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Stock Watch: A slow-play penalty NOW?

By Ryan LavnerMay 2, 2017, 12:48 pm

Each week on GolfChannel.com, we’ll examine which players’ stocks and trends are rising and falling in the world of golf.

RISING

Team golf (+8%): Even with high expectations, the Zurich delivered a fun, fan-friendly event that was a massive hit among the players. PGA Tour brass needs to be careful not to dilute the schedule with too many alternative formats, but this was proof that it can work in an event other than the Ryder and Presidents cups.

Cam Smith (+6%): The heavy lifter of the winning team, the 23-year-old Australian looked for much of the week like an absolute stud, playing fearlessly and leaving his partner, Jonas Blixt, in awe: “I haven’t seen anything that good in an extremely long time.”

Book ban? (+3%): Seeing players and caddies with their heads buried in green-reading books is bad optics, and it certainly doesn’t aid pace of play. Green-reading is supposed to be a skill, after all, just like alignment, so the governing bodies are taking the proper step in exploring whether to ban the books.

Kevin Kisner (+2%): Kiz doesn’t shy away from the big moment (that 72nd-hole eagle!) and thrives in both foursomes and four-ball play. As long as he remains in form, he’d be a welcome addition to the U.S. Presidents Cup team this fall.

DJ (+1%): After a month away, Johnson is back in action this week at Wells Fargo, looking for a fourth consecutive victory. That’d give him a five-point lead in the world rankings – the type of cushion we haven’t seen since Tiger in the mid-2000s.



FALLING

LPGA (-1%): The unfathomably slow Cristie Kerr took the brunt of the criticism, but how did the women’s tour not learn its lesson from five years ago, when two of its players played the same hole NINE times before a winner was eventually determined?

Ben Crane (-2%): Fast money makes fast friends, man.

ShopRite Classic (-5%): Offering a spot in their LPGA event to the telegenic player who receives the most Twitter votes? A little unsavory.

FedEx Cup mathematicians (-6%): Brian Gay exposed an embarrassing miscalculation with how players on major medical extensions were devalued with the new points structure. It makes us long, once again, for the easy-to-understand money list.

Slow-play penalty (-8%): The PGA Tour has had hundreds (thousands?) of opportunities to dock the slowpokes over the past 22 years, but rules officials decided to target two little-known players on the first day of alternate shot while they competed alongside two struggling club pros. Little wonder the penalty was met mostly with laughter.

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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.