Seven Share Lead in Hong Kong

By Sports NetworkNovember 29, 2002, 5:00 pm
HONG KONG -- Jyoti Randhawa, the Asian PGA Tour's Order of Merit leader, fired a 7-under 62 on Friday to join the logjam atop the leaderboard at the Hong Kong Open at Hong Kong Golf Club. Henrik Bjornstad, Stephen Dodd, Klas Eriksson, Tony Johnstone, Marten Olander and Ter-Chang Wang share first place with Randhawa at 9-under-par 129.
Clay Devers and Thomas Levet share eighth place at 8-under-par 130.
Randhawa opened on the back nine Friday at Hong Kong Golf Club and wasted little time in breaking into red figures. He collected three straight birdies, starting at the 11th, and added two more birdies at 15 and 17 for a front-nine 30.
Randhawa did not fare as well on his second-nine holes. He birdied No. 4 and polished off his round of 62 with a birdie at the ninth.
'It was a good round today with seven birdies and no bogeys,' said Randhawa, who was the runner-up to Padraig Harrington last week at the Asian Open. 'I swung it better than yesterday and holed the putts.'
Randhawa had a familiar face on his bag on Friday as his wife Tina caddied for him while his regular caddie was straightening out visa-related problems.
'My caddy Sukhdev Singh had to go for a visa so he can carry the bag next week in the season-ending tournament in Malaysia,' said Randhawa. 'Tina obviously brought me luck and I think I will ask her to caddy for me at the weekend.'
Bjornstad matched Randhawa's 62 on Friday. Bjornstad also started on the back nine and tallied six birdies in his first eight holes but ran into trouble with a bogey at his ninth.
He closed his round with two birdies in his last four holes to join the group on top.
Eriksson and Wang each recorded six birdies and a bogey for rounds of 64, while Olander was flawless with five birdies and no bogeys for his 5-under 64.
Dodd and Johnstone carded rounds of 4-under-par 65.
Soren Hansen (65), Craig Kamps (63), Wook-Soon Kang (64), Maarten Lafeber (64) and Arjun Singh (66) share 10th place at 7-under-par 131.
Thomas Bjorn is three shots out of the lead after a second-round 64.
Amandeep Johl, the first-round leader, collected two bogeys and 16 pars for a 2-over-par 71. He fell into a tie for 35th at 4-under-par 134. Jose Maria Olazabal, the 2001 champion, shot a 4-under 65 to join the group five shots behind the leaders.
The 36-hole cut fell at 1-under-par 137 with 76 players making it to the weekend.
Full-field scores from the Omega Hong Kong Open

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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David Feherty:

Jack Nicklaus:

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Steve Stricker:

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Frank Nobilo:

Ian Poulter:

Tyrone Van Aswegen:

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.