Notes: Reed's cyberspace use; Malnati's love for baseball

By Doug FergusonJanuary 22, 2014, 12:52 am

HIGH-TECH ANALYSIS: Ben Hogan looked for answers in the dirt. Humana Challenge winner Patrick Reed has turned to cyberspace.

Reed uses ShotsToHole.com, a computer program co-founded by Australian teaching pro Stuart Leong, to help identify weaknesses and ways to save strokes. It was hard to argue with the results last week in La Quinta after Reed shot 9-under 63 in each of the first three rounds and held on for his second victory in his last nine tournaments.

''It tells you really what you need to work on and what will help you save the most shots,'' Reed said. ''That's key to us on being able to dial down our distances. Not only that, but also dial down what we need to work on to be successful.''

Reed takes notes during rounds and uses information from the PGA Tour's ShotLink database.

''We'll get home this afternoon and I'll type in this round and see what it is I need to work on,'' Reed said.

''You enter your stats and it kind of takes it to the next level. It's, 'OK, how far is the hole? What club did you hit?' You might hit the fairway, but did you feel like you hit your target? Did you hit left of your target? Right of your target? How far are you hitting into the green and what's your lie? Did you hit it past the hole, short of the hole, left of the hole, right? And putts, same thing. ... It gets very detailed.''


MALNATI AND MLB: As a PGA Tour rookie, Peter Malnati is taking a close look at the schedule.

The Major League Baseball schedule.

Malnati is part of a recent crop of players who have deals with MLB.com, one of the premier websites in sports. He has the logo on his golf bag, and one of the perks really caught his attention. Malnati says he gets two tickets to any game all year.

''I'm going to catch a lot of Kansas City Royals games,'' said Malnati, who wore Royals colors when he won a Web.com Tour event last year.

The Royals?

''That's exactly why I'm a fan,'' said Malnati, who grew up in Tennessee and played golf at Missouri. ''I was dating a girl from Kansas City and we got to a game and I thought, 'This is pathetic.' It's a great ballpark. This team needs fans and no one is here. So I'm a die-hard Kansas City fan.''

MLB.com spokesman Matt Gould said it also has deals with Shawn Stefani, former NCAA champion Max Homa and Zack Fisher, who was medalist at Q-school last month to earn his Web.com Tour card.

''The general thinking is twofold,'' Gould said. ''First and foremost, we're big fans of the PGA Tour in a general sense. Secondly, we think there is a great, smart crossover opportunity with a like-minded fan base for young and upcoming players. And a lot of these guys have friends who are baseball players.''

Prior to these limited endorsement deals, MLB.com had a strong golf presence that not many knew about - it powers Tiger Woods' website. In a deal that dates to 2006 and was expanded five years ago, MLB Advanced Media works with Woods' staff to produce the website, host it on their servers and update the content.


WESTWOOD ON BOARD: Lee Westwood feels he is settled in to his new life living in Florida and playing a majority of his events in America.

And on Tuesday, he had his first meeting as a member of the PGA Tour's Player Advisory Council. Westwood was among four players who were selected by the players serving on the policy board.

''I don't know what they're expecting,'' he said. ''I don't know what to expect. I think I'll just sit there for a while and listen. Obviously, 20 years on the tour, I've seen a few things, so I might be able to comment a little bit.''

Westwood, with 38 wins worldwide and a No. 1 ranking, never served on the tournament committee in all his years on the European Tour. He said he would have served on the committee, but he was never asked.

''I don't think I'm controversial or anything like that, but occasionally sensible,'' he said. ''Occasionally, I have a good idea.''


DIVOTS: Zach Johnson is taking a four-week break before the Match Play Championship. ''I know it's a necessity, I know it's good for me, it's good for my family, but I'm also hesitant because I'm playing well,'' Johnson said. ... The Senior British Open will be played at Sunningdale in 2015 and Carnoustie the following year. ... Maj. Dan Rooney, founder of the Folds of Honor Foundation and Patriot Golf Day, and majority owner of The Patriot Golf Club in Tulsa, Okla., has been selected by the American Society of Golf Course Architects as the 2014 Donald Ross Award recipient. ... Kiradech Aphibarnrat of Thailand has received an exemption into the Phoenix Open next week.


STAT OF THE WEEK: Tiger Woods is the only FedEx Cup champion whose season earnings were more than the $10 million bonus. He won the money title with $10.5 million in 2009 and with $10.8 million in 2007.


FINAL WORD: ''I don't like not playing in big tournaments.'' – Jimmy Walker, on going 11 years without qualifying for the U.S. Open.

