Robbery doesn't deter Gutschewski

By Damon HackNovember 29, 2012, 6:21 pm

The six-day slog called Q-School has always been filled with the most unique stories in golf. Players on the make. Players on the mend.

Players who have been burglarized.

After competing in the Tour Championship earlier this month, Scott Gutschewski was driving with his wife, Amy, from the Dallas area to Omaha, Neb., where they had recently moved their family and where Scott would prepare for the final stage of Q-School.

During the drive, they decided to bunk overnight at the Holiday Inn Express in Edmond, Okla., and continue north the next day. But the next morning they found their car nearly cleaned out. Gutschewksi’s two television sets, his clothes and, most crucially, his golf clubs were gone.

“Basically cleaned it out,” Gutschewski said Tuesday in a telephone interview. “I pretty much lost all my clothes.”

Without a formal club deal, Gutschewski did his best to refill his bag, calling various manufacturers to build him another hodgepodge set. The replacement driver and putter didn’t feel right, so he went with older models sitting in his house in Omaha. He also tried out various irons.

“I’ve represented most of the manufacturing companies this year,” he said with a laugh. “People got me the stuff real quick. I only had about 10 days to get it turned around.”

Gutschewski got acclimated well enough to win medalist honors at the second stage of qualifying school at Craig Ranch in McKinney, Texas, shooting 20-under-par-268 to finish one shot ahead of Scott Dunlap.  

“The goal is to advance, but I think the best way to advance is to win,” said Gutschewski, who opened the first round of the final stage with a 2-under-par 70. “I wasn’t going to do anything stupid coming down the stretch to win the tournament, but I think the best way to go out and finish in the top 20 is to try and win the tournament.”

And this week, with a potpourri of clubs and the pressure of final stage, he will try to do it again.

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DEFCON Tiger: Athletes tweet while watching Tiger

By Golf Channel DigitalSeptember 22, 2018, 8:15 pm

Tiger Woods grabbed the Tour Championship lead and the sports world by the throat Saturday, making birdie on six of his first seven holes in his third round and sending social media into a frenzy.

Here's a sampling, and we'll start with two-time NBA MVP Steph Curry.

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Lewis fires 61, two behind Herbert in Portugal

By Associated PressSeptember 22, 2018, 8:13 pm

VILAMOURA, Portugal – Tom Lewis came within two shots of tying English countryman Oliver Fisher's European Tour record on another day of low scoring at the Portugal Masters on Saturday.

Lewis returned a 10-under 61 in the third round, just 24 hours after Fisher carded the first 59 on the circuit. Lewis moved to two strokes behind leader Lucas Herbert of Australia.

Lewis acknowledged the thought of another 59 crept into his mind: ''It's something I noticed with three holes to go. I wasn't that bothered at the end of the day.

''I'm pleased that I shot 10 under par. I can only continue to make birdies and see what happens tomorrow.''

Herbert, who is playing off invites this season as he looks to earn his full tour playing privileges, shot a 64 for a 19-under total of 194.

Fisher took 10 more strokes than he did on Friday and was in a group on 14-under 199.

Sergio Garcia of Spain, trying to find form ahead of next week's Ryder Cup, was on 204 after a 68.

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Tiger Tracker: Tour Championship

By Tiger TrackerSeptember 22, 2018, 7:25 pm

After grinding out a 68 on Friday, Tiger Woods is trying to get the lead all to himself in Round 3 at the Tour Championship. We're tracking him.

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Highlights: Tiger birdies six of his first seven

By Nick MentaSeptember 22, 2018, 7:08 pm

Tiger Woods entered Saturday tied atop the board and wasted little time taking the outright lead at East Lake.

Woods moved clear of the field with this birdie at No. 1, whipping the Atlanta crowd into an early frenzy.

Following a 4-foot par save at the second, Woods moved ahead by two and reached 9 under par when he played this approach from 144 and sank this 8-footer for birdie at the third.

One hole later, Woods reached double digits at 10 under par when he poured in a bending 21-footer that just crept over the lip.

He made it four birdies in his first five holes when he bombed a 320-yard drive, wedged to 7 feet, and converted again.

He looked in danger of not capitalizing on his first crack at a par-5 after he came out of a fairway wood on his second shot, but a splash from the bunker and a make from 6 feet gave him his fifth circle in six holes.

He went Vintage Tiger at the seventh, playing this fairway bunker shot from 172 yards to 5 feet, setting up his sixth birdie in his first seven holes and advancing him to 13 under, five clear.

Looking to make the turn in 29, Woods instead missed the green at the par-3 ninth, failed to get up and down for par, and had to settle for 5-under 30.