Notes Paddys failed bid A trip down Magnolia Lane

By Associated PressJuly 19, 2009, 4:00 pm
135th Open Championship TURNBERRY, Scotland ' Padraig Harrington failed in his bid to become the first player in more than 50 years to win the British Open three straight times. The good news?
Ive another 28 of these to come back to, Harrington said, alluding to Open champions invited back until they are older than 60.
Harrington opened steadily with a 69, but he struggled with the wind arrived off the Ayrshire coast. The 74 was a setback Friday, the 76 knocked him out of contention and he closed with a 73.
It had to come to an end at some stage, Harrington said. I know I will come back and compete in many more Opens and win some more majors.
It was the second time this year he has gone for three in a row at a major. At the Masters, he was trying to join Tiger Woods and Ben Hogan as the only players to win three straight majors. He wasnt close at Augusta National, either. Harrington has been slowed all year from spending too much attention on his swing, and not enough to scoring.
He is getting closer, but time is running out.
The key now is to be ready for the PGA, and thats really what Im looking at, he said. I believe my game will be good and strong going into that, and thats what Ive got to aim for.
Harrington will be the defending champion at the PGA Championship, played next month at Hazeltine outside Minneapolis.
Tom Watson wondered if Harrington was making a mistake by trying to shorten his swing. The Irishman appreciated the tip, but said that wasnt the case.
Ive never tried to shorten my swing, he said. Thats obviously something you guys have come up with to try to analyze it. Im a great believer that your swing finds its natural length, as Tom Watsons swing has found its natural length. It is very nice that he would take time out and give a helping hand, but obviously, hes got the wrong information, as many people have.

MAGNOLIA LANE: Chris Wood has played in two majors, and has finished in the top five both times.
He was a 20-year-old amateur last year at Royal Birkdale when he tied for fifth, which made him eligible for this British Open. By matching the low score of the final round, a 3-under 67, Wood wound up one shot out of the playoff and tied for third.
Last year I think helped me an awful lot today, he said. Its weird to say Im only 21 and Ive contended in two majors already. The experiences Ive got out of the Open, theyre going to be amazing for my career.
This finish gave him a chance at a third major.
The top four at the British Open are eligible for the Masters, so Wood will get his first trip to Augusta National.
Wood played the final round with Justin Rose, which was a small coincidence. Rose was the low amateur at Royal Birkdale in 1998.
We both won a silver medal, and both sort of made our names in the Open, really, Wood said. To play with him on the last day when we both had a chance was pretty good.
Rose shot 70 and tied for 13th.

WATSONS WEEK: Tom Watson had at least a share of the 54-hole lead in a major for the 13th time, one fewer than the record held by Tiger Woods, one more than his old rival, Jack Nicklaus.
His success rate isnt nearly as high, however.
Woods has won all 14 times he has had a 54-hole lead, while Nicklaus was 10-2, losing only to Charles Coody in the 1971 Masters and to Watson in the 1977 British Open at Turnberry.
Watson is now 6-7. Until Sunday, the last time he had failed to win with a 54-hole lead was in the 1987 U.S. Open at Olympic Club, known as the Graveyard of Champions.

ON TO ST. ANDREWS: Richard S. Johnson and Thomas Aiken had to qualify for the British Open this year, while Mathew Goggin only got in as an alternate. They wont have to worry about that next year.
The British Open exempts anyone finishing among the top 10 the previous year. Goggin tied for fifth, while Aiken and Johnson finished another stroke behind.
British Amateur champion Matteo Manassero took bogey on the last hole, missing the top 10 by one shot.

DOUBLE EAGLE HAS LANDED: Ten years after his stunning British Open victory, Paul Lawrie delivered another surprising thrill at Turnberry. He had a double eagle ' the rarest shot in golf ' by holing out a 4-iron from 213 yards on the par-5 seventh.
First time, Lawrie said. Ive not holed it before at a par 5. I just hit a nice 4-iron, and I saw it go in, too, which was nice.
It helped atone for the triple bogey he made five holes later at the 12th, and Lawrie wound up with a 68.
That wasnt the only big shot of the final round.
Thomas Levet of France, who lost a playoff at Muirfield seven years ago, made a hole-in-one on the 15th hole on his way to a 71.
Kevin Sutherland holed from the fairway at No. 5, the second-toughest hole in the final round, for an eagle. He was on the first page of the leaderboard until taking a quintuple-bogey 9 on the 14th. Sutherland wound up with a 75.

