Notes Sindelar Realistic

By Associated PressJanuary 6, 2005, 5:00 pm
04 Mercedes ChampionshipsKAPALUA, Hawaii -- Despite winning one of the strongest PGA Tour events of the year, Joey Sindelar holds no illusions about where his career his headed.
After winning seven times in his first seven years on tour, Sindelar went 14 years and 370 tournaments without a trophy until a stunning victory last May in the Wachovia Championship, where he surged past Vijay Singh, Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson and beat Arron Oberholser in a playoff.
It got him back to the Mercedes Championships at age 46, and it truly felt like paradise.
'To start the year here, I'm a little bit mad that my vacation was shortened by a couple of weeks to have to come and do this, but I'm getting over it,' Sindelar said with his engaging smile. 'It's working OK.'
Where does he go from here?
He could follow the path of Jay Haas, who resurrected his game at age 48 and played well enough to put the Champions Tour on hold. Haas, who turned 51 last month, has qualified for the Tour Championship the last two years and played on the Presidents Cup and Ryder Cup teams.
'He didn't see it as a swan song,' Sindelar said. 'He said, 'I'm going to run with it.' I have to be realistic. The guys in the top 10 or 20 or even beyond are so driven, and it's their life. And I'm in a different place in my golf life and my life-life. I don't know that I'm even trying to beat that.
'I work hard. I try to be my best. I definitely think I can win again. Do I think I'll be No. 1 on the money list? I don't think that's where I'm going.'
Sindelar isn't even sure what to expect this week.
He hit three buckets of balls around Christmas when he caught a pristine day in Horseheads, N.Y. -- 20 degrees and no wind. Then he went to Palm Springs, Calif., last week to get ready, and found the weather not much better.
'It would be a fluke for me to finish in the top five,' said Sindelar, who shot 2-under 71 in the first round Thursday, leaving him five shots out of the lead. 'I'm just building up arm strength and making sure that the divot is in front of the ball, stay on the green when you hit the first putt, all that kind of stuff.'
A dream year would be getting into the Tour Championship. Sindelar finished in the top 30 on the money list three out of four years early in his career, but last made the elite field in 1988 after finishing No. 3 on the list.
'That would thrill me,' he said. 'That would be the measure of a good year.'
Tiger Woods is still No. 1 on at least one list. In its annual list of total earnings, Golf Digest magazine reports that Woods made more than $89 million in endorsements, earnings and appearance money last year, more than three times the amount of Phil Mickelson.
That also was tops in sports, beating out Formula 1 driver Michael Schumacher, who made an estimated $80 million. Woods' amount placed him fourth among top entertainers behind Mel Gibson and Oprah Winfrey ($210 million each) and 'Harry Potter' author J.K. Rowling ($147 million).
Woods was estimated to have earned $75 million in endorsements alone.
Mickelson cashed in for $25.8 million, while 75-year-old Arnold Palmer made $23.7 million. They were followed by Ernie Els ($20.1 million) and Vijay Singh ($18.6 million). Of the top five, Singh was the only player who made more money in tour earnings than endorsements.
The 50 golfers on the magazine's list accounted for $427 million in earnings on and off the course last year, up $38 million from 2003.
Retief Goosen gets just as bored watching sports in America as most Americans do in other parts of the world. He prefers rugby, cricket and soccer.
'I could probably watch a bit of basketball, American football,' he said. 'Baseball is not something that's really exciting for me. A bit too slow.'
Goosen didn't watch the World Series and doesn't even know who won this year. He did go to a baseball game one year in Canada, but didn't stay long.
'Forty-five minutes,' he said. 'Nothing happened. I went home.'
He likes auto racing, but thinks NASCAR is too boring unless there's a crash. And he doesn't mind hockey. Told there is no major league hockey this year because of the lockout, the laconic South Africa merely shrugged.<
Vijay Singh has agreed on a new deal with Cleveland Golf in which he will use all its driver, fairway metals, irons, wedges and putters. Singh has been with Cleveland since leaving Wilson after the 1999 season.
The new deal also means a change in drivers. Singh, who used a TaylorMade last year when he won nine times and earned nearly $11 million, started the year with a Cleveland Launcher 460.
'It's going 460 yards, too,' he said with a laugh.
Singh said he felt comfortable with the new club during the first round, when he opened with a 66 for a one-shot lead. And he felt good about the contract extension. Terms were not disclosed, but Singh said the deal virtually assures that he will play Cleveland equipment for the rest of his PGA Tour career.
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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.”