Duke Doubles Up at The Nelson

By Golf Channel NewsroomOctober 26, 2003, 5:00 pm
Courtesy of GoDuke.com
College CentralPaced by individual co-medallist sophomore Ryan Blaum, the Duke men's golf team carded a 275 on Sunday to win the Nelson Invitational at the Stanford Golf Course for the second straight year and the third time in the last four years.
Duke won the tournament by three strokes with an 18-under par 834. Washington finished second with an 837 while Colorado was third at 842. Colorado State (843) and Kansas (844) rounded out the top five, followed by Texas Tech (846), Southern California (850), Toledo (851), Stanford (853) and Hawaii-Hilo (861) in the top 10. Missouri (862) finished 11th, with Notre Dame (863), UC Davis (863), Florida Southern (873) and Idaho (877) completing the field.
Blaum and Toledo's Brad Heaven tied for top individual honors with a 12-under par 201 over three rounds. Blaum carded a 66-69-66=201 to earn his first collegiate individual championship. Sophomore Nathan Smith (70-71-68=209) and junior Tom Lefebvre (67-71-71=209) each finished 4-under par to tie for 10th. It was the third top-10 showing of the year for Smith and the first of Lefebvre's career. Senior Mike Castleforte (75-70-70=215) finished tied for 39th and sophomore Alex Wilson (76-72-76) tied for 68th.

The Blue Devils also won The Nelson in 2000 and 2002. The Nelson was Duke's final tournament of the fall. The Blue Devils will open the 2004 spring season Feb. 8-10 at the Mercedes-Benz Invitational in Ponte Vedra, Fla.

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Dates: 10/24 - 10/26 (Today:10-26-2003)
Par: 71
Yardage: 6786
Fin. School Scores

1 Duke University 278 281 275 834 -18
2 Washington, U. of 279 278 280 837 -15
3 Colorado, U. of 279 284 279 842 -10
4 Colorado State Univ. 281 285 277 843 -9
5 Kansas, U. of 279 283 282 844 -8
6 Texas Tech Univ. 287 280 279 846 -6
7 Southern California 280 284 286 850 -2
8 Toledo, U. of 283 281 287 851 -1
9 Stanford University 288 287 278 853 +1
10 Hawaii-Hilo, U. of 288 283 290 861 +9
11 Missouri, U. of 289 287 286 862 +10
12 Notre Dame, U. of 287 287 289 863 +11
UC Davis 293 288 282 863 +11
14 Florida Southern Col 293 288 292 873 +21
15 Idaho, Univ. of 296 293 288 877 +25

* Individual
Fin. Name School Scores

1 Ryan Blaum Duke 66 69 66 201 -12
Brad Heaven Toledo 64 68 69 201 -12
3 Nolan Martin Col. St. 67 71 65 203 -10
4 Brock Mackenzie Washington 69 67 68 204 -9
5 Andrew Dresser Texas Tech 70 69 67 206 -7
David Jenkins Missouri 69 69 68 206 -7
Andrew Price Kansas 67 68 71 206 -7
8 Nick Mason Haw.-Hilo 71 68 68 207 -6
9 Scott Gordon UC Davis 72 71 65 208 -5
10 Tyler Docking Kansas 72 71 66 209 -4
Nathan Smith Duke 70 71 68 209 -4
Tom Lefebvre Duke 67 71 71 209 -4
Alex Prugh Washington 70 67 72 209 -4
Edward McGlasson Colorado 67 72 70 209 -4

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Johnson begins Open week as 12/1 betting favorite

By Will GrayJuly 16, 2018, 5:15 pm

Dustin Johnson heads into The Open as the top-ranked player in the world, and he's also an understandable betting favorite as he looks to win a second career major.

Johnson has not played since the U.S. Open, where he led by four shots at the halfway point and eventually finished third. He has three top-10 finishes in nine Open appearances, notably a T-2 finish at Royal St. George's in 2011.

Johnson opened as a 12/1 favorite when the Westgate Las Vegas Superbook first published odds for Carnoustie after the U.S. Open, and he remains at that number with the first round just three days away.

