Lietzke Should Be In Winners Circle a Long Time

By George WhiteAugust 13, 2001, 4:00 pm
Bruce Lietzke believes we, the people, should play golf because you can play until youre dead.
You can play in your 70s, 80s, and I have played with those in their 90s. I dont think there is another sport that can say that.
What he didnt say was that, if you play the Senior Tour, youd best make your lucre from the age of 50 until 54 or 55. Less than a month into this Senior thing, having just turned 50, he won the 3M Championship outside Minneapolis last week. One person he beat was a guy who won just about everything he entered two or three years ago ' Hale Irwin. Irwin, incidentally, is 56 now. Hes good enough to win three or four times a year now, but not the seven he won when he was 53 or the nine he won at 52.
Maybe its not ironic that another rookie, Bobby Wadkins, won two weeks ago in his Senior Tour debut. Both got ready for the Seniors in unusual ways ' Lietzke cut his schedule way back to between 10 and 15 events for the last 10 years, Wadkins joined the Buy.Comers for the past two years. Wadkins wanted to play the shorter Buy.Com courses with the much lower scoring to get ready for 50-and-over golf. Lietzke wanted to spend time with the family during the kids school years.
Both fit the mold of newcomers who should do well. Wadkins never won in more than 700 events on the regular tour, which would signify that he still is hungry when he came out to the Seniors. Lietzke hadnt won since 1994, but even more important was that he hadnt played a full schedule since 1989 ' 12 years ago. So he certainly wasnt burnt out.
Tom Watson is, more than anything, burnt out on playing a full schedule. Tom Kite plays a fairly full schedule, but his putter is too unforgiving to allow him more than two or three wins a season ' max. Lanny Wadkins, Bobbys brother, is too injury-prone. Those three are the big names who have come in the last two years. Each carries some major baggage.
Lietzke, in particular, doesnt. He has looked forward to the Senior Tour for the last decade on the regular tour. He plans to play until he is 60, which should give him about $10 million ' more than enough to retire and live very comfortably in his golden years. Until he reaches 60, though, there should be many, many days like Sunday.
Lietzke has one shot ' the high fade. He doesnt mess around trying to draw the ball, and he surely doesnt care about being known as the consummate ball-striker. He pops it there with gusto, he is at least an average putter with his ever-present broomstick, and then he totals it up. What he comes up with should certainly be sufficient to keep him at the head of the Seniors class for a few years.
Lietzke never has had an instructor except his brother, Duane, who taught him how to play at age 5. He never had an agent ' I wanted to play golf on my own terms, he explained. I did not want outside distractions and offers to distract me from tournament golf. I have never seen an agent help you with an eight-foot putt to win a tournament.
Lietzke won 13 times on the regular tour, four of those coming in one year ' 20 years ago in 1981. However, the rest were pretty well scattered out over a 17-year period, but 1977 and 94. And he almost won again in 1998, at the Bob Hope. He reached a playoff in that one before losing to Fred Couples.
He fits in well with the Allen Doyles, the Doug Tewells and Jim Thorpes and Bruce Fleishers of the Senior Tour, the guys who are winning nowadays. He isnt golfed out. He isnt burned out. He isnt pooped out. Bruce Lietzke will be around quite awhile in the winners circle.
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Storms halt Barbasol before Lincicome tees off

By Associated PressJuly 20, 2018, 11:29 pm

NICHOLASVILLE, Ky. - Brittany Lincicome will have to wait until the weekend to resume her bid to make the cut in a PGA Tour event.

Overnight storms delayed the start of the second round Friday in the Barbasol Championship, and an afternoon thunderstorm suspended competition for good. The round will resume Saturday morning with much of the field still to play.

The second stoppage at Champions Trace at Keene Trace Golf Club came 20 minutes before Lincicome's scheduled tee time.

Lincicome was near the bottom of the field after opening with a 6-over 78 on Thursday. The first LPGA player since Michelle Wie in 2008 to start a PGA Tour event, she needs a huge rebound to join Babe Zaharias (1945) as the only female players to make the cut.

Troy Merritt had the clubhouse lead at 15 under, following an opening 62 with a 67.

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Third-round tee times for the 147th Open

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 20, 2018, 9:05 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Eighteen major champions made the cut at The Open and will be playing the weekend at Carnoustie, including 60-year-old ageless wonder Bernhard Langer, and both major champs so far this year, Patrick Reed and Brooks Koepka.

Twenty-four-year-old Gavin Green will be first off solo Saturday at 4:15 a.m. ET. Reed and Rhys Enoch will follow along 10 minutes later.

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Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods, both at even par for the tournament, six shots behind leaders Zach Johnson and Kevin Kisner, are in consecutive groups. Mickelson is playing with Austin Cook at 8:05 a.m. and Woods is with South Africa’s Shaun Norris at 8:15 a.m.

Jordan Spieth and Rickie Fowler, both three shots off the lead, are also in consecutive groups. Fowler is at 10 a.m. with Thorbjorn Olesen and Spieth is 10 minutes later with Kevin Chappell. Rory McIlroy, looking to win his first major since the 2014 PGA Championship, is at 10:40 a.m. with Xander Schauffele. McIlroy is two shots behind.

