Notes Ferries Serene Feeling Pink Panther

By Associated PressJune 18, 2006, 4:00 pm
U.S. OpenMAMARONECK, N.Y. -- Playing in the final twosome in the U.S. Open with Phil Mickelson is enough to make anyone nervous.
Not Englishman Kenneth Ferrie. He had no angst at all, even though he was participating in his first major tournament in America and was teamed with the guy almost everyone wanted to win.

As he stepped onto the tee on No. 1, Ferrie thought he was going to be the one to walk away from Winged Foot on Sunday with the $1,225,000 top prize.
'I kind of had a bit of a serene feeling,' he said. 'I can't explain it, I don't know why. I kind of had a sneaking suspicion maybe today was meant to be my day. Lots of players say when it's their week, things go their way and they feel a certain way.
Kenneth Ferrie
Kenneth Ferrie shares a laugh with Phil Mickelson's caddie during the final round.
'I felt that way this week.'
Ferrie maintained that winning feeling after parring the fist six holes. But his putter didn't maintain that positive vibe, and he bogeyed four of the next five holes to fall out of contention.
He finished with a 76 for an 8-over 288 total, good for a sixth-place tie.
'I couldn't buy a putt today. That was the problem. Lots of fairways, lots of greens, lot of putts,' he said. 'It was just one of those days. The birdies that went in the first three rounds didn't go in today, and I didn't make too many saves either.
'Six bogeys and 12 pars was about as bad as it could have been,' he concluded.
Ferrie came in tied for the lead with Mickelson, who ultimately experienced his own collapse with a double bogey on 18.
'I'm sure he didn't play his best, but he hit it where he needed to make his saves,' Ferrie said of Mickelson. 'It was kind of a comedy of errors. I feel for him.'
Maybe because he knows what it's like to let a potential victory slip away. Ferrie three-putted on Nos. 7 and 8, and any shot he had of rebounding ended with bogeys on 10 and 11.
'I'll wake up tomorrow when I get back home, sit down and look at things and analyze what happened,' he said. 'I'm sure I'll be really pleased with what I've done this week.'
Ian Poulter wasn't content with merely proving that he's an excellent golfer. He also made a fashion statement Sunday while vying for the U.S. Open title.
The 30-year-old Englishman wore a pink shirt, pink pants and had his caddied tote a pink bag that listed Poulter's Web site (
'I like the color pink. I thought it would be appropriate for Sunday,' said Poulter, who has won six tournaments on the European tour.
One of his head covers was a caricature of himself, with spiked hair and a pink visor. His corporation is selling a limited edition of 300 of them, and Poulter knew a fine performance Sunday could only boost sales.
'It can only help,' he said. 'I'm a noticeable character out there anyway, everybody knows that. It's not just this week's performance that people are going to notice. I am playing great golf and I have been for the last few months.'
Poulter, who teed off in the penultimate twosome with winner Geoff Ogilvy, shot a 74 Sunday to tie for 12th at 9 over.
But he sure put on a show doing it.
'The New Yorkers had a lot to say,' Ogilvy said. 'In New York they've got to yell at somebody, and they decided to yell at the guy that's dressed in pink.'
A quirky putter deprived J.B. Holmes from deriving maximum satisfaction out of playing the final round of the U.S. Open.
Holmes, a strong candidate for PGA Tour rookie of the year honors, shot a second straight 75 to tied for 48th at 17-over 297.
'I should have shot a 65 today, I putted that bad,' he said. 'I had 35 putts yesterday and 36 today. C'mon. Even if you putt bad, you should have 31, 32 putts.
'I feel like I can compete in a major. I'm a good enough ball-striker. I've just got to learn how to putt.'
Holmes last played in the U.S. Open as an amateur in 2003 and failed to make the cut. He entered this Open with far more confidence, because he's already got one win (FBR Open) and two top-10 finishes.
'I've played in tour events all year, made cuts, been successful out there. I'm playing the same people,' he said. 'Being in a major is a big deal, but I looked at it as just another tour event. That's why it's disappointing to play like this.'
Tim Herron decided against playing the final 18 holes with a partner, so he walked the course alone Sunday after starting the round as the lone player at 18 over.
As he walked up the 18th fairway, Herron was a solitary figure while his caddie struggled to keep pace.
If nothing else, Herron's decision to walk alone made for a quick work day. He started at 9:50 a.m. and plunked in a par putt on 18 at 12:32 p.m.
Given the option of taking a partner or doing it alone on Saturday, John Cook took on club pro Andrew Svoboda and carded a 74.
Herron went the other way and shot a 77 to finish 63rd at 25 over.
Afterward, he declined to explain his decision.
'I'm done. Sorry,' he told reporters.
Peter Hedblom, who aced the par-3 third hole on Saturday, double-bogeyed the same hole Sunday. ... Colin Montgomerie's second-place place finish was the best at the Open since a second in 1997. He has five top-10 finishes. ... Four players eagled the par-4, sixth hole: Kent Jones, Steve Stricker, Jeff Sluman and Henrik Stenson. The pin was in front of the green, which made the hole 307 yards instead of the usual 321.
Related Links:
  • Leaderboard - U.S. Open
  • Full Coverage - U.S. Open
  • Getty Images

