Love Lehman in US Open Rose Fowler out

By Associated PressJune 8, 2010, 5:22 am

2010 U.S. Open

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Major champions Tom Lehman, Davis Love III and Ben Curtis all made the field on Monday for the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach, while England’s Justin Rose missed out a day after his win at the Memorial.

Rickie Fowler, who was atop the leaderboard at the Memorial for 48 consecutive holes, had a 73 in the afternoon to miss by six shots.

“Being in contention definitely wears you out quite a bit, and this is my third week in a row playing,” Fowler said. “So I’m looking forward to some time off. It would have been nice to be playing in the Open, but it happens.”

Fowler moved up to No. 32 in the world on Monday, while Rose went to No. 33 with his first PGA Tour victory. The cutoff for getting into the U.S. Open through the world ranking was two weeks ago because the U.S.Golfer’s Association had to determine how many spots would be available through the qualifiers. Rose shot a 140 to miss by three shots.

The 36-hole day of survival at The Lakes and Brookside courses was among 13 qualifiers across the country to fill out the 156-man field at Pebble Beach on June 17.

Most of the spots came from Columbus and Memphis, Tennessee because of so many PGA Tour players.

Former PGA champion Shaun Micheel was among 12 players who qualified in Memphis. The list includes Paul Goydos, who played a practice round with Tiger Woods on the eve of the last U.S. Open at Pebble Beach and predicted he would win by 10 shots. Woods ended up winning by 15.

Scott McCarron and Jarrod Lyle face a playoff Tuesday morning in Memphis for the final spot.

The medalist in Memphis was University of Georgia senior Hudson Swafford with rounds of 67-65. He missed this season with shoulder surgery and was playing his first competitive rounds.

“I was just happy to be playing again,” Swafford said.

Equally remarkable was Erik Compton, a former Walker Cup player who has had two hearts transplant. In the other Ohio qualifier with only three spots available, he earned one through a playoff. The U.S. Open will be his first major.

Brian Davis, who famously called a penalty on himself at Hilton Head in a playoff this year, and Asian teenager Seong Nul-yoh earned the other two spots at Springfield Country Club in Columbus.

Only three spots were available in Houston, and one of them won’t be going to NFL quarterback Tony Romo of the Dallas Cowboys who withdrew early in the second round after opening with a quadruple bogey, when rain delays pushed the conclusion to Tuesday.

Australians Stuart Appleby and Aaron Baddeley also qualified in Columbus, along with Bo Van Pelt, Puerto Rico winner Derek Lamely and Eric Axley, the medalist with rounds of 64 and 63.

Love, whose streak of 18 consecutive U.S. Open starts ended last year, birdied the final hole with a wedge to 5 feet, then earned his spot in a six-man playoff for the final five spots. The odd man out was Rocco Mediate, famous for losing a 19-hole playoff to Tiger Woods at Torrey Pines two years ago. Mediate was eliminated with a bogey on the third extra hole.

“I’m excited to get in,” said Love, a two-time winner at the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. “I’ve really been hitting the ball well and, like today, I made four bogeys and missed a bunch of easy birdie putts. It would have been a shame, the way I’m hitting it, not to get in.”

In other qualifiers:

  • Ty Tryon was among seven qualifiers from Rockville, Maryland. Tryon made it through Q-school as a 17-year-old and has rarely been heard from since. He is 26 and will be playing in his first major. Others who qualified were Jason Gore and Arjun Atwal of India. Gore, who played in the final group at Pinehurst No. 2 in 2005, was married on the 18th green at Pebble Beach.
  • Tom Kite, who won the 1992 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach, missed by one shot in the Littleton, Colo., qualifier. The two spots went to Stephen Allan of Australia and Jason Preeo.
  •  U.S. Ryder Cup captain Corey Pavin missed qualifying in Chicago by two shots. The spots went to Jerry Smith and Bennett Blakeman.
  • Jon Curran earned the final spot in Summit, New Jersey, winning a playoff over PGA Tour winner Parker McLachlin. He was among four qualifiers at Canoe Brook Country Club.
  • Gary Woodland was among three qualifiers in Hobe Sound, Florida.
  • Russell Henley, the nation’s top-ranked amateur, earned one of two spots in Roswell, Georgia.
  • The lone spot in St. Louis went to a local amateur, Scott Langley.
  • Jason Allred earned one of the three spots from Portland, Oregon.
  • Erick Justesen, a part-time caddie at Pebble Beach, led the four players to earn spots in Sacramento.

Lehman, the only player in modern times to play in the final pairing of four consecutive U.S. Opens, was thrilled to return to Pebble Beach. He felt badly for Rose and Fowler, and questioned by such a strong field received only four more spots than the recent qualifier in England for European Tour players.

“You have the Memorial, so you have all the top players are here, from both Europe and the U.S.,” Lehman said. “Justin Rose was here qualifying, Rickie Fowler is qualifying. I just feel to have 15 spots here is a slap in the face. It really is. It’s a real quality field.

“I just feel, if you’re going to err on one side or the other, err on the American soil,” he said. “More here, less there, versus more there and less here. That just doesn’t sit well with me. I think 11 spots over there is way too many.”

Two players not on the PGA Tour were among the 15 qualifiers in Columbus – Alex Martin, an amateur from Ohio, and Hugo Leon, who was the second alternate coming out of his 18-hole qualifier last month.

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Four top finishers in Japan qualify for The Open

By Associated PressMay 27, 2018, 10:19 am

IBARAKI, Japan – Shota Akiyoshi of Japan shot a 2-under-par 70 on Sunday to win the Mizuno Open and qualify for The 147th Open.

