Notes McIlroy finishes tied for third again at PGA

By Associated PressAugust 16, 2010, 5:41 am

2010 PGA ChampionshipSHEBOYGAN, Wis. – Rory McIlroy never made a move in the final round of the PGA Championship. It almost paid off for him anyway.

McIlroy shot an even-par 72 as others around him faltered, and the 21-year-old from Northern Ireland finished tied for third at the PGA Championship for the second straight year at 10-under 278.

But this tournament was different. McIlroy wasn’t that close to the leaders at St. Andrews in this Year’s British Open or at Hazeltine in last year’s PGA. Here, he was within striking distance until the end.

“It’s the first time I have been in contention in the last round of a major and going out in the second-to-last group,” he said. “I was feeling it on the first tee and it was a new experience for me.”

McIlroy finished five strokes behind winner Y.E. Yang and three strokes behind Tiger Woods last year at Hazeltine. He finished third at last month’s British Open, eight strokes behind surprise winner Louis Oosthuizen.

On Sunday, McIlroy had a raucous crowd behind him, getting louder cheers than the leaders when he finished his round.

He moved to 11 under after a birdie on the 14th, but gave the stroke back the next hole and finished with three straight pars.

“I felt good over the putt on 15. I read it straight and just went more left to right than I thought,” he said. “The 5-iron on 16 I hit was a good shot, but the wind just didn’t touch it and the 5-iron on 17 as well, a couple of yards left and it is by the hole.”

McIlroy was pleased his birdies at Nos. 10 and 14 kept him close, but he said he’ll have a tough time forgetting his missed opportunity at 15.

In the majors this year, he missed the cut twice, before finishing tied for third at St. Andrews.

“St. Andrews was nice,” he said. “Top five here was not what I wanted, but I will take the positives out of this and there were a lot of positives. I will move on, have a week off and go into the playoffs in good spirits and hopefully give that a good run.”

And the budding star remains even hungrier for a breakthrough.

“I feel I am ready to win one,” he said.


 

RULES OF PLAY: Dustin Johnson’s two-stroke penalty assessed after completing his round for grounding his club in a bunker on the 18th hole came under the first rule of the PGA’s supplementary rules of play handed out to all golfers.

It states:

“1. Bunkers: All areas of the course that were designed and built as sand bunkers will be played as bunkers (hazards), whether or not they have been raked. This will mean that many bunkers positioned outside of the ropes, as well as some areas of bunkers inside the ropes, close to the rope line, will likely include numerous footprints, heel prints and tire tracks during the play of the Championship. Such irregularities of surface are part of the game and no free relief will be available from these conditions.”


 

ELKINGTON’S EFFORT: Steve Elkington, who won the 1995 PGA Championship at Riviera in a playoff, came close to setting the record for longest stretch between majors.

The 47-year-old Elkington, who played with Tiger Woods on Saturday, was the one who contended on Sunday instead of the world’s No. 1 golfer. Not a bad performance for a guy who started this season without any status on the PGA Tour.

Elkington got within a shot of the lead with a birdie on the 16th to move to 11 under after missing a 15-foot eagle that rimmed the cup.

On 17, he went over the green into a bunker and made bogey, then had a long birdie putt on 18 that he left about 8 feet short. He missed again, finishing at 9-under 279 and in a tie for fifth.

While Elkington, a 10-time winner on tour, didn’t have status this season, he’ll certainly have it next year. His $270,833.33 pay check on top of the $667,660.47 he earned this year puts him easily in the Top 125 on the money list to secure his tour card.


 

TOP CLUB PRO: Rob Labritz was the only club pro among the 20 invited to the PGA Championship to make the cut even though he finished tied for last among those who reached the weekend at 7-over 295.

“The week was great,” he said. “Didn’t strike the ball as well as I had hoped, but it was great.”

Labritz missed the cut in his previous two PGA Championship appearances in 2002 and 2003. He said he’s working toward winning the National Club Pro.

“That’s been the next sort of goal,” he said. “I played for a living at one time, and I want to get back to playing. My expectations are higher.”

The 39-year-old Labritz, the director of golf at GlenArbor Golf Club in Bedford Hills, N.Y., said he played full-time on the Canadian Tour. He was runner up at the 2005 Canadian PGA Tour Lewis Chitengwa Memorial Championship.


 

POULTER PULLS OUT: Ian Poulter of England withdrew from the final round of the PGA Championship because of a chest infection.

Poulter was at 5-over 221 after three rounds and said Saturday night on Twitter that he might not be able to play. Poulter was No. 3 in the European points standings for the Ryder Cup, with the top five qualifying, and was supposed to play with Jeff Overton, also virtually assured a spot in the Ryder Cup. Overton played alone, and finished his round in 2 hours, 9 minutes, to break the unofficial PGA Championship record for quickest round.

Phil Blackmar played his final round of the 1991 PGA Championship at Crooked Stick in 2:10.


