Winston Hensby Lead Permian Basin Open

By Sports NetworkAugust 24, 2002, 4:00 pm
MIDLAND, TX -- Brent Winston posted a three-under 69 Saturday to join Mark Hensby atop the leaderboard after three rounds of the Buy.Com Permian Basin Open. The duo, who also shared the first-round lead, has a two- shot lead at 15-under-par 201 at Midland County Club.

Omar Uresti carded a third-round 66 and shares third place with Tag Ridings, who shot a five-under 67 Saturday. The pair completed 54 holes at 13-under-par 203.
 
Winston, who shared the second-round lead with Gene Sauers, didn't get off to a good start Saturday when he three-putted the first green for a double-bogey. He rebounded with three birdies in a row, starting at the second, but promptly dropped another shot at the fifth.
 
Winston's wild front nine continued with a five-foot birdie at the sixth but he followed with a bogey at No. 7. He closed his front nine with a seven- footer for birdie at the ninth.
 
The 30-year-old Buy.com Tour rookie steadied himself on the back nine. He birdied the par-5 12th and drained a 15-foot birdie at the 16th to join Hensby in first.
 
'I didn't putt as well as I have been,' said Winston, who needed only 26 putts on Saturday. 'I just tried to keep focused. The three straight birdies helped out.'
 
Hensby, who played in the group ahead of Winston, sandwiched a bogey around two birdies early in his round but his play on the second nine propelled him into a share of the lead.
 
Hensby birdied the par-5 12th and capitalized on the next par-5, the 601-yard 15th. He knocked an eight-iron to eight feet to set up a birdie and added a 12-foot birdie at 17 to reach 16-under par.
 
He would have been alone in the lead but a bogey at the 18th gave him a four- under 68 and meant he would share the top spot heading into the final round.
 
'I hit the ball well but I didn't make anything,' said Hensby, a two-time winner on the Buy.om Tour. 'I'm surprised to still be close to the lead. Tomorrow on the last nine holes is what it is all about.'
 
Uresti's round was highlighted by a pair of chip-ins at the eighth and 14th holes. The chip-in birdie at No. 14 tied him for the lead but a bogey at the 15th dropped him into a tie with Ridings.
 
Chad Wright is alone in fifth place after a seven-under 65 moved him to 12- under par.
 
Brian Claar (67), Jeff Hart (68), Michael Flynn (68), Tom Carter (69), Brad Adamonis (71) and Sauers (74) share sixth at minus-10.
 
Full Field Scores from the Buy.Com Permian Basin Open

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.