Stadler Among Trio of Leaders

By Sports NetworkAugust 20, 2005, 4:00 pm
Boeing Greater Seattle Champions ClassicSNOQUALMIE, Wash. -- David Eger fired an 8-under 64 on Saturday to move into a tie for the lead after the second round of the inaugural Greater Seattle Classic.
 
Eger stands at 12-under-par 132, alongside Morris Hatalsky (66) and Craig Stadler (65).
 
John Harris and James Mason each posted their second straight rounds of 5-under 67 to share fourth place at 10-under-par 134. They were joined there by Brad Bryant (68), who shared the first-round leader with Hatalsky, Tom Kite and Jim Thorpe.
 
Eger opened with a two-putt birdie on the first, then dropped in consecutive birdies from the seventh to get to minus-7, before he parred his next two holes before catching fire.
 
The 2003 MasterCard Classic winner birdied the 11th from 3 feet out and made it two straight as his birdie putt on the par-4 12th found the bottom of the cup.
 
Eger kept rolling with a birdie on the 13th. He capped a run of four straight birdies at 14. However, Eger stumbled to a bogey on the par-5 15th at the Jack Nicklaus-designed TPC at Snoqualmie Ridge.
 
The 53-year-old bounced right back, though, with a birdie on 16. Eger gave that stroke back as he bogeyed 17 after finding a hazard off the tee, but he closed with an eagle on the par-5 18th to share the second-round lead.
 
'My 9-iron and putt for bogey on 17 were every bit as good as the shot on 18,' said Eger. 'I was disappointed with the bogey on 17, but I was pleased to come out with bogey.'
 
Stadler flew out of the gate with three straight birdies from the first to move to minus-8. After four straight pars, the eight-time winner on the Champions Tour birdied his next two holes.
 
The 52-year-old tripped to his lone bogey on the 10th, but Stadler parred the next three holes, then got back to minus-10 with a birdie on the 14th.
 
Stadler made it two in row as he birdied the par-5 15th. He closed with a birdie at the last to end at minus-12.
 
Like his co-leaders, Hatalsky opened with a birdie on No. 1. However, he missed the green at the third and was unable to get up-and-down for his par, but he got that stroke back with a birdie on the fifth.
 
Hatalsky got to 8 under with a birdie at the seventh. The 53-year-old ran off six straight pars around the turn. He ran in a 12-footer for birdie on 14 and made it two straight as his pitched his third to 5 feet at the par-5 15th.
 
The two-time winner on the Champions Tour made a 12-footer for birdie on 16, then made it four straight as he kicked in a short birdie putt on 17. Hatalsky missed a birdie try from inside 6 feet at the last.
 
'I started slow, but finished strong. I struggled with some things early and my putter was a little cold on the front nine,' Hatalsky said. 'I got things going on 14 and made four straight birdies. I just threw up on that putt on the 18th.'
 
Don Pooley matched the 64 of Eger in round two. Pooley climbed into a share of seventh place at 9-under-par 135 and he was tied there by Thorpe, D.A. Weibring and Kite. Hale Irwin and Bruce Lietzke are one stroke further back at minus-8.
 
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    McIlroy 'happy to be back', can 'empathize' with Tiger

    By Associated PressJanuary 16, 2018, 3:50 pm

    ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates – After a long layoff from golf, Rory McIlroy has some newfound sympathy for Tiger Woods.

    The 28-year-old Northern Irishman is making a comeback at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship after ending his season early last year. He has not played a round since the final day of the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship on Oct. 8.

    McIlroy, a four-time major champion who has slipped to No. 11 in the world rankings, last won the Tour Championship on the PGA Tour in September 2016. He injured a rib in his first outing of 2017 – at the South African Open – and felt its after-effects throughout the year.

    McIlroy, who has seven top-five finishes in his last eight starts in Abu Dhabi, said Tuesday he felt mentally low because of his physical issues.

    ''Honestly, I was excited to be done. I could have shut it down after the PGA Championship very easily and taken the rest of the year off, but I didn't. I played six events after that, played OK and had a chance to win one of them,'' McIlroy said. ''But I was just excited to take that time off and get myself just sort of a re-set.''

    Last week, McIlroy also revealed that he has a minor, non-threatening heart condition that needs regular check-ups.

    ''After that 3-plus months of a re-set, I'm very happy to be back. I felt like I needed it physically and mentally. I just felt like it was a little bit of a sabbatical. I've been out here for 10 years, and I want to get ready for the next 10.''

