Spieth grouped with Mahan, Stricker at Crowne Plaza

By Will GrayMay 19, 2015, 9:17 pm

The PGA Tour heads to the Fort Worth, Texas, this week for the Crowne Plaza Invitational. Here are four featured groups to watch at Colonial Country Club (all times ET):

Zach Johnson, Boo Weekley, David Toms: 8:55 a.m. Thursday, 1:45 p.m. Friday

This trio combined for four straight victories at Colonial, with Johnson hoisting the trophy in 2010 and 2012 while Toms won in 2011 and Weekley was victorious in 2013. The player coming in with the best form of the group is Johnson, who has recorded five top-20 finishes in his last six starts and also strung together five straight top-10s at this event from 2009-2013. Toms' T-13 finish at TPC Sawgrass was a rare bright spot amid a difficult season, while Weekley finished third at the Zurich Classic last month.

Patrick Reed, Adam Scott, Jason Dufner: 9:06 a.m. Thursday, 1:56 p.m. Friday

This group will reunite last year's playoff participants, as Scott defeated Dufner in overtime to win the fourth and final leg of the Texas Slam. Scott was No. 1 in the world last year but now returns outside the top 10, with his putter solely to blame for his recent struggles. Dufner's lone top-10 finish this season came at the WGC-HSBC Champions in November, while Reed is making just his second appearance at Colonial after a T-46 finish in 2013.

Jimmy Walker, Brandt Snedeker, James Hahn: 1:45 p.m. Thursday, 8:55 a.m. Friday

These three have won four times on the PGA Tour since January, with Walker capturing a pair of trophies. He returns to Colonial after a T-10 finish last year. Snedeker hasn't had a top-10 since his victory at Pebble Beach in February, and his best result in this event came in 2011, when he finished T-16. Hahn has yet to crack the top 25 in five starts since his breakthrough victory at Riviera.

Jordan Spieth, Hunter Mahan, Steve Stricker: 1:56 p.m. Thursday, 9:06 a.m. Friday

Spieth is No. 2 in the world and headlines this field, with No. 1 Rory McIlroy playing in Europe. He will have plenty of support from the crowds in his native Texas, and Spieth's first two trips around Colonial resulted in top-15 finishes. He'll be joined by Mahan, whose lone top-10 finish in 11 Crowne Plaza starts came back in 2011, and Stricker, a winner of this event in 2009 who last teed it up in Fort Worth in 2010.

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Weather extends Barbasol to Monday finish

By Associated PressJuly 23, 2018, 12:25 am

NICHOLASVILLE, Ky. - A thunderstorm has suspended the fourth round of the PGA Tour's Barbasol Championship until Monday morning.

Sunday's third stoppage of play at Champions Trace at Keene Trace Golf Club came with the four leaders - Hunter Mahan, Robert Streb, Tom Lovelady and Troy Merritt at 18 under par - and four other contenders waiting to begin the round.

The tournament will resume at 7:30 a.m. on Monday. Lightning caused one delay, and play was stopped earlier in the afternoon to clear water that accumulated on the course following a morning of steady and sometimes-heavy rain.

Inclement weather has plagued the tournament throughout the weekend. The second round was completed Saturday morning after being suspended by thunderstorms late Friday afternoon.

The resumption will mark the PGA Tour's second Monday finish this season. Jason Day won the Farmers Insurance Open in January after darkness delayed the sixth playoff hole, and he needed just 13 minutes to claim the victory.

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Watch: Spectator films as Woods' shot hits him

By Will GrayJuly 23, 2018, 12:07 am

It was a collision watched by millions of fans on television, and one that came at a pivotal juncture as Tiger Woods sought to win The Open. It also gave Colin Hauck the story of a lifetime.

Hauck was among dozens of fans situated along the left side of the 11th hole during the final round at Carnoustie as the pairing of Woods and Francesco Molinari hit their approach shots. After 10 holes of nearly flawless golf, Woods missed the fairway off the tee and then pulled his iron well left of the target.

The ball made square contact with Hauck, who hours later tweeted a video showing the entire sequence - even as he continued to record after Woods' shot sent him tumbling to the ground:

The bounce initially appeared fortuitous for Woods, as his ball bounded away from thicker rough and back toward the green. But an ambitious flop shot came up short, and he eventually made a double bogey to go from leading by a shot to trailing by one. He ultimately shot an even-par 71, tying for sixth two shots behind Molinari.

For his efforts as a human shield, Hauck received a signed glove and a handshake from Woods - not to mention a firsthand video account that will be sure to spark plenty of conversations in the coming years.

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Molinari retirement plan: coffee, books and Twitter

By Will GrayJuly 22, 2018, 9:35 pm

After breaking through for his first career major, Francesco Molinari now has a five-year exemption on the PGA Tour, a 10-year exemption in Europe and has solidified his standing as one of the best players in the world.

But not too long ago, the 35-year-old Italian was apparently thinking about life after golf.

Shortly after Molinari rolled in a final birdie putt to close out a two-shot victory at The Open, fellow Tour player Wesley Bryan tweeted a picture of a note that he wrote after the two played together during the third round of the WGC-HSBC Champions in China in October. In it, Bryan shared Molinari's plans to retire as early as 2020 to hang out at cafes and "become a Twitter troll":

Molinari is active on the social media platform, with more than 5,600 tweets sent out to nearly 150,000 followers since joining in 2010. But after lifting the claret jug at Carnoustie, it appears one of the few downsides of Molinari's victory is that the golf world won't get to see the veteran turn into a caffeinated, well-read troll anytime soon.

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Molinari had previously avoided Carnoustie on purpose

By Rex HoggardJuly 22, 2018, 9:17 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Sometimes a course just fits a player’s eye. They can’t really describe why, but more often than not it leads to solid finishes.

Francesco Molinari’s relationship with Carnoustie isn’t like that.

The Italian played his first major at Carnoustie, widely considered the toughest of all The Open venues, in 2007, and his first impression hasn’t really changed.

“There was nothing comforting about it,” he said on Sunday following a final-round 69 that lifted him to a two-stroke victory.

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In fact, following that first exposure to the Angus coast brute, Molinari has tried to avoid Carnoustie, largely skipping the Dunhill Links Championship, one of the European Tour’s marquee events, throughout his career.

“To be completely honest, it's one of the reasons why I didn't play the Dunhill Links in the last few years, because I got beaten up around here a few times in the past,” he said. “I didn't particularly enjoy that feeling. It's a really tough course. You can try and play smart golf, but some shots, you just have to hit it straight. There's no way around it. You can't really hide.”

Molinari’s relative dislike for the layout makes his performance this week even more impressive considering he played his last 37 holes bogey-free.

“To play the weekend bogey-free, it's unthinkable, to be honest. So very proud of today,” he said.