Notes US Am Champ Daly Sighting

By Associated PressApril 4, 2007, 4:00 pm
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- U.S. Amateur champion Richie Ramsay will have plenty to talk about this week.
 
Never mind that it'll be a one-sided discussion.
 
Ramsay earned a spot in the Masters -- and a first- and second-round pairing with defending champ Phil Mickelson -- last August, when he became the first Scottish golfer in 108 years to win the U.S. Amateur.
 
'It's a great atmosphere,' Ramsay said. 'I've been very fortunate that the Scottish Golf Union has funded me, supported me and allowed me to come out and make a couple of trips here. So I've gotten used to the golf course.
 
'I'm comfortable with my surroundings now. It's just a matter of getting shots and using them out there on the course.'
 
Ramsay looked unflappable when he beat John Kelly at the Amateur. Watch him up close, though, and it's a bit of a different story.
 
Every golfer talks to himself, muttering, 'Get down!' when a shot looks as if it's going too long or 'Get legs!' if a putt is slowing. But Ramsay takes it to an art form, chattering to himself after most shots.
 
'It's something that's part and parcel of the game,' he said. 'I just use it ... to help me progress a bit more in my game, and it helps me focus a bit harder. I know I'm doing it, but it helps me move onto the next shot, and not worry about what I did previously.'
 
So far, it's working wonders. Mickelson played a round with Ramsay on Sunday and was impressed with what he saw.
 
'He strikes the ball solid and has a great touch around the greens. I expect him to have a great week,' Mickelson said. 'He's a very enjoyable guy to be around and has a great personality to be around. I think we're going to have a fun couple of days being paired together.'
 
Though Ramsay, 23, already has his degree from the University of Stirling in Scotland, his career plans remain unsettled. He won't turn professional until after the British Open, at the earliest.
 
The U.S. Amateur champion gets invites to all four of the majors as long as he remains an amateur.
 
Someday, maybe Ramsay will have a major title to go with that U.S. Amateur crown that made him the toast of Scotland.
 
'I take a lot of pride in that. I take a lot of pride just in being Scottish,' Ramsay said. 'No matter what happens from now on, I've always got that. It's just a nice thing to have.'
 
PAR-3 CONTEST:
Rory Sabbatini picked the perfect time to get his first hole-in-one.
 
Sabbatini aced the 115-yard No. 7 in the par-3 contest on Wednesday afternoon. It was one of two holes-in-one, with David Toms getting one on the 142-yard No. 3.
 
'I've done pretty much everything humanly possible to make a hole-in-one, so it's nice to finally make one,' Sabbatini said. 'It's a feeling of total relief and exhilaration.'
 
Sabbatini used a pitching wedge. As the ball sailed toward the pin, he said it looked like it was in slow-motion. Finally, it dropped right into the hole.
 
The best part of all? His wife, Amy, was his caddie.
 
'I've always been worried that I would miss his first hole-in-one,' she said. 'But I actually pulled the club, so I was so happy to be a part of it.'
 
Toms used a 9-iron and hoped the ace would be a good omen for the rest of the week.
 
'It was a perfect shot, and went right in,' he said. 'It got the people excited, and that's what it's all about.'
 
Former champion Mark O'Meara won the par-3 contest at 5-under par, one stroke ahead of Zach Johnson. A star-studded list of players were at 3-under, including former champions Fred Couples and Ben Crenshaw.
 
The par-3 contest has been played since 1960, and has become a Wednesday tradition at the Masters. It's a lighthearted event that brings back past champions and allows current players to have some fun before the real tournament starts -- defending Masters champ Phil Mickelson even brought his daughters along for the afternoon.
 
But the win might not be the best omen for O'Meara. No par-3 winner has ever gone on to win the Masters.
 
MISSING IN ACTION:
Fans trying to get an autograph from John Daly this week are going to have to go way beyond the ropes.
 
The two-time major winner lost his PGA TOUR card and is only playing on sponsor exemptions this year. But he's in town signing autographs at the Hooters restaurant down the road from Augusta National.
 
Daly isn't the only big name missing the Masters this year.
 
Former British Open champ David Duval is absent for only the second time since 1996. He got a five-year exemption for winning the 2001 British, but it expired after last year.
 
Tom Lehman, captain of last year's Ryder Cup, is out for only the second time since 1993. He didn't finish high enough on either the money list or in the world rankings to qualify.
 
Nick Faldo could play if he wanted as a three-time Masters champion, but he decided that last year would be his final time as a player, and he's at Augusta doing commentary work for CBS.
 
'I've had my era. It was a tough decision,' Faldo said Wednesday. 'Five or six years ago is when I first realized it was time for a change, and it took me a couple years to realize that.'
 
JACK'S PICK:
Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson aren't just the people's picks to win this week. Jack Nicklaus likes them, too.
 
The Golden Bear, who won six Masters titles, said Woods, Mickelson and two-time U.S. Open champ Ernie Els are his favorites this week but that there could be a dark horse.
 
'I feel like it may be time for one of the Australians to step up,' he said. 'But it's hard to pick. That's why we play the tournament.'
 
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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.”

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    After 36, new Open favorite is ... Fleetwood

    By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 20, 2018, 7:49 pm

    With a handful of the pre-championship favorites exiting early, there is a new odds-on leader entering the third round of The Open at Carnoustie.

    While Zach Johnson and Kevin Kisner share the 36-hole lead, it's England's Tommy Fleetwood who leads the betting pack at 11/2. Fleetwood begins the third round one shot off the lead.

    Click here for the leaderboard and take a look below at the odds, courtesy Jeff Sherman at golfodds.com.

    Tommy Fleetwood: 11/2

    Zach Johnson: 13/2

    Rory McIlroy: 7/1

    Jordan Spieth: 8/1

    Rickie Fowler: 9/1

    Kevin Kisner: 12/1

    Xander Schauffele: 16/1

    Tony Finau: 16/1

    Matt Kuchar: 18/1

    Pat Perez: 25/1

    Brooks Koepka: 25/1

    Erik van Rooyen: 50/1

    Alex Noren: 50/1

    Tiger Woods: 50/1

    Thorbjorn Olesen: 60/1

    Danny Willett: 60/1

    Francesco Molinari: 60/1