Stadler Wins Again on Nationwide Tour

By Sports NetworkJuly 11, 2004, 4:00 pm
Scholarship America ShowdownHUDSON, Wis. -- Kevin Stadler two-putted for birdie on the third playoff hole Sunday to win the Scholarship America Showdown at Troy Burne Golf Club.
 
Stadler, who also birdied the 72nd hole to get into the playoff, closed with a 2-under 68 to join Mathew Goggin, Kyle Thompson and Chris Tidland at 11-under-par 269.
 
The quartet returned to the 18th tee for the first extra hole. All four players found the fairway off the tee, but just Stadler and Thompson found the putting surface with their second shots. Tidland came up short, left in a bunker. He got up-and-down for this par. Goggin, also short and left of the green, but in heavy rough, pitched his third to 15 feet. He missed his par-save and was eliminated as Stadler and Thompson each two-putted for par.
 
The three remaining players moved to No. 10. Tidland and Stadler hit the fairway off the tee and the green with their second shots. Thompson, hitting his second from the short stuff, missed the green with his second. His pitch rolled some 20 feet passed the cup, then his par putt missed badly. The bogey knocked him out of the playoff, as Stadler and Tidland both two-putted for par.
 
The final two players moved to the par-5 16th. Tidland and Stadler both ripped their drives down the middle off the tee. Tidland's second came to rest in the rough short, left of the green. Stadler, who won the Lake Erie Charity Classic two weeks ago, knocked a fairway-wood on to the putting surface about 35 feet from the cup.
 
Tidland pitched 8 feet passed the cup with his third. Stadler, son of Champions Tour player Craig Stadler, lagged his eagle putt to tap-in in range. He kicked in the birdie putt and watched to see what Tidland would do.
 
Tidland's birdie try to extend the playoff missed the cup left and Stadler picked up his second playoff win in three weeks. The victory also earns him a spot in the U.S. Bank Championship in Milwaukee in two weeks. Stadler will join his father at the B.C. Open next week on the PGA Tour.
 
Stadler second victory came in just his fourth career start, an all-time record. Dick Mast held the previous record when he notched two wins in his first six career starts in 1990.
 
'It still hasn't sunk in from two weeks ago,' said Stadler, who earned $85,500 for the win. 'To win one was beyond my expectations, but to win two is beyond words. The last four weeks have been incredible to say the least.'
 
Stadler opened his round with three birdies and a bogey over his first five holes. After back-to-back bogeys from the 14th, the 24-year-old Stadler climbed back to minus-11 with birdies at the 16th and 18th.
 
'I knew I had to make birdie on the last hole of regulation,' Stadler said. 'Obviously I would have like to win in regulation, but standing on No. 18 I was begging for a playoff. My chances were slim after the bogey on No. 15.'
 
Thompson, who shared the third-round lead with Tidland and Stadler, posted two bogeys and four birdies in a round of 68 to join the playoff.
 
Tidland, looking for his first win, birdied two of his first three holes. After seven straight pars, he posted two bogeys and two birdies on the back side to end at minus-11 after a closing 68. The playoff loss was his second in two years on tour.
 
'I gave one way on 16 today,' said Tidland. 'I thought my 3-wood on 16 during the playoff was my best shot of the day.'
 
Goggin made the biggest move of the day to gain entry into the playoff. He birdied the first, then eagled the par-4 fourth. Goggin came right back with birdies at the fifth and sixth. He picked up another birdie at the ninth before two birdies and two bogeys on the back nine gave him a closing 64.
 
'It's disappointing. I blew the tournament on Saturday,' said Goggin. 'I three-putted from 15 feet twice on Saturday. I just started too far behind the leaders today.'
 
Jason Caron closed with a 68 to end alone in fifth place at 10-under-par 270. Ryuji Imada and Darron Stiles shared sixth place at 8-under-par 272 with Rick Fehr and Johnson Wagner one stroke further back at minus-7.
 
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    Singh's lawsuit stalls as judge denies motion

    By Rex HoggardJanuary 23, 2018, 7:54 pm

    Vijay Singh’s attempts to speed up the proceedings in his ongoing lawsuit against the PGA Tour have been stalled, again.

    Singh – who filed the lawsuit in New York Supreme Court in May 2013 claiming the Tour recklessly administered its anti-doping program when he was suspended, a suspension that was later rescinded – sought to have the circuit sanctioned for what his attorneys argued was a frivolous motion, but judge Eileen Bransten denied the motion earlier this month.

    “While the court is of the position it correctly denied the Tour’s motion to argue, the court does not agree that the motion was filed in bad faith nor that it represents a ‘persistent pattern of repetitive or meritless motions,’” Bransten said.

    It also doesn’t appear likely the case will go to trial any time soon, with Bransten declining Singh’s request for a pretrial conference until a pair of appeals that have been sent to the court’s appellate division have been decided.

    “What really should be done is settle this case,” Bransten said during the hearing, before adding that it is, “unlikely a trail will commence prior to 2019.”

    The Tour’s longstanding policy is not to comment on ongoing litigation, but earlier this month commissioner Jay Monahan was asked about the lawsuit.

    “I'll just say that we're going through the process,” Monahan said. “Once you get into a legal process, and you've been into it as long as we have been into it, I think it's fair to assume that we're going to run it until the end.”