    Levy wins Trophee Hassan for fifth European Tour title

    By Associated PressApril 22, 2018, 6:32 pm

    RABAT, Morocco - Alexander Levy finished with a 2-under 70 Sunday to win the Trophee Hassan II in Morocco by a shot from overnight leader Alvaro Quiros.

    One off the lead overnight, Levy made two of his four birdies in his first five holes to hit the front and stayed ahead for the rest of the final day at the Royal Golf Dar Es Salam course.

    It was the 27-year-old Frenchman's fifth European Tour victory and he will take winning form to Beijing next week when he defends his China Open title.

    Levy ended 8-under 280 overall, one ahead of Spain's Quiros, who closed with a second straight 72.

    Full-field scores from the Trophee Hassan II

    With his chasers pushing hard, Levy kept his cool after dropping a shot on No. 16. He birdied the short, par-3 No. 17 and made par at the last.

    Quiros birdied his last two holes to make sure of second place outright. He needed an eagle on No. 18 to force a playoff.

    A group of four players finished in a tie for third, including Italy's Andrea Pavan, who finished with a brilliant 6-under 66. Swedish pair Joakim Lagergren (70) and Alexander Bjork (70) and Finland's Mikko Ilonen (72) also shared third.

    Levy had three other top 10 finishes in his five previous events this season and moved up to ninth on the European Tour's Race to Dubai points list.

    Getty Images

    (Not that) Jutanugarn shares lead with (not that) Ko

    By Associated PressApril 22, 2018, 1:58 am

    LOS ANGELES - A player eager for her first win and a rookie top the leaderboard at the HUGEL-JTBC LA Open. Lurking two shots back is a Hall of Famer.

    Winless Moriya Jutanugarn overcame a poor start and birdied the 18th for a hard-earned 1-under 70 to tie rookie Jin Young Ko at 9 under on Saturday at Wilshire Country Club.

    Ko shot a 66 in her bid to become the year's first two-time LPGA winner. She won the Women's Australian Open in February, her first victory as an official tour member after a successful run on the Korean LPGA circuit.

    ''I'm ready for win or top 10, so maybe tomorrow I will really focus on shot by shot,'' said Ko, who added an exclamation point to her golf bag for each of her wins on the KLPGA. ''I won 11 times, so if I win tomorrow, maybe I change to 12. I need more, I need every time motivation.''

    Jutanugarn is trying to match younger sister Ariya as a tour champion. Seven-time winner Ariya was tied for 27th after a 72 in the third round.

    Usually when one of the Thai sisters is in the lead, the other will watch when her round is finished.

    ''If she's not too lazy, she is probably going to come out,'' Moriya said about Ariya.

    Playing in an all-Korean threesome, Hall of Famer Inbee Park was two shots back in third after a 69. Her birdie putt for a share of the lead on 18 slid just by the hole. The group drew a large contingent of Korean fans.

    Full-field scores from the Hugel-JTBC Open

    ''I kind of started off a little bad. I was able to come back strong, so I'm really happy with that,'' Park said. ''I left a few putts out there. The greens around this golf course are just really tough. You just don't know what's going to happen.''

    Moriya Jutanugarn's round included a double bogey on the par-4 first hole and a bogey on the par-4 sixth. She eagled the par-4 14th after holing out from the fairway 93 feet away. The ball took once bounce and went in, eliciting a stunned look from Jutanugarn before she high-fived her caddie.

    ''Today was kind of a pretty rough day for me with not a very good start and like trying to come back,'' Jutanugarn said. ''I just try to play my game and be patient out there I think is the key.''

    Jutanugarn, the second-round leader, read the break perfectly on a long putt to make birdie on 18 and share the lead with Ko.

    Playing two groups ahead of Jutanugarn, Caroline Inglis also eagled the 14th from 180 yards. She briefly jumped up and down and smiled after three bogeys and a double bogey. She shot a 69 and was four shots back in a tie for sixth with Minjee Lee.

    ''It was like one bounce and then it like trickled in,'' Inglis said.

    Aditi Ashok eagled 14 early in the round.

    Ko did some scrambling of her own. Her ball found a sandy hazard on the 17th with a scoreboard and a winding creek in between her and the green 190 yards away. Her approach landed just off the green and she made par. Her round included six birdies and a bogey on 16.

