Weekley Takes Early Lead in Memphis

By Associated PressJune 5, 2008, 4:00 pm
Stanford St. Jude ChampionshipMEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Boo Weekley made the most of his time after missing the cut in the Memorial, with his work around the greens at TPC Southwind paying off Thursday.
 
Combining his usual strong ballstriking with efficient putting, Weekley shot a 5-under 65 to take the first-round lead in the Stanford St. Jude Championship. He closed with a birdie on No. 18 to move a stroke ahead of Tommy Armour III.
 
I went around there and hit a lot of putts Saturday and Sunday , Weekley said. Being able to go and practice by yourself on a golf cart makes it a lot easier. Youre not as tired, and you can work a little bit more out there.
 
Armour, who shot a 66, had been tied with Weekley at 5 under. But Armour bogeyed his 16th hole about the same time Weekley finished up with his birdie to take the lead to himself in the last tuneup for the U.S. Open.
 
Vijay Singh survived an afternoon roller-coaster featuring two bogeys, a double bogey, an eagle and five birdies for a 67. Sergio Garcia, The Players Championship winner last month, and Davis Love III were among a group of seven at 68.
 
Jeff Overton had the lead to himself at 6 under with six birdies through 11 holes. But the Indiana native fell apart with two bogeys over his next three holes and then a double bogey on No. 15 after hitting his second shot way left of the green and failing to roll in a 2-footer. He wound up back at par with a 70.
 
Kenny Perry, coming off a victory Sunday in the Memorial, is hoping to win consecutive tournaments just as he did back in 2005. He started strong enough with a 32 on his first nine holes, the back nine. But he had four bogeys on the front nine to join defending champ Woody Austin at 71.
 
Weekley, the Hilton Head winner in April, has had some success at this tournament before. He closed with a 63 in 2002 and tied for 19th before slipping off the PGA TOUR and onto the Nationwide circuit. But he missed the cut last year in his first year back on tour.
 
The Florida native said he likes Memphis and decided to return back to the South instead of sticking around at Muirfield Village after missing the cut. He played nine holes Saturday and 18 on Sunday, using a cart to allow him more time to work on the course.
 
Just being able to come out and play early might not be an advantage but (at) least gives up a little bit of a head start on whats going to happen the rest of the week. And I think I took that to my advantage today, and the wind has been blowing the same since Saturday as it is today, Weekley said.
 
The Memphis area was under a wind advisory Thursday with gusts up to 32 mph. Weekley had a slight advantage starting in the seventh group off the tee, and he hit the ball low. But he saw the strength of the wind on the par-4 17th.
 
I literally started it 40 yards left of where my ball ended up. I try to hit a little draw, but it wont hold into that wind, he said. Just push it all the way across the fairway.
 
Armour said everyone should be used to windy conditions.
 
Weve had a lot of practice in wind this year. I think a calm day would throw everybody off a little bit, Armour said.
 
Weekley needed 28 putts and got started by rolling in a 20-footer on No. 1.
 
Pretty good putt. Good thing the hole got in the way, he said.
 
His lone bogey came on the par-3 fourth, where he hit into a bunker and misread a par putt from 6 feet. Weekley hit an 8-iron to 11 feet to start the back nine and made the birdie putt. He followed with a 9-iron to 4 feet on No. 12, two-putted for birdie on the par-5 16th after hitting a 3-iron onto the front of the green and had a 12-footer on No. 18.
 
Armour had a nice round going himself until the par-3 eight when he missed the green and two-putted for his lone bogey.
 
I was happy, he said.
 
Divots
 
Michael Allen was disqualified for failing to sign his scorecard after an 81. Kent Jones withdrew after shooting an 81. John Daly, playing on a sponsors exemption, opened with a 72. Masters champ Trevor Immelman shot a 74, while defending British Open champ Padraig Harrington a 71. Shaun Micheel, the 2003 PGA Championship winner, will be having surgery on his left shoulder after competing here. He opened with a 74.
 
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    Davies headlines field at Senior LPGA at French Lick

    By Golf Channel DigitalOctober 14, 2018, 10:40 pm

    Laura Davies will be looking to win her second senior major championship this year when she tees it up in Monday’s start of the Senior LPGA Championship at French Lick Resort in Indiana.

    Davies, who won the inaugural U.S. Senior Women’s Open in July, will join a field that includes fellow World Golf Hall of Famer Jan Stephenson, who was announced last week with Peggy Kirk Bell as the Hall’s newest members. Hall of Famers Juli Inkster and Hollis Stacy are also in the 54-hole event.

    Trish Johnson is back to defend her title after winning the inaugural Senior LPGA Championship a year ago. Brandi Burton, Jane Geddes, Helen Alfredsson and Liselotte Neumann are also in the field of 81 players who will compete for a $600,000 purse, with $90,000 going to the winner.

    Golf Channel will televise all three rounds live from 4-6 p.m. ET on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

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    Langer (65) wins regular-season finale by six

    By Associated PressOctober 14, 2018, 10:07 pm

    CARY, N.C. – Bernhard Langer ran away with the SAS Championship on Sunday to take the points lead into the PGA Tour Champions' Charles Schwab Cup playoffs

    Langer shot a bogey-free 7-under 65 for a six-stroke victory in the regular-season finale.

    ''I just played very solid all day long,'' Langer said. ''Putted well, hit the ball where I was looking and did everything exceptionally well.''

