Taylor Retains Lead Glasson Fires 62

By Sports NetworkAugust 19, 2005, 4:00 pm
PGA Tour (75x100)RENO, Nev. -- Defending champion Vaughn Taylor fended off a low-scoring field and a course record Friday to remain in the lead after two rounds at the Reno-Tahoe Open.
 
Taylor fired a 5-under 67 in his second round to reach 13-under-par 131 for the tournament, one stroke better than Todd Fischer, who also shot a 67 Friday to reach minus-12.
 
Bill Glasson
Bill Glasson fired a course-record 10-under 62 in Friday's second round in Reno.
Bill Glasson is alone in third place after setting a new course record at Montreux Golf and Country Club with a 10-under-par 62. Glasson, who was even-par in his first round, bested the previous course record of 63 established by Notah Begay III in 1999 and matched by Brian Henninger in 2000 and Kirk Triplett in 2003.

'What a difference 12 hours makes,' said Glasson, who collected six birdies and a pair of eagles in his bogey-free round. 'Yesterday afternoon it was a real struggle...and I couldn't get a ball to stop by the hole.

'It's been so long since I've played a good round. I hope it's the beginning of more good rounds.'
 
Trailing Glasson by one stroke are Jesper Parnevik (68), Jonathan Kaye (66) and Fredrik Jacobson (70), who stand at 9-under-par 135. Craig Barlow is alone in seventh place one stroke further back after shooting a 68 in his second round.

Taylor followed up his 8 under first round with six birdies and one eagle on Friday. He began his round on the back-nine and opened with a birdie at No. 10, where he drained a 15-foot putt to get to 9 under.
 
The 29-year-old strung together six straight pars after that until a birdie at
the par-5 17th moved him to minus-10 around the turn.
 
Taylor went on to collect four more birdies on the front-nine to get to 14
under, including one at the par-3 seventh, where he sank a 17-foot putt.
But a bogey at his last hole -- the 616-yard, par-5 ninth --- dropped the
defending champion to 13 under.
 
'I hit the ball really well. I only missed a couple of shots all day,' said
Taylor, who collected his maiden PGA Tour victory here last year when he
birdied the first playoff hole to edge out Scott McCarron, Hunter Mahan and
Steve Allan.
 
'I left a few out there, especially on the last hole, but you're going to make
a few mistakes here and there. You learn from it.'

If Glasson made any mistakes in his round, it wasn't obvious.
 
The 45-year-old veteran -- a seven-time winner on tour, but not since the 1997
Las Vegas Invitational -- opened his round with three straight pars before
chipping in for eagle at the par-5 fourth to reach minus-2.

Glasson birdied two more holes to get to 4 under around the turn, and then
he really turned it on by playing the first five holes of the back-nine at
6-under-par.
 
At the par-4 10th, he holed out from 152 yards with a 9-iron for his
second eagle of the day. That same 9-iron set up the last of his birdies at
No. 14, where he landed within 2 feet to get to 10 under.
 
'I've been changing my swing all year, and I just haven't really been able to
take it to the golf course,' said Glasson. 'Hopefully today may be that
breakthrough round I need.'

J.P. Hayes shot a 6-under 66 and leads a group of five players knotted for
eighth place at 7-under-par 137. The others are Duffy Waldorf (70), Steve
Allan (67), J.J. Henry (67) and Aaron Baddeley (70).

Among those not making the even-par cut line was Begay, the 1999 champion, who ended at 3-over-par 147 after shooting a 74 Friday. David Duval had the
highest score in the field with a 15-over-par 159 after two rounds.
 
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    Day's wife shares emotional story of miscarriage

    By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 12, 2017, 4:12 pm

    Jason Day’s wife revealed on social media that the couple had a miscarriage last month.

    Ellie Day, who announced her pregnancy on Nov. 4, posted an emotional note on Instagram that she lost the baby on Thanksgiving.

    “I found out the baby had no heartbeat anymore. I was devastated,” she wrote. “I snuck out the back door of my doctor, a hot, sobbing, mascara-covered mess. Two and a half weeks went by witih me battling my heart and brain about what was happening in my body, wondering why this wouldn’t just be over.”

    The Days, who have two children, Dash and Lucy, decided to go public to help others who have suffered similar heartbreak.

    “I hope you know you aren’t alone and I hope you feel God wrap his arms around you when you feel the depths of sorrow and loss,” she wrote.  

    Newsmaker of the Year: No. 5, Sergio Garcia

    By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 12, 2017, 1:00 pm

    This was the year it finally happened for Sergio Garcia.

    The one-time teen phenom, known for years as “El Nino,” entered the Masters as he had dozens of majors beforehand – shouldered with the burden of being the best player without a major.

    Garcia was 0-for-72 driving down Magnolia Lane in April, but after a thrilling final round and sudden-death victory over Justin Rose, the Spaniard at long last captured his elusive first major title.

    The expectation for years was that Garcia might land his white whale on a British links course, or perhaps at a U.S. Open where his elite ball-striking might shine. Instead it was on the storied back nine at Augusta National that he came alive, chasing down Rose thanks in part to a memorable approach on No. 15 that hit the pin and led to an eagle.


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    A green jacket was only the start of a transformative year for Garcia, 37, who heaped credit for his win on his then-fiancee, Angela Akins. The two were married in July, and months later the couple announced that they were expecting their first child to arrive just ahead of Garcia’s return to Augusta, where he'll host his first champions’ dinner.

    And while players often cling to the notion that a major win won’t intrinsically change them, there was a noticeable difference in Garcia over the summer months. The weight of expectation, conscious or otherwise, seemed to lift almost instantly. Like other recent Masters champs, he took the green jacket on a worldwide tour, with stops at Wimbledon and a soccer match between Real Madrid and Barcelona.

    The player who burst onto the scene as a baby-faced upstart is now a grizzled veteran with nearly two decades of pro golf behind him. While the changes this year occurred both on and off the course, 2017 will always be remembered as the year when Garcia finally, improbably, earned the title of major champion.


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    Montana parents can't watch kids play high school golf

    By Grill Room TeamDecember 11, 2017, 9:47 pm

    Well, this is a one new one.

    According to a report from KTVQ in Montana, this line in the Montana State High School Association rule book all but forbids spectators from observing high school golf in that state:

    “No spectators/fans are allowed on the course except for certain locations as designated by the tournament manager and club professional.”

    Part of the issue, according to the report, is that most courses don't bother to designate those "certain locations" leaving parents unable to watch their kids compete.

    “If you tell a parent that they can’t watch their kid play in the Thanksgiving Day football game, they would riot,” Chris Kelley, a high school golf parent, told KTVQ.

    The report lists illegal outside coaching as one of the rule's chief motivations, but Montana State women's golf coach Brittany Basye doesn't quite buy that.

    “I can go to a softball game and I can sit right behind the pitcher. I can make hand signals,” she is quoted in the report. “I can yell out names. I can do the same thing on a softball field that might affect that kid. Football games we can yell as loud as we want when someone is making a pass or a catch.”

    The MHSA has argued that unlike other sports that are played in a confined area, the sprawling nature of a golf course would make it difficult to hire enough marshals to keep unruly spectators in check.

    Meanwhile, there's a lawyer quoted in the report claiming this is some kind of civil rights issue.

    Worth note, Montana is one of only two states that doesn't allow spectators on the course. The other state, Alaska, does not offer high school golf.