No sleep for Ogilvy Aussie team playing for title

By Associated PressSeptember 25, 2010, 3:33 am

2006 The TOUR Championship presented by Coca-ColaATLANTA – Geoff Ogilvy broke into a befuddled smile, searching for the right words, unsure exactly how to reply.

If he could only have one thing this weekend, what would it be: A win in the Tour Championship? Or a championship for his beloved Aussie rules football team?

“That’s not really a fair question,” he finally said. “I don’t know. That’s not a fair question. I’m not going to answer that question.”

Ogilvy shot a 3-under 67 on Friday and was just one stroke off the lead heading to the third round of playoffs-ending championship. But cashing a big paycheck wasn’t the only thing on his mind.

Early Saturday, his favorite team back home, the St. Kilda Saints, faced the Collingwood Magpies in the Australian Football League Grand Final before an expected crowd of some 100,000 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

Ogilvy planned to stay up late watching the game on television, even though it wasn’t likely to end until around 3 a.m. EDT and he has an 11:15 a.m. tee time Saturday. The leaders are going off earlier than the first two days because – get this – NBC also is broadcasting an American-style football game, Notre Dame vs. Stanford.

“It would be nice if there wasn’t an Irish football game tomorrow and we could have this tee time again,” Ogilvy said, referring to his early afternoon start Friday. “I’ll get a bit of sleep. It’s less than ideal, but I’m not going to miss watching this game.”

Ogilvy was asked what it would mean for St. Kilda to win a championship. After all, the Saints have been around since 1897 – and they have captured only one premiership, way back in 1966.

“St. Kilda is the hard-luck club of the league,” he said. “The last 10 years they’ve been one of the best teams for sure, and they just haven’t been able to get over the line. There’s a lot of people that will be crying when they walk out of the MCG if they win. I mean, there’s a lot of people who have lived their whole life and not seen St. Kilda win a premiership.”

Count the 33-year-old Ogilvy among them. He was born more than decade after St. Kilda’s only title, but that hasn’t dampened his enthusiasm for the Saints.

He’s played in outfits matching St. Kilda’s colors – red, white and black – and worn golf shoes emblazoned with the team’s logo.Player Name: First | Lasttwo hours of sleep before the third round of the Tour Championship, struggling to doze off after the Saints lost a dramatic Grand Final to Geelong.

Not that it hurt him on the course. Taking out his frustration on East Lake, he shot a 64.

“You can play golf on no sleep if you haven’t been drinking,” he quipped. “Drinking is what makes it hard when you get no sleep. You couldn’t do it every night, you’d get tired, but we’re all semi-athletes. I mean, three or four hours, you can play golf off three or four hours of sleep.”

Ogilvy would take another 64 – and it would be even better if he’s celebrating a title in this year of the Saints.

First, New Orleans wins the Super Bowl. Now, St. Kilda?

“It would be,” he said, “unbelievable.”

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Molinari holds off McIlroy to win BMW PGA

By Associated PressMay 27, 2018, 3:20 pm

VIRGINIA WATER, England - Rory McIlroy left his victory charge too late at Wentworth as Francesco Molinari delivered a clinic in front-running to win the BMW PGA Championship by two shots with a 4-under 68 on Sunday.

McIlroy, who led by three shots at halfway, entered the final round tied for the lead with Molinari on 13 under par but a Sunday shootout at the European Tour's flagship event never really materialized.

Instead, as McIlroy toiled to a 70 that was propped up by birdies on the par fives at Nos. 17 and 18, Molinari went bogey-free for a second straight day to claim the fifth victory of his career and the biggest since a World Golf Championship in Shanghai in 2010.

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The Italian only dropped two shots all week and finished on 17-under 271, with McIlroy alone in second place. Alex Noren (67) and Lucas Bjerregaard (65) were tied for third place a stroke further back.

Molinari moved into the automatic qualifying places for the Ryder Cup, which he hasn't played since 2012 when Europe beat the United States in the so-called ''Miracle at Medinah.''

He'd previously had five top-10 finishes in the last six years at Wentworth, including being runner-up to Noren last year.

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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 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 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.