Notes Lefty Unlucky at the 17th at Quail Hollow

By Associated PressMay 8, 2005, 4:00 pm
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Phil Mickelson was defiant to the end, insisting one bad score wasn't going to spoil an otherwise spectacular day.
How about four of them?
During the Wachovia Championship, Lefty played the par-3 17th in 7 over -- with three double bogeys -- and knocked his tee shot into the water three days. That included Sunday, when he made a charge up the leaderboard with nine birdies in the first 15 holes.

Mickelson narrowly missed another one at 16, then headed to the next tee thinking he still might have a chance to win. An awful 7-iron never had a chance to find land, so he reloaded and hit his third shot in the middle of the green.
He two-putted for double bogey, then added a bogey on the final hole to finish tied for seventh at 5 under.
``I had it going and made nine birdies and it was a good time,'' Mickelson said. ``I felt like starting the round, if I could shoot 9 under that it might be good enough. You just never know.''
Instead, he was left with a 6-under 66, tied for low round of the day with four others.
``I'm not going to let one hole ruin my day,'' he said. ``It was unfortunate. I had a chance to win, but those things happen, and for whatever reason, that hole just gave me fits this week.''
It reminded him of the 1995 U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills, when he played the 16th hole there in 6 over. With all pars at 17 at Quail Hollow, he had a chance to join the three-man playoff with Vijay Singh, Sergio Garcia and Jim Furyk.
``There's a good chance playing that hole 7 under may have gotten me over the top this week, but you've got to play all of them,'' Mickelson said. ``You've got to play all 72. That one just gave me a hard time.''
Until his struggles, Mickelson energized a large gallery with electrifying play. He shot 31 on the front, then birdied 10 and 11 to get to 7 under for the day. After two pars, he nearly drove the short par-4 14th with a fairway metal, then saw his pitch nestle next to the hole for a tap-in birdie.
Another one at 15 moved him to 8 under for the tournament, and when leader Sergio Garcia faltered a bit at the start, Mickelson believed he might come all the way back to the lead. A tough kick off the fringe on his approach to the 16th left him with a downhill 30-footer, and his putt slid just by the lip.
Then came the disaster at 17.
``I got to 9-under through 15 and I felt like I needed to get one or two more to have an outside chance if Sergio backed up a little bit,'' Mickelson said. ``Unfortunately, I didn't finish well on 17 and 18.''
Charles Howell III finished an up-and-down week at Quail Hollow with a bogey-free round of 68 -- with the emphasis on no bogeys.
Howell had no trouble scoring all week, making 17 birdies. But he kept himself out of contention with too many mistakes, some of them from the middle of the fairway.
``Everything is good with my game. I'm working hard on it, and I'm working on the right things,'' Howell said. ``I'm excited about the direction it's going.''
His only victory came three years ago at a tournament that no longer exists (Michelob Championship at Kingsmill), but Howell showed signs early this year with close calls at the Sony Open and Buick Invitational. Then he missed the cut at The Players Championship and the Masters.
``I'd rather take a bullet in the foot than miss a cut there,'' said Howell, who grew up in Augusta, Ga. ``But what can you do? I've had a good start to the year, and I'm looking forward to the rest of it.''
The playoff was the third in a row on the PGA Tour and the fifth in the past six tournaments. It also was the 12th consecutive stroke-play event decided on the final hole. ... The others with 66 in the fourth round were Vijay Singh, Jim Furyk, Chris DiMarco and Carlos Franco. ... With virtually no wind for the first time this week, the average score dropped to 72.3, and 13 players shot better than 70.
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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.”