Notes Badds Bad Trip Lefty Sees a No-No

By Associated PressSeptember 2, 2007, 4:00 pm
DeutscheBank Logo 2007NORTON, Mass. -- Aaron Baddeley had a bad trip down the leaderboard at the end of the third round of the Deutsche Bank Championship.
The 26-year-old Australian, who entered Sunday tied for the lead at 9 under, zoomed out to the lead with birdies on Nos. 2, 6 and 7 before mixing in three bogeys -- two in the last three holes -- to finish with a 1-under 70.
'I'm very disappointed,' Baddeley said after his round, which left him three strokes behind leader Brett Wetterich. 'I felt like I got nothing out of my round in comparison to how well I played.'
Baddeley bogeyed the 16th hole, a 161-yard par 3, when he three-putted from 66 feet. Only a sand save on No. 17 kept him from a more disappointing finish, because he bogeyed No. 18 after putting his second shot into the hazard on the right, then two-putted from 14 feet.
That dropped from a tie for third and a final-round pairing with Phil Mickelson, to a tie for fourth with Tiger Woods. Mickelson and Woods will play together, and Baddeley will play with Angel Cabrera.
'Obviously, being three back, I'm going to have to shoot a good score,' Baddeley said. 'But I'm looking forward to it. I love this course, I love playing here, and I feel like I'm playing great.'
At least he spent some time in the lead. Second-round leaders Rich Beem and Mike Weir fared even worse.
And they needed it much more.
Weir needs to finish tied for fifth or better to advance to the next round of the PGA Tour Playoffs, but he shot a 74 and fell to a 21st-place tie. Beem needs to place no worse than second, but he came in with a 73 in the third round and fell to 14th.
The top 70 players in the standings, and ties, advance to Chicago. The top 30 move on from there to the Tour Championship.
Phil Mickelson took some time out from the Deutsche Bank Championship to take his kids to a ballgame.
And not just any ballgame.
After shooting a 7-under 64 in the second round on Saturday to move into contention for the lead, Mickelson headed over to Fenway Park to see Red Sox rookie Clay Buchholz no-hit the Baltimore Orioles.
'I was able to take my kids to Fenway Park, and that's an experience in and of itself,' Mickelson said. 'But to have a no-hitter thrown, the atmosphere was electric the last three innings. It was so exciting.'
Buchholz is just the 17th rookie to throw a no-hitter in baseball history, and just the third to pitch one in one of his first two major league starts. Mickelson wasn't taking any credit for bringing the lanky Texan luck.
'I'd like that to rub off on my own game,' Mickelson said.
Mickelson shot 70 in the first round, but went 10 under over the next two days and sat third, two strokes behind leader Brett Wetterich. He will play with Tiger Woods on Monday for the third time in four days.
Steve Flesch made bogey on his final hole Saturday to finish at 1-over 143 and figured he had missed the cut. It was a big blow, for Flesch is No. 70 in the playoff standings, and only the top 70 advance to Chicago next week.
'I had packed up my bags and was looking forward to a four-week break,' he said.
Alas, some late bogeys in the second round moved the cut line, and Flesch got in on the number.
And he still might get that long vacation.
Given new life, Flesch traded two birdies and two bogeys and shot an even-par 71, leaving him in a tie for 65th and unlikely to hold his position in the playoffs.
That was fine by him.
The Deutsche Bank Championship is his 16th tournament in the last 18 weeks -- all he has missed are the U.S. Open and the Wyndham Championship in Greensboro, right before the playoffs began.
Flesch was going nowhere until he won in Reno, which qualified him for the PGA Championship and the FedEx Cup finale. He is tired and not exactly playing his best golf.
'I couldn't even win my club championship right now,' he said.
Steve Stricker was in a panic Sunday, and it had nothing to do with his golf.
He is staying in Providence during the Deutsche Bank Championship, and thought he gave himself plenty of time to get to the TPC Boston. But as he turned off the highway, he found himself stuck in traffic so thick that none of the cars was moving.
'We had an hour and 15 minutes before my tee time,' Stricker said. 'I called transportation because I was concerned about just sitting there.'
Tournament officials suggested an alternate route, and Stricker arrived with plenty of time to warm up. He eagled the last hole for a 69, putting him five shots out of the lead.
The pairing of John Senden and Robert Allenby didn't spend much time hanging around the 18th green.
Both eagled the par-5, 528-yard finishing hole on Sunday in the third round of the Deutsche Bank Championship. Senden left himself just a 4-foot putt, and Allenby sank his from under 12 feet away.
They had two of the nine eagles at the hole, which made it the easiest on the TPC Boston course. The toughest was No. 13, a 451-yard par 4, where the field had just four birdies, 14 bogeys and two double bogeys.
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    M. Jutanugarn finally joins sister in LPGA winner's circle

    By Associated PressApril 23, 2018, 1:42 am

    LOS ANGELES - Moriya Jutanugarn won the Hugel-JTBC L.A. Open by two shots for her first victory in six years on the LPGA Tour, joining sister Ariya as the second siblings to win on the tour.

