Cal Holds NCAA Lead Through 36 Holes

By Associated PressJune 2, 2004, 4:00 pm
College CentralHOT SPRINGS, Va. -- California held on to its one-stroke lead, shooting a 9-over 289 on a difficult scoring day at the second round of the NCAA men's golf championships on Wednesday.
Only Pepperdine finished below par in the second round at the par-70, 6,679-yard Cascades Golf Course. The Waves shot a 4-under 276, moving into a tie for fourth place with Washington.
'We played well on the back nine when the wind was howling,' California coach Steve Desimone said of his team, which teed off on the back nine. 'It was a disappointing final nine.
'But hey, we're still up one. No one said this was going to be easy.'
The Golden Bears' two-round score of 8-over 568 puts them one stroke ahead of Kentucky and two ahead of Brigham Young.
Pepperdine and Washington have a two-round total of 571, followed by Georgia State and UCLA tied for sixth (572).
Defending national champion Clemson shot 10-over Wednesday and was in 13th place at 575.
In the individual competition, Arizona's Chris Nallen shot a 67 to move into a tie for first place at 4-under 136 with Kentucky's Matt Wells and California's Jeff Hood.
Nallen had four birdies and one bogey. Wells had eight birdies with four bogeys in shooting a 68, while Hood finished with a 71.
'I just could not make any putts,' said Hood, who was 5-under after the first round. 'I bet I had five or six putts inside of 10 feet and didn't make any of them.'
Pepperdine's Michael Putnam fired the best round of the day, a 65 with five birdies and no bogeys. He is 1-under for the tournament.
The third round Thursday is cut day. Only the top 15 teams will compete in the final round Friday.
Rd. 2 Team Results
1. California 568
2. Kentucky 569
3. BYU 570
T4. Pepperdine 571
T4. Washington 571
T6. Georgia State 572
T6. UCLA 572
T8. TCU 573
T8. Arizona 573
T10. Florida 574
T10. Texas 574
T10. Georgia Tech 574
13. Clemson 575
14. Purdue 577
15. Penn State 580
T16. Auburn 581
T16. Oklahoma 581
T16. Oklahoma State 581
T19. Kent State 582
T19. New Mexico 582
T19. USC 582
22. Texas A&M 583
T23. SMU 585
T23. North Carolina 585
25. Toledo 586
26. Georgia 587
27. Arizona State 596
28. Vanderbilt 597
29. Wichita State 602
30. Rhode Island 610

Individual Leaders
Jeff Hood, California 65-71--136
Chris Nallen, Arizona 69-67--136
Matt Wells, Kentucky 68-68--136
A.J. Elgert, Kansas St. 68-69--137
Travis Johnson, UCLA 69-68--137
Ryan Moore, UNLV 67-70--137
Bill Haas, Wake Forest 70-68--138
Jason Hartwick, Texas 70-68--138
Mark Leon, Penn St. 69-69--138
Matt Hendrix, Clemson 71-68--139
Kasper Jorgensen, Georgia St. 69-70--139
Jeff Overton, Indiana 67-72--139
Michael Putnam, Pepperdine 74-65--139
Chan Wongluekiet, Georgia Tech 70-69--139
Ben Hayes, Southern Cal 69-71--140
John Holmes, Kentucky 71-69--140
Shiv Kapur, Purdue 72-68--140
Matthew Rosenfeld, Texas 69-71--140
Mark Lamb, Arizona 72-69--141
Alex Prugh, Washington 71-70--141
Stephen Reed, Texas A&M 73-68--141
Ryan Yip, Kent St. 71-70--141
Oscar Alvarez, Brigham Young 70-72--142
Scott Carlyle, California 71-71--142
Jonathan Dismuke, Auburn 68-74--142
Jake Ellison, Brigham Young 70-72--142
Jack Ferguson, Clemson 69-73--142
Jonathan Fricke, Georgia St. 73-69--142
Pariya Junhasavasdikul, Purdue 72-70--142
Tyler Leon, Oklahoma St. 70-72--142
Spencer Levin, New Mexico 72-70--142
Brock Mackenzie, Washington 71-71--142
Adam Meyer, TCU 66-76--142
Todd Miller, Brigham Young 69-73--142
Jessie Mudd, Florida 69-73--142
Brian O'Flaherty, Pepperdine 73-69--142

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Down seven pounds, Thomas can gain No. 1

By Rex HoggardMarch 24, 2018, 11:29 pm

AUSTIN, Texas – On March 7, Justin Thomas had his wisdom teeth removed, and just when he was recovering from that, he was slowed by a bout with the flu.

In total, he estimates he lost about seven pounds, and he admitted on Saturday at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play that he wasn’t sure he’d be able to play the event.

“I had a pretty serious conversation with my dad on Monday if I was going to play,” Thomas said. “I never want to play in a tournament, first off, if it's going to hurt my health. If I was sick or really sick, me trying to play this week wasn't going to do me any good.”

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Thomas went on to explain he was “50/50” whether he’d play the World Golf Championship, but decided to make the start and it’s turned out well for the world’s second-ranked player.

After going undefeated in pool play, Thomas cruised past Si Woo Kim, 6 and 5, in the round of 16 and secured himself a spot in the semifinals with a 2-and-1 victory over Kyle Stanley in the quarterfinals. If Thomas wins his semifinal match against Bubba Watson on Sunday, he’s assured enough points to overtake Dustin Johnson atop the Official World Golf Ranking.

