Daly Triumphant in Germany

By Golf Channel NewsroomSeptember 2, 2001, 4:00 pm
John Daly returned to the winners circle for the first time in six years Sunday, as the long-bombing American star outlasted Padraig Harrington down the stretch at the BMW International Open.
Daly shot 66 at the Golfclub Munchen Nord-Eichenried to end at an astounding 27-under-par 261, which - had it not been for lift-clean-and-place on Saturday - would have tied the European Tour record for most strokes under-par.
'It's been a long six years and it just feels good to win again,' said Daly following his performance.
The final round was back-and-forth all day between the final twosome.
Starting the day one shot ahead of Daly, Harrington had increased that margin to two through the first six holes after a birdie at the short par-4 5th.
Yet, Daly, whose last win came at the 95 Open Championship, came roaring back with the sort of flair that he had demonstrated all week.
Daly birdied Nos. 7, 9, 12 and 13 to pull even with the Irishman entering the final stretch of holes.
At the 319-yard water-laden par-4 16th, Daly surprised everyone when he pulled driver from his bag, but with a huge slash, put the ball right in the middle of the green, from where he would two-putt for birdie.
Harrington selected an iron off the tee, and he too surprised everyone, as his shot leaked right and nearly found a water hazard.
The ball stayed dry, however, and the crafty 30-year-old came back with a beautiful wedge shot from the rough to four feet, which led to a Daly-tying birdie.
He wasnt so lucky on the finishing par-5 18th, however.
After a fine drive, Harrington elected to go for the green in two, but again sprayed his shot out to the right towards more water.
This time, the ball would end wet.
Daly missed the green to the left, but played a gorgeous pitch to two feet for the closing birdie and the one-stroke win.
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Harrington, who ended with a 68 at 26-under, has now finished second for the sixth time this season on the European Tour. With two other top-5s on top of that, shooting minus-26 and still not getting victory this week surely comes with disappointment.
'Obviously at the start of the week I would have taken 26-under,' Harrington said following the round. 'It's nice to see Daly back in the winner's enclosure -- but it would have been nicer if I hadn't been in second place.'
For Daly, however, the win couldnt come as any more deserving.
The 35-year-old two-time major champion is in the midst of an incredible comeback from alcohol and gambling addiction, sponsorship losses and failed marriages.
Said the champion: 'I think 1999 was probably the low point in between times. That was the turning point, when I had to decide whether to keep going forward or do something else. It was a very short thought, because I wanted to keep playing golf.'
Now, he's not just playing again, he's winning.
Ryder Cup Notes:
While Daly ended somewhat an ironic champion, the week had been most highly-touted for the implications it could have on the upcoming Ryder Cup.
When it was all said-and-done, however, no changes to the top-10 were made.
Phillip Price, who missed the cut this week, and sat perilously on the 10th spot, but ended holding his position.
All week, several players outside the bubble made charges, but it was Thomas Levet who contended most seriously down the stretch.
Levet shot a beautiful 64 on Sunday to finish in outright third at 20-under, while another Ryder Cup hopeful Dean Robertson ended one shot further back with Raymond Russell and Christopher Hannell.
The performance just wasnt good enough for Levet, however, as the Frenchman needed a win to surpass Price for the final slot.
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Storms halt Barbasol before Lincicome tees off

By Associated PressJuly 20, 2018, 11:29 pm

NICHOLASVILLE, Ky. - Brittany Lincicome will have to wait until the weekend to resume her bid to make the cut in a PGA Tour event.

Overnight storms delayed the start of the second round Friday in the Barbasol Championship, and an afternoon thunderstorm suspended competition for good. The round will resume Saturday morning with much of the field still to play.

The second stoppage at Champions Trace at Keene Trace Golf Club came 20 minutes before Lincicome's scheduled tee time.

Lincicome was near the bottom of the field after opening with a 6-over 78 on Thursday. The first LPGA player since Michelle Wie in 2008 to start a PGA Tour event, she needs a huge rebound to join Babe Zaharias (1945) as the only female players to make the cut.

Troy Merritt had the clubhouse lead at 15 under, following an opening 62 with a 67.

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Third-round tee times for the 147th Open

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 20, 2018, 9:05 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Eighteen major champions made the cut at The Open and will be playing the weekend at Carnoustie, including 60-year-old ageless wonder Bernhard Langer, and both major champs so far this year, Patrick Reed and Brooks Koepka.

Twenty-four-year-old Gavin Green will be first off solo Saturday at 4:15 a.m. ET. Reed and Rhys Enoch will follow along 10 minutes later.

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Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods, both at even par for the tournament, six shots behind leaders Zach Johnson and Kevin Kisner, are in consecutive groups. Mickelson is playing with Austin Cook at 8:05 a.m. and Woods is with South Africa’s Shaun Norris at 8:15 a.m.

Jordan Spieth and Rickie Fowler, both three shots off the lead, are also in consecutive groups. Fowler is at 10 a.m. with Thorbjorn Olesen and Spieth is 10 minutes later with Kevin Chappell. Rory McIlroy, looking to win his first major since the 2014 PGA Championship, is at 10:40 a.m. with Xander Schauffele. McIlroy is two shots behind.

