Langer, Lehman battling for Schwab title

By Associated PressOctober 31, 2012, 10:47 pm

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - Bernhard Langer and Tom Lehman are too busy trying to win the Champions Tour finale to get caught up in points title scenarios.

''I do know this, if I win, I win,'' Lehman said about the Charles Schwab Cup points race. ''I know there are 30 really super players here. So, winning is not easy.''

Langer leads the standings for the $1 million annuity, 211 points ahead of Lehman. Roger Chapman is third, 657 behind Langer.

''I haven't really looked at the numbers to figure out what I have to do,'' Langer said. ''What I am trying to do is play a great four rounds of golf, and hopefully win the tournament. If I can play great this week, then hopefully I can win the Charles Schwab Cup. If I play rubbish, then I'm going to depend on help from others.''

The winner of the Charles Schwab Cup Championship, set to open Thursday at Desert Mountain's Cochise Course, will get 880 points, with players receiving two points for every $1,000 they earn in the $2.5 million event.

Langer and Lehman would win the season title with a victory, while Chapman needs a victory and some help to top the standings.

Langer could finish last and win if Lehman finishes in a two-way tie for fifth or worse and Chapman fails to win, while Lehman could finish as low as fifth and win if Langer finishes 22nd or worse and Chapman doesn't win.

For Chapman to win, the Englishman needs to win the tournament and have Langer finish in a two-way tie for sixth or worse and Lehman finish third or worse.

The tournament is the 50-and-over tour's first in Arizona since the 2002 Tradition at Superstition Mountain. The Tradition, a Champions Tour major, was played on the Jack Nicklaus-designed Cochise Course from 1989-2001.

''I think it's a second-shot course, so putting yourself in position will be very important,'' said Lehman, a Scottsdale resident who has two victories this year. ''Any time you play at home it's nice. Sleeping in my own bed is really nice.''

Langer also has two victories this season and leads the money list with $2,023,296. The German star is coming off a playoff loss to David Frost last week in AT&T Championship in San Antonio.

''If Tom should win and I finish whatever, second or third, my hat is off to him because he's played great golf under pressure and deserves to win,'' Langer said. ''He's had a great year and so has Roger Chapman. It's exciting that there are several players that have a chance and it comes down to the last tournament.''

Chapman has two major victories this year, winning the Senior PGA Championship in May and the U.S. Senior Open in July.

Fred Couples is making his first start since a back injury forced him to withdraw during the first round of the Boeing Classic in August in Washington. He won the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic in March and the Senior British Open in July.

''I practiced yesterday for the first time since Seattle,'' Couples said. ''I don't even know think I gripped a club since then. I didn't really want to play golf and I thought the rest would help, and then I decided I would come here. The weather is perfect. ... I actually played pretty well today, which was surprising.''

Last year, Jay Don Blake won at TPC Harding Park in San Francisco.

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Kang on cheating allegation: 'I did the right thing'

By Ryan LavnerJuly 19, 2018, 1:26 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Three weeks after his playing partner claimed that he “cheated,” taking an improper drop at the Quicken Loans National, Sung Kang insisted Thursday that he did nothing wrong.

Joel Dahmen tweeted that Kang cheated after a lengthy dispute about where his ball had last crossed the line of a hazard. A PGA Tour official ruled in Kang’s favor. Kang made par on the hole, shot 64 and earned one of the available spots in the Open Championship.

Kang didn’t learn of the controversy until the next day, when he received an email from a PGA Tour communications official seeking comment. He researched online what the furor was about, then issued a brief statement through the Tour (which added its own statement, saying that there was “no clear evidence” to suggest that Kang dropped incorrectly).


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Kang said he tried to clear the air with Dahmen before the first round of last week’s John Deere Classic, but they never had the opportunity to discuss their differences.

“I followed the rules official and I think I did the right thing,” Kang told a handful of reporters Thursday following his opening round at Carnoustie, where he shot a 2-under 69 to sit three shots off the early lead.

Kang said he was hesitant to discuss the incident with reporters, because he said there clearly was a difference in opinions. He said he’d already told his side to South Korean news outlets but that “whatever I say, some people are going to trust it and some people are not going to trust it. Then I’ve got to think about it more and more when it’s not going to help my golf game.”

“I really want to say a lot of things about it, the truth about what happened,” he added, “but I’m not going to say anything.”

Kang said that he wouldn’t alter his approach when dealing with rulings in the future.

“No. Why?” he said. “I did the right thing. There’s no point in changing.”

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Kisner (67) enjoying 'frat' life, soccer matches with Jordan and Co.

By Rex HoggardJuly 19, 2018, 12:49 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – The frat house tradition continued this year at The Open, with a group of seven high-profile Americans rooming together for the week, including early first-round leader Kevin Kisner.

Kisner explained after his opening 5-under 66 that the group – which includes Jordan Spieth, Jason Dufner, Zach Johnson, Jimmy Walker, Justin Thomas and Rickie Fowler – has spent the week talking about how demanding Carnoustie is playing and enjoying the summer weather.

“We're out there playing soccer at night and hanging out,” he said.


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To be clear, this isn’t a proper soccer match, but instead a penalty-kick situation with all but one player taking turns trying to score.

“I just try to smash [Dufner] in the face,” Kisner laughed. “He's the all-time goalie.”

Although Kisner said he’s always impressed with the athletic prowess of other players, Spieth has proven himself particularly adept on the impromptu pitch.

“Jordan scored when Duf tripped, it was hilarious,” Kisner smiled. “[Spieth] is good until he sends it over the goal four houses over, and we've got to go knock on a neighbor’s door for the soccer ball.”

The group is actually staying in two local houses that are next to each other, one with a large enough back yard and a soccer net, but perhaps not enough soccer balls.

“We’re going to have to Amazon Prime a couple new balls to replace the ones we lost,” Kisner said.

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Van Rooyen continues links run with impressive 67

By Rex HoggardJuly 19, 2018, 12:27 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – For Erik van Rooyen familiarity has not bred contempt.

The South African, like many European Tour players, has been on a links golf odyssey the last three weeks, playing the Irish Open, Scottish Open and this week’s Open Championship in consecutive weeks, and the crash course paid off on Day 1 at Carnoustie when he opened with a 4-under 67 to assure himself a spot among the early leaders.

Although van Rooyen missed the cut last week just down the coast at Gullane Golf Club, he entered the final round in Ireland with a four-stroke lead.


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“I didn't pull it off the final day,” said van Rooyen, who closed with a 74 to tie for fourth place. “I still think I played pretty well. I was nervous. That's completely normal, and I'll learn how to deal with that. I'll take that experience into tournaments like this.”

Van Rooyen, who was alone in second place when he completed his round, began his round with back-to-back birdies and was bogey-free until the last hole. It was just what one would expect from a player who has immersed himself in links golf for the better part of a month.

“We've been playing nice golf now the last three weeks, so definitely used to the way this course is playing, definitely used to handling the wind,” he said. “So I'll be ready.”