Big Names Miss Masters Cut

By Associated PressApril 9, 2005, 4:00 pm
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Sergio Garcia might be the best player to never win a major. Padraig Harrington felt it was his time to contend on one of golf's grandest stages. Charles Howell III grew up near Augusta National.
None will be wearing the green jacket Sunday. They won't even be allowed to play.
Garcia, Harrington and Howell were three of the biggest names to miss the cut at the Masters on Saturday, a list that also included major winners Davis Love III and David Toms.
And the biggest name of all said goodbye. Six-time champion Jack Nicklaus called it quits at this tournament after missing the cut by five strokes.
'It's no fun,' the 65-year-old Nicklaus said, 'to just go out there and hack it around.'
Howell's chances faded when he knocked his ball into the bushes on the famous par-3 12th. Forced to take an unplayable lie, he wound up with a double bogey.
Howell's family held a membership at neighboring Augusta Country Club. The two courses brush against each other in Amen Corner, not far from the spot where his chances were snuffed out.
'Obviously, this tournament is extremely important to me,' said Howell, whose 149 missed the cut by a single stroke. 'I love it more than anything in the world. But the best way to get yourself in contention on Sunday is to get there.'
Ernie Els, a perpetual contender at the Masters, was fortunate to be around for the rest of the weekend. At his final hole, last year's runner-up faced a 10-foot putt with a severe right-to-left break on the treacherous 18th green.
The Big Easy let out a big sigh when the ball dropped into the cup for a 4-over-par 148 - right on the cut line, but 14 strokes behind leader Chris DiMarco.
'This is disappointing,' Els said. 'I'm not hitting my irons well. Too many wrong shots at the wrong time. It's a bit of a battle.'
He hoped to make a charge on the back nine, but it didn't work out. Els flew a wedge into the bunker behind the 13th green, leading to bogey on one of the easiest holes on the course. Now all he can do is 'shoot two 64s and hope for the best.'
Garcia hardly resembled someone playing his 26th major championship - especially at the 18th. The Spaniard made a poor pitch past the hole, watched a downhill 4-footer skid by the right side, lipped out a 3-footer coming back and settled for double bogey.
Garcia, who opened with a 77, tried to rally with three birdies on his final nine holes. He wound up even par for the round but 72 wasn't good enough to avoid the cut.
Also at 149 was Harrington, an Irishman who joined the PGA Tour this year in hopes of improving his chances in the majors. He won the Honda Classic last month but didn't fare well in the Masters, slumping to 77 in the second round.
Fred Funk had one of the biggest wins of his career in The Players Championship two weeks ago, but couldn't carry that momentum to Augusta. He missed the cut by two strokes.
Another shot back was Love, who missed the Masters cut for only the second time in 11 years. The 1997 PGA Championship winner is normally among the contenders at Augusta National, finishing in a tie for sixth last year.
David Toms, a surprise winner of the '01 PGA Championship, came to Augusta as one of the hottest players on Tour. He had been in the top 10 four times since the beginning of the year and made every cut.
Not anymore. Scores of 77 and 75 left Toms a distant four strokes away from a weekend pass.
Then there's Fred Couples, who never misses the cut at Augusta. He stretched the longest active streak to 21 Masters in a row - every year he's played and just two away from tying Gary Player's record.
David Duval didn't make the cut, which wasn't surprising. The former No. 1 player in the world has been mired in a mystifying slump since winning the British Open in 2001.
A two-time Masters runner-up, Duval didn't even play at Augusta last year because his game was in such disarray. Returning this year, he got on the leaderboard Thursday with birdies on two of his first six holes.
That was about as good as it got. Duval made only three birdies the rest of the way, to go along with 13 bogeys that left him four shots shy of another 36 holes.
Duval said the stormy weather - play started late on Thursday and was halted Friday afternoon - was especially troubling for someone trying to find their stroke.
'It was hard to get a rhythm,' he said. 'It makes it much harder if you're not on top of your game.'
Still, it was a better showing than two years ago, when Duval headed home from Augusta following a 79-83 debacle. Actually, he can't wait to get home this time - his first child is due to be delivered by Caesarean section on April 21.
'That is going home to real life, not this fantasy world we are privileged to live in,' Duval said. 'I'm excited to go home and rub my wife's stomach.'
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    Storms halt Barbasol before Lincicome tees off

    By Associated PressJuly 20, 2018, 11:29 pm

    NICHOLASVILLE, Ky. - Brittany Lincicome will have to wait until the weekend to resume her bid to make the cut in a PGA Tour event.

    Overnight storms delayed the start of the second round Friday in the Barbasol Championship, and an afternoon thunderstorm suspended competition for good. The round will resume Saturday morning with much of the field still to play.

    The second stoppage at Champions Trace at Keene Trace Golf Club came 20 minutes before Lincicome's scheduled tee time.

    Lincicome was near the bottom of the field after opening with a 6-over 78 on Thursday. The first LPGA player since Michelle Wie in 2008 to start a PGA Tour event, she needs a huge rebound to join Babe Zaharias (1945) as the only female players to make the cut.

    Troy Merritt had the clubhouse lead at 15 under, following an opening 62 with a 67.

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    Third-round tee times for the 147th Open

    By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 20, 2018, 9:05 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Eighteen major champions made the cut at The Open and will be playing the weekend at Carnoustie, including 60-year-old ageless wonder Bernhard Langer, and both major champs so far this year, Patrick Reed and Brooks Koepka.

    Twenty-four-year-old Gavin Green will be first off solo Saturday at 4:15 a.m. ET. Reed and Rhys Enoch will follow along 10 minutes later.