    The 23-year-old from Thailand shot a 3-under 68 for a 12-under 272 total Sunday at Wilshire Country Club in the tour's return to Los Angeles after a 13-year absence.

    Jutanugarn won in her 156th start after three career runner-up finishes, including at the Honda LPGA Thailand in February. She had 21 top-10 finishes before winning.

    Seven-time winner Ariya tied for 24th after a 70. She joined the predominantly Asian crowd to follow her older sister's final holes, crying as Moriya two-putted to close out the win.

    Annika and Charlotta Sorenstam were the first sisters to win on the LPGA Tour.

    Hall of Famer Inbee Park shot a 68 to tie for second with Jin Young Ko (70).

    Park had opportunities, but she wasn't able to put pressure on Jutanugarn playing in the final threesome. However, Park will return to No. 1 in the world when the rankings come out Monday, knocking off top-ranked Shenshen Fang, who tied for 12th.

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    Jutanugarn began the final round with a two-shot lead and never wavered in fulfilling the potential she first displayed as the LPGA Rookie of the Year in 2013. After a birdie at the second hole, she reeled off nine consecutive pars before sinking birdie putts at 12 and 13.

    She overcame a tee shot that narrowly missed going out of bounds for another birdie at 15 to lead by three.

    Jutanugarn ran into trouble on the par-4 16th. Her approach landed on the green and rolled off it, stopping inches from dropping into a bunker. Her chip shot ran well past the hole and her par putt just missed catching the edge of the cup. That left her with a short putt for bogey, her first in her previous 28 holes, trimming her lead to two shots.

    Ko's tee shot on 18 landed about 4 feet from the hole, giving her a chance to cut Jutanugarn's lead to one shot with the Thai facing a long birdie attempt.

    But Ko missed, leaving Jutanugarn room to maneuver. Her birdie putt came up a couple feet short, but she calmly parred the hole to win. Ariya rushed onto the green and joined others in emptying water bottles on her sister before they embraced.

    So Yeon Ryu (68) finished fourth at 7 under. American Emma Talley (67) and Eun-Hee Ji (71) tied for fifth at 6 under, making Ji one of four South Koreans to place in the top five.

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    After Further Review: Tour players embracing new ideas

    By Golf Channel DigitalApril 23, 2018, 1:26 am

    Each week, takes a look back at the week in golf. Here's what's weighing on our writers' minds.

    On players embracing new ideas on the PGA Tour ...

    PGA Tour players are trying to tell commissioner Jay Monahan something: They like new.

    In the second year of the two-man team format at the Zurich Classic, 10 of the top 14 players in the world have signed up, including all four reigning major champions. It’s the first time all four have been in the same field since the Tour Championship. If the laid-back event offered world-ranking points – it doesn’t, and that’s part of the appeal – the winner would have received 62 points. That’s the same as the Genesis Open.

    Sure, some sponsor obligations are involved in boosting the field here, but there’s no other way to look at this: Today’s PGA Tour players are not only willing to play events that are a departure from the 72-hole, stroke-play norm. They’re encouraging it. - Ryan Lavner

    On Moriya Jutanugarn's breakthrough win ...

    As much love as there is between the Jutanugarn sisters, it couldn’t have been easy for Moriya, watching her baby sister, Ariya, soar past her as one of the LPGA’s dominant stars the last few years. Mo, though, never betrayed an inkling of frustration or envy.

    That’s what made Mo’s breakthrough LPGA victory Sunday at the Hugel-JTBC LA Open especially meaningful for everyone who has admired Mo’s devotion to her sister. Mo was always a fixture, waiting in the wings to celebrate whenever Ariya hoisted a trophy.

    So emotions were high late Sunday, with Ariya waiting in the wings this time, with Ariya sobbing in Mo’s arms after the victory was secured. It was heartwarming for more than Apple, the mother who raised these talented, loving sisters. As always, Apple was there, too, soaking both her daughters in tears of joy. – Randall Mell

    On the tough scheduling decisions facing the PGA Tour ...

    According to multiple sources, officials at Colonial are poised to announce a new sponsorship agreement with Charles Schwab Corporation on Monday.

    While this is good news for the folks in Fort Worth, Texas, who were in danger of finding themselves on the wrong side of timing, there remain some tough decisions to be made in the next few weeks.

    If the PGA Tour’s plan is to end its season before Labor Day beginning in 2019, something must give. Currently, the Houston Open, a staple on Tour since 1946, and The National are without sponsors. When the music stops in a few weeks and the circuit announces the ’19 schedule, there’s a good chance one, or both, of those events will be the victims of bad timing. – Rex Hoggard

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    Triplett hole-out wins Legends of Golf playoff

    By Associated PressApril 23, 2018, 12:12 am

    RIDGEDALE, Mo. - Kirk Triplett holed out from a bunker for birdie on the first playoff hole Sunday in the Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf to lift himself and partner Paul Broadhurst past Bernhard Langer and Tom Lehman.

    ''Well, you're trying to make it, but you know realistically it doesn't go in very often,'' Triplett said. ''You're trying to give your partner a free run at it. You don't want to hit it up there 20 feet past or do something silly. I'm just trying to hit it the right distance and get it on the right line.''

    Langer and Lehman took it in stride.

    ''You kind of learn to expect it,'' Lehman said. ''These guys out here are so good and Kirk Triplett is a magician around the greens. The odds of making that shot are probably not good, but you certainly expect him to hit a great shot and he did and it went in.''

    Lehman and Langer missed birdie putts after Triplett holed out.

    ''I kind of felt like we both hit pretty good putts, misread them, both of them,'' Lehman said. ''I hit mine probably too hard and Bernhard's was too soft, but you have to hand it to the guys who hit the shot when they have to hit it.''

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    Broadhurst and Triplett closed with a 6-under 48 on the Top of the Rock par-3 course to match Langer and Lehman at 24 under. Langer and Lehman had a 47, playing the front nine in alternate shot and the back nine in better ball.

    The 56-year-old Triplett won his sixth PGA Tour Champions title.

    ''That's a big roller-coaster - three good shots and mine, right?'' Triplett said. ''I'm feeling a little dejected walking down that fairway there, a little sheepish. To knock it in it just reminds you, this game, you know, crazy stuff.''

    Broadhurst claimed his third senior victory.

    ''I don't get too emotional, but that was something special,'' the 52-year-old Englishman said.

    Spanish stars Miguel Angel Jimenez and Jose Maria Olazabal had a 48 to tie for third with 2017 winners Vijay Singh and Carlos Franco. Singh and Franco, the third-round leaders, shot 50.

    Mark Calcavecchia-Woody Austin (48), John Daly-Michael Allen (49), Steve Stricker-Jerry Kelly (50) and David Toms-Steve Flesch (52) tied for fifth at 20 under.

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    Mullinax (T-2) comes up short of maiden win

    By Will GrayApril 23, 2018, 12:06 am

    The Valero Texas Open saw an unheralded player break through to earn a maiden victory, but unfortunately for Trey Mullinax his day will have to wait.

    Mullinax started the final round within a shot of the lead, having fired a course-record 62 during the final round. He trailed Andrew Landry by one shot for much of the final round while racking up six birdies over his first 11 holes, but a pair of late miscues meant the former Alabama standout had to settle for a share of second place, two shots behind Landry.

    A final-round 69 marked a career-best finish for Mullinax, who is playing this season on conditional status and whose lone prior top-10 this season came after he Monday qualified for the Valspar Championship.

    "I know my game's there, I'm playing really well," Mullinax told reporters. "Give all credit to Andrew, he played really well today, rocksteady. He was putting great, hitting great shots."

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    Given time to reflect, the 26-year-old will likely look back on the final two holes where nerves appeared to get the best of him. Looking to put some pressure on Landry, Mullinax chunked his pitch on the short 17th hole into a greenside bunker, leading to a bogey on one of the easiest holes on the course.

    Then Mullinax was unable to convert a 9-foot birdie putt on the final green, which would have forced Landry to make his 8-foot par putt to avoid a playoff. Afforded the luxury of two putts for the win, Landry rolled in his par save to cement a two-shot win.

    "Made a bad bogey on 17, but just you've got to hit some bad shots," Mullinax said. "Would have liked to have got the putt on 18 to fall to put a little bit of heat on him, but this experience that I'm gaining right now is just going to help me down the road."