Reasons to Shout and Cry

By Golf Channel DigitalApril 28, 2008, 4:00 pm
Editor's Note: In Backspin, the editorial staff takes a look back on the biggest stories from the past week in golf -- with a spin.
ADAM HADEM: Adam Scott made a 48-foot birdie putt on the third hole of sudden death to capture the EDS Byron Nelson Championship over Ryan Moore. The win was Scotts sixth on the PGA TOUR and his first since last years Shell Houston Open.
Backspin Tough luck for Moore. After closing in 2-under 68, and making a lengthy birdie putt of his own on the 17th in regulation, Moore watched with one eye open as Scott birdied the 18th to force the extra session. Moore then squeaked by the first two playoff holes as Scott missed very makeable winning putts. But just when it seemed advantage Moore, Scott put a dagger in his heart with a near 50-foot bomb. Moore remains winless as a professional.

SERGI-OHH: Sergio Garcia started the final round in Irving, Texas four off the lead of his good friend Scott. He then went bogey-par-double bogey-double bogey-bogey on his way to a 5-over 75 and a tie for 19th.
Backspin Is there any player less intimidating on Sunday than Garcia? Fortunately for Scott he bounced back from being 3 over through 5 holes in the final round to win; otherwise, he might be challenging Garcia for this dubious dishonor. Garcia remains winless on the PGA TOUR ' or European Tour, for that matter ' since 2005. Maybe its time to stop wondering when hes going to win a major and wonder when hes going to win any kind of tournament.

TAKING ADVANTAGE: Annika Sorenstam defeated Paula Creamer on the first hole of sudden death to capture the inaugural Stanford International Pro-Am in southern Florida. Sorenstam narrowly missed winning putts on the final hole of regulation and the first playoff hole, but won her 71st career LPGA title when Creamer left a 6-foot par putt short.
Backspin This was a classic battle for Whos No. 2 on the LPGA Tour. With Lorena Ochoa sitting out, the games best players outside of the worlds No. 1 took advantage. Sorenstam, Creamer, Cristie Kerr and Karrie Webb were all on the final leaderboard. It was Annika who emerged from this impressive pack. But while she might be a clear No. 2 now, shes still far, far away from No. 1. After a winless 2007, Sorenstam has two wins this season ' both coming without Ochoa in the field.

WELCOME BACK: Northern Ireland's Darren Clarke grabbed victory at the Asian Open defeating Robert Jan Derksen by one stroke at the in Shanghai, China. Clarke clinched the win in dramatic fashion with some 72nd-hole heroics, sinking a 30-foot birdie putt to seal the victory.
Backspin This was Clarke's first victory since 2003, but perhaps more notably his first since the death of his wife Heather in 2006. A moment that was not lost on 39-year-old saying, It was always going to be a difficult hurdle for me to get back into the winners enclosure after Heather passed away. But to turn around and make a brilliant last and win the cup feels pretty good. Cheers, Darren.

CUP HALF FULL: The FedExCup season crossed over the half-way point at the EDS Byron Nelson, leaving 16 weeks for players to qualify for the season-ending PGA TOUR Playoffs.
Backspin Two things we know at this point in the second year of the FedExCup: 1) Even with knee surgery during the season Tiger Woods will still lead come Playoff time. 2) A year-and-a-half into this thing and no one still knows exactly how it works. We are pretty sure that 125 players qualify for the first event, The Barclays, which currently leaves Davis Love III, David Toms, Tom Lehman, Brett Wetterich, Chris DiMarco, and ' believe it or not! ' John Daly on the outside looking in.

NEEDING REST FROM HIS VACATION: Trevor Immelman made his first start since winning the Masters Tournament, shooting 78-75 to miss the cut at the EDS Byron Nelson. Immelman, admittedly worn out by an exhaustive PR run since his major victory, had four birdies, 12 bogeys and two doubles.
Backspin Only one of the last 21 Masters champions has won in his next start out, that being Tiger Woods when he won the Nelson after his historic 1997 Augusta triumph. Immelman didnt join Tiger on that list, but he did become the first player since Jose Maria Olazabal in 1994 to miss the cut in his next start after winning the Masters. Somehow we dont think thats going to earn him another spot on Letterman.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: EDS announced a four-year extension of its sponsorship of the Byron Nelson through 2014; Five-time Open Championship winner Tom Watson will compete in this years edition at Royal Birkdale; Teenager Vicky Hurst set a Duramed FUTURES Tour 54-hole record, winning the Jalapeno Golf Classic; Watson and Andy North won the Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf; Adam Scott's caddie, Tony Navaro, received a Cadillac for his employer's win.
Backspin The renewal of a sponsor might be boring news to most, but in todays market its incredibly good news for the TOUR and the long-standing Byron Nelson tournament; the last of the 58-year-old Watsons five Open titles came at Royal Birkdale in 1983; Hurst finished at 18-under 198, breaking the record of Grace Park at 16 under; The legends reverted back to a team event, which was a good change-up for the tour; A Caddy for a caddie. One more incentive to draw top-level players to their event.
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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.

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    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.

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    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

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    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.”