Northwestern Wins Big TenPac 10 Challenge

By Golf Channel NewsroomOctober 7, 2005, 4:00 pm
Courtesy of NUsports.com
 
NCAAGLENVIEW, Ill. -- With three birdies on his last four holes, Northwestern's David Merkow came from behind to capture the individual title at this year's Big Ten/Pac-10 Challenge, and in the process, help the Wildcats claim the team title by three strokes over Minnesota.
 
It was the 19th tournament championship that Northwestern has won under 10th-year head coach Pat Goss.
 
Merkow, who carded a 4-under 68 for the third round and a career-best 7-under 209 (71-70-68) for the tournament, edged Washington's James Lepp, the 2005 NCAA champion, by a single stroke. Minnesota's Antti Ahokas and Arizona State's Niklas Lemke finished two strokes back. Northwestern's Chris Wilson and Arizona State's Alejandro Canizares, the first Big Ten/Pac-10 Challenge winner and 2003 NCAA champion, both finished 3-under and four strokes behind Merkow.
 
After opening the final round with an eagle on the par-5 first hole, Merkow ran into trouble on No. 3 and 4, where he recorded back-to-back double bogeys. But after those two holes, he played flawless golf the remainder of the round, notching seven pars and six birdies.
 
'David just played some tremendous golf against a tremendous field,' said Goss. 'I'm really proud of the way he performed and maintained his composure after a couple tough holes.'
 
Wilson fired a 1-under 71 and moved from seventh to fifth on the final day. His birdie on his final hole helped the Wildcats seal their team championship over the Gophers.
 
Northwestern received strong final rounds from seniors Dillon Dougherty and Bryson Young, who both carded 1-over 73's. Dougherty finished 23rd with a 4-over 220 (73-74-73) and Young placed 35th at 7-over (74-76-73=223). Sophomore Dan Doyle placed 35th as well with a 7-over 223 (70-75-78).
 
Northwestern's Kyle Moore, who was participating as an individual, fired an even-par 72 on Tuesday and placed 53rd (79-77-72=228).
 
In the conference challenge, the Big Ten Conference defeated the Pacific-10, and evened the series at 1-1. Each conference counted its six low scores for each round.
 
Team Results:
1 Northwestern -4 (286 289 285 = 860)
2 Minnesota -1 (294 282 287 = 863)
3 Arizona State U. +1 (288 285 292 = 865)
4 UCLA +4 (293 283 292 = 868)
5 Washington +10 (289 298 287 = 874)
6 Ohio State Univ. +13 (287 294 296 = 877)
T7 Arizona +14 (296 290 292 = 878)
T7 Michigan State +14 (290 298 290 = 878)
9 Purdue +18 (298 284 300 = 882)
10 Illinois +21 (290 301 294 = 885)
11 Indiana University +22 (293 294 299 = 886)
12 Southern California +35 (293 297 309 = 899 )
13 Oregon, U. of +41 (305 304 296 = 905 )
14 California, U. of +56 (298 310 312 = 920)
 
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    Kisner doubles 18, defends not laying up

    By Rex HoggardJuly 20, 2018, 6:42 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – It was only fitting that Jean Van de Velde was there working as an on-course reporter on Friday as Kevin Kisner struggled his way up Carnoustie’s 18th fairway.

    Rolling along with a two-stroke lead, Kisner’s 8-iron approach shot from an awkward lie in the rough from 160 yards squirted right and bounced into Barry Burn, the winding creek where Van de Velde’s title chances at the 1999 Open Championship began to erode.

    Unlike Van de Velde, who made a triple bogey-7 and lost The Open in a playoff, Kisner’s double bogey only cost him the solo lead and he still has 36 holes to make his closing miscue a distant memory. That’s probably why the 34-year-old seemed at ease with his plight.


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    “It just came out like a high flop shot to the right. It was weird. I don't know if it caught something or what happened,” said Kisner, who was tied with Zach Johnson and Zander Lombard at 6 under par. “You never know out of that grass. It was in a different grass than usual. It was wet, green grass instead of the brown grass. So I hadn't really played from that too much.”

    Like most in this week’s field Kisner also understands that rounds on what is widely considered the most difficult major championship venue can quickly unravel even with the most innocent of mistakes.

    “To play 35 holes without a double I thought was pretty good,” he said. “I've kept the ball in play, done everything I wanted to do all the way up into that hole. Just one of those things that came out completely different than we expected. I'll live with that more than chipping out and laying up from 20 feet.”

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    Wind, not rain more a weekend factor at Open

    By Mercer BaggsJuly 20, 2018, 6:39 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – After a half-day of rain in Round 2 of the 147th Open Championship, the weekend offers a much drier forecast.

    Saturday at Carnoustie is projected to be mostly cloudy with a high of 62 degrees and only a 20 percent chance of rain.


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    Sunday calls for much warmer conditions, with temperatures rising upwards of 73 degrees under mostly cloudy skies.

    Wind might be the only element the players have to factor in over the final 36 holes. While the winds will be relatively calm on Saturday, expected around 10-15 mph, they could increase to 25 mph in the final round.

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    Van Rooyen holes putt after ball-marker ruling

    By Ryan LavnerJuly 20, 2018, 4:50 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Erik van Rooyen was surveying his 10-footer for par, trying to get a feel for the putt, when his putter slipped out of his hand and dropped onto his ball marker.

    The question, then, was whether that accident caused his coin to move.

    The rules official looked at various camera angles but none showed definitively whether his coin moved. The ruling was made to continue from where his coin was now positioned, with no penalty.


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    This was part of the recent rules changes, ensuring there is no penalty if the ball or ball maker is accidently moved by the player. The little-used rule drew attention in 2010, when Ian Poulter accidentally dropped his ball on his marker in Dubai and wound up losing more than $400,000 in bonus and prize money.

    After the delay to sort out his ruling Friday, van Rooyen steadied himself and made the putt for par, capping a day in which he shot even-par 71 and kept himself in the mix at The Open. He was at 4-under 138, just two shots off the clubhouse lead.

    “I wanted to get going and get this 10-footer to save par, but I think having maybe just a couple minutes to calm me down, and then I actually got a different read when I sat down and looked at it again,” he said. “Good putt. Happy to finish that way.”

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    Lyle birdies last hole in likely his final Open start

    By Ryan LavnerJuly 20, 2018, 4:32 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – If this was Sandy Lyle’s final Open appearance, he went out in style.

    Playing on the final year of his automatic age exemption, the 60-year-old Scot buried a 30-foot birdie on the last hole. He missed the cut after shooting 9-over 151 over two rounds.

    “I was very light-footed,” he said. “I was on cloud nine walking down the 18th. To make birdie was extra special.”


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    Lyle, who also won the 1988 Masters, has missed the cut in his last eight majors, dating to 2014. He hasn’t been competitive in The Open since 1998, when he tied for 19th.

    To continue playing in The Open, Lyle needed to finish in the top 10 here at Carnoustie. He’d earn a future exemption by winning the Senior British Open.

    “More punishment,” he said.