Scott 36-Hole Leader at Byron Nelson

By Associated PressApril 25, 2008, 4:00 pm
2007 EDS Byron Nelson ChampionshipIRVING, Texas -- Adam Scott returned to Australia after the Masters. It was a short visit.
 
I felt like I was still playing good and I shouldnt waste that at home, Scott said.
 
So instead of staying home for a second week, Scott was a deadline entrant into the EDS Byron Nelson Championship, where Friday he shot a second-round 67 to take the lead at 5-under 135.
 
That was good for a one-stroke lead over fellow Aussies Mark Hensby (67) and Mathew Goggin (69), and Scott McCarron (66), who missed all of last season recovering from right elbow surgery.
 
Scott began his round with four straight birdies. Though he managed only one more to go with two bogeys, that was enough to give the only one of the worlds top 10 players at the Nelson sole possession of the lead.
 
It would have been nice to get a couple more after my start, said Scott, 10th in the latest rankings. But Im pretty happy.
 
McCarron, who for seven months before his surgery in August 2006 played with a muscle torn away from the bone in his elbow, had a bogey-free round with a pair of birdies on each side. More encouraging was playing healthy.
 
There was a long time there where I did not know if that was going to happen, McCarron said. Im just happy to be playing without pain. Im taking baby steps to get where I can play and compete again. This is a big step obviously.
 
Hensby had his only two bogeys in his first three holes, during the same stretch of Scotts birdie string. But Hensby made an 8-foot birdie at the 180-yard 13th hole and played bogey-free the rest of the round, including a 4-under 31 on the front nine.
 
The fairways at the redesigned TPC Four Seasons course firmed up, but wind still gusting more than 25 mph made scoring conditions tough again. The cut of 3-over 143 was the highest at the Nelson since 2000. The last time a second-round leader had a higher score was 1984.
 
Trevor Immelman followed his opening 78 with a 75 and became the first Masters champion since Jose Maria Olazabal in 1994 to miss the cut in his next tournament.
 
Ryan Moore (70), who shared the first-round lead with Goggin and Eric Axley, had five birdies and five bogeys. He dropped two strokes off the pace into a tie for fifth with Justin Leonard (bogey-free 66), Parker McLachlin (69), Charley Hoffman (68) and Roland Thatcher (68). Axley shot a 74.
 
Thatcher, a 2007 Nationwide Tour grad who played in one of the last groups of the day, matched Scott for the lead with birdies at Nos. 14 and 16. But Thatcher finished with consecutive bogeys, hitting over the green at the 198-yard 17th before putting his final tee shot into a lake.
 
After his 25th-place finish at the Masters, Scott played a couple of rounds at home, then decided he should be back on tour rather than wasting it at Sanctuary Cove.
 
The opening string of birdies on Nos. 10-13 in the morning at the redone TPC pushed Scott into the lead. He matched Moore after chipping to 7 inches at the 323-yard 11th, then added two more birdies, an 8-footer at No. 12 followed by a 19-footer.
 
I just managed to hit a few good shots in a row, Scott said. There werent too many after that. It was just a matter of hanging in there. It was a bit of a battle, a fair bit of scrambling going on. The conditions were tricky.
 
Scott hit only five of 14 fairways. He missed the green on his approach from the rough for a bogey at the 406-yard 14th, but played even the rest of day.
 
Two years ago in his only other Nelson appearance, Scott shared the lead in each of the first three rounds. A closing 71 left him in third place behind Brett Wetterich and Immelman.
 
The Masters was the lowest finish for Scott in the five PGA TOUR events hes entered this season. He opened defense of his Shell Houston Open title with a 63 before later withdrawing because of illness.
 
Ive really played pretty good all year, Scott said. Its been a matter of trying to put four days together. So, yeah, its kind of a continuation, and thats why I came back.
 
Hensby has struggled all season. He made the cut for only the third time in 10 starts.
 
After securing his Tour card with a runner-up finish in his final event last year, Hensby started this season by missing six straight cuts, then withdrew from his seventh tournament after an opening 79.
 
