Lady Blue Devils Capture ACC Championship
CLEMMONS, N.C.- The top-ranked Duke women's golf team continued one of the most impressive steaks in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) history on Sunday as the Blue Devils captured their ninth-straight ACC Championship with a 19-stroke victory at the Par 71, 6,348-yard Salem Glen Country Club.
The Blue Devils carded a school-record round of 11-under-par 273 on Sunday to finish with a three-day school-record total of 838. Duke finished ahead of Wake Forest (857), North Carolina (861), Florida State (887), Maryland (904) and Virginia (915). Duke picked up its 12th overall title in the 16 years the ACC has held the championship.
Duke's Brittany Lang became the ninth Blue Devil capture the ACC Individual title as the freshman fired a final round 68 to finish 9-under-par (204) for the weekend. The McKinney, Texas native posted three straight rounds in the 60's to win her third title of the spring.
Lang headed into the final round one stroke behind the reigning ACC Champion of North Carolina, Meaghan Francella. After nine holes on Sunday, Lang trailed Francella by two strokes before birding holes 10 and 13 to even the score. Lang went on to par the final five holes, but Francella bogied holes 15 and 18 to give Lang the two-stroke victory.
No Blue Devil posted a score above 72 on the day, led by Sunday's best round of 66 by sophomore Liz Janangelo. The West Hartford, Conn., product posted seven birdies on the day to finish fourth with a three-day total of 212, 1 under par. Both seniors Leigh Anne Hardin and Virada Nirapathpongporn finished the weekend with totals of 214, which was tied for seventh. Hardin, from Martinsville, Ind., finished with a 71 on the final day, while Nirapathpongporn, of Bangkok, Thailand, posted a 72.
After struggling on day two, freshman Anna Grzebien continued her dominance in the final round with a 68. The Narragansett, R.I., native finished tied for 11th with a 217.
For the tournament, Lang and Janangelo were tied for the lead with 13 birdies in three rounds along with Francella. Lang also dominated the par-4 holes over the weekend with a 7 under par score.
The golfers become the second Duke sport to win an ACC Championship in 2003-04 along with the women's basketball team. The Blue Devils will next play in the NCAA Regional at Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla., from May 6-8.
Head Coach Dan Brooks
'I always enjoy strong finishes, whether it be a strong front side or strong back nine. It shows a bright future when you finish strong like we did today. When you finish strong, you have the ability to focus and play well,' said Duke head coach Dan Brooks.
'The course was in great condition and very score able this weekend. The scores we put out there today are what we should be shooting on this course.'
'It was a lot of fun out there today and nobody likes to win more than we do.'
Weather extends Barbasol to Monday finish
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.
Watch: Spectator films as Woods' shot hits him
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.
Molinari retirement plan: coffee, books and Twitter
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.
Molinari had previously avoided Carnoustie on purpose
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.
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.