Amateur Tim Jackson ties Senior Open scoring record

By Associated PressJuly 31, 2009, 4:00 pm
CARMEL, Ind. ' Tim Jackson came to the U.S. Senior Open with one goal: Making the cut.
 
Its time for the 50-year-old amateur to devise a more realistic objective for the weekend, such as staying ahead of Greg Norman and the rest of the field.
 
For the second straight day, Jackson outdid his big-name rivals at Crooked Stick. He followed his first-round 66, the lowest score by an amateur in tourney history, with a 5-under 67 on Friday that would have broken the previous record (68), too. Jackson finished at 11 under and his two-day total of 133 matched the tournaments lowest 36-hole score, set by Dave Stockton and Simon Hobday in the 1990s.
 
The real estate developer from Tennessee, a two-time U.S. Mid-Amateur champion, led Joey Sindelar (68) by one shot, while Norman was three strokes back after a 70.
 
Even Jackson cant believe it.
 
You dont expect to come into this tournament with these guys and say, you know, I want to go win the tournament, he said. Ive got guys at home saying, If you played your game, you can win. Im thinking Yeah, right. I can beat Greg Norman.
 
Yes, Jackson is playing his game ' and he is winning.
 
Jackson has been the steadiest player on the 7,316-yard par-72 course. Hes produced 12 birdies, including a streak of four straight Thursday and three straight Friday. He consistently outdrove playing partners Jeff Klein and John Harris, hit greens in regulation and putted well.
 
No wonder he has had only one bogey.
 
Others have not been so fortunate.
 
Norman stumbled early in the round, but recovered nicely, ending with two straight birdies to finish at 8 under.
 
It was just an awkward day, Norman said. All in all, I was very happy. I gave myself a good chance going into the weekend.
 
Jackson has been almost flawless but not perfect. He hit a tee shot into a fairway bunker on No. 2 and another at 16, the second leading to a bogey. He also slid three putts, all birdie chances, past the lip of the cup.
 
But Jackson has not faltered. Klein was so impressed with Jacksons confidence that between the second and third holes, he pulled 15-year-old caddie Austin Jackson aside to say: I think hes convinced hes going to make every putt.
 
Tim Jacksons son smiled, nodded and then watched his father reel off birdies at Nos. 11, 12, 13, 15 and 18 ' the last setting off a roar from the crowd that sent autograph-seekers scrambling into position for a player they didnt even know 24 hours earlier.
 
Players are surprised, too.
 
I dont know him, I dont think. Our minds arent what they used to be, but Im not putting a face to the name, Sindelar said. But obviously he can play golf.
 
Sindelar, one of four players tied for the first-round lead, started on the back nine and followed his course-record 66 with the 68.
 
A birdie on the par-3 sixth gave Sindelar a share of the lead, but he dropped a stroke on the next hole and finished the day by pulling a 5-foot birdie putt to the left. That that would have tied Jackson for the lead.
 
Funk matched Jacksons score of (67) and finished at 9 under. Funk was the leader after a birdie on the 600-yard, par-5 fifth to go to 8 under. Jackson then responded with his birdie streak.
 
Dan Forsman, one of the first-round leaders, eagled No. 9 and birdied his final hole to go to 7 under. Hes fifth.
 
But everyones chasing Jackson, who considered joining the senior tour last year before tearing up the application and declaring it wasnt for me.
 
Apparently, it was.
 
Now, with his son carrying his bag, his wife following in the gallery and a performance that is beginning to look a lot like the one his Memphis-area acquaintance, John Daly, delivered at the 1991 PGA Championship here, Jackson has found a home atop the leaderboard.
 
I know hes capable of winning this golf tournament, Austin Jackson said. I think he knows hes capable of winning this tournament, too. He just doesnt want to get into all of that yet.
 
Robin Freeman, who shot a 70 Thursday, made up three strokes by the turn and finished with a 68 to join Tom Lehman and Bruce Vaughan at 6 under.
 
Senior British Open champion Loren Roberts, former PGA Championship winner Bob Tway and 2007 Senior Open champ Brad Bryant were in a group at 5 under. Tom Watson and defending champion Eduardo Romero were 1 under.
 
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    Lewis hopes to win at Volvik with baby on the way

    By Randall MellMay 27, 2018, 12:55 am

    Stacy Lewis was listening to more than her caddie on her march up the leaderboard Saturday at the Volvik Championship.

    Pregnant with her first child, she is listening to her body in a new way these days.

    And she could hear a message coming through loud and clear toward the end of her round at Travis Point Country Club in Ann Arbor, Mich.

    “The little one was telling me it’s dinnertime,” Lewis said.

    Lewis birdied five of the last six holes to shoot 5-under-par 67 and move into position to make a Sunday run at winning her 13th LPGA title. She is two shots behind the leader, Minjee Lee, whose 68 moved her to 12 under overall.

    Sunday has the makings of a free for all with 10 players within three shots of the lead.


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    Lewis, 33, is four months pregnant, with her due date Nov. 3. She’s expecting to play just a few more times before putting the clubs away to get ready for the birth. She said she’s likely to make the Marathon Classic in mid-July her last start of the season before returning next year.

    Of course, Lewis would relish winning with child.

    “I don’t care what limitations I have or what is going on with my body, I want to give myself a chance to win,” she told LPGA.com at the Kingsmill Championship last week.

    Lewis claimed an emotional victory with her last title, taking the Cambia Portland Classic late last summer after announcing earlier in the week that she would donate her entire winnings to the Hurricane Harvey relief efforts in her Houston hometown.

