Tolliver Leads Actor Breaks Windshield

By Associated PressJuly 14, 2006, 4:00 pm
2004 American Century ChampionshipSTATELINE, Nev. -- Charles Barkley hit several trees and a scoreboard and actor Matthew Settle broke a windshield on a boat on Lake Tahoe as the galleries dove for cover Friday in the opening round of the American Century Celebrity Golf Championship.
Defending champion Billy Joe Tolliver shot a 3-under 69 to take the lead with 27 points in the modified Stableford scoring system, one better than four-time tournament winner Dan Quinn in the field of 81 sports stars and entertainers.
But the real action was with the players at the bottom of the leaderboard as they hacked and scrapped their way around the 6,707-yard course on the shores of Lake Tahoe.
Settle, who starred in HBO's 'Band of Brothers,' sliced a 5-iron on the 169-yard, par-3 17th hole into the boat, breaking not one, but two windows.
'That will go down in history,' said Settle, who started playing golf only a year ago. 'I don't think I've ever hit anything other than a tree. It was a tough day but I had fun.'
The scoring system awards six points for an eagle, three for a birdie, one for par, none for bogey and minus-two for double bogey or worse.
Tolliver had six birdies with three bogeys -- one with a penalty stroke because his caddie accidentally kicked his ball while stepping off a yardage. Tolliver drove the ball 340 yards on the par-5, 18th then barely cleared the pond in front of the green with his approach and got up and down for birdie.
'If it's one foot short, it's wet,' said Tolliver, the former NFL quarterback who has won the tournament twice. 'I live on the edge. It's hard being this good-looking and not live on the edge. Perfect face for radio.'
Quinn said he was determined to do well after finishing sixth in the $500,000 tourney last year. The former hockey player won in 2001, was third in 2002 and won back-to-back the next two years.
'There's nothing worse than getting on a flight to go home on a redeye out of Vegas on Sunday night when you had a chance to win and you know you should be able to,' he said.
Actor Jack Wagner and former quarterback Chris Chandler were tied for third with 23 points. Chandler had 18 points on the back nine, including a chip-in for eagle 3 on the last hole.
'That was a lifesaver,' Chandler said.
Tolliver said he hadn't heard about the broken boat windshield.
'That's the kind of word that doesn't travel fast, you know. It's not like a hole-in-one,' he said.
Mark White of Stateline was on the boat anchored just off the shore along No. 17.
'We had been sort of joking around about it before hand that there might be a chance of us getting hit. Then my buddy said, `Look out! Incoming!' And we heard the glass shatter. It just exploded. We couldn't believe it,' White said.
White said Settle came to the boat and apologized.
'He said he'd be happy to take care of the expenses. He was very nice about it,' White said.
Settle was paired John O'Hurley and Cheech Marin but said the comedians didn't rib him about it. But afterward, O'Hurley called the shot a 'flaming whoopsie.'
'I've seen broken windows on golf courses before but never on a boat,' he said.
It wasn't that strange to Chris Webber.
'I hit somebody in a boat a couple of years ago and they threw the ball back out like it was a home run at a baseball game,' he said.
Webber, who is betting Barkley $50,000 for charity that he'll better him, actually strung together consecutive pars in one stretch, including on No. 17 after he'd hit his tee shot 30 yards right and over the green then skipped his chip shot off the cart path to within 2 feet of the hole.
The previous hole he hit out of a greenside sand trap, catching the lip of the bunker before it trickled to 3 feet as Barkley shook his head and laughed in disbelief.
'That's what I tried to do,' said Webber, whose minus-22 points were nine better than last-place Barkley's. 'You've got to be able to use the whole golf course, the lip, the trees, everything.'
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    Goal for new world No. 1 Koepka: Stay healthy

    By Will GrayOctober 21, 2018, 1:38 pm

    Last season Brooks Koepka bagged a pair of majors en route to the PGA Tour's Player of the Year award. He started the new wraparound season with an emphatic win at the CJ Cup to reach world No. 1 for the first time.

    But amid the best form of his career, Koepka has a simple goal in mind as he gets ready to turn his attention to the new year.

    "Stay healthy," Koepka told reporters. "That's been the big thing. I need to be healthy to be able to play all these events, play all the majors."

    Koepka's breakthrough year comes despite the fact that he missed four months in the spring, including the Masters, while recovering from a wrist injury. He hit the ground running once he returned, with strong finishes at TPC Sawgrass and Colonial preceding wins at the U.S. Open and PGA Championship.

    Now Koepka has added a third trophy after cruising to a four-shot win in South Korea on Sunday that allowed him to move past Dustin Johnson at world No. 1.

    "I'm 1-for-1 this year, which is nice," Koepka joked about his undefeated record in the new wraparound season.

    Koepka will be in the field next week in China for the WGC-HSBC Champions before putting the clubs on the shelf. With Justin Thomas paving the way by making the goal-setting process more public in recent years, Koepka explained that even after summiting the world rankings he plans to wait until 2019 to adjust his expectations for himself.

    "I keep the same goals through the calendar year," Koepka said. "On Jan. 1 I go to the beach in the morning and go write down my goals and figure them out for the calendar year, but I just need to finish this year off. I've got next week and I would like to, coming out the first week as No. 1, I'd like to play well."

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    Birdie binge for Woodland comes up short at CJ Cup

    By Will GrayOctober 21, 2018, 12:52 pm

    Gary Woodland mounted an impressive rally at the CJ Cup, but in the end even 11 birdies weren't enough to catch Brooks Koepka.

