Notes No Rainbow Just Clouds for Love

By Associated PressAugust 14, 2005, 4:00 pm
2005 PGA ChampionshipSPRINGFIELD, N.J. -- Davis Love III spent a lot time Sunday looking skyward, but there was no rainbow at this PGA Championship, just storm clouds.
 
Love shared the lead and the final pairing with Phil Mickelson at Baltusrol but fell off the pace quickly with three straight bogeys from Nos. 3-5, dropping from 6-under at the start to 3- under after the fifth. Another bogey at the seventh sent Love to 2-under and in danger of disappearing from the leaderboard.
 
The 1997 PGA champ rebounded with a birdie at the 10th but gave that stroke back at the 11th.

Davis Love III
Overnight co-leader Davis Love III struggled on Sunday, going 4-over through 13 holes.
He was at 2-under, two strokes behind the front-running Mickelson with five holes remaining when play was suspended.
 
Mickelson, looking for another major to go with his 2004 Masters title, got to 7-under with a birdie at the fourth but struggled over the next five holes. He was at 4-under by the turn and dropped another stroke with a bogey at the 10th before a birdie at the 13th got him back to 4-under.
 
Love kept a close eye on the darkening sky, and when he heard a crack of lightning while on the 14th green, he quickly left the course.
 
Love had credited patience for his success in the early rounds, when he looked nothing like the player who failed to make the cut at the Masters and British Open, but that virtue was missing Sunday. Love hit just four of 10 fairways and posted five bogeys and one birdie over 13 holes.
 
In 1997, as Love putted out on the 18th green to win the PGA title for his only major, a rainbow appeared in the sky over Winged Foot, which he took as a sign that his late father was looking down on him.
 
On Sunday, storm clouds descended on Baltusrol and left Love and the other players hoping for a clearer sky on Monday for completion of the final round.
 
STANDING ROOM ONLY
The final round of the PGA might have provided plenty of drama, but the setting of the 554-yard closing hole hardly seemed like a theater.
 
The PGA of America decided not to ring the 18th green at Baltusrol with grandstands. A three-story television tower was built directly behind the green, and the one set of bleachers that was constructed to the right of the green filled up early, as did the clubhouse balcony, which provided members with an unobstructed view of the final green.
 
Other spectators hoping to watch the finish were left to crowd a sloping, open area between the stately clubhouse and green.
 
Kerry Haigh, managing director of tournaments for the PGA of America, said consideration was given to surrounding the green with stands to accommodate 1,500 to 1,800 spectators.
 
``Had we done so, we would have also blocked out the view of the clubhouse,'' Haigh said. ``So, by not putting one there, we feel we've got a similar number viewing from the clubhouse, plus two or three thousand on the ground, with the slope of the land, being able to see.''
 
Bleachers surrounded the green of the par-3 fourth a few hundred yards from the 18th, and Haigh expected fans to also fill those seats to watch the leaders finish.
 
The setup was similar to that used during the 1993 U.S. Open at the club, although Haigh said another set of bleachers was constructed short and right of the green.
 
He was satisfied that the optimum number of spectators would be able to view the final hole.
 
``Although it may have looked more theaterlike, I think you'll find more people will be able to see the finish,'' he said. ``We certainly wanted to maximize the viewing potential there, and I think we did so.''
 
CLUB PROS
Steve Schneiter closed with a flourish, making eagle at the 72nd hole for the best finish of the four club pros who qualified for the weekend.
 
The assistant from Sandy, Utah, who failed to make the cut in seven previous PGAs, followed three 72s with an even-par 70 to finish 6 over par.
 
``I'm honored to be the low club pro,'' said the 41-year-old Schneiter, who earned a spot in the closing ceremony with his finish. ``I don't know if I deserve being with the champion -- I mean, shooting 6 over par -- but I think that's a neat thing and I'll cherish this week for a long time.''
 
Ron Philo Jr., who had his sister, LPGA player Laura Diaz, as his caddie, had a final-round 72 and was 9 over.
 
Reigning club pro champion Mike Small, the men's golf coach at Illinois, finished 15-over after a 73, and Darrell Kestner, the head pro at Deepdale Golf Club in Manhassett, N.Y., had a four-round total of 19-over after a closing 73.
 
DALY AT 17 -- AND MORE
Despite his best effort, John Daly wasn't able to reach the 650-yard 17th hole in two in the final round, leaving his 3-wood from 286 yards short.
 
The 1991 PGA champion hit a driver and 3-iron to reach the green during the third round and, for the second straight major at Baltusrol, was the only player to make the par-5 in two shots. Tiger Woods reached it with a 2-iron Sunday, but his ball ran through into the rough just behind the green.
 
Daly played the hole in 1-under for the championship.
 
At the 1993 U.S. Open, when the hole was 20 yards shorter, Daly was the only player to reach it in two shots, hitting 1-iron for his second shot.
 
Daly averaged 334.6 yards per drive in the PGA, hitting 18 of 56 fairways.
 
One day after using a wedge to putt over the final eight holes because the head of his putter became loose, Daly returned to a conventional flat stick and was pleased with his performance.
 
``I actually putted the ball really well today,'' Daly said after having 32 putts in a 74 to finish 12 over.
 
CROWDED LEADERBOARD EQUALS RATINGS
The overnight television ratings for the third round of the PGA were 42 percent higher than last year and 7 percent better than 2003.
 
CBS Sports' Saturday broadcast from Baltusrol drew a 4.4 rating and an 11 share, well above the 2004 championship at Whistling Straits, which had a 3.1 rating and 7 share. The third round of the 2003 PGA at Oak Hill drew an overnight rating of 4.1 and a 10 share.
 
Overnight ratings measure the 55 largest TV markets in the United States, covering nearly 70 percent of the country. Each overnight rating point represents about 735,000 TV homes.
 
DIVOTS
The top 15 finishers and ties automatically qualified for next year's PGA at Medinah, and the top five earn a spot in the Masters. ... Former Ryder Cup captain Hal Sutton made his first cut of the year but finished last among the 79 players who made the cut, closing with a 78 for a 300 total. ... U.S. Open champion Michael Campbell had a second straight 69 to finish 1-under. It was his best finish in seven PGAs.
 
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    Levy wins Trophee Hassan for fifth European Tour title

    By Associated PressApril 22, 2018, 6:32 pm

    RABAT, Morocco - Alexander Levy finished with a 2-under 70 Sunday to win the Trophee Hassan II in Morocco by a shot from overnight leader Alvaro Quiros.

    One off the lead overnight, Levy made two of his four birdies in his first five holes to hit the front and stayed ahead for the rest of the final day at the Royal Golf Dar Es Salam course.

    It was the 27-year-old Frenchman's fifth European Tour victory and he will take winning form to Beijing next week when he defends his China Open title.

    Levy ended 8-under 280 overall, one ahead of Spain's Quiros, who closed with a second straight 72.


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    With his chasers pushing hard, Levy kept his cool after dropping a shot on No. 16. He birdied the short, par-3 No. 17 and made par at the last.

    Quiros birdied his last two holes to make sure of second place outright. He needed an eagle on No. 18 to force a playoff.

    A group of four players finished in a tie for third, including Italy's Andrea Pavan, who finished with a brilliant 6-under 66. Swedish pair Joakim Lagergren (70) and Alexander Bjork (70) and Finland's Mikko Ilonen (72) also shared third.

    Levy had three other top 10 finishes in his five previous events this season and moved up to ninth on the European Tour's Race to Dubai points list.

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    (Not that) Jutanugarn shares lead with (not that) Ko

    By Associated PressApril 22, 2018, 1:58 am

    LOS ANGELES - A player eager for her first win and a rookie top the leaderboard at the HUGEL-JTBC LA Open. Lurking two shots back is a Hall of Famer.

    Winless Moriya Jutanugarn overcame a poor start and birdied the 18th for a hard-earned 1-under 70 to tie rookie Jin Young Ko at 9 under on Saturday at Wilshire Country Club.

    Ko shot a 66 in her bid to become the year's first two-time LPGA winner. She won the Women's Australian Open in February, her first victory as an official tour member after a successful run on the Korean LPGA circuit.

    ''I'm ready for win or top 10, so maybe tomorrow I will really focus on shot by shot,'' said Ko, who added an exclamation point to her golf bag for each of her wins on the KLPGA. ''I won 11 times, so if I win tomorrow, maybe I change to 12. I need more, I need every time motivation.''

    Jutanugarn is trying to match younger sister Ariya as a tour champion. Seven-time winner Ariya was tied for 27th after a 72 in the third round.

    Usually when one of the Thai sisters is in the lead, the other will watch when her round is finished.

    ''If she's not too lazy, she is probably going to come out,'' Moriya said about Ariya.

    Playing in an all-Korean threesome, Hall of Famer Inbee Park was two shots back in third after a 69. Her birdie putt for a share of the lead on 18 slid just by the hole. The group drew a large contingent of Korean fans.


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    ''I kind of started off a little bad. I was able to come back strong, so I'm really happy with that,'' Park said. ''I left a few putts out there. The greens around this golf course are just really tough. You just don't know what's going to happen.''

    Moriya Jutanugarn's round included a double bogey on the par-4 first hole and a bogey on the par-4 sixth. She eagled the par-4 14th after holing out from the fairway 93 feet away. The ball took once bounce and went in, eliciting a stunned look from Jutanugarn before she high-fived her caddie.

    ''Today was kind of a pretty rough day for me with not a very good start and like trying to come back,'' Jutanugarn said. ''I just try to play my game and be patient out there I think is the key.''

    Jutanugarn, the second-round leader, read the break perfectly on a long putt to make birdie on 18 and share the lead with Ko.