Yeah, I actually thought Id play well this year, Hensby said.
 
Its been four years since Hensby got his only tour victory, in the same season that he finished 15th on the money list. But hes never been able to recapture that form.
 
Id say I really didnt know what I was doing that year, to be honest, Hensby said. I played well, but I never really had an idea of what I was really doing with my golf swing.
 
All three of Hensbys cuts have been in the last month, which coincides with the time since he started working with a coach.
 
Notes
 
Defending champion Scott Verplank was 1 over after a 69. The only one of the last 20 Masters champions to win their next tournament was Tiger Woods, in 1997 at the Nelson. Frank Lickliter II had the low round of the day: a 65 that included eight birdies and three bogeys. He was tied for 10th at 138. Goggin had a double bogey at No. 9, but got those strokes back with consecutive birdies.
 
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    By Golf Channel DigitalOctober 15, 2018, 9:14 pm

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    Following a Hall of Fame playing career that included a pair of major titles, Miller has become one of the most outspoken voices in the game as lead golf analyst for NBC Sports. But at age 71 he has decided to retire from broadcasting following the 2019 Waste Management Phoenix Open.

    “The call of being there for my grandkids, to teach them how to fish. I felt it was a higher calling,” Miller told GolfChannel.com. “The parents are trying to make a living, and grandparents can be there like my father was with my four boys. He was there every day for them. I'm a big believer that there is a time and a season for everything.”

    Miller was named lead analyst for NBC in 1990, making his broadcast debut at what was then known as the Bob Hope Desert Classic. He still remained competitive, notably winning the 1994 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am at age 46, but made an indelible mark on the next generation of Tour pros with his frank and candid assessment of the action from some of golf’s biggest events.

    Miller’s broadcasting career has included 20 U.S. Opens, 14 Ryder Cups, nine Presidents Cups, three Open Championships and the 2016 Olympics. While he has teamed in the booth with Dan Hicks for the past 20 years, Miller’s previous on-air partners included Bryant Gumbel, Charlie Jones, Jim Lampley and Dick Enberg.

    His farewell event will be in Phoenix Jan. 31-Feb. 3, at a tournament he won in back-to-back years in 1974-75.

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    Miller was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1998 after a playing career that included wins at the 1973 U.S. Open at Oakmont and The Open in 1976 at Royal Birkdale. Before turning pro, he won the 1964 U.S. Junior Amateur and was low amateur at the 1966 U.S. Open at Olympic, where he tied for eighth at age 19.

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    By Randall MellOctober 15, 2018, 7:45 pm

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    The wonder in the marketing of Tiger vs. Phil and “The Match” is how it is making so many people feel as if they are getting ripped off before they’ve shelled out a single penny for the product.

    Phil Mickelson gets credit for this miscue.

    Apparently, the smartest guy in the room isn’t the smartest marketing guy.

    He was a little bit like that telemarketer who teases you into thinking you’ve won a free weekend getaway, only to lead you into the discovery that there’s a shady catch, with fine print and a price tag.

    There was something as slippery as snake oil in the original pitch.

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    Without Woods or Mickelson putting up their own money, this $9 million winner-take-all event was always going to feel more like a money grab than real competition.

    When we were expecting to see it on network or cable TV, we didn’t care so much. Tiger's and Phil’s hands would have felt as if they were reaching into corporate America’s pockets. Now, it feels as if they’re digging into ours.

    Last week, there was more disappointing news, with the Las Vegas Review-Journal reporting that tickets won’t be sold to the public, that the match at Shadow Creek will only be open to select sponsors and VIPs.



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    By Associated PressOctober 15, 2018, 7:28 pm

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    District Judge Bethany Currie ruled Monday that Collin Richards will stand trial Jan. 15 for first-degree murder in the death of Iowa State University student Celia Barquin Arozamena.

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    How far, maybe 400 #happygilmore

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    If you listen closely, at the end of the clip, you can just barely hear someone scream out for a marine biologist.