Notes Gore a Surprise So Too Campbell

By Associated PressJune 17, 2005, 4:00 pm
PINEHURST, N.C. -- This isn't the first time Jason Gore has led at the U.S. Open.
Seven years ago at Olympic, he holed out from about 60 yards for a birdie on the first hole, and since he was in the first group, his name went to the top of the leaderboard.
This time, though, it's a little sweeter: He's there after 36 holes.
The 31-year-old veteran of the Nationwide Tour shot a 3-under 67 Friday in the second to tie defending champ Retief Goosen and Olin Browne. They have a one-shot advantage over K.J. Choi and Mark Hensby.
'This is old hat for me,' Gore quipped.
He eventually missed the cut in 1998, his only previous Open. During two brief stints on the PGA Tour, Gore has a best finish of 18th in the 2001 Las Vegas Classic.
But most of his success has been one level down. He has three career victories on the Nationwide Tour - none since the 2002 Boise Open - and wouldn't mind leaving that tour for good.
'It's a great place, and don't get me wrong, I don't want to be there next week, but really, your golf game does your talking,' he said. 'That's really all there is. I haven't played well enough to keep my card. I've become a stronger person for that, and maybe that's all just starting to pan out.'
He started his round Friday on the back with a birdie at No. 10, lost a stroke to par on the next hole, then got two birdies in a row. After turning in 34, he closed with a 33 on the front, highlighted by a 2 at the difficult par-3 sixth.
'You know, I'll watch TV tonight and I'll get beat up by the press, but I really have nothing to do,' Gore said. 'This is really just an opportunity for me to play well. I'm the underdog and it's going to be kind of fun.'
Michael Campbell's season started terribly in Europe. He got back on form in time for a trip to the U.S. Open.
The 36-year-old New Zealander put together a morning round of 1-under 69 in the second round to move to even par for the tournament, tied for sixth and just two strokes off the lead.
'I teed off at 7:30 in the morning and it was very benign conditions and not much wind around, and the greens were pretty receptive out there, so you could attack them a little bit more,' Campbell said. 'Two shots easier today, definitely.'
After missing the cut in his first five European Tour events, he has four top-15 finishes in his past seven, including a tie for third at the Johnnie Walker Classic. This is Campbell's best showing in the Open since 2000, when he tied for 12th at Pebble Beach.
Of course, that's the year Tiger Woods blitzed the field by 15 shots. Now Campbell is challenging for the lead of a major for the first time since 1995, when he was the third-round leader at the British Open.
'Seems like a century ago,' he said. 'I know what it takes to win a major championship. It's nice to be up there amongst the best in the world now.'
Nick Jones' first trip to the U.S. Open was sure to be memorable - even before he made a strange triple bogey at the 18th hole.
On his approach shot, he and caddie Andrew Pfannkuche miscalculated the yardage a bit - OK, a lot - and the ball flew well over the green, struck the grandstands and bounced onto the roof of the stately clubhouse.
'We had no idea the ball was going to fly like that,' Pfannkuche said.
Jones thought he might still be in decent shape, since players who wind up behind the green have a drop area near the cart path, with no penalty stroke. But because his ball caught the metal stands first, he was forced to play from the other side of the green in the heavy rough, with very little green to work with.
'I dropped it in a bad spot,' Jones said.
It only got worse. He hit a decent flop shot that just trickled past the pin and continued to roll until it found its way into one of the many collection areas surrounding the greens at No. 2. This time, he played a bump-and-run with a mid-iron that appeared to be perfect.
Only this shot again kept going, ending up on the other side of the green. Jones finally reached the putting surface and took two more strokes to find the hole, ending with a 7.
'It's just an unfortunate break,' he said.
Jones did manage to steady himself after the debacle at 18 and finished with an even-par 35 on his final nine holes, completing a 75.
North Carolina Gov. Mike Easley never had much luck driving a race car, and he wanted no part during a visit to Pinehurst on Friday.
During a celebration of motorsports earlier this year near the Capitol, he lost control of a race car and slid over a curb. He crashed at Lowe's Motor Speedway in 2003 when driving one about 120 mph.
'I've only had one wreck, and that wasn't my fault,' Easley said. 'The car was loose and it spun out a little bit. But that driving is very similar to my golf driving. The best part of my game is hitting out of sand traps because I do it a lot.'
Jay Haas made quite an improvement in the second round, finishing with a 70 after an 82 on Thursday. He still missed the cut by four shots. ... Peter Jacobsen, like Haas another 50-something player, hung around for the weekend after rounds of 72-73. Playing in his first Open since 1996, he got in via his victory in the U.S. Senior Open last year. ... After winning The Memorial last week, Bart Bryant never got comfortable on the tricky greens at No. 2 and wound up with a 13-over total of 153.
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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

    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

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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.”