Open Opportunity in Madison

By Golf Channel NewsroomSeptember 29, 2003, 4:00 pm
Though lacking the sizzle of the star-studded WGC-American Express Championship, this week's Southern Farm Bureau Classic still has a bunker full of familiar faces to keep things interesting as the PGA Tour heads down the stretch of its season.
 
Two of the more familiar faces, and the two you better get use to seeing over the course of the next year, are 2004 Ryder Cup captains Hal Sutton and Bernhard Langer. Both men still possess a highly competitive fire, and each time they face each other on the golf course from now until the matches next year at Oakland Hills, look for both to give it their best.
 
John Daly, a double major winner and crowd favorite, is also scheduled to appear. Coming off his recent withdrawal from the 84 Lumber Classic due to dehydration and chills, Daly will once again get back on the horse and do what he does best - and that's hit the golf ball a long way.
 
Another familiar face - big smile, white teeth - that has slipped off the radar somewhat is Matt Kuchar. Currently 174th on the money list, Kuchar has missed his last six cuts and 14 overall in his 22 starts in 2003. A high finish this week would turn around an otherwise dismal season for the former U.S. Amateur champion.
 
Notah Begay, a former Stanford teammate of Tiger Woods and a star in the making before back injuries befell him, hopes to secure his card for next year by continuing his steady move up the money list. A tie for eighth at the recent John Deere Classic moved him from hovering around the 125 spot to the 103rd position.
 
A face the golfing public was set to become accustomed with before mononucleosis derailed him last year, Ty Tryon is still struggling to make his mark on the highest level. Consistency is a key on tour and the young Tryon is still trying to keep the high numbers off his scorecard. A tie for 10th earlier in the year at the Bay Hill Invitational again showed his promise, but 14 missed cuts in 17 events highlights his uneven play.
 
For these and other players teeing it up in Madison, there is no better time than a week like this - when the Tigers, Ernies and Phils are out of the mix - to use the opportunity to salvage a season or to right a ship that has, for one reason or another, drifted off course.
 
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    Texas Open purse payout: Landry doubles earnings

    By Golf Channel DigitalApril 23, 2018, 11:42 am

    Andrew Landry won the Valero Texas Open for his first career PGA Tour victory. In the process, he doubled his season earnings. Here's a look at how the purse was paid out at TPC San Antonio.

    1 Andrew Landry -17 $1,116,000
    T2 Trey Mullinax -15 $545,600
    T2 Sean O'Hair -15 $545,600
    4 Jimmy Walker -14 $297,600
    5 Zach Johnson -13 $248,000
    6 Joaquin Niemann -12 $223,200
    7 Ryan Moore -11 $207,700
    T8 Chris Kirk -10 $179,800
    T8 Andrew Putnam -10 $179,800
    T8 Kevin Streelman -10 $179,800
    T11 Ben Crane -9 $136,400
    T11 Billy Horschel -9 $136,400
    T11 Martin Laird -9 $136,400
    T11 Richy Werenski -9 $136,400
    15 Brandt Snedeker -8 $111,600
    T16 Aaron Baddeley -7 $96,100
    T16 David Hearn -7 $96,100
    T16 Grayson Murray -7 $96,100
    T16 Vaughn Taylor -7 $96,100
    T20 Dylan Frittelli -5 $67,167
    T20 Retief Goosen -5 $67,167
    T20 Chesson Hadley -5 $67,167
    T20 Denny McCarthy -5 $67,167
    T20 Johnson Wagner -5 $67,167
    T20 Nick Watney -5 $67,167
    T26 Corey Conners -4 $46,810
    T26 Jim Furyk -4 $46,810
    T26 Keith Mitchell -4 $46,810
    T26 J.J. Spaun -4 $46,810
    T30 Kevin Chappell -3 $37,665
    T30 Austin Cook -3 $37,665
    T30 Ernie Els -3 $37,665
    T30 Jamie Lovemark -3 $37,665
    T30 J.T. Poston -3 $37,665
    T30 Brendan Steele -3 $37,665
    T36 Zac Blair -2 $26,694
    T36 Harris English -2 $26,694
    T36 Jason Kokrak -2 $26,694
    T36 Nicholas Lindheim -2 $26,694
    T36 Troy Merritt -2 $26,694
    T36 Sam Ryder -2 $26,694
    T36 Ollie Schniederjans -2 $26,694
    T36 Brian Stuard -2 $26,694
    T36 Kevin Tway -2 $26,694
    T45 Keegan Bradley -1 $17,732
    T45 K.J. Choi -1 $17,732
    T45 Si Woo Kim -1 $17,732
    T45 Hunter Mahan -1 $17,732
    T45 Ben Martin -1 $17,732
    T45 Ben Silverman -1 $17,732
    T51 Ricky Barnes E $14,508
    T51 Zecheng Dou E $14,508
    T51 Beau Hossler E $14,508
    T51 Matt Kuchar E $14,508
    T51 Danny Lee E $14,508
    T51 David Lingmerth E $14,508
    T51 Graeme McDowell E $14,508
    T58 Abraham Ancer 1 $13,578
    T58 Lanto Griffin 1 $13,578
    T58 Anirban Lahiri 1 $13,578
    T58 Adam Schenk 1 $13,578
    T58 Daniel Summerhays 1 $13,578
    T58 Julian Suri 1 $13,578
    T64 Joshua Creel 2 $12,958
    T64 Charley Hoffman 2 $12,958
    T64 Peter Malnati 2 $12,958
    T64 Andrew Yun 2 $12,958
    T68 Matt Atkins 4 $12,462
    T68 Steve Marino 4 $12,462
    T68 Rod Pampling 4 $12,462
    T68 Michael Thompson 4 $12,462
    72 Ethan Tracy 8 $12,152
    MDF Cameron Champ 2 $11,966
    MDF Xander Schauffele 2 $11,966
    MDF Joel Dahmen 3 $11,594
    MDF Bill Haas 3 $11,594
    MDF Brandon Harkins 3 $11,594
    MDF Hudson Swafford 3 $11,594
    MDF John Senden 4 $11,284
    MDF Brice Garnett 8 $11,160
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    M. Jutanugarn finally joins sister in LPGA winner's circle

