Young Stadler Moves Out Front at NWide Event

By Sports NetworkSeptember 15, 2006, 4:00 pm
Nationwide TourBOISE, Idaho -- Kevin Stadler fired his second straight round of 7-under 64 Friday to finish two rounds of the Boise Open at 14-under-par 128.
 
Stadler's two-round total of 128 established a new 36-hole scoring record. The old record of 130 was done three times -- first by J.P. Hayes and Bill Muchison in 1994, then by Stewart Cink in 1996.
 
First-round leader Scott Dunlap carded a 4-under 67 and is alone in second at minus-12. Mario Tiziani (64) and Jamie Broce (66) share third place at 11-under-par 131.
 
Australian Jarrod Lyle is by himself in fifth at minus-10 after a 67 in round two. Jason Allred posted a 68 and is in sixth at 9-under-par 133.
 
Stadler got off to a hot start with birdies on two and three. He got to 10 under with a birdie on the par-4 fifth at Hillcrest Country Club.
 
The 26-year-old ran home a 25-footer for birdie on seven, then sank an 18-foot birdie try on eight to join Dunlap in the lead at minus-12.
 
Stadler, who claimed his third Nationwide Tour title earlier this year at the Xerox Classic, drained another long birdie effort on the 10th. He dropped a shot on the 14th, but quickly rebounded.
 
At the short par-4 15th, Stadler found a greenside bunker off the tee. He blasted out, then rolled in the birdie putt to regain the outright lead. Stadler came right back with a birdie on the par-5 16th to move two clear of Dunlap. He parred the final two holes to remain there.
 
'It's better than trailing. It doesn't mean anything,' Stadler said of the first two rounds. 'It means you've got off to a good start, there's two rounds left. It's a great spot to be, but I could be leading or I could be five back, I'm still going to play the course the same way.'
 
Stadler currently stands 18th on the Nationwide Tour money list and a win this week would all but guarantee him earning his PGA TOUR card for next year, as the top-20 on the final Nationwide Tour money list gain their PGA TOUR cards for 2007.
 
Dunlap started on the back nine and birdied two of his first three holes. However, he gave both of those strokes back as he bogeyed 13 and 14.
 
The 43-year-old again got to 10-under as he holed out for eagle on the par-4 first. Dunlap came right back to birdie No. 2 and climbed to 12-under with a birdie at the sixth. He parred out to remain there.
 
Dan Olsen, who double-eagled the par-5 16th, fired a 7-under 64 to jump into a tie for seventh at 8-under-par 134. He was joined there by Glen Day (67) and former U.S. Amateur champion Jeff Quinney (65).
 
'Out here it's hard to make a 20-foot putt, let alone a long shot like that,' admitted Olsen. 'When it goes in it makes you feel a little bit invincible, it's very cool. I'm on the cut line and I go from 1-under to 4-under right there. The guys are so good out here and the guys who win catch a wave and ride it.'
 
Ricky Barnes, another former U.S. Amateur winner, was joined by Jeff Freeman, Brendon De Jonge and Andrew Buckle at minus-7in a share of 10th place.
 
The cut line fell at 3-under-par 139 with 60 players moving on to the weekend. Nine players in the top-20 on the money list missed the cut. Among them were No. 13 Doug LaBelle II (140), No. 17 John Merrick and No. 19 Hunter Haas both at even-par 142 and No. 15 Brendan Pappas (143).
 
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  • Vegas lists Woods at 20-1 to win a major in 2018

    By Will GrayNovember 22, 2017, 12:53 pm

    He hasn't hit a competitive shot in nearly a year, but that hasn't stopped one Las Vegas outlet from listing Tiger Woods among the favorites to win a major in 2018.

    The Westgate Las Vegas Superbook published betting odds this week on dozens of players to win any of the four majors next year. Leading the pack were Dustin Johnson and Jordan Spieth at 3/2, with Rory McIlroy next. But not far behind was Woods, who has been sidelined since February because of a back injury but was listed at 20/1.

    Woods will make his much-anticipated return next week at the Hero World Challenge, and next month he will turn 42. Next summer will mark the 10-year anniversary of his last major championship victory, a sudden-death playoff win over Rocco Mediate at the 2008 U.S. Open.

