Langers collapse gives Morgan Jenkins lead

By Associated PressFebruary 14, 2009, 5:00 pm
Champions TourBOCA RATON, Fla. ' Maybe its fitting that in a city filled with retirees, a pair of 60somethings are in the lead entering the final round of the Allianz Championship.
 
Gil Morgan, 62, shot a flawless 7-under 65 on Saturday and is tied with 61-year-old Tom Jenkins after two rounds. Both got to the top of the leaderboard at 10 under after Bernhard Langer ' a mere youngster at 51 ' simply collapsed over the final four holes.
 
Fourteen different Champions Tour players have won after turning 60, with Morgan the last in September 2007. He would become the third to do it multiple times, joining Hale Irwin (three) and Jimmy Powell (two).
 
And Morgan knows, with a new influx of talent joining the 50-and-over series every year, chances like these wont come with regularity.
 
At some point in time, were going to be too old to play. Our games arent going to be good enough to play, Morgan said.
 
Clearly, that time hasnt come yet.
 
Morgan ' once a dominant player on the Champions Tour ' started off with two birdies and kept rolling from there. His only mistake so far on The Old Course at Broken Sound was a double-bogey on the par-4 7th hole Friday. Other than that, 12 birdies, 23 pars.
 
You know youre probably not going to be there as much as you were in the past, Morgan said. So if theres an opportunity, you want to try to take advantage of it if you can.
 
Even as he said that, Langer was leading at 11 under, and Morgan surmised that he would have to do some Langer-chasing on Sunday.
 
He was wrong.
 
In a stupefying three-hole stretch, Langer gave back four shots, two bogeys and a double knocking him from the lead and souring his mood.
 
I should be three ahead, said Langer, who shot 73, nine strokes off his sizzling opening round, and was in a tie for ninth in his adopted hometown ' where about one in every four residents is 65 or older. And Im three behind.
 
All told, 13 players will start Sunday within four shots of the lead.
 
Jenkins shot 67 for the second straight day. If that wasnt newsy enough, he added to the Tiger Woods rumor mill following the round, saying Mark OMeara told him the worlds No. 1 player plans to return at the Accenture Match Play Championship. If Woods doesnt begin his comeback from knee surgery there, Jenkins said, hell be playing the CA Championship at Doral and then Bay Hill.
 
Woods has until Friday to decide whether to enter Match Play.
 
I understand his leg is great and hes stronger than ever, said Jenkins, who, like Woods, recently underwent knee surgery. Im looking forward to seeing it.
 
Jenkins is a seven-time winner on the Champions Tour, the last victory coming in 2006.
 
I feel stronger now than I did at 50, and Im 61, Jenkins said. Im determined to keep going. As long as I can keep touching the ground with my palm, Im going to keep playing.
 
Mike Goodes (68) and Jerry Pate (71) were one shot off the lead, while Dan Forsman (65), Mark James (69), Larry Mize (69) and Fulton Allem (70) all were at 8 under.
 
Morgans was the round of the day, matched by Forsman and Jay Haas, who was runner-up at the Allianz two years ago.
 
Haas figured his even-par 72 on Friday pretty much knocked him out of contention for the win, but will start Sunday alongside Langer, three shots back of the leaders.
 
You cant give Bernhard two a side for two straight days. It just doesnt work, Haas said. Out here, very rarely do you see a guy shoot an even-par round and still have a chance to win.
 
Notes: Morgan would be the third-oldest (62 years, 4 months, 22 days) winner in Champions Tour history. Mike Fetchick (on his 63rd birthday) won the 1985 Hilton Head Seniors Invitational, and Gary Player (62 years, 9 months, 22 days) won the 1998 Northville Long Island Classic. If Jenkins were to win, hed be the eighth-oldest on the 50-and-over tour to do so. Craig Stadler withdrew with back spasms. Loren Roberts started Saturday with four straight birdies, then gave it all back with a quadruple-bogey on the par-5 first, his 10th hole of the day. Andy Bean (69) has nine straight rounds in the 60s, dating to last season. Jeff Sluman (71) shot his 30th straight round of par or better, coming within seven of Roberts Champions Tour record.
 
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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.”