Bradley s 1st PGA Tour win comes in Nelson playoff

By Associated PressMay 30, 2011, 7:55 am

IRVING, Texas (AP)—When the local teenage amateur playing with KeeganBradley hit an approach inside 5 feet on the 10th hole during the final round ofthe Byron Nelson Championship, there was a loud roar from the large galleryfollowing their group.

Bradley then got his even closer.

“There was two claps,” said Bradley, who went on to his first PGA Tourvictory.

Bradley’s last birdie of the day that got him to 3 under didn’t rouse muchexcitement from the crowd more interested in 17-year-old Jordan Spieth .

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But the nephew of LPGA great Pat Bradley finished with eight consecutivepars after that on Sunday, then had to wait about an hour before winning aone-hole playoff over Ryan Palmer with a 2-foot par putt.

The PGA Tour rookie, a Vermont native and former St. John’s golfer who nevereven won on the Nationwide Tour, got his first professional victory nine daysbefore his 25th birthday. Bradley’s aunt won 31 tournaments, including sixmajors.

“She is a lot calmer on the golf course than she is watching me. I’m sureshe was by the TV going crazy,” Bradley said. “I talk to her regularly throughtext messages and phone calls about tournaments and what it’s like to come downnear the end. … This is the closest thing we ever had in common in terms ofplaying.”

Bradley (68) and Palmer (72) finished 3-under 277, the highest final scoreon the PGA Tour this year and highest in relation to par in a non-major since1999. It was the fifth playoff in six weeks and 10th overall.

Ryuji Imada and Joe Ogilvie (70) finished a stroke back at 2 under.Defending Nelson champion Jason Day (67) finished fifth at 1 under—the lastplayer who finished under par this week at TPC Four Seasons.

There were brutal scoring conditions, particularly for both weekend roundswhen the wind was sustained at 25 mph with gusts howling near 40.

When Bradley sank a 12-foot par-saving putt on No. 17, he responded with anemphatic fist pump. He dropped into a squat and hopped a few times infrustration when his 10-foot birdie chance at No. 18 slid by the hole.

Third-round leader Palmer and Imada were still among the five groups stillplaying when Bradley tapped in his first par putt at No. 18.

But the playoff almost wasn’t necessary for Bradley to become the PGA Tour’ssixth first-time winner this season.

Imada was 5 under after his 11-foot birdie putt trickled in at the 170-yard13th, then blasted out of a greenside bunker to inside a foot at 14th to savepar. But he bogeyed three of his last four holes, including a 3-foot par miss atNo. 17.

Palmer shot from a greenside bunker to 3 feet for a birdie at the 523-yard16th hole to get back to 3 under, but gave that stroke right back when he misseda 7-foot par at No. 17. There was only one birdie all day at No. 18 beforePalmer sank a 6-footer to force the playoff.

“I knew as long as I kept grinding and grinding I could give myself achance to win,” said Palmer, a Texas native who missed the cut in six of hisfirst seven Nelson appearances. “I’m proud to come to a golf course I’vestruggled on and finish second, and also a little disappointed to lose aplayoff.”

The playoff at No. 18 began with Bradley and Palmer both hitting their teeshots way right.

Tournament volunteers quickly dismantled and moved a temporary lemonadestand to give Bradley a line of sight to the green. His approach still camedangerously close to sliding off the side of the green into the water.

Palmer went in the same direction, but his ball got wet and he eventuallymade a 13-foot bogey.

Spieth was still in the top 10 before two double bogeys and two bogeys inhis final four holes for a closing 77.

“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.”

Spieth, who is going to the University of Texas this fall, made the Nelsoncut for the second year in a row. He finished 6 over and tied for 32nd place,which was 10 strokes higher than last year when he was tied for 16th.

Only Day with 22 birdies had more than Spieth’s 20 this week. But Spieth,who missed his high school graduation ceremony Saturday because of the Nelson,also had 20 holes over par (14 bogeys, and six double bogeys).

Sergio Garcia , the 2004 Nelson champion who hasn’t won since 2008 and hasn’tlocked up spots this year in the U.S. Open and British Open, began the day onestroke off the lead.

Garcia slammed his putter down on his bag after missing a 4-foot par puttthe opening hole. Things only got worse in a closing 77, including adouble-bogey 6 at No. 4 when he needed four shots to go the final 12 feet aftera chip shot rolled back to his feet.