    Here's a look at the odds for several marquee players on winning any of the four biggest events in golf next year:

    3/2: Dustin Johnson, Jordan Spieth

    5/2: Rory McIlroy

    7/2: Justin Thomas, Jon Rahm, Hideki Matsuyama, Rickie Fowler, Jason Day

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    5/1: Brooks Koepka

    15/2: Sergio Garcia, Henrik Stenson, Paul Casey

    10/1: Adam Scott

    12/1: Tommy Fleetwood, Tyrrell Hatton, Matt Kuchar, Phil Mickelson, Marc Leishman, Thomas Pieters, Patrick Reed

    15/1: Daniel Berger, Matthew Fitzpatrick, Patrick Cantlay, Branden Grace, Kevin Kisner, Alex Noren, Louis Oosthuizen, Xander Schauffele, Charl Schwartzel, Brandt Snedeker, Bubba Watson

    20/1: Tiger Woods, Francesco Molinari, Rafael Cabrera-Bello, Tony Finau, Martin Kaymer

    25/1: Ryan Moore, Zach Johnson, Webb Simpson, Lee Westwood, Jimmy Walker, Kevin Chappell, Bryson DeChambeau, Bill Haas, Jason Dufner, Charley Hoffman

    30/1: Pat Perez, Gary Woodland, Bernd Wiesberger, Brian Harman, Padraig Harrington, Emiliano Grillo, Ross Fisher, Si Woo Kim, J.B. Holmes

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    By Golf Channel DigitalNovember 21, 2017, 4:24 pm

    The 147th Open is nearly eight months away, but there are still major championship berths on the line this week in Australia.

    The Open Qualifying Series kicks off this week, a global stretch of 15 event across 10 different countries that will be responsible for filling 46 spots in next year's field at Carnoustie. The Emirates Australian Open is the first event in the series, and the top three players among the top 10 who are not otherwise exempt will punch their tickets to Scotland.

    In addition to tournament qualifying opportunities, the R&A will also conduct four final qualifying events across Great Britain and Ireland on July 3, where three spots will be available at each site.

    Here's a look at the full roster of tournaments where Open berths will be awarded:

    Emirates Australian Open (Nov. 23-26): Top three players (not otherwise exempt) among top 10 and ties

    Joburg Open (Dec. 7-10): Top three players (not otherwise exempt) among top 10 and ties

    SMBC Singapore Open (Jan. 18-21): Top four players (not otherwise exempt) among top 12 and ties

    Mizuno Open (May 24-27): Top four players (not otherwise exempt) among top 12 and ties

    HNA Open de France (June 28-July 1): Top three players (not otherwise exempt) among top 10 and ties

    The National (June 28-July 1): Top four players (not otherwise exempt) among top 12 and ties

    Dubai Duty Free Irish Open (July 5-8): Top three players (not otherwise exempt) among top 10 and ties

    The Greenbrier Classic (July 5-8): Top four players (not otherwise exempt) among top 10 and ties

    Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open (July 12-15): Top three players (not otherwise exempt) among top 10 and ties

    John Deere Classic (July 12-15): Top player (not otherwise exempt) among top five and ties

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    By Ryan LavnerNovember 21, 2017, 2:36 pm

    Each week on GolfChannel.com, we’ll examine which players’ stocks and trends are rising and falling in the world of golf.

    RISING

    Jon Rahm (+9%): Just imagine how good he’ll be in the next few years, when he isn’t playing all of these courses for the first time. With no weaknesses in his game, he’s poised for an even bigger 2018.

    Austin Cook (+7%): From Monday qualifiers to Q-School to close calls on the Web.com, it hasn’t been an easy road to the big leagues. Well, he would have fooled us, because it looked awfully easy as the rookie cruised to a win in just his 14th Tour start.

    Ariya (+6%): Her physical tools are as impressive as any on the LPGA, and if she can shore up her mental game – she crumbled upon reaching world No. 1 – then she’ll become the world-beater we always believed she could be.  

    Tommy Fleetwood (+4%): He ran out of gas in Dubai, but no one played better on the European Tour this year than Fleetwood, Europe’s new No. 1, who has risen from 99th to 18th in the world.   

    Lexi (+1%): She has one million reasons to be pleased with her performance this year … but golf fans are more likely to remember the six runners-up and two careless mistakes (sloppy marking at the ANA and then a yippy 2-footer in the season finale) that cost her a truly spectacular season.


    FALLING

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    Hideki (-2%): After getting blown out at the Dunlop Phoenix, he made headlines by saying there’s a “huge gap” between he and winner Brooks Koepka. Maybe something was lost in translation, but Matsuyama being too hard on himself has been a familiar storyline the second half of the year. For his sake, here’s hoping he loosens up.

    Golf-ball showdown (-3%): Recent comments by big-name stars and Mike Davis’ latest salvo about the need for a reduced-flight ball could set up a nasty battle between golf’s governing bodies and manufacturers.

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    By Golf Channel DigitalNovember 21, 2017, 12:59 am

    Consider Titleist CEO Wally Uihlein unmoved by Mike Davis' comments about the evolution of the golf ball – and unhappy.

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    Acushnet Holdings, Titleist's parent company, announced in September that Uihlein would be stepping down as the company's CEO at the end of this year but that he will remain on the company's board of directors.