Augusta National announces Masters invitations

By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 16, 2010, 5:25 am

Augusta National chairman Billy Payne announced Friday that 91 players have been invited to the Masters April 8-11. The list includes 42 U.S. players and 49 players from 19 countries outside of the United States. Among those invited are six amateurs and 16 first-time participants.

“We look forward to welcoming the world’s best golfers to Augusta for the 74th time,” Payne said. “The course is in excellent condition and the tournament field is comprised of competitors with tremendous talent. We anticipate another exciting tournament for our patrons and golf fans around the world to enjoy.”

In accordance with qualifications, invitations have also been sent to Honorary Invitees.

Two opportunities still remain for players to compete in this year’s tournament. Invitations may also be issued to those not qualified to date who:

– Win a PGA Tour event that awards a full-point allocation for the season-ending Tour Championship.

– Finish in the top 50 of the Official World Golf Ranking published during the week prior to the Masters.

2010 Masters Tournament Invitees:

Robert Allenby (Australia)
#* Byeong-Hun An (Korea)
Ricky Barnes (United States)
#* Brad Benjamin (United States)
Angel Cabrera (Argentina)
Chad Campbell (United States)
Michael Campbell (New Zealand)
Paul Casey (England)
Stewart Cink (United States)
Tim Clark (South Africa)
Fred Couples (United States)
Ben Crenshaw (United States)
Ben Curtis (United States)
Luke Donald (England)
# Jason Dufner (United States)
David Duval (United States)
# Simon Dyson (England)
Ernie Els (South Africa)
Ross Fisher (England)
Steve Flesch (United States)
Raymond Floyd (United States)
Jim Furyk (United States)
Sergio Garcia (Spain)
# Brian Gay (United States)
Lucas Glover (United States)
Retief Goosen (South Africa)
# Nathan Green (Australia)
Todd Hamilton (United States)
#* Chang-won Han (Korea)
Anders Hansen (United States)
Soren Hansen (Denmark)
Padraig Harrington (Ireland)
# Yuta Ikeda (Japan)
Trevor Immelman (South Africa)
Ryo Ishikawa (Japan)
Miguel Angel Jimenez (Spain)
Dustin Johnson (United States)
Zach Johnson (United States)
Robert Karlsson (Sweden)
Shingo Katayama (Japan)
Martin Kaymer (Germany)
Jerry Kelly (United States)
Anthony Kim (United States)
Soren Kjeldsen (Denmark)
Matt Kuchar (United States)
Bernhard Langer (Germany)
# Marc Leishman (Australia)
Justin Leonard (United States)
Sandy Lyle (Scotland)
Hunter Mahan (United States)
#* Matteo Manassero (Italy)
# Steve Marino (United States)
#* Ben Martin (United States)
Graeme McDowell (N. Ireland)
Rory McIlroy (N.Ireland)
John Merrick (United States)
Phil Mickelson (United States)
Larry Mize (United States)
Edoardo Molinari (Italy)
# Francesco Molinari (Italy)
Ryan Moore (United States)
# Kevin Na (United States)
Geoff Ogilvy (Australia)
Sean O'Hair (United States)
Jose Maria Olazabal (Spain)
Mark O'Meara (United States)
Kenny Perry (United States)
Ian Poulter (England)
John Rollins (United States)
Rory Sabbatini (South Africa)
Adam Scott (Australia)
John Senden (Australia)
# Michael Sim (Australia)
Vijay Singh (Fiji)
Heath Slocum (United States)
* Nathan Smith (United States)
Craig Stadler (United States)
Henrik Stenson (Sweden)
Steve Stricker (United States)
David Toms (United States)
Scott Verplank (United States)
Camilo Villegas (Colombia)
Nick Watney (United States)
Tom Watson (United States)
Mike Weir (Canada)
Lee Westwood (England)
Oliver Wilson (England)
# Chris Wood (England)
Tiger Woods (United States)
Ian Woosnam (Wales)
Y.E. Yang (Korea)
# Denotes first Masters * Denotes Amateur

Past champions not playing: Tommy Aaron, Severiano Ballesteros, Jack Burke Jr., Billy Casper, Charles Coody, Nick Faldo, Doug Ford, Bob Goalby, Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Gary Player, Fuzzy Zoeller.

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Storms halt Barbasol before Lincicome tees off

By Associated PressJuly 20, 2018, 11:29 pm

NICHOLASVILLE, Ky. - Brittany Lincicome will have to wait until the weekend to resume her bid to make the cut in a PGA Tour event.

Overnight storms delayed the start of the second round Friday in the Barbasol Championship, and an afternoon thunderstorm suspended competition for good. The round will resume Saturday morning with much of the field still to play.

The second stoppage at Champions Trace at Keene Trace Golf Club came 20 minutes before Lincicome's scheduled tee time.

Lincicome was near the bottom of the field after opening with a 6-over 78 on Thursday. The first LPGA player since Michelle Wie in 2008 to start a PGA Tour event, she needs a huge rebound to join Babe Zaharias (1945) as the only female players to make the cut.

Troy Merritt had the clubhouse lead at 15 under, following an opening 62 with a 67.

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Third-round tee times for the 147th Open

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 20, 2018, 9:05 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Eighteen major champions made the cut at The Open and will be playing the weekend at Carnoustie, including 60-year-old ageless wonder Bernhard Langer, and both major champs so far this year, Patrick Reed and Brooks Koepka.

Twenty-four-year-old Gavin Green will be first off solo Saturday at 4:15 a.m. ET. Reed and Rhys Enoch will follow along 10 minutes later.

