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By Associated PressAugust 25, 2007, 4:00 pm
the Barclays Logo 2007HARRISON, N.Y. -- Hunter Mahan figures that trying to win The Barclays will make it easier to follow his third 62 of the season with another low round.
 
Mahan's 9-under 62 on Saturday matched the Westchester Country Club record and moved him from a tie for 31st to a tie for third at 12 under -- two strokes behind third-round leader Steve Stricker in the FedEx Cup opener.
 
The Presidents Cup captain's pick also shot 62s this summer in the Travelers Championship and Canadian Open, both in the first round.
 
In the Travelers, Mahan followed with rounds 71, 67 and 65 and went on to beat Jay Williamson in a playoff for his first PGA TOUR title. In Canada, the former Oklahoma State star added rounds of 74, 67 and 69 to tie for fifth.
 
'I feel like it's going to be a little different tomorrow because I have a chance to win the tournament,' Mahan said when asked about the Canadian Open. 'That was a little different and I had three rounds left. Tomorrow, I have a whole different focus of trying to win. So, I'm going to try to put that 62 behind me and just take all the confidence that I gained today and just try to put that into tomorrow and try to win.'
 
Rich Beem also was 12 under after a 69.
 
'Must have played some different holes than I did,' Beem said.
 
FULL THROTTLE
Phil Mickelson, seven strokes out of the lead after a 69, planned to attack the course Sunday.
 
'If I can get off to a good start, I'm going to try to shoot 8, 9, 10 under and see if I can put some pressure on the leaders behind,' Mickelson said.
 
How aggressive will he be?
 
'Very aggressive, because I have to shoot an incredible round to catch them,' Mickelson said. 'The front nine will be important. I've got to get some putts to go in. There's a lot of birdie holes on the front nine, and if I can shoot 4, 5, 6 under, I think I can make a good move and have a chance on the back.'
 
CLASS ACT
Jim Furyk had some short comments to a small group of reporters after a frustrating round, certainly nothing unusual on the tour. What was unusual was that he made his way to the media tent about an hour later to apologize.
 
'I just didn't feel like I could leave it like that,' Furyk told the writers, who assured him that they hadn't been offended in any way.
 
Third in the FedExCup standings, the Canadian Open winner shot an even-par 71 to finish three rounds at 3 under.
 
FAST START
J.B. Holmes was 8 under after 13 holes, but dropped strokes with bogeys on Nos. 16 and 17 and parred the par-5 18th for a 6-under 65.
 
'I had a little rough finish,' said Holmes, eight strokes back at 6 under.
 
'Just made two bogeys. A couple of bad shots. I was calm all day. Could have been better, but all it comes down to is a great round.'
 
Holmes drove the par-4 seventh, cutting the corner over the trees on the dogleg left with a 328-yard, 3-wood shot. He then three-putted the three-tiered green for par.
 
'It could have been better,' Holmes said.
 
DIVOTS
Justin Rose had a hole-in-one on the 139-yard 14th, hitting a 9-iron. 'It hopped just behind the hole and I shouted it in. It's one of the few balls that's ever listened to me,' said Rose, 5 under after a 70. ... At No. 12, leader Steve Stricker is the highest-ranked player in the FedExCup standings without a victory this year. ... Mahan and Steve Flesch (67) had the only bogey-free rounds Saturday. ... Instead of the usual weekend twosomes, threesomes are being used to avoid long delays on the two drivable par 4s. With each group taking a space on the course, 25 threesomes are far more efficient than 37 twosomes and a single.
 
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    Weather extends Barbasol to Monday finish

    By Associated PressJuly 23, 2018, 12:25 am

    NICHOLASVILLE, Ky. - A thunderstorm has suspended the fourth round of the PGA Tour's Barbasol Championship until Monday morning.

    Sunday's third stoppage of play at Champions Trace at Keene Trace Golf Club came with the four leaders - Hunter Mahan, Robert Streb, Tom Lovelady and Troy Merritt at 18 under par - and four other contenders waiting to begin the round.

