Glover 36 Hole Leader at Verizon Heritage

By Associated PressApril 18, 2008, 4:00 pm
2007 Verizon HeritageHILTON HEAD, S.C. -- Lucas Glovers tired of keeping his frustrations to himself. Two more rounds like this at the Verizon Heritage and he wont have to.
Glover shot his second straight 66 to move to 10-under and take a one-stroke lead over defending champion Boo Weekley (64) at Harbour Town Golf Links.
Anthony Kim (67) was alone in third at 8 under, with two-time Verizon Heritage winner Stewart Cink (68), Cliff Kresge (66), and Stephen Ames (64) another shot behind.
Jim Furyk, ranked ninth in the world, had his second 68 to head a large group four shots back at 6 under.
When Glovers game is faltering'as it has much of this year'the 28-year-old pro withdraws into his psyche as he tries to find a solution.
Ive been a pain at home, (that) would be fair, Glover said. But I take it out on myself and kind of clam up in my own little shell.
Glover and his game have opened up the first two days. He weaseled his way into the lead Thursday with two late birdies, then used four birdies on his back nine to push past Weekley into first.
Its been a rough season for Glover, who has surpassed $2 million in earnings in 2005 and 2006, and played for the U.S. team in last years Presidents Cup.
He hadnt finished better than 22nd his first eight events. Glover felt hed uncovered a problem with his ball positioning and posture at the Shell Houston Open, where he posted his first top-15 placing.
Glover missed the Masters for the first time in three years, further fueling his motivation to improve for Harbour Town.
I told myself I had to go to work and its not going to come easy, Glover said. I was able to do it the last couple of days.
Hell have to hold off a horde of just-as-eager challengers on the weekend, most notably Weekley.
Weekley had three birdies, all on putts of 10 feet or more, over a stretch of four holes on his back nine to move up the leaderboard. Perhaps no ones enjoyed his champions year as much as Weekley'he laughed about marching around the lagoon in his plaid champions jacket during this weeks opening ceremonies'and wasnt ready to hand over the tartan coat yet.
Weekley felt he could win again on the first hole on the first day. All I had do was just stay focused and hitting my points and my shots, he said.
He might be right. In just his second appearance here, Weekleys shown a touch usually only gained through experience. All six career rounds at Harbour Town have been in the 60s.
Its always fun to be able to look out on the crowd and see all the people pulling for you and chanting your name, Weekley said. I always have a place in my heart for Harbour Town.
Weekleys crowd may get a run from Glovers gallery. Glover is a South Carolina native who played his college golf at Clemson and says his plays been lifted by the large group of family and friends, including his parents, several cousins, his inlaws and his grandfather. Sorry if he ran over anybodys foot, Glover joked.
Still, Glover wont allow himself to jump ahead to late Sunday and a possible victory. I dont think Ive ever been in this position, he said. So Ill figure it out tonight.
Five-time champion Davis Love III, who was tied with Glover and Justin Leonard after the first round, shot a 71 and was five shots back.
Ernie Els figured to have as good a chance to win as anyone, ranked third in the world and finishing second and finishing second, seventh and third his past three times here.
But Els was out of sorts for the second straight round, shooting a 76 to miss the cut.
Justin Rose, ranked seventh in the world, withdrew from the tournament prior to the start of the second round with a bad back. Mark Calcavecchia also pulled out mid-round because of illness. Robert Allenby and Ben Curtis aced the par-3 fourth hole. Tommy Two Gloves Gainey, a South Carolina golfer who won the Golf Channels Big Break VII, hit three balls into the water on the par-4 10th hole to finish with a 10. There were 75 golfers who made the 1-over par cut. Those joining Els outside the ropes this weekend were 2007 Masters champ Zach Johnson, J.B. Holmes and Sean OHair.
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    Kim cruises to first win, final Open invite at Deere

    By Will GrayJuly 15, 2018, 9:38 pm

    Following the best week of his professional career, Michael Kim is both a winner on the PGA Tour and the 156th and final player to earn a tee time next week at The Open.

    Kim entered the final round of the John Deere Classic with a five-shot lead, and the former Cal standout removed any lingering doubt about the tournament's outcome with birdies on each of his first three holes. He cruised from there, shooting a bogey-free 66 to finish the week at 27 under and win by eight shots over Francesco Molinari, Joel Dahmen, Sam Ryder and Bronson Burgoon.

    It equals the tournament scoring record and ties for the largest margin of victory on Tour this season, matching Dustin Johnson's eight-shot romp at Kapalua in January and Molinari's margin two weeks ago at the Quicken Loans National.

    "Just super thankful," Kim said. "It's been a tough first half of the year. But to be able to finish it out in style like this means a lot."

    Kim, 25, received the Haskins Award as the nation's top collegiate player back in 2013, but his ascent to the professional ranks has been slow. He had only one top-10 finish in 83 starts on Tour entering the week, tying for third at the Safeway Open in October 2016, and had missed the cut each of the last three weeks.

    But the pieces all came together at TPC Deere Run, where Kim opened with 63 and held a three-shot lead after 36 holes. His advantage was trimmed to a single shot during a rain-delayed third round, but Kim returned to the course late Saturday and closed with four straight birdies on Nos. 15-18 to build a five-shot cushion and inch closer to his maiden victory.