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S.H. Park tops Salas for Indy title, takes over No.1

By Randall MellAugust 20, 2018, 12:03 am

Sung Hyun Park moved back to Rolex world No. 1 with her victory Sunday at the Indy Women in Tech Championship.

With her 10-foot birdie defeating Lizette Salas on the first sudden death playoff hole at Brickyard Crossing, Park knocked Ariya Jutanugarn off the top of the world rankings.

It marks Park’s second ascension to world No. 1.

Park lasted a week at the top the first time she moved to No. 1 in November of last year. Jutanugarn’s second run at No. 1 ends after three weeks.


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There has been a lot of movement at the top of the world rankings in the women’s game the last two seasons, with Park marking the seventh change at the top in the last 14 months.

The victory was Park’s third LPGA title of the year, matching Jutanugarn for most on tour this season.

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Playoff qualifiers: 2018 FedExCup Top 125

By Golf Channel DigitalAugust 20, 2018, 12:00 am

Top 125 in the 2017-18 FedExCup point standings, through the final regular-season event, the Wyndham Championship. These players qualify for the FedExCup Playoffs.

1. Dustin Johnson 2,717
2. Justin Thomas 2,634
3. Brooks Koepka 2,012
4. Justin Rose 1,991
5. Bubba Watson 1,879
6. Jason Day 1,771
7. Webb Simpson 1,710
8. Francesco Molinari 1,682
9. Bryson DeChambeau 1,617


10. Patrick Reed 1,555
11. Phil Mickelson 1,546
12. Tony Finau 1,509
13. Jon Rahm 1,430
14. Patrick Cantlay 1,388
15. Patton Kizzire 1,386
16. Paul Casey 1,319
17. Rickie Fowler 1,302
18. Kyle Stanley 1,198
19. Kevin Na 1,183


20. Tiger Woods 1,162
21. Rory McIlroy 1,154
22. Marc Leishman 1,148
23. Tommy Fleetwood 1,130
24. Chesson Hadley 1,122
25. Pat Perez 1,116
26. Andrew Landry 1,116
27. Aaron Wise 1,086
28. Xander Schauffele 1,081
29. Luke List 1,080


30. Brandt Snedeker 1,077
31. Austin Cook 1,060
32. Brian Harman 1,056
33. Gary Woodland 1,044
34. Ian Poulter 1,030
35. Andrew Putnam 1,026
36. Chez Reavie 1,020
37. Ryan Armour 1,006
38. Brendan Steele 998
39. Alex Noren 989


40. Kevin Kisner 971
41. Billy Horschel 960
42. Beau Hossler 957
43. Jordan Spieth 945
44. Byeong Hun An 913
45. Emiliano Grillo 901
46. Si Woo Kim 893
47. Charles Howell III 885
48. Brian Gay 880
49. Keegan Bradley 872


50. Henrik Stenson 868
51. J.J. Spaun 849
52. Zach Johnson 839
53. Cameron Smith 821
54. Scott Piercy 802
55. Ryan Moore 795
56. Rafa Cabrera Bello 784
57. Whee Kim 764
58. Stewart Cink 758
59. Chris Kirk 756


60. Ted Potter Jr. 744
61. Jimmy Walker 719
62. Jason Kokrak 700
63. C.T. Pan 693
64. Matt Kuchar 679
65. Joel Dahmen 676
66. Michael Kim 675
67. Kevin Streelman 673
68. Keith Mitchell 659
69. J.B. Holmes 640


70. Adam Hadwin 638
71. Brice Garnett 634
72. Kelly Kraft 627
73. Adam Scott 623
74. Louis Oosthuizen 620
75. Troy Merritt 616
76. Hideki Matsuyama 607
77. Satoshi Kodaira 600
78. Kevin Chappell 597
79. James Hahn 596


80. Tom Hoge 594
81. Peter Uihlein 593
82. Branden Grace 590
83. Abraham Ancer 589
84. Russell Knox 585
85. Kevin Tway 577
86. Jamie Lovemark 576
87. Ollie Schniederjans 573
88. Russell Henley 569
89. Daniel Berger 565


90. Jason Dufner 557
91. Anirban Lahiri 555
92. Tyrrell Hatton 550
93. Patrick Rodgers 541
94. Brandon Harkins 528
95. Trey Mullinax 528
96. Charl Schwartzel 528
97. Rory Sabbatini 521
98. Charley Hoffman 515
99. Alex Cejka 502