    By Associated PressApril 23, 2018, 1:42 am

    LOS ANGELES - Moriya Jutanugarn won the Hugel-JTBC L.A. Open by two shots for her first victory in six years on the LPGA Tour, joining sister Ariya as the second siblings to win on the tour.

    The 23-year-old from Thailand shot a 3-under 68 for a 12-under 272 total Sunday at Wilshire Country Club in the tour's return to Los Angeles after a 13-year absence.

    Jutanugarn won in her 156th start after three career runner-up finishes, including at the Honda LPGA Thailand in February. She had 21 top-10 finishes before winning.

    Seven-time winner Ariya tied for 24th after a 70. She joined the predominantly Asian crowd to follow her older sister's final holes, crying as Moriya two-putted to close out the win.

    Annika and Charlotta Sorenstam were the first sisters to win on the LPGA Tour.

    Hall of Famer Inbee Park shot a 68 to tie for second with Jin Young Ko (70).

    Park had opportunities, but she wasn't able to put pressure on Jutanugarn playing in the final threesome. However, Park will return to No. 1 in the world when the rankings come out Monday, knocking off top-ranked Shenshen Fang, who tied for 12th.


    Full-field scores from the Hugel-JTBC Open


    Jutanugarn began the final round with a two-shot lead and never wavered in fulfilling the potential she first displayed as the LPGA Rookie of the Year in 2013. After a birdie at the second hole, she reeled off nine consecutive pars before sinking birdie putts at 12 and 13.

    She overcame a tee shot that narrowly missed going out of bounds for another birdie at 15 to lead by three.

    Jutanugarn ran into trouble on the par-4 16th. Her approach landed on the green and rolled off it, stopping inches from dropping into a bunker. Her chip shot ran well past the hole and her par putt just missed catching the edge of the cup. That left her with a short putt for bogey, her first in her previous 28 holes, trimming her lead to two shots.

    Ko's tee shot on 18 landed about 4 feet from the hole, giving her a chance to cut Jutanugarn's lead to one shot with the Thai facing a long birdie attempt.

    But Ko missed, leaving Jutanugarn room to maneuver. Her birdie putt came up a couple feet short, but she calmly parred the hole to win. Ariya rushed onto the green and joined others in emptying water bottles on her sister before they embraced.

    So Yeon Ryu (68) finished fourth at 7 under. American Emma Talley (67) and Eun-Hee Ji (71) tied for fifth at 6 under, making Ji one of four South Koreans to place in the top five.

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    After Further Review: Tour players embracing new ideas

    By Golf Channel DigitalApril 23, 2018, 1:26 am

    Each week, GolfChannel.com takes a look back at the week in golf. Here's what's weighing on our writers' minds.

