Notes Rough Finish for Hall Duvals Five Putt

By Associated PressJune 1, 2006, 4:00 pm
DUBLIN, Ohio -- Kevin Hall's big day sure started a lot better than it ended.
On the par-4 opening hole Thursday in the first round of the Memorial, the PGA Tour's first and only deaf player hit a 285-yard drive, a 185-yard approach and then rolled in a 22-foot birdie putt.
'I thought that was cool,' he said later through a signer, a wide grin creasing his face.
It ended up being the 23-year-old former Big Ten medalist's only birdie of the day. Six bogeys and a double bogey later, the former Ohio State player was stuck with a 79 in his fifth career PGA Tour event.
He remained upbeat. His only regret was that he didn't play better in front of a large gallery of family, friends and newfound admirers.
'It was a step in the right direction,' he said. 'I will improve.'
Hall, who lost his hearing and nearly his life from a bout with meningitis at the age of 2, was medalist at the first stage of qualifying for his PGA Tour card last year before playing poorly in the second stage.
He's never made a cut in five tour events. He received an exemption to get into the Memorial.
After making a bogey on the final hole, he signed his score card and then immediately walked to a young boy standing alone at the gallery ropes. He handed him his golf ball.
'I like to see their perspective,' he said of the many kids -- some of whom were deaf -- who followed him throughout the round. 'Golf is not all about getting angry. You have to enjoy life.'
Sean O'Hair has changed swing coaches and recently switched caddies, but what is helping him the most is changing his outlook. The rookie of the year in 2005 felt a big burden this year, and he was being a little hard on himself.
'I think the pressure I put on myself going into this year was a tremendous amount,' O'Hair said. 'I had a lot of expectations of myself because I felt that, 'Hey, I've proved myself, I can compete with these guys,' instead of just focusing on what I did last year, and that was to play my game.'
O'Hair missed four straight cuts early in the season and still doesn't have a top 10. His best stroke-play event came last week at the Byron Nelson Championship, a tie for 19th.
'Whenever I had a bad hole it was like, 'I've got to fight back.' Now, it's kind of like, 'Let's just move on and play,'' he said. 'I tried to jump ahead of myself and I just need to get back to the present time.'
He was 2 over through three holes after his double bogey at No. 3, and wound up at 5-under 67 and the clubhouse leader.
The first round of was suspended due to threatening weather with 30 players still on the course. They will complete the opening round on Friday morning, with the second round following immediately.
Tournament officials know the routine. In its 31 years, the Memorial has had 28 rounds delayed, interrupted or canceled because of inclement weather.
And more storms are expected Friday morning.
David Duval was poised to join the leaders with two shots as pure as he has ever hit on the par-5 11th, a power draw into the fairway and a 3-wood into the breeze from 258 yards that stopped 25 feet behind the hole.
He was 2 under at the time.
Five putts later, he walked off the green at even par.
'I putted well all day,' Duval said. 'That's the funny thing.'
He wasn't laughing on the green. The cup was atop a slight ridge, and Duval's eagle putt was a tad too hard and went 6 feet by. He hit a firm stroke to take out the break, it caught the right edge of the cup and went 2 1/2 feet by. His par putt was the only time his brain went to sleep, and it caught the lip and spun down the hill 8 feet. The next one also caught the lip, and he tapped in for double bogey.
'You sack up with a big drive and a big 3-wood and then ... it just stinks,' he said.
He bogeyed the hole before with a 35-foot par putt that went 360 degrees around the cup, and he believes his five-putt had something do with missing the par-3 12th green and having to make a 15-footer just to save bogey.
The good news? Despite that stretch, Duval wound up with a 1-under 71.
Dave Renwick, the former caddie for Vijay Singh, is back at work this week. Singh and Renwick parted ways after the 2004 season, when the Fijian won nine times and reached No. 1 in the world. Renwick is working this week for Mark Hensby. ... Steve Williams, the caddie for Tiger Woods, complained loudly last year about having to wear white coveralls like the ones they wear at the Masters. This year, caddies are wearing only the white top, with short sleeves, and Williams isn't around to enjoy the break. ... John Daly had quadruple-bogey 8 and birdie 3 on the final two holes to post an 80.
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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

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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.”