Wisconsin Wins Mens Northern Intercollegiate
MADISON, Wis. - The Badger Mens Golf team won its second consecutive tournament on Sunday at Veronas University Ridge. The Badgers 54-hole team score of 862 (289-276-297) earned the second victory of the fall season by six strokes over the nearest competition, Penn State (285-289-294=868). The teams pair of victories during the fall is the UWs first since Sept. 9-10 and Oct. 9-10, 2000.
The five Badger golfers managed to hold off Penn State and Illinois during the final round despite shooting their highest round of the tournament. Garret Jones led the Badger effort with a 54-hole total of 254 (71-69-74). Jones finished in a fourth-place tie with Penn States Ted Neville and Greg Pieczynski to pace the Badgers for the second time this fall. Garrett Chaussard from Illinois was the tournaments medalist with a five-under par 211.
Sophomore Adam DeLawyer built on his first-round 68 to finish in a three-way tie for ninth-place at 216 with Marquettes Kyle Murphy and Drakes Jeff Berkshire. DeLawyers first round tied for the meets lowest 18-hole individual effort.
Jeff Kaiser climbed the standings on the final day. Kaiser started in a 35th-place tie but thanks to windy conditions during a final-round 71, managed a 20th-place tie with six others including teammate Brian Brodell (72-69-80) at five-over par (221). Kevin Tassistro finished the meet two strokes behind in a 30th-place tie (78-68-77=223).
Playing as individuals, Ryan Conn finished tied for 27th (74-70-78=222) while Adam Steinhofer played three solid rounds in his home debut for a 33rd-place tie (73-73-78=224).
The Badgers next meet is Sept. 25-26 in Iowa City at the Hawkeye Invitational. The action will take place on the University of Iowas Finkbine Golf Course.
1. Wisconsin 289 276 297 862
2 Penn State 285 289 294 868
3 Illinois 285 286 299 870
4 Miami of Ohio 299 284 297 880
5 Marquette 300 286 298 884
6 Michigan 299 287 300 886
7 Ball State 293 285 309 887
8 Iowa 297 290 301 888
9 Northern Illinois 293 297 300 890
T10 George Washington 300 296 298 894
T10 Drake 302 294 298 894
12 Akron 307 303 310 920
13 Bowling Green State 301 310 311 922
1 Garrett Chaussard, Illinois 68 70 73 211
T2 Brian Carroll, George Washington 71 70 72 213
T2 Danny Zimmerman, Illinois 70 71 72 213
T4 Garrett Jones, Wisconsin 71 69 74 214<\b>
T4 Ted Neville, Penn State 70 71 73 214
T4 Garrett Jones 71 69 74 214
T9 Adam DeLawyer 68 73 75 216
T20 Jeff Kaiser 80 70 71 221
T20 Brian Brodell 72 69 80 221
Ryu thriving again after simple advice from Inbee Park
So Yeon Ryu shared Rolex Player of the Year honors last year.
She reigned as world No. 1 for almost five months.
So when she couldn’t keep her momentum going at year’s start, she got frustrated. She wasn’t happy with two top 10s in her first 11 starts.
“I lost a lot of confidence at the beginning of the year,” Ryu said Thursday as she prepared to lead a strong field as the defending champion in Friday’s start of the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship. “My expectation level was way too high.”
So she sought the counsel of her pal, world No. 1 Inbee Park, who gave her some plain-spoken advice.
“Get over it,” Park told her. “You know what to do. You’ve done it, so it’s not really a big deal. Don’t worry about it. You were No. 1. You’ve achieved a lot of things as a professional golfer. Just don’t be too hard on yourself.”
Ryu got over it winning the Meijer LPGA Classic last week, the sixth LPGA title of her career, her third in 15 months. She’s feeling good again leading a stellar field this week at Pinnacle Country Club in Rogers, Ark., a strong tune up before next week’s KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, the year’s third major championship.
World No. 1 Park, No. 2 Ariya Jutanugarn and No. 3 Lexi Thompson are among the top nine players in the world scheduled to compete this week. Twenty-four of the top 30 are in the field.
“When you come to defend your title, you obviously have a lot of pressure, but after I won last week, now I sort of think, maybe I have a chance to defend my title,” Ryu said. “So I've got total confidence, by last week.”
Watch: Spieth, JT hole bunker shots in back-to-back groups
Jordan Spieth has a thing for holing bunker shots at the Travelers Championship, where he made one in a playoff to win last year.
He did it again in Round 1 at TPC River Highlands, knocking in this shot for eagle at the par-5 sixth to reach 4 under par for the tournament
In the next group, Justin Thomas did the same thing to reach 1 under. Keep an eye out for the best part of this highlight, when Thomas' caddie Jimmy Johnson tries to hand him his putter.
River Highlands a 'breather' for Zach Johnson (63)
CROMWELL, Conn. – After enduring the pressure-cooker of the U.S. Open, Zach Johnson was more than happy to drift north to the friendly confines of TPC River Highlands.
Birdies were rare last week at Shinnecock Hills, but they’ll be plentiful all week long at the Travelers Championship. Browned-out and crispy conditions transitioned to lush and verdant, and players can attack flags without fear of turning a possible par into a struggle to avoid triple.
Johnson did just that in the opening round, carding eight birdies against a single bogey to take the early lead with a 7-under 63.
“It’s a different kind of breathing. It’s a different kind of exhaling, if you will, but they’re both good,” Johnson said. “You can put some red on the board here. We know that. We’ve seen it. You can go the other way in a hurry if you press it; it can keep going in the other way. So you kind of have to let it happen. This is one of those courses where you have to let it happen.”
Like many in this week’s field, Johnson took it easy after a grueling major championship, staying away from the course Monday and easing into his prep over the next two days. Those decisions paid off quickly as he rattled off six straight birdies on Nos. 11-16 to take sole possession of the lead.
While Johnson tied for 12th last week at Shinnecock Hills, that was just his second top-15 finish since the Sony Open in January. But the veteran is no stranger to fast starts at TPC River Highlands, having now opened with 65 or better four times in his last eight appearances dating back to 2011.
It’s a course where he continues to have success, even if his past consistency hasn’t lived up to expectations.
“I feel like every time I get here it feels like I should shoot nothing, and it bites me,” Johnson said. “The last couple years I’m like, ‘All right, you can’t have any expectations in that regard. You’ve just got to go out and execute, you know, put the ball in the fairway and you will have opportunities.’”
First photos from Norman's 'Body' shoot
It was revealed earlier this week that Greg Norman would be one of the athletes showcased in ESPN's "Body Issue," which features the models stategically posed in the nude.
Well, the first photos are out from Norman's shoot and ... here they are, if you want them.
The Shark: a white pointer pic.twitter.com/2HqCKSVdbV— Robert Lusetich (@RobertLusetich) June 21, 2018
Fore! The Shark as you’ve never seen him in ESPN The Body issue. “I walk around naked at home. It’s not a big deal to me, right?” pic.twitter.com/HTp2YwVgcv— Robert Lusetich (@RobertLusetich) June 21, 2018