    A victory Sunday would also come with a lot of emotion.

    It’s been an interesting year for Lewis.

    There’s been the joy of learning she’s ready to begin the family she has been yearning for, and the struggle to play well after bouncing back from injury.

    Lewis missed three cuts in a row before making it into the weekend at the Kingsmill Championship last week. That’s one more cut than she missed cumulatively in the previous six years. In six starts this year, Lewis hasn’t finished among the top 50 yet, but she hasn’t felt right, either.

    The former world No. 1 didn’t make her second start of 2018 until April, at the year’s first major, the ANA Inspiration. She withdrew from the HSBC Women’s World Championship in late February with a strained right oblique muscle and didn’t play again for a month.

    Still, Lewis is finding plenty to get excited about with the baby on the way.

    “I kind of had my first Mother’s Day,” Lewis told LPGA.com last week. “It puts golf into perspective. It makes those bad days not seem so bad. It helps me sleep better at night. We are just really excited.”

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    Rose hasn't visited restroom at Colonial - here's why

    By Nick MentaMay 27, 2018, 12:20 am

    In case you're unaware, it's pretty hot in Texas.

    Temperatures at Colonial Country Club have approached 100 degrees this week, leaving players to battle both the golf course and potential dehydration.

    With the help of his caddie Mark Fulcher, Fort Worth Invitational leader Justin Rose has been plenty hot himself, staking himself to a four-shot lead.


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    "Yeah, Fulch has done a great job of just literally handing me water bottle after water bottle. It seems relentless, to be honest with you," Rose said Saturday.

    So just how much are players sweating the heat at Colonial? Well, it doesn't sound like all that water is making it all the way through Rose.

    "I haven't even seen the inside of a restroom yet, so you can't even drink quick enough out there," he shared.

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    Up four, Rose knows a lead can slip away

    By Nick MentaMay 26, 2018, 11:21 pm

    Up four shots heading into Sunday at the Fort Worth Invitational, Justin Rose has tied the largest 54-hole lead of his PGA Tour career.

    On the previous two occasions he took a 54-hole Tour lead into the final round, he closed.

    And yet, Rose knows just how quickly a lead can slip away. After all, it was Rose who erased a six-shot deficit earlier this season to overtake Dustin Johnson and win the WGC-HSBC Championship. 

    "I think I was in the lead going into the final round in Turkey when I won, and I had a four-shot lead going into the final round in Indonesia in December and managed to put that one away," Rose said Saturday, thinking back to his two other victories late last year.

    "I was five, six back maybe of DJ, so I've got experience the other way. ... So you can see how things can go both ways real quick. That's why there is no point in getting too far ahead of myself."


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    Up one to start the third round Saturday, Rose extended his lead to as much as five when he birdied four of his first six holes.

    He leads the field in strokes gained: tee-to-green (+12.853) and strokes gained: approach-the-green (+7.931).

    Rose has won five times worldwide, including at the 2016 Rio Olympics, since his last victory in the United States, at the 2015 Zurich Classic.

    With a win Sunday, he'd tie Nick Faldo for the most PGA Tour wins by an Englishman post-World War II, with nine.

    But he isn't celebrating just yet.

    "It is a big lead, but it's not big enough to be counting the holes away. You've got to go out and play good, you've got to go out positive, you've got to continue to make birdies and keep going forward.

    "So my mindset is to not really focus on the lead, it's to focus on my game tomorrow and my performance. You know, just keep executing the way I have been. That's going to be my challenge tomorrow. Going to look forward to that mindset."

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    Grillo still hunting follow-up to debut win

    By Nick MentaMay 26, 2018, 10:53 pm

    Following a round of 1-under 69 Saturday, Emiliano Grillo will enter Sunday's final round at Colonial four shots behind leader Justin Rose.

    Grillo is hunting his first win since he took the 2015 Safeway Open in his rookie debut as a PGA Tour member. 

    The young Argentinian finished 11th in the FedExCup points race that season, contending in big events and finishing runner-up at the 2016 Barclays.

    In the process, Grillo had to learn to pace himself and that it can be fruitless to chase after success week to week.

    "That was a hot run in there," Grillo said Saturday, referring to his rookie year. "I played, in 2016, I played the majors very well. I played the big tournaments very well. I was in contention after two, three days in most of the big events.


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    "I think, you know, I wanted to do better. I pushed for it. Some of the tournaments I ended up being 50th or 60th just because I wanted to play. I wanted to play well so badly. That played against me, so I learned from that. In that rookie year, I learned that."

    Grillo was still plenty successful in his sophomore season, advancing to the BMW Championship last fall.

    But now he's beginning to regain some of that form that made him such an immediate success on Tour. Grillo has recorded four top-10 finishes year - a T-9 at Mayakoba, a T-8 at Honda, a T-3 at Houston, and a T-9 at Wells Fargo - and will now look to outduel U.S. Open champs in Rose and Brooks Koepka on Sunday at Colonial.

    "Well, he's top 10 in the world, so everything he does he does it pretty well," Grillo said of Rose. "You know, he does his own thing. Like I say, he's top 10 in the world. Nothing wrong with his game. ...

    "He's in the lead on a Sunday. Doesn't matter where you're playing, he's got to go out and shoot under par. He's got 50 guys behind him trying to reach him, and I'm one of those. I've just got to go out and do what he did today on those first five or six holes and try to get him in the early holes."