 

DIVOTS: Phil Mickelson finished 6-under 282 after a 67 on Sunday. It was the same score he recorded at the 2004 PGA Championship at Whistling Straits. … Winner Martin Kaymer is the second German to win a major championship after Bernhard Langer. … An Australian online sports book refunded all bets on Johnson after the two-stroke penalty that cost him a spot in a playoff. … Thirty-eight players finished above par for the tournament, two more than 2004.

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NCAA DI Women's Champ.: Scoring, TV times

By Golf Channel DigitalMay 22, 2018, 5:50 pm

The NCAA Division I Women's Golf Championship is underway at Kartsen Creek Golf Club in Stillwater, Okla.

After three days of stroke play, eight teams have advanced to the match-play portion of the championship. Quarterfinals and semifinals will be contested on Tuesday, with the finals being held on Wednesday. Golf Channel is airing the action live.

Wake Forest junior Jennifer Kupcho won the individual title. Click here for live action, beginning at 4 p.m. ET.

Scoring:

TV Times (all times ET):

Tuesday
11AM-conclusion: Match-play quarterfinals (Click here to watch live)
4-8PM: Match-play semifinals

Wednesday
4-8PM: Match-play finals

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Davis: USGA learned from setup errors at Shinnecock

By Will GrayMay 22, 2018, 4:51 pm

With the U.S. Open set to return to Shinnecock Hills for the first time in 14 years, USGA executive director Mike Davis insists that his organization has learned from the setup mistakes that marred the event the last time it was played on the Southampton, N.Y., layout.

Retief Goosen held off Phil Mickelson to win his second U.S. Open back in 2004, but the lasting image from the tournament may have been tournament officials spraying down the seventh green by hand during the final round after the putting surface had become nearly unplayable. With the course pushed to the brink over the first three days, stiff winds sucked out any remaining moisture and players struggled to stay on the greens with 30-foot putts, let alone approach shots.

Speaking to repoters at U.S. Open media day, Davis offered candid reflections about the missteps that led to the course overshadowing the play during that infamous final round.

"I would just say that it was 14 years ago. It was a different time, it was different people, and we as an organzation, we learned from it," Davis said. "When you set up a U.S. Open, it is golf's ultimate test. It's probably set up closer to the edge than any other event in golf, and I think that the difference then versus now is we have a lot more technology, a lot more data in our hands.

"And frankly, ladies and gentlemen, what really happened then was just a lack of water."

Davis pointed to enhancements like firmness and moisture readings for the greens that weren't available in 2004, and he noted that meterological data has evolved in the years since. With another chance to get his hands on one of the USGA's favorite venues, he remains confident that tournament officials will be able to better navigate the thin line between demanding and impossible this time around.

"There are parts that I think we learned from, and so I think we're happy that we have a mulligan this time," Davis said. "It was certainly a bogey last time. In fact maybe even a double bogey, and equitable stroke control perhaps kicked in."

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UCLA junior Vu named WGCA Player of the Year

By Golf Channel DigitalMay 22, 2018, 3:23 pm

UCLA junior Lilia Vu was named Player of the Year on Tuesday by the Women’s Golf Coaches Association (WGCA).

Vu recorded the lowest full-season scoring average (70.37) in UCLA history. Her four tournament wins tied the school record for most victories in a single season.

Vu was also named to the WGCA All-America first team. Here's a look at the other players who joined her on the prestigious list:

WGCA First Team All-Americans

  • Maria Fassi, Junior, University of Arkansas
  • Kristen Gillman, Sophomore, University of Alabama
  • Jillian Hollis, Junior, University of Georgia
  • Cheyenne Knight, Junior, University of Alabama
  • Jennifer Kupcho, Junior, Wake Forest University
  • Andrea Lee, Sophomore, Stanford University
  • Leona Maguire, Senior, Duke University
  • Sophia Schubert, Senior, University of Texas
  • Lauren Stephenson, Junior, University of Alabama
  • Maddie Szeryk, Senior, Texas A&M University
  • Patty Tavatanakit, Freshman, UCLA
  • Lilia Vu, Junior, UCLA
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Stroud's caddie wins annual PGA Tour caddie tournament

By Rex HoggardMay 22, 2018, 3:15 pm

Casey Clendenon, who caddies for Chris Stroud, won the gross division of the annual PGA Tour caddie tournament on Monday, shooting a 5-under 66 at Trinity Forest Golf Club, site of last week’s AT&T Byron Nelson.

Scott Tway (65), who caddies for Brian Harman, won the net division by two strokes over Wayne Birch, Troy Merritt’s caddie.

Kyle Bradley, Jonathan Byrd’s caddie, took second place with a 71 in the gross division.

The tournament was organized by the Association of Professional Tour Caddies, and proceeds from the event went to two charities. The APTC donated $20,000 to Greg Chalmers’ charity, MAXimumChances.org, which aids families living with autism. The association also donated $10,000 to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.