Texas Claims Third-Straight Big 12 Title

By Golf Channel NewsroomApril 28, 2004, 4:00 pm
Courtesy of texassports.com
 
College CentralHUTCHINSON, Kan. - The ninth-ranked Texas men's golf team won an unprecedented third-straight Big 12 men's golf title on Tuesday, using senior Jason Hartwick's nine-stroke victory and medalist performance as a stepping stone to the win at the Prairie Dunes Golf Course (6,598 yards, par 70).
 
Texas defeated the runner-up, No. 20 Oklahoma, by six strokes and third-place finisher, No. 7 Oklahoma State, by nine strokes. UT is now the only program to win three Big 12 titles in a row, and is one of only two league teams to win back-to-back championships.
 
In honor of the men's team's title, the University of Texas Tower, located on the UT campus, will be lit orange on Thursday, April 30.
 
Texas and Oklahoma State, teams which were paired together along with fourth-place finisher Kansas State for the final round, stayed neck and neck on the first nine holes before Texas came away with the win on the final five holes of play. Texas was 25-over with an 864 (287-290-287), while OU finished second at 30-over with an 870 (295-292-283). OU's final round of 283 was the best 18-hole score of the tournament, lifting the Sooners into second from fourth where they started the day. Oklahoma State finished at 33-over with an 873 (292-285-296).
 
Hartwick became Texas' second Big 12 medalist, following David Gossett's 1999 championship. Hartwick shot a six-under 204 (70-66-68) and was the only golfer under par in the tournament. He shot two of the only five rounds under par in the championship after firing an even-par round of 70 on the first 18 holes. He defeated runner-up Anthony Kim of Oklahoma by nine shots as Kim fired a three-over 213 (76-70-67).
 
'Today was as exciting as college golf can get,' Texas head coach John Fields said after his team's victory. 'With about four or five holes to play, it was really too close to figure out who was leading, but we thought we might be one stroke up. All five guys got word of what was happening in the other groups and they all stepped up and took control of the opening that was created for us.
 
'Having won three times in a row says a lot about our program. Any time any team can win three times in a row, with the caliber of competition we have in the Big 12, you know you have something special. We can't take anything for granted and we have to be appreciative of winning the ways we have. A lot of teams had the feeling they could win this tournament this year, and I know a lot of the team's really wanted to win. But we came out relaxed, played the best we could and just let the outcome figure itself out,' Fields concluded.
 
Coupled with the Texas women's golf team's Big 12 title on Sunday, Texas becomes the first school to win both the men's and women's league title in Big 12 history.
 
With the victory at the Big 12 Championship, the Longhorns earned the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Championships. The team will next compete in the NCAA Regional Tournament, Thursday-Sunday, May 20-22, from which the top teams and individuals will advance to the NCAA Championship, hosted by Virginia Tech at The Homestead Cascades Course in Hot Springs, Va., June 1-4. Seedings and selections for the three NCAA Regionals will be announced at a later date.
 

Final Team Results
1. Texas, 287-290-287=864
2. Oklahoma, 295-292-283=870
3. Oklahoma State, 292-285-296=873
4. Kansas State, 290-289-302=881
T5. Colorado, 295-301-297=893
T5. Kansas, 291-301-301=893
T5. Texas Tech, 294-303-296=893
8. Iowa State, 296-298-300=894
9. Baylor, 299-297-299=895
10. Texas A&M, 304-305-295=904
11. Missouri, 299-301-320=920
12. Nebraska, 314-299-313=926

Individual Results
1 Jason Hartwick, Texas, 70-66-68=204
2 Anthony Kim, Oklahoma, 76-70-67=213
T3 Farren Keenan, Texas, 71-73-70=214
T3 Alex Noren, Oklahoma State, 71-68-75=214
5 Ryan Baca, Baylor, 71-73-71=215
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Weather extends Barbasol to Monday finish

By Associated PressJuly 23, 2018, 12:25 am

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.

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Watch: Spectator films as Woods' shot hits him

By Will GrayJuly 23, 2018, 12:07 am

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.

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Molinari retirement plan: coffee, books and Twitter

By Will GrayJuly 22, 2018, 9:35 pm

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.

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Molinari had previously avoided Carnoustie on purpose

By Rex HoggardJuly 22, 2018, 9:17 pm

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.


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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.