Here's a look at the latest odds on some of the other top contenders, according to the Westgate:

12/1: Dustin Johnson

16/1: Rory McIlroy, Rickie Fowler, Justin Rose

20/1: Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas, Tommy Fleetwood, Brooks Koepka, Jon Rahm

25/1: Jason Day, Henrik Stenson, Tiger Woods

30/1: Sergio Garcia, Francesco Molinari, Paul Casey, Alex Noren, Patrick Reed

40/1: Hideki Matsuyama, Marc Leishman, Branden Grace, Tyrrell Hatton

50/1: Phil Mickelson, Ian Poulter, Matthew Fitzpatrick

60/1: Russell Knox, Louis Oosthuizen, Matt Kuchar, Bryson DeChambeau, Zach Johnson, Tony Finau, Bubba Watson

80/1: Lee Westwood, Adam Scott, Patrick Cantlay, Rafael Cabrera-Bello, Thomas Pieters, Xander Schauffele

100/1: Shane Lowry, Webb Simpson, Brandt Snedeker, Ryan Fox, Thorbjorn Olesen

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Woods needs top-10 at Open to qualify for WGC

By Will GrayJuly 16, 2018, 4:34 pm

If Tiger Woods is going to qualify for the final WGC-Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone Country Club, he'll need to do something he hasn't done in five years this week at The Open.

Woods has won eight times at Firestone, including his most recent PGA Tour victory in 2013, and has openly stated that he would like to qualify for the no-cut event in Akron before it shifts to Memphis next year. But in order to do so, Woods will need to move into the top 50 in the Official World Golf Ranking after this week's event at Carnoustie.

Woods is currently ranked No. 71 in the world, down two spots from last week, and based on projections it means that he'll need to finish no worse than a tie for eighth to have a chance of cracking the top 50. Woods' last top-10 finish at a major came at the 2013 Open at Muirfield, where he tied for sixth.

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There are actually two OWGR cutoffs for the Bridgestone, July 23 and July 30. That means that Woods could theoretically still add a start at next week's RBC Canadian Open to chase a spot in the top 50, but he has said on multiple occasions that this week will be his last start of the month. The WGC-Bridgestone Invitational will be played Aug. 2-5.

There wasn't much movement in the world rankings last week, with the top 10 staying the same heading into the season's third major. Dustin Johnson remains world No. 1, followed by Justin Thomas, Justin Rose, Brooks Koepka and Jon Rahm. Defending Open champ Jordan Spieth is ranked sixth, with Rickie Fowler, Rory McIlroy, Jason Day and Tommy Fleetwood rounding out the top 10.

Despite taking the week off, Sweden's Alex Noren moved up three spots from No. 14 to No. 11, passing Patrick Reed, Bubba Watson and Paul Casey.

John Deere Classic champ Michael Kim went from No. 473 to No. 215 in the latest rankings, while South African Brandon Stone jumped from 371st to 110th with his win at the Scottish Open.

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Spieth takes familiar break ahead of Open defense

By Rex HoggardJuly 16, 2018, 3:50 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – As his title chances seemed to be slipping away during the final round of last year’s Open Championship, Jordan Spieth’s caddie took a moment to remind him who he was.

Following a bogey at No. 13, Michael Greller referenced a recent vacation he’d taken to Mexico where he’d spent time with Michael Phelps and Michael Jordan and why he deserved to be among that group of singular athletes.

Spieth, who won last year’s Open, decided to continue the tradition, spending time in Cabo again before this week’s championship.

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“I kind of went through the same schedule,” Spieth said on Monday at Carnoustie. “It was nice to have a little vacation.”

Spieth hasn’t played since the Travelers Championship; instead he attended the Special Olympics USA Games earlier this month in Seattle with his sister. It was Spieth’s first time back to the Pacific Northwest since he won the 2015 U.S. Open.

“I went out to Chambers Bay with [Greller],” Spieth said. “We kind of walked down the 18th hole. It was cool reliving those memories.”

But most of all Spieth said he needed a break after a particularly tough season.

“I had the itch to get back to it after a couple weeks of not really working,” he said. “It was nice to kind of have that itch to get back.”