Nicklaus dusts off his golf game

By Randall MellMarch 4, 2010, 12:47 am

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – Honda Classic fans were treated to a rare Golden Bear sighting between the ropes.

Jack Nicklaus, 70, teed it up Wednesday with New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees, Hall of Famer and former Miami Dolphins quarterback Dan Marino and saxophonist Kenny G in the Honda Classic Kenny G Gold Pro-am at PGA National.

“My game is not for public consumption anymore,” Nicklaus said before heading off to the first tee. “When I play now, I try to hide in the corner somewhere.”

Nicklaus didn't hide very well in Hawaii in January. He teamed with Tom Watson to win the Champions Skins Game. He seemed intent Wednesday on having some fun with his playing partners. Brees brought out Nicklaus' affection for Ohio State, the Golden Bear's former school.

“Drew Brees had a great year this year, even if he was a Purdue guy,” Nicklaus said. “But he was a Big Ten guy, so that’s good.”

Brees, MVP in the Saints’ Super Bowl victory against the Indianapolis Colts in South Florida a month ago, says he plays to a 3-handicap when he's playing regularly, which is a shot better than Marino. Brees said after reaching the height of NFL achievement, he appreciates Nicklaus' ability to sustain his excellence over time in winning 18 professional majors.

“To play the length of time he’s played, you have to sit back and say, `Wow, that’s so difficult,’” Brees said. “Once you get to a certain level, to stay at that level, because you know everyone is gunning for you, you need your best performance every time out in order to succeed. What he's been able to accomplish in his lifetime is unbelievable.”

Brees showed some game at the first tee, pounding a large power fade down the middle of the first fairway past Nicklaus, Marino and Kenny G.

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Salas (62) leads LPGA's Indy Women in Tech

By Associated PressAugust 17, 2018, 12:50 am

INDIANAPOLIS - Lizette Salas matched the Brickyard Crossing record with a 10-under 62 on Thursday in the Indy Women in Tech Championship, making birdie on the final three holes for a two-stroke lead over fast-starting Angel Yin and Japan's Nasa Hataoka.

Yin birdied eight of the first nine holes in her morning round for a front-nine 8-under 28 - one short of the LPGA Tour's nine-hole record. It matched the third-lowest nine-hole score in relation to par in tour history.


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Salas eagled the par-5 second in the afternoon and added three straight birdies on Nos. 4-6. She birdied Nos. 12 and 14 before reeling off three more in a row to close, waiting out a late 77-minute suspension for an approaching storm.

Salas matched the course record set by Mike McCullough in the PGA Tour Champions' 1999 Comfort Classic.

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Sordet opens with 62 to grab lead at Nordea Masters

By Associated PressAugust 16, 2018, 11:23 pm

GOTHENBURG, Sweden - Clement Sordet opened with four straight birdies to shoot 8-under 62 and take the first-round lead of the Nordea Masters on Thursday.

Sordet says ''I wasn't really focusing on the score, I was just enjoying it.''

The Frenchman, who shot his lowest European Tour round, has a two-stroke lead over Scott Jamieson of Scotland and Lee Slattery of England.

Hunter Stewart is the highest-placed American after a 5-under 65 left him on a four-way tie for fourth with Christofer Blomstrand, Tapio Pulkkanen and Richard Green.

Defending champion Renato Paratore's hopes of becoming the first player to successfully retain the title look in doubt after the Italian shot 9-over 79 at Hills Golf Club.

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Peterson confirms plans to play Web.com Finals

By Will GrayAugust 16, 2018, 9:17 pm

After flirting with retirement for much of the summer, John Peterson confirmed that he will give it one more shot in the upcoming Web.com Tour Finals.

Peterson, 29, had planned to walk away from the game and begin a career in real estate in his native Texas if he failed to secure PGA Tour status before his medical extension expired. His T-13 finish last month at The Greenbrier appeared to be enough to net the former NCAA champ at least conditional status, but a closer look at the numbers revealed he missed out by 0.58 points in his last available start.


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But Peterson was buoyed by the support he received from his peers at The Greenbrier, and when he got into the Barbasol Championship as a late alternate he decided to make the trip to the tournament. He tied for 21st that week in Kentucky, clinching enough non-member FedExCup points to grant him a spot in the four-event Finals.

Last month Peterson hinted that he would consider playing in the Finals, where 25 PGA Tour cards for the 2018-19 season will be up for grabs, and Thursday he confirmed in an Instagram post that he will give his pro career "one last push."

The Finals kick off next week in Ohio with the Nationwide Children's Hospital Championship and will conclude Sept. 20-23 with the Web.com Tour Championship. Peterson will be looking to rekindle his results from 2013, when he finished T-5 or better at each of the four Finals events while earning fully-exempt status as the top money earner.

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Lyle honored with sand sculpture at Wyndham

By Golf Channel DigitalAugust 16, 2018, 9:00 pm

Jarrod Lyle passed away last week at the age of 36 after losing his third battle with cancer.

And after a PGA Championship filled with tributes to the Australian, the Wyndham Championship found its own way to keep his legacy alive at the North Carolina Tour stop.

Next to the Wyndham Championship and PGA Tour logos carved into the sand on site at Sedgefield Country Club is Lyle's name and the "Leuk the Duck" mascot. The duck has become synonymous with Challenge, an organization that supports kids with cancer.

Fellow Aussie Stuart Appleby posted the display on social media:

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Lyle was also remembered in a more traditional manner on the first tee, where his bag and trademark yellow bucket hat were prominently displayed.