100. Ryan Palmer 500
101. Richy Werenski 498
102. Nick Watney 491
103. Danny Lee 481
104. Sung Kang 480
105. John Huh 480
106. Harold Varner III 474
107. Scott Stallings 470
108. Tyler Duncan 457
109. William McGirt 449


110. J.T. Poston 448
111. Bronson Burgoon 446
112. Vaughn Taylor 445
113. Martin Laird 443
114. Sam Ryder 442
115. Grayson Murray 438
116. Ryan Blaum 433
117. Scott Brown 422
118. Brian Stuard 421
119. Nick Taylor 420


120. Sam Saunders 420
121. Sean O'Hair 417
122. Bud Cauley 405
123. Jhonattan Vegas 394
124. Harris English 383
125. Seamus Power 377

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Garcia among notables to miss FedExCup Playoffs

By Will GrayAugust 19, 2018, 10:24 pm

For the first time in the 12-year history of the FedExCup, the PGA Tour's postseason will proceed without Sergio Garcia.

The former Masters champ has struggled mightily this summer, missing the cut in all four majors, and he entered the Wyndham Championship at No. 131 in the season-long points race with only the top 125 making the playoffs. Six years after winning at Sedgefield Country Club, Garcia again made a run up the leaderboard and was projected to reach No. 122 heading into the final round.

But on an afternoon where Brandt Snedeker shot 65 en route to victory and runner-up Webb Simpson carded a 62, Garcia shot an even-par 70 that included three back-nine bogeys to drop from a tie for eighth into a tie for 24th. As a result, he moved up only three spots to No. 128 in the final regular-season event and will not have a tee time next week at The Northern Trust.


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The playoff field: Final regular-season Top 125


He will remain fully exempt next year by virtue of the five-year exemption he earned with his Masters win last spring.

Garcia was one of 13 players who had made the playoffs every year since the advent of the FedExCup in 2007. Two other members of that select group also saw their streaks end this year, as former world No. 1 Luke Donald has missed most of the season with an injury while Bill Haas finished No. 152 after a T-45 finish at Wyndham.

Other notable players who failed to crack the top 125 include veterans Aaron Baddeley (No. 132), Shane Lowry (No. 140), David Lingmerth (No. 143) and Graeme McDowell (No. 144), all of whom saw multiple-year exemptions for victories in 2015 or 2016 expire this weekend in Greensboro.

Players who finish Nos. 126-200 in the season-long points will have an opportunity to retain their PGA Tour cards for the 2018-19 season at the Web.com Tour Finals, a four-event series that kicks off next week in Ohio. Players who finished Nos. 126-150 will retain at least conditional PGA Tour status for next year regardless of their Finals performance.

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Bryant wins Dick's Sporting Goods Open for second time

By Associated PressAugust 19, 2018, 10:17 pm

ENDICOTT, N.Y. - Bart Bryant made a 25-foot birdie putt on the final hole Sunday to win the Dick's Sporting Goods Open for the second time in six years.

With playing partner Michael Bradley facing a 7-foot birdie putt that he would make, the 55-year-old Bryant rolled in the left-to-right breaking putt for a 7-under 65 and a one-stroke victory.

''It felt good. It really did,'' Bryant said. ''He hit a great shot in there. He went after the pin, which he had to do. ... I gave it a good run. But to make a putt like that to win a tournament, there's a little bit of luck involved and it was just kind of my day. ... I've had putts made on me on 18 to lose before, so it's nice to be on the other end of the stick this time.''

Bradley, the second-round leader, bogeyed the par-4 15th in a 68.

''It was fun. We had a good time,'' Bradley said. ''He shot 65-65 on the weekend, that's tough to beat. But I put a little pressure on, I hit a good shot into 18. He made a hell of a putt.''

Also the 2013 winner at En-Joie Golf Club, Bryant made six birdies in a nine-hole stretch from the third to the 11th and had six straight pars before the winning birdie putt on the par-4 18th.


Full-field scores from the Dick’s Sporting Goods Open


''I played awfully well, I didn't hit a bad shot today,'' Bryant said. ''I played conservatively, a little bit conservative coming in, but smart. It got the job done. Very pleased with the way everything went.''

Bryant finished at 16-under 200. The three-time PGA Tour winner's only senior victories have come at En-Joie, the site of the PGA Tour's B.C. Open from 1972-2005.

The 52-year-old Bradley is winless on the 50-and-over tour after winning four times on the PGA Tour.

''I played solid, 65-68-68,'' Bradley said. ''I just got beat.''

Tom Gillis (67) and Marco Dawson (68) tied for third at 13 under, a stroke ahead of Paul Goydos (65), Kenny Perry (67) and Mark Calcavecchia (67).