Notes Open Headed Back to Olympic

By Associated PressJune 15, 2005, 4:00 pm
PINEHURST, N.C. -- The U.S. Open is heading back to the Olympic Club.
The USGA announced Wednesday that the course near San Francisco would host the tournament for the fifth time in 2012 -- and the first time since 1998.
That year, Payne Stewart and others complained mightily about the hole location at the 18th hole in the second round. Stewart three-putted from 8 feet -- his attempt at birdie left him with a 25-footer for par -- and Kirk Triplett stopped his ball with his putter as it rolled down the slope, incurring a two-stroke penalty.
But Walter Driver, the president of the U.S. Championship Committee, denied the USGA asked the club to change the green.
'Olympic is a great venue, has a wonderful history of national championships and it's a fine golf course, and the membership and the community are very much in favor of having the Open there,' Driver said. 'We're pleased with the changes they made at the golf course in terms of opening it up for air movement. But we don't
dictate changes in the golf course usually as a condition for having the Open.'
Olympic's Lake Course opened in 1927 and has hosted nine USGA championships, including the U.S. Junior Amateur last year.
When he's playing well, Fred Funk enjoys mingling with the gallery, and his fun was on display during his final practice round Wednesday.
He went to the 18th tee well ahead of his playing partners, and when the marshals continued to allow fans to use the crosswalk about 150 yards up the fairway, Funk jokingly acted annoyed. Then he took out his driver and punched his ball just short of where they were walking.
'I like having fun and letting them realize they're appreciated out there and they're recognized,' Funk said. 'When I'm like that, that's when I'm playing my best, too, when I'm having fun with the gallery. Sometimes, you're so frustrated or so focused you don't interact as much, and you can't turn it on and off sometimes when the gun sounds.'
Assuming he's on form, the winner of this year's Players Championship should have little trouble keeping his ball in play, a premium in every U.S. Open. He leads the PGA Tour in driving accuracy, hitting 76 percent of the fairways, and several players have mentioned him as one of the favorites.
Funk finished sixth last year at Shinnecock Hills.
'I would believe I would be one of the favorites if I'm playing as good as I can off the tee,' he said. 'If I'm hitting the ball solid off the tee and hitting it as straight as I normally do, I can be in the fairway a little bit more often than some of the other guys. Then if I can do the other part of my game, it'll just give me ... more options to get in the green and have some scoring opportunities.'
It isn't quite the winter rules most golfers find at their local muni, but the USGA will allow players to move their ball this week if it's within two club lengths of a sprinkler that also is within two club lengths of the green.
'That's a standard local rule, and we have looked at it here and we think that there are positions around the greens where if we did not give that customary relief, you would take away one of the options that the players might otherwise have,' said Walter Driver, the president of the U.S. Championship Committee. 'We want them to have the option around the green of putting, using the fairway wood, bumping the ball into the hill or taking a wedge and trying any of those shots they want.'
The same relief won't be available from the areas around the putting surfaces sodded recently. A few players have complained about the inconsistency of this grass, but Driver isn't worried. 'Generally, we think it's fine,' he said. 'Those have been closely mowed, rolled. And most of those areas we think will play without any difficultly for the players, although we recognize that it's not going to be perfect. But we think it's very playable.'
Pinehurst Resort, home of the famed No. 2 course, will open a golf fitness lab at its learning center in conjunction with the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, giving players a chance to study how their conditioning affects their swing.
'Pinehurst has spent years developing a teaching method personalized to each golfer -- regardless of the equipment they use,' said Matt Massei, director of golf at the resort. '... We've created a total golf education approach that can't be found at another golf resort. It is a groundbreaking step.'
Cost of the new fitness lab range from $25 for a swing mechanics evaluation to $950 for a full swing and fitness test, a 3- or 4-hour program including biomechanics testing, exercise review and swing instruction.
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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.”