Morrison leads French Open; Bubba did bad

By Associated PressJuly 1, 2011, 6:31 pm

SAINT-QUENTIN-EN-YVELINES, France – For one flawless round Friday, James Morrison put aside the chronic stomach ailment and personal heartache he’s dealt with recently to shoot a 5-under 66 and take a one-stroke lead after the second round of the French Open.

The Englishman almost skipped the tournament after having to go to the hospital on Tuesday because of Crohn’s disease, a chronic inflammation of the digestive tract that he’s suffered from for the last decade.

“I had a flare-up at the start of the week,” Morrison said. “I wasn’t going to play up to Wednesday morning.”

It is far from the only difficulty the 26-year-old Morrison has had to overcome recently.

His wife Jessica was diagnosed with a cancerous cyst last year, and then suffered two miscarriages.

“A couple cancer scares and we had a couple miscarriages,” Morrison said. “And being told we’ll never have kids to falling pregnant and having two miscarriages.”

His golf game suffered because of it, and he missed his four previous cuts on the European Tour. But after starting with 10 straight pars on Friday, he birdied five of his last eight holes to surge past overnight leader Richard Green of Australia, who was one shot back after a 68.

Mark Foster of England fired a bogey-free 68 to climb to third, four shots behind Morrison’s halfway total of 10-under 132.

Morrison has just one bogey so far, and has yet to find one of the numerous water hazards on Le Golf National.

His wife’s improved health is one of the key reasons he can find his focus on the golf course again.

“Her health is my priority,” Morrison said. “She’s OK right now but it’s something that you have to keep monitoring every three months forever now.”

Alvaro Quiros of Spain (146), Peter Hanson of Sweden (147), American lefty Bubba Watson (148), Francesco Molinari of Italy (149) and Pablo Larrazabal of Spain (149) were among the players who failed to make the cut.

Defending champion Miguel Angel Jimenez of Spain (150) and Soren Hansen (152) also failed to finish above the cut line of 2-over 144.

Morrison parred his first 10 holes in the morning before making five birdies in seven holes to go four strokes clear of overnight leaders Green and Graeme Storm of England, neither of whom had yet started their second rounds.

In the afternoon, Green sank three consecutive birdies on his back nine to overtake Morrison, but a double bogey on the seventh hole cost him the lead.

Thorbjorn Olesen of Denmark was tied for fourth place with Richie Ramsay of Scotland and Matthew Nixon of England, five strokes back.

Martin Kaymer of Germany stayed in contention by shooting a 69 for a share of 14th place. The 2009 winner had six birdies but also dropped four shots.

Jimenez had a nightmarish round despite an eagle and a birdie as he made a quadruple bogey on No. 13 and seven bogeys.

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Tiger Tracker: Tour Championship

By Tiger TrackerSeptember 21, 2018, 7:02 pm

Tiger Woods is looking to close his season with a win at the Tour Championship. We're tracking him this week at East Lake Golf Club.

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Tiger gets rapper Big Boi's support during opening 65

By Grill Room TeamSeptember 21, 2018, 6:00 pm

Tiger Woods fans everywhere were buzzing during his opening 65 at the Tour Championship, and that includes Atlanta hip-hop legend Big Boi, who was supporting the 14-time major champ from the East Lake gallery.

Perhaps best known as one half of the rap duo "Outkast" along with André 3000, Big Boi played the part of Woods superfan on Thursday, following Tiger around the course and posting videos on Twitter, before eventually stopping for a chat and a few pictures after the round.

Big Boi, who kicked off the Tour Championship with a performance at the event’s opening ceremonies, is hardly the first hip-hop superstar to buddy up to Woods - who could forget these incredible pictures with Snoop Dogg?

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After Tour Finals, Peterson retires ... again

By Ryan LavnerSeptember 21, 2018, 5:50 pm

OK, now it’s official: John Peterson is done with professional golf.  

With one last chance to secure his PGA Tour card for next season, Peterson missed the cut in the season-ending Tour Championship. After failing to keep conditional status on Tour – in the most excruciating of circumstances – Peterson is now out of options to play the big tour in 2019, so he’s stepping away from professional golf, at age 29.

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It’s been one of the most unusual storylines of the year. The former NCAA individual champion from LSU announced at the beginning of the year that he was done if he didn’t keep his card on his major medical extension. He’d grown tired of the nomadic existence on Tour, and as a new father and husband, he’d already lined up his next career, in real estate and business development in his hometown of Fort Worth, Texas.

In July, Peterson said that the Tour Finals would be his final opportunity. If he earned a full PGA Tour card through the four-event series, then he’d continue to play in 2018-19 because he’d be able to pick and choose his schedule. But he never threatened full status, missing three cuts and tying for 56th in the other start.

And so on Friday afternoon, Peterson tapped out this tweet, saying goodbye to the Tour:

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Army vets get sneak peek at Callaway's new wedges

By Rex HoggardSeptember 21, 2018, 5:23 pm

ATLANTA – Callaway Golf unveiled a new set of wedges to consumers on Friday, but U.S. Army veterans Kyle Butcher and Billy Paul were treated to an early peak on Wednesday at the Tour Championship.

Butcher and Paul were chosen to participate in a club fitting at East Lake that included three of Callaway’s new Mack Daddy 4 Tactical Wedges. The new wedges feature the company’s tactical package with a PVD finish, tour issued shafts and Groove-in-Groove technology. It was the company’s 13th “warrior fitting” this year.

Billy Paul (L) and Kyle Butcher checking out Callaway’s new Mack Daddy 4 Tactical Wedges.

Billy Paul (L) and Kyle Butcher (M) checking out Callaway's new Mack Daddy 4 wedges

The limited edition wedges became available at retail on Friday ($179.99) and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to Birdies for the Brave. The company also made a $50,000 donation to Birdies for the Brave’s Special Operations Warriors Foundation.

Part of the company’s push to honor American military members also includes 15 percent discounts on purchases by all veterans.