Twins Set to Get a Taste of the Big Time

By Associated PressOctober 25, 2007, 4:00 pm
  PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Barbara Fathauer walked through the clubhouse at the Tesoro Club, holding two photos of her then-18-month-old twin sons.
'Let me show you,' she offered.
Daryl Fathauer groaned, mildly embarrassed.
'That's my job,' she said. 'I'm the mom.'
Her boys are 21-year-old men now, and on Thursday, she'll get another bunch of photos for the family scrapbook. At the Ginn sur mer Classic, the Fathauers -- Daryl and Derek, seniors at Louisville who grew up 10 minutes from the Tesero Club in Jensen Beach, Fla. -- will become the first twins to play in a PGA Tour event since Curtis and Allen Strange were in the Texas Open together 26 years ago.
They're here on a sponsor's exemption, but they can play.
Derek Fathauer reached the quarterfinals of this year's U.S. Amateur and Daryl Fathauer won the Alister MacKenzie Invitational in San Francisco earlier this month, his third collegiate victory.
'We're pretty excited about playing,' Daryl Fathauer said before the twins played an afternoon round in Wednesday's pro-am. 'It's in our hometown, all our friends and family can come out and watch us. We're thankful for getting the exemption from The Ginn Company and so far, it's been a lot of fun.'
One wonders if the Fathauers -- or anyone else -- will find the par-73 layout to be all that fun starting Thursday. It measures nearly 7,400 yards, not including some fairly long distances between many greens and tees that will necessitate players to be shuttled several times during the round.
This is a first-time event; the tournament was originally scheduled to be in Fresno, Calif., until construction and financial problems with that site forced the tour to seek another venue earlier this year.
Most players in the field hadn't played Tesoro Club until this week, some not before Wednesday.
'Other than the obvious distance between the greens and tees, I thought most of the holes were nice holes,' said Mark Calcavecchia, who's 12th on the money list this year with more than $2.9 million and one of only two players among the world's top 50 rankings in this field. 'I thought it was a pretty nice course.'
The Fathauers have one advantage over most of the field: They've seen this layout before.
They played a practice round -- albeit from forward tees -- a couple weeks ago, and tested the layout from the tournament tees Wednesday.
'I would say we're just here to enjoy it and make the best of it,' Derek Fathauer said. 'And whether we make the cut or not, we're not really looking at that. We'll just play our best and see where that gets us.'
The twins expect a group of at least 50 people, maybe more, following them around Thursday and Friday. They will not be in the same threesome for the first- and second-rounds; Derek Fathauer will play with Jeff Overton and Bryce Molder, while Daryl Fathauer is set to play alongside Johnson Wagner and Jarrod Lyle.
They expect to be a little bit nervous, for good reason.
'Just think of it as any other day of golf that you go out there for,' Daryl Fathauer said. 'I don't know how it's going to be playing in the tournament, you know, with the pros and having a gallery watching you. But both of us have played in some pretty big tournaments so we've seen a little bit of what it's like.'
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    Garcia (73), Fleetwood (74) off to slow starts at BMW

    By Associated PressJune 21, 2018, 8:30 pm

    PULHEIM, Germany – Sebastien Gros carded a 4-under 68 in windy conditions to lead by one shot after the opening round of the BMW International Open on Thursday.

    The Frenchman had four birdies to take the lead before the turn, and a six-footer on the 15th hole moved him two ahead. But a bogey on the next hole left the 28-year-old Gros just one ahead of Jorge Campillo, Scott Jamieson, Aaron Rai and Henric Sturehed.

    Sturehed eagled the par-5 No. 13 to take the lead in the morning at the Gut Laerchenhof club.

    Christofer Blomstrand, Nico Geyger, Mark Tullo, Victor Perez, David Howell and Nicolai von Dellingshausen are a further stroke back on 2-under 70.

    Defending champion Andres Romero was among a large group at 1 under, including 2013 winner Ernie Els and three-time European Tour winner Andy Sullivan.

    Romero is bidding to be the first player to retain the title.