    On players embracing new ideas on the PGA Tour ...

    PGA Tour players are trying to tell commissioner Jay Monahan something: They like new.

    In the second year of the two-man team format at the Zurich Classic, 10 of the top 14 players in the world have signed up, including all four reigning major champions. It’s the first time all four have been in the same field since the Tour Championship. If the laid-back event offered world-ranking points – it doesn’t, and that’s part of the appeal – the winner would have received 62 points. That’s the same as the Genesis Open.

    Sure, some sponsor obligations are involved in boosting the field here, but there’s no other way to look at this: Today’s PGA Tour players are not only willing to play events that are a departure from the 72-hole, stroke-play norm. They’re encouraging it. - Ryan Lavner


    On Moriya Jutanugarn's breakthrough win ...

    As much love as there is between the Jutanugarn sisters, it couldn’t have been easy for Moriya, watching her baby sister, Ariya, soar past her as one of the LPGA’s dominant stars the last few years. Mo, though, never betrayed an inkling of frustration or envy.

    That’s what made Mo’s breakthrough LPGA victory Sunday at the Hugel-JTBC LA Open especially meaningful for everyone who has admired Mo’s devotion to her sister. Mo was always a fixture, waiting in the wings to celebrate whenever Ariya hoisted a trophy.

    So emotions were high late Sunday, with Ariya waiting in the wings this time, with Ariya sobbing in Mo’s arms after the victory was secured. It was heartwarming for more than Apple, the mother who raised these talented, loving sisters. As always, Apple was there, too, soaking both her daughters in tears of joy. – Randall Mell


    On the tough scheduling decisions facing the PGA Tour ...

    According to multiple sources, officials at Colonial are poised to announce a new sponsorship agreement with Charles Schwab Corporation on Monday.

    While this is good news for the folks in Fort Worth, Texas, who were in danger of finding themselves on the wrong side of timing, there remain some tough decisions to be made in the next few weeks.

    If the PGA Tour’s plan is to end its season before Labor Day beginning in 2019, something must give. Currently, the Houston Open, a staple on Tour since 1946, and The National are without sponsors. When the music stops in a few weeks and the circuit announces the ’19 schedule, there’s a good chance one, or both, of those events will be the victims of bad timing. – Rex Hoggard

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    Triplett hole-out wins Legends of Golf playoff

    By Associated PressApril 23, 2018, 12:12 am

    RIDGEDALE, Mo. - Kirk Triplett holed out from a bunker for birdie on the first playoff hole Sunday in the Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf to lift himself and partner Paul Broadhurst past Bernhard Langer and Tom Lehman.

    ''Well, you're trying to make it, but you know realistically it doesn't go in very often,'' Triplett said. ''You're trying to give your partner a free run at it. You don't want to hit it up there 20 feet past or do something silly. I'm just trying to hit it the right distance and get it on the right line.''

    Langer and Lehman took it in stride.

    ''You kind of learn to expect it,'' Lehman said. ''These guys out here are so good and Kirk Triplett is a magician around the greens. The odds of making that shot are probably not good, but you certainly expect him to hit a great shot and he did and it went in.''

    Lehman and Langer missed birdie putts after Triplett holed out.

    ''I kind of felt like we both hit pretty good putts, misread them, both of them,'' Lehman said. ''I hit mine probably too hard and Bernhard's was too soft, but you have to hand it to the guys who hit the shot when they have to hit it.''


    Full-field scores from the Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf


    Broadhurst and Triplett closed with a 6-under 48 on the Top of the Rock par-3 course to match Langer and Lehman at 24 under. Langer and Lehman had a 47, playing the front nine in alternate shot and the back nine in better ball.

    The 56-year-old Triplett won his sixth PGA Tour Champions title.

    ''That's a big roller-coaster - three good shots and mine, right?'' Triplett said. ''I'm feeling a little dejected walking down that fairway there, a little sheepish. To knock it in it just reminds you, this game, you know, crazy stuff.''

    Broadhurst claimed his third senior victory.

    ''I don't get too emotional, but that was something special,'' the 52-year-old Englishman said.

    Spanish stars Miguel Angel Jimenez and Jose Maria Olazabal had a 48 to tie for third with 2017 winners Vijay Singh and Carlos Franco. Singh and Franco, the third-round leaders, shot 50.

    Mark Calcavecchia-Woody Austin (48), John Daly-Michael Allen (49), Steve Stricker-Jerry Kelly (50) and David Toms-Steve Flesch (52) tied for fifth at 20 under.