Four Earn British Open Berths Down Under
The 45-year-old, who will be teeing up in his 10th Open since 1983, finished at 5-under par, two shots clear of Victorian David Diaz (69 72) while another local boy, Martin Doyle, grabbed the third berth with rounds of 73 and 71 against the par of 72.
Four players ' Nick Flanagan, Shannon Beck, Andrew Tschudin and Nathan Green ' tied on 145 and went into a sudden-death play-off for the remaining place. Flanagan, the 2003 U.S. Amateur champion, and Beck, not long out of his time as a trainee professional, birdied the first play-off hole to see off the other two.
They halved the second in bogeys and Beck could not get up and down from a greenside bunker at the third and lost to Flanagans par.
It was a remarkable performance from Flanagan, 21, who was seriously ill with gastroenteritis last week and has played little golf since Christmas. 'It was very nerve wracking and I am tired after it,' he said. 'I have not been in a situation as tense as that for a while. It left me quite weak and a couple of kilograms lighter.'
'Now that I have made it, I am quite excited. I played in the Open at Troon last year as a result of winning the U.S. amateur and this time it will be as a pro, which will be quite a different experience. I have seen the Old Course but have not played it. Ill have to find a way to do that.'
Although twice the age of some of his rivals, few were surprised at Fowlers performance, given his Vijay Singh-like commitment to practice, fitness and preparation for tournaments.
'It was the first event of the year so I had to get myself into gear,' said the man who won the Australian Open and the Australian Match Play championships on the course in the 1980s. 'I came here five days early to get ready. The club has been very good to me. I have been able to get on to the course and do my practice around the members. I wanted to do well here and it has worked. I was thinking of trying to qualify at Sunningdale but this has been a good lead-up to the Victorian Open starting tomorrow and the Heikenen Classic at Royal Melbourne next week.'
Salas (62) leads LPGA's Indy Women in Tech
INDIANAPOLIS - Lizette Salas matched the Brickyard Crossing record with a 10-under 62 on Thursday in the Indy Women in Tech Championship, making birdie on the final three holes for a two-stroke lead over fast-starting Angel Yin and Japan's Nasa Hataoka.
Yin birdied eight of the first nine holes in her morning round for a front-nine 8-under 28 - one short of the LPGA Tour's nine-hole record. It matched the third-lowest nine-hole score in relation to par in tour history.
Salas eagled the par-5 second in the afternoon and added three straight birdies on Nos. 4-6. She birdied Nos. 12 and 14 before reeling off three more in a row to close, waiting out a late 77-minute suspension for an approaching storm.
Salas matched the course record set by Mike McCullough in the PGA Tour Champions' 1999 Comfort Classic.
Sordet opens with 62 to grab lead at Nordea Masters
GOTHENBURG, Sweden - Clement Sordet opened with four straight birdies to shoot 8-under 62 and take the first-round lead of the Nordea Masters on Thursday.
Sordet says ''I wasn't really focusing on the score, I was just enjoying it.''
The Frenchman, who shot his lowest European Tour round, has a two-stroke lead over Scott Jamieson of Scotland and Lee Slattery of England.
Hunter Stewart is the highest-placed American after a 5-under 65 left him on a four-way tie for fourth with Christofer Blomstrand, Tapio Pulkkanen and Richard Green.
Defending champion Renato Paratore's hopes of becoming the first player to successfully retain the title look in doubt after the Italian shot 9-over 79 at Hills Golf Club.
Peterson confirms plans to play Web.com Finals
After flirting with retirement for much of the summer, John Peterson confirmed that he will give it one more shot in the upcoming Web.com Tour Finals.
Peterson, 29, had planned to walk away from the game and begin a career in real estate in his native Texas if he failed to secure PGA Tour status before his medical extension expired. His T-13 finish last month at The Greenbrier appeared to be enough to net the former NCAA champ at least conditional status, but a closer look at the numbers revealed he missed out by 0.58 points in his last available start.
But Peterson was buoyed by the support he received from his peers at The Greenbrier, and when he got into the Barbasol Championship as a late alternate he decided to make the trip to the tournament. He tied for 21st that week in Kentucky, clinching enough non-member FedExCup points to grant him a spot in the four-event Finals.
Last month Peterson hinted that he would consider playing in the Finals, where 25 PGA Tour cards for the 2018-19 season will be up for grabs, and Thursday he confirmed in an Instagram post that he will give his pro career "one last push."
The Finals kick off next week in Ohio with the Nationwide Children's Hospital Championship and will conclude Sept. 20-23 with the Web.com Tour Championship. Peterson will be looking to rekindle his results from 2013, when he finished T-5 or better at each of the four Finals events while earning fully-exempt status as the top money earner.
Lyle honored with sand sculpture at Wyndham
Jarrod Lyle passed away last week at the age of 36 after losing his third battle with cancer.
And after a PGA Championship filled with tributes to the Australian, the Wyndham Championship found its own way to keep his legacy alive at the North Carolina Tour stop.
Next to the Wyndham Championship and PGA Tour logos carved into the sand on site at Sedgefield Country Club is Lyle's name and the "Leuk the Duck" mascot. The duck has become synonymous with Challenge, an organization that supports kids with cancer.
Fellow Aussie Stuart Appleby posted the display on social media:
Lyle was also remembered in a more traditional manner on the first tee, where his bag and trademark yellow bucket hat were prominently displayed.