Grant Fuhr Rick Rhoden share celebrity lead
Both shot a 5-under-par 67 for a two-day total of 56 points in the modified Stableford scoring system. The format awards six points for eagle, three for birdie, one for par, zero for bogey and minus-two for double bogey or worse.
Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo, the first-round leader with 27 points, shot even par Saturday to get to 49 points in a tie for third with former hockey player Dan Quinn ' a four-time winner of the tourney with a $125,000 first-place check.
Fuhrs two eagles included a 60-foot putt on the 536-yard, par-5 fourth hole to go with two birdies and offset a pair of bogeys for a tourney-record 32 points for the day at Edgewood-Tahoe Golf Course on the shores of the lake atop the Sierra.
A bit of a roller-coaster, said Fuhr, a goalie with six different NHL teams who won five Stanley Cup Championships with the Edmonton Oilers from 1981-1991.
I missed six or seven 4-footers but kind of made up for it with a Hail Mary that kind of fell in the cup, he said. It was one of those that shouldnt have gone in. But I had a lot of 4-footers that should have gone in.
Rhoden, the former major league pitcher who has played on the Champions Tour, bogeyed the first hole but birdied four of the next six. He also bogeyed the 10th hole before finishing strong.
I had eight birdies so Ive got nothing to complain about, Rhoden said. As bad as I putted yesterday, I putted that good today.
Grant hit the ball great today. He could have played even better, he said.
Next is Jeremy Roenick with 47 points after a second-round 68. He is another of the five past or present NHL stars in the top nine on the leaderboard. The others are Pierre LaRouche ' who is tied with former NFL quarterbacks Trent Dilfer and Billy Joe Tolliver with 44 points ' and Bobby Hull, who shot a 68 Saturday to total 40 points.
Hall of Fame quarterback John Elway was 10th with 39 points after shooting even par Saturday.
Rhoden is the defending champ but has never won the tournament in consecutive years. He said the tournament record of 78 Stableford points that Chris Chandler set in 2007 could fall during Sundays final round.
You never know in golf. Every day is different, Rhoden said. The last day is always a little more nerve-racking.
Fuhr, who tied for third with Romo last year, said he was looking forward to the challenge.
Obviously Rick is as good as there is, he said.
As usual, the tournament play wasnt the only attraction. More than 75 boats set anchor along the beach bordering the party atmosphere at the par-3 17th, all of them backed in ' a practice that began after actor Matthew Settle sliced his tee shot through a boats windshield in 2006.
On the other side of the fairway, celebrity chef Guy Fieri was smoking his spicy Pork en Fuego sandwiches at a portable kitchen and serving them up to players and caddies as they walked by.
Kevin Nealon, paired with Charles Barkley, had his usual band of supporters wearing Team Nealon T-shirts with a catch phrase on the back that over the years has included Altitude with an attitude, Shooting for the middle of the pack, It could happen and last years Were due.
This year its Tahoe owes us
Meanwhile, actor Ray Romano continued to plug his new movie Ice Age 3' sort of.
Go buy a ticket for Ice Age and then go in and watch Harry Potter, he told a group of autograph seekers at the end of his round.
Romano was in a group with actor Brian Baumgartner, who plays Kevin on NBCs sitcom The Office. His approach shot on his final hole ran 160 yards and trickled onto the green 6 feet from the hole.
Nice shot, Bruce! a fan shouted.
Its Brian, he said, but thanks.
Bjorn adds four Ryder Cup veterans as vice captains
European Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn has added a quartet of vice captains for the biennial matches this fall in Paris.
Bjorn had already named Robert Karlsson as his first assistant, and he announced Tuesday at the BMW PGA Championship that his group of advisors will also include major champions Padraig Harrington and Graeme McDowell, and former world No. 1s Lee Westwood and Luke Donald.
Westwood is among Europe's most decorated Ryder Cup players, and his addition in this role signals he likely won't participate as a player in the matches for the first time since 1995. The Englishman has spoken openly about his desire to captain the European squad at Whistling Straits in 2020, but he's been quiet on the course in recent months, with a missed secondary cut at the Houston Open his only start since mid-February.
