Duval (MC) not quite ready to leave PGA Tour

By Will GrayAugust 15, 2014, 8:58 pm

GREENSBORO, N.C. – Eight months after declaring that this year would be his last hurrah, David Duval isn’t quite ready to put the clubs away. Where he will next tee it up, though, remains to be seen.

Back in December, Duval stated on Twitter that this season would be the last in which he would rely on sponsor exemptions to create a full-time playing schedule on the PGA Tour. After 15 starts with limited success, he finds himself on the outside looking in but feels an arm injury has kept him from playing to his potential.

“I meant it, but I also didn’t anticipate an arm injury that has cost me the whole summer,” said Duval, whose best result this season is a tie for 25th at the Zurich Classic. “I hurt it back in May, when I was really starting to play well, catch my stride. I was leading or close to the lead after the first round in Dallas, and I was in the hospital getting injections.

“Today is the first two rounds of golf I’ve played back-to-back where it hasn’t hurt since before I injured it.”

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Duval’s future prospects remain cloudy after a back-nine rally to make the cut at the Wyndham Championship came up one shot short. He entered the week 200th in the FedEx Cup standings, and Nos. 126-200 after this week will be eligible for the Web.com Tour Finals that begin later this month, where 25 PGA Tour cards will be awarded.

After his ninth missed cut of the season, Duval made it clear that if he qualified, he would tee it up in the four-event series in order to earn playing privileges for the 2014-15 season.

“Absolutely,” he said. “I mean, I entered them last week.”

His Finals fate is now out of his hands, though, and Duval must resort to hoping that players like Kevin Foley (No. 208), Doug Labelle II (No. 215) and Lee Janzen (No. 220) don’t knock him out of the top 200 over the weekend in Greensboro.

With his future opportunities hanging in the balance, Duval could only lament the brachialis strain that forced him to withdraw from the FedEx St. Jude Classic, John Deere Classic and Barracuda Championship this summer.

“It’s cost me four months, and some of the tournaments I’ve been able to get into,” Duval said. “Nothing seems to help. Rehab, dry needling, cortisone shorts. It’s just one of those things that’s just been nagging.”

Duval is clearly intent on continuing his playing career, though he fell short of stating that he would be willing to play the Web.com Tour on a full-time basis in 2015 should he fail to earn a PGA Tour card at Finals, or fail to qualify for the tournament series entirely.

“That’s a lot of speculation at that point,” said Duval, who still has past champion status on the PGA Tour. “Even if you get in that (top 25 at Finals), that’s still some type of conditional status, to be honest with you. Other guys who get through that off the Web.com don’t get to play a lot at the beginning of the year.”

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Molinari holds off McIlroy to win BMW PGA

By Associated PressMay 27, 2018, 3:20 pm

VIRGINIA WATER, England - Rory McIlroy left his victory charge too late at Wentworth as Francesco Molinari delivered a clinic in front-running to win the BMW PGA Championship by two shots with a 4-under 68 on Sunday.

McIlroy, who led by three shots at halfway, entered the final round tied for the lead with Molinari on 13 under par but a Sunday shootout at the European Tour's flagship event never really materialized.

Instead, as McIlroy toiled to a 70 that was propped up by birdies on the par fives at Nos. 17 and 18, Molinari went bogey-free for a second straight day to claim the fifth victory of his career and the biggest since a World Golf Championship in Shanghai in 2010.

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The Italian only dropped two shots all week and finished on 17-under 271, with McIlroy alone in second place. Alex Noren (67) and Lucas Bjerregaard (65) were tied for third place a stroke further back.

Molinari moved into the automatic qualifying places for the Ryder Cup, which he hasn't played since 2012 when Europe beat the United States in the so-called ''Miracle at Medinah.''

He'd previously had five top-10 finishes in the last six years at Wentworth, including being runner-up to Noren last year.

