Notes Glover the Goose and the Price is Right
Two weeks ago, he holed a 35-yard bunker shot on the final hole at Disney for his first PGA Tour victory. After finishing his round Sunday at Innisbrook, he had to nervously wait until the final round ended to earn the final spot in the field at the Tour Championship.
His plans for the final two months of the year have nothing to do with golf.
Glover is getting married Dec. 3 to his high school sweetheart, and he has until Dec. 6 to finish his work on an online course from Clemson that he needs to get his degree. There's a honeymoon trip to New York, and a big fund-raiser at Clemson, then graduation on Dec. 22.
He leaves for Hawaii a week later for the winners-only Mercedes Championships at Kapalua.
``I have a busy two months,'' Glover said.
Glover could have done without the school work, but he had to wait until it fit into his golf schedule. His eligibility at Clemson ran out in the spring of 2001, and he took an 18-hour load that fall to finish up. But his biology professor didn't cut him any slack when Glover went to Q-school that December and he failed.
That class has kept him from graduating for four years.
Glover, 25, secured his PGA Tour card for 2006 with a strong start to this season, so he knew he wouldn't have to worry about Q-school this year. That's when he set his wedding date, and signed up for that biology class -- an elective, no less.
What was his major?
``I don't remember,'' he said. ``Speech and communications. Nice choice on an elective, huh? I failed in my freshman year, so I had to go back and redo it. That whole Tuesday-Thursday at 8 o'clock thing was what did it.''
Two weeks ago, Retief Goosen said he would spend two months in South Africa with his family and skip the season-opening Mercedes Championships.
Now, he's not so sure.
In fact, Goosen showed how uncertain he was in a span of about five minutes Tuesday.
``At the moment, I'm still planning on playing it, but I'll see how I feel Christmas time and New Year's time,'' he said.
What are the odds he will play?
``Pretty good,'' Goosen said.
After his interview, he was asked to read a radio spot for Kapalua. Goosen looked at the statement, then said to the radio person, ``I might not be going.''
He read it anyway, introducing himself and asking listeners to join him at Kapalua and the new greens on the Plantation Course for the Mercedes Championships. When he finished, he looked up and said, ``They've got new greens? Maybe I will go.''
PRICE MIGHT NOT BE RIGHT
Nick Price played the last two weeks with hopes of finishing in the top 125 on the money list. He didn't want to use his one-time exemption for being in the top 25 in career money, and he wanted to assure himself a spot in the field at The Players Championship.
But he is not playing the Southern Farm Bureau Classic, and Price is at No. 124 on the money list.
Even if he gets knocked out, Price is hopeful of getting to Sawgrass, where he won in 1993.
``I'm pretty sure they'll give me a spot as a past champion,'' he said. ``They gave Greg (Norman) a couple of spots.''
Ben Crane is assured of playing in his first Masters (through the PGA Tour money list), and he wasted no time getting his first look at Augusta National.
A week after the club had its fall opening, Crane spent four days at Augusta and played five rounds.
``I hadn't played in a few weeks and wasn't expecting anything,'' he said. ``I shot 4 under, made eagle on No. 13. I thought, 'This is no problem.' And I never came close to that the rest of the week.''
For those curious about the latest batch of changes, stretching the course to 7,445 yards, Crane confirmed suspicions that the par-3 fourth hole will be a beast. It has a new tee box some 35 yards longer, making it play about 240 yards. He hit 2-iron one day, and 3-wood the other four times he played.
Officials at the Chrysler Championship thought Dennis Paulson had made history as the first player to reach the 605-yard fifth hole in two. According to the Shotlink system, which uses lasers to track every shot by every player, Paulson's second shot went 287 yards and onto the green.
Statistics showed he took two putts for a birdie.
Alas, Shotlink is operated by humans, and humans do err.
``I was through the green,'' Paulson said, noting that his 3-wood went just beyond the fringe into the first cut. Told that Shotlink had him taking two putts, he rolled his eyes and said, ``Great. As if my putting stats weren't bad enough.''
It wasn't the first time Paulson has been subjected to a Shotlink mix-up. At the Reno-Tahoe Open, he said the system operators had him mistaken for playing partner Paul Goydos throughout the round.
``One hole, they had Goydos 70 yards past me,'' he said. ``My driving distance average went down that week.''
Now that federal regulators have approved SBC Communications' takeover of AT&T and Verizon, what will that mean for the title sponsorship at Pebble Beach? Not much, tournament director Ollie Nutt said Tuesday. He said SBC still wants the tournament to be called the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. ... When Tiger Woods and Vijay Singh missed the cut at Disney, it was the first time that Nos. 1 and 2 in the world ranking missed the cut at the same tournament since Ian Woosnam and Nick Faldo at the 1992 Bay Hill Invitational. ... Chad Campbell, who had gone without an equipment deal most of the year as he figured out what he wanted to play, carried a Nike staff bag while finishing second at Innisbrook. Campbell said he is close to signing with the Swoosh.
STAT OF THE WEEK
Eleven of the 29 players at the Tour Championship have not won official PGA Tour events this year. A year ago, only eight players at the Tour Championship had not won.
``I can't all of a sudden get mean or be a jerk out there. I don't think that would help me in any way, shape or form.'' -- Jay Haas, asked if being too nice has kept him from winning more.
Storms halt Barbasol before Lincicome tees off
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.
Third-round tee times for the 147th Open
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.
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
8:15AM ET: Tiger Woods, Shaun Norris
8:25AM ET: Lucas Herbert, Michael Kim
8:35AM ET: Jason Day, Francesco Molinari
8:45AM ET: Sung Kang, Webb Simpson
8:55AM ET: Patrick Cantlay, Eddie Pepperell
9:05AM ET: Matthew Southgate, Brooks Koepka
9:15AM ET: Kyle Stanley, Adam Scott
9:30AM ET: Charley Hoffman, Alex Noren
9:40AM ET: Ryan Moore, Brandon Stone
9:50AM ET: Luke List, Danny Willett
10:00AM ET: Thorbjorn Olesen, Rickie Fowler
10:10AM ET: Jordan Spieth, Kevin Chappell
10:20AM ET: Zander Lombard, Tony Finau
10:30AM ET: Matt Kuchar, Erik Van Rooyen
10:40AM ET: Rory McIlroy, Xander Schauffele
10:50AM ET: Pat Perez, Tommy Fleetwood
11:00AM ET: Kevin Kisner, Zach Johnson
Facial hair Fowler's new good-luck charm
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.
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.”
Spieth (67) rebounds from tough Round 1 finish
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.”
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.”