Two-Stroke Penalty Costs Garcia in Australia
Garcia made an up-and-down out of a bunker at the final hole Saturday for what he thought was a 68 and a two-shot lead over the 19-year-old Aussie. However, Garcia was informed afterward that he was assessed a two-stroke penalty for an incorrect drop at the first hole at The Lakes Golf Club.
Garcia was told of the infraction by the European Tour's chief referee John Paramor, who was later asked if the 21-year-old Spaniard was happy with the decision to change his score to a 70.
'I haven't really found a player yet who is happy about getting a two-shot penalty,' Paramor said. 'There has never been one who said, `Thanks very much.''
'Of course, I am angry,' said Garcia, who took a drop to get line-of-sight relief from an advertising sign after an errant tee shot at the opening hole. 'I was leading by two and now I'm tied for the lead. That's okay. I'm playing well. Hopefully, even with John Paramor's rules and everything I will be able to win the tournament.'
Garcia was asked by Greg Norman, his playing partner and the tournament host, if he wanted to get an official to give a ruling on the drop. When Garcia said no, Norman looked at the situation and said that he felt the drop was legal.
'I personally feel bad because he asked me for a ruling,' said Norman, who at 14-under is just two shots out of the lead. 'I gave him a ruling the way I thought the ruling reads. Thank God he wasn't disqualified.'
Norman said that according to Paramor, Garcia would have been disqualified had the drop blatantly improved his subsequent shot.
'The onus goes on the players,' Norman admitted. 'We really should know the rules of golf. We're professionals. At the end of the day it is the individual's responsibility, nobody else's.'
The penalty marred what has been an otherwise sensational tournament for Garcia, whose only other blemish this week was a bogey in the second round. His round on Saturday was still a solid one, fueled by four birdies over a five-hole stretch from the eighth to the 12th hole.
Baddeley will tee off in the final group with Garcia on Sunday after posting his second straight round of 5-under 68.
'You had to have patience out there today,' said Baddeley, the winner of the last two Australian Opens. 'The wind was blowing and then the rain started. I was patient all the way through. I tried to hit good shots, smart shots.'
The young Aussie tallied a birdie at the par-3 15th, and two holes later notched another after hitting a 50-yard bunker shot close at the 17th green.
'I thought if I hit a full bunker shot it would get up into wind,' he said. 'I tried to hit it like a pitch shot and bounce and run it up there. I hit an absolute gem.'
England's Ian Poulter turned in the round of the day, firing an 8-under 65 for solo third at 15-under 204.
'The round I played today, I can't really play much better than that,' said Poulter, whose card was bogey-free on Saturday. 'I started with five birdies in the first seven and had a very makeable chance on three.'
Poulter, who added three more birdies on the homeward nine, was asked to rate his chances for finishing on top on Sunday.
'If I play the way I did today, I can't see any problem,' he said.
Norman celebrated his 46th birthday Saturday with a somewhat disappointing 71. He made it to 15-under with three birdies over the first 11 holes, only to find the water at 14 and three-putt at 16 for bogeys.
He recovered one of the lost strokes at 17, rolling a 15-footer into the heart of the cup for a birdie. Then like Garcia, Norman found the right bunker at the par-3 closing hole and shadowed the Spaniard with a sand shot out to 10 feet followed by a par-saving putt.
Win or lose Sunday, Peter Lonard will be able to drive away from the tournament behind the wheel of a new car. The Sydney native used a 4-iron to ace the 195-yard 18th, negating with one swing bogeys at the 15th and 17th. He finished with a 66, and after 54 holes is tied with fellow Aussie Jarrod Moseley for fifth place at 13-under.
Moseley capped off his round in less auspicious fashion. The Perth resident bogeyed the last and had to settle for his 66.
Craig Parry is five shots off the pace at 11-under, while Scott Gardiner, David Bransdon, Peter Baker, Steve Alker, Phillip Price and Pierre Fulke round out the top-10 at 10-under.