“I don't care when it happens; I just hope it happens and it happens for a while,” Thomas said when asked about the possibility of becoming world No. 1. “I don't know what to say because I've never experienced it. I don't know what's going to come with it. But I just hope it happens tomorrow.”

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Garnett's six-shot lead dwindles to two in Punta Cana

By Associated PressMarch 24, 2018, 10:57 pm

PUNTA CANA, Dominican Republic - Brice Garnett took a six-stroke lead into the wind Saturday in the Corales Puntacana Resort and Club Championship. He came out with a two-stroke advantage.

Garnett bogeyed three of the final six holes in the wind and rain for a 3-under 69 and a 16-under 200 total.

''Once we made the turn coming back, all those holes coming in toward the north, it was all we wanted and then some,'' Garnett said. ''I kind of took advantage of some holes going out, some holes downwind, some par 5s, and then we were just trying to leave it in the right spot those last four or five holes. Pars are pretty good scores on those holes.''

Canadian Corey Conners was second after a 67, and Tyler McCumber also had a 67 to get to 12 under. Former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo dropped out Friday, finishing last in the 132-man field in his PGA Tour debut. He shot 77-82 playing as an amateur on a sponsor exemption.

A stroke ahead after each of the first two rounds, Garnett opened with a bogey, birdied Nos. 2, 4 and 6, eagled the par-5 seventh, and made two more birdies on the par-3 ninth and par-5 12th. He bogeyed the par-4 13th, par-5 15th and par-3 17th.

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''I looked once and the lead was a little bigger than what it is now,'' Garnett said. ''The eagle was huge, kind of gave me that confidence that I can push it on out and stretch it a little bit more. That wind was tough and I'll take a two-shot lead into tomorrow.''

The 34-year-old Garnett is winless on the PGA Tour. He won twice last year on the Tour.

''You've got another 18 holes. So much can happen,'' Garnett said. ''Just going to try to keep the golf ball in front of me. I have that self-belief this week and that's what I had last year when I won, so I'll just keep my head down and just keep going.''

Conners had five birdies and a bogey on the front nine and added a birdie on No. 12.

''Really happy with the round,'' Conners said. ''I got off to a nice start, made a bunch of birdies on the front nine and kind of held it together on the back nine. It was playing really difficult. The wind was really blowing out there, made things challenging.''

McCumber, the son of 10-time PGA Tour winner Mark McCumber, has played his last 39 holes with a bogey.

''Second shots have been pretty solid,'' McCumber said. ''Putting pretty well, short game is pretty good. Just really being in the right areas and staying below the hole.''

Tom Lovelady was fourth at 11 under after a 68. Seamus Power (71), Denny McCarthy (71) and Seungsu Han (72) were 10 under.

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Poulter incorrectly told he's in Masters before loss to Kisner

By Rex HoggardMarch 24, 2018, 10:33 pm

AUSTIN, Texas – Ian Poulter was not happy, and it was only partially because of his blowout loss to Kevin Kisner in Saturday’s quarterfinals at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play.

Following his morning victory in the round of 16 over Louis Oosthuizen, the Englishman was incorrectly informed that by making it to the Elite 8 at Austin Country Club he was assured enough Official World Golf Raking points to move into the top 50 and qualify for the Masters in two weeks.

“I should never listen to other people,” Poulter said following his 8-and-6 loss to Kevin Kisner in the quarterfinals. “When you finish a round of golf and the press and everybody is telling you you're in the Masters, and then you get a text message 10 minutes before you tee off to correct everybody, to say, ‘Oh, we've made a mistake, actually, no, that was wrong, you're not in. You need to go and win.’

“Not that that's an excuse in any form or factor, it's a little disappointing.”

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Poulter actually needed to advance to the semifinal round to move into the top 50. Instead, his last chance to qualify for the Masters is to win next week’s Houston Open, although he was unsure if he’d play the event.

“I don't know yet, I haven't decided,” said Poulter when asked if he’d play next week. “I'm tired. It's been a long week. It's been a draining week. I'll wait until Monday night and if I have the energy then I will.”

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Not DJ, not Poulter: Kisner most proud to take down Kuchar

By Rex HoggardMarch 24, 2018, 9:34 pm

AUSTIN, Texas – On his way to this week’s Final Four at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play, Kevin Kisner has beaten world No. 1 Dustin Johnson and the European match play ninja Ian Poulter. But neither match could compare to his duel with Matt Kuchar early Saturday.

“I was more jacked to beat [Kuchar], really. Kuch is such a good player and our games are so similar,” said Kisner, who defeated Kuchar in the round of 16, 1 up. “We both made eight birdies this morning and I barely snuck out of there. I thought it was a lot of fun.”

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By comparison, his quarterfinal bout against Poulter wasn’t nearly as electric. Kisner won two of the first four holes when the Englishman made bogey (No. 3) and when he was conceded the fourth hole, hecruised to an 8-and-6 victory for the week’s most lopsided win.

“I don't know Ian that well, so I don't really have a history with him, other than watching him kill us in the Ryder Cup,” Kisner laughed.

Things won’t get any easier for Kisner on Sunday when he’ll play Alex Noren in the semifinals. The Swede has been dominant this week and is considered one of Europe’s top players heading into this year’s Ryder Cup.