Notes Inman Makes 15 at 18

By Associated PressMay 29, 2005, 4:00 pm
LIGONIER, Pa. --Joe Inman was 13 over par in the Senior PGA Championship on Sunday, and then things really started falling apart.
 
Inman, a three-time Champions Tour winner, took a 10-over 15 on the par-5 18th after hitting five consecutive sand wedges into the water that guards the right side of the green. Inman wasn't trying to do it on purpose, but Inman kept trying the same shot rather than switching strategies.
 
The first two shots hit the green where he wanted, only to find a ridge that carried the ball off the green and into the water. Inman also sliced two shots into the lake.
 
'I looked to my caddie and said, `How many balls do we have left?'' said Inman, who went through two sleeves of balls on one hole. 'He said, `One.' The pressure is on - last ball. So I aimed it farther left and put it over and then chunked it enough that it didn't have much spin and so it stayed on the green. And then I three-putted for 15.'
 
Inman said he didn't get frustrated during the worst hole of his career.
 
'I tried on every one of them,' he said. 'I wasn't not trying. And I wasn't going to quit. I went on and played and I didn't scream and yell, but I never realized ... can't understand how that green can be that soft, how that ball comes back that far. The first two balls carried at least six or seven yards past the hole.'
 
Unfortunately for Inman, No. 18 wasn't his final hole. He started the final round on No. 10, so he still had nine holes to play before finishing with a 16-over 88. That was only one fewer stroke than 83-year-old Jack Fleck during the first round, though Fleck didn't hand in his card.
 
'I just don't think I have ever made a double figure on a hole,' Inman said. 'I was completely unaware you could fly it five or six yards by the hole and end up in trouble.'
 
OUT-OF-IT IRWIN:
Maybe Hale Irwin finally met a major he didn't like.
 
Irwin has won seven major championships on the Champions Tour, only one fewer than record-holder Jack Nicklaus, but the defending champion was out of contention at the Senior PGA after the first round.
 
Irwin's first-round 69 trailed leader Graham Marsh by one shot, but Irwin finished 75-76-77 and in a 46th-place tie. Previously, Irwin had only two rounds as high as 75 in 10 Senior PGA Championships.
 
Irwin, who turns 60 on Friday, won two Champions Tour events earlier this year, but has only one top-10 finish in six tournaments since winning the Outback Steakhouse Pro-Am.
 
Like, Inman, Irwin had trouble on No. 18. He hit two balls into the water for a double-bogey 7 during his final-round 77.
 
FOGGED IN:
About a dozen players, including two-time Champions Tour winner Des Smyth, arrived before dawn at Laurel Valley Golf Club expecting to tee off around 7 a.m., only to have their tee times pushed back by nearly four hours.
 
The scheduled 6:55 a.m. EDT start of play was delayed by fog, after a soggy Saturday in which about half the field failed to complete the third round.
 
Andy Bean, Norm Jarvis and Isao Aoki were to have teed off at 6:55, only to have their start delayed until 10:45.
 
'I know there were a few disgruntled guys this morning, but it takes a lot more than that to get me mad,' Dana Quigley said.
 
The unexpected wait didn't seem to bother Smyth. He barely made the cut after going 74-76 in the first two rounds, but finished tied for sixth by going 70-68.
 
NOTES:@ Mike Reid became the 21st to win the Senior PGA Championship in his first attempt. ... Reid (70-70-70-70) is the first since Miller Barber at the 1982 Suntree Classic to win after shooting the same score every day in a 72-hole tournament. ... For winning, Reid earned $360,000 of the $2 million purse. ... The Senior PGA playoff was the first since 1993, when Tom Wargo defeated Bruce Crampton on the second hole. The last three-man playoff was 1979, when 1955 U.S. Open champion Fleck beat Bob Erickson and Bill Johnston on the third hole.
 
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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.