Langer makes history with comeback at 3M Champ.

By Associated PressAugust 5, 2012, 11:20 pm

BLAINE, Minn. – Bernhard Langer was right on target in the 3M Championship.

Entering the final round Sunday, Langer thought he would have to shoot a 10-under 62 to win the event for the second time in four years.

That's what he did, and it was enough to overcome a six-stroke deficit for a two-stroke victory over David Peoples. The 54-year-old German won his 15th Champions Tour title, ending a 24-event victory drought - his longest on the 50-and-over tour.

''Winning is always special, but this is pretty important because it's been awhile since I've won, and especially after what I've been through the last few weeks being in contention and not being able to close the deal,'' Langer said. ''It was very important for my confidence to pull off a win here sooner than later.''

He finished at 17-under 198 at the TPC Twin Cities.

Langer led by a stroke entering the final round last week in the Senior British Open, but dropped five shots in five holes on the back nine to shoot a 75 and tie for sixth. Three weeks ago, he had a four-stroke lead entering the last round of the U.S. Senior Open, but had a 72 to finish second.

Peoples, three strokes ahead entering the final round, had it on cruise control much of the day and shot a 70 to finish second - two shots behind. The runner-up finish is his best in 51 starts on the tour.

''I should have looked at the boards and I should have paid attention to what was going on,'' he said. ''I got in my own little world and fell in love with where I was. ... I kind of felt like, 'Just don't make any mistakes and you'll be all right.' I had no idea.''

Kenny Perry and Olin Browne tied for third at 15 under. Perry had a 64, and Browne shot 66.

Langer, also the 2009 event champion, was 5 under on the front nine, added birdies on Nos. 11 and 12 to get within two shots of the lead, and birdied Nos. 14 and 15 to tie Peoples at 17 under.

''It's not easy to play with a big lead and you start to protect a little bit and you don't start to shoot at the flag or whatever,'' Langer said. ''David hasn't won a lot of tournaments lately, but he's a great player, and I figured if I could put the pressure on it might be harder for him to close the deal.''

Moments after Peoples bogeyed No. 16, Langer put his 218-yard approach within about 8 feet on the par-5 18th to set up a clinching birdie. It was the largest final-round comeback in the history of the tournament.

Langer joins Hale Irwin as the only multiple winners in the event. Irwin won in 1997, 1999 and 2002.

The 52-year-old Peoples, who hasn't won an event since the PGA Tour's 1992 Anheuser-Busch Golf Classic, birdied three of the first five holes to open a five-stroke lead, but while he made par on 11 straight holes before the bogey on No. 16, others were closing the gap. Peoples also had a bogey on the par-3 17th before a birdie at 18.

''I just didn't feel like I was aggressive enough on that back nine. I hit a lot of wedge shots - you're supposed to hit those in there closer - and I didn't hit the ball in there really close.''

The 67-year-old Irwin shot a 65, the first time he's beaten his age in tournament play. His round included a 171-yard hole-out for eagle on the par-4 ninth hole, something never done in the 12 years the event has been at the course. He birdied six straight holes on the back nine, but bogeyed No. 18 after his second shot landed in the water while he tried to lay up. He tied for 50th at 3 under.

''That's kind of the synopsis of my game right now,'' Irwin said. ''Either I'm playing really well or I'm doing that stuff to keep really good scores from emerging.''

Irwin shot 74 each of the first two days.

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Weather extends Barbasol to Monday finish

By Associated PressJuly 23, 2018, 12:25 am

NICHOLASVILLE, Ky. - A thunderstorm has suspended the fourth round of the PGA Tour's Barbasol Championship until Monday morning.

Sunday's third stoppage of play at Champions Trace at Keene Trace Golf Club came with the four leaders - Hunter Mahan, Robert Streb, Tom Lovelady and Troy Merritt at 18 under par - and four other contenders waiting to begin the round.

