Notes Tigers Status Strange Back in Booth

By Associated PressJune 17, 2008, 4:00 pm
SAN DIEGO -- If he skips his next two tournaments because of a sore left knee, Tiger Woods almost certainly will not play in the minimum 15 events. That would not affect his PGA TOUR membership, only his voting membership.
Most players who fall short of the 15 events can apply for a medical extension, but Woods doesnt need one. He now is exempt on tour through 2013, and once he puts in two more years, will be exempt for life with 65 victories.
But there might even be a loophole for his voting membership.
What the regulation doesnt address'but the spirit of the regulation addresses'is heres a guy who doesnt need a medical extension, said Andy Pazder, the tours vice president of competition. You would say the spirit is to extend a persons voting membership due to a period he missed because of injury.
As for the Ryder Cup?
According to the PGA of America, the ninth player in the U.S. standings through the PGA Championship would qualify for the team if Woods decides he cannot play. By winning the U.S. Open, Woods mathematically clinched a spot on the team.
Annika Sorenstam will play in her final U.S. Womens Open next week at Interlachen, but her involvement with the U.S. Golf Association wont end there. The three-time champion will become a USGA ambassador, involved in the Rules of Golf and with programs to grow the game.
Annika has earned a rare place in golfs history, and we are very privileged to bring her aboard the USGA, president Jim Vernon said.
Sorenstam made a brief appearance at Torrey Pines, coming to the U.S. Open for corporate work with Lexus. She will be hard to miss at Interlachen, even for those who dont attend the U.S. Womens Open.
Her first round will be streamed live on the tournaments web site (, the first time that has happened in womens golf. Fans on the Internet will be able to see every shot from Sorenstam and her two other playing partners (Paula Creamer is expected to be one of them) during the first round.
Live streaming in the second round will focus on the traditional pairing of defending champion Cristie Kerr, Womens British Open champion Lorena Ochoa and U.S. Womens Amateur champion Maria Uribe.
Sorenstams first LPGA Tour victory came in the 1995 U.S. Womens Open at the Broadmoor, and she added titles in 1996 at Pine Needles and 2006 at Newport Country Club. A victory next week would allow Sorenstam to join Mickey Wright and Betsy Rawls as the only four-time champions.
The 37-year-old Swede is retiring after this year and looking forward to her work with the USGA. Sorenstam long has been a whiz with the rules, one of the few players on any tour who has attended the USGA rules seminars.
It is the opportunity to help grow the game, especially among junior golfers, that I think is most exciting for me, Sorenstam said. Golf has always been a very important part of my life, and I see this as a great opportunity to give something back to the game that has given me so much.
Curtis Strange looked as comfortable as ever in the broadcast booth at the U.S. Open, where he spent 2 1/2 hours each of the first two rounds on ESPN with Mike Tirico. They were the ABC tandem for eight years through 2004.
He also joined Peter Jacobsen with NBC Sports Bob Costas for brief observations on the weekend.
It was a lot of fun, Strange said. Id love for it to work into a couple more events.
ESPN also televises Friday of the Ryder Cup, and Strange was the U.S. captain in 2002 at The Belfry. Strange said he felt at home analyzing the U.S. Open as the last player to win back-to-back years (1988-89) and the only player to break par in a U.S. Open for three consecutive years.
As for his golf on the Champions Tour?
I still want to play, he said. But I dont want to play like Ive been playing.
Strange has yet to win since turning 50 in 2004 and is 46th on the money list in 10 starts this year.
The merchandise tent and corporate chalets were on the first fairway of the North Course at Torrey Pines. The media center was on the second fairway, the practice range occupying the fourth, first, ninth and 18th holes.
The good news is that it will have a few extra weeks to get back in shape for two rounds of the Buick Invitational.
Because the 2009 season does not start in Kapalua until Jan. 8, and the Super Bowl is held Feb. 1, there have been some changes to the West Coast swing next year.
The Buick Invitational, played the last week in January the last four years, will be held Feb. 5-8, the week after the Super Bowl. That spot usually is occupied by the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, which will be held a week later.
Yani Tseng earned $300,000 for her victory two weeks ago in the McDonalds LPGA Championship, making her the first rookie in 10 years to win an LPGA major. She is fourth on the list with $835,241.
What to do with her earnings? For starters, she wants to buy a billiards table.
Tseng is quite accomplished with the cue stick, and some say she can run the table on just about anyone.
Im pretty good, she said during the first round of the U.S. Open, when she followed the Tiger Woods-Phil Mickelson-Adam Scott group. Helps me with my putting. You have to be able to read the angles on the shots.
Whatever shes doing, it appears to be working.
Vicky Hurst failed to qualify for the U.S. Womens Open, but the 17-year-old from Florida picked up her second Futures Tour victory last week in Illinois. She is leading the money list after six events. The top five earn LPGA Tour cards. Justin Leonard didnt make a birdie the first two rounds of the U.S. Open and still made the cut. He tied for 36th. Davis Love III did not make a birdie on the weekend and slipped from a tie for fifth to a tie for 53rd.
Tiger Woods, Robert Karlsson and Miguel Angel Jimenez are the only players to have finished in the top 10 in both majors this year.
If anybody in this world goes up against Tiger when hes at his best, theyre going to lose. Its just that simple.'Rocco Mediate, after losing in 19 holes of a playoff at the U.S. Open.
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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.”