Johnson and Kisner are last off at 11 a.m.

4:15AM ET: Gavin Green

4:25AM ET: Rhys Enoch, Patrick Reed

4:35AM ET: Kiradech Aphibarnrat, Justin Rose

4:45AM ET: Yusaku Miyazato, Tyrrell Hatton

4:55AM ET: Ross Fisher, Keegan Bradley

5:05AM ET: Ryan Fox, Jason Dufner

5:15AM ET: Bryson DeChambeau, Henrik Stenson

5:25AM ET: Tom Lewis, Sam Locke (a)

5:35AM ET: Paul Casey, Chris Wood

5:45AM ET: Bernhard Langer, Rafa Cabrera Bello

6:00AM ET: Paul Dunne, Brett Rumford

6:10AM ET: Masahiro Kawamura, Shubhankar Sharma

6:20AM ET: Cameron Smith, Brendan Steele

6:30AM ET: Marc Leishman, Lee Westwood

6:40AM ET: Byeong Hun An, Kevin Na

6:50AM ET: Julian Suri, Adam Hadwin

7:00AM ET: Gary Woodland, Si-Woo Kim

7:10AM ET: Yuta Ikeda, Satoshi Kodaira

7:20AM ET: Marcus Kinhult, Thomas Pieters

7:30AM ET: Beau Hossler, Haotong Li

7:45AM ET: Cameron Davis, Sean Crocker

7:55AM ET: Louis Oosthuizen, Stewart Cink

8:05AM ET: Phil Mickeslon, Austin Cook

8:15AM ET: Tiger Woods, Shaun Norris

8:25AM ET: Lucas Herbert, Michael Kim

8:35AM ET: Jason Day, Francesco Molinari

8:45AM ET: Sung Kang, Webb Simpson

8:55AM ET: Patrick Cantlay, Eddie Pepperell

9:05AM ET: Matthew Southgate, Brooks Koepka

9:15AM ET: Kyle Stanley, Adam Scott

9:30AM ET: Charley Hoffman, Alex Noren

9:40AM ET: Ryan Moore, Brandon Stone

9:50AM ET: Luke List, Danny Willett

10:00AM ET: Thorbjorn Olesen, Rickie Fowler

10:10AM ET: Jordan Spieth, Kevin Chappell

10:20AM ET: Zander Lombard, Tony Finau

10:30AM ET: Matt Kuchar, Erik Van Rooyen

10:40AM ET: Rory McIlroy, Xander Schauffele

10:50AM ET: Pat Perez, Tommy Fleetwood

11:00AM ET: Kevin Kisner, Zach Johnson

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Facial hair Fowler's new good-luck charm

By Rex HoggardJuly 20, 2018, 8:12 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Before, during and after the Fourth of July, Rickie Fowler missed a few appointments with his razor.

He arrived in the United Kingdom for last week’s Scottish Open still unshaved and he tied for sixth place. Fowler, like most golfers, can give in to superstition, so he's decided to keep the caveman look going for this week’s Open Championship.

“There could be some variations,” he smiled following his round on Friday at Carnoustie.

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At this rate, he may never shave again. Fowler followed an opening 70 with a 69 on Friday to move into a tie for 11th place, just three strokes off the lead.

Fowler also has some friendly competition in the beard department, with his roommate this week Justin Thomas also going for the rugged look.

“I think he kind of followed my lead in a way. I think he ended up at home, and he had a little bit of scruff going. It's just fun,” Fowler said. “We mess around with it. Obviously, not taking it too seriously. But like I said, ended up playing halfway decent last week, so I couldn't really shave it off going into this week.”

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Spieth (67) rebounds from tough Round 1 finish

By Ryan LavnerJuly 20, 2018, 7:55 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Guess whose putter is starting to heat up again at a major?

Even with a few wayward shots Friday at Carnoustie, Jordan Spieth made a significant climb up the leaderboard in the second round, firing a 4-under 67 to move just three shots off the lead.

Spieth showed his trademark grit in bouncing back from a rough finish Thursday, when he mis-clubbed on the 15th hole, leading to a double bogey, and ended up playing the last four holes in 4 over.

“I don’t know if I actually regrouped,” he said. “It more kind of fires me up a little.”

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Spieth missed more than half of his fairways in the second round, but he was able to play his approach shots from the proper side of the hole. Sure, he “stole a few,” particularly with unlikely birdies on Nos. 10 and 11 after errant drives, but he took advantage and put himself in position to defend his claret jug.

Spieth needed only 25 putts in the second round, and he credited a post-round adjustment Thursday for the improvement. The tweak allows his arms to do more of the work in his stroke, and he said he felt more confident on the greens.

“It’s come a long way in the last few months, no doubt,” he said.

More than anything, Spieth was relieved not to have to play “cut-line golf” on Friday, like he’s done each start since his spirited run at the Masters.

“I know that my swing isn’t exactly where I want it to be; it’s nowhere near where it was at Birkdale,” he said. “But the short game is on point, and the swing is working in the right direction to get the confidence back.”