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Four top finishers in Japan qualify for The Open

By Associated PressMay 27, 2018, 10:19 am

IBARAKI, Japan – Shota Akiyoshi of Japan shot a 2-under-par 70 on Sunday to win the Mizuno Open and qualify for The 147th Open.

Akiyoshi offset three bogeys with five birdies at the Royal Golf Club in Ibaraki, Japan, to finish 1 under overall and secure his first ever tournament win on the Japan Golf Tour.

Michael Hendry of New Zealand and Japanese golfers Masahiro Kawamura and Masanori Kobayashi were tied for second one stroke off the pace to also qualify for The Open at Carnoustie, Scotland, from July 19-22.

Hendry, who led the tournament coming into the final round, came close to forcing a playoff with Akiyoshi but dropped a shot with a bogey on the final hole when he needed a par to draw level.

Hendry will make his second appearance at The Open after qualifying at the Mizuno Open for the second year in a row.

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Lewis hopes to win at Volvik with baby on the way

By Randall MellMay 27, 2018, 12:55 am

Stacy Lewis was listening to more than her caddie on her march up the leaderboard Saturday at the Volvik Championship.

Pregnant with her first child, she is listening to her body in a new way these days.

And she could hear a message coming through loud and clear toward the end of her round at Travis Point Country Club in Ann Arbor, Mich.

“The little one was telling me it’s dinnertime,” Lewis said.

Lewis birdied five of the last six holes to shoot 5-under-par 67 and move into position to make a Sunday run at winning her 13th LPGA title. She is two shots behind the leader, Minjee Lee, whose 68 moved her to 12 under overall.

Sunday has the makings of a free for all with 10 players within three shots of the lead.

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Lewis, 33, is four months pregnant, with her due date Nov. 3. She’s expecting to play just a few more times before putting the clubs away to get ready for the birth. She said she’s likely to make the Marathon Classic in mid-July her last start of the season before returning next year.

Of course, Lewis would relish winning with child.

“I don’t care what limitations I have or what is going on with my body, I want to give myself a chance to win,” she told LPGA.com at the Kingsmill Championship last week.

Lewis claimed an emotional victory with her last title, taking the Cambia Portland Classic late last summer after announcing earlier in the week that she would donate her entire winnings to the Hurricane Harvey relief efforts in her Houston hometown.

A victory Sunday would also come with a lot of emotion.

It’s been an interesting year for Lewis.

There’s been the joy of learning she’s ready to begin the family she has been yearning for, and the struggle to play well after bouncing back from injury.

Lewis missed three cuts in a row before making it into the weekend at the Kingsmill Championship last week. That’s one more cut than she missed cumulatively in the previous six years. In six starts this year, Lewis hasn’t finished among the top 50 yet, but she hasn’t felt right, either.

The former world No. 1 didn’t make her second start of 2018 until April, at the year’s first major, the ANA Inspiration. She withdrew from the HSBC Women’s World Championship in late February with a strained right oblique muscle and didn’t play again for a month.

Still, Lewis is finding plenty to get excited about with the baby on the way.

“I kind of had my first Mother’s Day,” Lewis told LPGA.com last week. “It puts golf into perspective. It makes those bad days not seem so bad. It helps me sleep better at night. We are just really excited.”

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Rose hasn't visited restroom at Colonial - here's why

By Nick MentaMay 27, 2018, 12:20 am

In case you're unaware, it's pretty hot in Texas.

Temperatures at Colonial Country Club have approached 100 degrees this week, leaving players to battle both the golf course and potential dehydration.

With the help of his caddie Mark Fulcher, Fort Worth Invitational leader Justin Rose has been plenty hot himself, staking himself to a four-shot lead.

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"Yeah, Fulch has done a great job of just literally handing me water bottle after water bottle. It seems relentless, to be honest with you," Rose said Saturday.

So just how much are players sweating the heat at Colonial? Well, it doesn't sound like all that water is making it all the way through Rose.

"I haven't even seen the inside of a restroom yet, so you can't even drink quick enough out there," he shared.