Bubble boy Reed not worried about Ryder Cup

By Will GrayAugust 25, 2016, 8:32 pm

FARMINGDALE, N.Y. – Patrick Reed has one eye on the Ryder Cup, but he knows that contending this week at The Barclays will ensure he makes the trip next month to Hazeltine.

Reed entered the final week of qualification firmly on the bubble at No. 8, holding on to the final automatic spot by less than $31,000 over J.B. Holmes. It’s a slim margin, but Reed took a big step toward keeping the contenders at bay with a 5-under 66 at Bethpage Black that gave him a share of the early lead alongside Martin Laird.

“Of course [the Ryder Cup] is on my mind. But really at the end of the day, it’s just trying to get better and play this tournament,” Reed said. “Because if I play well, that means those other guys are going to have to play even better to try to catch me. If I go out and do what I’ve been doing all year, give myself a chance to win a golf tournament, if I can close one off, then it doesn’t matter. It takes care of itself.”


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Reed has had a consistent season with nine top-10 finishes, and he’s in the middle of an especially busy stretch. This marks the fifth of seven straight starts, and Reed will play 12 of 13 weeks from the U.S. Open to the BMW Championship.

It’s an ambitious itinerary, but it’s one that Reed is used to after spending 37 weeks away from home in 2015.

“I’ve played a ton, and it’s just something that I’ve always loved to do,” he said. “For me, my schedule never changed because these are the events I was going to play no matter what.”

While Reed still has work to do to clinch a spot at Hazeltine, he has already begun to consider what it might be like to don the red, white and blue in front of the home fans in a few weeks’ time.

“For me this year, it’s about getting sweet revenge,” he said. “Because my first one was down at Gleneagles [in 2014], and I played some great golf but at the end of the day, our team didn’t win. So for us, it’s sweet revenge, go back and keep that cup here in the States.”

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Salas (62) leads LPGA's Indy Women in Tech

By Associated PressAugust 17, 2018, 12:50 am

INDIANAPOLIS - Lizette Salas matched the Brickyard Crossing record with a 10-under 62 on Thursday in the Indy Women in Tech Championship, making birdie on the final three holes for a two-stroke lead over fast-starting Angel Yin and Japan's Nasa Hataoka.

Yin birdied eight of the first nine holes in her morning round for a front-nine 8-under 28 - one short of the LPGA Tour's nine-hole record. It matched the third-lowest nine-hole score in relation to par in tour history.


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Salas eagled the par-5 second in the afternoon and added three straight birdies on Nos. 4-6. She birdied Nos. 12 and 14 before reeling off three more in a row to close, waiting out a late 77-minute suspension for an approaching storm.

Salas matched the course record set by Mike McCullough in the PGA Tour Champions' 1999 Comfort Classic.

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Sordet opens with 62 to grab lead at Nordea Masters

By Associated PressAugust 16, 2018, 11:23 pm

GOTHENBURG, Sweden - Clement Sordet opened with four straight birdies to shoot 8-under 62 and take the first-round lead of the Nordea Masters on Thursday.

Sordet says ''I wasn't really focusing on the score, I was just enjoying it.''

The Frenchman, who shot his lowest European Tour round, has a two-stroke lead over Scott Jamieson of Scotland and Lee Slattery of England.

Hunter Stewart is the highest-placed American after a 5-under 65 left him on a four-way tie for fourth with Christofer Blomstrand, Tapio Pulkkanen and Richard Green.

Defending champion Renato Paratore's hopes of becoming the first player to successfully retain the title look in doubt after the Italian shot 9-over 79 at Hills Golf Club.

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Peterson confirms plans to play Web.com Finals

By Will GrayAugust 16, 2018, 9:17 pm

After flirting with retirement for much of the summer, John Peterson confirmed that he will give it one more shot in the upcoming Web.com Tour Finals.

Peterson, 29, had planned to walk away from the game and begin a career in real estate in his native Texas if he failed to secure PGA Tour status before his medical extension expired. His T-13 finish last month at The Greenbrier appeared to be enough to net the former NCAA champ at least conditional status, but a closer look at the numbers revealed he missed out by 0.58 points in his last available start.


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But Peterson was buoyed by the support he received from his peers at The Greenbrier, and when he got into the Barbasol Championship as a late alternate he decided to make the trip to the tournament. He tied for 21st that week in Kentucky, clinching enough non-member FedExCup points to grant him a spot in the four-event Finals.

Last month Peterson hinted that he would consider playing in the Finals, where 25 PGA Tour cards for the 2018-19 season will be up for grabs, and Thursday he confirmed in an Instagram post that he will give his pro career "one last push."

The Finals kick off next week in Ohio with the Nationwide Children's Hospital Championship and will conclude Sept. 20-23 with the Web.com Tour Championship. Peterson will be looking to rekindle his results from 2013, when he finished T-5 or better at each of the four Finals events while earning fully-exempt status as the top money earner.

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Lyle honored with sand sculpture at Wyndham

By Golf Channel DigitalAugust 16, 2018, 9:00 pm

Jarrod Lyle passed away last week at the age of 36 after losing his third battle with cancer.

And after a PGA Championship filled with tributes to the Australian, the Wyndham Championship found its own way to keep his legacy alive at the North Carolina Tour stop.

Next to the Wyndham Championship and PGA Tour logos carved into the sand on site at Sedgefield Country Club is Lyle's name and the "Leuk the Duck" mascot. The duck has become synonymous with Challenge, an organization that supports kids with cancer.

Fellow Aussie Stuart Appleby posted the display on social media:

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Lyle was also remembered in a more traditional manner on the first tee, where his bag and trademark yellow bucket hat were prominently displayed.