Laird's second 65 has him ahead by two

By Will GrayJanuary 31, 2015, 1:10 am

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – Scoring was tough Friday at TPC Scottsdale, where conditions were cold and wet for the field at the Waste Management Phoenix Open. Here’s how things look as Martin Laird leads by two shots:

Leaderboard: Laird (-10), Daniel Berger (-8), Justin Thomas (-7), Bubba Watson (-6), Zach Johnson (-6), Ryan Palmer (-6), Ryan Moore (-6), Robert Streb (-6)

What it means: Youth was served in the second round, as Berger and Thomas – both 21 years old and playing on sponsor exemptions – moved to the top of the standings. They were surpassed late in the day by Laird, a veteran in search of his fourth win and first since the 2013 Valero Texas Open.

Round of the Day: Kevin Chappell bounced back from an opening 75 by trimming 10 shots off his total and punching his ticket for the weekend. Chappell opened with four straight birdies on Nos. 10-13 and made seven in total, carding a 6-under 65 to move 92 spots up the leaderboard and into a tie for 27th at 2 under.

Best of the rest: Laird has now carded matching rounds of 5-under 66, the latest one coming despite a bogey on his final hole in waning daylight. Laird closed with a flurry before that, carding four birdies in a five-hole stretch from Nos. 13-17.

Biggest disappointment: The wheels fell off for Tiger Woods, who carded an 11-over 82. It marked Woods’ highest score in competition as a pro, and when play was suspended his 13-over 155 total put him in last place among the 132-man field.

Main storyline heading into Saturday: Laird has been in this position before and knows what it takes to win, but keep an eye on the two young guns immediately behind him – especially Thomas, who is in search of his third straight top-10 finish after narrowly missing out on his first win last week at the Humana Challenge.

Quote of the day: “We all have days like this. Unfortunately, you know, mine was in a public forum, in a public setting.” – Woods

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Watch: Hahn slam-dunks ace on 11th hole

By Golf Channel DigitalJune 23, 2018, 7:20 pm

There are aces, and there are slam-dunk aces. No question which one this one by James Hahn on the 154-yard 11th hole was.

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Els' nephew Rebula wins Amateur Championship

By Golf Channel DigitalJune 23, 2018, 7:05 pm

Ernie Els is one proud uncle.

His nephew, Jovan Rebula, won the Amateur Championship on Saturday at Royal Aberdeen to become the first South African to capture the title since Bobby Cole in 1966.

Rebula, a junior at Auburn, will join his famous uncle in Carnoustie next month for The Open. He also will get invites to the 2019 Masters and the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach.

Rebula defeated Ireland's Robin Dawson, 3 and 2, in the 36-hole final.

"It’s unreal," Rebula said. "It’s really something that is hard to describe. I feel like many have been in this position before but it’s an unreal feeling. It hasn’t sunk in quite yet but hopefully tomorrow morning I can wake up and I will feel a little different."

Rebula received plenty of texts from Els throughout the week, and the encouragement paid off. Rebula opened a 1-up lead after 18 holes, and he extended his advantage by winning the 26th and 27th holes. He was 5 up with six to play before finally closing out Dawson on the 16th hole with an up-and-down from the bunker.

"It’s been a long week and especially today," Rebula said. "I should have finished maybe a couple of holes earlier, but it’s been awesome. A very tiring week. I’m standing here right now and there’s so much adrenaline pumping through me."

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Squirrel gets Rory's round off to a rocky start

By Will GrayJune 23, 2018, 6:42 pm

CROMWELL, Conn. – Rory McIlroy’s third round at the Travelers Championship got off to a peculiar start before he even hit a shot.

McIlroy had just been introduced on the first tee at TPC River Highlands and was ready to unload on his opening drive of the day when a squirrel ran across the tee box a few feet in front of him.

McIlroy stopped his swing and laughed it off, but the squirrel continued to linger for several seconds, criss-crossing from one side of the packed tee box to the other. And while this was no black cat, the pump-fake to start his round didn’t exactly help the Ulsterman.

McIlroy ultimately blocked his drive into the right rough after enduring his brief rodent delay en route to an opening bogey, and amid soft conditions at TPC River Highlands he played his first five holes in 2 over. McIlroy started the day at 7 under, three shots behind leader Brian Harman.

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Kaymer in six-way tie for BMW International lead

By Associated PressJune 23, 2018, 5:29 pm

PULHEIM, Germany - Danish golfer Lucas Bjerregaard shot a 5-under 67 to equal the week's lowest round for a six-way share of the lead after the third round of the BMW International Open on Saturday.

Bjerregaard had eight birdies, a double bogey and a bogey to finish on 5-under 211 - jumping 23 places and joining local favorites Martin Kaymer and Maximilian Kieffer, England's Chris Paisley and Aaron Rai, and Australia's Scott Hend at the top of the leaderboard.

Bjerregaard was fortunate to play before the wind picked up again later in the afternoon.

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Kaymer, the 2008 champion, delighted the home supporters with two birdies in his last three holes for a 71.

Finland's Mikko Korhonen and Chile's Nico Geyger were one shot off the lead after rounds of 69 and 73, respectively.

Defending champion Andres Romero equaled the week's best round (67) to be among a large group two shots off the lead going into Sunday, including three-time European Tour winner Andy Sullivan.

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