Harrington is seen as another possible captain for the 2020 matches, and he'll don an earpiece for the third straight Ryder Cup, having represented Europe as a player on six straight teams from 1999-2010.
Donald played on four Ryder Cup teams from 2004-12, with the Europeans winning each time he was on the roster. This will mark his first stint as a vice captain, as Donald announced last month that he would be sidelined indefinitely while recovering from a back injury.
At age 38, McDowell will be the youngest vice captain in the room, having holed the winning putt eight years ago at Celtic Manor. He won the French Open in both 2013 and 2014 at Le Golf National, site of this year's matches, and will also be making his debut as a vice captain.
Bidder pays $50,000 to caddie for Woods
Someone has paid $50,000 to caddie for Tiger Woods at this year’s Hero World Challenge.
An unnamed bidder paid for the opportunity at an auction Saturday night at Tiger Jam, where monies are raised to support the Tiger Woods Foundation.
"Joe, take the day off." @TGRFound supporter to caddie for Woods Wednesday at #HeroWorldChallenge for $50,000 donation in the #TigerJam live auction. - TGRhttps://t.co/EjoJ2bpRh4 pic.twitter.com/yu2MY2dUGV— Tiger Woods (@TigerWoods) May 21, 2018
The Hero World Challenge will be contested Nov. 29-Dec. in Albany, Bahamas. The pro-am is scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 28.
NCAA DI Women's Champ.: Scoring, TV times
The NCAA Division I Women's Golf Championship is underway at Kartsen Creek Golf Club in Stillwater, Okla.
After three days of stroke play, eight teams have advanced to the match-play portion of the championship. Quarterfinals and semifinals will be contested on Tuesday, with the finals being held on Wednesday. Golf Channel is airing the action live.
- Quarterfinals: Alabama vs. Kent State
- Quartefinals: USC vs. Duke
- Quarterfinals: UCLA vs. Arizona
- Quarterfinals: Northwestern vs. Stanford
- Individual stroke play
TV Times (all times ET):
11AM-conclusion: Match-play quarterfinals (Click here to watch live)
4-8PM: Match-play semifinals
Arizona grabs last spot with eagle putt, playoff win
STILLWATER, Okla. – With her team freefalling in the standings, Arizona coach Laura Ianello was down to her last stroke.
The Wildcats began the final round of the NCAA Championship in third place, but they were 19 over par for the day, and outside the top-8 cut line, with only one player left on the course.
Bianca Pagdaganan had transferred from Gonzaga to compete for NCAA titles, and on the 17th hole Ianello told her that she needed to play “the best two holes of your life” to keep the dream alive.
She made par on 17, then hit a 185-yard 6-iron out of a divot to 30 feet. Not knowing where she stood on the final green, Pagdaganan felt an eerie calm over the ball. Sure enough, she buried the eagle putt, setting off a raucous celebration and sending the Wildcats into a play-five, count-four team playoff with Baylor at 33 over par.
Their match-play spot wasn’t yet secure, but Ianello still broke down in tears.
“Bianca is such an inspiration for all of us,” she said. “She’s the kind of kid that you want to root for, to have good things happen to.”
Arizona prevailed on the second playoff hole. As the 8 seed, the Wildcats will play top-seeded UCLA in the quarterfinals Tuesday at Karsten Creek.
Though the finish had plenty of drama, no teams played their way into the coveted top 8 on the final day of stroke-play qualifying.
Baylor came closest. The Bears barely advanced past regionals after a mysterious stomach virus affected several players and coaches. They competed in the final round with just four healthy players.
On Monday, Gurleen Kaur put Baylor in position to advance, shooting 68, but the Bears lost by three strokes on the second extra hole.
Arkansas finished one shot shy of the team playoff. The second-ranked Razorbacks, who entered NCAAs as one of the pre-tournament favorites, having won seven times, including their first SEC title, couldn’t overcome a 308-300 start and finished 10th. Player of the Year favorite Maria Fassi finished her week at 19 over par and counted only two rounds toward the team total.