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    Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods, both at even par for the tournament, six shots behind leaders Zach Johnson and Kevin Kisner, are in consecutive groups. Mickelson is playing with Austin Cook at 8:05 a.m. and Woods is with South Africa’s Shaun Norris at 8:15 a.m.

    Jordan Spieth and Rickie Fowler, both three shots off the lead, are also in consecutive groups. Fowler is at 10 a.m. with Thorbjorn Olesen and Spieth is 10 minutes later with Kevin Chappell. Rory McIlroy, looking to win his first major since the 2014 PGA Championship, is at 10:40 a.m. with Xander Schauffele. McIlroy is two shots behind.

    Johnson and Kisner are last off at 11 a.m.

    4:15AM ET: Gavin Green

    4:25AM ET: Rhys Enoch, Patrick Reed

    4:35AM ET: Kiradech Aphibarnrat, Justin Rose

    4:45AM ET: Yusaku Miyazato, Tyrrell Hatton

    4:55AM ET: Ross Fisher, Keegan Bradley

    5:05AM ET: Ryan Fox, Jason Dufner

    5:15AM ET: Bryson DeChambeau, Henrik Stenson

    5:25AM ET: Tom Lewis, Sam Locke (a)

    5:35AM ET: Paul Casey, Chris Wood

    5:45AM ET: Bernhard Langer, Rafa Cabrera Bello

    6:00AM ET: Paul Dunne, Brett Rumford

    6:10AM ET: Masahiro Kawamura, Shubhankar Sharma

    6:20AM ET: Cameron Smith, Brendan Steele

    6:30AM ET: Marc Leishman, Lee Westwood

    6:40AM ET: Byeong Hun An, Kevin Na

    6:50AM ET: Julian Suri, Adam Hadwin

    7:00AM ET: Gary Woodland, Si-Woo Kim

    7:10AM ET: Yuta Ikeda, Satoshi Kodaira

    7:20AM ET: Marcus Kinhult, Thomas Pieters

    7:30AM ET: Beau Hossler, Haotong Li

    7:45AM ET: Cameron Davis, Sean Crocker

    7:55AM ET: Louis Oosthuizen, Stewart Cink

    8:05AM ET: Phil Mickeslon, Austin Cook

    8:15AM ET: Tiger Woods, Shaun Norris

    8:25AM ET: Lucas Herbert, Michael Kim

    8:35AM ET: Jason Day, Francesco Molinari

    8:45AM ET: Sung Kang, Webb Simpson

    8:55AM ET: Patrick Cantlay, Eddie Pepperell

    9:05AM ET: Matthew Southgate, Brooks Koepka

    9:15AM ET: Kyle Stanley, Adam Scott

    9:30AM ET: Charley Hoffman, Alex Noren

    9:40AM ET: Ryan Moore, Brandon Stone

    9:50AM ET: Luke List, Danny Willett

    10:00AM ET: Thorbjorn Olesen, Rickie Fowler

    10:10AM ET: Jordan Spieth, Kevin Chappell

    10:20AM ET: Zander Lombard, Tony Finau

    10:30AM ET: Matt Kuchar, Erik Van Rooyen

    10:40AM ET: Rory McIlroy, Xander Schauffele

    10:50AM ET: Pat Perez, Tommy Fleetwood

    11:00AM ET: Kevin Kisner, Zach Johnson

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    Facial hair Fowler's new good-luck charm

    By Rex HoggardJuly 20, 2018, 8:12 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Before, during and after the Fourth of July, Rickie Fowler missed a few appointments with his razor.

    He arrived in the United Kingdom for last week’s Scottish Open still unshaved and he tied for sixth place. Fowler, like most golfers, can give in to superstition, so he's decided to keep the caveman look going for this week’s Open Championship.

    “There could be some variations,” he smiled following his round on Friday at Carnoustie.

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    At this rate, he may never shave again. Fowler followed an opening 70 with a 69 on Friday to move into a tie for 11th place, just three strokes off the lead.

    Fowler also has some friendly competition in the beard department, with his roommate this week Justin Thomas also going for the rugged look.

    “I think he kind of followed my lead in a way. I think he ended up at home, and he had a little bit of scruff going. It's just fun,” Fowler said. “We mess around with it. Obviously, not taking it too seriously. But like I said, ended up playing halfway decent last week, so I couldn't really shave it off going into this week.”

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    Spieth (67) rebounds from tough Round 1 finish

    By Ryan LavnerJuly 20, 2018, 7:55 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Guess whose putter is starting to heat up again at a major?

    Even with a few wayward shots Friday at Carnoustie, Jordan Spieth made a significant climb up the leaderboard in the second round, firing a 4-under 67 to move just three shots off the lead.

    Spieth showed his trademark grit in bouncing back from a rough finish Thursday, when he mis-clubbed on the 15th hole, leading to a double bogey, and ended up playing the last four holes in 4 over.

    “I don’t know if I actually regrouped,” he said. “It more kind of fires me up a little.”

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    Spieth missed more than half of his fairways in the second round, but he was able to play his approach shots from the proper side of the hole. Sure, he “stole a few,” particularly with unlikely birdies on Nos. 10 and 11 after errant drives, but he took advantage and put himself in position to defend his claret jug.

    Spieth needed only 25 putts in the second round, and he credited a post-round adjustment Thursday for the improvement. The tweak allows his arms to do more of the work in his stroke, and he said he felt more confident on the greens.

    “It’s come a long way in the last few months, no doubt,” he said.

    More than anything, Spieth was relieved not to have to play “cut-line golf” on Friday, like he’s done each start since his spirited run at the Masters.

    “I know that my swing isn’t exactly where I want it to be; it’s nowhere near where it was at Birkdale,” he said. “But the short game is on point, and the swing is working in the right direction to get the confidence back.”