    The tournament will resume at 7:30 a.m. on Monday. Lightning caused one delay, and play was stopped earlier in the afternoon to clear water that accumulated on the course following a morning of steady and sometimes-heavy rain.

    Inclement weather has plagued the tournament throughout the weekend. The second round was completed Saturday morning after being suspended by thunderstorms late Friday afternoon.

    The resumption will mark the PGA Tour's second Monday finish this season. Jason Day won the Farmers Insurance Open in January after darkness delayed the sixth playoff hole, and he needed just 13 minutes to claim the victory.

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    Watch: Spectator films as Woods' shot hits him

    By Will GrayJuly 23, 2018, 12:07 am

    It was a collision watched by millions of fans on television, and one that came at a pivotal juncture as Tiger Woods sought to win The Open. It also gave Colin Hauck the story of a lifetime.

    Hauck was among dozens of fans situated along the left side of the 11th hole during the final round at Carnoustie as the pairing of Woods and Francesco Molinari hit their approach shots. After 10 holes of nearly flawless golf, Woods missed the fairway off the tee and then pulled his iron well left of the target.

    The ball made square contact with Hauck, who hours later tweeted a video showing the entire sequence - even as he continued to record after Woods' shot sent him tumbling to the ground:

    The bounce initially appeared fortuitous for Woods, as his ball bounded away from thicker rough and back toward the green. But an ambitious flop shot came up short, and he eventually made a double bogey to go from leading by a shot to trailing by one. He ultimately shot an even-par 71, tying for sixth two shots behind Molinari.

    For his efforts as a human shield, Hauck received a signed glove and a handshake from Woods - not to mention a firsthand video account that will be sure to spark plenty of conversations in the coming years.

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    Molinari retirement plan: coffee, books and Twitter

    By Will GrayJuly 22, 2018, 9:35 pm

    After breaking through for his first career major, Francesco Molinari now has a five-year exemption on the PGA Tour, a 10-year exemption in Europe and has solidified his standing as one of the best players in the world.

    But not too long ago, the 35-year-old Italian was apparently thinking about life after golf.

    Shortly after Molinari rolled in a final birdie putt to close out a two-shot victory at The Open, fellow Tour player Wesley Bryan tweeted a picture of a note that he wrote after the two played together during the third round of the WGC-HSBC Champions in China in October. In it, Bryan shared Molinari's plans to retire as early as 2020 to hang out at cafes and "become a Twitter troll":

    Molinari is active on the social media platform, with more than 5,600 tweets sent out to nearly 150,000 followers since joining in 2010. But after lifting the claret jug at Carnoustie, it appears one of the few downsides of Molinari's victory is that the golf world won't get to see the veteran turn into a caffeinated, well-read troll anytime soon.

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    Molinari had previously avoided Carnoustie on purpose

    By Rex HoggardJuly 22, 2018, 9:17 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Sometimes a course just fits a player’s eye. They can’t really describe why, but more often than not it leads to solid finishes.

    Francesco Molinari’s relationship with Carnoustie isn’t like that.

    The Italian played his first major at Carnoustie, widely considered the toughest of all The Open venues, in 2007, and his first impression hasn’t really changed.

    “There was nothing comforting about it,” he said on Sunday following a final-round 69 that lifted him to a two-stroke victory.


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    In fact, following that first exposure to the Angus coast brute, Molinari has tried to avoid Carnoustie, largely skipping the Dunhill Links Championship, one of the European Tour’s marquee events, throughout his career.

    “To be completely honest, it's one of the reasons why I didn't play the Dunhill Links in the last few years, because I got beaten up around here a few times in the past,” he said. “I didn't particularly enjoy that feeling. It's a really tough course. You can try and play smart golf, but some shots, you just have to hit it straight. There's no way around it. You can't really hide.”

    Molinari’s relative dislike for the layout makes his performance this week even more impressive considering he played his last 37 holes bogey-free.

    “To play the weekend bogey-free, it's unthinkable, to be honest. So very proud of today,” he said.