The tournament will resume at 7:30 a.m. on Monday. Lightning caused one delay, and play was stopped earlier in the afternoon to clear water that accumulated on the course following a morning of steady and sometimes-heavy rain.

Inclement weather has plagued the tournament throughout the weekend. The second round was completed Saturday morning after being suspended by thunderstorms late Friday afternoon.

The resumption will mark the PGA Tour's second Monday finish this season. Jason Day won the Farmers Insurance Open in January after darkness delayed the sixth playoff hole, and he needed just 13 minutes to claim the victory.

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Watch: Spectator films as Woods' shot hits him

By Will GrayJuly 23, 2018, 12:07 am

It was a collision watched by millions of fans on television, and one that came at a pivotal juncture as Tiger Woods sought to win The Open. It also gave Colin Hauck the story of a lifetime.

Hauck was among dozens of fans situated along the left side of the 11th hole during the final round at Carnoustie as the pairing of Woods and Francesco Molinari hit their approach shots. After 10 holes of nearly flawless golf, Woods missed the fairway off the tee and then pulled his iron well left of the target.

The ball made square contact with Hauck, who hours later tweeted a video showing the entire sequence - even as he continued to record after Woods' shot sent him tumbling to the ground:

The bounce initially appeared fortuitous for Woods, as his ball bounded away from thicker rough and back toward the green. But an ambitious flop shot came up short, and he eventually made a double bogey to go from leading by a shot to trailing by one. He ultimately shot an even-par 71, tying for sixth two shots behind Molinari.

For his efforts as a human shield, Hauck received a signed glove and a handshake from Woods - not to mention a firsthand video account that will be sure to spark plenty of conversations in the coming years.

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Molinari retirement plan: coffee, books and Twitter

By Will GrayJuly 22, 2018, 9:35 pm

After breaking through for his first career major, Francesco Molinari now has a five-year exemption on the PGA Tour, a 10-year exemption in Europe and has solidified his standing as one of the best players in the world.

But not too long ago, the 35-year-old Italian was apparently thinking about life after golf.

Shortly after Molinari rolled in a final birdie putt to close out a two-shot victory at The Open, fellow Tour player Wesley Bryan tweeted a picture of a note that he wrote after the two played together during the third round of the WGC-HSBC Champions in China in October. In it, Bryan shared Molinari's plans to retire as early as 2020 to hang out at cafes and "become a Twitter troll":

Molinari is active on the social media platform, with more than 5,600 tweets sent out to nearly 150,000 followers since joining in 2010. But after lifting the claret jug at Carnoustie, it appears one of the few downsides of Molinari's victory is that the golf world won't get to see the veteran turn into a caffeinated, well-read troll anytime soon.

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Molinari had previously avoided Carnoustie on purpose

By Rex HoggardJuly 22, 2018, 9:17 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Sometimes a course just fits a player’s eye. They can’t really describe why, but more often than not it leads to solid finishes.

Francesco Molinari’s relationship with Carnoustie isn’t like that.

The Italian played his first major at Carnoustie, widely considered the toughest of all The Open venues, in 2007, and his first impression hasn’t really changed.

“There was nothing comforting about it,” he said on Sunday following a final-round 69 that lifted him to a two-stroke victory.


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In fact, following that first exposure to the Angus coast brute, Molinari has tried to avoid Carnoustie, largely skipping the Dunhill Links Championship, one of the European Tour’s marquee events, throughout his career.

“To be completely honest, it's one of the reasons why I didn't play the Dunhill Links in the last few years, because I got beaten up around here a few times in the past,” he said. “I didn't particularly enjoy that feeling. It's a really tough course. You can try and play smart golf, but some shots, you just have to hit it straight. There's no way around it. You can't really hide.”

Molinari’s relative dislike for the layout makes his performance this week even more impressive considering he played his last 37 holes bogey-free.

“To play the weekend bogey-free, it's unthinkable, to be honest. So very proud of today,” he said.