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Scott makes cut on number, advances to U.S. Open

By Rex HoggardJune 5, 2018, 12:50 am

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Given the week Tiger Woods had on Muirfield Village’s greens - he ranked 72 out of 73 players in strokes gained: putting - he might not be the best option for a putting coach. But Woods’ advice certainly worked for Harold Varner on Monday at U.S. Open sectional qualifying.

Despite a bogey on his second-to-last hole, Varner secured one of the 14 qualifying spots into next week’s championship at Shinnecock Hills with rounds of 66-72. The key, he said following his 36-hole day, was a putting tip Woods gave him when the two played a practice round together at last month’s Players Championship.

“I was talking to Tiger and he said, 'Just hit it solid, the stroke is so small,” Varner said. “He said, ‘You need to get so good at it that if I put a gun to your head, you can repeat it.’”

It was the kind of advice that sticks with a player, and Varner said he’s been putting better ever since his chat with Woods. It paid off on Monday in the from of 12 birdies.

“It was awesome,” Varner said of playing with Woods. “We were playing with Bryson [DeChambeau], and Bryson is really good at knowing how far away [from the hole] he is and knowing how far to hit it, and Tiger said, ‘I’m not very good at that. I can’t tell you how far away I am, but I can tell you where it needs to go.' That’s how I grew up putting.”

Varner tied with Adam Scott, who could have qualified for the U.S. Open on Sunday at the Memorial but struggled to a closing 73 and failed to move into the top 60 in the Official World Golf Ranking. The top 60 in the world after this week’s FedEx St. Jude Classic qualify for the season’s second major.

U.S. Open sectional qualifier results

“I am pumped. It has been an epic day. I haven’t played one of these in a long time but I really did enjoy playing today,” said Scott, who will keep his streak of 67 consecutive majors going next week. “It was hard at the end and it was tough conditions out here. I was pleased to hang in there. I played really nice this morning but it was tougher this afternoon.”

The Australian played his first 27 holes in 8 under par and was well inside the cut to qualify before two late bogeys at Nos. 11 and 14 at the Lakes Golf & Country Club dropped him to 6 under, just inside the automatic qualifiers.

Scott will be joined at Shinnecock Hills by Shane Lowry and Sungiae Im, who shared medalist honors with 9-under totals. Lowry opened with a 68 at the Lakes and followed with a bogey-free 67 at Brookside Golf & Country Club, the more difficult of the two qualifying venues.

Brian Gay (68-68) and Keegan Bradley (66-70) tied for third place. Michael Putnam, who was the first alternate last year in Columbus and ended up tying for 35th at Erin Hills, had the day’s biggest turnaround, following his first-round 73 with a 64 at the Lakes to qualify.

India’s Shubhankar Sharma, who was given a special exemption into the Masters, also rebounded in the afternoon, closing with a 68 at the Lakes that included an eagle and four birdies to finish tied for fifth place.

“I felt like I didn’t play great, but I cobbled a good score. Hit it decent on the front, missed a few greens on the back nine, but all around I’m happy I could grind out a score,” said Sharma, who also attempted to qualify for the U.S. Open at the Columbus event last year.

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Furyk: Not a 'good idea' to team Tiger, Phil at Ryder Cup

By Ryan LavnerJune 25, 2018, 1:12 pm

Those hoping for another Tiger Woods-Phil Mickelson partnership at the Ryder Cup might be sorely disappointed.

U.S. captain Jim Furyk all but slammed the door on the reboot Monday on Golf Channel’s “Morning Drive.” Speaking at the CVS Health Charity Classic, Furyk laughed off the idea and said that it wouldn’t be a “good idea” for him to team them again.

“It worked out so well the first time,” he said, chuckling, referring to the 2004 matches, where captain Hal Sutton paired the sport’s two biggest stars and watched them go 0-2 en route to a lopsided team defeat at home.

Colin Montgomerie, who was also on the set and a member of that ’04 European squad, chimed in: “It was a great decision for Europe!”

Woods and Mickelson’s relationship has improved in recent years, since they were part of the task force that morphed into the Ryder Cup committee. They even played a practice round together this year at the Masters. But Furyk seemed to suggest even that wouldn’t be enough to put them together again in Paris.

“I hope they’re both watching, because they just fell off the couch laughing,” Furyk said. “I wouldn’t guess that would be a good idea as a captain, I’m just saying.”

Both Mickelson and Woods are outside the top 8 automatic qualifiers. Mickelson is currently ranked 10th, while Woods is now 39th.

Woods has already been named a vice captain for this year’s matches, though Furyk said that Woods had broached the topic of being a playing vice captain as early as January. Furyk added that he hasn’t discussed what Woods would need to show him over the course of the year to be considered for a captain’s pick.

“He hasn’t played as big of a schedule as everybody else,” Furyk said, “but when he has played, he’s played pretty well. Definitely an eye-opener for everyone.”

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Grandma hopes sick JT has some 's***-kicking antibiotics'

By Grill Room TeamJune 25, 2018, 1:08 pm

Justin Thomas tied for 56th at the Travelers Championship, still recovering from a brutal test at the U.S. Open and, apparently, battling an illness.

Thomas is next competing at this week's French Open, along with the likes of Jon Rahm, Tommy Fleetwood, Sergio Garcia and a host of potential Ryder Cup foes.

Count his grandmother as one who is pulling – really, really pulling – for his physical recovery.

Grandmothers are the best. And as you can make out from the top of the text exchange, she finally figured out what was on JT’s pants in Round 1 at Shinnecock Hills.

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What's in the bag: Travelers champion Watson

By Golf Channel DigitalJune 25, 2018, 12:22 pm

Bubba Watson won the Travelers Championship for a third time in his career. Here's a look inside his bag:

Driver: Ping G400 LST (7.6 degrees), with Grafalloy Bi-Matrix Prototype X shaft

Fairway wood:  Ping G (13.2 degrees), with Fujikura Tour Spec 8.2 X shaft

Irons: Ping iBlade (2), Ping S55 (4-PW), with True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100 shafts

Wedges: Ping Glide 2.0 (52 degrees, 55 degrees, 63 degrees), with True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100 shafts

Putter: Ping PLD Anser

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x

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Travelers purse payout: Bubba, Cink close low, earn big

By Golf Channel DigitalJune 25, 2018, 12:06 pm

Bubba Watson shot 63 on Sunday to win the Travelers Championship. He took home the trophy, but he wasn't the only player to earn a big payday. Here's how the purse was paid out at TPC River Highlands:

1 Bubba Watson -17 $1,260,000
T2 Stewart Cink -14 $462,000
T2 Beau Hossler -14 $462,000
T2 J.B. Holmes -14 $462,000
T2 Paul Casey -14 $462,000
T6 Kevin Tway -13 $234,500
T6 Brian Harman -13 $234,500
T6 Russell Henley -13 $234,500
T9 Chase Seiffert -12 $189,000
T9 Bryson DeChambeau -12 $189,000
T9 Anirban Lahiri -12 $189,000
T12 Rory McIlroy -11 $147,000
T12 Ryan Blaum -11 $147,000
T12 Jason Day -11 $147,000
T15 Charley Hoffman -10 $115,500
T15 Patrick Cantlay -10 $115,500
T15 Danny Lee -10 $115,500
T15 Kyle Stanley -10 $115,500
T19 Brooks Koepka -9 $79,000
T19 Fabian Gomez -9 $79,000
T19 David Lingmerth -9 $79,000
T19 Zach Johnson -9 $79,000
T19 Emiliano Grillo -9 $79,000
T19 Matt Jones -9 $79,000
T19 Jamie Lovemark -9 $79,000
T26 Sam Ryder -8 $49,700
T26 Si Woo Kim -8 $49,700
T26 Richy Werenski -8 $49,700
T26 Blayne Barber -8 $49,700
T26 Steve Marino -8 $49,700
T26 Peter Malnati -8 $49,700
T26 Patrick Rodgers -8 $49,700
T33 Alex Cejka -7 $39,550
T33 Tyler Duncan -7 $39,550
T33 Kevin Streelman -7 $39,550
T36 Seamus Power -6 $35,175
T36 James Hahn -6 $35,175
T38 Scott Stallings -5 $30,800
T38 Russell Knox -5 $30,800
T38 Brandon Harkins -5 $30,800
T38 Lanto Griffin -5 $30,800
T42 Adam Hadwin -4 $24,500
T42 J.J. Henry -4 $24,500
T42 Jordan Spieth -4 $24,500
T42 Mackenzie Hughes -4 $24,500
T42 Brett Stegmaier -4 $24,500
T47 Billy Hurley III -3 $17,578
T47 Vaughn Taylor -3 $17,578
T47 Sam Saunders -3 $17,578
T47 Kelly Kraft -3 $17,578
T47 Keegan Bradley -3 $17,578
T47 J.J. Spaun -3 $17,578
T47 Wesley Bryan -3 $17,578
T47 Denny McCarthy -3 $17,578
T47 Scott Brown -3 $17,578
T56 Ryan Armour -2 $15,680
T56 Keith Mitchell -2 $15,680
T56 Ken Duke -2 $15,680
T56 Justin Thomas -2 $15,680
T56 Hunter Mahan -2 $15,680
T61 John Huh -1 $14,910
T61 Martin Laird -1 $14,910
T61 Steve Wheatcroft -1 $14,910
T61 James Driscoll -1 $14,910
T61 Tom Lovelady -1 $14,910
T61 Nick Hardy -1 $14,910
T67 Daniel Berger E $14,350
T67 Trey Mullinax E $14,350
T69 Cameron Tringale 1 $14,000
T69 Kyle Thompson 1 $14,000
T69 Ethan Tracy 1 $14,000
T72 Dominic Bozzelli 2 $13,650
T72 Martin Flores 2 $13,650
74 Padraig Harrington 4 $13,440