    Woodland started the final round in South Korea five shots behind the new world No. 1, but he made the biggest move of the day amid chilly conditions on Jeju Island. With six birdies over his first nine holes, including four in a row on Nos. 6-9, he briefly caught Koepka at the top of the leaderboard.

    But Woodland bogeyed No. 10, and even with five more birdies coming home to finish a 9-under 63 he still finished alone in second, four shots behind Koepka who closed with a bogey-free 29 to put the trophy out of reach.

    "Yesterday I didn't get any putts to go in, and today I saw a lot of putts go in," Woodland told reporters. "Brooks with the lead, not much fazes him. So you knew you had to make a lot of birdies, and I made a lot today. But I was just too far behind."

    It's the second straight strong performance from Woodland to start the new wraparound season, as he tied for fifth at the CIMB Classic in Malaysia after holding a share of the 54-hole lead. A closing 63 would have gone a long way last week, but he was still pleased to be able to make Koepka sweat a little on a day when even the bad holes resulted from good shots.

    "I made two bogeys on the back and I said, 'Be right' on both shots," Woodland said. "I was just maybe a little too amped up, a little excited. I hit them both perfect. All in all, I would have liked for a couple more putts to go in yesterday and been a little closer going into today."

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    Kang (69) wins Buick LPGA Shanghai by two

    By Associated PressOctober 21, 2018, 9:11 am

    SHANGHAI - Danielle Kang shot a 3-under 69 on Sunday to win the LPGA Shanghai by two strokes for her second career title.

    Kang, who started the final round one stroke off the lead, offset a lone bogey on the par-5 fourth hole with four birdies after the turn to finish at 13-under 275 and hold off a late charge by Lydia Ko, who had the day's lowest score of 66.

    ''I hope I win more,'' Kang said. ''I did the best I can. I'm going to keep working hard and keep giving myself chances and keep putting myself in contention. I'll win more. I'll play better.''

    Ko, who had seven birdies and a lone bogey, tied for second at 11 under with a group of seven players that included Brittany Altomare (71), Ariya Jutanugarn (71) and overnight co-leader Sei Young Kim (72).

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    Carlota Ciganda, who also held a share of the lead after the third round, shot a 73 to fall into a tie for ninth with Bronte Law and local favorite Lu Liu.

    Paula Creamer carded three birdies against a pair of bogeys for a 71 to finish in sole possession of 12th place.

    The tournament is the second of five being played in South Korea, Japan, China and Taiwan in the LPGA's annual Asian swing.

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    New world No. 1 Koepka already wants more

    By Nick MentaOctober 21, 2018, 8:48 am

    If there is a knock on Brooks Koepka, it’s that he’s a little too cool.

    Gary Woodland, who threw 11 birdies at Koepka on Sunday and still finished four shots back, inadvertently captured that exact sentiment after Saturday's third round.

    “You know," he said, "Brooks doesn't seem like he cares too much."

    In context, Woodland meant that there was little anyone in the field could do to rattle the 54-hole leader. (He proved himself right, by the way.)

    And out of context, the comment speaks to the general narrative surrounding Koepka. That he’s just detached enough for fans to have trouble attaching themselves to him. That he’s just a jock here to cash checks and collect trophies, to kick ass and chew bubblegum.

    But for a few moments Sunday in South Korea, it became clear that Brooks Koepka does care. Crouched on the 72nd green with some time to stop and think as Ian Poulter lagged a bit behind, Koepka finally let a moment get to him. Cameras caught the three-time major champion appearing unusually emotional.

    Of course, less than a minute later, those same cameras caught him yawning. The contrast was almost too perfect. It was as if he knew he had just been found out and needed to snap back into character – which he did.

    He promptly poured in an eagle putt to cap off a final-round 64, to win the CJ Cup by four, and to ascend to No. 1 in the Official World Golf Ranking for the first time in his career.

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    “To be world No. 1 is something I dreamed of as a kid,” Koepka said on the 18th green, moments after closing out his fifth PGA Tour victory and third this year. “I don't think this one's going to sink in.”

    What is beginning to sink in is that Koepka now unequivocally belongs in the conversation, the one golf fans and analysts have been having over and over since Tiger Woods fell from golf's greatest heights.

    Who’s the best at their best?

    In the two years between his first PGA Tour win and his first U.S. Open victory, Koepka was touted as having the kind of talent to compete with the game's elites. It took a little while for him to get here, but Koepka has taken over as the latest player to look like he’ll never lose again. Just as it was for Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth, Jason Day, Dustin Johnson and Justin Thomas before him, this is Koepka's moment. This is his run of dominance.

    It’s a run that will have to end at some point. Every one of the guys just mentioned did cool off eventually. Koepka will, too. Maybe it will be fatigue, maybe it will be injury, and maybe it’ll just be golf. This talent pool is simply too deep for anyone to remain on top for too long.

    But what Koepka has done this year – in defending his U.S. Open title, in staring down Tiger at the PGA, in claiming the Player of the Year Award, in ascending to the top of the world rankings – is put his name at the forefront of the conversation. If he was unappreciated at times before, those days are behind him. He's already accomplished too much, proven himself too good to be overlooked any longer.

    And he’s far from done.

    “For me, I just need to keep winning,” the new world No. 1 said Sunday. “I feel like to win a few more regular Tour events and then keep adding majors. I feel like my game's set up for that. I've gotten so much confidence off winning those majors where, it's incredible, every time I tee it up, I feel like I really have a good chance to win whether I have my A-game or not. It's something I'm so excited [about] right now, you have no idea. I just can't wait to go play again.”