Young Stadler One Back at Nationwide Event

By Sports NetworkSeptember 16, 2006, 4:00 pm
Nationwide TourBOISE, Idaho -- Maria Tiziani fired a 6-under 65 Saturday to move two strokes clear of the field after three rounds of the Boise Open. Tiziani completed 54 holes at 17-under-par 196.
Tiziani's total of 196 matched the 54-hole record that Rick Cramer set in 1996. Tiziani will go for his first tour win on Sunday. Not only will he have that pressure, but of the last 11 54-hole leaders on the Nationwide Tour none have held on for the win.
'It's unchartered waters for me. I have not been in this position very much this year, maybe a couple times after round two,' admitted Tiziani, who holds the 54-hole lead for the first time in his career. 'This is what we play for though. I know there will be some nerves. The tough part will be trying to do the same things I've been doing.'
Second-round leader Kevin Stadler managed a 1-under 70 and is alone in second place at minus-15. Glen Day stands in third place at 13-under-par 200 after a 5-under 66.
Former U.S. Amateur champion Jeff Quinney posted a 67 and was joined in fourth place at minus-12 by Jason Allred and Scott Dunlap.
Tiziani got off to a hot start and that carried him past Stadler for the lead. Tiziani birdied the first, then eagled the par-5 second to join Stadler in the lead at minus-14.
The 36-year-old Tiziani then birdied the third at Hillcrest Country Club, but trailed by one as Stadler birdied two and three. He settled in with seven consecutive pars, but he remained one up on Stadler.
Tiziani ran home a long birdie putt on the 11th and came right back with an 18-footer for birdie on 12 to get to 17 under, three clear of Stadler. Tiziani was unable to save par from a bunker on 13. He recovered that stroke with a two-putt birdie on the par-5 16th before carding pars on 17 and 18.
'I feel like I've been close all year even though I haven't played remotely well,' said Tiziani, who has just one top-10 this season and has made just seven of 19 cuts. 'Everything is coming together right now though.'
The bogey Tiziani made on No. 13 was his first since his fourth hole on Thursday. He admitted afterwards his confidence has not been where it should be this year.
'Confidence has been the big thing. It has kind of been getting eaten away as the year has gone on,' Tiziani stated. 'It seems to come back so quick when you hit a lot of good shots and I feel like it's coming back.'
Stadler, who played right behind Tiziani, opened with birdies on two and three to lead by one. He tumbled out of the top spot with bogeys on four and six.
The 26-year-old parred five straight, then sank an 18-footer for birdie on 12. Stadler bogeyed 13 and 14 to slip to 13 under par, three behind Tiziani.
Stadler caught fire late though. Like Tiziani, Stadler two-putted for birdie on 16. Then he dropped in an 8-footer for birdie at 17 to get within two.
'That was very frustrating, but I'm happy to shoot under par,' admitted Stadler. 'I didn't hit many solid shots. I started out poorly and I let it get to me. Under par was a good score for me today.'
Ricky Barnes carded a 4-under 67 to move into a share of seventh at 11-under-par 202. He stands alongside Tripp Isenhour and Jay Williamson. Australians Jarrod Lyle and Andrew Buckle share 10th place at minus-10.
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    Spieth, McIlroy to support Major Champions Invitational

    By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 16, 2018, 2:25 pm

    Nick Faldo announced Tuesday the creation of the Major Champions Invitational.

    The event, scheduled for March 12-14, is an extension of the Faldo Series and will feature both male and female junior players at Bella Collina in Montverde, Fla.

    Jordan Spieth, Rory Mcllroy, Annika Sorenstam, Adam Scott, Henrik Stenson, Jerry Pate and John Daly have already committed to supporting the event, which is aimed at mentoring and inspiring the next generation of players.  

    “I’m incredibly excited about hosting the Major Champions Invitational, and about the players who have committed to support the event,” Faldo said. “This event will allow major champions to give something back to the game that has given them so much, and hopefully, in time, it will become one of the most elite junior golf events in the world.”

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    Rosaforte: Woods plays with Obama, gets rave reviews

    By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 16, 2018, 2:15 pm

    Golf Channel insider Tim Rosaforte reports on Tiger Woods’ recent round at The Floridian in Palm City, Fla., alongside President Barack Obama.

    Check out the video, as Rosaforte says Woods received rave reviews from instructor Claude Harmon. 

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    Stock Watch: Spieth searching for putting form

    By Ryan LavnerJanuary 16, 2018, 1:50 pm

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


    Patton Kizzire (+8%): By today’s accelerated standards, he’s a late bloomer, having reached the Tour at age 29. Well, he seems right at home now, with two wins in his last four starts.

