You Oughta Know: AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am

By Will GrayFebruary 10, 2013, 12:32 am

After a pair of runner-up finishes each of the last two weeks, Brandt Snedeker appears poised to take home the trophy Sunday, but he will have to outlast the Tour's latest rookie sensation, James Hahn, to do so. Here are some facts and figures You Oughta Know heading into the final round at Pebble Beach:

• With only one round over par thus far in 2013, Snedeker has picked up right where he left off during the 2012 FedEx Cup Playoffs. He seems in line for his fourth top-3 finish of 2013, and a top-6 finish at Pebble would be the seventh such result for the reigning FedEx Cup champ in his last nine starts, dating back to The Barclays last August.

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• Former U.S. Open champion Retief Goosen appears ready to make quick work of the requirements of his major medical extension. Making the first of five starts with which he must earn $76,336 to retain full playing privileges for the balance of 2013, the South African finds himself tied for sixth, four shots off the pace entering the final round and in position for his first top-10 finish since last year's RBC Canadian Open.

• A handful of players will enter the final round still with aspirations of making the field for the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship later this month. Chris Kirk, currently alone in third, needs to win to crack the field of 64, while Fredrik Jacobson, currently T-11, needs to finish inside the top seven. Kevin Na, tied for 17th heading into Sunday, has a larger hill to climb, needing a top-4 finish to earn a tee time at Dove Mountain.

• The low round of the day - and largest leap up the board on Moving Day - belonged to U.S. Open champion Webb Simpson. After opening with three bogeys in his first four holes Thursday at Monterey Peninsula, Simpson appeared destined for an early exit. Eight birdies at Pebble Beach Saturday, though, led to a round of 65 and Simpson will now begin the final round tied for 11th, just five shots off the lead - evoking images of Rickie Fowler's comeback (eventual T-6) at the Farmers Insurance Open.

• After making the most of several Monday qualifiers last year, Patrick Reed now has status on Tour after a successful run through Q-School and is in position for a career-best finish Sunday. Having broken 70 in each of the first three rounds this week, Reed is alone in fourth place at 10 under, two shots off the lead. His lone top-20 finish on Tour came at last year's Open, where he tied for 11th.

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Weather extends Barbasol to Monday finish

By Associated PressJuly 23, 2018, 12:25 am

NICHOLASVILLE, Ky. - A thunderstorm has suspended the fourth round of the PGA Tour's Barbasol Championship until Monday morning.

Sunday's third stoppage of play at Champions Trace at Keene Trace Golf Club came with the four leaders - Hunter Mahan, Robert Streb, Tom Lovelady and Troy Merritt at 18 under par - and four other contenders waiting to begin the round.

The tournament will resume at 7:30 a.m. on Monday. Lightning caused one delay, and play was stopped earlier in the afternoon to clear water that accumulated on the course following a morning of steady and sometimes-heavy rain.

Inclement weather has plagued the tournament throughout the weekend. The second round was completed Saturday morning after being suspended by thunderstorms late Friday afternoon.

The resumption will mark the PGA Tour's second Monday finish this season. Jason Day won the Farmers Insurance Open in January after darkness delayed the sixth playoff hole, and he needed just 13 minutes to claim the victory.

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Watch: Spectator films as Woods' shot hits him

By Will GrayJuly 23, 2018, 12:07 am

It was a collision watched by millions of fans on television, and one that came at a pivotal juncture as Tiger Woods sought to win The Open. It also gave Colin Hauck the story of a lifetime.

Hauck was among dozens of fans situated along the left side of the 11th hole during the final round at Carnoustie as the pairing of Woods and Francesco Molinari hit their approach shots. After 10 holes of nearly flawless golf, Woods missed the fairway off the tee and then pulled his iron well left of the target.

The ball made square contact with Hauck, who hours later tweeted a video showing the entire sequence - even as he continued to record after Woods' shot sent him tumbling to the ground:

The bounce initially appeared fortuitous for Woods, as his ball bounded away from thicker rough and back toward the green. But an ambitious flop shot came up short, and he eventually made a double bogey to go from leading by a shot to trailing by one. He ultimately shot an even-par 71, tying for sixth two shots behind Molinari.

For his efforts as a human shield, Hauck received a signed glove and a handshake from Woods - not to mention a firsthand video account that will be sure to spark plenty of conversations in the coming years.

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Molinari retirement plan: coffee, books and Twitter

By Will GrayJuly 22, 2018, 9:35 pm

After breaking through for his first career major, Francesco Molinari now has a five-year exemption on the PGA Tour, a 10-year exemption in Europe and has solidified his standing as one of the best players in the world.

But not too long ago, the 35-year-old Italian was apparently thinking about life after golf.

Shortly after Molinari rolled in a final birdie putt to close out a two-shot victory at The Open, fellow Tour player Wesley Bryan tweeted a picture of a note that he wrote after the two played together during the third round of the WGC-HSBC Champions in China in October. In it, Bryan shared Molinari's plans to retire as early as 2020 to hang out at cafes and "become a Twitter troll":

Molinari is active on the social media platform, with more than 5,600 tweets sent out to nearly 150,000 followers since joining in 2010. But after lifting the claret jug at Carnoustie, it appears one of the few downsides of Molinari's victory is that the golf world won't get to see the veteran turn into a caffeinated, well-read troll anytime soon.

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Molinari had previously avoided Carnoustie on purpose

By Rex HoggardJuly 22, 2018, 9:17 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Sometimes a course just fits a player’s eye. They can’t really describe why, but more often than not it leads to solid finishes.

Francesco Molinari’s relationship with Carnoustie isn’t like that.

The Italian played his first major at Carnoustie, widely considered the toughest of all The Open venues, in 2007, and his first impression hasn’t really changed.

“There was nothing comforting about it,” he said on Sunday following a final-round 69 that lifted him to a two-stroke victory.

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In fact, following that first exposure to the Angus coast brute, Molinari has tried to avoid Carnoustie, largely skipping the Dunhill Links Championship, one of the European Tour’s marquee events, throughout his career.

“To be completely honest, it's one of the reasons why I didn't play the Dunhill Links in the last few years, because I got beaten up around here a few times in the past,” he said. “I didn't particularly enjoy that feeling. It's a really tough course. You can try and play smart golf, but some shots, you just have to hit it straight. There's no way around it. You can't really hide.”

Molinari’s relative dislike for the layout makes his performance this week even more impressive considering he played his last 37 holes bogey-free.

“To play the weekend bogey-free, it's unthinkable, to be honest. So very proud of today,” he said.