Mickelson misses FBR Open cut in season debut

By Associated PressJanuary 30, 2009, 5:00 pm
2007 FBR OpenSCOTTSDALE, Ariz. ' Phil Mickelson tied for 121st.
 
Nick Watney was all alone at the top of the crowded leaderboard.
 
On a day local favorite Mickelson missed the projected cut by seven strokes, Watney shot an 8-under 63 to take the second-round lead at the FBR Open on Friday. Play was called due to darkness with three players, all above the cut line, still on the course.
 
At 9 under through two rounds, Watney had a one-stroke lead over Charley Hoffman, Matt Kuchar and first-round co-leader James Nitties. Kenny Perry and Cameron Beckman were two shots back.
 
I was hitting the ball close, and I kept telling my caddie just to get me on the green any way and I felt like I could hole it, Watney said.
 
Watney matched his career-low round, a first-round 63 in the 2008 Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open. He tied for 36th that week.
 
Watney entered Friday five strokes off the lead but roared into contention with two eagles in a three-hole stretch. The first came on the par-5, 595-yard 13th hole and the second on the par-5, 552-yard 15th.
 
Watney also had four birdies, including three in a row on the front nine.
 
He attributed his hot putting to work he did in the offseason, when he tried to simplify his approach and putt like you did when you were a kid.
 
You tell a kid to hit it at that spike mark and hell do it, so thats what Ive been trying to do, Watney said.
 
Watney is contending for his second Tour victory; his first came at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans two years ago.
 
Mickelson usually fares well in this event, although he has missed the cut here twice in the last three years. Mickelson is the leading money-winner in FBR/Phoenix Open history with $2,452,814 earned in 20 years.
 
Mickelson never recovered from a disastrous 5-over 76 in the first round. He had five bogeys and three pars in his morning round on Friday.
 
This is the first time Mickelson has missed the cut in his season debut in a pro career that began in 1992. But Mickelson said rust wasnt a factor.
 
I feel I hit the ball fairly solid, Mickelson said. I just made some errors here and there.
 
If recent history is any indication, Mickelson may be right where he needs to be.
 
Two years ago, he missed the cut here and bounced back to win at Pebble Beach one week later. Last year, he missed the cut at Pebble Beach and won the Northern Trust Open the next week.
 
The Tours next stop is the Buick Invitational at Torrey Pines, near Mickelsons home.
 
This will give me a few more days to get my game sharp, Mickelson said. Again, it didnt feel as far off as the score indicated, obviously. But Ill get some good work done this weekend and hopefully come out sharp and ready to play next Thursday in San Diego.
 
Its hard to tell whether Mickelsons absence will hurt the FBR Open at the gate, where crowds are down. When he missed the cut two years ago, the event drew 93,475 for the final round, a Super Bowl Sunday record.
 
The FBR Open is the PGA Tours most heavily attended event. But attendance dipped has dipped each day compared with last year, when the tournament drew a record 538,356 with the Super Bowl in town.
 
On Friday, 111,013 attended, down about 9,000 from a year ago.
 
Mickelson wasnt the only big name to make an early exit. Anthony Kim, the worlds No. 9 player, finished at 4 over and 10th-ranked Camilo Villegas was 1 over.
 
Hoffman was excited about making the cut at the FBR Open for the first time in three tries.
 
Its nice, he said. Instead of flying back home to Vegas, I get to hang out with the crowd here for the Super Bowl in Phoenix this year.
 
Hoffman opened the day in a tie for third at 5 under. He carried the first-round momentum into Friday, posting back-to-back birdies on the third and fourth holes to take a brief lead at 10 under.
 
But Hoffman bogeyed two of the last three holes to finish one stroke off the lead.
 
Hoffman said he was confident heading into the weekend.
 
I feel like Im in a good spot, Hoffman said. Im playing the weekend, so thats always a good spot.
 
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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.”