Stadler Shares Scholarship Lead

By Sports NetworkJuly 10, 2004, 4:00 pm
Scholarship America ShowdownHUDSON, Wis. -- Kevin Stadler posted a 3-under 67 Saturday to move into a share of the lead through three rounds of the Scholarship America Showdown at Troy Burne Golf Club.
Chris Tidland carded a matching 67 to join Stadler in the lead at 9-under-par 201 along with Kyle Thompson, who managed a 1-over 71 in the third round.
Stadler, who earned his first career victory on the Nationwide Tour last month at the Lake Erie Charity Classic, picked up a quick birdie at the opening hole, but found trouble later on the front nine with back-to-back bogeys starting at the par-4 seventh.
The 24-year-old persisted with a birdie at the par-4 ninth before making his move on the inward half.
Stadler birdied the par-3 11th to reach 7 under and ran home an 18-foot putt for a birdie at the very next hole. He then birdied the par-3 13th to make it three in a row en route to his share of first.
'I've felt really comfortable out here all week,' said Stadler. 'It's going to be a good day tomorrow.'
Tidland ran off three straight birdies starting at the par-3 third, but stumbled to a bogey at the eighth. The 31-year-old added a pair of birdies and a bogey on the back side in search of his first career victory on the Nationwide Tour.
'I played nice,' said Tidland. 'Made some really good putts.'
Thompson, who fired a 62 on Friday to take a three-shot lead after 36 holes, was on track early with back-to-back birdies from the fourth before a bogey at the ninth indicated troubles ahead.
Thompson double bogeyed the 14th and fell further with a bogey at the very next hole. He salvaged what he could with a birdie at the 16th to cling to a piece of the lead.
'Any time you can put yourself in this position, whether you play great on Saturday or you play poorly on Saturday, everybody wants to be right there for Sunday's round,' said Thompson, who is also seeking his first Nationwide Tour title.
Jason Caron held a share of the lead at one point, but bogeyed the 17th to fall back into fourth place along at 8-under-par 202 after a round of 67.
Mario Tiziani, John Elliott and Dave Christensen were two shots off the pace at 7-under-par 203. Keith Huber and Ryuji Imada followed at 6-under-par 204.
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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.