OMeara-Price share lead at Legends

By Associated PressApril 24, 2010, 1:19 am
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SAVANNAH, Ga. – A pair of Buckeyes were doing their best to hold off a team with five majors between them at the Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf.

John Cook and Joey Sindelar, who have known each other since their college days at Ohio State, carded a better-ball 10-under 62 to tie Mark O’Meara and Nick Price for the lead after the first round Friday.

“We ham-and-egged or hem-and-hawed or whatever you want to call it,” Sindelar said. “But we got it done just right. The pieces fit, so we’re happy with it.”

It was a spectacular shot by Sindelar that set up the team’s final birdie on the island course in the middle of the Savannah River.

“Joey hit one of the prettiest 5-irons you’ve ever seen on No. 18, in there about 2 feet,” Cook said. “Just a shot of the day. That was a moon ball up there. It was a really good shot.”

The O’Meara-Price duo got off to a torrid start. They birdied the first two holes, Price holed a 30-yard bunker shot for eagle at the fourth and a birdie at No. 5 got them to 5-under after five holes.

“Then we went through a little lull,” O’Meara said.

They didn’t make another birdie until the 11th.

“I just was a little frustrated through that lean patch where we couldn’t make a birdie,” said Price, who was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2003. “When you get off to a good start like that, you really want to take advantage of it.”

Fred Couples, easily the hottest player on the Champions Tour with three wins already in his first season on the senior circuit – and the most popular with the fans, teamed with Jay Haas for a 9-under 63. With Couples still able to bomb it off the tee, the team birdied all four par-5s.

“I think 9 under is a good score,” Couples said. “But there’s a couple groups out there with some guys lighting it up. But I think we kept ourselves right in this thing.”

The teams of Tom Watson and Andy North, Craig Stadler and Jeff Sluman, and Sandy Lyle and Peter Senior were another shot back at 8 under.

Ken Green, the sentimental favorite, and partner Mike Reid were 5 under. This was Green’s first start since a tragic accident in June that killed his brother, his longtime girlfriend and his dog. Green’s lower right leg was amputated as a result of the wreck.

Green and Reid played with O’Meara and Price.

“The first four or five holes I think he felt a little nervous, and certainly looked like it,” Price said. “Then he hit a beautiful second shot on the ninth hole, up there about 15 feet, and I think that settled him, because the back nine he played beautifully.

“I think he was probably 2 or 3 under on his own ball on the back.”

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Romo turns in even in PGA Tour debut

By Will GrayMarch 22, 2018, 3:00 pm

After stumbling out of the gates, Tony Romo has found his footing in his PGA Tour debut.

Playing in the Corales Punta Cana Resort & Club Championship on a sponsor exemption, Romo shot an even-par 36 for his opening nine holes in the Dominican Republic. The former NFL quarterback bogeyed his first two holes, but steadied the ship with three birdies from Nos. 4-8 while playing alongside Dru Love and Denny McCarthy.

The early highlight of the round came at the par-4 fifth hole, where Romo drained a putt from across the green for his second straight birdie:

Romo has played as an amateur partner in the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, and has played individually in U.S. Open local qualifiers and mini-tour events as an amateur. But this marks his first attempt to gauge his game against the best players in the world who are not in Austin for the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play.

Romo, who plays to a plus-0.3 handicap, said earlier in the week that he expected some jitters once it came time to put a tee in the ground.

"You'll be nervous on Thursday on the first tee. Just going to be," Romo said. "I've got to get through the first three or four holes. If I can handle the nerves on the first three or four holes, I think that I'll settle in and hopefully just play the way I've been playing."

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Kim's missing clubs show up at sporting goods store

By Will GrayMarch 22, 2018, 1:58 pm

More than a month after they were lost on an American Airlines flight, the clubs I.K. Kim used to win last year's Ricoh Women's British Open turned up on the sale rack of a California sporting goods store.

Kim's clubs became lost in late January when she flew from Miami to San Diego, with the airline suggesting she simply rent a new set. A few weeks later, Kim shot a "What's in the bag" television segment which according to a Golfweek report caught the eye of three good samaritans in the San Diego area.

The three men recognized Kim's clubs for sale at a local Play It Again Sports, with the major winner's tools listed at $60 each. The store even had Kim's tour bag, complete with her LPGA player badge. Kim filmed the reunion with her bag - containing wedges and a few hybrids, minus the head covers - at the Carlsbad police station:

Kim was back in southern California this week for the Kia Classic, where she'll begin play Thursday morning at Aviara Golf Club in Carlsbad.

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New dad Garcia removes shoes, wins match

By Rex HoggardMarch 22, 2018, 12:48 am

AUSTIN, Texas – In one of the day’s most explosive matches, Sergio Garcia rolled in an 8-footer for birdie at the 18th hole to defeat Shubhankar Sharma, 1 up, at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play.

The duo halved just nine holes on Day 1 at Austin Country Club, with Garcia going from 2 up through four holes to 1 down with five holes to play.

But the Spaniard rallied with five birdies over his final eight holes and pushed his record to 20-17-1 in the Match Play. He also gave himself his best chance to advance out of pool play since the format began in 2015.

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The victory continued what has already been a memorable week for Garcia, whose wife, Angela, gave birth to the couple’s first child last Wednesday.

“I already feel like I’m a winner after what happened on Wednesday,” Garcia said. “Obviously, it's something that we're so, so happy and proud of and enjoying it as much as possible.”

The highlight of Garcia’s round on Wednesday came at the 12th hole when he took a drop on a cart path. After considering his options, he removed his shoes and hit his approach from 212 yards to 29 feet for a two-putt birdie to halve the hole.

“I have spikes. So if I don't take my shoes off, I'm going to slip. It's not the kind of shot that you want to slip,” Garcia said. “I had tried it a couple of times on practice swings and I was already slipping a little bit. So I thought I would just take my shoes off, try to get a little bit in front of the hole and it came out great.”