    Eun-Hee Ji (70) and American Marina Alex (72) were tied for fourth at 6 under.

    Top-ranked Shanshan Feng shot a 70 and was in a six-way tie for 12th at 2 under.

    Getty Images

    Defending champs Singh, Franco take senior lead

    By Associated PressApril 22, 2018, 12:15 am

    RIDGEDALE, Mo. - Defending champions Vijay Singh and Carlos Franco took the third-round lead Saturday in the windy Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf.

    Singh and Franco shot a 7-under 47 in wind gusting to 20 mph on the Top of the Rock par-3 course to get to 19-under 145, a stroke ahead of the teams of David Toms-Steve Flesch and Paul Broadhurst-Kirk Triplett.

    ''It was a tough day,'' Singh said. ''The wind was swirling, have to get the club right and we made some putts. Carlos played really well on the back nine and I played really well on the front nine, so we ham-and-egged it a little.''

    Toms and Flesch also shot 47, and Broadhurst and Triplett had a 33 on the 13-hole Mountain Top par-3 course.

    ''We just paired well together,'' Toms said. ''I don't think either one of us played great. We picked each other up out there.''

    Wind and rain is expected Sunday when the teams finish at Top of the Rock, again playing the front nine in alternate shot and the back nine in better ball.

    ''Make as many birdies as possible and see what happens,'' Singh said. ''That's all we can do.''

    Singh and Franco are trying to become the first to successfully defend a title since Jim Colbert and Andy North in 2001. Singh won the Toshiba Classic in March for his first individual senior title.

    Full-field scores from the Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf

    Flesch won the Mitsubishi Electric Classic last week in Georgia for his first senior victory.

    Tom Lehman and Bernhard Langer had a 34 at Mountain Top to join Spanish stars Miguel Angel Jimenez and Jose Maria Olazabal at 17 under. Jimenez and Olazabal had a 33 at Mountain Top.

    ''It's great for me to be able to play with him as a team member,'' Olazabal said. ''We do have great memories from the Ryder Cup and other events, and it's always a great pleasure to play with a great player and a friend.''

    Langer took the final-round forecast in stride.

    ''We've done it hundreds of times before and we'll probably do it again,'' Langer said. ''We'll make the best of it. We both have a good attitude. We're known to play in all sorts of weather and I just look forward to playing one more day with my partner here.''

    Wisconsin neighbors Steve Stricker and Jerry Kelly were 16 under after a 48 at Top of the Rock.

    John Daly and Michael Allen, the second-round leaders after a 46 at Top of the Rock, had a 37 at Mountain Top to drop into a tie for seventh at 15 under.

    Getty Images

    Landry shares Valero lead, eyes first career win

    By Will GrayApril 21, 2018, 11:15 pm

    After coming up just short of a breakthrough win earlier this season, Andrew Landry has another chance to earn his maiden victory at the Valero Texas Open.

    Landry came within inches of winning the CareerBuilder Challenge in January, ultimately losing to Jon Rahm in a four-hole playoff. He struggled to find form in the wake of his close call, missing the cut in each of his four starts following his runner-up finish in Palm Springs.

    But Landry took some time off to welcome his first child, Brooks, last month and he made it to the weekend in his first start back last week at the RBC Heritage, where he finished T-42. He made a move up the standings Saturday at TPC San Antonio with a bogey-free 67, and at 13 under shares the lead with Zach Johnson heading into the final round.

    "I just did everything really good," Landry told reporters. "I was staying patient and just trying to make a bunch of pars. This golf course can come up and bite you in a heartbeat, and I had a couple bad putts that I didn't really make. I'm happy with it, it's a good 5-under round. Gets me in the final group tomorrow and we'll see what happens."

    Full-field scores from the Valero Texas Open

    Valero Texas Open: Articles, photos and videos

    Landry started the day one shot off the pace and in the final group with Johnson and Ryan Moore, and at one point he took sole possession of the lead after birdies on three of his first six holes. Now he'll have another chance in the day's final tee time where he's grouped with Johnson and Trey Mullinax, who sits one shot back after firing a course-record 62 in the third round.

    For Landry, it's another opportunity to break into the winner's circle, and it's one for which he feels prepared after coming so close three months ago.

    "I mean, I don't want to go too deep into it because I don't want to sound cocky or anything, but I just believe in myself. There's no other explanation for it," Landry said. "You can totally get out here and play with Zach Johnson, Ryan Moore, two top players in the world, and you can go out there and fold under pressure or you can learn a lot.

    "Zach's always been a role model to me the way he plays golf, I feel like we have very similar games, and it's just going to be fun tomorrow getting to play with him again."