Day, the Masters’ runner-up this year, had his fourth top-10 finish in hispast five tournaments. Before closing with consecutive pars, he was even over astretch of seven holes without a par. There was a birdie at No. 10 beforeconsecutive bogeys, a birdie, a double bogey and then consecutive birdies.

“If I didn’t make those mental errors on the back nine I would probably besitting here at 4 under,” Day said. “But, hey, I played great today, and I’mnot too disappointed.”

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Hataoka leads Minjee Lee by one at LPGA Volvik

By Associated PressMay 26, 2018, 12:54 am

ANN ARBOR, Mich. - After losing in a playoff last weekend, Nasa Hataoka is making another bid for her first LPGA Tour victory.

Hataoka shot a 4-under 68 on Friday, and the Japanese teenager led by one stroke over Minjee Lee after the second round of the Volvik Championship. Hataoka, who is coming off the first two top-10 finishes of her LPGA career, made seven birdies at Travis Pointe Country Club. She began her round on No. 10, and her best stretch came toward the end, when she birdied Nos. 4, 5 and 6.

''I'm really comfortable playing the LPGA,'' the 19-year-old Hataoka said through a translator. ''I've really got confidence now.''

Hataoka made the cut nine times in 17 starts as a rookie in 2017, and she has made significant strides of late. She tied for seventh at last month's MEDIHEAL Championship and nearly won a week ago at the Kingsmill Championship in Virginia.

Hataoka finished the second round in Michigan at 9 under. Lee (69) was also solid Friday. Gaby Lopez (68), Jodi Ewart Shadoff (70) and Lindy Duncan (70) were a stroke behind Lee in a tie for third.

Hataoka did not make a single bogey in last week's three-round tournament, and she didn't have any in the first round in Michigan. She finally made a few Friday, but that didn't stop her from taking sole possession of the lead.

''I kind of feel like not really perfect, but I just kind of try to (be) aggressive,'' she said.

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Lee, who lost by one stroke on this course last year, is in contention again.

''I guess the fairways are pretty generous and I think the greens are a little bit on the trickier side to read,'' Lee said. ''As long as your iron shots are pretty solid, I think you're going to be in good position around this golf course.''

Lee birdied the first two holes, and the only blemish on her scorecard Friday came on the par-5 14th. After missing the fairway to the right, she hit an aggressive shot out of the rough that went straight toward a water hazard well in front of the green. She settled for a bogey after taking a drop.

''I thought the ball was sitting OK in the rough, but it must have been a bit funny, or underneath it,'' she said. ''I made a mistake. I thought it was good enough to hit 3-wood there.''

Lee lost last year in Michigan to Shanshan Feng, but Feng will have some ground to make up in her attempt to repeat. She shot 69 on Friday but is still eight strokes behind the leader.

Ariya Jutanugarn was 6 under after a second consecutive 69.

Lopez made only six pars in the second round, tied for the fewest of the day, but her eight birdies and four bogeys put her near the top of the leaderboard.

''It was a little bit of an up and down,'' she said. ''There's so many opportunities out here to make birdie, that the most important thing to do is just to be patient, to be in the moment and not to get ahead of yourself. I think I came back from a couple mistakes that I did.''

In contrast to Lopez, Brittany Lincicome parred all 18 holes Friday and made the cut at 1 under. Paula Creamer (71) triple bogeyed the par-4 13th. She followed that with an eagle on the very next hole but missed the cut by a stroke.

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Childhood rivals share Sr. PGA lead

By Associated PressMay 26, 2018, 12:00 am

BENTON HARBOR, Mich. - Kevin Sutherland and Scott McCarron have been rivals since their junior golf days around Sacramento, California. The two old friends were back at it Friday at the top of the Senior PGA Championship leaderboard.

''It's honestly, nothing new for us,'' said Sutherland who played in the third-to-last group and birdied his last two holes for a 5-under 66 to match McCarron at 8 under.

McCarron had a 68 in the morning wave to emerge from a championship record group of six tied for the first-round lead.

Sutherland was last year's Charles Schwab Cup winner with his only senior win coming in the season-ending Charles Schwab Cup Championship, while McCarron has six PGA Tour Champions wins, including a major at the 2017 Senior Players Championship.