DIVOTS: John Daly had two double bogeys and an eagle in an otherwise routine round of 72. He tied for 27th, his best finish since a tie for 15th in 2005 at St. Andrews, where he won his only Claret Jug. Jim Nantz, the golf announcer for CBS Sports, made a cameo on the BBC when Peter Alliss moved over to ABC Sports for a one-hour stint. Nantz usually only does the Masters and PGA Championship. He is a member of the Royal & Ancient. Andres Romero made eagle on both the par 5s and shot 67. Cinks victory means Americans won the British Open seven times this decade.
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    Hataoka leads Minjee Lee by one at LPGA Volvik

    By Associated PressMay 26, 2018, 12:54 am

    ANN ARBOR, Mich. - After losing in a playoff last weekend, Nasa Hataoka is making another bid for her first LPGA Tour victory.

    Hataoka shot a 4-under 68 on Friday, and the Japanese teenager led by one stroke over Minjee Lee after the second round of the Volvik Championship. Hataoka, who is coming off the first two top-10 finishes of her LPGA career, made seven birdies at Travis Pointe Country Club. She began her round on No. 10, and her best stretch came toward the end, when she birdied Nos. 4, 5 and 6.

    ''I'm really comfortable playing the LPGA,'' the 19-year-old Hataoka said through a translator. ''I've really got confidence now.''

    Hataoka made the cut nine times in 17 starts as a rookie in 2017, and she has made significant strides of late. She tied for seventh at last month's MEDIHEAL Championship and nearly won a week ago at the Kingsmill Championship in Virginia.

    Hataoka finished the second round in Michigan at 9 under. Lee (69) was also solid Friday. Gaby Lopez (68), Jodi Ewart Shadoff (70) and Lindy Duncan (70) were a stroke behind Lee in a tie for third.

    Hataoka did not make a single bogey in last week's three-round tournament, and she didn't have any in the first round in Michigan. She finally made a few Friday, but that didn't stop her from taking sole possession of the lead.

    ''I kind of feel like not really perfect, but I just kind of try to (be) aggressive,'' she said.

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    Lee, who lost by one stroke on this course last year, is in contention again.

    ''I guess the fairways are pretty generous and I think the greens are a little bit on the trickier side to read,'' Lee said. ''As long as your iron shots are pretty solid, I think you're going to be in good position around this golf course.''

    Lee birdied the first two holes, and the only blemish on her scorecard Friday came on the par-5 14th. After missing the fairway to the right, she hit an aggressive shot out of the rough that went straight toward a water hazard well in front of the green. She settled for a bogey after taking a drop.

    ''I thought the ball was sitting OK in the rough, but it must have been a bit funny, or underneath it,'' she said. ''I made a mistake. I thought it was good enough to hit 3-wood there.''

    Lee lost last year in Michigan to Shanshan Feng, but Feng will have some ground to make up in her attempt to repeat. She shot 69 on Friday but is still eight strokes behind the leader.

    Ariya Jutanugarn was 6 under after a second consecutive 69.

    Lopez made only six pars in the second round, tied for the fewest of the day, but her eight birdies and four bogeys put her near the top of the leaderboard.

    ''It was a little bit of an up and down,'' she said. ''There's so many opportunities out here to make birdie, that the most important thing to do is just to be patient, to be in the moment and not to get ahead of yourself. I think I came back from a couple mistakes that I did.''

    In contrast to Lopez, Brittany Lincicome parred all 18 holes Friday and made the cut at 1 under. Paula Creamer (71) triple bogeyed the par-4 13th. She followed that with an eagle on the very next hole but missed the cut by a stroke.

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    Childhood rivals share Sr. PGA lead

    By Associated PressMay 26, 2018, 12:00 am

    BENTON HARBOR, Mich. - Kevin Sutherland and Scott McCarron have been rivals since their junior golf days around Sacramento, California. The two old friends were back at it Friday at the top of the Senior PGA Championship leaderboard.

    ''It's honestly, nothing new for us,'' said Sutherland who played in the third-to-last group and birdied his last two holes for a 5-under 66 to match McCarron at 8 under.

    McCarron had a 68 in the morning wave to emerge from a championship record group of six tied for the first-round lead.

    Sutherland was last year's Charles Schwab Cup winner with his only senior win coming in the season-ending Charles Schwab Cup Championship, while McCarron has six PGA Tour Champions wins, including a major at the 2017 Senior Players Championship.