    Rory (+7%): Coming off the longest break of his career, McIlroy should have no excuses this year. He’s healthy. Focused. Motivated. It’s go time.

    Chris Paisley (+5%): The best part about his breakthrough European Tour title that netted him $192,000? With his wife, Keri, on the bag, he doesn’t have to cut 10 percent to his caddie – she gets the whole thing.

    Brooke Henderson (+3%): A seventh-place finish at the Diamond Resorts Invitational doesn’t sound like much for a five-time winner, but this came against the men – on a cold, wet, windy, 6,700-yard track. She might be the most fun player to watch on the LPGA. 

    New European Ryder Cuppers (+2%): In something of a Ryder Cup dress rehearsal, newcomers Tommy Fleetwood and Tyrrell Hatton each went undefeated in leading Europe to a come-from-behind victory at the EurAsia Cup. The competition come September will be, um, a bit stiffer.


    Jordan’s putting (-1%): You can sense his frustration in interviews, and why not? In two starts he leads the Tour in greens in regulation … and ranks 201st (!) in putting. Here’s guessing he doesn’t finish the year there.

    Brian Harman’s 2018 Sundays (-2%): The diminutive left-hander now has five consecutive top-10s, and he’s rocketing up the Ryder Cup standings, but you can’t help but wonder how much better the start to his year might have been. In the final pairing each of the past two weeks, he’s a combined 1 under in those rounds and wasn’t much of a factor.

    Tom Hoge (-3%): Leading by one and on the brink of a life-changing victory – he hadn’t been able to keep his card each of the past three years – Hoge made an absolute mess of the 16th, taking double bogey despite having just 156 yards for his approach. At least now he’s on track to make the playoffs for the first time.

    Predicting James Hahn’s form (-4%): OK, we give up: He’d gone 17 events without a top-15 before his win at Riviera; 12 before his win at Quail Hollow; and seven before he lost on the sixth playoff hole at Waialae. The margins between mediocre play and winning apparently are THAT small.

    Barnrat (-5%): Coming in hot with four consecutive top-10s, and one of only two team members ranked inside the top 50 in the world, Kiradech Aphibarnrat didn’t show up at the EurAsia Cup, going 0-3 for the week. In hindsight, the Asian team had no chance without his contributions. 

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    Langer not playing to pass Irwin, but he just might

    By Tim RosaforteJanuary 16, 2018, 1:40 pm

    Bernhard Langer goes back out on tour this week to chase down more than Hale Irwin’s PGA Tour Champions record of 45 career victories. His chase is against himself.

    “I’m not playing to beat Hale Irwin’s record,” Langer told me before heading to Hawaii to defend his title at the Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai. “I play golf to play the best I can, to be a good role model, and to enjoy a few more years that are left.”

    Langer turned 60 on Aug. 27 and was presented a massage chair by his family as a birthday gift. Instead of reclining (which he does to watch golf and football), he won three more times to close out a seven-win campaign that included three major championships. A year prior, coming off a four-victory season, Langer told me after winning his fourth Charles Schwab Cup that surpassing Irwin’s record was possible but not probable. With 36 career victories and 11 in his last two years, he has changed his tone to making up the nine-tournament difference as “probable.”

    “If I could continue a few more years on that ratio, I could get close or pass him,” Langer told me from his home in Boca Raton, Fla. “It will get harder. I’m 60 now. It’s a big challenge but I don’t shy away from challenges.”

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    Langer spent his off-season playing the PNC Father/Son, taking his family on a ski vacation at Big Sky in Yellowstone, Montana, and to New York for New Year’s. He ranks himself as a scratch skier, having skied since he was four years old in Germany. The risk of injury is worth it, considering how much he loves “the scenery, the gravity and the speed.”

    Since returning from New York, Langer has immersed himself into preparing for the 2018 season. Swing coach Willy Hoffman, who he has worked with since his boyhood days as an as assistant pro in Germany, flew to Florida for their 43rd year of training.

    “He’s a straight shooter,” Hoffman told me. “He says, 'Willy, every hour is an hour off my life and we have 24 hours every day.'"

    As for Irwin, they have maintained a respectful relationship that goes back to their deciding singles match in the 1991 Ryder Cup. Last year they were brought back to Kiawah Island for a corporate appearance where they reminisced and shared the thought that nobody should ever have to bear what Langer went through, missing a 6-footer on the 18th green. That was 27 years ago. Both are in the Hall of Fame.

    "I enjoy hanging out with Hale," Langer says.

    Langer’s chase of Irwin’s record is not going to change their legacies. As Hoffman pointed out, “Yes, (Bernhard) is a rich man compared to his younger days. He had no money, no nothing. But today you don’t feel a difference when you talk to him. He’s always on the ground.”