    As the top finisher among the top five not otherwise exempt, Kim earned the final spot at Carnoustie as part of the Open Qualifying Series. It will be his first major championship appearance since earning low amateur honors with a T-17 finish at the 2013 U.S. Open at Merion, and he is also now exempt for the PGA Championship and next year's Masters.

    The last player to earn the final Open spot at the Deere and make the cut the following week was Brian Harman, who captured his first career win at TPC Deere Run in 2014 and went on to tie for 26th at Royal Liverpool.

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    Poulter offers explanation in dispute with marshal

    By Will GrayJuly 15, 2018, 6:47 pm

    Ian Poulter took to Twitter to offer an explanation after the Englishman was accused of verbally abusing a volunteer during the third round of the Scottish Open.

    Poulter hooked his drive on the opening hole at Gullane Golf Club into a bush, where Quintin Jardine was working as a marshal. Poulter went on to find the ball, wedge out and make bogey, but the details of the moments leading up to his second shot differ depending on who you ask.

    Jardine wrote a letter to the tournament director that he also turned into a colorfully-titled blog post, accusing Poulter of berating him for not going into the bush "feet first" in search of the ball since Poulter would have received a free drop had his ball been stepped on by an official.

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    "I stood and waited for the player. It turned out to be Mr. Poulter, who arrived in a shower of expletives and asked me where his ball was," Jardine wrote. "I told him and said that I had not ventured into the bush for fear of standing on it. I wasn't expecting thanks, but I wasn't expecting aggression, either."

    Jardine added that Poulter stayed to exchange heated words with the volunteer even after wedging his ball back into the fairway. After shooting a final-round 69 to finish in a tie for 30th, Poulter tweeted his side of the story to his more than 2.3 million followers:

    Poulter, 42, won earlier this year on the PGA Tour at the Houston Open and is exempt into The Open at Carnoustie, where he will make his 17th Open appearance. His record includes a runner-up at Royal Birkdale in 2008 and a T-3 finish at Muirfield in 2013.

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    Immelman misses Open bid via OWGR tiebreaker

    By Will GrayJuly 15, 2018, 6:25 pm

    A resurgent performance at the Scottish Open gave Trevor Immelman his first top-10 finish in more than four years, but it left him short of a return to The Open by the slimmest of margins.

    The former Masters champ turned back the clock this week at Gullane Golf Club, carding four straight rounds of 68 or better. That run included a 5-under 65 in the final round, which gave him a tie for third and left him five shots behind winner Brandon Stone. It was his first worldwide top-10 since a T-10 finish at the 2014 Farmers Insurance Open.

    There were three spots available into The Open for players not otherwise exempt, and for a brief moment it appeared Immelman, 38, might sneak the third and final invite.

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    But with Stone and runner-up Eddie Pepperell both not qualified, that left the final spot to be decided between Immelman and Sweden's Jens Dantorp who, like Immelman, tied for third at 15 under.

    As has been the case with other stops along the Open Qualifying Series, the tiebreaker to determine invites is the players' standing in the Official World Golf Rankings entering the week. Dantorp is currently No. 322 in the world, but with Immelman ranked No. 1380 the Swede got the nod.

    This will mark Dantorp's first-ever major championship appearance. Immelman, who hasn't made the cut in a major since the 2013 Masters, was looking to return to The Open for 10th time and first since a missed cut at Royal Lytham six years ago. He will instead work the week at Carnoustie as part of Golf Channel and NBC's coverage of The Open.

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    Stone (60) wins Scottish Open, invite to Carnoustie

    By Will GrayJuly 15, 2018, 6:06 pm

    There's never a bad time to shoot a 60, but Brandon Stone certainly picked an opportune moment to do so.

    Facing a jammed leaderboard in the final round of the Scottish Open, Stone fired a 10-under 60 to leave a stacked field in his wake and win the biggest tournament of his career. His 20-under 260 total left him four shots clear of Eddie Pepperell and five shots in front of a group that tied for third.

    Stone had a mid-range birdie putt on No. 18 that would have given him the first 59 in European Tour history. But even after missing the putt on the left, Stone tapped in to close out a stellar round that included eight birdies, nine pars and an eagle. It's his third career European Tour title but first since the Alfred Dunhill Championship in December 2016.

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    Stone started the day three shots behind overnight leader Jens Dantorp, but he made an early move with three birdies over his first five holes and five over his first 10. Stone added a birdie on the par-3 12th, then took command with a three-hole run from Nos. 14-16 that included two birdies and an eagle.

    The eye-popping score from the 25-year-old South African was even more surprising considering his lack of form entering the week. Stone is currently ranked No. 371 in the world and had missed four of his last seven worldwide cuts without finishing better than T-60.

    Stone was not yet qualified for The Open, and as a result of his performance at Gullane Golf Club he will tee it up next week at Carnoustie. Stone headlined a group of three Open qualifiers, as Pepperell and Dantorp (T-3) also earned invites by virtue of their performance this week. The final spot in the Open will go to the top finisher not otherwise qualified from the John Deere Classic.