    ''We are both (Northern California) guys, played in high school, junior golf, on tour and it seems like a lot on the Champions Tour,'' Sutherland said. ''We were in the last group on Sundays a lot last year. Scott played so well and had an incredible year, and I had a great year, too.''

    Sutherland's lone PGA Tour victory came at McCarron's expense in 2002 at La Costa in the Accenture Match Play Championship, when he beat McCarron 1 up in the 36-hole final. As youngsters they played on opposing high school teams located about an hour apart and met often in state tournaments as well as on the California junior circuit.

    ''It's been happening for 30 years, wait 35 years now, I guess,'' Sutherland said. ''Playing together on a Saturday is a little different. We're both still trying to get in position to win.''

    Jerry Kelly shot a 65 to join Tim Petrovic (69), Chris Williams (68) and Joe Durant (67) at 7 under. Durant tied for second last week in the Regions Tradition, also a major championship.

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    McCarron feels like he is just starting to warm to the task this year. He had to replace his clubs, including a favored putter damaged beyond repair in air transit two months ago.

    ''I've been putting with a back-up putter I had, but it just didn't feel quite right,'' he said. ''I changed last Sunday at the Regions Tradition and started putting better on Sunday. So I'm using this one again this week and seem to be putting pretty good with it.''

    McCarron said the Harbor Shores course played a little tougher in light winds in the second round. He made six birdies and three bogeys.

    ''I would just like to have a couple of those bogeys back,'' he said. ''But we're in a good position going into the weekend.''

    McCarron came to the press center after his round and walked in on a press conference where course-designer Jack and Barbara Nicklaus were being honored by sponsoring KitchenAid with the establishment of a local college scholarship program in their name.

    McCarron, who said he has idolized Nicklaus since his youth, played media and asked Nicklaus what he ate when he was near the lead going into the weekend of a major championship.

    Nicklaus said if you play well one day, eat the same thing the next day.

    ''But no hamburgers, or you will play like hamburger,'' he said.

    Stuart Smith, the Reno, Neveda, club pro who was tied for the lead after the first round, missed the 36-hole cut with a second-round 83.

    ''I'll take the 66, 83 and enjoy the 66 yesterday,'' he said. ''You put this one down to just plain old golf. It's a nasty game we play sometimes. Glad I have a day job.''

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    Wise, Simpson both miss cut at Colonial

    By Nick MentaMay 25, 2018, 11:34 pm

    The two most recent winners on the PGA Tour, Aaron Wise and Webb Simpson, missed the cut at the Fort Worth Invitational on Friday.

    Wise and Simpson both came up short of the 2-over total by a shot following rounds of 70-73.

    Wise was safely inside the number before playing his last four holes in 4 over par with two bogeys and a closing double following a trip into the water at the par-4 ninth.

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    Simpson, making his first start following his Players triumph, similarly struggled coming home, bogeying three of his final six holes.

    Other notables who won't be around for the weekend at Colonial include Xander Schauffele (+4), Jason Dufner (+5), Patrick Cantlay (+6), Smylie Kaufman (+13), and Sam Burns (+13).

    This is Kaufman's 11th consecutive MC and his 15th in his last 16 starts.

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    Sr. PGA caddie learns of nephew's heroism in school shooting

    By Tim RosaforteMay 25, 2018, 10:33 pm

    Tracy Hubly caddied for her husband, club pro Chris Starkjohann, on Friday at the KitchenAid Senior PGA and learned after their round that her nephew was credited with helping stop the school shooting at Noblesville West Middle School in Indiana.

    Jason Seaman, a 29-year-old science instructor and seventh grade football coach at the school, took three bullets but survived as what his aunt called a hero.

    “You hear the stories about these shootings and I think about Parkland and the officer that was trained but didn’t go into the school,” Hubly said. “It’s really shocking to think it comes close to your family, but it does."

    It’s not unusual for Hubly to caddie for her husband, a teacher at Carlsbad Golf Center and coach of a PGA Junior League program in Southern California. Hubly, who works in the pro shop at Emerald Island Golf Course in Oceanside, Calif., was on the bag when he was low golf professional at the 2009 Senior PGA Championship held at Canterbury GC. 

    Starkjohann, 61, missed the cut at Harbor Shores with rounds of 76-79—155 and was heading to the Colorado State Open.

     “I didn’t hear about it until after my round was done,” Starkjohann said. “Everything happened after I got in.”