Plaphol Takes Over Solo Lead in China

By Golf Channel NewsroomNovember 25, 2005, 5:00 pm
2005 Volve China OpenJIANGSU, China -- Chawalit Plaphol posted a 5-under 67 on Friday to take the lead midway through the Volvo China Open. He stands at 12-under-par 132 and is three ahead at Shenzhen Golf Club.
 
France's Francois Delamontagne, who shared the opening-round lead with Plaphol, carded a 2-under 70 and is tied for second place with England's Oliver Wilson, who shot a five-under 67 on Friday. The pair is knotted at minus-9.
 
Plaphol, whose first-round 65 established a new course record at Shenzhen Golf Club, began on the back nine Friday. He collected his first birdie at the par- five 12th from six feet out, then added another at 18 from slightly closer.
 
On the first hole, Plaphol hit an eight-iron to six feet and converted the birdie putt. He dropped his only shot at the par-four sixth when his wedge approach missed the green, but the rest was spectacular, thanks to his iron game.
 
All three of his additional birdies came from inside six feet. Plaphol's last birdie, at the eighth, was a six-footer that gave him a three-shot lead and a share of the tournament's 36-hole record, originally set by David Gleeson in the 2002 event.
 
'I birdied all the par-fives today and it's helped me over the last two days,' said Plaphol, who can become the third Thai golfer to win a co-sanctioned event between The European Tour and the Asian Tour. 'The key here is to hit fairways. If I have a chance to attack the course, then I will go for it. Otherwise, I will play it safe when necessary at the weekend.'
 
Plaphol has two career victories, neither on the European Tour, and played well in this event last year. He tied for third behind Stephen Dodd.
 
'I won an Asian Tour event in 1998 and in Japan last year, but I would love to win a European Tour event,' admitted Plaphol. 'I just have to keep playing well and hope that happens.'
 
Delamontagne was one-over through six holes, then got it going. He birdied three in a row from the seventh to reach nine-under par for the championship, but fatigue caught up with the Frenchman.
 
He parred his entire back nine and in addition to high temperatures, had another reason for running out of gas on the second nine Friday.
 
'I think I possibly had too much sleep last night,' he said. 'I was really tired, but I had about 11 hours in total which I think was too much and made it difficult for me to shake myself awake. I think I will have to cut down a little tonight and get to the course earlier tomorrow for some practice as I really have to try and sort out my driving.'
 
Wilson mixed seven birdies and two bogeys for his 67.
 
Simon Yates posted his second four-under 68 in as many days and is alone in fourth place at eight-under-par 136. Ross Fisher of England also fashioned a round of 68 on Friday and has sole possession of fifth place at seven-under- par 137.
 
Jyoti Randhawa (67) and Miles Tunnicliff (70) share sixth place at minus-six. Shiv Kapur (70) and Terry Pilkadaris (71) are knotted in eighth at five-under- par 139.
 
Paul Casey and Asian Tour Order of Merit leader Thaworn Wiratchant are part of a large group tied for 10th place at minus-four.
 
Dodd, who teamed with Bradley Dredge last week to win the World Cup for Wales, shot a one-under 71 and is tied for 25th place at two-under-par 142.
 
The 36-hole cut fell at even-par 144 and 67 players made it to the weekend.
 
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    Storms halt Barbasol before Lincicome tees off

    By Associated PressJuly 20, 2018, 11:29 pm

    NICHOLASVILLE, Ky. - Brittany Lincicome will have to wait until the weekend to resume her bid to make the cut in a PGA Tour event.

    Overnight storms delayed the start of the second round Friday in the Barbasol Championship, and an afternoon thunderstorm suspended competition for good. The round will resume Saturday morning with much of the field still to play.

    The second stoppage at Champions Trace at Keene Trace Golf Club came 20 minutes before Lincicome's scheduled tee time.

    Lincicome was near the bottom of the field after opening with a 6-over 78 on Thursday. The first LPGA player since Michelle Wie in 2008 to start a PGA Tour event, she needs a huge rebound to join Babe Zaharias (1945) as the only female players to make the cut.

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    Third-round tee times for the 147th Open

    By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 20, 2018, 9:05 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Eighteen major champions made the cut at The Open and will be playing the weekend at Carnoustie, including 60-year-old ageless wonder Bernhard Langer, and both major champs so far this year, Patrick Reed and Brooks Koepka.

