Kips 1st Round Shot-By-Shot

By Golf Channel DigitalMay 19, 2005, 4:00 pm
Hole 1 Par-4 (387 yards) - Tee shot finds a bunker on left side of fairway. Approach in greenside bunker. Blasts out to 7 feet. Misses par putt. Taps in for bogey to go 1 over.
Hole 2 Par-5 (548 yards) - Big drive down the fairway. Fairway wood finds front right bunker. Hits out to 15 feet and misses birdie putt. Taps in for par.
Hole 3 Par-3 (196 yards) - Hits tee shot to left side of green on the fringe. Leaves chip well short of hole. Knocks in 6-foot par putt.
Hole 4 Par-5 (561 yards) - Hits fairway off the tee. then lays up with his second shot. His wedge to the green comes up 40 feet short of hole. Lags to within a foot and taps in for par.
Hole 5 Par-4 (368 yards) - Misses fairway to the left. Recovers with a solid wedge shot to 9 feet. Drains the birdie putt to get back to even par.
Hole 6 Par-4 (379 yards) - Pushes tee shot just off the fairway on the right. Finds the fringe on approach but well short, some 65 feet from the pin. Hits extremely difficult putt through the fringe and over a ridge to 5 feet. Runs home putt to save par.
Hole 7 Par-4 (426 yards) - Busts a drive down the pipe and then hits a wedge to 17 feet below the hole. Drains birdie putt. Calls penalty on himself after realizing he switch balls during the hole. Two-stroke penalty. Goes from 1 under to 1 over.
Hole 8 Par-4 (470 yards) - Finds the fairway off the tee and hits the green with approach shot. From 45 feet short of the hole lags to within a foot and taps in for routine par.
Hole 9 Par-3 (201 yards) - Stuffs his tee shot to within 15 feet off the tee. His birdie attempt leaks a little to the right and taps in for par.
Hole 10 Par-4 (392 yards) - Splits the fairway of the tee. Approach comes up well short of the pin, hits lag putt to a foot and taps in for another easy par.
Hole 11 Par-3 (164 yards) - Hits his tee shot 35 feet past the hole and then blows birdie attempt 5 feet past. Makes comebacker for par.
Hole 12 Par-5 (608 yards) - Finds fairway bunker on his drive. Lays up out of the trap then hits his approach 25 feet below the hole onto the fringe. Uses putter to drain long birdie attempt to move back to even par.
Hole 13 Par-4 (456 yards) - Again splits fairway off the tee. Sets up good look at birdie with a wedge to 15 feet. Putt just misses and taps in for par.
Hole 14 Par-4 (440 yards) - Flirts with trouble down the right side near tree line. Pulls approach way left, hits wooden bridge and gets good bounce back toward the green. From swale on left side of the green hits marvelous flop shot shot to within a foot. Taps in for remarkable par.
Hole 15 Par-4 (340 yards) - Decides to cut out the dogleg and go for the green on this short par-4. Ball must carry 250-yards in the air to carry the water. Balls lands safely but runs throught he green. Hits difficult chip 25 feet past the hole. Misses birdie effort and taps in for par.
Hole 16 Par-4 (464 yards) - Hits monster drive down the middle of the fairway. Wedge to 15 feet. Putt drifts left at the hole. Taps in for easy par.
Hole 17 Par-3 (229 yards) - Comes up short off the tee on this long par-3. Uses putter well off the green and his effort leaves him 9 feet away from pin. Drains par saving putt.
Hole 18 Par-5 (537 yards) - Hits solid tee shot off final tee box. Cathces his approach fat and finds the water guarding the green. Drops and hit approach to 12 feet. Closes out day by making yet another par saivng putt. Crowd goes wild.
Totals: 8 of 14 fairways; 11 of 18 G.I.R.; 27 putts. Even-par 72. Countless waves and smiles to gallery.
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    Stricker shares first-round lead in South Dakota

    By Associated PressSeptember 22, 2018, 12:48 am

    SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - Steve Stricker shot a 7-under 63 on Friday to share the first-round lead at the Sanford International.

    The 51-year-old Stricker was 8 under through 17 holes at chilly, rain-softened Minnehaha Country Club but closed with a bogey to fall into a tie with Jerry Smith, Brandt Jobe and David McKenzie.

    Stricker only got to play seven holes in the pro-am because of rain that prevented the field from getting in much practice.

    ''You've just kind of got to trust your yardage book and hit to the spots and then try to make a good game plan on the way into the green, too, not really knowing where to hit it or where to miss it up there on the green. Sometimes it's good, too,'' Stricker said. ''You go around and you're focused a lot more on hitting it to a specific spot and not knowing what lies ahead in the course. So I guess today was the ultimate 'Take one hole at a time' because we didn't really know anything else, what was coming.''

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    Stricker has two wins and has not finished worse than fifth in six starts this season on the over-50 tour as he continues to play a part-time schedule on the PGA Tour. Next week, he will be one of U.S. Ryder Cup captain Jim Furyk's assistants at the matches outside Paris.

    McKenzie, a 51-year-old Australian, had two eagles on the back nine, holing a wedge from 116 yards on the par-5 16th.

    ''We got told ... to play faster on No. 16, and so my caddie just said, 'Hit it in the hole so you don't have to putt it,' so I just did what he told me,'' McKenzie said.

    Smith had eagles on Nos. 4 and 12.

    ''Honestly, I was just trying to hit some good shots and I really wasn't with the irons,'' Smith said. ''I just really didn't like the way I hit them today. You know, just the putter was the big difference for me. I just felt good with it all day, especially say outside of 10, 15 feet, where I felt like I was a lot.''

