Andrade Feeling Better Still Leading

By Golf Channel NewsroomSeptember 13, 2002, 4:00 pm
Billy Andrade maintained his one-stroke lead entering weekend play at the SEI Pennsylvania Classic.
Andrade shot 3-under 68 Friday. He stands at 8-under-par 134 through two rounds at the Waynesborough Country Club in Paoli, Penn.
Ian Leggatt is alone in second place. This years Tucson Open champion recorded five consecutive birdies on the back nine for a round of 6-under 65. The Canadian is currently 44th on the money list and is trying to crack the top 30 to qualify for the Tour Championship.
Thats the goal through the end of this year, thats what Im focusing on. The way Im playing I feel good about it heading to the end of the year, Leggatt said.
Andrade led through two rounds of last weeks Bell Canadian Open, but shot 70-73 over the final 36 holes to finish in a tie for 12th. Hes still seeking his first victory since the 2000 Invensys Classic at Las Vegas.
I just want to get ready to play tomorrow and try to get right in there and win this thing, Andrade said.
Im not getting myself into too much trouble. I think, you know, Im the bogey king. I can tell you how to make a bogey in a secondso Im very happy with where I stand.
The 15-year PGA Tour veteran recorded his first bogey of the tournament at the par-4 sixth, but came back with birdies on 7 and 9. He also birdied the third and 18th holes in round two.
In between the Canadian Open and this weeks event, Andrade made a pit stop at home, where he contracted a stomach virus.
My daughter was sick and my wife was sick. I went in for, you know, less than 48 hours and I took something with me, he said. Im fine. Its just my stomach is a little, you know, different types of foods arent agreeing with me.
But I feel a lot better today. Everyday Ive been feeling better and better.
Leggatt was feeling better and better as the second round progressed. After a bogey at the 11th, he made five straight birdies with all of the birdie putts from six feet and in.
He hit his tee shot on the 210-yard, par-3 17th to three feet, but missed what would have been six-in-a-row. He then missed an eight-footer for birdie at the par-5 last.
The greens got a little bit bumpy. I was fortunate enough to hit it real close there coming in ' that one on 17 kind of shook me up a little bit, a little poa annua hop there, and a little disappointing not birdieing the last, but Im happy with where Im at, Leggatt said.
Kenneth Staton (69) is in solo third place at 6-under. Brent Geiberger (68), Jeff Brehaut (68) and Donnie Hammond (69) are tied at minus 5.
Full-field scores from the SEI Pennsylvania Classic
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Fowler (oblique) withdraws from playoff opener

By Will GrayAugust 15, 2018, 8:44 pm

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!!!"

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.

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Playoff streaks in jeopardy for Garcia, Haas

By Will GrayAugust 15, 2018, 8:12 pm

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.

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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.

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Airlines lose two sets of Olesen's clubs in 10 days

By Grill Room TeamAugust 15, 2018, 7:50 pm

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:

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.

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Podcast: Brandel compares Tiger and Hogan's comebacks

By Golf Channel DigitalAugust 15, 2018, 6:48 pm

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: