Cliffs Notes from PGA Tour Q-School

By Rex HoggardDecember 10, 2009, 2:34 am

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - The most compelling six days of professional golf came to climactic – and, for some, cruel – end on Monday. Not that many noticed given a news cycle dominated by Tiger Woods the last two weeks.

“It is one hell of a tournament,” said Joe Ogilvie, who regained his Tour card with a tie for 15th. “It is an amazing thing that we don’t sell it a lot better because it is one hell of a deal.”

The other 24 “winners” on Monday at Bear Lakes Country Club would likely agree with Ogilvie. So in case you missed it, here’s a “Cliff’s Notes” look at those who earned a reason to celebrate in 2010 (in order of finish).

Troy Merritt

iQ: Steady, if unspectacular, game and a healthy chip on his shoulder to prove all those Division I coaches who didn’t recruit him wrong will play well on Tour.

Jeff Maggert

iQ: Quiet veteran was solid when he had to be and has likely seen his final Q-School as he inches toward a Champions Tour career (he will be 46 in February).

Matt Jones

iQ: Slowed by a back injury last year, the Aussie’s final-round 66 will be worth an extra start or two on the West Coast where he has played his best golf.

Martin Flores

iQ: Good college player at Oklahoma has evolved as a pro and should be able to avoid a return trip to the Fall Classic.

Neal Lancaster

iQ: “Cuz” finished strong with three rounds in the 60s and gives everyone who carries a notebook for a living a reason to look forward to 2010.

Brendon de Jonge

iQ: Closing 66 was his best of the week and he has enough experience and game to surprise some next year.

Billy Horschel

iQ: Former Florida standout impressed playing partner Jay Williamson at Q-School, but limited Tour experience (one start) will make a fast start a must.

David Lutterus

iQ: Final-round 64 vaulted Aussie from T-28 to T-8 and back onto the Tour, but he will need to improve consistency to stay there.

J.P. Hayes

iQ: A two-time Tour winner with 373 career starts he posted the round of the week (third-round 63) to set up return but veteran will have to do better than nine missed cuts in 15 events (2009).

Graham Delaet

iQ: Like Merritt, a Boise State product with a stellar international resume that suggests he could be the sleeper of 2009 class.

Jay Williamson

iQ: Veteran called this Q-School his “greatest accomplishment,” and newfound confidence could make 2010 a career year.

Chris Wilson

iQ: He grew up in the shadow of Jack Nicklaus’ Muirfield Village in Ohio, the Northwestern product is athletic and affable, a good combo on Tour.

Brenden Pappas

iQ: Closing 74 likely cost him a few West Coast starts which could make season an uphill climb, but he’s been there before.

Kris Blanks

iQ: At Disney the journeyman said he was playing the rest of the year for “Christmas money,” but second-round 65 made the holidays much more enjoyable.

Omar Uresti

iQ: With his old caddie, Mike Collins, on the bag, the perennial fringe player gets another shot, but he will have to make the most of shorter courses that fit his game.

Rickie Fowler

iQ: “The Main Event” delivered as many expected he would and it seems the only thing standing between him and stardom are unrealistic expectations and injury.

Shane Bertsch

iQ: Has kept his card once (2006) in four trips to the Tour and needed a closing 65 to move into the top 25, but has plenty of experience which is in short supply with this class.

Joe Ogilvie

iQ: Thoughtful to a fault, he was distracted the last year by a troubling economy. In order to avoid a return to Q-School he will need to focus on his game.

Brian Stuard

iQ: Redeemed himself for failures at Q-Schools past and two years on the Nationwide Tour should help his transition to the Big Leagues.

Cameron Tringale

iQ: One of nine freshman in this class, but after Fowler he may have the most complete game and most promising resume.

Michael Connell

iQ: Limped in with three rounds over 70 and his status at the back of the class will make early starts crucial.

Chris Riley

iQ: One-time Ryder Cupper struggled to closing 76 but he has a Tour victory on his belt and plenty of experience.

Spencer Levin

iQ: Has as much talent as anyone from this class, he just needs to apply it at the next level.

Brent Delahoussaye

iQ: Rookie has made steady improvements since leaving Clemson, but a distant finish on this year’s Nationwide Tour money list (79th) suggests he still has some developing.

Andrew McLardy

iQ: Regained status after struggling in 2001 (193rd in earnings), but with dwindling playing opportunities he didn’t do himself any favors with his final-round 77.

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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.

Troy Merritt had the clubhouse lead at 15 under, following an opening 62 with a 67.

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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.

Full-field scores from the 147th Open Championship

Full coverage of the 147th Open Championship

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

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Facial hair Fowler's new good-luck charm

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.

Full-field scores from the 147th Open Championship

Full coverage of the 147th Open Championship

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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Spieth (67) rebounds from tough Round 1 finish

By Ryan LavnerJuly 20, 2018, 7:55 pm

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.”

Full-field scores from the 147th Open Championship

Full coverage of the 147th Open Championship

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.”