    Local favorite and 2008 champion Martin Kaymer shot 72, ahead of Sergio Garcia (73) and Tommy Fleetwood (74).

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    Ryu thriving again after simple advice from Inbee Park

    By Randall MellJune 21, 2018, 7:07 pm

    So Yeon Ryu shared Rolex Player of the Year honors last year.

    She reigned as world No. 1 for almost five months.

    So when she couldn’t keep her momentum going at year’s start, she got frustrated. She wasn’t happy with two top 10s in her first 11 starts.

    “I lost a lot of confidence at the beginning of the year,” Ryu said Thursday as she prepared to lead a strong field as the defending champion in Friday’s start of the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship. “My expectation level was way too high.”

    So she sought the counsel of her pal, world No. 1 Inbee Park, who gave her some plain-spoken advice.

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    “Get over it,” Park told her. “You know what to do. You’ve done it, so it’s not really a big deal. Don’t worry about it. You were No. 1. You’ve achieved a lot of things as a professional golfer. Just don’t be too hard on yourself.”

    Ryu got over it winning the Meijer LPGA Classic last week, the sixth LPGA title of her career, her third in 15 months. She’s feeling good again leading a stellar field this week at Pinnacle Country Club in Rogers, Ark., a strong tune up before next week’s KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, the year’s third major championship.

    World No. 1 Park, No. 2 Ariya Jutanugarn and No. 3 Lexi Thompson are among the top nine players in the world scheduled to compete this week. Twenty-four of the top 30 are in the field.

    “When you come to defend your title, you obviously have a lot of pressure, but after I won last week, now I sort of think, maybe I have a chance to defend my title,” Ryu said. “So I've got total confidence, by last week.”

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    Watch: Spieth, JT hole bunker shots in back-to-back groups

    By Golf Channel DigitalJune 21, 2018, 6:57 pm

    Jordan Spieth has a thing for holing bunker shots at the Travelers Championship, where he made one in a playoff to win last year.

    He did it again in Round 1 at TPC River Highlands, knocking in this shot for eagle at the par-5 sixth to reach 4 under par for the tournament

    In the next group, Justin Thomas did the same thing to reach 1 under. Keep an eye out for the best part of this highlight, when Thomas' caddie Jimmy Johnson tries to hand him his putter.

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    River Highlands a 'breather' for Zach Johnson (63)

    By Will GrayJune 21, 2018, 6:43 pm

    CROMWELL, Conn. – After enduring the pressure-cooker of the U.S. Open, Zach Johnson was more than happy to drift north to the friendly confines of TPC River Highlands.

    Birdies were rare last week at Shinnecock Hills, but they’ll be plentiful all week long at the Travelers Championship. Browned-out and crispy conditions transitioned to lush and verdant, and players can attack flags without fear of turning a possible par into a struggle to avoid triple.

    Johnson did just that in the opening round, carding eight birdies against a single bogey to take the early lead with a 7-under 63.

    “It’s a different kind of breathing. It’s a different kind of exhaling, if you will, but they’re both good,” Johnson said. “You can put some red on the board here. We know that. We’ve seen it. You can go the other way in a hurry if you press it; it can keep going in the other way. So you kind of have to let it happen. This is one of those courses where you have to let it happen.”

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    Like many in this week’s field, Johnson took it easy after a grueling major championship, staying away from the course Monday and easing into his prep over the next two days. Those decisions paid off quickly as he rattled off six straight birdies on Nos. 11-16 to take sole possession of the lead.

    While Johnson tied for 12th last week at Shinnecock Hills, that was just his second top-15 finish since the Sony Open in January. But the veteran is no stranger to fast starts at TPC River Highlands, having now opened with 65 or better four times in his last eight appearances dating back to 2011.

    It’s a course where he continues to have success, even if his past consistency hasn’t lived up to expectations.

    “I feel like every time I get here it feels like I should shoot nothing, and it bites me,” Johnson said. “The last couple years I’m like, ‘All right, you can’t have any expectations in that regard. You’ve just got to go out and execute, you know, put the ball in the fairway and you will have opportunities.’”