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M. Jutanugarn eyeing first win with L.A. Open lead
LOS ANGELES - Moriya Jutanugarn took the lead into the weekend at the Hugel-JTBC L.A. Open in her latest bid to join younger sister Ariya as an LPGA winner.
Moriya Jutanugarn shot a bogey-free 5-under 66 on Friday at Wilshire Country Club to get to 8-under 134 in the LPGA Tour's first event in Los Angeles since 2005. The 23-year-old from Thailand started fast with birdies on the par-5 second, par-4 third and par-3 fourth and added two more on the par-4 11th and par-5 13th.
Ariya Jutanugarn has seven LPGA victories.
Marina Alex was second after a 68.
So Yeon Ryu was 6 under after a 69, and fellow South Korean players Inbee Park(71) and Eun-Hee Ji (69). Park was the first-round leader at 66. Lexi Thompsonwas 3 under after a 71.
Top-ranked Shanshan Feng followed her opening 74 with a 67 to get to 1 under.
Ariya Jutanugarn (71) was even par, and Michelle Wie (70) was 1 over. Brooke Henderson, the Canadian star who won last week in Hawaii, had a 79 to miss the cut.
Johnson, Moore co-lead Valero Texas Open through 36
SAN ANTONIO - Zach Johnson was going nowhere in the Valero Texas Open when it all changed with one putt.
He made an 8-foot par putt on the 13th hole of the opening round to stay at 2 under. He followed with a big drive, a hybrid into 12 feet and an eagle. Johnson was on his way, and he kept right on going Friday to a 7-under 65 and a share of the 36-hole lead with Ryan Moore.
''You just never know. That's the beauty of this game,'' Johnson said. ''I felt like I was hitting some solid shots and wasn't getting rewarded, and you've just got to stay in it. You've got to persevere, grind it out, fight for pars. You just never know.''
Moore had three birdies over his last five holes for a 67 and joined Johnson at 9-under 135.
They had a one-shot lead over Grayson Murray (69) and Andrew Landry (67).
Ben Crane (66), Martin Laird (65) and David Hearn (68) were three shots behind. Billy Horschel and Keegan Bradley shot 71 and were four shots behind at 5-under 139.
Sergio Garcia, who consulted Greg Norman on the design of the AT&T Oaks Course at the TPC San Antonio, had a short stay in his first time at the Texas Open since 2010. Garcia shot an even-par 72, and at one point became so frustrated he threw his driver into the shrubs.
Garcia finished at 2-over 146 and missed the cut.
It was the first time since 2010 that Garcia missed the cut in successive starts. That was the PGA Championship and, 10 weeks later, the Castello Masters in Spain. This time, he missed the cut in the Masters and Texas Open three weeks apart.
Johnson, a two-time winner of the Texas Open, appeared to be headed to a short week until the key par save on the 13th hole, followed by his eagle, par and three straight birdies. He began the second round Friday with five birdies in a six-hole stretch on the back nine, a sixth birdie on the par-4 first hole, and then an eagle on the short par-4 fifth when he holed out from a greenside bunker.
The only sour taste to his second round was a three-putt bogey from about 30 feet on his final hole. Even so, the view was much better than it was Thursday afternoon.
Moore thought he had wasted a good birdie opportunity on the par-5 14th hole when he left his 50-foot eagle putt about 6 feet short. But he made that, and then holed a similar putt from 8 feet for birdie on the next hole and capped his good finish with a 15-foot putt on the 17th.
''That was a huge momentum putt there,'' Moore said of the 14th. ''It was a tough putt from down there with a lot of wind. That green is pretty exposed and ... yeah, really short and committed to that second putt really well and knocked it right in the middle.''
The birdies on the 14th and 15th were important to Moore because he missed a pair of 10-foot birdie tries to start the back nine.
''So it was nice to get those and get going in the right direction on the back,'' he said.
The cut was at 1-over 145, and because 80 players made the cut, there will be a 54-hole cut on Saturday.
