Els Unsure of Proper British Preparations

By Associated PressJuly 7, 2004, 4:00 pm
04 Barclays Scottish OpenLUSS, Scotland -- Ernie Els knows better than to use the Scottish Open (begins Thurs. at 9:30 a.m. ET on TGC) as any kind of gauge for how his game stacks up for the British Open.
For starters, Loch Lomond will never be mistaken for a links course.
It was designed by Tom Weiskopf along a gorgeous lake north of Glasgow. The grass is lush and often soggy from rain, favoring players who hit the ball long and high.
The results certainly are no indication. Els won the Barclays Scottish Open a year ago, then went to Royal St. George's and stumbled to a 78 before recovering to tie for 18th in the British Open.
The year before, he tied for 50th at Loch Lomond, then won the British Open at Muirfield.
The British Open will be played down the coast at Royal Troon in Scotland next week, but Els is not looking at this event as any kind of tune up for golf's oldest championship.
'I don't know how you should prepare for it,' Els said Wednesday. 'You've got to take this tournament for what it is. It's the Scottish Open. It stands on its own, played on a great golf course.'
Els is the defending champion against a field that includes Masters champion Phil Mickelson, Darren Clarke, Colin Montgomerie and Tom Lehman. U.S. Open champion Retief Goosen was supposed to play, but withdrew last week after winning the European Open.
Mickelson is playing the Scottish Open for the second straight year. He was not at the course Wednesday, instead practicing at Royal Troon to get ready for next week.
Els, who made his British Open debut at Royal Troon in 1989, also played the links on the Ayrshire coast and gave it a favorable review.
'I think it's set up very well,' he said. 'The rough is a factor but it's not going to kill you. The greens have a beautiful surface and will get faster. It's set up very fair. I think if we have decent weather, the guys will score well.'
For now, however, Els wants to win a third title at Loch Lomond.
'I'd love to win it again and hopefully change that little rut in a major,' he said. 'I hope I have a good week and find some form going into Royal Troon for the Open.'
Els has played well in the majors this year, but not well enough.
Despite a 67 in the final round at Augusta National, he finished one shot behind when Mickelson holed an 18-foot birdie on the final hole for his first major. Els was in the final group with Goosen at Shinnecock Hills, two shots behind, until shooting an 80.
'I thought I did very well just to be in contention at Shinnecock,' he said. 'It was a six-week run. I won a tournament (The Memorial) and had a few top 10s and felt good about it. Just one round that I played bad.'
Montgomerie also won at Loch Lomond in 1999.
The Scot, who had to go through qualifying to get in the British Open, tried out several putters for Loch Lomond and settled on the one he used at the 2002 Ryder Cup, where he won 4 1/2 points in five matches.
'I would love to win here again and I am quite capable of doing so,' Montgomerie said. 'It's just a matter of getting off to a decent start.'
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    Group standings at WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play

    By Golf Channel DigitalMarch 22, 2018, 5:30 pm

    Here are the group standings for pool play at the 2018 WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play Championship in Austin, Texas. The player with the most points in each pool advanced to Saturday's Round of 16 in Austin, Texas. Click here for scoring and click here for the bracket.

