Forsman Leads in New Orleans

By Golf Channel NewsroomMay 2, 2002, 4:00 pm
Four-time PGA Tour winner Dan Forsman posted his best score in more than a year to take the first round lead at the Compaq Classic of New Orleans. The 43-year-old had an early tee time and birdied half of his final 12 holes to shoot a 7-under-par 65 at English Turn Golf & CC. Most of the highly ranked players in the field had afternoon tee times, but were unable to match Forsmans total.
Rich Beem, who opened the day with a 29 on his first nine, shot 67 for sole possession of second. Stewart Cink, John Rollins, Jeff Gallagher, Tim Clark, Per-Ulrik Johannsen and Dudley Hart are tied for third, three strokes behind the leader. Defending champion David Toms is in a group of 11 players four back.
The first third of Forsmans round was a bit uninspired. A couple of early birdies were tarnished by a bogey at the par-5 sixth. He caught fire on the very next hole, however, and birdied five of his next seven. A birdie on the home hole gave him his first round of 65 on the PGA Tour since last years Southern Farm Bureau Classic.
'We started first and there was no doubt that was a definite advantage because there was still some moisture on the ground,' said Forsman. 'I think the big difference this afternoon is that (the greens) are so hard and baked that it's treacherous around the hole.'
Forsman was short and somewhat crooked off of the tee, averaging 251 yards and hitting less than two-thirds of his fairways, but he made up for it with his scoring clubs. He hit 14 of 18 greens and needed only 24 putts.
'I haven't had a 24-putt round in quite some time,' Forsman said. 'But I've been working hard on my putting. And ironically, the harder I worked it seemed like the worse I was putting. But I kept the faith and thought if I just keep with it one of these days it's going to come my way.'
Forsman hadnt made a cut in four events until two weeks ago in Hilton Head. His last win was at the 1992 Buick Open. He held at least a share of the first round lead twice in 2000, at the Canon Greater Hartford Open and the MCI Classic. Prior to that his last opening round lead was in 1994. Forsman held the first-round lead six times in his career and a tie for third at the 2000 MCI was his best finish in those events.
The man who went on to win the MCI in 2000 finds himself tied for third place at this years Compaq. Stewart Cink had an efficient round through 16 holes, playing in the afternoon. He began his round with five consecutive pars. Six birdies over his next ten holes, including all three par-5s, put him one off Forsman's lead with three holes remaining. Cink finished with a pair of bogeys and had to settle for a 67.
Cink had a huge advantage over Forsman off the tee. Cinks 289-yard average led the field and was almost 40 yards longer than the round one leader. Forsman finished third in New Orleans in 1988, while Cink missed the cut in his only bayou appearance five years ago.
Some stellar names in the field posted some not-so-stellar numbers. Players Championship winner Craig Perks started on the back nine, parred his first five, then made a quadruple bogey nine at the par-5 15th hole. A double bogey at 18 and Perks finished his opening nine in 42 strokes. Playing in the same group, Phil Mickelson struggled to get into red numbers all day. Never straying more than a stroke from even par Mickelson shot 73 with three birdies and four bogeys.
The following players also had afternoon tee times and like Mickelson were unable to break par: DiMarco (72), Price (74), Els (75) and Perks (76).
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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.”