Garcia tosses driver, misses Valero cut
It wasn't quite to the level of his watery meltdown earlier this month at the Masters, but Sergio Garcia still got frustrated during the second round of the Valero Texas Open - and his driver paid the price.
Garcia had a hand in redesigning the AT&T Oaks Course along with Greg Norman several years ago, but this marked his first return to TPC San Antonio since 2010. After an opening-round 74, Garcia arrived to the tee of the short par-4 fifth hole and decided to get aggressive with driver in hand.
When his shot sailed well left, a heated Garcia chucked the club deep into the bushes that lined the tee box:
Won't be needing this. pic.twitter.com/xbe9abvCjn— Skratch (@Skratch) April 20, 2018
It took considerable effort for Garcia to find and retrieve the club amid the branches, and once he did things only got worse. He appeared to shank a chip once he got up to his ball, leading to a bogey on one of the easiest holes on a demanding track.
Garcia closed out his round with four straight pars, and at 2 over he eventually missed the cut by a shot. It marks the first time he has missed consecutive cuts on the PGA Tour since 2003, when he sat out the weekend at the AT&T Byron Nelson, Fort Worth Invitational and Memorial Tournament in successive weeks.
Garcia entered the week ranked No. 10 in the world, and he was the only top-20 player among the 156-man field. He missed the cut at the Masters in defense of his title after carding an octuple-bogey 13 on the 15th hole during the opening round.
Daly-Allen team grabs Legends of Golf lead on Day 2
RIDGEDALE, Mo. - John Daly and Michael Allen took the second-round lead Friday in the cool and breezy Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf.
Daly and Allen shot an 8-under 46 on the Top of the Rock par-3 course with wind gusting to 15 mph and the temperature only in the high-50s at Big Cedar Lodge. They had three birdies on the front nine in alternate-shot play and added five more on the back in better-ball play to get to 13 under.
''Michael and I go back to the South African days in the late 80s and playing that tour,'' Daly said. ''We've been buddies since. He's just fun to play with. We feed off each other pretty good. And if he's not comfortable guinea-pigging on one hole, I'll go first.''
On Thursday, they opened with a 66 on the regulation Buffalo Ridge course. They will rotate to the 13-hole Mountain Top par-3 course on Saturday, and return to Top of the Rock for the final round Sunday.
''I went to high school in Jeff City, so it's cool to have the fans behind us,'' Daly said.
Allen won the PGA Tour Champions team event with David Frost in 2012 and Woody Austin in 2016.
''I'm just here to free up John,'' Allen said. ''It was fun. Luckily, I started making good putts today. We just want to keep the good times rolling.''
Defending champions Vijay Singh and Carlos Franco were a stroke back along with Bernhard Langer-Tom Lehman and Paul Broadhurst-Kirk Triplett. Singh and Franco had a 7-under 32 in best-ball play at Mountain Top, and Lehman-Langer and Broadhurst-Tripplet each shot 6-under 48 at Top of the Rock.
''Part of the issue here is all the tees are elevated, so you're up high hitting to a green that's down below and the wind is blowing, and there is more time for that wind to affect it,'' Lehman said. ''If you guess wrong on the wind, you can hit a really good shot and kind of look stupid.''
Former UCLA teammates Scott McCarron and Brandt Jobe were two strokes back at 11 under with Steve Flesch and David Toms and the Spanish side of Jose Maria Olazabal and Miguel Angel Jimenez. McCarron-Jobe had a 47, and Jimenez-Olazabal a 48 at Top of the Rock, and Tom Flesch shot 34 at Mountain Top.
First-round leaders Jeff Maggert and Jesper Parnevik had a 52 at Top of the Rock to fall three shots back at 10 under. Madison, Wisconsin, friends Steve Stricker and Jerry Kelly also were 10 under after a 32 at Mountain Top. Jay Haas aced the 131-yard seventh hole at Mountain Top with a gap wedge. Haas and fellow 64-year-old Peter Jacobsen were 8 under after a 32.