Winsday Hot List: Scott tops list after Masters win

By Win McMurryApril 17, 2013, 11:20 pm

Adam 'Sc-Hot' was the subject of my weekly Hot List just a few weeks ago and his victory at the Masters puts him right back at No. 1 on this week's breakdown of what is all the rage in world of golf. It's not just his looks that have TV producers itching for more Scott, his fellow Australians are pumped to see him at the top of his game as well.

1. Adam Scott: Scott's Sunday heroics seem more akin to a fairytale where the handsome prince takes down the dragon guarding the castle as he dueled the grizzled veteran Angel Cabrera down the stretch at Augusta. The soft spoken Aussie has long been the heartthrob on the PGA Tour and “The Bachelor” producer Robert Mills took notice on Twitter, tweeting he'd like to have the 32-year-old Scott as the next Bachelor. But before you ladies start filling out applications for a rose, Scott told Gayle King on 'CBS This Morning' that he is in a relationship, so you'll have to settle for watching him on the golf course. 

2. Inbee Park: Congrats to the new World No. 1 as she ascends to the top spot in the rankings with her win at the Kraft Nabisco Championship. Stacy Lewis dropped to second while Yani Tseng remains No. 3. Park may not hold the honor for long, a new No. 1 could emerge following this week's Lotte Championship at Ko Olina Golf Club in Oahu, Hawaii.

3. The Rule Book: It certainly took some heat this week with the Tiger ruling following his Friday round and improper drop. Was the rule clear? Was the consequence applied properly? Should Tiger have been DQ’d or taken himself voluntarily out of the competition? Another major, lots of eyes on golf, and another controversial ruling that could have affected the outcome. 

4. Thorbjorn Olsen: Following his T6 at the Masters the Dane earned enough to accept special temporary status on the PGA Tour. Look for him at the Zurich Classic, The Players, U.S. Open, British Open, PGA Championship and WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, with more appearances in the works.

5. Harbour Town: As if the annual stop in Hilton Head needs more people to be a party, the traditional 132-player field has increased to 144 players due to the shortened PGA Tour season this year.

6. Golf Commentating: With the passing of Pat Summerall, his influence on golf and sports broadcasting has been spotlighted this week. CBS Sports' Jim Nantz weighed in, as did Verne Lundquist. His absence is felt by sports fans across the nation but his legacy endures.

7. Lagardere Unlimited: The sports management company Lagardere Unlimited that represents Phil Mickelson, Keegan Bradley and Nick Watney is reportedly looking to acquire Excel Sports Management whose top athletes include Tiger Woods and Matt Kuchar. Now that'd be a coup! 

8. Steve Williams: Tiger's former caddie gets a major looping for Adam Scott before Tiger does. Surprising? No question this may make one particular person a little hot under the collar. 

9. Australian Golf: After 76 attempts at a green jacket, Scott is the one who will undoubtedly bring an Australian Barbie to the annual Champions Dinner at Augusta National. It was a victory cheered by all who share his nationality, including Marc Leishman, who played alongside Scott on Sunday. He said he didn't even realize he fist-pumped when Scott sank the putt on 18 in regulation until he saw a photo that captured the historic moment. 

10. RBC Heritage Field: From two-time champion Boo Weekley, who comes in with momentum on his side after his runner-up finish in Tampa, to Brandt Snedeker, the 2011 champion who finished T6 in Augusta, to Jason Day, who finished solo third down off Magnolia Lane, this will be a week for rejuvenation as well as heated competition.

Fitzpatrick one back in 2018 Euro Tour opener

By Associated PressNovember 23, 2017, 1:37 pm

HONG KONG – S.S.P. Chawrasia had six birdies and a bogey Thursday for a 5-under 65 and a one-stroke lead at the Hong Kong Open, the first event of the 2018 European Tour season.

Playing in sunny but breezy conditions at the Hong Kong Golf Club, the greens had the players struggling to gauge the approach.

''Very tough conditions today,'' Chawrasia said. ''It's very firm greens, to be honest. I'm just trying to hit the second shot on the green and trying to make it like a two-putt.''

Full-field scores from the UBS Hong Kong Open

Shubhankar Sharma and Matthew Fitzpatrick (both 66) were one shot behind, while seven others were tied for fourth a further stroke behind.

''Hit it great tee to green,'' Fitzpatrick said. ''I think I had like seven or eight chances inside 15 feet, and on a day like today when it's so windy and such a tough golf course, with how tight it is, yeah, it was a good day.''

Justin Rose, who won the title in 2015, shot was 2 under with five birdies and three bogeys.

''I think the course played a couple shots harder than it typically does,'' Rose said. ''I like this course. I think it offers plenty of birdie opportunities.''

Masters champion Sergio GarciaRafa Cabrera Bello and defending champion Sam Brazel (69) were in a group of 16 at 1 under.

