Notes Calc in Masters Sergio Spitting Mad

By Associated PressMarch 25, 2007, 4:00 pm
2007 WGC CA ChampionshipMIAMI -- Mark Calcavecchia's final hole of the CA Championship was a complete disaster.
He hooked his second shot into the water, putted another ball into the drink later on, and wound up taking a quadruple-bogey 8 on the par-4 hole to finish a round of 5-over 77 at Doral.
Somehow, he could laugh about it afterward.
'You know what? This is the best I've ever felt after an 8 in my life,' Calcavecchia said. 'I just checked the purse breakdown. It was only like a $12,000 dump for a quad. ... I'm ready to celebrate.'
With good reason, too -- because he's headed back to the Masters.
Calcavecchia, the PODS Championship winner two weeks ago, earned $63,000 this week, pushing his season winnings to $1,417,408 -- good for ninth on the money list, earning him a trip to Augusta National. He needed to be among the top 10 to get back there for the 17th time, and made it with $174,811 to spare.
'It's everybody's goal,' Calcavecchia said. 'So I'm happy.'
He was planning to spend Masters week at home in Arizona with the kids, being 'Superdad,' he said. Now the family will be driving to Augusta, even bringing their dogs along for the journey.
'Last time I was there I shot about 80-79 or something,' Calcavecchia said. 'I'll be happy when I get there. I always say it's my favorite place to get to and my favorite place to leave. That's about the best I can say for that joint, especially now.'
Mark Wilson, meanwhile, saw his Masters hopes dashed for another year.
Wilson won the Honda Classic earlier this season, creating a chance that he could qualify for his first trip to Augusta. But he shot a 1-under 71 on Sunday, finished the tournament at 1 over, and missed the top-10 money earner's club by $127,756.
'I came out wanting to play well today and I did,' Wilson said. 'And this isn't the last Masters that's ever going to be played. I'm off to a good start for next year.'
He made a run at getting there Sunday. When Wilson was through 16 holes, Geoff Ogilvy was through seven, and based on where they would finish at that point the projected gap between them for 10th on the money list had narrowed to $9,839.
But Wilson -- who has already surpassed his best single-season earnings total on TOUR -- got no closer.
Sergio Garcia bristled Sunday when asked about his spitting incident that made headlines during the third round.
Garcia spit into the cup after three-putting the 13th hole on Saturday, a breach of golf etiquette that he acknowledged after the round. And on Sunday, he still didn't want to say much about it.
'I apologized already,' Garcia snapped after his final round, when asked if he was embarrassed about the incident. 'Are you embarrassed that I didn't spit today, that you didn't have anything better to ask me? That's fine. Next, then. I apologized to everybody on TV yesterday. I said it was a stupid thing and you know, there's no excuse. Obviously you weren't watching that.'
Garcia may be facing a fine from the PGA TOUR, which traditionally does not comment on such sanctions.
TOUR commissioner Tim Finchem told NBC Sports during their broadcast Sunday that he had not talked to Garcia about the incident, but intends to.
'I won't comment on the specifics here,' Finchem said. 'I will say that, you know, we try to avoid conduct that creates a distraction. It's a negative for the fans. That's a distraction for the media. And we try hard to avoid it. And thankfully, in golf, on the PGA TOUR, we don't have too much of it, frankly.'
When Robert Allenby sped up, he quickly rose up the leaderboard.
After shooting his second straight round of 2-over 74 on Saturday, Allenby spent some extra time on the practice green and realized his pre-putt routine was too long. So he spent less time over the ball Sunday, and the result was a 5-under 67 with 27 putts -- four less than he took in the second and third rounds.
'As soon as that club goes back behind the ball, I'm ready to go,' Allenby said. 'I just felt like I free-wheeled the putter all day.'
Allenby, who also shot 67 in the opening round, tied for third with Geoff Ogilvy and Sergio Garcia.
Doral's famed 'Blue Monster' lived up to its billing, especially so for one-quarter of the CA Championship field.
Out of 72 finishers, 18 didn't finish under par in any round -- a list including major championship winners David Toms, Mike Weir and Michael Campbell, the 2005 U.S. Open champion who placed next-to-last this week at 18 over, two strokes better than Shingo Katayama.
Not surprisingly, the list of players who shot every round under par at Doral was considerably shorter: Only Sergio Garcia shot 71 or better in all four rounds.
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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

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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.”