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By Associated PressMarch 31, 2007, 4:00 pm
2006 Shell Houston OpenHUMBLE, Texas -- Jason Gore got a boost from the Rocket in the Houston Open.
 
Wearing a black Houston Astros cap that Roger Clemens gave him, Gore shot a 4-under 68 on Friday to join a six-player logjam at the top.
 
Defending champion Stuart Appleby, Bubba Watson, D.J. Brigman and Texans Bob Estes and Jeff Maggert also were 6 under after two rounds, and Hunter Mahan, Tommy Armour III and Tom Byrum were one shot back.
 
Gore, who has a Boston Red Sox jersey at home that Clemens once autographed, first formally met his boyhood idol two years ago at the ADT Skills Challenge and the two became friends.
 
'He's always been my hero,' Gore said.
 
Clemens, still undecided on whether he'll return to baseball, played in a pro-am on Wednesday and also gave Gore a T-shirt that read 'Tough All Day' across the front. The inspired Gore marked the letters 'TAD' on his ball before teeing off Thursday and shot a 2-under 70, his best round in more than a month.
 
'It's just one of those things,' Gore said of the simple message. 'No matter how bad things go, you've got to just stay tough.'
 
The mantra fit the blustery conditions Friday at the 7,457-yard Tournament Course at Redstone, hosting the event for the second year. Players backed off putts and avoided tricky pins all day because of the unpredictable gusts.
 
'I can stay as patient as anybody out there and I knew it was playing tough,' said Estes, who followed an opening 67 with a 71. 'It's tough to get the ball in play on a lot of holes, to even have a chance to play a conservative approach shot.'
 
Appleby followed a 66 with a 72 on Friday, failing to break 70 for the first time in six rounds at the new Redstone course.
 
'The wind was a real factor,' Appleby said. 'I didn't create many opportunities and when I did, I wasn't putting good enough.'
 
Watson's 67 was the lowest round of the day. He sank birdie putts of 24 and 30 feet and two-putted from 50 feet on the par-5 fifth after blasting a 350-yard drive.
 
The left-handed Watson leads the tour in average driving distance (313.5 yards) and is still learning to harness his power.
 
'When I'm at home, I hit driver everywhere. It doesn't matter where it goes,' said Watson. 'Sometimes, I get carried away, especially if I play bad the hole before. I always want to hit driver because I'm mad and ready to go.'
 
Watson missed seven of 14 fairways on Friday, but hit 14 of 18 greens in regulation. He needed only 28 putts, down from 33 on Thursday.
 
'I'm trying to learn the game, trying to learn what makes me good,' said Watson, whose best finish is a third-place tie in Tucson last year. 'I'm a lot better at this point than I was last year at this point. I just want a 'W.' Just get me a win.'
 
Brigman, who finished fourth on the Nationwide Tour last week, knocked a 3-wood to six feet for an eagle on the par-5 13th, but also had two bogeys he blamed on the wind. Like Estes, Brigman grew up in Texas and thinks he knows how to play through the gusts.
 
'Anytime we're in Texas, I feel pretty comfortable,' said Brigman. 'Wind is my friend. I'm kind of doing well with that this week.'
 
Maggert should feel even more at home. He lives 30 minutes away in The Woodlands, the leafy Houston suburb that hosted the event between 1975-2002.
 
Maggert finally feels healthy again after slipping on ice and cracking a rib in Colorado in December. He aggravated the injury in Phoenix in February and hasn't made a cut in three starts since returning.
 
'I feel like I'm just not getting comfortable with my golf swing,' Maggert said. 'No pain in the rib whatsoever.'
 
Tournament organizers said the players will tee off an hour early on Saturday and half the field will start on No. 10 because thunderstorms are forecast for the afternoon.
 
DIVOTS
Vaughn Taylor was tied for the lead before dumping two drives in the water on the par-4 5th hole and taking a quadruple bogey. ... The cut fell at 145, 1-over par. Notable players who missed it include Rocco Mediate (146), Jose Maria Olazabal (146), John Daly (148), Steve Elkington (148), Brad Faxon (149), Paul Azinger (151) and Michael Campbell (155). ... Former President George H.W. Bush and wife Barbara, who live in Houston, watched the tournament in folding chairs behind the 16th green.
 
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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.”