Henry captures Reno-Tahoe; Daly finishes T-5

By Associated PressAugust 6, 2012, 1:32 am

RENO, Nev. – J.J. Henry figured he'd fight altitude with attitude at the Reno-Tahoe Open on the edge of the Sierra Nevada. It worked.

Thanks to some help from his veteran caddie calculating yardages at the higher elevation, Henry claimed his second PGA Tour victory by holding on Sunday to beat Alexandre Rocha by a point in the modified Stableford scoring format.

''A lot of it is attitude – wanting to be here, wanting to play, wanting to try to figure out how long a shot is playing,'' said the 37-year-old Henry, who was a member of the 2006 U.S. Ryder Cup team.

''You have elevation, you have wind, you have uphill, downhill. The greens get firm and fast,'' he said.

But Henry said he'd been playing well the past six weeks and has a good track record at Reno where he had had three previous top-10 finishes – a tie for ninth in 2009, tie for fourth in 205 and tie for third in 2002.

''I even said to some friends and my caddie (Pete Jordan) – not to sound cocky or full of yourself, but I really thought I was going to have a great week,'' Henry said. ''Sometimes when you believe it, good things happen. And that's exactly what happened this week for me.''

Henry had 7 points with four birdies and a bogey Sunday to finish with 43 for the tournament. Players received 8 points for double eagle, five for eagle, two for birdie and zero for par. They were docked a point for bogey and 3 points for anything worse.

Argentina's Andres Romero was third with 37 points, followed by John Mallinger with 34.

John Daly and Justin Leonard tied for fifth at 33. It was Daly's best finish since 2005.

Henry had three birdies during a four-hole stretch on the front nine, then mostly stayed out of trouble on the more difficult back nine as the wind picked up late in the day at the 7,472-yard Montreux Golf & Country Club course on the edge of the Sierra.

Rocha, who led after the second round, needed to eagle the par-5 18th to have a chance to become the first Brazilian winner on the PGA Tour, but had to scramble for birdie after his approach bounced into the gallery left of the green.

Henry two-putted for par from 12 feet to secure the victory, which also secures his Tour card for another two years.

''Alex played great and really kept the pressure on down the stretch to make it interesting out there,'' Henry said. ''To be honest, those are some stressful holes coming in – 16, 17, 18. There's a lot of drama and a lot of things that kind of go through your mind, good, bad and indifferent on those last couple of holes.''

Henry had played in 176 tournaments on the PGA Tour before he claimed his first victory at the 2006 Buick Open and then played in another 178 events without winning before Sunday.

''It's been a long time coming,'' said Henry, who picked up the $540,000 winner's check to boost his career earnings to $12.7 million and earn a spot next week in the PGA Championship.

''I've been out here 12 straight years, so I've done something right,'' he said. ''But it's been six years since I've won. To finally get over that hump again means a lot. ... Hopefully, I don't have to wait another 176 starts.''

Henry's best finish this year had been a tie for third at the Byron Nelson Championship, where he led by a shot with two holes to go and said he probably should have won.

This week, he had precious eagles in each of the first three rounds in the scoring system that rewards aggressive play. The format hadn't been used on the PGA Tour since the 2006 International in Colorado.

A reporter pointed out that under traditional medal play, Henry and Rocha would have tied at 17 under.

''Well, it's not stroke play, though,'' Henry answered, smiling. ''It is what it is.''

Henry parred his first four holes Sunday, then made birdies from 24 feet on the par-4 fifth and 15 feet on the sixth. He added a third when he hit his drive 380 yards on the 636-yard eighth, hit his third shot to 6 feet and made the putt.

He opened a 6-point lead when he made a 3-foot birdie on the 15th, but bogeyed the 16th and watched his lead shrink to 3 when Rocha answered with a 6-foot birdie putt.

That left Rocha trailing 43-40 but still in the tourney headed to the 597-yard downhill closing hole guarded by a pond on the right.

Rocha drove left in the waste area, but it kicked out into the fairway about 315 yards from the green. His approach hit a cart path and bounced into the gallery left of the green.

He was able to get up and down for birdie, but Henry hit his 12-foot birdie attempt inside a foot and tapped in for par.

The 34-year-old Rocha has won nine times around the world since 2000 when he was an All-American at Mississippi State but still in search of his first PGA Tour win in his second full year on Tour.

''This is a whole new level for me,'' Rocha said. ''I've never been in this position before. In fact, I've never been anywhere near this position before,'' he said.

His previous best finish was a tie for 20th at the 2011 Children's Miracle Network Classic in Las Vegas.

''Having been under the gun for three days now, playing in the last group for the last two days, which is also a first for me – I thought I did pretty good,'' said Rocha, who had a birdie-birdie-birdie-eagle start on Friday. ''I couldn't be any happier with the performance week.''

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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.”