Lovely 62 Gives Davis the Lead
Love recorded 10 birdies Friday en route to a bogey-free 62 at Callaway Gardens Resort in Pine Mountain, Ga. He stands at 14-under 130, one shot clear of Vijay Singh and Chris DiMarco through the second round of the Buick Challenge.
Check out Davis Love III's scorecard
Thats the best I have hit it all year, Love said. I made a few putts but I also missed a bunch of putts.
This was a big day. I got myself back in it.
DiMarco needed only 22 putts on the Mountain View course. His round included a hole-out (8-iron from 165 yards) for eagle at the par-4 3rd, and a pair of chip-in birdies at Nos. 5 and 7.
Singh followed an opening 64 with a second-round 67. The Fijian shared the 18-hole lead with Australian Geoff Ogilvy, who floundered on Friday.
Ogilvy was 15 strokes higher in round two than in round one, shooting a 7-over 79. Ogilvy finished 36 holes at 1-under, and went from co-leader to a missed cut.
Per-Ulrik Johansson is five off the lead after shooting 2-under 70. The Swede is trying to secure his spot on the tour next season. He is currently in 122nd place on the money list; with only one tournament remaining on the schedule after this week, and the top 125 players on the money list receiving their tour cards for 2002.
Defending champion David Duval (69) is six back at 8-under.
Current 2001 PGA Tour money list
Love has played incredibly of late, posting 11 straight sub-70 rounds, including a final-round 61 in the Invensys Classic, two weeks ago.
Last week, Love played in the final group at the National Car Rental Classic. But despite a Sunday 66, he finished runner-up to Jose Coceres.
That marked the fourth time this season Love has been in the final group on Sunday and failed to garner victory. His lone win of the season came in Februarys AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, where he overcame a seven-shot deficit with a final-round 63.
Singh, on the other hand, is still vying for his first win this season on the PGA Tour. He has eight top-5 finishes and over $3.2 million in earnings, but no titles; though, he did win once in Malaysia and once in Singapore
Singh, whose last tour victory was the 2000 Masters Tournament, is trying to avoid his first winless season since 1996.
Friday, he made seven birdies and two bogeys - good scoring until compared to that by Love.
Love made five birdies on both the inward and outward halves, and never sniffed a bogey.
Hes played his last seven rounds in 47-under.
Love has quite a fondness for this event, as well. In 1997, the Sea Island resident won here, one week removed from an embarrassing 0-4 record in the Ryder Cup.
This is the final event prior to the season-ending Tour Championship. With the top 30 players on the money list qualifying for the $5 million event, Jesper Parnevik (No. 31) trails Kenny Perry (No. 30) by $676.
Parnevik kept alive his chances of catching Perry by eagling the par-5 15th and birdieing the par-4 18th to make the cut on the number at 2-under-par 142. Hes one shot back of Perry, who shot a second-round 70.
Heres how players on the top-30 and top-125 bubbles are faring through two rounds:
Tour Championship Bubble
27. Steve Lowery-2T62
28. Stewart Cink -5T22
29. Steve StrickerDNS
30. Kenny Perry-3T44
31. Jesper Parnevik-2T62
32. Kevin Sutherland-5T22
33. Jose Coceres-3T44
34. Jerry Kelly EvenMC
35. Rocco MediateWD
36. Paul Azinger-4T31
122. Per-Ulrik Johansson-98
123. Bradley Hughes-5T22
124. Brandt Jobe+3MC
125. Spike McRoy-3T44
126. Fred Couples*DNS
127. Brad Elder-2T62
128. Paul Goydos+2MC
129. Pete Jordan+10MC
130. Ian Leggatt+2MC
131. Tom Byrum-4T31
*Exempt through 2006 due to 1996 Players Championship victory
Full-field scores from the Buick Challenge
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.