017, 12:30 am

    One year after his budding career was derailed by a car accident, Lee McCoy got back on track by earning medalist honors at the final stage of Tour Q-School.

    McCoy shot a final-round 65 at Whirlwind Golf Club in Chandler, Ariz., to finish the 72-hole event at 28 under. That total left him two shots ahead of Sung-Jae Im and guaranteed him fully-exempt status on the developmental circuit in 2018.

    It's an impressive turnaround for the former University of Georgia standout who finished fourth at the 2016 Valspar Championship as an amateur while playing alongside Jordan Spieth in the final round. But he broke his wrist in a car accident the day before second stage of Q-School last year, leaving him without status on any major tour to begin the year.

    McCoy was not the only player who left Arizona smiling. Everyone in the top 10 and ties will be exempt through the first 12 events of the new Tour season, a group that includes former amateur standouts Curtis Luck (T-3), Sam Burns (T-10) and Maverick McNealy (T-10).

    Players who finished outside the top 10 but inside the top 45 and ties earned exemptions into the first eight events of 2018. That group includes Cameron Champ (T-16), who led the field in driving at this year's U.S. Open as an amateur, and Wyndham Clark (T-23).

    Everyone who advanced to the final stage of Q-School will have at least conditional Tour status in 2018. Among those who failed to secure guaranteed starts this week were Robby Shelton, Rico Hoey, Jordan Niebrugge, Joaquin Niemann and Kevin Hall.

    Els honored with Heisman Humanitarian Award

    By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 10, 2017, 11:41 pm

    The annual Heisman Trophy award ceremony is one of the biggest moments in any football season, but there was a touching non-football moment as well on Saturday night as Ernie Els received the Heisman Humanitarian Award.

    The award, which had been announced in August, recognized Els' ongoing efforts on behalf of his Els for Autism foundation. Els received the award at Manhattan's PlayStation Theater, where Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield won the Heisman Trophy.

    Els, 47, founded Els for Autism in 2009 with his wife after their son, Ben, was diagnosed with autism. Their efforts have since flourished into a 26-acre campus in Jupiter, Fla., and the creation of the Els Center for Excellence in 2015.

    The Heisman Humanitarian Award has been given out since 2006. Past recipients include NBA center David Robinson, NFL running back Warrick Dunn, soccer star Mia Hamm and NASCAR driver Jeff Gordon.

    A native of South Africa, Els won the U.S. Open in 1994 and 1997 and The Open in 2002 and 2012. He has won 19 times on the PGA Tour and was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2011.

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    Monday finish for Joburg Open; Sharma leads by 4

    By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 10, 2017, 8:57 pm

    Rain, lightning and hail pushed the Joburg Open to a Monday finish, with India’s Shubhankar Sharma holding a four-stroke lead with 11 holes to play in Johannesburg.

    Play is scheduled to resume at 7:30 a.m. local time.

    South Africa’s Erik van Rooyen will have a 3-foot putt for birdie to move within three shots of Sharma wen play resumes at the Randpark Golf Club. Sarma is at 22 under par.

    Tapio Pulkkanen of Finland and James Morrison of England are tied for third at 14 under. Pulkkanen has 10 holes remaining, Morrison 11.

    The top three finishers who are not already exempt, will get spots in next year’s Open Championship at Carnoustie.



    Stricker, O'Hair team to win QBE Shootout

    By Will GrayDecember 10, 2017, 8:55 pm

    It may not count in the official tally, but Steve Stricker is once again in the winner's circle on the PGA Tour.

    Stricker teamed with Sean O'Hair to win the two-person QBE Shootout, as the duo combined for a better-ball 64 in the final round to finish two shots clear of Graeme McDowell and Shane Lowry. It's the second win in this event for both men; Stricker won with Jerry Kelly back in 2009 while O'Hair lifted the trophy with Kenny Perry in 2012.

    Stricker and O'Hair led wire-to-wire in the 54-hole, unofficial event after posting a 15-under 57 during the opening-round scramble.

    "We just really gelled well together," Stricker said. "With his length the first day, getting some clubs into the greens, some short irons for me, we just fed off that first day quite a bit. We felt comfortable with one another."

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    Stricker won 12 times during his PGA Tour career, most recently at the 2012 Tournament of Champions. More recently the 50-year-old has been splitting his time on the PGA Tour Champions and captained the U.S. to a victory at the Presidents Cup in October. O'Hair has four official Tour wins, most recently at the 2011 RBC Canadian Open.

    Pat Perez and Brian Harman finished alone in third, four shots behind Stricker and O'Hair. Lexi Thompson and Tony Finau, the lone co-ed pairing in the 12-team event, finished among a tie for fourth.