Notes Short Trip Furyks Start Hot Hot Hot

By Associated PressAugust 9, 2007, 4:00 pm
PGA ChampionshipTULSA, Okla. -- Bob Estes arrived at Southern Hills about 9 a.m. Thursday as an alternate, hoping to play in the PGA Championship for the 10th straight year. By 2 p.m., he was on his way back to the airport to fly home to Austin, Texas.
 
At least it was a short trip.
 
The last time Estes showed up at a major championship as an alternate, he flew from Texas to Scotland for the 2005 British Open at St. Andrews and still didn't get in.
 
This was one was because of miscommunication.
 
Estes was the third alternate behind Brian Gay and Stephen Marino, but said he saw something on GOLF CHANNEL on Wednesday that indicated Gay was in the field. That would move him up to No. 2, enough for him to start making travel plans.
 
He called Sentient Jet, which has a marketing agreement with the PGA TOUR, and was told a private jet from Austin to Tulsa would cost $9,000 and get him to Southern Hills in time for the first tee time at 7:30 a.m.
 
'I decided to pay $175 on ExpressJet and get here at 8:30,' he said.
 
Imagine his surprise to realize that Gay was still an alternate. Realizing that no one was about to withdraw, Marino left town. Gay was cleaning out his locker and Estes was back on the phone book another flight.
 
'I made the mistake of not calling myself,' Estes said.
 
Reminded that he was an alternate at St. Andrews and didn't get in, Estes agreed that the return flight would be much shorter.
 
'And I didn't spend $9,000,' he said. 'I would fly around the world for $9,000, but not to Tulsa.'
 
The tour announced its marketing agreement in January 2006, and the announcement included this tidbit: Sentient Jet will provide PGA TOUR members a 'variety of benefits tailored to fit the unique demands of a professional golfers travel schedule. These include a special offer to join the program, flexible billing options, and guaranteed jet availability on short notice for tournament cut days.'
 
FURYK'S START
Jim Furyk was more worried about rust than an ailing back that caused him to pull out of a World Golf Championship last week at Firestone. His worst fears were realized quickly in the first round of the PGA Championship.
 
Faced with a simple up-and-down on No. 1, he chipped to 8 feet and missed. Then came a three-putt at No. 2, and another bogey on the fourth that had the world's No. 2 player at 4 over through four holes.
 
Furyk played only nine holes each day leading to the final major.
 
'My start wasn't too good,' Furyk said. 'That was what I wanted to focus on. Not having played much, I felt like getting off to a good start was important.'
 
He settled down after that and only dropped one more shot, on No. 12, but he had no birdies on his card for a 75.
 
In stifling heat, Furyk said his back felt fine. He told reporters Wednesday that he was hitting the ball poorly, although Furyk said he had few complaints with that department.
 
'It was the mental mistakes and the stupid things,' he said. 'I got what I got. I'm not happy with a 75.'
 
WHEN IN OKLAHOMA
Even though he didn't go to the University of Texas, Rich Beem lives in Austin and has a Bevo head cover for his driver. During a practice round Wednesday, with so many in the gallery wearing the crimson of Oklahoma and orange of Oklahoma State -- the Longhorns have been beating them both lately -- he wondered if that was a bright idea.
 
Southern Hills head pro Dave Bryan, a former Sooner, was only happy to help. He lent Beem his OU head cover for a fairway metal, which Beem dutifully slipped over his 3-wood. That gave him Texas and Oklahoma in his bag.
 
Beem was among the early leaders Thursday until a 44 on the back nine sent him to a 76.
 
HOT TULSA
The National Weather Service said the temperature reached 100 degrees at 4 p.m. in Tulsa, about the time Phil Mickelson was making the turn in his first round.
 
For some, it felt like triple digits must earlier.
 
Pat Perez was in the morning group and shot 70, then said he was never thinking about birdies and bogeys.
 
'I'm just trying to stay alive out there,' Perez said. 'It's so hot I can't even think straight. Just stay cool and drink water and just kind of get around.'
 
PRESIDENTIAL UPDATE
Andres Romero of Argentina is holding down the 10th spot in the Presidents Cup standings for the International team. But with points gradually reduced in the world ranking, Nick O'Hern of Australia will be at No. 10 if both miss the cut.
 
O'Hern, who opened with a 72, figures he's in good shape either way.
 
'I think I would be a strong candidate as a captain's pick,' O'Hern said. 'Especially with my record in match play.'
 
The Australian left-hander went 2-3-0 in the Presidents Cup two years ago, but he has left a stronger mark in the Accenture Match Play Championship. He beat Tiger Woods in the second round in 2005, and he ended Woods' seven-tournament winning streak on the PGA Tour by beating him in the third round this year in Arizona.
 
'I'm not sure too many guys have done that,' O'Hern said.
 
No one has. Woods has been beaten 10 times in match play as a professional, including exhibitions, and O'Hern is the only player to have beaten him more than once.
 
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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

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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.”