Notes Sleep Walking Goose Lefty Leaves Quietly

By Associated PressAugust 12, 2006, 4:00 pm
2005 The INTERNATIONALCASTLE ROCK, Colo. -- Retief Goosen had trouble concentrating during the third round of the International on Saturday.
'I was brain dead today, or should I say this afternoon,' said Goosen, who had to play five holes in the morning to complete the rain-delayed second round before playing his entire third round.
'I got onto a roll nicely this morning and then this afternoon I couldn't focus, couldn't concentrate, couldn't see well at all and I couldn't make a putt,' Goosen said.
The tournament's defending champion struggled on his first nine holes and ended the day with a total score of 18 -- three above the cut for Sunday.
The third round began when he pitched a shot to within five feet, but missed the birdie putt. On No. 2, Goosen glared at the hole after leaving a 12-foot putt wide right. He three-putted for bogey on No. 4 and settled for pars on the holes leading up to the turn. Each was for birdie and each putt was left short.
'I think I had 37 putts,' Goosen said. 'You aren't going to go anywhere with that.'
The trend continued on the first two holes of the backside, lipping out a birdie putt on No. 10 and leaving another putt short on No. 11. He picked up four points by getting birdies on the two par 5s, hole Nos. 14 and 17.
'Tomorrow I'm going to need a couple of birdies and a couple of eagles,' Goosen said. 'That's the only way you're going to make up ground quickly.'
While at the International, Phil Mickelson wanted to make a statement about his game. Instead he quietly left with putting problems as he moved on to Chicago for the PGA Championship.
Mickelson came up short of making the International's first cut that reduced the field to 70 players.
The two-time winner of the event (1993 and '97) finished with a two-day total of five points. He had a point after one round and managed to add only four more in the second round, but he had held out hope when the projected cut stayed at five until Saturday morning.
The cut didn't come until late morning. Poor weather Friday forced 72 golfers to finish their second rounds early Saturday.
'It's been fun,' Mickelson said Thursday. 'I just haven't been putting well and I was hoping that I have a chance to direct that on the weekend.'
The chance never came.
Besides Mickelson, other past winners sent packing were Jose Maria Olazabal (1991), Steve Lowery (1994), Clarence Rose (1996) and Rich Beem (2002).
Former champions Ken Green (1986), John Cook (1987), Joey Sindelar (1988), Brad Faxon (1992), Lee Janzen (1995) and Vijay Singh (1998) didn't compete.
Greg Norman (1989), Davis Love III (1990, 2003), David Toms (1999), Ernie Els (2000), Tom Pernice (2001), Rod Pampling (2004) and defending champion Retief Goosen (2005) played Saturday.
Zach Johnson doesn't mask his intentions.
'Making the Ryder Cup is my biggest goal,' he said. 'You can throw it up with the Super Bowl and the Final Four. For American golfers it is the largest sporting thing in golf.'
Johnson entered the weekend ninth among the point standings. He completed the third round of the International with 27 points and the tournament lead.
That means he won't have to impress Ryder Cup team captain Tom Lehman. The top 10 points leaders get invited to join the U.S. team, and Lehman adds two more to complete the team.
'I've thought about it a lot and had to maintain my focus on one week at a time,' Johnson said. 'If I get too caught up in it everything goes astray.'
Johnson had one of the best shots of the tournament when he holed a 60-degree wedge shot for eagle from 97 yards out on the first hole.
J.B. Holmes was in danger of not making the cut. He began his final three holes, Nos. 7, 8 and 9, with 14 points.
By the time he signed his scorecard, he was at 19 points. He birdied Nos. 7 and 8 and holed a shot from 95 yards out on No. 9 to earn eagle.
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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.”