    Scott McCarron, Lee Janzen and Paul Goydos were one shot back. McCarron came in second in the Charles Schwab Cup money standings behind Miguel Angel Jimenez, who is not playing this week.

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    Glover (64) leads Tour Championship

    By Associated PressSeptember 22, 2018, 12:12 am

    ATLANTIC BEACH, Fla. – Former U.S. Open champion Lucas Glover shot his second consecutive 7-under 64 on Friday to take a one-shot lead at the Tour Championship.

    The 38-year-old Glover, who won the 2009 U.S. Open at Bethpage Black, can still regain his PGA Tour card through a medical extension if he fails to earn enough money in the four-tournament Tour Finals. But a high finish this weekend at Atlantic Beach Country Club would take care of everything.

    ''I've got a lot to fall back on regardless of this week, but any time I tee it up, I want to play well,'' Glover said. ''Tomorrow won't be any different. Sunday won't be any different.''

    Glover had arthroscopic knee surgery in June and will have eight starts to earn 53 FedEx Cup points and keep his card. He earned $17,212 in the first three Tour Finals events. The top 25 money winners in the series earn PGA Tour cards, and the final card went for $40,625 last year.

    Glover was at 14-under 128. Denny McCarthy, who has already earned enough money to secure a return to the PGA Tour, was one shot back. McCarthy, a former Virginia player, has a shot at winning the Finals money list, which would guarantee him fully exempt status and entry into The Players Championship.

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    ''There's no secret about it. I'll come out and tell you I'm here to win this tournament and get that No. 1 spot,'' McCarthy said. ''I've been hungry for a while. I have a pretty hungry attitude and I'm going to stay hungry.''

    Tour veteran Cameron Tringale, who has earned just $2,660 after missing two of the first three cuts, was 12 under after a 67. Last year, Tringale entered the Tour Championship at 63rd on the Finals money list and finished tied for fifth to get back onto the PGA Tour. He struggled again this season, though, missing 19 cuts in 26 starts.

    ''Yeah, I was hoping last year was my last time here, but I do have a comfort at this golf course and I'm excited to keep pressing,'' Tringale said.

    The four-tournament series features the top 75 players from the regular-season money list, Nos. 126-200 in the PGA Tour's FedEx Cup standings, and non-members with enough money to have placed in the top 200. The top 25 finishers on the regular-season money list are competing against each other for tour priority, with regular-season earnings counting in their totals.

    Sepp Straka and Ben Silverman were three shots back. Each would likely need a top-5 finish to earn his card.

    Peter Malnati, who regained his card with a second-place finish in the opening finals event, followed his opening-round 74 with a 9-under 62, shooting an 8-under 27 on his second nine.

    Four-time PGA Tour winner Aaron Baddeley was among those who missed the cut. He was 22nd on the finals money list going in and likely will fall short of earning his card.

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    Thomas (69) only three back with 'C' or 'D' game

    By Rex HoggardSeptember 21, 2018, 11:56 pm

    ATLANTA – Justin Thomas was tied for fourth place following his second-round 69 on Friday at the Tour Championship, which considering the state of his game on Day 2 was an accomplishment.

    “I wish I had my 'B' game today. I would say I had my 'C' or 'D' game today,” he laughed.

    Thomas’ struggles were primarily with his driver and he hit just 6 of 14 fairways at East Lake, but he was able to scramble late in his round with birdies at Nos. 15 and 18 to remain three off the lead.

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    “I drove it so poorly today, this is probably in my top 5 rounds of the year I'm most proud of just because I easily could have shot 4- or 5-over par today and not had a chance to win the tournament,” he said. “I hung in there and birdied two of the last four, and I have a chance.”

    Thomas was slowed the last two weeks by a right wrist injury that limited his preparation for the finale and said the issue with his driver is timing and the byproduct of a lack of practice.

    Thomas made up for his erratic driving with his short game, getting up and down four out of seven times including on the fourth hole when he missed the fairway well left, punched out short of the green and chipped in from 81 feet.

    “[Rory McIlroy] just kind of said it looked like a ‘3’ the whole day and I kind of laughed because I played with him at The Players and I chipped in three times that first round with him, so I guess he's good luck for me,” Thomas said.

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    McIlroy two behind Woods, Rose after 68

    By Rex HoggardSeptember 21, 2018, 11:46 pm

    ATLANTA – Maybe it should be no huge surprise that Rory McIlroy finds himself back in contention at the Tour Championship. It is, after all, a Ryder Cup year.

    In 2016, McIlroy won the finale before heading to Hazeltine and posting a 3-2-0 record. In ’14, he finished runner-up to Billy Horschel and went 2-1-2 at the Ryder Cup; and in ’12 he finished tied for 10th place at East Lake and went 3-2-0 at Medinah.

    “I was on such a high a couple of years ago going into Hazeltine after winning the whole thing, and I felt great about my game that week and played well. I won three matches,” McIlroy said. “I guess it doesn't matter whether it's a match play event or whatever. If you're playing well and you've played well the week before, I think most people can carry it into the next week, whatever that is.”

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    McIlroy’s performance this week certainly qualifies as “playing well.” He charged out on Friday with birdies at two of his first three holes and bounced back from a pair of late bogeys to shoot a 68 and was in third place and two strokes off the lead held by Tiger Woods and Justin Rose.

    “I've made 12 birdies in 36 holes, which is really good around here, and that's with not birdieing either of the par 5s today,” he said. “So yeah, just tidy up the mistakes a little bit.”