Some Big Names Qualify Some Dont

By Associated PressJune 5, 2006, 4:00 pm
USGACOLUMBUS, Ohio -- A 16-year-old girl didn't make the U.S. Open. A 52-year-old man did.
On a day when Michelle Wie failed to make history as the first woman to play in the U.S. Open, Jay Haas was among 21 players who qualified in the pro-laden Ohio sectional qualifier Monday, his fourth crack in as many decades at storied Winged Foot.
Haas, who won the Senior PGA Championship two weeks ago, first played Winged Foot in the 1974 U.S. Open as an amateur. He returned for the '84 U.S. Open and the '97 PGA Championship, and had to endure a 36-hole qualifier at Lakes and Brookside golf clubs.
'It's pretty darned hard,' said Haas, who will be playing in his 27th U.S. Open. 'They've added some length and the rough is really high. I'm sure it'll be playing pretty difficult. I wouldn't think that there would be too many good rounds this year.'
Ian Poulter of England and Canadian tour player Benjamin Hayes were medalists Monday at 13-under 131. The Columbus qualifier offered the most spots because of the large number of PGA Tour players who stuck around after the Memorial. Others who earned spots Woody Austin, Bo Van Pelt, Jeff Sluman and tour rookies J.B. Holmes and Camilo Villegas.
Brett Wetterich and Zach Johnson, who tied for second at the Memorial on Sunday, both failed to qualify.
Jason Gore, the 'Prince of Pinehurst,' will be AWOL at Winged Foot. Gore was in the final group at last year's U.S. Open until he shot 84 in the final round, falling well out of the top 15 to earn an exemption back. He failed to make it through qualifying Monday.
There were 11 qualifying sites Monday, including one in England, followed by three on Tuesday that will set the 156-man field for the U.S. Open, which starts June 15 at Winged Foot.
In Houston, Tom Kite failed in his bid to join Haas as the only players to play a U.S. Open at Winged Foot in three decades. Kite shot a 139, leaving him three strokes behind Ryan Baca and Ryan Posey, who earned the two Open spots on the line in Texas.
Kevin Tway also failed to qualify in Houston, just as his father Bob came up short in Columbus.
In Rockville, Md., Tommy Armour III shot rounds of 68-67 at Woodmond Country Club to claim one of four spots. Also qualifying was Joey Sindelar, Chad Collins and David Berganio, Jr. Among those who failed were Carlos Franco and Notah Begay.
In St. Charles, Ill., Steve Stricker and Jason Allred played their way to the U.S. Open.
Michael Derminio, Taylor Wood, Alex Coe and Patrick Nagle qualified in Daly City, Calif.
Dustin White earned the one spot being handed out in Littleton, Colo., Jonathan Moore qualified in Creswell, Ore., and Tadd Fujikawa qualified in Koloa, Hawaii.
In the other qualifier in Columbus, Madalitson Muthiya of Zambia and Stephen Woodward earned the two spots at Double Eagle. Bill Haas, the 23-year-old son of Jay Haas, had played who U.S. Opens with his father but failed to qualify.
Poulter struggled at the Memorial, but shot 65-66 in the qualifier to get into his third U.S. Open. Hayes, a 23-year-old who played at Southern California and was medalist in the first stage of PGA Tour Q-school last year, will be making his U.S. Open debut.
'It was a big goal of mine,' Hayes said. 'It's very rewarding to play this way.'
Carl Pettersson was supposed to be at the qualifier until he won the Memorial, his second victory in the last 12 months, which earned him an exemption to Winged Foot. Others had to grind through a long day for that pleasure.
Austin also faced a long weekend in the rain-delayed Memorial, but still had enough left to earn a spot. He still plans to play this week in the Barclays Classic, but not without a short break.
'I can guarantee you there'll be no shots hit tomorrow,' he said. 'I guarantee you I am not even thinking of hitting a golf shot.'
Others who earned spots at Winged Foot include Charl Schwwartzel of South Africa, Steve Lowery, Skip Kendall, Dean Wilson, Craig Barlow and tour rookie Nathan Green of Australia. Duffy Waldorf made a 5-foot birdie in a playoff to get the last spot.
Other PGA Tour players who missed were Brad Faxon and Aaron Baddeley (Verizon Heritage). Jesper Parnevik, Trevor Immelman and Peter Lonard also failed to get to Winged Foot.
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    M. Jutanugarn eyeing first win with L.A. Open lead