Day, Spieth chasing Davis after Day 1 of Aussie Open

By Jason CrookNovember 23, 2017, 6:50 am

The PGA Tour is off this week but a couple of the circuit’s biggest stars – Jordan Spieth and Jason Day – are headlining the Emirates Australian Open, the first event in The Open Qualifying Series for the 2018 Open at Carnoustie. Here's how things look after the opening round, where Cameron Davis has opened up a two-shot lead:

Leaderboard: Davis (-8), Taylor MacDonald (-6), Nick Cullen (-5), Day (-5), Brian Campbell (-4), Lucas Herbert (-4), Stephen Leaney (-4), Anthony Quayle (-4)

What it means: Spieth has won this event three of the last four years, including last year, but he got off to a rocky start on Thursday. Playing in the windy afternoon wave, the world No. 2 bogeyed his first two holes but rebounded with birdies on Nos. 4 and 5. It was more of the same the rest of the way as the 24-year-old carded three more bogeys and four birdies, getting into the clubhouse with a 1-under 70. While it certainly wasn't the start he was hoping for, Spieth didn't shoot himself out of the tournament with 54 holes left to play, he has plenty of time to claw his way up the leaderboard.

Full-field scores from the Emirates Australian Open

Round of the day: With Round 1 in the books, the solo leader, Davis, is the easy pick here. The 22-year-old Aussie who turned pro last year, came out of the gates on fire, birdieing six of his first seven holes, including four in a row on Nos. 4 through 7. He did drop a shot on the ninth hole to go out in 30 but rebounded with three more birdies on the back to card a 8-under 63. Davis, who was born in Sydney and played this year on the Mackenzie Tour in Canada. He will attempt to get his Tour card next month during qualifying in Arizona.

Best of the rest: Making his first start in his home country in four years, Day started on the 10th hole at The Australian Golf Club and made four birdies to one bogey on the back side before adding four more circles after making the turn. Unfortunately for the 30-year-old, he also added an ugly double-bogey 6 on the par-4 eighth hole and had to settle for a 5-under 66, good enough to sit T-3. Day, who has dropped to No. 12 in the world rankings, is looking for his first win on any tour since the 2016 Players Championship.

Main storyline heading into Friday: Can the upstart 22-year-old Davis hold off the star power chasing him or will he fold to the pressure of major champions in his rearview mirror? Day (afternoon) and Spieth (morning) are once again on opposite ends of the draw on Friday as they try to improve their position before the weekend.

Shot of the day: It’s tough to beat an ace in this category, and we had one of those on Thursday from Australian Brad Shilton. Shilton’s hole-in-one on the par-3, 188-yard 11th hole came with a special prize, a $16k watch.

Quote of the day: “Just two bad holes. Pretty much just two bad swings for the day,” – Day, after his 66 on Thursday. 

Watch: Shilton wins $16k timepiece with hole-in-one

By Golf Channel DigitalNovember 23, 2017, 2:50 am

Australian Brad Shilton made a hole-in-one on the par-3, 188-yard 11th hole during the first round of the Australian Open, and he was rewarded handsomely for his efforts - with a Tag Heuer watch worth $16k.

Day gets in early mix with 66 in return to Australia

By Associated PressNovember 23, 2017, 2:32 am

SYDNEY - Jason Day's first tournament round in Australia in four years was a 5-under 66 to put him among the leaders early Thursday at the Australian Open.

Day's round came unhinged late with a double-bogey 6 on the par-4 eighth hole, his second-last of the day. He hit his tee shot into the trees on the left, hit back out to the fairway, missed his approach to the green and then couldn't get up and down.

''That was brutal,'' Day said of the 481-yard hole that played into gusting winds.

But Day recovered quickly to birdie his last to sit three strokes behind fellow Australian and early leader Cameron Davis, who started on the first, had six front-nine birdies and shot 63 at The Australian Golf Club.

In between the two was Australian Taylor MacDonald, who shot 65.

''It was a pretty solid round, I didn't miss many fairways, I didn't miss many greens,'' Day said. ''I'd give myself a seven or eight out of 10.''

Defending champion Jordan Spieth, attempting to win the Australian Open for the third time in four years, was off to a poor start among the afternoon players, bogeying his first two holes.

The Sydney-born Davis played most of this season on the Mackenzie Tour in Canada and will attempt to secure his card in the final round of qualifying from Dec. 7-10 in Chandler, Arizona.

''Everything went to plan,'' Davis said. ''I got off to a great start. I was hitting my spots and was able to keep it together on the back nine.''

NOTES: Australian Brad Shilton had the first ace of the tournament, using a 5-iron for a hole-in-one on the par-3, 188-yard 11th hole, his second hole of the day. Australian veteran Geoff Ogilvy, the 2006 U.S. Open winner, shot 69. He and Rod Pampling (68) played the first round with Day.