Johnson and Kisner are last off at 11 a.m.

4:15AM ET: Gavin Green

4:25AM ET: Rhys Enoch, Patrick Reed

4:35AM ET: Kiradech Aphibarnrat, Justin Rose

4:45AM ET: Yusaku Miyazato, Tyrrell Hatton

4:55AM ET: Ross Fisher, Keegan Bradley

5:05AM ET: Ryan Fox, Jason Dufner

5:15AM ET: Bryson DeChambeau, Henrik Stenson

5:25AM ET: Tom Lewis, Sam Locke (a)

5:35AM ET: Paul Casey, Chris Wood

5:45AM ET: Bernhard Langer, Rafa Cabrera Bello

6:00AM ET: Paul Dunne, Brett Rumford

6:10AM ET: Masahiro Kawamura, Shubhankar Sharma

6:20AM ET: Cameron Smith, Brendan Steele

6:30AM ET: Marc Leishman, Lee Westwood

6:40AM ET: Byeong Hun An, Kevin Na

6:50AM ET: Julian Suri, Adam Hadwin

7:00AM ET: Gary Woodland, Si-Woo Kim

7:10AM ET: Yuta Ikeda, Satoshi Kodaira

7:20AM ET: Marcus Kinhult, Thomas Pieters

7:30AM ET: Beau Hossler, Haotong Li

7:45AM ET: Cameron Davis, Sean Crocker

7:55AM ET: Louis Oosthuizen, Stewart Cink

8:05AM ET: Phil Mickeslon, Austin Cook

8:15AM ET: Tiger Woods, Shaun Norris

8:25AM ET: Lucas Herbert, Michael Kim

8:35AM ET: Jason Day, Francesco Molinari

8:45AM ET: Sung Kang, Webb Simpson

8:55AM ET: Patrick Cantlay, Eddie Pepperell

9:05AM ET: Matthew Southgate, Brooks Koepka

9:15AM ET: Kyle Stanley, Adam Scott

9:30AM ET: Charley Hoffman, Alex Noren

9:40AM ET: Ryan Moore, Brandon Stone

9:50AM ET: Luke List, Danny Willett

10:00AM ET: Thorbjorn Olesen, Rickie Fowler

10:10AM ET: Jordan Spieth, Kevin Chappell

10:20AM ET: Zander Lombard, Tony Finau

10:30AM ET: Matt Kuchar, Erik Van Rooyen

10:40AM ET: Rory McIlroy, Xander Schauffele

10:50AM ET: Pat Perez, Tommy Fleetwood

11:00AM ET: Kevin Kisner, Zach Johnson

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Facial hair Fowler's new good-luck charm

By Rex HoggardJuly 20, 2018, 8:12 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Before, during and after the Fourth of July, Rickie Fowler missed a few appointments with his razor.

He arrived in the United Kingdom for last week’s Scottish Open still unshaved and he tied for sixth place. Fowler, like most golfers, can give in to superstition, so he's decided to keep the caveman look going for this week’s Open Championship.

“There could be some variations,” he smiled following his round on Friday at Carnoustie.

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At this rate, he may never shave again. Fowler followed an opening 70 with a 69 on Friday to move into a tie for 11th place, just three strokes off the lead.

Fowler also has some friendly competition in the beard department, with his roommate this week Justin Thomas also going for the rugged look.

“I think he kind of followed my lead in a way. I think he ended up at home, and he had a little bit of scruff going. It's just fun,” Fowler said. “We mess around with it. Obviously, not taking it too seriously. But like I said, ended up playing halfway decent last week, so I couldn't really shave it off going into this week.”

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Spieth (67) rebounds from tough Round 1 finish

By Ryan LavnerJuly 20, 2018, 7:55 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Guess whose putter is starting to heat up again at a major?

Even with a few wayward shots Friday at Carnoustie, Jordan Spieth made a significant climb up the leaderboard in the second round, firing a 4-under 67 to move just three shots off the lead.

Spieth showed his trademark grit in bouncing back from a rough finish Thursday, when he mis-clubbed on the 15th hole, leading to a double bogey, and ended up playing the last four holes in 4 over.

“I don’t know if I actually regrouped,” he said. “It more kind of fires me up a little.”

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Spieth missed more than half of his fairways in the second round, but he was able to play his approach shots from the proper side of the hole. Sure, he “stole a few,” particularly with unlikely birdies on Nos. 10 and 11 after errant drives, but he took advantage and put himself in position to defend his claret jug.

Spieth needed only 25 putts in the second round, and he credited a post-round adjustment Thursday for the improvement. The tweak allows his arms to do more of the work in his stroke, and he said he felt more confident on the greens.

“It’s come a long way in the last few months, no doubt,” he said.

More than anything, Spieth was relieved not to have to play “cut-line golf” on Friday, like he’s done each start since his spirited run at the Masters.

“I know that my swing isn’t exactly where I want it to be; it’s nowhere near where it was at Birkdale,” he said. “But the short game is on point, and the swing is working in the right direction to get the confidence back.”