    Group 1 Group 2 Group 3 Group 4
    (1) D. Johnson: 0-1-0 (2) J. Thomas: 1-0-0 (3) J. Rahm: 0-0-1 (4) J. Spieth: 1-0-0
    (32) K. Kisner: 0-0-1 (21) F. Molinari: 1-0-0 (28) K. Aphibarnrat: 1-0-0 (19) P. Reed: 1-0-0
    (38) A. Hadwin: 0-0-1
    (48) P. Kizzire: 0-1-0 (43) C. Reavie: 0-1-0 (34) H. Li: 0-1-0
    (52) B. Wiesberger: 1-0-0
    (60) L. List: 0-1-0 (63) K. Bradley: 0-0-1 (49) C. Schwartzel: 0-1-0
    Group 5 Group 6 Group 7 Group 8
    (5) H. Matsuyama: 1-0-0 (6) R. McIlroy: 0-1-0 (7) S. Garcia: 1-0-0 (8) J. Day: 1-0-0
    (30) P. Cantlay: 0-1-0
    (18) B. Harman: 0-0-1 (20) X. Schauffele: 1-0-0 (25) L. Oosthuizen: 1-0-0
    (46) C. Smith: 1-0-0 (44) J. Vegas: 0-0-1 (41) D. Frittelli: 0-1-0 (42) J. Dufner: 0-1-0
    (53) Y. Miyazato: 0-1-0 (51) P. Uihlein: 1-0-0 (62) S. Sharma: 0-1-0 (56) J. Hahn: 0-1-0
    Group 9 Group 10 Group 11 Group 12
    (9) T. Fleetwood: 1-1-0 (10) P. Casey: 1-0-0 (11) M. Leishman: 0-1-0 (12) T. Hatton: 1-0-0
    (26) D. Berger: 0-1-0 (31) M. Fitzpatrick: 0-1-0 (23) B. Grace: 0-1-0 (22) C. Hoffman: 0-1-0
    (33) K. Chappell: 1-1-0 (45) K. Stanley: 1-0-0 (35) B. Watson: 1-0-0 (36) B. Steele: 1-0-0
    (58) I. Poulter: 1-0-0 (51) R. Henley: 0-1-0 (64) J. Suri: 1-0-0 (55) A. Levy: 0-1-0
    Group 13 Group 14 Group 15 Group 16
    (13) A. Noren: 2-0-0 (14) P. Mickelson: 0-1-0 (15) P. Perez: 0-0-1 (16) M. Kuchar: 0-0-1
    (29) T. Finau: 1-0-0 (17) R. Cabrera Bello: 1-0-0 (24) G. Woodland: 0-0-1 (27) R. Fisher: 0-1-0
    (39) T. Pieters: 0-2-0 (40) S. Kodaira: 0-1-0 (37) W. Simpson: 0-0-1 (47) Y. Ikeda: 1-0-0
    (61) K. Na: 0-1-0 (59) C. Howell III: 1-0-0 (50) S.W. Kim: 0-0-1 (54) Z. Johnson: 0-0-1
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    Romo starts hot, stumbles to 77 in PGA Tour debut

    By Will GrayMarch 22, 2018, 5:14 pm

    There was plenty of good, but also plenty of bad for Tony Romo in his PGA Tour debut.

    Playing in the Corales Punta Cana Resort & Club Championship on a sponsor exemption, Romo shot an even-par 36 for his opening nine holes in the Dominican Republic. The former NFL quarterback bogeyed his first two holes, but steadied the ship with three birdies in a five-hole stretch from Nos. 4-8.

    The early highlight of the round came at the par-4 fifth hole, where Romo drained a putt from across the green for his second straight birdie:

    But the back nine wasn't as kind for the 37-year-old, who dropped five shots in a four-hole stretch from Nos. 13-16. It added up to a 5-over 77 in the opening round, which left Romo ahead of only Guy Boros among the players who had finished in the morning wave.

    "I hit two poor tee balls. Just didn't commit to it, and ultimately just got put in a tough spot where you're just trying to make par," Romo said. "I hit a lot of good shots, and they ended up a couple times in some poor spots. But you learn the golf course as you play it throughout the week."

    Romo has played as an amateur partner in the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, and has played individually in U.S. Open local qualifiers and mini-tour events as an amateur. But this marks his first attempt to gauge his game against the best players in the world who are not in Austin for the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play.

    Romo was even par through 12 holes before a three-putt bogey from the fringe on No. 13. A nasty lie in the rough led to a double bogey on the par-5 14th, and Romo had to hit provisional tee shots on both Nos. 15 and 16. While he ultimately found his original ball on both holes, he left with a pair of bogeys.

    "I really hit some good shots, and I'm close," Romo said. "I had a chance to be under par pretty easily there for a while, and then two or three shots on the back nine cost me. But that's golf."

    Romo will tee off at 1 p.m. ET Friday in the second round alongside Dru Love and Denny McCarthy.

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    Horschel, Kisner & Perez join "Feherty," Monday, March 26 at 9 p.m. ET

    By Golf Channel Public RelationsMarch 22, 2018, 5:10 pm

    PREVIEW: Perez details rocky collegiate golf experience at Arizona State

    Billy Horschel, Kevin Kisner and Pat Perez – each winners of multiple events on the PGA TOUR – will join David Feherty on his self-titled, Emmy-nominated series Feherty presented by Farmers Insurance®, Monday at 9 p.m. ET on Golf Channel.

    “This might be the biggest group of benign social deviants I’ve ever had the privilege of speaking to,” said Feherty. “They’ve been responsible for nine career wins on TOUR collectively, but they’re each also capable of getting into some mischief.”

    The episode – filmed in Naples, Fla. – will touch upon several topics, including:

    • Their respective upbringings and corresponding introductions to golf.
    • Reflections on their junior golf and collegiate playing days, and how it helped prepare them to compete as a professional.
    • Contemplating which mulligan(s) they’d take in their life if given the opportunity.