    By Associated PressApril 21, 2018, 1:50 am

    LOS ANGELES - Moriya Jutanugarn took the lead into the weekend at the Hugel-JTBC L.A. Open in her latest bid to join younger sister Ariya as an LPGA winner.

    Moriya Jutanugarn shot a bogey-free 5-under 66 on Friday at Wilshire Country Club to get to 8-under 134 in the LPGA Tour's first event in Los Angeles since 2005. The 23-year-old from Thailand started fast with birdies on the par-5 second, par-4 third and par-3 fourth and added two more on the par-4 11th and par-5 13th.

    Ariya Jutanugarn has seven LPGA victories.

    Marina Alex was second after a 68.

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    So Yeon Ryu was 6 under after a 69, and fellow South Korean players Inbee Park(71) and Eun-Hee Ji (69). Park was the first-round leader at 66. Lexi Thompsonwas 3 under after a 71.

    Top-ranked Shanshan Feng followed her opening 74 with a 67 to get to 1 under.

    Ariya Jutanugarn (71) was even par, and Michelle Wie (70) was 1 over. Brooke Henderson, the Canadian star who won last week in Hawaii, had a 79 to miss the cut.

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    Johnson, Moore co-lead Valero Texas Open through 36

    By Associated PressApril 21, 2018, 1:00 am

    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 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.

    They had a one-shot lead over Grayson Murray (69) and Andrew Landry (67).

    Ben Crane (66), Martin Laird (65) and David Hearn (68) were three shots behind. Billy Horschel and Keegan Bradley shot 71 and were four shots behind at 5-under 139.

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    Sergio Garcia, who consulted Greg Norman on the design of the AT&T Oaks Course at the TPC San Antonio, had a short 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.

    Garcia finished at 2-over 146 and missed the cut.

    It was the first time since 2010 that Garcia missed the cut in successive starts. That was the PGA Championship and, 10 weeks later, the Castello Masters in Spain. This time, he missed the cut in the Masters and Texas Open three weeks apart.

    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.

    The cut was at 1-over 145, and because 80 players made the cut, there will be a 54-hole cut on Saturday.

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    Garcia tosses driver, misses Valero cut

    By Will GrayApril 21, 2018, 1:00 am

    It wasn't quite to the level of his watery meltdown earlier this month at the Masters, but Sergio Garcia still got frustrated during the second round of the Valero Texas Open - and his driver paid the price.

    Garcia had a hand in redesigning the AT&T Oaks Course along with Greg Norman several years ago, but this marked his first return to TPC San Antonio since 2010. After an opening-round 74, Garcia arrived to the tee of the short par-4 fifth hole and decided to get aggressive with driver in hand.

    When his shot sailed well left, a heated Garcia chucked the club deep into the bushes that lined the tee box:

    It took considerable effort for Garcia to find and retrieve the club amid the branches, and once he did things only got worse. He appeared to shank a chip once he got up to his ball, leading to a bogey on one of the easiest holes on a demanding track.

    Garcia closed out his round with four straight pars, and at 2 over he eventually missed the cut by a shot. It marks the first time he has missed consecutive cuts on the PGA Tour since 2003, when he sat out the weekend at the AT&T Byron Nelson, Fort Worth Invitational and Memorial Tournament in successive weeks.

    Garcia entered the week ranked No. 10 in the world, and he was the only top-20 player among the 156-man field. He missed the cut at the Masters in defense of his title after carding an octuple-bogey 13 on the 15th hole during the opening round.

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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.