Notes Nicklaus Says World Catching Up with US

By Associated PressJune 3, 2007, 4:00 pm
DUBLIN, Ohio -- Not far from the 18th green at Muirfield Village Golf Club are a dozen or so flags snapping in the breeze. They represent the home nations of the players participating in the Memorial Tournament.
 
A year after a Swede (Carl Pettersson) won the Memorial, the 2007 title was taken by South Korean K.J. Choi. Choi closed with a 7-under 65 on Sunday to beat Ryan Moore by a stroke. Six of the top 10 finishers were not from the United States.
 
Jack Nicklaus, the Memorial founder, said golf fans should get used to hearing about such successes. He said the balance of power in the game is tilting, perhaps necessitating a change in how teams are formed for the Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup, which pit a U.S. team against another gleaned from several countries.
 
'We keep playing the United States against the rest of the world,' said Nicklaus, the captain of the U.S. team in the Presidents Cup, which takes on an international team in September. 'Maybe we ought to play East versus West.'
 
Nicklaus said the game is spreading across the planet, with some areas producing players which never have before.
 
'We ought to divide this up a little differently, maybe the Americas (North and South) as a team because it's going to continue to go that way as the game grows internationally,' he said. 'That's not to say we're not going to have good golfers in the United States, but we're going to have good golfers everywhere else in the world and that's great for the game. I think you're going to continue to see that trend in the game.'
 
2008 HONOREES:
Each year the Memorial Tournament commemorates those who have made significant contributions to the game.
 
The tournament announced on Sunday that next year's honoree will be two-time major champion Tony Jacklin and posthumous honorees Ralph Guldahl, Charles Blair MacDonald and Craig Wood.
 
Jacklin won the 1969 British Open at Royal Lytham and then became the first British golfer in 50 years to win the U.S. Open in 1970. He played in seven Ryder Cups and was captain of the victorious European team in 1985 and 1987.
 
Guldahl was a star of the 1930s, taking U.S. Opens in 1937 and '38 along with the Masters in '39. The Canadian-born MacDonald won the first U.S. Amateur championship in 1895. Wood won 21 times on the PGA Tour, the highlight coming when he went wire-to-wire in the 1941 Masters.
 
The 2006 honorees were Mae Louise Suggs and Dow Finsterwald Sr.
 
PARENTHOOD:
Tiger Woods is looking forward to being a father.
 
It seemed that every time he turned around during the Memorial Tournament, someone was asking him about his wife Elin's pregnancy. She's due in early July.
 
'Yeah, it's coming up quickly,' Woods said after shooting a closing 5-under 67 on Sunday to finish eight shots behind winner K.J. Choi. 'It's just amazing how fast it's coming along. You figure that, oh, it'll get here eventually and then all of a sudden it's coming up quickly. We're very excited. Elin is at home chilling out, and I can't wait to get back there and hang out and start relaxing as well.'
 
Someone asked if the baby was a boy.
 
'I don't know anything,' Woods said with a laugh. 'You know more than I do then.'
 
CLOSE ... SORT OF:
Two-time Memorial winner Kenny Perry came out of nowhere to charge to a share of the lead. Perry, who likes to collect muscle cars, shot the best round on Sunday -- a 9-under 63 -- but didn't have enough fuel left in the tank to overtake K.J. Choi's closing 65.
 
'I was so far behind all day, trying to play catch-up,' said Perry, who won the Memorial in 1991 and again in 2003. 'So, you know, I had the gas pedal down all day. I was just pushing hard. I knew I just had to try to make birdie every hole.'
 
The highlight of his day came at the 447-yard, par-4 sixth hole when he holed a wedge from 131 yards for eagle.
 
Perry has lost 25 pounds and recovered from surgery on his right knee to right himself after some of the darkest moments of his career.
 
'It was just a great day for me, being from where I was two months ago to where I am today,' he said. 'It's been very uplifting.'
 
NICKLAUS AWARD:
Southern California freshman Jamie Lovemark was presented the Jack Nicklaus Award by its namesake on Sunday during the Memorial Tournament. The award is given annually to the national collegiate player of the year.
 
'There's quite a few pretty good names on that trophy, Jamie,' Nicklaus said during the presentation. 'If you want to stay around this afternoon, you'll see probably about 20 of those guys out her playing.'
 
Lovemark was the medalist at this year's NCAA championship at the Golden Horseshoe Golf Course in Williamsburg, Va. He also was medalist of the Pac-10, Big Ten/Pac-10 Challenge and the Oregon Duck Invitational. He made two cuts on the PGA TOUR at the Western Open and Buick Invitational.
 
Asked by his USC coach, Chris Zambri, if he planned on getting his degree, Lovemark smiled and said, 'I sure do. All three years of being stuck with you.'
 
DIVOTS:
Charles Howell III, after rounds of 69, 73 and 80, withdrew due to an undisclosed illness before the final 18 holes. ... Ryan Moore strung together five birdies in a row in a back-nine 31 to shoot 66 and take second place by himself, a shot back of Choi. ... Choi had 24 putts in the final round, and totaled 109 for the tournament.
 
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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.”