Cal Claims Its 5th Win of the Season
TEMPE, Ariz. - With three golfers in the Top 10, No. 9 California claimed its program-record fifth tournament title of the season with a one-stroke victory at the PING/Arizona State Invitational at Karsten Golf Course. The Golden Bears shot a 295 Sunday to finish the 16-team tournament at 876, one stroke ahead of No. 4 Texas.
The race for the desert title was competitive as the top four teams finished only three strokes apart. No. 16 UCLA was third at 878, followed by No. 5 USC at 879, while No. 6 Arizona was fifth at 886.
Junior Sarah Huarte led the way for Cal, falling just short of her second individual victory this spring. The Shingle Springs, Calif., product earned tournament runner-up honors with a 54-hole school record of 213. UCLA's Charlotte Mayorkas placed first with a seven-under 209.
Cal senior Vikki Laing and freshman Sophia Sheridan tied for ninth at 220. Laing fired a 76 in the final round to record her sixth Top 10 showing of the season. Sheridan posted a team best of 71 today.
The Bears have some time off before competing at the Pac-10 championships in Corvallis, Ore., April 24-26.
Karsten Golf Course (par 72, 6143 yards)
1. California 876 (288-293-295) , 2. Texas 877, 3. UCLA 878, 4. USC 879, 5. Arizona 886, 6. New Mexico 889, 7. Arizona State 904, 8. New Mexico State 905, 9t. Stanford 911, 9t. TCU 911, 11. San Jose State 915, 12. Tulsa 918, 13t. Oregon State 919, 13t. Washington 919, 15. Oregon 934, 16. Northern Arizona 960.
Top Five Individual Results:
1. Charlotte Mayorkas (UCLA) 209, 2. Sarah Huarte 213 (70-70-73), 3. Louise Friberg (Washington) 215, 4. Kailin Downs (New Mexico) 216, 5. Janice Olivencia (Texas) 217.
Weather extends Barbasol to Monday finish
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.
Watch: Spectator films as Woods' shot hits him
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.
Molinari retirement plan: coffee, books and Twitter
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.
Molinari had previously avoided Carnoustie on purpose
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.
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.