Penn State Records Record-Setting Win
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- The Penn State mens golf team set a new tournament record and claimed its 12th consecutive team title Sunday in the final round of the 27th Annual Rutherford Intercollegiate at the par-72 Penn State Blue Course. The Nittany Lions finished at 12-under par with a total score of 852 for the three-round event, shattering the previous tournament record of 859, which they set last year.
Penn State began the final round at 568, with a four-stroke lead over Maryland and Liberty University. The Nittany Lions successfully held off the challengers, and even opened up an eight-point margin of victory, shooting a final-round 284. Liberty University took second place for the tournament with a score of 860 (-4), followed by Maryland in third place with 862 (-2).
Senior Jim Fuller (Muskogee, Okla.), the leader after two rounds, posted a skillful 3-under 69 in the final round to claim second-place honors with a 54-hole total of 207, or 9-under par. Fellow Oklahoma native Ted Neville (Oklahoma City, Okla.) finished in a four-way tie for fifth place after shooting a final-round 70 to come in at 3-under par for the tournament with a 213. Sophomore Greg Pieczynski (Kingston, Pa.) came back from a disappointing 78 in the first round to post consecutive rounds of 69 and earn a share of 13th place with an even 216. Sophomore Andrew Price (Mission Viejo, Calif.) and senior Jason Totin (Delaware, Ohio) also effectively contributed to the record-breaking effort with total scores of 220 and 228, respectively.
Competing as an individual, junior Jonas Hyden (Saltsjobaden, Sweden) put together three solid rounds to finish in a six-way tie for 15th place at 217.
Western Kentucky freshman Robby Shaw had an amazing record-breaking day himself. He tied the course record with a final round 10-under 62 and demolished the individual tournament record with a 15-under 201. He broke the previous record of 206, which was set last year by Penn States Jeff Turton.
Penn State head coach Greg Nye was thrilled with his teams performance at the tournament. This golf tournament was hotly contested throughout, said Nye. We played an outstanding back-nine today, and that simply won the tournament for us.
With todays title, Penn State has now won the Rutherford Intercollegiate 17 times. In addition, the Nittany Lions have now broken the tournament record five-consecutive years. This years score of 852 is the second-best 54-hole score in school history behind a score of 838 posted in 1998.
Penn State will return to action next weekend at the Big Ten Championships, which will be held at the Indiana University Golf Course from May 2 through May 4.
Final Team Standings:
1. Penn State 292, 276, 284 - 852
2. Liberty University 293, 279, 288 - 860
3. Maryland 295, 277, 290 - 862
4. Western Kentucky 287, 292, 285 - 864
5. George Mason 298, 289, 282 869
6. James Madison 302, 280, 288 - 870
7. Temple 294, 285, 295 - 874
8. Georgetown 298, 289, 292 - 879
9. Towson 304, 282, 302 - 888
10. Bowling Green 305, 293, 291 - 889
11. Akron 311, 288, 292 - 891
T12. St. Josephs 305, 300, 300 - 905
T12. Richmond 312, 297, 296 - 905
14. St. Bonaventure 318, 293, 295 - 906
15. Villanova 300, 306, 302 - 908
Top Ten Individuals:
1. Robby Shaw (WKU) 68, 71, 62 201
2. Jim Fuller (PSU) 71, 67, 69 - 207
3. Nick Cook (GU) 70, 69, 69 - 208
4. Jay Lindell (SBU) 72, 70, 70 - 212
T5. Tim Kane (UMD) 72, 72, 69 - 213
T5. Jay Woodson (JMU) 73, 68, 72 213
T5. Ted Neville (PSU) 73, 70, 70 213
T5. James Chan (Tem) 72, 70, 71 213
T9. Craig Mason (GMU) 72, 70, 72 214
T9. Chris Barr (GMU) 74, 73, 67 214
T9. Paul Carey (LU) 71, 71, 72 214
Fowler (oblique) withdraws from playoff opener
The injury that slowed Rickie Fowler at last week's PGA Championship will keep him out of the first event of the PGA Tour's postseason.
Fowler was reportedly hampered by an oblique injury at Bellerive Country Club, where he started the third round two shots off the lead but faded to a tie for 12th. He confirmed the injury Tuesday in an Instagram post, adding that an MRI revealed a partial tear to his right oblique muscle.
According to Fowler, the injury also affected him at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, where he tied for 17th. After receiving the test results, he opted to withdraw from The Northern Trust next week at Ridgewood Country Club in New Jersey.
"My team and I feel like it's best not to play next week in the Northern Trust," Fowler wrote. "I will be back healthy and competitive ASAP for the FedEx Cup and more than ready for the Ryder Cup!!!"
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News got out last week that I was dealing with an oblique injury the past two tournaments...it was confirmed yesterday, via MRI, that I have a partial tear in my right oblique...my team and I feel like it’s best not to play next week in the Northern Trust...I will be back healthy and competitive ASAP for the FedEx Cup and more than ready for the Ryder Cup!!