Akiyoshi offset three bogeys with five birdies at the Royal Golf Club in Ibaraki, Japan, to finish 1 under overall and secure his first ever tournament win on the Japan Golf Tour.

Michael Hendry of New Zealand and Japanese golfers Masahiro Kawamura and Masanori Kobayashi were tied for second one stroke off the pace to also qualify for The Open at Carnoustie, Scotland, from July 19-22.

Hendry, who led the tournament coming into the final round, came close to forcing a playoff with Akiyoshi but dropped a shot with a bogey on the final hole when he needed a par to draw level.

Hendry will make his second appearance at The Open after qualifying at the Mizuno Open for the second year in a row.

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Lewis hopes to win at Volvik with baby on the way

By Randall MellMay 27, 2018, 12:55 am

Stacy Lewis was listening to more than her caddie on her march up the leaderboard Saturday at the Volvik Championship.

Pregnant with her first child, she is listening to her body in a new way these days.

And she could hear a message coming through loud and clear toward the end of her round at Travis Point Country Club in Ann Arbor, Mich.

“The little one was telling me it’s dinnertime,” Lewis said.

Lewis birdied five of the last six holes to shoot 5-under-par 67 and move into position to make a Sunday run at winning her 13th LPGA title. She is two shots behind the leader, Minjee Lee, whose 68 moved her to 12 under overall.

Sunday has the makings of a free for all with 10 players within three shots of the lead.


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Lewis, 33, is four months pregnant, with her due date Nov. 3. She’s expecting to play just a few more times before putting the clubs away to get ready for the birth. She said she’s likely to make the Marathon Classic in mid-July her last start of the season before returning next year.

Of course, Lewis would relish winning with child.

“I don’t care what limitations I have or what is going on with my body, I want to give myself a chance to win,” she told LPGA.com at the Kingsmill Championship last week.

Lewis claimed an emotional victory with her last title, taking the Cambia Portland Classic late last summer after announcing earlier in the week that she would donate her entire winnings to the Hurricane Harvey relief efforts in her Houston hometown.

A victory Sunday would also come with a lot of emotion.

It’s been an interesting year for Lewis.

There’s been the joy of learning she’s ready to begin the family she has been yearning for, and the struggle to play well after bouncing back from injury.

Lewis missed three cuts in a row before making it into the weekend at the Kingsmill Championship last week. That’s one more cut than she missed cumulatively in the previous six years. In six starts this year, Lewis hasn’t finished among the top 50 yet, but she hasn’t felt right, either.

The former world No. 1 didn’t make her second start of 2018 until April, at the year’s first major, the ANA Inspiration. She withdrew from the HSBC Women’s World Championship in late February with a strained right oblique muscle and didn’t play again for a month.

Still, Lewis is finding plenty to get excited about with the baby on the way.

“I kind of had my first Mother’s Day,” Lewis told LPGA.com last week. “It puts golf into perspective. It makes those bad days not seem so bad. It helps me sleep better at night. We are just really excited.”

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Rose hasn't visited restroom at Colonial - here's why

By Nick MentaMay 27, 2018, 12:20 am

In case you're unaware, it's pretty hot in Texas.

Temperatures at Colonial Country Club have approached 100 degrees this week, leaving players to battle both the golf course and potential dehydration.

With the help of his caddie Mark Fulcher, Fort Worth Invitational leader Justin Rose has been plenty hot himself, staking himself to a four-shot lead.


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"Yeah, Fulch has done a great job of just literally handing me water bottle after water bottle. It seems relentless, to be honest with you," Rose said Saturday.

So just how much are players sweating the heat at Colonial? Well, it doesn't sound like all that water is making it all the way through Rose.

"I haven't even seen the inside of a restroom yet, so you can't even drink quick enough out there," he shared.

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Up four, Rose knows a lead can slip away

By Nick MentaMay 26, 2018, 11:21 pm

Up four shots heading into Sunday at the Fort Worth Invitational, Justin Rose has tied the largest 54-hole lead of his PGA Tour career.

On the previous two occasions he took a 54-hole Tour lead into the final round, he closed.

And yet, Rose knows just how quickly a lead can slip away. After all, it was Rose who erased a six-shot deficit earlier this season to overtake Dustin Johnson and win the WGC-HSBC Championship. 

"I think I was in the lead going into the final round in Turkey when I won, and I had a four-shot lead going into the final round in Indonesia in December and managed to put that one away," Rose said Saturday, thinking back to his two other victories late last year.

"I was five, six back maybe of DJ, so I've got experience the other way. ... So you can see how things can go both ways real quick. That's why there is no point in getting too far ahead of myself."


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Up one to start the third round Saturday, Rose extended his lead to as much as five when he birdied four of his first six holes.

He leads the field in strokes gained: tee-to-green (+12.853) and strokes gained: approach-the-green (+7.931).

Rose has won five times worldwide, including at the 2016 Rio Olympics, since his last victory in the United States, at the 2015 Zurich Classic.

With a win Sunday, he'd tie Nick Faldo for the most PGA Tour wins by an Englishman post-World War II, with nine.

But he isn't celebrating just yet.

"It is a big lead, but it's not big enough to be counting the holes away. You've got to go out and play good, you've got to go out positive, you've got to continue to make birdies and keep going forward.

"So my mindset is to not really focus on the lead, it's to focus on my game tomorrow and my performance. You know, just keep executing the way I have been. That's going to be my challenge tomorrow. Going to look forward to that mindset."