Every sits atop crowded leaderboard at Greenbrier

By Will GrayJuly 5, 2013, 10:28 pm

With Old White TPC again susceptible to low scores Friday, The Greenbrier Classic remains largely up for grabs after 36 holes. Here's how things shape up heading into Saturday's third round in West Virginia, where Matt Every leads after a sizzling 62:

Leaderboard: Matt Every (-9) Daniel Summerhays (-8), Bill Lunde (-8), Stephen Bowditch (-8), Russell Henley (-8), Johnson Wagner (-8), Ben Curtis (-7), Tommy Gainey (-7)

What it means: With a birdie on his final hole of the day, Every broke a logjam that had emerged at the top of the leaderboard. As a result he will take a slim advantage into the weekend, but things are far from decided in White Sulphur Springs, with 26 players within four shots of the lead to begin the third round.

Round of the day: Every's 8-under 62 was three shots better than anyone else Friday, and as a result the former Florida standout surged 48 spots up the leaderboard. Beginning on the back nine, Every notched birdies on each of his first two holes, adding red figures on holes 15 and 17 to turn in 4-under 32. He added four more birdies on his inward nine, completing a stellar round in which he reached 16 of 18 greens in regulation.

Best of the rest: Several players were able to shoot 5-under 65s in the second round Friday, but only Henley's resulted in a brief share of the lead. Already a winner this year at the Sony Open in Hawaii, Henley carded seven birdies during his round, moving into a large tie for second at 8 under despite a double bogey on the fifth hole.

Biggest disappointment: For the second day in a row it's Phil Mickelson, who shot 2-under 68 Friday, but will miss the cut for the third consecutive year at this event. Also considered for disappointment honors was Webb Simpson, who backpedaled after an opening 64, firing a 3-over 73 Friday to drop back into a tie for 37th.

Main storyline heading into Saturday: With four of the top six names on the leaderboard, including Every, still in search of their maiden PGA Tour win, it will be interesting to see who is best able to handle the pressure. Should any of the leaders slip up, the chase group includes Jordan Spieth and Jimmy Walker, both just three shots back, while the Champions Tour's newest major winner, Kenny Perry, and defending champ Ted Potter, Jr. are among the group four shots off the pace at 5 under.

Quote of the day: 'It was kind of an ugly day on the greens, but a real good day for the ball-striking category.' – Tom Watson, who made the cut at age 63 after round of 69 and 68.

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Report: Tour close to finalizing Detroit tournament

By Will GrayApril 23, 2018, 7:07 pm

With the final pieces of the 2019 schedule falling into place, the PGA Tour appears on the verge of returning to Michigan for the first time in nearly a decade.

According to a Detroit News report, the Tour is "believed to be close" to an agreement to bring a tournament to the Motor City beginning in 2019, reportedly likely to take place at Detroit Golf Club near downtown.

While the specifics remain undisclosed, the prime candidate for such a move appears to be The National. The Washington, D.C.-area event, which benefits Tiger Woods' TGR Foundation, was sponsored by Detroit-based Quicken Loans from 2014-2017. This year the tournament will be conducted at TPC Potomac without a title sponsor.

According to a Detroit News report in September, Quicken Loans CEO Dan Gilbert was open to continuing his company's sponsorship of the event if it shifted to Detroit.

In addition to The National, the only other current PGA Tour event without a title sponsor is the Houston Open. On Monday Charles Schwab was introduced as the new title sponsor of the Fort Worth Invitational beginning in 2019.

The PGA Tour has not held an event in the state of Michigan since 2009, the final year of the now-defunct Buick Open at Warwick Hills Golf and Country Club. While the final details of a revamped schedule have yet to be announced, the Tour is expected to unveil its itinerary for the 2018-19 season at The Players next month.

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Inbee Park quietly reclaims world No. 1

By Randall MellApril 23, 2018, 6:44 pm

Inbee Park moved back to No. 1 in the Rolex Women’s World Rankings in about as ho-hum fashion as you’ll ever see a player take the top spot.

It isn’t that she doesn’t care about the top ranking. It just wasn’t a priority in her return to golf this year, after missing big portions of the last two years with injuries.

With an Olympic gold medal and seven major championship titles, the LPGA Hall of Famer isn’t done trying to top the scoreboards that matter most to her.

“To be honest, I never really think about being No. 1 again,” Park said early last week, before tying for second at the Hugel-JTBC LA Open. “If it comes to me, great. If not, it doesn't matter.”

It came to her for the fourth time in her career.

Park, 29, reigned at No. 1 for 59 weeks in her longest run on top, back in the 2013 and ’14 seasons.

Oddly, this run to No. 1 almost comes as a surprise to Park, who didn’t need long to get back to the top spot after returning to the tour. She won the Bank of Hope Founders Cup last month in her second after missing seven months with a back injury.

Park last lost the No. 1 ranking in October of 2015, doing so to Lydia Ko.

In six starts this year, Park has finished T-3 or better four times. She leads the tour in scoring average (69.13) and is second in greens in regulation (77.5 percent).

Just wait until her putter heats up.

Yeah, Park’s not very satisfied with her putting. She’s one of the greatest putters who ever played the women’s game, but she has been frustrated with the inconsistency of her stroke much of this season. Of course, her standards are high. She ranks second in putts per greens in regulation so far this year.

On Sunday, this is how Park summed up her putting in 2018: “Some days, I’ve been really good. Some days, I’ve been really bad.”

Park has led the LPGA in putts per GIR in five of the last 10 years. She switched from her preferred mallet-style putter to a blade earlier this season and won with a Toulon Madison blade at the Founders Cup last month. She was back with an Odyssey White Hot 2-Ball mallet this past week. That’s the putter she used to win the gold medal in Rio de Janeiro two years ago. She used an Odyssey Sabertooth winged mallet in her 2013 run of three consecutive major championship victories.

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Goose takes down junior golfer - it's awesome

By Nick MentaApril 23, 2018, 6:33 pm

A goose evidently went into business for itself somewhere in Michigan and took down this high school golfer in dramatic, hilarious, photographed fashion. To the evidence we go ...

Per the Blissfield Athletics Twitter account, "The golfers just finished teeing off and were walking down the fairway. To the left there was a goose nest and the golfers did a good job of avoiding it but the guard goose hanging out on the far right thought differently."

Just so we can all continue laughing, the Blissfield account confirmed the kid was OK.

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It's official: Charles Schwab to sponsor Colonial event

By Associated PressApril 23, 2018, 6:30 pm

FORT WORTH, Texas – The longest-running PGA Tour event still played at its original site has a new title sponsor, one already deeply involved in golf.

The PGA Tour and Colonial Country Club announced Monday that financial services provider Charles Schwab & Co. will take over as title sponsor starting in 2019. The four-year agreement goes through 2022.

Local companies are backing the event after upscale grocer Dean and Deluca withdrew as title sponsor after only two tournaments of a six-year deal. The companies include American Airlines, AT&T, XTO Energy and Burlington Northern Santa Fe railway.

Charles Schwab is already a major sponsor on the PGA Tour. On the PGA Tour Champions, the Charles Schwab Cup is awarded to the season's top player.

Next month's tournament at Colonial, which has hosted since 1946, will be played as the Fort Worth Invitational.