    Playing two groups ahead of Jutanugarn, Caroline Inglis also eagled the 14th from 180 yards. She briefly jumped up and down and smiled after three bogeys and a double bogey. She shot a 69 and was four shots back in a tie for sixth with Minjee Lee.

    ''It was like one bounce and then it like trickled in,'' Inglis said.

    Aditi Ashok eagled 14 early in the round.

    Ko did some scrambling of her own. Her ball found a sandy hazard on the 17th with a scoreboard and a winding creek in between her and the green 190 yards away. Her approach landed just off the green and she made par. Her round included six birdies and a bogey on 16.

    Eun-Hee Ji (70) and American Marina Alex (72) were tied for fourth at 6 under.

    Top-ranked Shanshan Feng shot a 70 and was in a six-way tie for 12th at 2 under.

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    Defending champs Singh, Franco take senior lead

    By Associated PressApril 22, 2018, 12:15 am

    RIDGEDALE, Mo. - Defending champions Vijay Singh and Carlos Franco took the third-round lead Saturday in the windy Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf.

    Singh and Franco shot a 7-under 47 in wind gusting to 20 mph on the Top of the Rock par-3 course to get to 19-under 145, a stroke ahead of the teams of David Toms-Steve Flesch and Paul Broadhurst-Kirk Triplett.

    ''It was a tough day,'' Singh said. ''The wind was swirling, have to get the club right and we made some putts. Carlos played really well on the back nine and I played really well on the front nine, so we ham-and-egged it a little.''

    Toms and Flesch also shot 47, and Broadhurst and Triplett had a 33 on the 13-hole Mountain Top par-3 course.

    ''We just paired well together,'' Toms said. ''I don't think either one of us played great. We picked each other up out there.''

    Wind and rain is expected Sunday when the teams finish at Top of the Rock, again playing the front nine in alternate shot and the back nine in better ball.

    ''Make as many birdies as possible and see what happens,'' Singh said. ''That's all we can do.''

    Singh and Franco are trying to become the first to successfully defend a title since Jim Colbert and Andy North in 2001. Singh won the Toshiba Classic in March for his first individual senior title.


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    Flesch won the Mitsubishi Electric Classic last week in Georgia for his first senior victory.

    Tom Lehman and Bernhard Langer had a 34 at Mountain Top to join Spanish stars Miguel Angel Jimenez and Jose Maria Olazabal at 17 under. Jimenez and Olazabal had a 33 at Mountain Top.

    ''It's great for me to be able to play with him as a team member,'' Olazabal said. ''We do have great memories from the Ryder Cup and other events, and it's always a great pleasure to play with a great player and a friend.''

    Langer took the final-round forecast in stride.

    ''We've done it hundreds of times before and we'll probably do it again,'' Langer said. ''We'll make the best of it. We both have a good attitude. We're known to play in all sorts of weather and I just look forward to playing one more day with my partner here.''

    Wisconsin neighbors Steve Stricker and Jerry Kelly were 16 under after a 48 at Top of the Rock.

    John Daly and Michael Allen, the second-round leaders after a 46 at Top of the Rock, had a 37 at Mountain Top to drop into a tie for seventh at 15 under.

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    Landry shares Valero lead, eyes first career win

    By Will GrayApril 21, 2018, 11:15 pm

    After coming up just short of a breakthrough win earlier this season, Andrew Landry has another chance to earn his maiden victory at the Valero Texas Open.

    Landry came within inches of winning the CareerBuilder Challenge in January, ultimately losing to Jon Rahm in a four-hole playoff. He struggled to find form in the wake of his close call, missing the cut in each of his four starts following his runner-up finish in Palm Springs.

    But Landry took some time off to welcome his first child, Brooks, last month and he made it to the weekend in his first start back last week at the RBC Heritage, where he finished T-42. He made a move up the standings Saturday at TPC San Antonio with a bogey-free 67, and at 13 under shares the lead with Zach Johnson heading into the final round.

    "I just did everything really good," Landry told reporters. "I was staying patient and just trying to make a bunch of pars. This golf course can come up and bite you in a heartbeat, and I had a couple bad putts that I didn't really make. I'm happy with it, it's a good 5-under round. Gets me in the final group tomorrow and we'll see what happens."


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    Landry started the day one shot off the pace and in the final group with Johnson and Ryan Moore, and at one point he took sole possession of the lead after birdies on three of his first six holes. Now he'll have another chance in the day's final tee time where he's grouped with Johnson and Trey Mullinax, who sits one shot back after firing a course-record 62 in the third round.

    For Landry, it's another opportunity to break into the winner's circle, and it's one for which he feels prepared after coming so close three months ago.

    "I mean, I don't want to go too deep into it because I don't want to sound cocky or anything, but I just believe in myself. There's no other explanation for it," Landry said. "You can totally get out here and play with Zach Johnson, Ryan Moore, two top players in the world, and you can go out there and fold under pressure or you can learn a lot.

    "Zach's always been a role model to me the way he plays golf, I feel like we have very similar games, and it's just going to be fun tomorrow getting to play with him again."