''We are both (Northern California) guys, played in high school, junior golf, on tour and it seems like a lot on the Champions Tour,'' Sutherland said. ''We were in the last group on Sundays a lot last year. Scott played so well and had an incredible year, and I had a great year, too.''

Sutherland's lone PGA Tour victory came at McCarron's expense in 2002 at La Costa in the Accenture Match Play Championship, when he beat McCarron 1 up in the 36-hole final. As youngsters they played on opposing high school teams located about an hour apart and met often in state tournaments as well as on the California junior circuit.

''It's been happening for 30 years, wait 35 years now, I guess,'' Sutherland said. ''Playing together on a Saturday is a little different. We're both still trying to get in position to win.''

Jerry Kelly shot a 65 to join Tim Petrovic (69), Chris Williams (68) and Joe Durant (67) at 7 under. Durant tied for second last week in the Regions Tradition, also a major championship.

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McCarron feels like he is just starting to warm to the task this year. He had to replace his clubs, including a favored putter damaged beyond repair in air transit two months ago.

''I've been putting with a back-up putter I had, but it just didn't feel quite right,'' he said. ''I changed last Sunday at the Regions Tradition and started putting better on Sunday. So I'm using this one again this week and seem to be putting pretty good with it.''

McCarron said the Harbor Shores course played a little tougher in light winds in the second round. He made six birdies and three bogeys.

''I would just like to have a couple of those bogeys back,'' he said. ''But we're in a good position going into the weekend.''

McCarron came to the press center after his round and walked in on a press conference where course-designer Jack and Barbara Nicklaus were being honored by sponsoring KitchenAid with the establishment of a local college scholarship program in their name.

McCarron, who said he has idolized Nicklaus since his youth, played media and asked Nicklaus what he ate when he was near the lead going into the weekend of a major championship.

Nicklaus said if you play well one day, eat the same thing the next day.

''But no hamburgers, or you will play like hamburger,'' he said.

Stuart Smith, the Reno, Neveda, club pro who was tied for the lead after the first round, missed the 36-hole cut with a second-round 83.

''I'll take the 66, 83 and enjoy the 66 yesterday,'' he said. ''You put this one down to just plain old golf. It's a nasty game we play sometimes. Glad I have a day job.''

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Wise, Simpson both miss cut at Colonial

By Nick MentaMay 25, 2018, 11:34 pm

The two most recent winners on the PGA Tour, Aaron Wise and Webb Simpson, missed the cut at the Fort Worth Invitational on Friday.

Wise and Simpson both came up short of the 2-over total by a shot following rounds of 70-73.

Wise was safely inside the number before playing his last four holes in 4 over par with two bogeys and a closing double following a trip into the water at the par-4 ninth.

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Simpson, making his first start following his Players triumph, similarly struggled coming home, bogeying three of his final six holes.

Other notables who won't be around for the weekend at Colonial include Xander Schauffele (+4), Jason Dufner (+5), Patrick Cantlay (+6), Smylie Kaufman (+13), and Sam Burns (+13).

This is Kaufman's 11th consecutive MC and his 15th in his last 16 starts.

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Sr. PGA caddie learns of nephew's heroism in school shooting

By Tim RosaforteMay 25, 2018, 10:33 pm

Tracy Hubly caddied for her husband, club pro Chris Starkjohann, on Friday at the KitchenAid Senior PGA and learned after their round that her nephew was credited with helping stop the school shooting at Noblesville West Middle School in Indiana.

Jason Seaman, a 29-year-old science instructor and seventh grade football coach at the school, took three bullets but survived as what his aunt called a hero.

“You hear the stories about these shootings and I think about Parkland and the officer that was trained but didn’t go into the school,” Hubly said. “It’s really shocking to think it comes close to your family, but it does."

It’s not unusual for Hubly to caddie for her husband, a teacher at Carlsbad Golf Center and coach of a PGA Junior League program in Southern California. Hubly, who works in the pro shop at Emerald Island Golf Course in Oceanside, Calif., was on the bag when he was low golf professional at the 2009 Senior PGA Championship held at Canterbury GC. 

Starkjohann, 61, missed the cut at Harbor Shores with rounds of 76-79—155 and was heading to the Colorado State Open.

 “I didn’t hear about it until after my round was done,” Starkjohann said. “Everything happened after I got in.”