Full-field scores from the 147th Open Championship

Full coverage of the 147th Open Championship

Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods, both at even par for the tournament, six shots behind leaders Zach Johnson and Kevin Kisner, are in consecutive groups. Mickelson is playing with Austin Cook at 8:05 a.m. and Woods is with South Africa’s Shaun Norris at 8:15 a.m.

Jordan Spieth and Rickie Fowler, both three shots off the lead, are also in consecutive groups. Fowler is at 10 a.m. with Thorbjorn Olesen and Spieth is 10 minutes later with Kevin Chappell. Rory McIlroy, looking to win his first major since the 2014 PGA Championship, is at 10:40 a.m. with Xander Schauffele. McIlroy is two shots behind.

Johnson and Kisner are last off at 11 a.m.

4:15AM ET: Gavin Green

4:25AM ET: Rhys Enoch, Patrick Reed

4:35AM ET: Kiradech Aphibarnrat, Justin Rose

4:45AM ET: Yusaku Miyazato, Tyrrell Hatton

4:55AM ET: Ross Fisher, Keegan Bradley

5:05AM ET: Ryan Fox, Jason Dufner

5:15AM ET: Bryson DeChambeau, Henrik Stenson

5:25AM ET: Tom Lewis, Sam Locke (a)

5:35AM ET: Paul Casey, Chris Wood

5:45AM ET: Bernhard Langer, Rafa Cabrera Bello

6:00AM ET: Paul Dunne, Brett Rumford

6:10AM ET: Masahiro Kawamura, Shubhankar Sharma

6:20AM ET: Cameron Smith, Brendan Steele

6:30AM ET: Marc Leishman, Lee Westwood

6:40AM ET: Byeong Hun An, Kevin Na

6:50AM ET: Julian Suri, Adam Hadwin

7:00AM ET: Gary Woodland, Si-Woo Kim

7:10AM ET: Yuta Ikeda, Satoshi Kodaira

7:20AM ET: Marcus Kinhult, Thomas Pieters

7:30AM ET: Beau Hossler, Haotong Li

7:45AM ET: Cameron Davis, Sean Crocker

7:55AM ET: Louis Oosthuizen, Stewart Cink

8:05AM ET: Phil Mickeslon, Austin Cook

8:15AM ET: Tiger Woods, Shaun Norris

8:25AM ET: Lucas Herbert, Michael Kim

8:35AM ET: Jason Day, Francesco Molinari

8:45AM ET: Sung Kang, Webb Simpson

8:55AM ET: Patrick Cantlay, Eddie Pepperell

9:05AM ET: Matthew Southgate, Brooks Koepka

9:15AM ET: Kyle Stanley, Adam Scott

9:30AM ET: Charley Hoffman, Alex Noren

9:40AM ET: Ryan Moore, Brandon Stone

9:50AM ET: Luke List, Danny Willett

10:00AM ET: Thorbjorn Olesen, Rickie Fowler

10:10AM ET: Jordan Spieth, Kevin Chappell

10:20AM ET: Zander Lombard, Tony Finau

10:30AM ET: Matt Kuchar, Erik Van Rooyen

10:40AM ET: Rory McIlroy, Xander Schauffele

10:50AM ET: Pat Perez, Tommy Fleetwood

11:00AM ET: Kevin Kisner, Zach Johnson

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Facial hair Fowler's new good-luck charm

By Rex HoggardJuly 20, 2018, 8:12 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Before, during and after the Fourth of July, Rickie Fowler missed a few appointments with his razor.

He arrived in the United Kingdom for last week’s Scottish Open still unshaved and he tied for sixth place. Fowler, like most golfers, can give in to superstition, so he's decided to keep the caveman look going for this week’s Open Championship.

“There could be some variations,” he smiled following his round on Friday at Carnoustie.

Full-field scores from the 147th Open Championship

Full coverage of the 147th Open Championship

At this rate, he may never shave again. Fowler followed an opening 70 with a 69 on Friday to move into a tie for 11th place, just three strokes off the lead.

Fowler also has some friendly competition in the beard department, with his roommate this week Justin Thomas also going for the rugged look.

“I think he kind of followed my lead in a way. I think he ended up at home, and he had a little bit of scruff going. It's just fun,” Fowler said. “We mess around with it. Obviously, not taking it too seriously. But like I said, ended up playing halfway decent last week, so I couldn't really shave it off going into this week.”

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Spieth (67) rebounds from tough Round 1 finish

By Ryan LavnerJuly 20, 2018, 7:55 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Guess whose putter is starting to heat up again at a major?

Even with a few wayward shots Friday at Carnoustie, Jordan Spieth made a significant climb up the leaderboard in the second round, firing a 4-under 67 to move just three shots off the lead.

Spieth showed his trademark grit in bouncing back from a rough finish Thursday, when he mis-clubbed on the 15th hole, leading to a double bogey, and ended up playing the last four holes in 4 over.

“I don’t know if I actually regrouped,” he said. “It more kind of fires me up a little.”

Full-field scores from the 147th Open Championship

Full coverage of the 147th Open Championship

Spieth missed more than half of his fairways in the second round, but he was able to play his approach shots from the proper side of the hole. Sure, he “stole a few,” particularly with unlikely birdies on Nos. 10 and 11 after errant drives, but he took advantage and put himself in position to defend his claret jug.

Spieth needed only 25 putts in the second round, and he credited a post-round adjustment Thursday for the improvement. The tweak allows his arms to do more of the work in his stroke, and he said he felt more confident on the greens.

“It’s come a long way in the last few months, no doubt,” he said.

More than anything, Spieth was relieved not to have to play “cut-line golf” on Friday, like he’s done each start since his spirited run at the Masters.

“I know that my swing isn’t exactly where I want it to be; it’s nowhere near where it was at Birkdale,” he said. “But the short game is on point, and the swing is working in the right direction to get the confidence back.”