Notes Streaking Romero Funk staying active

By Associated PressJuly 31, 2008, 4:00 pm
USGACOLORADO SPRINGS, Co. ' Dave Delichs caddie has it easy navigating The Broadmoor East Course with his brother this week'especially compared to what is coming next.
Delich, a 51-year-old amateur playing in his first U.S. Senior Open, asked his older brother, Chuck, to carry his bag this week. Although Dave is from Colorado Springs and a six-time club champion at The Broadmoor, he trusts his brothers knowledge of the course.
Hes played The Broadmoor probably more times than I have the last five or 10 years, said Delich, who shot a 6-over 76 in Thursdays first round. He knows how to read the greens. If I get confused or get into a problem, he knows my game.
Delich isnt the only family member benefiting from Chucks generosity. Next week, he will donate a kidney to their sister, so the U.S. Senior Open is a welcome distraction for the caddie.
Hes got a tough time coming up, obviously, and I think if you asked him, he would say he wouldnt want to be anyplace else, Delich said. Hes got a tough week in front of him. This will be easy for him.
Delich, who qualified for the U.S. Senior Open by shooting a 74 at Colorado Golf Club in Parker, Colo., on June 30, didnt play as well as he wanted on his hometown course Thursday. He was even on the front nine but started the back nine with bogeys on two of the first three holes and recorded a double bogey on No. 13.
I made three or four really poor swings on the back, he said. I think I under-clubbed 10 half a club and it cost me three shots from the middle of the fairway, and you just cant do that out here.
Delich didnt blame his brother.
He did a great job, Delich said. Its great to have him out there. He knows the game and he understands me, and I dont know what more you can get out of a caddie than that.
First-round leader Fred Funk had surgery on his right knee earlier this year, but the day after arriving in Colorado Springs last Thursday for the U.S. Senior Open, he took his family whitewater rafting.
He then played 18 holes every day for the next five days and took his family to Seven Falls, a tourist site near the city, on Tuesday, where he climbed approximately 400 steps.
That was probably a big example of stupidity, he said.
The 52-year-old Funk felt every one of them on Thursday, but he was able to shoot a 5-under 65. He said a long session of stretching in the morning helped loosen him up.
I spent about 3 1/2 hours just stretching before I even went to the range, just trying to get loose, he said. Its not even my knee. I cant even bend down to line up a putt because my thighs hurt so much.
That didnt stop him from starting 4 under through the first four holes.
Thats a dream start, he said. I got off to a ridiculously good start.
To keep his good play going, Funk, who will tee off Friday morning, plans on getting up early to start stretching.
Im going to get up about 5 oclock and start the whole routine again, he said. I just have to stretch out. My knee is pretty bad because of these hills.
A year ago, Eduardo Romero took the first-round lead at the U.S. Senior Open only to finish second to Brad Bryant. This year, the Argentinian is two strokes off the lead after shooting a 3-under 67 At The Broadmoor, and he feels like a different player than the one who was runner-up at Whistling Straits.
He also sees changes from when he finished second at the Senior British Open last week.
After my victory in New York a couple of weeks ago, Im a completely different player, Romero said of his win in the Dicks Sporting Goods Tournament. I almost won last week in the British Open.
The biggest difference, he said, is his putting.
My game is completely different, he said. My putter is working now. Last year my putter was not so good but now its working nice and Im feeling a lot of confidence.
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    Next up for Koepka: Buddies and a bachelor party

    By Will GrayJune 24, 2018, 7:46 pm

    CROMWELL, Conn. – Coming off a successful title defense at the U.S. Open, Brooks Koepka arrived at the Travelers Championship in need of a nap. It appears he won’t be getting one anytime soon.

    Koepka normally wakes up by 6 a.m. without using an alarm, but without much down time since his victory at Shinnecock Hills he slept in until 8:20 a.m. Sunday morning, prior to his 10:40 a.m. tee time. Any impact to his pre-round routine appeared negligible, as Koepka fired a 5-under 65 that included seven birdies over his first 13 holes.

    “I felt like today was kind of the first day I got everything back,” Koepka said. “I was definitely running behind, but it was nice to catch up on some sleep.”

    Koepka became the first U.S. Open winner to play the week after since Justin Rose in 2013, and he finished the Travelers at 9 under with four straight sub-par rounds. While he’s got some free time in the coming days, it won’t exactly be restful.

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    “We’ve got 11 guys that I’m pretty close with, so I’m looking forward to hanging out with them in Boston for a few days and then [getting] back down to West Palm for a night, and then we’re off to my best friend’s bachelor party,” Koepka said. “I was really hoping to get some rest, but I don’t know how much that will happen.”

    Last year, Koepka took a month off following his U.S. Open win at Erin Hills, only touched a club once, and still finished T-6 at The Open at Royal Birkdale. While this will be his final competitive start before Carnoustie, he expects to make a strong run toward a third major title next month in Scotland.

