Just WEN Baby

By Golf Channel DigitalAugust 22, 2005, 4:00 pm
2005 Jeld-Wen TraditionThe JELD-WEN Tradition is officially the seasons final major championship. Its the 13th of 13 majors among the men, women and seniors, and the fifth of five on the Champions Tour.
 
Unlike a big boxing match, the Tradition is without a catchy headline. But if there was one, it would be: Unfinished Business.
 
Peter Jacobsen
Peter Jacobsen has two Champions Tour wins, both major championships.
There are a number of players who have a lot to gain, prove and put behind them with a win this week in Aloha, Ore.
 
In the Gain department, there is Peter Jacobsen. Jacobsen is a Portland native and his event management company, Peter Jacobsen Productions, Inc., conducts this tournament. Hes already won one major this season, the Ford Senior Players Championship, so a victory this week would be the sweetest icing on the cake.
 
In the Prove department, there is Dana Quigley. Quigley is having his best-ever campaign. He has two wins, currently leads the money list and is a candidate for player of the year. But despite some close calls, he is still in search of his first major title.
 
In the Put-Behind-Him department, there is Craig Stadler. Stadler should enter this week with positive memories of his triumph at The Reserve Vineyards & Golf Club a year ago. Instead, he may still be stinging from a bitter defeat in the U.S. Senior Open.
 
There are plenty of others in the 78-man field who could fall into anyone of these categories. But these three are the favorites.
 
Five for the Title:
 
Peter Jacobsen
Jacobsen is the reason this tournament moved from an April event in Arizona to an August event in Oregon. His production company took the reigns in 2003 and the tournament has gone from the first major of the season to the annual finale. The former Oregon Duck would dearly love to win so close to his hometown. He held a share of the 54-hole lead a year ago, but shot 1-over 73 in the final round to tie for fourth. Jacobsen is a major player, with both of his tour wins coming in one of the five elite events (2004 U.S. Senior Open; 2005 Ford Seniors).
 
Dana Quigley
Its been an eventful season thus far for Quigley. He began the year with a win at the MasterCard Championship, and added another at the Bayer Advantage Classic. He had a chance to capture his first major championship at the Senior PGA, but lost to Mike Reid in a three-man playoff. He also ended his consecutive-events-played streak at 264 by skipping the Senior British Open. Consistency is Quigleys middle name, as he has won at least one tournament and has finished inside the top 10 in earnings in five of the last seven seasons. But this year he has a chance to be the tours best. A major victory would likely solidify that.
 
Craig Stadler
Craig Stadler is trying to become the first player since Gil Morgan in 1998 to successfully defend his title.
Craig Stadler
A year ago, Stadler was the tours best. Now he just wants a win. Stadler earned five victories in 2004, including his first major at this event. He was also voted player of the year. This year, he is winless and is still trying to rebound from a difficult defeat at the U.S. Senior Open, where he played his final 10 holes in 7 over to fall from leader to also-ran. He won this tournament by shooting 5-under 67 on Sunday to erase a four-stroke deficit.
 
Loren Roberts
Like Stadler, Roberts is trying to put behind him a poor finish at the Senior Open. Roberts held the lead through 10 holes of the final round, but then double bogeyed 11 and bogeyed 13 to ultimately fall one stroke short. This will be Roberts third Champions Tour start. He finished fifth at the Senior British Open.
 
Tom Watson
Watson won the Senior British in a playoff over Des Smyth. It marked his seventh tour victory and his fourth Champions major. He won this event in 2003, when it first moved to the Pacific Northwest. He was also a runner-up in 2000 at Desert Mountain, losing in a three-way playoff to Tom Kite.
 
Finishing the Front Nine
 
Four more players to keep an eye on
 
*Allen Doyle, who won the U.S. Senior Open. Doyle shot 8-under 63 in the final round at NCR Country Club to overcome a nine-shot deficit. Doyle tied for second last year at the Tradition.
 
*Des Smyth, who has two wins on the season. Smyth has played as well as anyone in the majors this year without a win. He has three top-10s in the first four big events, including the afforementioned playoff loss to Watson.
 
*Tom Kite, who won this event in 2000. Kites win came at the previous tournament site, but he finished runner-up at The Reserve Vineyards in 2003. He is in search of his first win of the season.
 
*Hale Irwin, who has won nearly every senior event except this one. The 60-year-old got off to a hot start this season with a pair of early wins, but he hasnt added to his collection (which now stands at 42) since February. Irwin has five top-10s in nine career Tradition appearances.
 
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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.


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    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.


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    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.”


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    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.”