Notes Weather Forces Change In Cut Line

By Associated PressAugust 5, 2005, 4:00 pm
2005 The INTERNATIONALCASTLE ROCK, Colo. -- Rain that delayed the first round to Friday has also changed the unique way the International approaches the weekend.
 
In an attempt to play four rounds in three days, PGA Tour officials decided to cut to the top 60 players after the second round Saturday, pair them up and have those groups play the third and fourth rounds in the same pairings Sunday.
 
Normally at the International, the first cut to 70 is made for the third round. Then, in a unique twist, another cut to 36 is made for the final round.

PGA Tour official Slugger White said there wouldn't be enough time to make the cut between the third and fourth rounds and still get the fourth round in Sunday.
 
Players who finish in the top 70 and ties will still be paid, as is usual on Tour, even if they don't make the cut.
 
The forecast for the weekend is good, with less than a 10 percent chance of storms both days.
 
OGILVY AND OGILVIE
The first-round leaderboard included two players who are often mistaken for one another.
 
Australian Geoff Ogilvy sits in a tie for fifth with 11 points, while American Joe Ogilvie is tied for 12th with nine points.
 
The two are often confused because of their phonetically identical last names, whether it's cheers from spectators or deliveries to the locker room.
 
``It's quite funny,'' Ogilvy said. ``I get a lot of his stuff in my locker and this week I got asked, 'Can you sign next to your brother please?' because Joe's signature was on his hat and he wanted me to sign next to my brother. It's a bit of fun because we're both playing well, so it's kind of nice.''
 
Fittingly, the ``brothers'' each had six birdies on the day.
 
DUVAL AT PGA
David Duval confirmed Friday he will tee it up in next week's PGA Championship at Balustrol.
 
``I'm playing next week and then in Reno, but I don't know much after that,'' Duval said. ``I'll play four or five more, but I don't know how it's going to flow out yet.''
 
Duval finished with zero points and is tied for 98th after recording an eagle, two birdies, six bogeys and a double-bogey in the opening round.
 
COLORADO CONNECTIONS
Six players in this year's field have ties to Colorado.
 
Brandt Jobe, a graduate of Kent Denver High School, leads the group and is second overall with 13 points.
 
Duval, who lives in Cherry Hills Village near Denver, is tied for 98th heading into second-round play.
 
``It's always good,'' Duval said of playing so close to home. ``You're in the hotels enough, so I enjoy it.''
 
University of Colorado alumni Jonathan Kaye and Steve Jones are two of those six. Jones is in a tie for 54th after recording three birdies against two bogeys. Kaye is tied for 83rd with two points after a pair of birdies and bogeys.
 
Kevin Stadler, also of Kent Denver, is tied for 40th with five points.
 
Finally, Denver resident Mark Wiebe is tied with Duval for 98th with zero points.
 
WATERLOO
The first round of The International may have been postponed after Thursday's washout, but Castle Pines Golf Club superintendent Marshall Fearing said the situation could have been worse.
 
According to Fearing, approximately 2.53 inches of rain fell on the 7,619-yard course in a 12-hour period Wednesday and Thursday.
 
The course drained well and soaked up much of the rainwater, but players still played lift, clean and place during Friday's first round.
 
Fearing said the major challenge for his 62-man crew, which included staff members from neighboring courses, was getting the course's 67 bunkers in playable condition.
 
Players were generally pleased with the course conditions.
 
``I thought the course held up very well,'' Corey Pavin said. ``I didn't see a puddle out there on the golf course, and for the most part, the golf course looked great today. The greens were soft, but they weren't to the point where you'd walk around and they would get really bad from your footprints and stuff.''
 
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    Goal for new world No. 1 Koepka: Stay healthy

    By Will GrayOctober 21, 2018, 1:38 pm

    Last season Brooks Koepka bagged a pair of majors en route to the PGA Tour's Player of the Year award. He started the new wraparound season with an emphatic win at the CJ Cup to reach world No. 1 for the first time.

    But amid the best form of his career, Koepka has a simple goal in mind as he gets ready to turn his attention to the new year.

    "Stay healthy," Koepka told reporters. "That's been the big thing. I need to be healthy to be able to play all these events, play all the majors."

    Koepka's breakthrough year comes despite the fact that he missed four months in the spring, including the Masters, while recovering from a wrist injury. He hit the ground running once he returned, with strong finishes at TPC Sawgrass and Colonial preceding wins at the U.S. Open and PGA Championship.

    Now Koepka has added a third trophy after cruising to a four-shot win in South Korea on Sunday that allowed him to move past Dustin Johnson at world No. 1.

    "I'm 1-for-1 this year, which is nice," Koepka joked about his undefeated record in the new wraparound season.

    Koepka will be in the field next week in China for the WGC-HSBC Champions before putting the clubs on the shelf. With Justin Thomas paving the way by making the goal-setting process more public in recent years, Koepka explained that even after summiting the world rankings he plans to wait until 2019 to adjust his expectations for himself.

    "I keep the same goals through the calendar year," Koepka said. "On Jan. 1 I go to the beach in the morning and go write down my goals and figure them out for the calendar year, but I just need to finish this year off. I've got next week and I would like to, coming out the first week as No. 1, I'd like to play well."

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    Birdie binge for Woodland comes up short at CJ Cup

    By Will GrayOctober 21, 2018, 12:52 pm

    Gary Woodland mounted an impressive rally at the CJ Cup, but in the end even 11 birdies weren't enough to catch Brooks Koepka.

