Arizona Wins John Burns Intercollegiate

By Golf Channel DigitalFebruary 22, 2003, 5:00 pm
Courtesy of arizonaathletics.ocsn.com
 
WAHIAWA, Hawaii -- A balanced University of Arizona men's golf lineup continued to flex its muscle this spring, as the Wildcats carded an 8-under-par final round total to win the John Burns Intercollegiate by seven strokes.
 
With four of its five golfers finishing at par or better in Friday's final round, the Wildcats posted a 280 (-8) to win the 19-team event by seven strokes with an 843 (-21) total. Arizona's 280 was the low round of the day by three strokes. San Diego State and New Mexico (850) claimed runner-up honors, while UNLV (851) and SMU (853) rounded out the top five places.
 
The team win was the second of the season for Arizona, and UA's second in as many starts this spring. The last time the Wildcats won consecutive team events came in the fall of 1997, as the team captured the Missouri Bluffs Intercollegiate on Sept. 29, 1997, and the Taylor Made Red River Classic on Oct. 14, 1997.
 
Leading the way for the Wildcats was junior Chris Nallen, who shot a final-round 69 (-3) to finish in a tie for second place at seven-under 209. It was Nallen's second consecutive runner-up finish this spring and his fifth top-10 finish in 2002-03. He has posted sub-70 totals in seven of his last 11 rounds played. Nallen finished one stroke behind individual medalist Lars Johansson of san Diego State, who won the event with a 208 (-8) total.
 
Also collecting a top-10 finish was senior Ricky Barnes. The Stockton, Calif., native carded a final-round 70 (-2) to finish in a tie for ninth place at 212 (-4). It was Barnes' fourth top-10 finish this season. The effort also dropped his stroke average this spring to 69.50 strokes per round. Fellow senior Reid Hatley also shot a final-round 69 to finish in a tie for 12th place at 213 (-3). Hatley has finished under par in his last three tournaments dating back to fall competition.
 
UA senior Andrew Medley finished in a tie for 23rd place with a 215 (-1) total. Medley finished one stroke ahead of teammate Brian Woolf, who posted a three-round total of even par 216 to finish tied for 26th place as an individual. It marked Woolf's best placing in a UA varsity appearance. Freshman Blaine Peffley rounded out the UA lineup by finishing in a tie for 40th place at 219 (+3).
 
The 54-hole tournament was contested at Leleihua Golf Course, a par 72, 6,917-yard facility. The three-day, 54-hole event was hosted by the University of Hawaii.
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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.