Razorbacks Rule In Myrtle Beach
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. ' The Arkansas golf team won its first team tournament title in five years when the Razorbacks finished in first place at the Coastal Carolina Invitational. Arkansas shot a 9-over-par 873 after scoring rounds of 295, 296 and 282. The Razorbacks last won a tournament title in 1998 at the Kroger Intercollegiate when they shot 592.
We really came from behind to win this tournament, Arkansas head coach Mike Ketcham said. We got off to a good start, but struggled on the 14th and 15th holes, then came back to win on the 17th and 18th. It was a good win for us. Weve come close a couple times this year, but its good to know the feeling of winning. The key to winning for us was the consistency this team had. We always have one or two guys leading, but the team as a whole performed well. Hopefully, well be able to build on this for next week at the Morris Williams Invitational.
After the first day of play UNC-Wilmington (29) held a one stroke lead over Arkansas, but the Hogs were able to pull away when they shot a six-under-par 282 in the last round for a final score of 873. Virginia Tech was close behind in second when they shot a 284 in the final round for a total of 874.
All five UA golfers finished in the top 25. Junior Andrew Dahl led the team with a second place finish. Dahl shot a 70 in the third round to finish out the tournament with a 214 and two under par. It was his fourth top 10 finish of the season. Junior Seth Murphy was next when he tied for seventh with a final score of 220 and four over par after he shot a 74 in the third round.
Freshman Paul Bradshaw shot a 71 in the last round to come away with an 11th place showing and six over par for 222. Senior Nick Beach ended the tournament in 18th with a score of 224 and eight over par after he shot a 73 in the third round.
Junior Adam Wing had a career-best round of 68 to move up to 24th after being in 61st on Monday. His final score was a 10-over-par 226.
The Hogs will play next at the Morris Williams Invitational in Austin, Texas on March 16-18, before they take a week off for spring break.
FINAL RESULTS Coastal Carolina Invitational
* Individual TPC of Myrtle Beach MurrellsInlt,SC
Dates: 03/10 - 03/11 (Today:03-11-2003)
Fin. Top 20 Teams Scores
1 Arkansas, U. of 295 296 282 873
2 Virginia Tech 297 294 284 875
3 Central Florida, U. 301 292 287 880
4 N. Car. Wilmington 295 294 302 891
5 Va. Commonwealth 295 310 302 907
6 Memphis, U. of 303 307 298 908
7 Washington State U. 302 302 307 911
8 Coastal Carolina 306 305 303 914
9 Louisville, U. of 304 306 305 915
10 East Carolina Univ. 301 306 311 918
11 Old Dominion Univ. 313 306 302 921
12 Charlotte 315 296 314 925
13 Furman University 307 308 318 933
14 Michigan, U. of 308 308 326 942
Fin. Name School Scores
1 Brendon De Jonge Va. Tech 76 70 67 213 -3
2 Andrew Dahl Arkansas 72 72 70 214 -2
3 Barry Roof UCF 70 75 70 215 -1
Stefan Wistorf UCF 71 73 71 215 -1
5 Ted Brown VCU 71 72 75 218 +2
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.