    “I’m shutting it down for a while. I don’t feel like I need to play,” Koepka said. “I feel like my game’s in a good spot, played really well this week. Just some stupid mistakes and mental errors. That’s all it was, lack of focus and low energy. To be honest with you, I’m not surprised. I did play well though, I putted well, and I’m somewhat pleased.”

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    Spieth ends busy stretch without top-10 finish

    By Will GrayJune 24, 2018, 7:39 pm

    CROMWELL, Conn. – There were no final-round heroics this time around for Jordan Spieth at the Travelers Championship.

    After taking the title last year with perhaps the most memorable shot of the year, Spieth appeared poised to make a robust defense of his title after an opening-round 63 gave him a share of the lead. But that proved to be as good as it would get, as he played the next three rounds in a combined 3 over to drop outside the top 40 on the final leaderboard.

    It marked the end of a pedestrian run of six events in seven weeks for Spieth, during which his best finish was a tie for 21st at the AT&T Byron Nelson.

    “A lot of cut-line golf, which is somewhat unusual historically for me, fortunately,” Spieth said after closing with a 1-under 69. “Kind of a grind, but I made actually a lot of progress where I needed to within the last few weeks.”

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    Spieth has struggled to get on track on the greens this year, but he has started to turn a corner in recent weeks, specifically during a missed cut at the Memorial Tournament, and he picked up more than three shots on the field this week in strokes gained: putting.

    “My putting’s right on point where it needs to be. It’s getting better every single week,” Spieth said. “It’s the best it’s been in a couple years.”

    Unfortunately for Spieth, a slight uptick in putting has coincided with some regression from his normally reliable ball-striking. Of the 74 players who made the cut at TPC River Highlands, he ranked 61st in strokes gained: tee-to-green.

    “I’ve just got to kind of get my alignment back in order on the full swing. It’s tough when you swing and you think you hit a good shot, and you look up and the ball’s, it could be 15 yards right or 15 yards left, and it’s all because of alignment,” Spieth said. “It’s literally the same thing I went through with the putting. I’ve just got to find a way to get it back on track with the full swing.”

    Having concluded a busy stretch, Spieth noted that he now has “a few weeks off.” But still in search of his first quality chance to contend heading into a final round this year, he didn’t rule out the notion of adding a start before defending his title at Carnoustie next month.

    Spieth is not in the field for next week’s Quicken Loans National, but he won the John Deere Classic in both 2013 and 2015, which will be played the week before The Open.

    “As far as leading into The Open, we’ll see,” Spieth said. “Last year I went in after three weeks off and it didn’t hurt me. So I believe I can get the work in whether I’m playing or not, to get the repetitions.”

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    Chamblee comments on Choi's unique step-through swing

    By Golf Channel DigitalJune 24, 2018, 3:55 pm

    The golf world found itself enamored with a largely unknown journeyman this weekend.

    Ho-sung Choi went from 554th in the world to No. 1 in the hearts of all those who swing the golf club just a little bit differently thanks to his run at the Korean Open.

    The 44-year-old with the exaggerated step through impact found himself two off the pace through 54 holes and in contention for one of two available invitations to this year's Open Championship at Carnoustie.

    Choi fell out of the hunt for tournament title and the Open exemption with a final-round 74, but nonetheless left an impression with his tie for fifth.

    Asked about Choi's swing Saturday night, Golf Channel analyst Brandel Chamblee offered the following:

    "If Chi Chi Rodriguez and Gary Player had a golf school, what would their first professional golfer swing like? Voila," Chamblee said.

    "Both those legends had walk through finishes, but Ho Sung has taken this move to a new level with a borderline pirouette to keep from hanging back.

    "In an era when professional golfers get accused of having golf swings that all look alike, I’ve never seen anyone swing quite like Ho Sung Choi.

    "I can’t wait to try this on the range tomorrow."

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    Wallace holds off charges to win BMW International

    By Associated PressJune 24, 2018, 3:43 pm

    PULHEIM, Germany - England's Matt Wallace shot a 7-under 65 to hold off a record-breaking charge from Thorbjorn Olesen and win the BMW International Open on Sunday.

    Wallace finished on 10-under 278 - just ahead of Olesen, Mikko Korhonen and 2008 winner Martin Kaymer, whose chances took a blow with a bogey on the 17th hole.

    ''I want to keep building on this,'' Wallace said after his third European Tour win. ''Obviously this gives me a lot of confidence to go on and play well and I want to kick on and hopefully do this in the bigger events from now on.''

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    Olesen had played himself into contention with the lowest round in tournament history, with nine birdies and an eagle for an 11-under 61. It was the lowest round of his European Tour career and it gave the Dane a three-shot lead before the final group had even teed off.

    ''I was just trying today to go out there and build on my game, see if I could shoot a low score,'' Olesen said. ''Obviously as the round progressed I kept on thinking birdies and trying to make the round better. Finishing with four birdies was pretty nice.''

    Wallace turned in 34 but then made five birdies in seven holes from the turn to edge a shot past Olesen. He waited as Kaymer and Korhonen went close with rounds of 68 and 67, respectively.

    England's Aaron Rai and Denmark's Lucas Bjerregaard finished joint-fifth with rounds of 69.