Oklahoma State Victorious in Puerto Rico
PALMER, Puerto Rico -- Oklahoma State's men's golf team erased a six-shot deficit on Tuesday to post its first victory of the spring season at the Puerto Rico Classic with a 2-under-par score of 862.
The Cowboys, who entered the final round in third place and six shots behind tournament leader North Carolina State, blistered the Rio Mar Country Club's River Course with a tournament-low round of 282, 6-under, to finish 10 shots ahead of Minnesota, Clemson and Texas.
N.C. State's Justin Walters and Texas' Jason Hartwick tied for medalist honors with totals of 211, 5-under.
OSU's surge was led by the steady play of redshirt freshman Zack Robinson and junior Hunter Mahan. The duo tied three other players for third place at 2-under-par. After opening with rounds of 72 and 70, Robinson carded an even-par 72 to close out the tournament with his first career top-five finish. After opening with a 71, Mahan recovered from a second-round 76 on Monday with a final-round 67 to move into third after beginning the day tied for 16th.
True freshman Chris Clarke recorded his low round of the tournament on Tuesday, coming in with a 2-under 70 to finish in sole possession of eighth place with a 54-hole total of 216.
Junior Pr Nilsson turned in his second consecutive round of 73, giving him a 220 total and placing him in a four-way tie for 20th, while sophomore Alex Norn's final-round 77 was good for a 233 total and a tie for the 65th position.
1 Oklahoma State U. 291 289 282 -862
2 Minnesota, Univ. of 291 286 295 -872
Clemson University 293 293 286 -872
Texas, Univ. of 296 291 285 -872
5 Florida, U. of 300 291 283 -874
6 North Carolina State 288 286 301 -875
7 Georgia Tech 301 289 292 -882
8 Oklahoma, U. of 316 288 291 -895
9 East Tennessee St. 300 301 295 -896
Northwestern 300 297 299 -896
11 Georgia, U. of 305 293 299 -897
12 Duke University 304 301 299 -904
13 Colorado, U. of 310 297 300 -907
14 Kent State 311 303 295 -909
15 Purdue University 316 299 299 -914
16 Illinois, U. of 316 306 306 -928
17 Virginia, U. of 325 313 311 -949
18 Michigan, U. of 328 319 313 -960
1 Justin Walters NC State 70 70 71 -211
Jason Hartwick Texas 75 69 67 -211
3 Hunter Mahan Okla. St. 71 76 67 -214
Troy Matteson Ga. Tech 73 71 70 -214
Gregg Jones Clemson 74 69 71 -214
Fernando Mechereffe NC State 69 69 76 -214
Zack Robinson Okla. St. 72 70 72 -214
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.