Like Father Like Son in Senior Amateur

By Golf Channel NewsroomSeptember 13, 2001, 4:00 pm
Kemp Richardson, 55, of Laguna Niguel, Calif., followed in the footsteps of his father as he won the Senior Amateur Championship at Norwood Hills Country Club, beating Bill Ploeger, 61, of Columbus, Ga. in the final match, 2-and-1.
 
Richardsons father, John, won the 1987 Senior Amateur at Saucon Valley (Penn.) Country Club at age 66. They are the first father-son winners in USGA history. John passed away a year after his win, but the 18th green flag from that championship is a framed keepsake for the family.
 
My father meant a lot to me, said Richardson. He was a great player, and he taught me everything. We used to play a lot of golf together. I always hoped Id have this chance. I am proud to have my name on this trophy.
 
The long-hitting Richardson won holes 15 and 16 by sinking 10-foot putts on each before the two players halved the 17th to end the match. He had won three consecutive holes to take a 2-up lead after eight. He won the sixth and eighth holes with birdies and was the equivalent of 1-under-par on the front nine.
 
Ploeger, however, won holes 11 and 14 with pars to square the match for the moment.
 
Richardson is also the second to concurrently hold the USGA Senior Amateur and the British Senior Amateur titles. He won the 2001 British Senior at Royal Portrush in Ireland with a 54-hole total of 217. The first to hold both titles was 2000 champion Bill Shean Jr. of Hillsdale, Ill.
 
Richardson also was the low amateur in the 1999 and 2000 U.S. Senior Opens, and just missed the cut at the 2001 Senior Open by a stroke. The 2000 Senior Open was held at Saucon Valley, where his father won the Senior Amateur.
 
I still play with the kids and can hit it with those guys who are playing on the Senior Tour, so I dont feel like I am this old, but I guess I am, said Richardson, who set the pace with a 2-under 69 on the first day of stroke play.
 
Richardson led in each of his five matches heading to the final, leading in each by the 9th hole. He was not extended to the 18th hole in any of his matches.
 
I thought that when I won hole 14 I had a chance, said Ploeger, who suffered a mild heart attack before the 2000 championship and then lost his first round match. Hes a great champion. He hits the ball so long hes tough to beat.
 
In four of his six matches Ploeger won the first hole of each and never trailed. He birdied the second hole to take an early lead on Richardson as well, but couldnt hold it.
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Schauffele just fine being the underdog

By Rex HoggardJuly 21, 2018, 8:06 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Following a breakthough season during which he won twice and collected the PGA Tour Rookie of the Year Award, Xander Schauffele concedes his sophomore campaign has been less than stellar, but that could all change on Sunday at The Open.

Schauffele followed a second-round 66 with a 67 on Saturday to take a share of the 9-under-par lead with Jordan Spieth and Kevin Kisner.

Although he hasn’t won in 2018, he did finish runner-up at The Players and tied for sixth at the U.S. Open, two of the year’s toughest tests.


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“Growing up, I always hit it well and played well in tough conditions,” Schauffele said. “I wasn't the guy to shoot 61. I was the guy to shoot like 70 when it was playing really hard.”

Sunday’s pairing could make things even more challenging when he’ll head out in the day’s final tee time with Spieth, the defending champion. But being the underdog in a pairing, like he was on Saturday alongside Rory McIlroy, is not a problem.

“All the guys I've talked to said, 'Live it up while you can, fly under the radar,'” he said. “Today I played in front of what you call Rory's crowd and guys were just yelling all the time, even while he's trying to putt, and he had to step off a few times. No one was yelling at me while I was putting. So I kind of enjoy just hanging back and relaxing.”

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Open odds: Spieth 7/1 to win; Tiger, Rory 14/1

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 21, 2018, 7:54 pm

Only 18 holes remain in the 147th Open Championship at Carnoustie, and the man tied atop the leaderboard is the same man who captured the claret jug last year at Royal Birkdale.

So it’s little surprise that Jordan Spieth is the odds-on favorite (7/4) to win his fourth major entering Sunday’s final round.

Xander Schauffele and Kevin Kisner, both tied with Spieth at 9 under par, are next in line at 5/1 and 11/2 respectively. Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy, both four shots behind the leaders, are listed at 14/1.

Click here for the leaderboard and take a look below at the odds, courtesy Jeff Sherman at golfodds.com.


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Jordan Spieth: 7/4

Xander Schauffele: 5/1

Kevin Kisner: 11/2

Tiger Woods: 14/1

Francesco Molinari: 14/1

Rory McIlroy: 14/1

Kevin Chappell: 20/1

Tommy Fleetwood: 20/1

Alex Noren: 25/1

Zach Johnson: 30/1

Justin Rose: 30/1

Matt Kuchar: 40/1

Webb Simpson: 50/1

Adam Scott: 80/1

Tony Finau: 80/1

Charley Hoffman: 100/1

Austin Cook: 100/1

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Wandering photographer costs McIlroy on 16

By Ryan LavnerJuly 21, 2018, 7:44 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Rory McIlroy bogeyed two of his last four holes Saturday to fall four shots off the lead at The Open.

One of those mistakes might not have entirely been his fault.

McIlroy missed a short putt on the par-3 16th after a photographer was “in a world all his own,” wandering around near the green, taking photos of the crowd and not paying attention to the action on the green.


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“It’s fine,” McIlroy said after a third-round 70 put him at 5-under 208, four shots off the lead. “It’s one of those things that happens. There’s a lot of people out there, and it is what it is. It’s probably my fault, but I just didn’t regroup well after it happened.”

McIlroy also bogeyed the home hole, after driving into a fairway bunker, sending his second shot right of the green and failing to get up and down.

“I putted well,” he said. “I holed out when I needed to. I just need to make the birdies and try to limit the damage tomorrow.”

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Kisner not expecting awkward night with Spieth

By Ryan LavnerJuly 21, 2018, 7:33 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – It might get awkward in that star-studded rental house Saturday night.

Two of the three Open co-leaders, Jordan Spieth and Kevin Kisner, are sharing a house this week near Carnoustie. Though it’ll be late by the time they both get back to the house Saturday night, they’ll have plenty of time to kill Sunday morning, with their tee times not until nearly 3 p.m. local time.

“Everybody is probably going to get treatment and eating and trying to find a bed,” Kisner said. “I’m sure there’ll be some conversations. There always are. Everybody has a few horror stories or good laughs over something that happened out there. That will probably be the end of it.”

One thing they’re almost certain to discuss is the weather.


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After three days of mostly benign conditions, Sunday’s forecast calls for warm temperatures and wind gusts up to 25 mph.

“When you watch any TV, that’s all they talk about – how Sunday’s coming,” Kisner said. “It’s going to be a true test, and we’ll get to see really who’s hitting it the best and playing the best.”

Zach Johnson is also in the house – along with Rickie Fowler, Justin Thomas, Jimmy Walker and Jason Dufner – and he rode to the course Saturday with Kisner, with whom he played in the final group, at 4 p.m. It’s unclear whether the co-leaders Sunday will have a similar arrangement.

This is the third year that Spieth and Co. have shared a house at The Open, though Kisner is a new addition to the group.

“It’s the end of the week,” Kisner said. “Everybody’s got a lot of stuff going on. Everybody’s going their separate ways tomorrow. Tomorrow morning we’ll all sit around and laugh on the couch and talk about why that guy’s making so many birdies.”