    The 61-year-old German star has 38 victories on the 50-and-over tour, also winning this year near Houston. He has a record four victories after turning 60.

    ''I don't have anything to prove, but I still have golf,'' Langer said. ''I still want to improve my own game. I still want to play to the best Bernhard Langer can play. I don't think I need to prove anything, but I love competing, I love winning or being in the hunt. As long as I can do that, I think you're going to see me out here.''

    Langer finished with a tournament-record 22-under 194 total at Prestonwood Country Club, the tree-lined layout softened by heavy rain Thursday from Hurricane Michael. He opened with a 62 on Friday to match Gene Sauers and Tom Lehman for the lead, and had a 67 on Saturday to remain atop the leaderboard with Sauers.


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    ''The 10 under was amazing,'' Langer said. ''I couldn't believe there were two other guys who shot 10 under.''

    The four-time Charles Schwab Cup winner also won at Prestonwood in 2012.

    ''It's always fun to go back to where you've won before because you feel like you know how to play the course and you're somewhat comfortable and that's certainly the case here,'' Langer said. ''I've been probably 50, 70 times now around this golf course and I know how to play every hole.''

    Scott Parel was second, closing with a double bogey for a 65.

    ''Bernhard is just in his own world this week,'' Parel said.

    Jerry Kelly had a 68 to finish third at 15 under, and Lehman followed at 13 under after a 71.

    Sauers shot a 75 to tie for fifth with Miguel Angel Jimenez (68) at 12 under.

    The top 72 players in the Schwab Cup standings qualified for the playoffs, the three-event series that begins next week with the Dominion Energy Charity Classic in Richmond, Va. Dan Forsman tied for 56th to jump from 74th to 72nd, edging John Huston for the final spot by $932. Huston tied for 46th.

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    Pepperell captures British Masters, eyes Augusta

    By Associated PressOctober 14, 2018, 5:29 pm

    WALTON HEATH, England -- Eddie Pepperell won his second European Tour title with a two-shot victory at the British Masters on Sunday and likely secured the even bigger prize of a place in next year's Masters at Augusta National.

    The Englishman shot an even-par 72 and held off his playing partner, Sweden's Alexander Bjork (71), as the pair went to the 72nd hole at a wet and windy Walton Heath with Pepperell just a stroke in front.

    Pepperell finished on 9-under 279.

    Herbert Lucas (69) and Jordan Smith (73) were tied for third, another two shots behind Bjork.

    English pair Sam Horsfield (69) and Tom Lewis (70) along with American Julian Suri (74) tied for fifth, one shot in front of tournament host Justin Rose (70).

    The victory takes Pepperell into the world's top 35 and almost certainly secures a first appearance at Augusta in 2019. The top 50 at the end of the year are guaranteed a place in the first major of the year in April.

    Ryder Cup star Tommy Fleetwood (72) finished 2 under in a seven-way tie for ninth.


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    A top-two finish on Sunday would have seen Rose reach the top of the world rankings for the second time this season, the 38-year-old having spent two weeks as No. 1 in September

    Pepperell was ranked outside the top 500 as recently as May last year, but won the Qatar Masters in February and followed a runner-up finish in the Scottish Open with a tie for sixth in the British Open seven days later, carding a closing 67 at Carnoustie despite saying he had a hangover.

    His three-shot overnight lead was down to a single stroke on Sunday when Bjork covered the front nine in 34 and Pepperell three-putted the ninth, the same hole where he enjoyed a spectacular hole-in-one on Thursday.

    However, the 27-year-old Pepperell promptly holed his second shot to the 10th from 122 yards for an eagle to move three clear and a par save from off the green on the 14th looked to have sealed the win.

    There was still time for some late drama, though, as Pepperell dropped shots on Nos. 15 and 16 to see his lead cut to a single shot, but Bjork bogeyed the 18th after driving into the heather and Pepperell saved par from a greenside bunker.

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    Disappointed Sharma fades to T-10 at CIMB

    By Will GrayOctober 14, 2018, 1:46 pm

    For the second time this year, India's Shubankhar Sharma watched an opportunity for a breakthrough win turn into a learning experience.

    Sharma burst onto the scene in March, taking a two-shot lead into the final round of the WGC-Mexico Championship only to fade to a tie for ninth. It was a similar story Sunday at the CIMB Classic in Malaysia, where Sharma started the final round in a three-way tie for the lead but struggled to an even-par 72 that dropped him into a tie for 10th.

    "Disappointing, not really happy with the way I finished," Sharma told reporters.


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    The 22-year-old was 1 over for his first six holes, but he battled back with four straight birdies on Nos. 7-10 to get within three shots of eventual winner Marc Leishman. But his tee shot at the par-3 11th found the water, leading to the first of three straight bogeys that ended any hopes of victory.

    "That was probably one of the worst swings of the day," Sharma said. "That 11th hole I think killed the momentum for me. A par there would have gone a long way, and I probably could have made more birdies after that."

    Sharma remained optimistic this spring following his final-round fade in Mexico, and he retained a positive mindset despite a rough afternoon as he eyes upcoming starts at both the CJ Cup in South Korea and the WGC-HSBC Champions in China.

    "Great experience. Very, very good to have two top-10s on the PGA Tour, so that's a good way of looking at it," he said. "Also, it pushes me to keep playing well. I feel like I have it in me to win out there on the PGA Tour, and I've given myself two opportunities. Game is in a decent place now."