Nicklaus May Not Be Done in US

By Associated PressJune 9, 2005, 4:00 pm
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. -- Tournament sponsors might have spoken too soon when they said this week's Champions Tour stop would be the last tournament Jack Nicklaus plays on American soil. The Golden Bear made it clear Thursday that maybe - maybe - this weekend's Bayer Advantage Classic will not mark his exit.
'I finished tournament golf basically last week,' Nicklaus said Thursday, a day before the start of play in the Bayer Advantage Classic.
Last week, the 65-year-old Nicklaus played in the Memorial in Ohio in what might have been his last PGA Tour start in the United States.
'I said I reserved the right to play fathers-and-sons and one-day events, and I consider this a father-son. I always have the right to go back to (the Memorial) if I want to and I may do that someday.
'I may go back some time because I'd really like to have my last round somewhere, probably at (the Memorial). I could have said that last week, I suppose.'
Nicklaus has been saying the British Open at St. Andrews this summer would be his final competitive event. He said Thursday the main reason to join old friend Tom Watson at this week's Champions Tour stop was a chance to play in the Pro-Am with son Steve.
'I'm here really to play with him,' Nicklaus said. 'I suppose there's another tournament besides that, too, isn't there, one I'm competing in? The (pro-am) is why I'm here. While I'm here, we'll see what I can do to play well in the other part of it.'
Last week in the Memorial, he missed the cut by six strokes.
'Frankly, I haven't had a golf game in quite a while, what I would call a golf game,' he said. 'I can still go out and shoot 75 usually. My scoring average this year in the two tournaments I've played in is 76.25. That's not too good, is it? That's about what I've been shooting.
'In many ways, it's a chore for me to go play.'
Nicklaus and Watson will play together in the first two rounds Friday and Saturday. Their presence will considerably swell the size of the crowd at the par-72 Nicklaus Golf Club at LionsGate, which will play at a lengthy - especially for seniors - 7,192 yards.
'I basically stopped playing tournament golf for all intents and purposes in 2000,' Nicklaus said. 'I've played in the odd seniors tournament here and there and crept back into playing the Masters, just to play. I've always kept playing the Memorial Tournament. As host of the tournament you sort of feel like you should play. But then I don't want to clutter up the field.'
Nicklaus and his son are staying with Watson, whose home is not far away.
Coming to Kansas City was Steve's idea, Nicklaus said.
'I said, `Steve, they've invited us to play as a father-son team in Kansas City. Would you like to go play?'' Nicklaus said. 'And he said, `Yeah, sure, I'd love to go play.' So that's why we're here.'
Another reason to join the field is the fact he designed the layout himself. With Nicklaus and Watson grabbing the headlines, this year's field is probably the strongest the Kansas City event has had. Also on hand are Jim Colbert, Hale Irwin, Craig Stadler and defending champion Allen Doyle.
'It's not a very easy golf course. Particularly if the wind blows,' Nicklaus said. 'It's a strong golf course. At least I thought it was.'
A violent storm hit the area Wednesday night, downing trees on Watson's farm nearby and destroying the media tent at the golf course. Lost were computers, copy machines, desks, tables and media packets.
Tournament officials were scrambling Wednesday to set up makeshift facilities.
The storm hit just as Nicklaus' plane was arriving.
'We were looking at ground most of the time. We were 30 minutes of really bouncing,' he said. 'That's the worst flight I've ever been on. I've been on a lot. I don't think it was the most dangerous, but it was the worst. The leather on the seats are probably scratched a little bit.
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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

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    5:45AM ET: Bernhard Langer, Rafa Cabrera Bello

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    6:10AM ET: Masahiro Kawamura, Shubhankar Sharma

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    7:00AM ET: Gary Woodland, Si-Woo Kim

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    7:20AM ET: Marcus Kinhult, Thomas Pieters

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    7:45AM ET: Cameron Davis, Sean Crocker

    7:55AM ET: Louis Oosthuizen, Stewart Cink

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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.”