Notes Perry gets redemption Boo being Boo

By Associated PressSeptember 21, 2008, 4:00 pm
Ryder CupLOUISVILLE, Ky. ' Kenny Perrys career defining performance will also be his final one in Ryder Cup play.
With the Franklin, Ky. player working in front of a gallery packed with friends and family ' including his 84-year-old father, Ken Sr., in his trademark overalls ' Perry beat Henrik Stenson 3 and 2 in singles, giving him a 2-1-1 record in what he called one of the most memorable weeks of his life.
It was redemption of sorts for Perry, who blew a two-shot lead on the 18th during the final round of the 1996 PGA Championship at Valhalla and said for years the course owed him one. He rededicated himself this year to make the team, winning three times to earn a spot at age 48.
I said this was going to define my career, but you know what, it made my career, Perry said.
Perry made sure the 18th wouldnt come into play this time. He birdied four consecutive holes to take a 3-up lead after five holes and never let Stenson get closer than two the rest of the way.
The performance will be Perrys final one at the Ryder Cup. Dont look for him in Wales in 2010.
I want to go out on top, he said.
Boo Weekley is from western Florida, about 600 miles south of Valhalla, but you couldnt tell it from the way the Kentucky crowd adopted him this week.
From the chants of Booo every time he made a putt to the T-shirts proclaiming Kentucky as the home of the Red, White & Boo, the 35-year-old Weekley became a cult hero over the weekend.
I feel like Ive been adopted, Weekley said.
Maybe that explains Weekleys relaxed demeanor on the tee. Playing in arguably the biggest match of his life, Weekley drilled his tee shot then placed his driver between his legs and began riding it down the fairway.
Nine matches made it to the 18th hole over the first two days of the Ryder Cup, but those who staked out seats in the bleachers didnt get much action Sunday.
Only one match reached the final hole ' a halve between Hunter Mahan and Paul Casey.
The 10 matches going the distance this week were the fewest in a Ryder Cup since nine matches in 1995 at Oak Hill.
Under the current format that began in 1979, this was the first time that only one match reached the 18th hole on Sunday.
The action in the galleries at Valhalla were almost as entertaining as the golf.
U.S. and Europe fans spent most of the week going back and forth, and the battle continued during singles play.
Several U.S. fans brought signs usually saved for football games. One read The Streak Ends Here while another read Not on our turf.
The European supporters had their own way of getting behind their stars, creating chants for some of the more popular players and turning the blue-and-gold Team Europe flag into just about every article of clothing you could imagine.
Europe captain Nick Faldo, however, wished hed had a few more blue-and-gold fans behind the ropes.
I wish we werent quite so outnumbered in the crowd, Faldo said. Maybe high gas prices kept some from coming over.
As if Lee Westwood wasnt having a hard enough time in front of a highly partisan gallery, the longtime European star got a prank call at his hotel room late Saturday night.
He wasnt the only one. Garcia received a similar call, though he slept through it. It didnt stop with the players. Westwood said someone called his parents at 4:30 a.m.
I found that quite amusing, Westwood said. It upset my dads preparation for walking around the course today.
Justin Leonard didnt get to play the hero this time.
Nine years after his 45-foot putt gave the U.S. its last Ryder Cup win, Leonard didnt win a hole to Europes red-hot Robert Karlsson, losing 5 and 3.
Leonard, who teamed with Hunter Mahan to go 2-0-1 during the opening two days of the match, is 0-1-2 in singles play.
Leonard worried after Saturdays foursomes match how much gas he had left in the tank and sat out the afternoon matches. It didnt help. He fell behind on the fourth hole and simply couldnt make up ground on Karlsson, who finished the week 1-1-2.
Some of Leonards magic, however, may have rubbed off on his playing partner this week. Mahan drilled a 60-foot birdie putt on the 17th, helping ensure a half against Paul Casey.
Tiger Woods would have approved the U.S. teams outfits Sunday.
After wearing blue on Saturday, the team switched to red for the singles matches, and they werent the only ones.
Thousands of fans, at U.S. captain Paul Azingers request, followed suit. Azinger, however, didnt approve of all the red outfits.
A pair of European fans toted around red penguin figures and Azinger couldnt help but notice, telling people to forget about the red penguins and focus on the guys in the red shirts.
Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear met with First Minister of Wales Rhodri Morgan on Sunday to pass the baton from Valhalla to Wales, which will host the 2010 Ryder Cup at Celtic Manor.
Morgan and Deputy First Minister Ieuan Wyn Jones participated in the closing ceremonies, which included flying the Wales flag part of the official exchange of responsibility for hosting the Ryder Cup.
The Cup will return to the United States at Medinah outside Chicago in 2012. Future sites include Gleneagles in Scotland in 2014, Hazeltine in Minnesota in 2016 and Whistling Straits in Wisconsin in 2020.
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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.”