    McIlroy compared his situation to what Woods has been going through.

    ''I've only been through, maybe, not even 5 percent of what he's had to go through. And you can tell from where he was to where he is now mentally, because of physically where he is ... he's a totally different person,'' McIlroy said. ''Of course, I empathize with him, and I know he was in a dark place there for a while. It's just so great to see him out of that and back and excited to be playing golf again.''

    The Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship will be the first of back-to-back events for McIlroy, who is also playing next week in Dubai.

    ''I think the next two weeks will be a big learning curve, just to see where I'm at,'' McIlroy said. ''I'm obviously coming into the events trying to play as well as I can and trying to compete and trying to win, but I think there will definitely be things I'll have to work on going into that stretch in the States.''

    The tournament, which starts Thursday, has attracted some big names, including top-ranked Dustin Johnson, No. 6 Justin Rose, No. 9 Henrik Stenson, No. 14 Paul Casey and No. 15 Matt Kuchar. No. 18 Tommy Fleetwood is the defending champion.

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    Pre-tourney caution be damned: Stenson rides camel

    By Grill Room TeamJanuary 16, 2018, 3:29 pm

    If you were under the impression Henrik Stenson's days engaging pre-tournament hijinks at HSBC-sponsored events were over, then you don't know the Swedish Superman.

    Ahead of this week's HSBC Abu Dhabi Golf Championship, the 2016 champion golfer of the year decided to have some fun riding (and pretend-spanking) a camel:

    If you can't imagine any reason Stenson wouldn't get on a camel, we will point you to the WGCC-HSBC Champions back in October, when Stenson, Dustin Johnson, Haotong Li and Hideki Matsuyama took place in this hire-wire act:

    Two weeks later, Stenson revealed a rib injury, and a report from the U.K.'s Telegraph stated "that not only was the Shanghai caper to blame, but that Stenson is annoyed about being persuaded to do it in the first place."

    Stenson brushed back at that report in this Instagram post, saying that his "comment about not being Superman was a sarcastic way of saying that I am susceptible to injury like any other athlete and sometimes these things happen when you least expect them. I was pleased to help promote the HSBC Champions and to continue my string of success at the event and I was never forced to do anything. HSBC is a great sponsor to golf worldwide and I am not happy to see them being made responsible for my withdrawal."

    I’m disappointed to have to pre-emptively withdraw from the Nedbank Golf Challenge Hosted by Gary Player, I was looking forward to this important year-end event on the European Tour. At this point I am back home in Orlando waiting to do a scan on my ribs and get the necessary rest. I am still hoping for a quick recovery and have not ruled out playing in Dubai next week at this point. My comment about not being Superman was a sarcastic way of saying that I am susceptible to injury like any other athlete and sometimes these things happen when you least expect them. I was pleased to help promote the HSBC Champions and to continue my string of success at the event and I was never forced to do anything. HSBC is a great sponsor to golf worldwide and I am not happy to see them being made responsible for my withdrawal. The plan as of now will be to participate in the DP World Championship if my body is back to 100%. H

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    And it would appear he genuinely meant those comments, at least enough to get on a camel.

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    Spieth, McIlroy to support Major Champions Invitational

    By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 16, 2018, 2:25 pm

    Nick Faldo announced Tuesday the creation of the Major Champions Invitational.

    The event, scheduled for March 12-14, is an extension of the Faldo Series and will feature both male and female junior players at Bella Collina in Montverde, Fla.

    Jordan Spieth, Rory Mcllroy, Annika Sorenstam, Adam Scott, Henrik Stenson, Jerry Pate and John Daly have already committed to supporting the event, which is aimed at mentoring and inspiring the next generation of players.  

    “I’m incredibly excited about hosting the Major Champions Invitational, and about the players who have committed to support the event,” Faldo said. “This event will allow major champions to give something back to the game that has given them so much, and hopefully, in time, it will become one of the most elite junior golf events in the world.”

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    Rosaforte: Woods plays with Obama, gets rave reviews

    By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 16, 2018, 2:15 pm

    Golf Channel insider Tim Rosaforte reports on Tiger Woods’ recent round at The Floridian in Palm City, Fla., alongside President Barack Obama.

    Check out the video, as Rosaforte says Woods received rave reviews from instructor Claude Harmon.