Ogilvy holds second round lead at Australian Open
Ogilvy, the 2006 U.S. Open champion, has a 36-hole total of 11-under 133.
Fellow Aussies Matt Jones (64) and Matthew Griffin (70) are one and two shots behind, respectively.
American Dudley Hart, making his first tournament start in 18 months following back surgery, shot 69 and is tied for fourth with Australians John Senden (71) and Paul Sheehan (67).
Greg Norman and Fred Couples, the Presidents Cup captains for next year at Royal Melbourne, had contrasting results. Norman, the International team captain, made the two-round cut of 1-over 145 after shooting a 69 and was at 143.
Couples, the U.S. team captain, shot 74 Friday and missed the cut by one stroke. He was joined by John Daly, who also was at 146 after a 77.
Ogilvy won the PGA Tour’s season-opening event in Hawaii before having a difficult year and falling to 43rd in the world rankings.
“You’re lying if you said you’re not thinking about winning, but it’s way in the back of your mind,” Ogilvy said. “The closer you get to the end the more you start thinking about it, but after 36 holes it’s not going to monopolize my thoughts.”
Playing partner Adam Scott also took advantage of some easy morning conditions – not much wind and slow, soft greens due to recent rain – to shoot 66. Scott, the defending champion, shot 75 Thursday.
While past Australian Opens have been plagued by delays due to unplayable, fast greens caused by wind and grown-out rough on the fairways, Scott said The Lakes was playing easy.
“They are certainly being cautious, which might be the smart thing to do (but) it is taking a little of the fire, a little of the challenge out of the golf course by having them (the greens) that slow,” he said.
“More balls are staying on the greens than rolling off. Some of the extreme long putts across the breaks are a little easier because the greens are slower.”
The course is hosting its first big tournament since a makeover by designer and former Australian pro Mike Clayton, and the greens have not yet fully grown in.
“This week, for whatever reasons – the rain and also fear of the wind – they might not have them fast enough for the course to bare its teeth,” Scott said.
NCAA DI Women's Champ.: Scoring, TV times
The NCAA Division I Women's Golf Championship is underway at Kartsen Creek Golf Club in Stillwater, Okla.
After three days of stroke play, eight teams have advanced to the match-play portion of the championship. Quarterfinals and semifinals will be contested on Tuesday, with the finals being held on Wednesday. Golf Channel is airing the action live.
- Semifinals: Alabama vs. USC
- Semifinals: Arizona vs. Stanford
- Quarterfinals: Alabama def. Kent State, 4-1
- Quartefinals: USC def. Duke, 3.5-1.5
- Quarterfinals: Arizona def. UCLA, 3-2
- Quarterfinals: Stanford def. Northwestern, 3-2
- Individual stroke play
TV Times (all times ET):
11AM-conclusion: Match-play quarterfinals
4-8PM: Match-play semifinals (Click here to watch live)
Davis: USGA learned from setup errors at Shinnecock
With the U.S. Open set to return to Shinnecock Hills for the first time in 14 years, USGA executive director Mike Davis insists that his organization has learned from the setup mistakes that marred the event the last time it was played on the Southampton, N.Y., layout.
Retief Goosen held off Phil Mickelson to win his second U.S. Open back in 2004, but the lasting image from the tournament may have been tournament officials spraying down the seventh green by hand during the final round after the putting surface had become nearly unplayable. With the course pushed to the brink over the first three days, stiff winds sucked out any remaining moisture and players struggled to stay on the greens with 30-foot putts, let alone approach shots.
Speaking to repoters at U.S. Open media day, Davis offered candid reflections about the missteps that led to the course overshadowing the play during that infamous final round.
"I would just say that it was 14 years ago. It was a different time, it was different people, and we as an organzation, we learned from it," Davis said. "When you set up a U.S. Open, it is golf's ultimate test. It's probably set up closer to the edge than any other event in golf, and I think that the difference then versus now is we have a lot more technology, a lot more data in our hands.
"And frankly, ladies and gentlemen, what really happened then was just a lack of water."
Davis pointed to enhancements like firmness and moisture readings for the greens that weren't available in 2004, and he noted that meterological data has evolved in the years since. With another chance to get his hands on one of the USGA's favorite venues, he remains confident that tournament officials will be able to better navigate the thin line between demanding and impossible this time around.
"There are parts that I think we learned from, and so I think we're happy that we have a mulligan this time," Davis said. "It was certainly a bogey last time. In fact maybe even a double bogey, and equitable stroke control perhaps kicked in."
UCLA junior Vu named WGCA Player of the Year
UCLA junior Lilia Vu was named Player of the Year on Tuesday by the Women’s Golf Coaches Association (WGCA).
Vu recorded the lowest full-season scoring average (70.37) in UCLA history. Her four tournament wins tied the school record for most victories in a single season.
Vu was also named to the WGCA All-America first team. Here's a look at the other players who joined her on the prestigious list:
WGCA First Team All-Americans
- Maria Fassi, Junior, University of Arkansas
- Kristen Gillman, Sophomore, University of Alabama
- Jillian Hollis, Junior, University of Georgia
- Cheyenne Knight, Junior, University of Alabama
- Jennifer Kupcho, Junior, Wake Forest University
- Andrea Lee, Sophomore, Stanford University
- Leona Maguire, Senior, Duke University
- Sophia Schubert, Senior, University of Texas
- Lauren Stephenson, Junior, University of Alabama
- Maddie Szeryk, Senior, Texas A&M University
- Patty Tavatanakit, Freshman, UCLA
- Lilia Vu, Junior, UCLA
Stroud's caddie wins annual PGA Tour caddie tournament
Casey Clendenon, who caddies for Chris Stroud, won the gross division of the annual PGA Tour caddie tournament on Monday, shooting a 5-under 66 at Trinity Forest Golf Club, site of last week’s AT&T Byron Nelson.
Scott Tway (65), who caddies for Brian Harman, won the net division by two strokes over Wayne Birch, Troy Merritt’s caddie.
Kyle Bradley, Jonathan Byrd’s caddie, took second place with a 71 in the gross division.
The tournament was organized by the Association of Professional Tour Caddies, and proceeds from the event went to two charities. The APTC donated $20,000 to Greg Chalmers’ charity, MAXimumChances.org, which aids families living with autism. The association also donated $10,000 to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.