Kims Birdie Barrage Grabs Lead

By Associated PressMay 24, 2007, 4:00 pm
Crowne Plaza Invitational at ColonialFORT WORTH, Texas -- Whatever Anthony Kim said to himself made quite an impact.
 
After walking off the 12th green with a bogey, Kim birdied the last six holes -- the PGA Tour's longest birdie streak this season -- for a 7-under 63 and a one-stroke lead Thursday in the suspended first round of the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial.
 
'I gave myself quite a talking to, probably stuff I shouldn't be saying,' said Kim, a 21-year-old tour rookie.
 
Kim was among 57 players -- exactly half of the 114-player field -- to finish play Thursday before an afternoon thunderstorm flooded the course. Play never resumed after the second weather delay of the day, and the round was suspended until Friday.
 
Ted Purdy, at 7 under before a bogey on his 16th hole, and Jeff Maggert completed rounds of 64. Nathan Green and Jeff Quinney were together in the first group and shot 65s, as did Peter Lonard.
 
Frank Lickliter was 5 under through eight holes -- with six birdies and a bogey -- when play was suspended the second time. Kevin Na, paired with Lickliter, was 4 under with five birdies and a bogey.
 
Jim Furyk, No. 3 in the world ranking and the only one of the top 12 at Colonial, was 1 under through five holes.
 
Kim was 1 under after his bogey at the 417-yard 12th hole. He missed the fairway with his drive, came up short of the green on his approach and pushed a 7-foot par putt past the hole.
 
After Kim finished talking to himself, he hit his tee shot at the 171-yard 13th hole inside 4 feet. His birdie putt at the 448-yard 14th hole was even shorter before the first suspension of play because of weather.
 
There was a delay of 1 hour, 22 minutes before Kim went out and finished his round with four more birdies -- all ranging from 9 to 17 feet -- then tried to explain the round-ending surge that gave him his lowest score since turning pro late last year.
 
'There really wasn't one thing. Usually when something turns around during a round you can tell. I don't know what it was,' he said. 'Maybe it was taking the head cover off finally and putting it, or opening my eyes. Something changed, and I don't really know what it was.'
 
Only Patrick Sheehan, who shot a 62 in 2005, has had a better opening round at Colonial.
 
Kim, who lives in Dallas, took off last week after his miserable performance at The Players Championship, where he had rounds of 78 and 83. That followed a three-week stretch in which he tied for third at New Orleans and fifth at Wachovia.
 
'I forgot about that Players Championship round until you told me about it,' Kim quipped when asked if Thursday was a revenge round. 'This is obviously my rookie season.'
 
Defending champion Tim Herron, who before a two-hole playoff victory last year hadn't won since 1999, shot a 67 -- his best opening round in his 14 tournaments this season. He hasn't had a top-10 finish since winning at Colonial, where he had a first-round 67 last year.
 
Herron was among 30 players who completed rounds under par. Others included Fort Worth resident Mark Brooks (67), Trevor Immelman (69) and Davis Love III (69).
 
Purdy began his round with a three-putt bogey at the 407-yard 10th hole, then had five birdies in a seven-hole stretch. He was 7 under after his 10-foot birdie putt at No. 6, but missed the fairway and the green at No. 7 -- a straight 432-yard hole.
 
Two nights before the Colonial, Purdy cast about 100 votes for 'American Idol' champion Jordin Sparks, the 17-year-old daughter of retired NFL player Phillippi Sparks, one of his golfing buddies and a fellow board member at the Phoenix country club where they are both members.
 
'Her family is just a real positive family. I'm trying to bring that to my golf game,' Purdy said. 'She inspired me today.'
 
Green and Quinney were on the 17th green when play was stopped for the first time. They had traded the lead a hole earlier, when Quinney made a birdie to go to 5 under, a stroke better than Green after his tee shot at the par 3 plugged into the sand and he made a double bogey.
 
During the delay, Green pondered the 10-foot birdie putt he would make on his first shot after play resumed. That got him back even with Quinney, who it 17 of 18 greens.
 
DIVOTS
There have been 13 players this season who had five straight birdies. ... When play ended Thursday, the group of Keith Clearwater, Andrew Buckle and amateur Richie Ramsay had completed only one hole. ... Maggert's 64 was his best score in 43 rounds at Colonial.
 
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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.”