Notes New Caddie on the Bag for Tiger

By Associated PressAugust 23, 2005, 4:00 pm
Tiger Woods has employed only two professional caddies during his nine years on the PGA Tour. He's about to get his third, but only temporarily.
Woods said he will use Billy Foster, the caddie for Darren Clarke, at the Presidents Cup next month. His regular caddie, Steve Williams, is going home to New Zealand because his fiance is expecting their first child.
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Tiger Woods' caddie Steve Williams will be off the bag at the Presidents Cup to be at home in New Zealand for the birth of his first child.
Woods knows the English caddie from having played several rounds in practice and in tournaments with Clarke and Thomas Bjorn, for whom Foster also once worked.

``He's good at what he does,'' Woods said. ``I've seen him work with Clarkey over the years, and he's had some success. There were a couple of guys I was considering, but I like his personality. He's very competitive, very feisty, and very similar to Stevie.''
Asked if Foster was allergic to cameras, Clarke smiled and said, ``No.''
Foster plays off a 1 handicap. One example of his personality might be the time he caddied for the temperamental Seve Ballesteros. He had Foster put some fruit in the bag before a round, and eventually asked for an apple.
Ballesteros inspected the apple and told him, ``This is no good.''
To which Foster replied, ``Do you want a caddie or a grocer?''
The Presidents Cup, to be played Sept. 22-25 at Robert Trent Jones Golf Club, is between the United States and an International team from everywhere but Europe. Clarke has said he will not be playing that week in the Seve Trophy on the European tour.
The only other pro caddie for Woods was Mike ``Fluff'' Cowan from the start of his career until early 1999.
As for Williams?
Woods said he was expected to be on the bag at the Deustche Bank Championship next week outside Boston, then return at the start of October for the American Express Championship in San Francisco.
He said Bryon Bell, his best friend from junior high school, would caddie for him Oct. 20-23 in the Funai Classic at Disney. Bell, who usually works Disney, was Woods' caddie when he won the Buick Invitational in 1999.
If there are horses for courses, it would seen Adam Scott is a thoroughbred on the TPC at Boston, having won and tied for second the first two years at the Deustche Bank Championship.
That's why it was peculiar to learn the 25-year-old Aussie is skipping this year's event.
Scott has been spinning his wheels, with only one top 10 since the U.S. Open. That was a tie for fifth at the Scandinavian Masters in Sweden.
``I'm taking a bit of a sabbatical,'' he said at the NEC Invitational. ``My head hasn't been in the game this week, and there's no point playing when you're not in the right frame of mind. I feel like I need to get away and practice putting for a week, not playing, and then come back out and get my head straight. It's been a long year.''
Scott left Firestone for Australia, his first trip home all year.
He won the Nissan Open, but it didn't count as an official victory because it was a 36-hole event delayed by rain. He played extremely well at the Match Play Championship, but ran into the unbeatable David Toms in the quarterfinals. His only other good opportunity was finishing one shot behind Sergio Garcia at the Booz Allen Classic.
``I'm ready for a bit of a break, where I can crash and come back focused, and hopefully get to the Mercedes,'' Scott said of the winners-only tournament at Kapalua.
Among his plans? Watching his beloved Adelaide Crows in Australian Rules Football.
The World Golf Hall of Fame ceremony in November will not include Vijay Singh, who decided to defer his induction because it conflicts with a tournament.
Singh will be playing in Asia at the end of the year, starting with the inaugural HSBC Champions in Shanghai.
``I tried to get them to change the dates, but there's so many things involved in it,'' Singh said. ``It's unfortunate, but I'm definitely going to be here next year to do that.''
Other inductees are Karrie Webb from the LPGA Tour; Ayako Okamoto from the International ballot; and Willie Park Sr., Alister Mackenzie and Bernard Darwin from lifetime achievement and veterans' categories. The induction ceremony is Nov. 14 in St. Augustine, Fla.
Singh isn't the first player to defer his induction. Seve Ballesteros also had a conflict and delayed his induction one year to 1999.
Tiger Woods won only one tournament and finished fourth on the PGA Tour money list in 2004, leading some to say he was in a slump.
Jerry Kelly would beg to differ with the definition.
After playing in the Tour Championship the last three years, Kelly has only one top 10 this season.
``It's the first prolonged slump I've had in five years,'' he said. ``It's been very difficult, but I've been going through some swing changes earlier in the year -- a lot of swing changes. I got behind the 8-ball early, and I put too much pressure on myself. Now I'm a little more relaxed. I'm going to just go out and play for a change.''
Then he shot 74-72 and missed the cut at the Reno-Tahoe Open.
U.S. captain Jack Nicklaus won't decide pairings until the Presidents Cup, but expect to see Tiger Woods and Fred Couples playing together. ... Oakland Hills, which held the Ryder Cup last year, will be 226 yards longer when it hosts the 2008 PGA Championship. Club members last week approved golf architect Rees Jones' recommendations to update the South course by stretching it to 7,303 yards as a par 70. ... For those wondering why Jesper Parnevik no longer flips up the bill of his cap, the answer is Lasik surgery. ``My eyes became a little light sensitive after that,'' he said. ``I shade my eyes from now on. It can get very bright here.'' ... Ernie Els is recovering from surgery to repair torn ligaments in his left knee, and the Big Easy is reporting good progress. He said on his Web site he can already fully straighten his knee, and is close to being able to bend it, ``which is pretty unusual so soon after this type of injury.''
Craig Bowden was 28-of-28 in fairways hit the first rounds of the Reno-Tahoe Open and still missed the cut.
``I've never made a nickel in my lifetime where I wasn't a little nervous getting it.'' -- Paul Azinger.
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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.”