Mission Hills next stop Faldo Series China Championship

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 8, 2010, 10:33 pm

SHENZHEN, ChinaMission Hills China – developer of the world’s largest golf club and impetus for China’s golf boom – announces more than 120 of China’s best young golfers will have another chance to hit the world stage when it hosts the 2010 Faldo Series China Championship, July 13-14.

The young talents will battle it out over the Faldo Course at Mission Hills in Shenzhen next week, with the goal of booking a return trip to the ‘Home of the Faldo Series Asia’ for the Grand Final to be played on the same course in March 2011. The winners in each of five age divisions will receive the coveted return invites.

The China Championship is part of an impressive summer in Mission Hills’ drive to develop the game in the world’s most populous nation. In early May, the first Seasonal Final of Mission Hills Golf Series-Junior Tour produced five division winners to join the Grand Final in 2011.

In late May, the club hosted the third edition of the Mission Hills Jack Nicklaus Junior Championship, won by Hong Kong’s Terrence Ng. Later this month it will play host to the first Greg Norman Mission Hills Junior Development Program (July 27-August 1).

Says Tenniel Chu, Executive Director, Mission Hills China: “As the official home of the Faldo Series Asia since 2006, we enjoy a successful, long-term partnership with Sir Nick and his organization. We share his aggressive vision for junior golf development in China and, indeed, Asia.”

“As such, we are proud that the Faldo Series China Championship is part of a very busy summer for Mission Hills in terms of junior golf. Partnerships with Nick, plus Jack Nicklaus and Greg Norman allow us to put a true focus on the growth of the game for the future. This is a commitment of which we are very proud and a responsibility we take very seriously,” adds Chu.

The field for the China Championship will be divided into five age categories: three for boys (Under-21, Under-18 and Under-16) and two for girls (Under-21 and Under-16). The winner of each category will qualify for the fifth Asian Grand Final, an R&A World Amateur Golf Ranking event hosted by Sir Nick Faldo at Mission Hills in March 2011.

In another exciting opportunity, the six-time Major winner and Mission Hills will extend a ‘wild-card’ invitation to the Grand Final to the leading national player in each age category at the China Championship if he or she has not qualified automatically.

Mission Hills’ other commitments to junior golf include its role as host of the Mission Hills Jack Nicklaus Junior Championship and the Greg Norman Mission Hills Junior Development Program, the creation of the Mission Hills Golf Series Junior Tour, instruction programs at its three golf academies specifically geared toward young players, and regular scheduling of clinics from greats of the game like Nicklaus, Norman, Faldo and Vijay Singh.

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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.