USGA Announces 2006 Championship Schedule
Beginning in June, the USGA visits 13 different states and returns to eight familiar venues, including Newport (R.I.) Country Club, one of the original five founding member clubs of the USGA. The season concludes in late October with the World Amateur Team Championships in South Africa, where more than 60 men's and women's teams are expected to participate.
Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck, N.Y., will kick off the USGA season June 15-18 when it hosts its fifth U.S. Open, but the first at the site in 22 years. Michael Campbell of New Zealand will look to defend his title against a field of the world's best players, including two-time champions Ernie Els, Retief Goosen and Tiger Woods.
The Women's Open, set for June 29-July 2, comes to historic Newport Country Club, site of the inaugural U.S. Open and U.S. Amateur in 1895. The club did not host another USGA competition for 100 years until Woods won the second of his three consecutive Amateur titles there in 1995. Birdie Kim of Korea will try to defend the Women's Open title. Last June, she won in dramatic fashion at Cherry Hills Country Club outside Denver, Colo., when she holed out a bunker shot at the 72nd hole to defeat teenage amateurs Brittany Lang and Morgan Pressel by two strokes.
Meanwhile, Kevin Tway of Edmond, Okla., has the opportunity to become just the second golfer to win two U.S. Junior Amateurs. His 18th birthday falls a day after the U.S. Junior at Rancho Santa Fe (Calif.) Golf Club concludes this summer (July 17-22), giving the son of 1986 PGA Championship winner Bob Tway a rare chance to defend in an event that is only open to male players under the age of 18.
The U.S. Girls' Junior, to be held July 17-22 at Carmel Country Club in Charlotte, N.C., will crown a new champion as 2005 winner In-Kyung Kim of Korea will be too old to compete. The competition is open to females who have not yet reached their 18th birthday.
Prairie Dunes Country Club in Hutchinson, Kan., the site of seven previous USGA competitions, hosts the U.S. Senior Open from July 6-9. Allen Doyle is the defending champion. He earned his win in 2005 after a marvelous 63 in the final round at NCR Country Club in Kettering, Ohio.
Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minn., which has also hosted seven previous USGA events, will have the U.S. Amateur for the first time in its rich history from Aug. 21-27. The club has hosted two Opens, a Senior Open and a Women's Open. Now the world's best amateurs will get an up-close look at the Robert Trent Jones Sr. layout.
Another club returning to the USGA championship scene is Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club in North Plains, Ore., which hosts the Women's Amateur Aug. 7-13. It will be the sixth time the USGA has visited the club, the first coming in 1996 when Woods concluded his three-year Amateur victory run. Pressel, the 2005 champion, has turned professional and thus will not be eligible to defend her title.
Oregon also will be the scene of the Curtis Cup Match between female amateur teams from the USA and Great Britain & Ireland. Bandon Dunes Golf Resort hosts the two-day competition from July 29-30, with the USA looking to win the biennial event for a fifth consecutive time.
Sea Island Golf Club in St. Simons Island, Ga., has hosted a USGA competition seven times before. The site gets an eighth opportunity Oct. 7-12 when the USGA Senior Women's Amateur, a competition for females 50 and over, will be played there for a record sixth time. Jamaican-born Diane Lang of Weston, Fla., will attempt to defend her title, while 2005 runner-up Carol Semple Thompson will seek a fifth victory.
Both USGA mid-amateur championships are returning to sites that have hosted one previous competition. The U.S. Mid-Amateur, for amateur golfers 25 and older, heads to Forest Highlands Golf Club in Flagstaff, Ariz., Sept. 9-14. The club hosted the 1996 Junior. Kevin Marsh of Las Vegas, Nev., returns to try to defend his title. Meanwhile, Old Waverly Golf Club in West Point, Miss., which hosted the 1999 U.S. Women's Open, welcomes the U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur from Oct. 21-26, where Canadian Mary Ann Lapointe is the defending champion.
Three other championships will be contested at first-time USGA venues. The U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links Championship will be played June 20-25 at Walking Stick Golf Course in Pueblo, Colo. Gold Mountain Golf Club in Bremerton, Wash., hosts the U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship July 10-15.
The USGA Senior Amateur, for golfers 55 and older, goes to Victoria National Golf Club in Newburgh, Ind., Sept. 16-21.
The biennial World Amateur Team Championships for men and women are scheduled for October at De Zalze Golf Club and Stellenbosch Golf Club in Cape Town, South Africa. The 72-hole womens competition will be played Oct. 18-21. The men's 72-hole event will be contested from Oct. 26-29.
Storms halt Barbasol before Lincicome tees off
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.
Troy Merritt had the clubhouse lead at 15 under, following an opening 62 with a 67.
Third-round tee times for the 147th Open
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.
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.
Johnson and Kisner are last off at 11 a.m.
4:15AM ET: Gavin Green
4:25AM ET: Rhys Enoch, Patrick Reed
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
10:00AM ET: Thorbjorn Olesen, Rickie Fowler
10:10AM ET: Jordan Spieth, Kevin Chappell
10:20AM ET: Zander Lombard, Tony Finau
10:30AM ET: Matt Kuchar, Erik Van Rooyen
10:40AM ET: Rory McIlroy, Xander Schauffele
10:50AM ET: Pat Perez, Tommy Fleetwood
11:00AM ET: Kevin Kisner, Zach Johnson
Facial hair Fowler's new good-luck charm
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.
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.”
Spieth (67) rebounds from tough Round 1 finish
CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Guess whose putter is starting to heat up again at a major?
Even with a few wayward shots Friday at Carnoustie, Jordan Spieth made a significant climb up the leaderboard in the second round, firing a 4-under 67 to move just three shots off the lead.
Spieth showed his trademark grit in bouncing back from a rough finish Thursday, when he mis-clubbed on the 15th hole, leading to a double bogey, and ended up playing the last four holes in 4 over.
“I don’t know if I actually regrouped,” he said. “It more kind of fires me up a little.”
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.
Spieth needed only 25 putts in the second round, and he credited a post-round adjustment Thursday for the improvement. The tweak allows his arms to do more of the work in his stroke, and he said he felt more confident on the greens.
“It’s come a long way in the last few months, no doubt,” he said.
More than anything, Spieth was relieved not to have to play “cut-line golf” on Friday, like he’s done each start since his spirited run at the Masters.
“I know that my swing isn’t exactly where I want it to be; it’s nowhere near where it was at Birkdale,” he said. “But the short game is on point, and the swing is working in the right direction to get the confidence back.”