    Twenty-four-year-old Gavin Green will be first off solo Saturday at 4:15 a.m. ET. Reed and Rhys Enoch will follow along 10 minutes later.


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    Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods, both at even par for the tournament, six shots behind leaders Zach Johnson and Kevin Kisner, are in consecutive groups. Mickelson is playing with Austin Cook at 8:05 a.m. and Woods is with South Africa’s Shaun Norris at 8:15 a.m.

    Jordan Spieth and Rickie Fowler, both three shots off the lead, are also in consecutive groups. Fowler is at 10 a.m. with Thorbjorn Olesen and Spieth is 10 minutes later with Kevin Chappell. Rory McIlroy, looking to win his first major since the 2014 PGA Championship, is at 10:40 a.m. with Xander Schauffele. McIlroy is two shots behind.

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    4:35AM ET: Kiradech Aphibarnrat, Justin Rose

    4:45AM ET: Yusaku Miyazato, Tyrrell Hatton

    4:55AM ET: Ross Fisher, Keegan Bradley

    5:05AM ET: Ryan Fox, Jason Dufner

    5:15AM ET: Bryson DeChambeau, Henrik Stenson

    5:25AM ET: Tom Lewis, Sam Locke (a)

    5:35AM ET: Paul Casey, Chris Wood

    5:45AM ET: Bernhard Langer, Rafa Cabrera Bello

    6:00AM ET: Paul Dunne, Brett Rumford

    6:10AM ET: Masahiro Kawamura, Shubhankar Sharma

    6:20AM ET: Cameron Smith, Brendan Steele

    6:30AM ET: Marc Leishman, Lee Westwood

    6:40AM ET: Byeong Hun An, Kevin Na

    6:50AM ET: Julian Suri, Adam Hadwin

    7:00AM ET: Gary Woodland, Si-Woo Kim

    7:10AM ET: Yuta Ikeda, Satoshi Kodaira

    7:20AM ET: Marcus Kinhult, Thomas Pieters

    7:30AM ET: Beau Hossler, Haotong Li

    7:45AM ET: Cameron Davis, Sean Crocker

    7:55AM ET: Louis Oosthuizen, Stewart Cink

    8:05AM ET: Phil Mickeslon, Austin Cook

    8:15AM ET: Tiger Woods, Shaun Norris

    8:25AM ET: Lucas Herbert, Michael Kim

    8:35AM ET: Jason Day, Francesco Molinari

    8:45AM ET: Sung Kang, Webb Simpson

    8:55AM ET: Patrick Cantlay, Eddie Pepperell

    9:05AM ET: Matthew Southgate, Brooks Koepka

    9:15AM ET: Kyle Stanley, Adam Scott

    9:30AM ET: Charley Hoffman, Alex Noren

    9:40AM ET: Ryan Moore, Brandon Stone

    9:50AM ET: Luke List, Danny Willett

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    10:10AM ET: Jordan Spieth, Kevin Chappell

    10:20AM ET: Zander Lombard, Tony Finau

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    By Rex HoggardJuly 20, 2018, 8:12 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Before, during and after the Fourth of July, Rickie Fowler missed a few appointments with his razor.

    He arrived in the United Kingdom for last week’s Scottish Open still unshaved and he tied for sixth place. Fowler, like most golfers, can give in to superstition, so he's decided to keep the caveman look going for this week’s Open Championship.

    “There could be some variations,” he smiled following his round on Friday at Carnoustie.


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    At this rate, he may never shave again. Fowler followed an opening 70 with a 69 on Friday to move into a tie for 11th place, just three strokes off the lead.

    Fowler also has some friendly competition in the beard department, with his roommate this week Justin Thomas also going for the rugged look.

    “I think he kind of followed my lead in a way. I think he ended up at home, and he had a little bit of scruff going. It's just fun,” Fowler said. “We mess around with it. Obviously, not taking it too seriously. But like I said, ended up playing halfway decent last week, so I couldn't really shave it off going into this week.”

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    By Ryan LavnerJuly 20, 2018, 7:55 pm

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    “I don’t know if I actually regrouped,” he said. “It more kind of fires me up a little.”


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    Spieth missed more than half of his fairways in the second round, but he was able to play his approach shots from the proper side of the hole. Sure, he “stole a few,” particularly with unlikely birdies on Nos. 10 and 11 after errant drives, but he took advantage and put himself in position to defend his claret jug.

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