Five Men and a Promotion

By Golf Channel NewsroomAugust 9, 2004, 4:00 pm
The Nationwide Tour rolls into Springfield, Mo., for the 15th edition of the Price Cutter Charity Championship at the Highland Springs Country Club.
 
And in a rare moment in the tours history, five players with at least two wins in the current season will be in the same field as they each try to capture an elusive third win and with it the Battlefield Promontion to the PGA Tour.
 
Jimmy Walker, currently third on the tour's money list, has been in search of his third victory since early in the year after he got off to a sizzling start by posting two wins in the season's first four events.
 
D.A. Points, the tour's overall money leader and second in the all-around ranking, got hot in June with a runner-up finish at the LaSalle Bank Open before winning his first title of the year the following week in a playoff at the Northeast Pennsylvania Classic. He then added his second victory of 2004 at the Pete Dye West Virginia Classic just a month later.
 
A the other end of the spectrum, however, are the other two-time winners on tour, Kevin Stadler and Daniel Chopra, who remarkably between them have four wins in just six combined starts.
 
Chopra, who is a current member of the PGA Tour, has twice be unable to make the field on the PGA Tour schedule and instead showed up those weeks on the Nationwide Tour. In both instances Chopra won the event, the second of his victories coming in a record-setting 30-under-par performance at the Henrico County Open.
 
Stadler, unlike Chopra, or even Points or Walker for that matter, had no playing privileges on tour except for the occasional sponsors exemption given to him, due in part to his famous father, 1982 Masters champion Craig Stadler.
 
At one of the exemptions he accepted, the Lake Erie Charity Classic at Peek 'n Peak Resort, Stadler outlasted Michael Long and Bubba Watson and took home the $81,000 first place check, and perhaps more importantly, he had found a permanent place to play.
 
It didn't take Stadler long to capitalize on his new found security as he turned around two weeks later and won the Scholarship America Showdown, again by coming through in a tough three-hole playoff.
 
Finally, there's Charles Warren, fresh off his thrilling victory at this past week's Cox Classic. It was Warren's second title in three weeks and moved him up to fourth on the tour's money list.
 
The Highland Springs Country Club is the only course on which this event has ever been played.
 
The tour heads north into Canada next week for the Alberta Classic in Calgary.
 
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    Watch: Full replays of The Open coverage

    By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 20, 2018, 12:55 pm

    NBC Sports and Golf Channel are showcasing nearly 50 hours of live coverage of the 147th Open. Missed anything? Well, you can catch up right here. Click on the links below for replays from Carnoustie, broken down into daily segments:

    Friday, Day 2 (Times ET)

    1:30-8:20AM (Watch): On a rainy Friday morning at Carnoustie, Rory McIlroy shot 69 to reach 4 under, while Zach Johnson fired a 67 for the early lead. Click here or on the image below to watch.


    Thursday, Day 1 (Times ET)

    Noon-4PM (Watch): Tiger Woods was up and down in the afternoon, as winds picked up a little and no one could catch Kevin Kisner. Click here or on the image below to watch. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the early marquee group: Woods, Russell Knox and Hideki Matsuyama.

    1:30-8:25AM (Watch): Defending champion Jordan Spieth got off to a good start, while Kevin Kisner (66) set the early pace. Click here or on the image below to watch. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the early marquee group: Rickie Fowler, Jon Rahm and Chris Wood.

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    Fleetwood, with his fancy umbrella, fires 65 on Day 2

    By Rex HoggardJuly 20, 2018, 12:34 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Tommy Fleetwood looked like an Open rookie when he set out on Friday under gray skies and a cold, steady rain.

    Because the Englishman doesn’t have an equipment sponsor he made a quick turn through the merchandise tent for an umbrella – but at least he didn’t have to pay for it.

    “We stole it,” he laughed when asked about his Open-brand umbrella. “We got one given for free, actually. We didn't steal it. We don't always carry an umbrella. So it just so happens this week that we've got a nice Open Championship [umbrella]. It looked quite nice, the yellow and the course.”


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    It was Fleetwood’s only rookie move on Day 2 at Carnoustie, posting a flawless 65 to move into an early tie for second place at 5 under par.

    Fleetwood holds the competitive course record at Carnoustie, a 9-under 63 he shot last fall during the European Tour’s Dunhill Links Championship, but given Friday’s conditions and the difficulty of this course during The Open, his 65 on Friday might have been better.

    “It's not a course record, but it's pretty good,” said Fleetwood, who was stroke behind leader Zach Johnson. “If you went out, you wouldn't really fancy being 6 under out there. So I think that's a good indication of how good it was.”

    It was a dramatic turnaround for Fleetwood on Friday. He said he struggled with his ball-striking, specifically his tee shots, on Day 1, but he was able to turn things around with an hour-long session on the range following his opening round.

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    McIlroy responds to Harmon's 'robot' criticism

    By Mercer BaggsJuly 20, 2018, 6:53 am

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Rory McIlroy said during his pre-championship news conference that he wanted to play more "carefree" – citing Jon Rahm’s approach now and the way McIlroy played in his younger days.

    McIlroy got off to a good start Thursday at Carnoustie, shooting 2-under 69, good for a share of eighth place.

    But while McIlroy admits to wanting to be a little less structured on the course, he took offense to comments made by swing coach Butch Harmon during a Sky Sports telecast.

    Said Harmon:

    “Rory had this spell when he wasn’t putting good and hitting the ball good, and he got so wrapped up in how he was going to do it he forgot how to do it.


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    “He is one of the best players the game has ever seen. If he would just go back to being a kid and playing the way he won these championships and play your game, don’t have any fear or robotic thoughts. Just play golf. Just go do it.

    “This is a young kid who’s still one of the best players in the world. He needs to understand that. Forget about your brand and your endorsement contracts. Forget about all that. Just go back to having fun playing golf. I still think he is one of the best in the world and can be No.1 again if he just lets himself do it.”

    McIlroy, who has never worked with Harmon, responded to the comments when asked about them following his opening round.

    “Look, I like Butch. Definitely, I would say I'm on the opposite end of the spectrum than someone that's mechanical and someone that's – you know, it's easy to make comments when you don't know what's happening,” McIlroy said. “I haven't spoken to Butch in a long time. He doesn't know what I'm working on in my swing. He doesn't know what's in my head. So it's easy to make comments and easy to speculate. But unless you actually know what's happening, I just really don't take any notice of it.”

    McIlroy second round at The Open began at 2:52 a.m. ET.