Mahan, Knox share early lead at Pebble Beach

By Will GrayFebruary 7, 2013, 11:34 pm

Appearing to rekindle some of the form that led to two early-season victories in 2012, Hunter Mahan fired a 6-under 66 Thursday at Pebble Beach, good enough for a share of the first-round lead alongside Russell Knox.

Playing the host course in his opening round, Mahan carded seven birdies against just a single bogey, carrying forward the momentum from back-to-back top-20 finishes over the last two weeks. In only his second start of the 2013 season, Knox managed eight birdies against a pair of bogeys at the shorter, par-70 Monterey Peninsula Country Club.


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The duo lead by one shot over a large group of players at 5 under, one that includes Matt Every, who tied for ninth last week in Phoenix, and Seung-Yul Noh, whose 5-under 67 was the low round of the day at Spyglass Hill. Making his first PGA Tour start of 2013, Lee Westwood headlines the group at 4 under, two shots off the pace.

After a dominating performance en route to a win last week at TPC Scottsdale, Phil Mickelson began his quest for back-to-back Pebble Beach titles with a 1-under 69 at Monterey Peninsula. Mickelson started his round 3 under after 10 holes, but fell back following a pair of back-nine bogeys as he looks to join Mark O'Meara as the only 5-time champions of this event.

Making an appearance this week while rumors of a possible suspension continue to swirl, Vijay Singh carded an even-par 72 at Pebble Beach. Having withdrawn from last week's event in Phoenix after reports surfaced that the Fijian used a deer antler spray containing a banned substance, he opted to remain in the field for this week's event, one that he won in 2004 and finished runner-up on three other occasions.

Playing alongside amateur partner Wayne Gretzky, two-time AT&T champion Dustin Johnson struggled during his opening round at Monterey Peninsula. Four birdies were wiped away by a pair of double bogeys, and three more bogeys yielded a 3-over 73 Thursday. He was joined at 3 over by former U.S. Open champion Jim Furyk, who began his first start of the season with a less-than-scintillating 3-over 75 at Spyglass Hill.

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NCAA DI Women's Champ.: Scoring, TV times

By Golf Channel DigitalMay 22, 2018, 5:50 pm

The NCAA Division I Women's Golf Championship is underway at Kartsen Creek Golf Club in Stillwater, Okla.

After three days of stroke play, eight teams have advanced to the match-play portion of the championship. Quarterfinals and semifinals will be contested on Tuesday, with the finals being held on Wednesday. Golf Channel is airing the action live.

Wake Forest junior Jennifer Kupcho won the individual title. Click here for live action, beginning at 4 p.m. ET.

Scoring:

TV Times (all times ET):

Tuesday
11AM-conclusion: Match-play quarterfinals 
4-8PM: Match-play semifinals (Click here to watch live)

Wednesday
4-8PM: Match-play finals

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Davis: USGA learned from setup errors at Shinnecock

By Will GrayMay 22, 2018, 4:51 pm

With the U.S. Open set to return to Shinnecock Hills for the first time in 14 years, USGA executive director Mike Davis insists that his organization has learned from the setup mistakes that marred the event the last time it was played on the Southampton, N.Y., layout.

Retief Goosen held off Phil Mickelson to win his second U.S. Open back in 2004, but the lasting image from the tournament may have been tournament officials spraying down the seventh green by hand during the final round after the putting surface had become nearly unplayable. With the course pushed to the brink over the first three days, stiff winds sucked out any remaining moisture and players struggled to stay on the greens with 30-foot putts, let alone approach shots.

Speaking to repoters at U.S. Open media day, Davis offered candid reflections about the missteps that led to the course overshadowing the play during that infamous final round.

"I would just say that it was 14 years ago. It was a different time, it was different people, and we as an organzation, we learned from it," Davis said. "When you set up a U.S. Open, it is golf's ultimate test. It's probably set up closer to the edge than any other event in golf, and I think that the difference then versus now is we have a lot more technology, a lot more data in our hands.

"And frankly, ladies and gentlemen, what really happened then was just a lack of water."

Davis pointed to enhancements like firmness and moisture readings for the greens that weren't available in 2004, and he noted that meterological data has evolved in the years since. With another chance to get his hands on one of the USGA's favorite venues, he remains confident that tournament officials will be able to better navigate the thin line between demanding and impossible this time around.

"There are parts that I think we learned from, and so I think we're happy that we have a mulligan this time," Davis said. "It was certainly a bogey last time. In fact maybe even a double bogey, and equitable stroke control perhaps kicked in."

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UCLA junior Vu named WGCA Player of the Year

By Golf Channel DigitalMay 22, 2018, 3:23 pm

UCLA junior Lilia Vu was named Player of the Year on Tuesday by the Women’s Golf Coaches Association (WGCA).

Vu recorded the lowest full-season scoring average (70.37) in UCLA history. Her four tournament wins tied the school record for most victories in a single season.

Vu was also named to the WGCA All-America first team. Here's a look at the other players who joined her on the prestigious list:

WGCA First Team All-Americans

  • Maria Fassi, Junior, University of Arkansas
  • Kristen Gillman, Sophomore, University of Alabama
  • Jillian Hollis, Junior, University of Georgia
  • Cheyenne Knight, Junior, University of Alabama
  • Jennifer Kupcho, Junior, Wake Forest University
  • Andrea Lee, Sophomore, Stanford University
  • Leona Maguire, Senior, Duke University
  • Sophia Schubert, Senior, University of Texas
  • Lauren Stephenson, Junior, University of Alabama
  • Maddie Szeryk, Senior, Texas A&M University
  • Patty Tavatanakit, Freshman, UCLA
  • Lilia Vu, Junior, UCLA
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Stroud's caddie wins annual PGA Tour caddie tournament

By Rex HoggardMay 22, 2018, 3:15 pm

Casey Clendenon, who caddies for Chris Stroud, won the gross division of the annual PGA Tour caddie tournament on Monday, shooting a 5-under 66 at Trinity Forest Golf Club, site of last week’s AT&T Byron Nelson.

Scott Tway (65), who caddies for Brian Harman, won the net division by two strokes over Wayne Birch, Troy Merritt’s caddie.

Kyle Bradley, Jonathan Byrd’s caddie, took second place with a 71 in the gross division.

The tournament was organized by the Association of Professional Tour Caddies, and proceeds from the event went to two charities. The APTC donated $20,000 to Greg Chalmers’ charity, MAXimumChances.org, which aids families living with autism. The association also donated $10,000 to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.