Fowler is one of eight players who earned automatic spots on the U.S. Ryder Cup team when the qualifying window closed last week. His next opportunity to tee it up would be at the 100-man Dell Technologies Championship, where Fowler won in 2015.
Fowler has 12 top-25 finishes in 18 starts, highlighted by runner-up finishes at both the OHL Classic at Mayakoba in the fall and at the Masters. He is currently 17th in the season-long points race, meaning that he's assured of starts in each of the first three playoff events regardless of performance and in good position to qualify for the 30-man Tour Championship for the fourth time in the last five years.
Playoff streaks in jeopardy for Garcia, Haas
Since the advent of the FedExCup in 2007, only 13 players have managed to make the playoffs each and every year. But two of the PGA Tour's stalwarts head into the regular-season finale with work to do in order to remain a part of that select fraternity.
Sergio Garcia has rarely had to sweat the top-125 bubble, but the Spaniard enters this week's Wyndham Championship 131st in the current standings. Left with even more work to do is former FedExCup winner Bill Haas, who starts the week in Greensboro 150th.
Garcia got off to a strong start in the spring, sandwiching a pair of top-10 finishes in WGC events around a fourth-place showing at the Valspar Championship. But quality results largely dried up after Garcia missed the cut at the Masters; he has made only two cuts in 10 Tour starts since April, including early exits in all four majors.
Garcia has some history at Sedgefield Country Club, having won this event in 2012 to break a lengthy U.S. victory drought. He also finished fourth in 2009 but hasn't played the Donald Ross layout since a T-29 finish as the defending champ in 2013.
It's been a difficult year for Haas both on and off the course, as the veteran was involved as a passenger in a car accident on the eve of the Genesis Open that killed the driver. He returned to action three weeks later in Tampa, and he tied for seventh at the RBC Heritage in April. But that remains his lone top-10 finish of the season. Haas has missed 11 cuts including three in a row.
While the bubble will be a fluid target this week at Sedgefield, Garcia likely needs at least a top-20 finish to move into the top 125 while Haas will likely need to finish inside the top 5.
One of the 13 playoff streaks is assured of ending next week, as Luke Donald has missed most of the year with a back injury. Other players to qualify for every Tour postseason include Phil Mickelson, Matt Kuchar, Zach Johnson, Adam Scott, Bubba Watson, Justin Rose, Brandt Snedeker, Charles Howell III, Charley Hoffman and Ryan Moore.
Airlines lose two sets of Olesen's clubs in 10 days
Commercial airlines losing the golf clubs of a professional golfer is not exactly a groundbreaking story. It happens.
But European Tour pro Thorbjorn Olesen is on quite the roll, losing two sets of clubs and five suitcases in the span of 10 days.
Olesen, the reigning Italian Open champ, claimed his primary set of golf clubs were lost last week. Having little faith they'd be found before this week's Nordea Masters, he decided to bring his backup set for the event in Sweden.
A veteran move by the 28-year-old, unless, of course, those clubs were lost too. And wouldn't you know it:
Another week, another set of missing golf clubs and lost baggage with @AmericanAir & @British_Airways. Any chance you could help find all of my luggage and send it to me before my tournament this week?! Need them for work!! Thanks— Thorbjørn Olesen (@Thorbjornolesen) August 13, 2018
So the comedy continues, @British_Airways have managed to now lose 5 suitcases and 2 sets of golf clubs in 10 days!— Thorbjørn Olesen (@Thorbjornolesen) August 14, 2018
Decided to bring my only backup set of clubs on this morning's flight to the Nordea Masters in case my other lost set don't arrive and BA have also now lost these! pic.twitter.com/V6QPXzAaBk
Just reached 50,000 followers on Twitter and was going to do a bag giveaway, but @British_Airways has lost them all a href="https://t.co/WwiPqD9bql">pic.twitter.com/WwiPqD9bql— Thorbjørn Olesen (@Thorbjornolesen) August 14, 2018
After pestering the airlines with some A+ GIFs, Olesen was reunited with at least one of his sets and was back in action on Wednesday.
He also still plans on giving his golf bag away to some lucky follower, provided it's not lost again in transit. Something he's no longer taking for granted.
For those that are asking about the Bag Giveaway, that’ll be done next week as promised... once my luggage isn’t left behind again— Thorbjørn Olesen (@Thorbjornolesen) August 15, 2018
Details to follow! pic.twitter.com/3AVMgE02HU
Podcast: Brandel compares Tiger and Hogan's comebacks
Tiger Woods on Sunday at Bellerive recorded his seventh runner-up finish in a major and his first in nine years.
A favorite guest of the Golf Channel Podcast, Brandel Chamblee joins host Will Gray to compare and contrast Tiger's return to competitive golf with that of Ben Hogan and Babe Didrikson Zaharias in the 1950s.
Chamblee also discusses Brooks Koepka's major dominance, Bellerive as a major venue, Tiger and Phil as Ryder Cup locks, and who else might be in line to receive Jim Furyk and Thomas Bjorn's remaining captain's picks.
Finally, Brandel shares what it was it was like to qualify for the Senior Open Championship and compete for a major title on the Old Course at St. Andrews. Listen here: