Romero Takes One Shot Lead in NY

By Associated PressJuly 5, 2008, 4:00 pm
Champions TourENDICOTT, N.Y. -- Eduardo Romero thought this could be his week. He might be right.
 
Romero shot his second straight 7-under 65 on Saturday to take a one-shot lead over Fulton Allem (65) and crowd favorite Joey Sindelar (65) heading into the final round of the Dicks Sporting Goods Open.
 
Romero, who began the day two shots behind first-round leader Joe Ozaki, had 16 birdies and one double-bogey over the two rounds and was at 14-under 130.
 
Ozaki (70) was alone in fourth at 11 under. Bruce Vaughan (67), the 2007 runner-up in the inaugural year of this Champions Tour event, was tied for fifth at 10-under 134 with Ronnie Black (68).
 
Sindelar, seeking his first victory since turning 50 and joining the tour in April, started the day three shots behind Ozaki and fell four back when Ozaki birdied the par-5 fifth hole, his fourth straight birdie after opening with bogey.
 
Ozaki then lost his momentum when his drive at the par-3 seventh hole landed off the left fringe. He muffed his pitch and was unable to get up and down, falling to 11 under.
 
After parring No. 7 and hitting his drive at No. 8, Sindelar accepted a Binghamton Mets hat from a longtime pen pal, donned it for the hole, and soon tied for the lead.
 
When she gave me that hat, I thought, This has to be good stuff, Sindelar said.
 
It was.
 
At the par-5 eighth hole, Sindelar used a fairway wood on his second shot and made the green to set up a two-putt birdie from 40 feet to get to 9 under.
 
Then came the shot of the day. Positioned 130 yards from the pin at the par-4 ninth hole, Sindelar used pitching wedge to hit a soaring shot that landed 5 feet past the flag and spun back into the cup for eagle, eliciting a huge ovation from the large gallery.
 
When Ozakis birdie try stopped an inch short, and Romero mishit a 4-footer for birdie, Sindelar was tied for the lead.
 
Ozaki made bogey at No. 10 after driving the left rough and hitting his second shot over the green. Romero hit his second shot to 6 feet and made his fourth birdie of the day to drop to 11 under and into a three-way tie for the top spot with Sindelar and Allem.
 
Black moved into contention with four birdies on the front side. He got to 11 under with a 24-foot birdie putt at the par-4 11th and gained a one-shot lead with another birdie at the par-5 12th hole, recovering nicely after plunking his second shot into a greenside bunker. Moments later, Romero birdied the hole to tie him.
 
With a massive water hazard lining the left side of the fairway all the way to the green, the 15th is usually the toughest hole on the En-Joie Golf Club course and is ranked the 12th most difficult on the Champions Tour. On this day, it was playing under par when the leaders came through, and they continued the trend.
 
Ozaki made it back to 11 under with a tap-in birdie. Sindelar then recovered from an errant tee shot that landed behind two oak trees along the right side, hitting his second shot through some branches to 12 feet. After Romero drained a curling 27-foot birdie putt to take sole possession of the lead at 13 under, Sindelar sank his putt to remain one back.
 
Romero birdied 16 and two-putted for par from 86 feet at the par-3 17th hole, but Sindelar continued to apply pressure. He made a tap-in birdie at 17 after his tee shot stopped less than 2 inches from the hole.
 
Allem finished the day with a 10-foot birdie putt at No. 17, his seventh birdie on a bogey-free round.
 
Black, playing in only his second Champions Tour event, closed with consecutive bogeys to fall from the lead.
 
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Andy Bean and Phil Blackmoor eagled the par-5 fifth hole, the first two eagles of the tournament. Gary Koch (67), playing just his fifth tournament of the year because of broadcasting commitments to NBC, was at 9 under. Koch is vying for a spot in the Senior British Open in two weeks and needs a big payday here to qualify.
 
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    Johnson, Moore co-lead Valero Texas Open through 36

    By Associated PressApril 20, 2018, 11:32 pm

    SAN ANTONIO - Zach Johnson was going nowhere in the Valero Texas Open when it all changed with one putt.

    He made an 8-foot par putt on the 13th hole of the opening round to stay at 2 under. He followed with a big drive, a hybrid into 12 feet and an eagle. Johnson was on his way, and he kept right on going Friday to a 7-under 65 and a share of the early 36-hole lead with Ryan Moore.

    ''You just never know. That's the beauty of this game,'' Johnson said. ''I felt like I was hitting some solid shots and wasn't getting rewarded, and you've just got to stay in it. You've got to persevere, grind it out, fight for pars. You just never know.''

    Moore had three birdies over his last five holes for a 67 and joined Johnson at 9-under 135.

    Ben Crane (66), Martin Laird (65) and David Hearn (68) were three shots out of the lead among those who played Friday morning. Billy Horschel and Keegan Bradley shot 71 and were four shots behind at 5-under 139.

    Sergio Garcia, who consulted Greg Norman on the design of the AT&T Oaks Course at the TPC San Antonio, might have a long stay in his first time at the Texas Open since 2010. Garcia shot an even-par 72, and at one point became so frustrated he threw his driver into the shrubs.


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    Garcia finished at 2-over 146 and was outside the cut. He was in jeopardy of missing his second straight cut, depending on afternoon scoring.

    Johnson, a two-time winner of the Texas Open, appeared to be headed to a short week until the key par save on the 13th hole, followed by his eagle, par and three straight birdies. He began the second round Friday with five birdies in a six-hole stretch on the back nine, a sixth birdie on the par-4 first hole, and then an eagle on the short par-4 fifth when he holed out from a greenside bunker.