    Future guests on Feherty this year include Paul Azinger, Stewart Cink, Boo Weekley and Paul Goydos, among others.

    A two-time Emmy-nominated host (Outstanding Sports Personality – Studio Host) Feherty has been described as “golf’s iconoclast,” by Rolling Stone, and “the last unscripted man on TV,” by Men’s Journal. His all-star lineup of golf-enthused and culturally relevant guests feature celebrities from across entertainment, sports and politics. To date, Feherty has sat down with four U.S. Presidents (Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, Barack Obama and Donald Trump); sports legends Charles Barkley, Nick Saban, Stephen Curry and Bobby Knight; Hollywood icons Matthew McConaughey, Larry David and Samuel L. Jackson; World Golf of Fame members Nancy Lopez, Jack Nicklaus, Annika Sorenstam, Lee Trevino and Tom Watson; and a host of current golf superstars including Paula Creamer, Jason Day, Rickie Fowler, Rory McIlroy, Phil Mickelson, Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas and Michelle Wie. Feherty is produced by Golf Channel’s original productions group, which also oversees production for Driver vs. Driver and Golf Films.

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    Match-by-match: WGC-Dell Technologies, Day 2

    By Golf Channel DigitalMarch 22, 2018, 4:00 pm

    Here is how things played out on Day 2 of the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play, as 64 players take on Austin Country Club with hopes of advancing out of pool play. Click here for Day 1 match results:

    Group 1: Dustin Johnson (1) vs. Adam Hadwin (38)

    Group 1: Kevin Kisner (32) vs. Bernd Wiesberger (52)

    Group 2: Justin Thomas (2) vs. Patton Kizzire (48)

    Group 2: Francesco Molinari (21) vs. Luke List (60)

     Group 3: Jon Rahm (3) vs. Chez Reavie (43)

    Group 3: Kiradech Aphibarnrat (28) vs. Keegan Bradley (63)

    Group 4: Jordan Spieth (4) vs. Haotong Li (34)

    Group 4: Patrick Reed (19) vs. Charl Schwartzel (49)

    Group 5: Hideki Matsuyama (5) vs. Cameron Smith (46)

    Group 5: Patrick Cantlay (30) vs. Yusaku Miyazato (53)

    Group 6: Rory McIlroy (6) vs. Jhonattan Vegas (44)

    Group 6: Brian Harman (18) vs. Peter Uihlein (57)

    Group 7: Sergio Garcia (7) vs. Dylan Frittelli (41)

    Group 7: Xander Schauffele (20) vs. Shubhankar Sharma (62)

    Group 8: Jason Day (8) vs. Jason Dufner (42)

    Group 8: Louis Oosthuizen (25) vs. James Hahn (56)

    Group 9: Tommy Fleetwood (9) def. Kevin Chappell (33), 7 and 6: Avenging an opening-day loss, the Englishman won the first four holes and needed to make only three birdies in a monster rout of Chappell. The 2017 Presidents Cupper made five bogeys and conceded two other holes but still has a chance to win the group.  

    Group 9: Daniel Berger (26) vs. Ian Poulter (58)

    Group 10: Paul Casey (10) vs. Kyle Stanley (45)

    Group 10: Matthew Fitzpatrick (31) vs. Russell Henley (51)

    Group 11: Marc Leishman (11) vs. Bubba Watson (35)

    Group 11: Branden Grace (23) vs. Julian Suri (64)

    Group 12: Tyrrell Hatton (12) vs. Brendan Steele (36)

    Group 12: Charley Hoffman (22) vs. Alexander Levy (55)

    Group 13: Alex Noren (13) def. Thomas Pieters (39), 5 and 4: Noren made quick work of Pieters in what could be a match of future Ryder Cup teammates. Noren built a 4-up lead after seven holes and then cruised from there, moving to 2-0 this week and eliminating Pieters. In 30 holes this week, Noren has made 12 birdies and no bogeys.

    Group 13: Tony Finau (29) vs. Kevin Na (61)

    Group 14: Phil Mickelson (14) vs. Satoshi Kodaira (40)

    Group 14: Rafa Cabrera Bello (17) vs. Charles Howell III (59)

    Group 15: Pat Perez (15) vs. Webb Simpson (37)

    Group 15: Gary Woodland (24) vs. Si Woo Kim (50)

    Group 16: Matt Kuchar (16) vs. Yuta Ikeda (47)

    Group 16: Ross Fisher (27) vs. Zach Johnson (54)