Tweets of the Day: June 25, 2012

By June 25, 2012, 3:40 pm

The golf world uses Twitter to share news and offer a glimpse into players lives and thoughts. Here are the best tweets from the past 24 hours.

You can nominate your favorites from the day as well by re-tweeting the best 140-character dispatches with the hashtag #GCTOTD.

Let's start with Melissa Reid, who won in her first start since her mother died because of injuries resulting from a car crash four weeks ago.

@melreidgolf With @Polly12Pockets @FlicJohnsonGolf @vikkilaing @SophWalks having a beer! That was for you mum :) #joy

The kudos poured in for Reid, particularly from European-born players like Sophie Gustafson.

@SophieGustafson What a fantastic win by @melreidgolf Well done you legend!!

Brittany Lang became the first Duke University golfer to win on the LPGA Tour, taking the Manulife Financial LPGA Classic in a playoff.

@brittany1golf Congratulations to my buddy @blanggolf (Brittany Lang) for her first win on the @lpga tour! Couldn't have happened to a better person!!!!

Danny Willett won his first European Tour title in a four-hole playoff over Marcus Fraser at the BMW International Open. Last year's champion, Pablo Larrazabal, did so in a five-hole playoff over Sergio Garcia.

@plarrazabal Congratulations to Danny Willet... He win it my way... Heheheh... Well done my friend...

Fraser shares the same coach with Marc Leishman, who won his first PGA Tour title at the Travelers Championship.

@Marcusfraser Big congrats to my coach @denismcdade and to Marc Leishman for his first win on the @PGATOUR

Hunter Mahan went low on Sunday, shooting a 9-under 61 to rocket up the leaderboard at TPC River Highlands.

@HunterMahan Golf is a strange game, struggle for three days then the flood gates open!

Meanwhile, John Peterson's life has changed.

@JohnPetersonLSU 3 weeks ago I was worrying about how I was gonna pay my mortgage. Today, I am waking up in DC playing a corporate outing. #countingblessings

Meredith Duncan fell in love in Canada.

@Meredith_Duncan I'm happy to say I met the man of my dreams in Canada this week. His name is Tim and he makes me coffee every morning. Tim Hortons. I <3 you

Keegan Bradley is playing in the Irish Open this week and fighting jet lag.

@Keegan_Bradley I'm here in N Ireland. All settled in! Heading up to the course soon. Can't get enough caffein. #slainte

Finally, Geoff Ogilvy's mustache is gone.

@JULIOGILVY No more Mo :(((

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Casey (62) opens up four-shot lead at Travelers

By Nick MentaJune 23, 2018, 9:48 pm

On the strength of an 8-under 62, Paul Casey will take a four-shot lead into the final round of the Travelers Championship. Here’s where things stand through three rounds outside Hartford.

Leaderboard: Casey (-16), Russell Henley (-12), J.B. Holmes (-11), Anirban Lahiri (-11), Brian Harman (-11)

What it means: Casey is hunting his third PGA Tour victory and his second this season. The Englishman went nine years between Tour titles and racked up a number of near-misses after dedicating himself to a full-time U.S. schedule in 2015. He finally broke through earlier this year at the Valspar, edging a resurgent Tiger Woods, and now looks to further kick down a finally open door. TPC River Highlands is a gettable golf course, and notable names like Day, Watson and DeChambeau lurk at 10 under, but the field may need some help from Casey, who has separated himself through 54 holes.  

Round of the day: Casey fired the round of the week with six birdies and an eagle at the short par-4 15th. He leads the tournament in birdies made with six in each round for 18 total. He has hit each of his last 23 greens in regulation.

Best of the rest: Jaime Lovemark signed for a 6-under 64 highlighted by an eagle at 15. He enters Sunday tied for 11th, hunting his fourth top-10 finish of the season.

Biggest disappointment: While Casey was ripping up the course, four of the top seven players in the Official World Golf Ranking - Rory McIlroy (69), Brooks Koepka (69), Justin Thomas (70) and Jordan Spieth (71) - combined to shoot 1 under par Saturday. .

Shot of the day: James Hahn’s slam-dunk ace from 154 yards at the par-3 11th.

After a 3-over front nine, Hahn closed in 29 on the back for a ho-hum 67.

Quote of the day: "That's something I rarely see from me, 18 greens in regulation. So whatever he told me worked" - Casey on his work with his swing coach, Peter Kostis

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Watch: Hahn slam-dunks ace on 11th hole

By Golf Channel DigitalJune 23, 2018, 7:20 pm

There are aces, and there are slam-dunk aces. No question which one this one by James Hahn on the 154-yard 11th hole was.

It was Hahn's first ace on the PGA Tour.

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Els' nephew Rebula wins Amateur Championship

By Golf Channel DigitalJune 23, 2018, 7:05 pm

Ernie Els is one proud uncle.

His nephew, Jovan Rebula, won the Amateur Championship on Saturday at Royal Aberdeen to become the first South African to capture the title since Bobby Cole in 1966.

Rebula, a junior at Auburn, will join his famous uncle in Carnoustie next month for The Open. He also will get invites to the 2019 Masters and the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach.

Rebula defeated Ireland's Robin Dawson, 3 and 2, in the 36-hole final.

"It’s unreal," Rebula said. "It’s really something that is hard to describe. I feel like many have been in this position before but it’s an unreal feeling. It hasn’t sunk in quite yet but hopefully tomorrow morning I can wake up and I will feel a little different."

Rebula received plenty of texts from Els throughout the week, and the encouragement paid off. Rebula opened a 1-up lead after 18 holes, and he extended his advantage by winning the 26th and 27th holes. He was 5 up with six to play before finally closing out Dawson on the 16th hole with an up-and-down from the bunker.

"It’s been a long week and especially today," Rebula said. "I should have finished maybe a couple of holes earlier, but it’s been awesome. A very tiring week. I’m standing here right now and there’s so much adrenaline pumping through me."

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Squirrel gets Rory's round off to a rocky start

By Will GrayJune 23, 2018, 6:42 pm

CROMWELL, Conn. – Rory McIlroy’s third round at the Travelers Championship got off to a peculiar start before he even hit a shot.

McIlroy had just been introduced on the first tee at TPC River Highlands and was ready to unload on his opening drive of the day when a squirrel ran across the tee box a few feet in front of him.

McIlroy stopped his swing and laughed it off, but the squirrel continued to linger for several seconds, criss-crossing from one side of the packed tee box to the other. And while this was no black cat, the pump-fake to start his round didn’t exactly help the Ulsterman.

McIlroy ultimately blocked his drive into the right rough after enduring his brief rodent delay en route to an opening bogey, and amid soft conditions at TPC River Highlands he played his first five holes in 2 over. McIlroy started the day at 7 under, three shots behind leader Brian Harman.