    The only sour taste to his second round was a three-putt bogey from about 30 feet on his final hole. Even so, the view was much better than it was Thursday afternoon.

    Moore thought he had wasted a good birdie opportunity on the par-5 14th hole when he left his 50-foot eagle putt about 6 feet short. But he made that, and then holed a similar putt from 8 feet for birdie on the next hole and capped his good finish with a 15-foot putt on the 17th.

    ''That was a huge momentum putt there,'' Moore said of the 14th. ''It was a tough putt from down there with a lot of wind. That green is pretty exposed and ... yeah, really short and committed to that second putt really well and knocked it right in the middle.''

    The birdies on the 14th and 15th were important to Moore because he missed a pair of 10-foot birdie tries to start the back nine.

    ''So it was nice to get those and get going in the right direction on the back,'' he said.

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    Daly-Allen team grabs Legends of Golf lead on Day 2

    By Associated PressApril 20, 2018, 11:14 pm

    RIDGEDALE, Mo. - John Daly and Michael Allen took the second-round lead Friday in the cool and breezy Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf.

    Daly and Allen shot an 8-under 46 on the Top of the Rock par-3 course with wind gusting to 15 mph and the temperature only in the high-50s at Big Cedar Lodge. They had three birdies on the front nine in alternate-shot play and added five more on the back in better-ball play to get to 13 under.

    ''Michael and I go back to the South African days in the late 80s and playing that tour,'' Daly said. ''We've been buddies since. He's just fun to play with. We feed off each other pretty good. And if he's not comfortable guinea-pigging on one hole, I'll go first.''

    On Thursday, they opened with a 66 on the regulation Buffalo Ridge course. They will rotate to the 13-hole Mountain Top par-3 course on Saturday, and return to Top of the Rock for the final round Sunday.

    ''I went to high school in Jeff City, so it's cool to have the fans behind us,'' Daly said.

    Allen won the PGA Tour Champions team event with David Frost in 2012 and Woody Austin in 2016.

    ''I'm just here to free up John,'' Allen said. ''It was fun. Luckily, I started making good putts today. We just want to keep the good times rolling.''


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    Defending champions Vijay Singh and Carlos Franco were a stroke back along with Bernhard Langer-Tom Lehman and Paul Broadhurst-Kirk Triplett. Singh and Franco had a 7-under 32 in best-ball play at Mountain Top, and Lehman-Langer and Broadhurst-Tripplet each shot 6-under 48 at Top of the Rock.

    ''Part of the issue here is all the tees are elevated, so you're up high hitting to a green that's down below and the wind is blowing, and there is more time for that wind to affect it,'' Lehman said. ''If you guess wrong on the wind, you can hit a really good shot and kind of look stupid.''

    Former UCLA teammates Scott McCarron and Brandt Jobe were two strokes back at 11 under with Steve Flesch and David Toms and the Spanish side of Jose Maria Olazabal and Miguel Angel Jimenez. McCarron-Jobe had a 47, and Jimenez-Olazabal a 48 at Top of the Rock, and Tom Flesch shot 34 at Mountain Top.

    First-round leaders Jeff Maggert and Jesper Parnevik had a 52 at Top of the Rock to fall three shots back at 10 under. Madison, Wisconsin, friends Steve Stricker and Jerry Kelly also were 10 under after a 32 at Mountain Top. Jay Haas aced the 131-yard seventh hole at Mountain Top with a gap wedge. Haas and fellow 64-year-old Peter Jacobsen were 8 under after a 32.

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    Football coach hates golf: Don't need practice swearing

    By Jason CrookApril 20, 2018, 10:15 pm

    Some football coaches are a little more talkative than others. On one side of the spectrum, there's Bill Belichick. On the other sits Washington State football coach Mike Leach.

    Leach always delivers the goods, and when asked recently if he liked golf, he didn't hold back:

    As wrong as the 57-year-old is on the topic (golf is awesome), the man makes some hilarious points:

    • “It’s boring. I don’t care where that ball goes.”

    • "Golfers are always practicing their swing. But you know what I never did? I never practice fishing in my living room.”

    • "They'll line up over the ball and they'll say they're going to do something that you can't do with a sniper rifle and a scope, but they're going to do it with a stick and a ball."

    • “Golf’s pretty much for people that don’t swear effectively enough or need practice. And so there are people that need golf, and I don’t think I do.”

    So in conclusion, it's confirmed: Mike Leach - not a golf guy.

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    Quiros takes 1-shot lead in Morocco

    By Associated PressApril 20, 2018, 8:22 pm

    RABAT, Morocco - Alvaro Quiros shot a solid 2-under 70 in windy conditions to push into a one-shot lead after two rounds of the Trophee Hassan II in Morocco on Friday.

    Quiros fought the elements, carding seven birdies and five bogeys to move to 7 under overall and take the outright lead at the halfway point of the European Tour event.

    The Spaniard was one clear of Andrew Dodt, who moved into contention with a 4-under 68 at the Royal Golf Dar Es Salam course. Dodt dropped two shots in his first six holes but the Australian recovered from that shaky start to collect four birdies and an eagle.


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    Erik van Rooyen of South Africa was another shot back in third on 5 under after his 71.

    Bradley Dredge of Wales, who shared the first-round lead with Quiros, slipped off the pace with a 1-over 73. He's tied for fourth with Austin Connelly of Canada (71), 4 under par and three shots behind Quiros.