17 year old Spieth finishes 6 over at Byron Nelson

By Associated PressMay 29, 2011, 11:46 pm

IRVING, Texas (AP)—Teenage amateur Jordan Spieth had a rough finish at theByron Nelson Championship.

The 17-year-old player was still among the top 10 on the leaderboard in thefinal round until faltering down the stretch Sunday. He closed with two doublebogeys and two bogeys.

“I was humbled by this back nine,” Spieth said. “I’m focused on collegenow. Had I won today, who knows, but I’m focused now on the next step. This willsink in, and I’m sure it will sink in in a positive way. But it stings rightnow, it really does.”

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Spieth, who played his final round with eventual champion Keegan Bradley ,made the cut at the Nelson for the second straight and had a closing 7-over 77.

At 6 over for the tournament, Spieth tied for 32nd. He was nine strokesbehind Bradley (68), who beat Ryan Palmer in a playoff. Spieth’s total was 10strokes higher than last year’s score at TPC Four Seasons when he finished tiedfor 16th.

Spieth (pronounced SPEE-th) missed his high school graduation ceremonySaturday. His third round ended about the same time the ceremony for the otherDallas Jesuit Prep seniors was getting started about 20 miles from the course.

On another windy day Sunday at TPC Four Seasons, Spieth had four birdies andeight over-par holes (five birdies and three double bogeys).

Spieth had a lot of birdies this weeks, but also a lot of bogeys that kepthim from possibly contending to be the first amateur to win a PGA Tour eventsince Phil Mickelson at the 1991 Northern Telecom Open. The youngest amateurwinner is still Johnny McDermott, who was 19 years, 10 months when he won the1911 U.S. Open.

The 20 birdies by Spieth this week were the second-most subpar holes behindthe 22 by defending champion, who finished fifth. But Spieth also had 20 holesover par with 14 bogeys and six double bogeys.

“I knew I would make a few birdies but, you know, it’s hard right now totake it. It’s hard to take it right now finishing 6 over on my last fourholes,” he said. “It wasn’t the nerves, I just didn’t hit good shots. Justplain didn’t hit good shots.”

When Spieth made it to play the weekend rounds at the Nelson last year as a16-year-old, he was then the sixth-youngest person to make the cut in a PGA Tourevent.

The 2009 U.S. Junior Amateur champion, who plans to attend the University ofTexas this fall, is scheduled to play in a U.S. Open qualifying tournament June6 in Dallas.

“I had an awesome time this week, just like I always do,” he said. “Idon’t think I surprised myself having a chance again. I know this course reallywell and prepared and I was ready to go.”

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UCLA junior Vu named WGCA Player of the Year

By Golf Channel DigitalMay 22, 2018, 3:23 pm

UCLA junior Lilia Vu was named Player of the Year on Tuesday by the Women’s Golf Coaches Association (WGCA).

Vu recorded the lowest full-season scoring average (70.37) in UCLA history. Her four tournament wins tied the school record for most victories in a single season.

Vu was also named to the WGCA All-America first team. Here's a look at the other players who joined her on the prestigious list:

WGCA First Team All-Americans

  • Maria Fassi, Junior, University of Arkansas
  • Kristen Gillman, Sophomore, University of Alabama
  • Jillian Hollis, Junior, University of Georgia
  • Cheyenne Knight, Junior, University of Alabama
  • Jennifer Kupcho, Junior, Wake Forest University
  • Andrea Lee, Sophomore, Stanford University
  • Leona Maguire, Senior, Duke University
  • Sophia Schubert, Senior, University of Texas
  • Lauren Stephenson, Junior, University of Alabama
  • Maddie Szeryk, Senior, Texas A&M University
  • Patty Tavatanakit, Freshman, UCLA
  • Lilia Vu, Junior, UCLA
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Stroud's caddie wins annual PGA Tour caddie tournament

By Rex HoggardMay 22, 2018, 3:15 pm

Casey Clendenon, who caddies for Chris Stroud, won the gross division of the annual PGA Tour caddie tournament on Monday, shooting a 5-under 66 at Trinity Forest Golf Club, site of last week’s AT&T Byron Nelson.

Scott Tway (65), who caddies for Brian Harman, won the net division by two strokes over Wayne Birch, Troy Merritt’s caddie.

Kyle Bradley, Jonathan Byrd’s caddie, took second place with a 71 in the gross division.

The tournament was organized by the Association of Professional Tour Caddies, and proceeds from the event went to two charities. The APTC donated $20,000 to Greg Chalmers’ charity, MAXimumChances.org, which aids families living with autism. The association also donated $10,000 to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. 

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Bjorn adds four Ryder Cup veterans as vice captains

By Will GrayMay 22, 2018, 1:05 pm

European Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn has added a quartet of vice captains for the biennial matches this fall in Paris.

Bjorn had already named Robert Karlsson as his first assistant, and he announced Tuesday at the BMW PGA Championship that his group of advisors will also include major champions Padraig Harrington and Graeme McDowell, and former world No. 1s Lee Westwood and Luke Donald.

Westwood is among Europe's most decorated Ryder Cup players, and his addition in this role signals he likely won't participate as a player in the matches for the first time since 1995. The Englishman has spoken openly about his desire to captain the European squad at Whistling Straits in 2020, but he's been quiet on the course in recent months, with a missed secondary cut at the Houston Open his only start since mid-February.

Harrington is seen as another possible captain for the 2020 matches, and he'll don an earpiece for the third straight Ryder Cup, having represented Europe as a player on six straight teams from 1999-2010.

Donald played on four Ryder Cup teams from 2004-12, with the Europeans winning each time he was on the roster. This will mark his first stint as a vice captain, as Donald announced last month that he would be sidelined indefinitely while recovering from a back injury.

At age 38, McDowell will be the youngest vice captain in the room, having holed the winning putt eight years ago at Celtic Manor. He won the French Open in both 2013 and 2014 at Le Golf National, site of this year's matches, and will also be making his debut as a vice captain.

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Bidder pays $50,000 to caddie for Woods

By Grill Room TeamMay 22, 2018, 12:28 pm

Someone has paid $50,000 to caddie for Tiger Woods at this year’s Hero World Challenge.

An unnamed bidder paid for the opportunity at an auction Saturday night at Tiger Jam, where monies are raised to support the Tiger Woods Foundation.

The Hero World Challenge will be contested Nov. 29-Dec. in Albany, Bahamas. The pro-am is scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 28.