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    Videos and images from Tiger's Tuesday at Torrey

    By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 23, 2018, 7:45 pm

    Tiger Woods played a nine-hole practice round Tuesday at Torrey Pines South, site of this week's Farmers Insurance Open. Woods is making his first PGA Tour start since missing the cut in this event last year. Here's a look at some images and videos of Tiger, via social media:







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    Power Rankings: 2018 Farmers Insurance Open

    By Will GrayJanuary 23, 2018, 6:59 pm

    The PGA Tour remains in California this week for the Farmers Insurance Open. A field of 156 players will tackle the North and South Courses at Torrey Pines, with weekend play exclusively on the South Course.

    Be sure to join the all-new Golf Channel Fantasy Challenge - including a new One & Done game offering - to compete for prizes and form your own leagues, and log on to www.playfantasygolf.com to submit your picks for this week's event.

    Jon Rahm won this event last year by three shots over Charles Howell III and C.T. Pan. Here are 10 names to watch in La Jolla:

    1. Jon Rahm: No need to overthink it at the top. Rahm enters as a defending champ for the first time, fresh off a playoff win at the CareerBuilder Challenge that itself was preceded by a runner-up showing at Kapalua. Rahm is perhaps the hottest player in the field, and with a chance to become world No. 1 should be set for another big week.

    2. Jason Day: The Aussie has missed the cut here the last two years, and he hasn't played competitively since November. But he ended a disappointing 2017 on a slight uptick, and his Torrey Pines record includes three straight top-10s from 2013-15 that ended with his victory three years ago.

    3. Justin Rose: Rose ended last year on a tear, with three victories over his final six starts including two in a row in Turkey and China. The former U.S. Open winner has the patience to deal with a brutal layout like the South Course, as evidenced by his fourth-place showing at this event a year ago.

    4. Rickie Fowler: This tournament has become somewhat feast-or-famine for Fowler, who is making his ninth straight start at Torrey Pines. The first four in that run all netted top-20 finishes, including two top-10s, while the last four have led to three missed cuts and a T-61. After a win in the Bahamas and T-4 at Kapalua, it's likely his mini-slump comes to an end.

    5. Brandt Snedeker: Snedeker has become somewhat of a course specialist at Torrey Pines in recent years, with six top-10 finishes over the last eight years including wins in both 2012 and 2016. While he missed much of the second half of 2017 recovering from injury and missed the cut last week, Snedeker is always a threat to contend at this particular event.

    6. Hideki Matsuyama: Matsuyama struggled to find his footing after a near-miss at the PGA Championship, but he appears to be returning to form. The Japanese phenom finished T-4 at Kapalua and has put up solid results in two of his four prior trips to San Diego, including a T-16 finish in his 2014 tournament debut. Matsuyama deserves a look at any event that puts a strong emphasis on ball-striking.

    7. Tony Finau: Finau has the length to handle the difficult demands of the South Course, and his results have gotten progressively better each time around: T-24 in 2015, T-18 in 2016 and T-4 last year. Finau is coming off the best season of his career, one that included a trip to the Tour Championship, and he put together four solid rounds at the Sony Open earlier this month.

    8. Charles Howell III: Howell is no stranger to West Coast golf, and his record at this event since 2013 includes three top-10 finishes highlighted by last year's runner-up showing. Howell chased a T-32 finish in Hawaii with a T-20 finish last week in Palm Springs, his fourth top-20 finish this season.

    9. Marc Leishman: Leishman was twice a runner-up at this event, first in 2010 and again in 2014, and he finished T-20 last year. The Aussie is coming off a season that included two wins, and he has amassed five top-10s in his last eight worldwide starts dating back to the Dell Technologies Championship in September.

    10. Gary Woodland: Woodland played in the final group at this event in 2014 before tying for 10th, and he was one shot off the lead entering the final round in 2016 before Mother Nature blew the entire field sideways. Still, the veteran has three top-20s in his last four trips to San Diego and finished T-7 two weeks ago in Honolulu.

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    Davis on distance: Not 'necessarily good for the game'

    By Will GrayJanuary 23, 2018, 6:28 pm

    It's a new year, but USGA executive Mike Davis hasn't changed his views on the growing debate over distance.

    Speaking with Matt Adams on SiriusXM PGA Tour Radio, Davis didn't mince words regarding his perception that increased distance has had a negative impact on the game of golf, and he reiterated that it's a topic that the USGA and R&A plan to jointly address.

    "The issue is complex. It's important, and it's one that we need to, and we will, face straight on," Davis said. "I think on the topic of distance, we've been steadfast to say that we do not think increased distance is necessarily good for the game."

    Davis' comments echoed his thoughts in November, when he stated that the impact of increased distance has been "horrible" for the game. Those comments drew a strong rebuke from Titleist CEO Wally Uihlein, who claimed there was "no evidence" to support Davis' argument.

    That argument, again reiterated Tuesday, centers on the rising costs associated with both acquiring and maintaining increased footprints for courses. Davis claimed that 1 in 4 courses in the U.S. is currently "not making money," and noted that while U.S. Open venues were 6,800-6,900 yards at the start of his USGA tenure, the norm is now closer to 7,400-7,500 yards.

    "You ask yourself, 'What has this done for the game? How has that made the game better?'" Davis said. "I think if we look at it, and as we look to the future, we're asking ourselves, saying, 'We want the game of golf to be fun.' We want it to continue to be challenging and really let your skills dictate what scores you should shoot versus necessarily the equipment.

    "But at the same time, we know there are pressures on golf courses. We know those pressures are going to become more acute."