Notes Duval Turns Angry Barnes Turns Pro

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SANDWICH, England -- Ricky Barnes, the reigning U.S. Amateur champion and co-winner of this years Ben Hogan Award for best collegiate player, has officially turned professional after missing the cut in the 132nd Open Championship.
 
Barnes shot 79-74 to finish at 11-over-par 153. Soon after concluding his championship, it was announced that he had signed with Gaylord Sports Management.
 
Gaylord is definitely the best for me, Barnes said in a statement. Ive known (senior executive) Cricket (Musch) for years so theres a personal comfort level, and I know Gaylord has done great things for their other clients.
 
Gaylords other clients include Phil Mickelson, David Gossett and Billy Mayfair.
 
Barnes, 22, will make his professional debut at The International, Aug. 7-10. He has also accepted invitations to play the Reno-Tahoe Open, John Deere Classic and Valero Texas Open.
 
ENOUGH ALREADY
 
David Duval shot rounds of 78-83 to miss the cut with a 19-over-par total. Two years ago he won this event, but he hasnt won since and has plummeted in the world ranking.
 
This is his 12th missed cut in 16 starts this season.
 
Duval was questioned, annoyingly so, after the second round about the state of his game. Here is how the give-and-take went, according to a transcript:
 
Q. Were all very sympathetic and sad about what has happened to your game. We saw a 62 a few weeks ago at the Kemper and hoped it meant you had turned the corner. Any comment on that?
 
A. Is there a question there for me? Thats exactly why I dont want to talk, because you werent out there and none of the people were out there, and so youre asking about the same old stuff. I played 32 good holes of golf and made three triples and a quad and Im out of the golf tournament. So, thanks.
 
Q. Can I just ask, there do seem to be a lot of theories around about what has caused the falloff in your game?
 
A. Let them find their own theories, you know. I try to explain my position and talk about it and nobody wants to put outI had better just stop there.
 
NO BREAK FOR MONTY
 
Colin Montgomerie did not suffer a fracture or bone break in his hand when he fell outside of his hotel Thursday morning, according to his management, IMG.
 
Montgomerie went to Ashstead Hospital Friday morning where an x-ray revealed negative results. He was refered to Royal Surrey County Hospital for an MRI scan Friday afternoon to determine the extent of soft tissue damage, specifically to the carpal ligament.
 
Those results have not yet been revealed.
 
Montgomerie withdrew after playing seven holes in the first round.
 
(W)HO IS THIS AGAIN?
 
Even Els, who regularly plays golf around the world, was hard pressed to offer any insight on S.K. Ho.
 
Just that hes got a shorter surname than me, was all Els could come up with when asked what he knew about the near no-name ' literally speaking ' Ho.
 
But the 29-year-old South Korean further established his presence Friday by birdieing the par-3 third and eagling the par-5 fourth to take sole possession of the lead at 4-under, before dropping shots on five of his final 11 holes to finish two back at 1-over-par 143.
 
Hes still ecstatic with the way things have gone over the first two days.
 
I called this morning and spoke to my parents and they told me it is big news story in all the newspapers in Korea, on the front page, and Im very happy with that, he said through an interpreter.
 
FEELING THE PRESSURE
 
Hennie Otto had no problem sleeping on the first-round lead. It wasnt until he awoke that the nerves began to settle in.
 
I slept like a dead man last night, he professed. Then I got to the first tee this morning and I started feeling it. Yesterday I was a lot calmer. But your first major and youre leading ' I think your nerves have to be there a little bit.
 
Otto followed his opening 68 with a 5-over 76. He is now three off the lead at 2-over.
 
A LITTLE WOOSIE
 
Ian Woosnam chipped in on the first hole of sudden death to qualify for this years Open Championship. And he might have regretted doing so Friday morning.
 
Woosnam woke up at 4:30 AM to make his second-round tee time. He was in the second group out, at 6:41.
 
I had a good time, but who wants to get up at 4:30 and play golf? Ive never done that in my life before. That must be why I started bogey-bogey-bogey, I was still asleep, I think, said the 1991 Masters champion.
 
He recovered nicely with birdies on four of his next six holes. However, he shot 40 on the back nine for a round of 4-over 75. He stands at 6-over-par 148.
 
I slept quite well actually and I didnt even have a drink last night, but Im going to have one now though, he said.
 
The 45-year-old Welshman is competing in his 22nd Open. He has twice finished inside the top 3, in 1986 and 2001. Two years ago, Woosnam birdied the first hole in the final round to seemingly tie for the lead. But his caddie discovered on the second tee box that he had inadvertently put two drivers in the bag, therefore giving Woosnam a total of 15.
 
Because he had one club too many while playing the first hole, he incurred a two-stroke penalty. The birdie became a bogey and Woosnam never recovered. He shot 71 to finish four back of winner Duval.
 
GIVE ME A HAND
 
John Daly re-injured his hand in the second round. He shot 3-over 74 for a 7-over-par 149 total.
 
My finger is swollen up very bad after hitting out of a buried lie at (No.) 7, he explained.
 
The 1995 Open Champion initially injured his hand in the HP Classic of New Orleans. He pulled out of the final round of last weeks Barclays Scottish Open after hitting from a buried lie as well.
 
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