Stadler in the Hunt in Georgia

By Sports NetworkApril 24, 2004, 4:00 pm
SAVANNAH, Ga. -- Gil Morgan carded a 4-under 68 on Saturday to maintain a slim lead after round two of the Legends of Golf. Morgan, who is seeking his 24th career title on the Champions Tour, finished 36 holes at 11-under-par 133.
 
Hale Irwin, the all-time wins leader on the Champions Tour with 38, and Dave Barr of Canada also posted rounds of 68 to share second place at 10-under-par 134. Craig Stadler and Gary Koch were one shot further back at 9-under-par 135.
 
After matching the course record at Savannah Harbor Golf Resort and Spa with a 65 on Friday, Morgan, who is leading the money race on the Champions Tour, had plenty of work ahead of him to hold the outright position under optimal scoring conditions.
 
While several players made early moves on Saturday, Morgan tallied a lone birdie on the front nine to make the turn at 8 under.
 
Morgan got things rolling on the inward half with back-to-back birdies from the 10th before dropping a shot with a bogey at the 12th. He recovered with a birdie at the 14th and played his approach inside 12 feet for a birdie at the par-4 16th to reach 11 under.
 
The 57-year-old parred his two remaining holes to carry a slight edge into Sunday's final round when Morgan will attempt to become the first two-time winner on the Champions Tour this season.
 
'I didn't play as well as I'd like on the front side,' said Morgan, who captured the SBC Classic earlier this season. 'I felt like I didn't get the ball as close to the hole as I'd like. I'd like a few more birdie chances in the final round.'
 
Irwin had a rocky start to his round with a bogey at the first. He birdied the second and the fourth but found further trouble with a double bogey at the par-4 sixth.
 
The 58-year-old countered with a birdie at the following hole and picked up the first of three consecutive birdies at the par-4 ninth to climb to minus-9.
 
At the par-4 18th, Irwin knocked his second shot to seven feet and converted the birdie putt to finish one shot off the lead.
 
Bruce Fleisher, who won this year's Royal Caribbean Golf Classic, shot a 69 to join Don Pooley in a tie for sixth at 7-under-par 137.
 
Larry Nelson, Tom Purtzer, John Jacobs and Leonard Thompson shared eighth place at 6-under-par 138.
 
Defending champion Bruce Lietzke carded an even-par 72 to finish nine shots off the pace in a group at 2-under-par 142.
 
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  • 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.