    Woodland started the final round in South Korea five shots behind the new world No. 1, but he made the biggest move of the day amid chilly conditions on Jeju Island. With six birdies over his first nine holes, including four in a row on Nos. 6-9, he briefly caught Koepka at the top of the leaderboard.

    But Woodland bogeyed No. 10, and even with five more birdies coming home to finish a 9-under 63 he still finished alone in second, four shots behind Koepka who closed with a bogey-free 29 to put the trophy out of reach.

    "Yesterday I didn't get any putts to go in, and today I saw a lot of putts go in," Woodland told reporters. "Brooks with the lead, not much fazes him. So you knew you had to make a lot of birdies, and I made a lot today. But I was just too far behind."

    It's the second straight strong performance from Woodland to start the new wraparound season, as he tied for fifth at the CIMB Classic in Malaysia after holding a share of the 54-hole lead. A closing 63 would have gone a long way last week, but he was still pleased to be able to make Koepka sweat a little on a day when even the bad holes resulted from good shots.

    "I made two bogeys on the back and I said, 'Be right' on both shots," Woodland said. "I was just maybe a little too amped up, a little excited. I hit them both perfect. All in all, I would have liked for a couple more putts to go in yesterday and been a little closer going into today."

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    Kang (69) wins Buick LPGA Shanghai by two

    By Associated PressOctober 21, 2018, 9:11 am

    SHANGHAI - Danielle Kang shot a 3-under 69 on Sunday to win the LPGA Shanghai by two strokes for her second career title.

    Kang, who started the final round one stroke off the lead, offset a lone bogey on the par-5 fourth hole with four birdies after the turn to finish at 13-under 275 and hold off a late charge by Lydia Ko, who had the day's lowest score of 66.

    ''I hope I win more,'' Kang said. ''I did the best I can. I'm going to keep working hard and keep giving myself chances and keep putting myself in contention. I'll win more. I'll play better.''

    Ko, who had seven birdies and a lone bogey, tied for second at 11 under with a group of seven players that included Brittany Altomare (71), Ariya Jutanugarn (71) and overnight co-leader Sei Young Kim (72).


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    Carlota Ciganda, who also held a share of the lead after the third round, shot a 73 to fall into a tie for ninth with Bronte Law and local favorite Lu Liu.

    Paula Creamer carded three birdies against a pair of bogeys for a 71 to finish in sole possession of 12th place.

    The tournament is the second of five being played in South Korea, Japan, China and Taiwan in the LPGA's annual Asian swing.

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    New world No. 1 Koepka already wants more

    By Nick MentaOctober 21, 2018, 8:48 am

    If there is a knock on Brooks Koepka, it’s that he’s a little too cool.

    Gary Woodland, who threw 11 birdies at Koepka on Sunday and still finished four shots back, inadvertently captured that exact sentiment after Saturday's third round.

    “You know," he said, "Brooks doesn't seem like he cares too much."

    Woodland meant that there was little anyone in the field could do to rattle the 54-hole leader. (He proved himself right, by the way.)

    But the also comment fits the general narrative surrounding Koepka. That he’s just detached enough for fans to have trouble attaching themselves to him. That he’s just a jock here to cash checks and collect trophies, to kick ass and chew bubblegum.

    But for a few moments Sunday in South Korea, it became clear that Brooks Koepka does care. Crouched on the 72nd green with some time to stop and think as Ian Poulter lagged a bit behind, Koepka finally let a moment get to him. Cameras caught the three-time major champion appearing unusually emotional.

    Of course, less than a minute later, those same cameras caught him yawning. The contrast was almost too perfect. It was as if he knew he had just been found out and needed to snap back into character – which he did.

    He promptly poured in an eagle putt to cap off a final-round 64, to win the CJ Cup by four, and to ascend to No. 1 in the Official World Golf Ranking for the first time in his career.


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    “To be world No. 1 is something I dreamed of as a kid,” Koepka said on the 18th green, moments after closing out his fifth PGA Tour victory and third this year. “I don't think this one's going to sink in.”

    What is beginning to sink in is that Koepka now unequivocally belongs in the conversation, the one golf fans and analysts have been having over and over since Tiger Woods fell from golf's greatest heights.

    Who’s the best at their best?

    In the two years between his first PGA Tour win and his first U.S. Open victory, Koepka was touted as having the kind of talent to compete with the game's elites. It took a little while for him to get here, but Koepka has taken over as the latest player to look like he’ll never lose again. Just as it was for Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth, Jason Day, Dustin Johnson and Justin Thomas before him, this is Koepka's moment. This is his run of dominance.

    It’s a run that will have to end at some point. Every one of the guys just mentioned did cool off eventually. Koepka will, too. Maybe it'll be fatigue, maybe it'll be injury, and maybe it’ll just be golf. This talent pool is  too deep for anyone to remain on top for too long.

    But what Koepka has done this year – in defending his U.S. Open title, in staring down Tiger at the PGA, in claiming the Player of the Year Award, in ascending to the top of the world rankings – is put his name at the forefront of the conversation. If he was unappreciated at times before, those days are behind him. He's already accomplished too much, proven himself too good to be overlooked any longer.

    And he’s far from done.

    “For me, I just need to keep winning,” the new world No. 1 said Sunday. “I feel like to win a few more regular Tour events and then keep adding majors. I feel like my game's set up for that. I've gotten so much confidence off winning those majors where, it's incredible, every time I tee it up, I feel like I really have a good chance to win whether I have my A-game or not. It's something I'm so excited [about] right now, you have no idea. I just can't wait to go play again.”