Kentucky Moves into First in Central Regional

By Golf Channel NewsroomMay 22, 2004, 4:00 pm
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College CentralWEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. ' The Kentucky mens golf team played like a team on a mission in the second round of the NCAA Central Region Championships. The Cats (298-285=583) posted a tournament-best 285 score on day two to move ahead of Oklahoma State (287-298=585) for first place after 36 holes of the tournament. Juniors Brandon Waldrop (70-70=140) and John Holmes (73-70=143) posted a pair of 70 scores and sit in 1st and tied for 3rd, respectively.
We got off to an extremely fast start on the front nine today, said Kentucky coach Brian Craig. We came out and playing with confidence and poise.
The Wildcats were one of the first teams to tee off on day two, but play was slowed by rain, lightening and windy conditions. However, the conditions didnt seem to affect UK on the front nine as four Cats went out under par. After the first nine holes, the Cats were 7 under par and blowing away the rest of the field.
The wind started to pick up and then we had the rain delay, Craig said. When we hit the back nine it was much more difficult. We still hung in there and played very well only giving up a few shots here and there.
UK was the only team of the day to finish under par with its 3-under par 285. The next best team performance was Oklahoma (305-294=599), which shot a 6-over par 294.
Waldrop, who has played as Kentuckys No. 4 player most of the season, has been the biggest surprise of the tournament thus far. The Louisville, Ky., native hasnt finished higher than eighth place this season, yet he has a chance to take home top honors in UKs biggest tournament to date. Waldrop leads Jason Hartwick (Texas) by two strokes heading into the third and final round.
It looks to me that Brandons maturity level has skyrocketed looking at how he has conducted himself with his pre-shot routine and approach to each shot, Craig said. He looks like a professional out there as opposed to a college player. He hits the ball well all the time, but the way he has handled himself has been remarkable and translated into two terrific rounds of golf. We are real proud of him, he is right in there and it is good to see him play well.
'I just stuck to my game plan of trying to hit the fairways, Waldrop said. With these roughs, its tough to get anything out of them, so the best bet is to hit the fairways. The course is very tough, but I thought it actually played a little easier today. We had a talk last night about picking up our games and trying to catch Oklahoma State.'
Holmes, a three-time All-Southeastern Conference selection and Kentuckys No. 1 player, is also in the hunt for the individual championship. The junior moved to within three strokes of the lead after trailing by four strokes at the beginning of the day.
John played very well yesterday with the exception of one bad swing, Craig said. Today, he played beautiful all day and probably shot the highest score he could have shot. He is a terrific player and he has his A game right now. He will be knocking on the door tomorrow trying to win it. He is due for something like that.
The Cats also got a lift from Matt Wells (76-72=148), who played an even-par 72 in the second round and Mark Blakefield (79-73=152) turned in a 1-over par 73. Tyler Wilson (81-77=158) rounded out Kentuckys lineup with a 77.
Overall, I feel pretty good about getting through the circumstances, the stage and the golf course, Craig said. I think 285 will prove to be an exceptional round of golf especially considering the weather conditions. Im real happy with the guys. They deserve this and have worked hard for it.
Top 10 Team Standings
1 Univ. of Kentucky 298-285=583
2 Oklahoma State 287-298=585
3 Univ. of Texas 298-296=594
4 Texas A&M 292-303=595
5 Purdue 295-302=597
6 Univ. of Oklahoma 305-294=599
7 Southern Methodist 302-299=601
T8 Wichita State 302-300=602
T8 Texas Christian 305-297=602
T10 Univ. of Minnesota 302-303=605
T10 Kansas State 300-305=605
Top Five Individuals
1 Brandon Waldrop (Kentucky) 70-70=140
2 Jason Hartwick (Texas) 69-73=142
3 John Holmes (Kentucky) 73-70=143
Andrew Parr (Texas A&M) 69-74=143
Casey Wittenberg (Oklahoma State) 69-74=143
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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.