Piercy, McGirt lead in Canada; MC for Els

By Associated PressJuly 28, 2012, 12:31 am

ANCASTER, Ontario – Scott Piercy is discovering that not everything you dislike is bad for you.

After two rounds in the Canadian Open, Piercy had a share of the lead with William McGirt – and had seen just about enough of Hamilton Golf and Country Club.

''This golf course takes the juices out of it for me,'' Piercy said Friday after following his opening 8-under 62 with a 67 to match the tournament 36-hole scoring record at 11-under 129.

McGirt had a 67 in the second round on the classic Harry S. Colt-designed course.

Robert Garrigus was two strokes back after a 66, and Bo Van Peltwas 9 under after a 66. Tim ClarkVijay Singh and Josh Teater were 8 under. Clark had a 62, Singh shot 67, and Teater 65.

Bud Cauley had a 63 to join Troy Matteson and Camilo Villegas at 7 under. Villegas had a 64, and Matteson shot 68.

British Open champion Ernie Els missed the cut with rounds of 72 and 70.

''It's unfortunate I didn't have my game with me,'' Els said. ''There's always next time.''

The tight, tree-lined layout demands precision and often forces players to play it safe.

''This golf is boring golf for me,'' said Piercy, the Reno-Tahoe Open winner last year for his lone PGA Tour title. ''I'm not going for it. I'm not trying to put my foot on the accelerator. I'm kind of touch and go.''

McGirt was in much better spirits after a round that included a 50-foot birdie putt from the fringe on No. 8. He's winless on the PGA Tour, and cautious about getting too far ahead of himself.

''There are still 36 holes left,'' McGirt said. ''There is a lot of golf left.''

Van Pelt sent up a roar when he holed out from 143 yards for eagle on No. 9 - his last hole of the day. Clark reeled off six birdies and added a holed-out eagle of his own to match the course record with the 62.

''It was obviously a great day for me,'' Clark said. ''I'm excited. It is nice to be back up in Canada. I have some good memories up here. The course suits me well, too, and I've enjoyed playing.''

Rain left the greens soft and receptive, and gave players the opportunity to lift, clean and place their golf balls in the fairway for both rounds. With more rain expected early Saturday, a compressed third round will be played with threesomes going off both tees.

Five of the 23 Canadian players survived the cut, led by David Hearn. He was seven strokes back after his second straight 68.

''I was steady again today. I just didn't make quite as many birdies as I would have liked,'' Hearn said. ''I'm certainly not out of reach for this tournament – guys are shooting 62s and 63s. If I was to get hot tomorrow and put one of those in, you never know what'll happen.''

Slumping Canadian Mike Weir missed the cut for the third straight year, shooting consecutive 72s.

Pat Fletcher, born in England, was the last Canadian winner, taking the 1954 event at Point Grey in Vancouver. Carl Keffer is the only Canadian-born champion, winning in 1909 and 1914. Albert Murray, a Canadian also born in England, won in 1908 and 1913.

Jim Furyk, the winner in 2006 at Hamilton and 2007 at Angus Glen, also missed the cut. He shot 70-70 to fall a stroke short of advancing to weekend play.

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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.”