Cook Making Senior Debut - COPIED

By Associated PressOctober 12, 2007, 4:00 pm
Champions TourSPRING, Texas -- John Cook has won 11 PGA TOUR events. He's among the top 30 career money winners. He's a confidant of Tiger Woods.
 
That's not nearly enough.
 
Cook, who took time off this year to take care of some health problems, turned 50 on Oct. 2 and will be a rookie again Friday, teeing off in his first Champions Tour event, the Administaff Small Business Classic at the Augusta Pines Golf Course.
 
'I have a lot to prove,' Cook said. 'I had a nice career, but I let some major championships go. That doesn't set well with me. I have a lot to prove to myself and to people.
 
'I'm not coming out here for a vacation. I'm coming out here to continue what I've done the last 28 years. Once you get inside the ropes, things change for me. Once I click on, I think I won't have trouble finding the fire.'
 
While Cook is making his Champions Tour debut, defending champion Jay Haas is returning to chase Charles Schwab points leader Loren Roberts, who won last week's Senior Players Championship.
 
Haas has been a dominating force since joining the senior circuit. He finished first in the Cup race last year and had led this season's point standings for 19 weeks, including the last seven weeks in a row before Roberts took the lead with his victory Sunday. Roberts is skipping the Administaff Classic.
 
'What has happened is what I said could happen a couple of weeks ago,' Haas said. 'We were talking about the race and they were saying you're running away with it. It took one week to erase the entire lead I had.
 
'I'm back to chasing Loren. Hopefully, this week he's not here and I can get some points and cut into the lead and it would be down to the last two weeks like it was last year.'
 
Cook values his friendship with Woods.
 
'I'm lucky,' Cook said. 'It shows me I've survived in this game a long time. I've remained competitive enough a long time and I've been entrusted by someone who has a chance to be the greatest golfer ever, to talk about golf.
 
'Early on in his career, he had a lot of questions. He sought out veteran players that have won tournaments. I pick his brain and he picks my brain and still do to this day.'
 
Woods will be watching Cook's progress on the Champions Tour.
 
'He wants me to come out and play well and I want to do that,' Cook said.
 
Will there be texting during the tournament?
 
'Guaranteed, definitely,' Cook said.
 
Cook was fifth in the U.S. Open and tied for fourth in the PGA Championship in 1994. He won three tournaments in 1992 but it was his loss in the 1992 British Open, eventually won by Nick Faldo, that sticks in his mind. Faldo trailed by two shots with four holes to play.
 
'That was mine,' Cook said. 'Faldo didn't win that one. I kind of gave it back to him. So that's the one that still leaves a pretty sour taste in my mouth, especially when they replay it every other day. There are some other tournaments too.'
 
Cook will begin the 54-hole tournament at Augusta Pines Golf Course on Friday in a threesome with two other rookies, Phil Blackmar and Jeff Sluman. Mark Wiebe also is in the field. He joined the Champions Tour last month and won the first event he played, the SAS Championship.
 
Haas has some advice for the newcomers.
 
'The main thing you have to do to have success is to be committed, not just physically but emotionally,' Haas said. 'You have to want to play out here and not be wishing you could play on the PGA TOUR. Come out here with the idea that this is what I do now.'
 
Cook is among a group of prominent players who became eligible for the Champions Tour this year. Others are Mark O'Meara, Nick Price, Seve Ballesteros, Faldo, Bernard Langer and Sluman.
 
'There was a nice window between '91 and '98 where I had a lot of good chances,' Cook said. 'I won a lot of tournaments but I had other chances slip away that could define your career. Major championships define your career. I was close enough to understand that and to appreciate that.'
 

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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.

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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.

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    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

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    7:45AM ET: Cameron Davis, Sean Crocker

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    8:15AM ET: Tiger Woods, Shaun Norris

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    9:15AM ET: Kyle Stanley, Adam Scott

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    9:40AM ET: Ryan Moore, Brandon Stone

    9:50AM ET: Luke List, Danny Willett

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    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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    By Ryan LavnerJuly 20, 2018, 7:55 pm

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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.

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