Chapman hopes to build on success at Regions Tradition

By Associated PressJune 6, 2012, 8:38 pm

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Roger Chapman got to rest up Monday, even giving away his tickets to a Coldplay concert.

It has been a whirlwind couple of weeks for the Englishman who pulled off a stunning wire-to-wire win at the Senior PGA Championship that gave him a one-year exemption and thus more opportunities for lazy Mondays now that he doesn't have to spend them trying to qualify for Champions Tour events.

Now, Chapman is aiming to show that wasn't a fluke at the year's second major, the $2.2 million Regions Tradition, starting Thursday at Shoal Creek.

''I think you're under a little bit of pressure,'' he said. ''You want to obviously do well again. It's going to be interesting how I handle it. At Benton Harbor, I was just in this little cocoon for four days. If you could bottle that up and sell it, you would be a wealthy man. Everything felt so good.

''But yeah, there is a little bit more added pressure to perform well and just prove that hopefully it wasn't a one-hit wonder.''

Chapman plays on the European Senior Tour and his biggest highlight previously was a European Tour win in Brazil 12 years ago. He claimed a conditional exemption on the Champions Tour in 2010 and lost his status last year, forcing him to attempt to qualify on Mondays.

Getting out of that position is, he said, ''absolutely brilliant.''

Chapman competed in 11 Champions Tour events last year without a Top 25 finish and a meager (for a pro golfer) $88,169 in winnings. He got $378,000 for winning the Senior PGA in his first event of the year in the U.S., putting him in good position to maintain his exemption through 2013 with a Top 30 finish on the money list.

Chapman beat John Cook by two strokes but had the pressure mostly off after leading by nine through seven holes on the final day at Harbor Shores in Michigan.

It touched off a giddy plane ride back home. Media obligations even caused him to miss his flight from South Bend, Ind., despite a police escort part of the way that he called ''very cool.''

''I couldn't sleep at all,'' Chapman said. ''Kept walking up and down the aisle. I was just fidgety, I was too hyper and I just wanted to see the family. I knew they were going to meet me at the airport with flags and balloons and everything. It's been brilliant.''

He celebrated the next night at a favored pub, The Lounge in Sunningdale, where ''there were balloons and party poppers and lots of beer.''

Chapman, a former English Amateur champion, had been working as a rules official on the European Tour in 2007 and 2008 before becoming eligible to join the over-50 crowd.

He competed in Spain last weekend and arrived in Birmingham Tuesday night. Chapman hadn't seen Shoal Creek except on TV at the PGA Championships and last year's Champions Tour debut.

''It looks like a great atmosphere and everybody's buzzing about the tournament,'' he said. ''And what sort of thrilled me most are the players that have come up to me and said, 'Well played.' That's been pretty cool.''

Michael Allen has known Chapman since playing in Europe for three years during the late 1980s.

''I know he's a really good player who really hasn't played well over here so far this year until (the Senior PGA),'' said Allen, the Schwab Cup points leader. ''He was certainly the best player that week. It's one of the great things about golf, it takes a week or two and you can be in the same game and be a big part of it. It's great.''

Doing it twice in a row against the Champions Tour's elder statesmen would be a ''brilliant'' feat.

Jay Haas is coming off a five-stroke win over Larry Mize at the Principal Charity Classic. Tom Lehman won the last of his three 2011 titles at Shoal Creek. He won with a par on the second playoff hole last year to beat Peter Senior.

Lehman is coming off a tie with Fred Funk for fourth place at the Principal Charity Classic.

''Having had one year of experience here, which was a very good experience, there's no guarantee of success again this year,'' Lehman said. ''But I tend to not get too concerned with being defending champion. Just because I won last year, there's no certainty that I will again this year. With that said, my game is in good shape. I've been playing pretty well the last month and a half or so and I feel pretty good.''

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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.”