Justin Rose in Hunt for Money Title

By Golf Channel NewsroomFebruary 5, 2002, 5:00 pm
Sunshine TourIn his continued bid to win the Sunshine Tour's Order of Merit money title, South Africa's Tim Clark will face a fresh challenge from Englishman Justin Rose when they tee it up in this week's Nashua Masters at the Wild Coast Sun Country Club in South Africa.
The reigning Bell's South African Open champion still heads the race after finishing tied for eighth in the Dimension Data Pro-Am last weekend. Clark aims to win the money list and claim the lucrative exemptions into the World Golf Championships American Express Championship and the British Open.
But Clark will have his job cut out in this week's event on the KwaZulu-Natal south coast.
Rose, who claimed his maiden European Tour victory in the Dunhill Championship at Houghton Golf Club, climbed into third place on the current money list, roughly 150,000 South African rands ($13,000) behind Clark.
Rose still has a distinct chance of overtaking Clark in the tight run for the title with Dimension Data champion Retief Goosen out of the running. Goosen, second on the current money list, returns to London for a well-deserved rest after his two recent victories.
A victory at the Nashua Masters could prove a vital check in light of the R317,000 ($27,400)on offer in the Tour Championship next week. If Rose can consistently outperform Clark in these two events, then his chances of topping the Order of Merit are strong.
The 156-man field at the scenic Wild Coast Sun Country Club will also feature defending champion Mark McNulty.
Although McNulty has struggled so far this summer, he showed an improved form at last week's Dimension Data Pro-Am at Sun City with a joint 11th finish.
Darren Fichardt, Bradford Vaughan and runner-up in the Dimension Data Pro-Am, Scotland's Scott Drummond round off a quality field for the penultimate event on the summer leg of the tour.
2001/2002 Sunshine Tour Order of Merit (Earnings in South African Rand)
1Tim Clark (RSA)
2Retief Goosen (RSA)
3Justin Rose (ENG)
4Martin Maritz (RSA)
5Steve Webster (ENG)
6Mark Foster (ENG)
7James Kingston (RSA)
8Ernie Els (RSA)
9Jonathan Lomas (ENG)
10Roger Wessels (RSA)
11David Park (WAL)
12Darren Fichardt (RSA)
14Simon Dyson (ENG)
19Paul McGinley (IRL)
26Scott Drummond (SCO)
27Mark McNulty (ZIM)

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Weather extends Barbasol to Monday finish

By Associated PressJuly 23, 2018, 12:25 am

NICHOLASVILLE, Ky. - A thunderstorm has suspended the fourth round of the PGA Tour's Barbasol Championship until Monday morning.

Sunday's third stoppage of play at Champions Trace at Keene Trace Golf Club came with the four leaders - Hunter Mahan, Robert Streb, Tom Lovelady and Troy Merritt at 18 under par - and four other contenders waiting to begin the round.

The tournament will resume at 7:30 a.m. on Monday. Lightning caused one delay, and play was stopped earlier in the afternoon to clear water that accumulated on the course following a morning of steady and sometimes-heavy rain.

Inclement weather has plagued the tournament throughout the weekend. The second round was completed Saturday morning after being suspended by thunderstorms late Friday afternoon.

The resumption will mark the PGA Tour's second Monday finish this season. Jason Day won the Farmers Insurance Open in January after darkness delayed the sixth playoff hole, and he needed just 13 minutes to claim the victory.

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Watch: Spectator films as Woods' shot hits him

By Will GrayJuly 23, 2018, 12:07 am

It was a collision watched by millions of fans on television, and one that came at a pivotal juncture as Tiger Woods sought to win The Open. It also gave Colin Hauck the story of a lifetime.

Hauck was among dozens of fans situated along the left side of the 11th hole during the final round at Carnoustie as the pairing of Woods and Francesco Molinari hit their approach shots. After 10 holes of nearly flawless golf, Woods missed the fairway off the tee and then pulled his iron well left of the target.

The ball made square contact with Hauck, who hours later tweeted a video showing the entire sequence - even as he continued to record after Woods' shot sent him tumbling to the ground:

The bounce initially appeared fortuitous for Woods, as his ball bounded away from thicker rough and back toward the green. But an ambitious flop shot came up short, and he eventually made a double bogey to go from leading by a shot to trailing by one. He ultimately shot an even-par 71, tying for sixth two shots behind Molinari.

For his efforts as a human shield, Hauck received a signed glove and a handshake from Woods - not to mention a firsthand video account that will be sure to spark plenty of conversations in the coming years.

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Molinari retirement plan: coffee, books and Twitter

By Will GrayJuly 22, 2018, 9:35 pm

After breaking through for his first career major, Francesco Molinari now has a five-year exemption on the PGA Tour, a 10-year exemption in Europe and has solidified his standing as one of the best players in the world.

But not too long ago, the 35-year-old Italian was apparently thinking about life after golf.

Shortly after Molinari rolled in a final birdie putt to close out a two-shot victory at The Open, fellow Tour player Wesley Bryan tweeted a picture of a note that he wrote after the two played together during the third round of the WGC-HSBC Champions in China in October. In it, Bryan shared Molinari's plans to retire as early as 2020 to hang out at cafes and "become a Twitter troll":

Molinari is active on the social media platform, with more than 5,600 tweets sent out to nearly 150,000 followers since joining in 2010. But after lifting the claret jug at Carnoustie, it appears one of the few downsides of Molinari's victory is that the golf world won't get to see the veteran turn into a caffeinated, well-read troll anytime soon.

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Molinari had previously avoided Carnoustie on purpose

By Rex HoggardJuly 22, 2018, 9:17 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Sometimes a course just fits a player’s eye. They can’t really describe why, but more often than not it leads to solid finishes.

Francesco Molinari’s relationship with Carnoustie isn’t like that.

The Italian played his first major at Carnoustie, widely considered the toughest of all The Open venues, in 2007, and his first impression hasn’t really changed.

“There was nothing comforting about it,” he said on Sunday following a final-round 69 that lifted him to a two-stroke victory.

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In fact, following that first exposure to the Angus coast brute, Molinari has tried to avoid Carnoustie, largely skipping the Dunhill Links Championship, one of the European Tour’s marquee events, throughout his career.

“To be completely honest, it's one of the reasons why I didn't play the Dunhill Links in the last few years, because I got beaten up around here a few times in the past,” he said. “I didn't particularly enjoy that feeling. It's a really tough course. You can try and play smart golf, but some shots, you just have to hit it straight. There's no way around it. You can't really hide.”

Molinari’s relative dislike for the layout makes his performance this week even more impressive considering he played his last 37 holes bogey-free.

“To play the weekend bogey-free, it's unthinkable, to be honest. So very proud of today,” he said.