So Whos This Years Bob May

By Kraig KannAugust 14, 2001, 4:00 pm
It was last year at Valhalla when the world who didnt know Bob May as a veteran player of tours worldwide came to know him as a near Tiger-slayer. The journeyman from Las Vegas, who actually dominated the junior golf circuit in California before Tiger Woods became the latest in a line of lesser-knowns to become NAMES at the PGA Championship.
He didnt win. But the man seven years older than Woods did make a grand entrance on the major tournament radar screen. And so now, it begs the question...whos next?
The history of the PGA Championship says that names often become NAMES not by winning, but in fact contending. Look no further back than Sergios coming out party at Medinah, or Steve Strickers chase of Vijay Singh at Sahalee in 1998. Despite a few wins on his resume, did anybody really know much about Kenny Perry before the 1996 PGA battle with eventual winner Mark Brooks at Valhalla? Likewise, the emergence of Jim Gallagher Jr. in the 1992 PGA at Bellerive in St. Louis, eventually won by Nick Price.
So, again...who's next? Chris DiMarco might not count. He was Bob May-like for two days at Augusta this year, and has already proven himself as a worthy contender week in and week out on the PGA Tour. So perhaps Chris Smith, a veteran of Tour wins and money, still looking for a breakout week where potential as an up-and-coming star materializes. Or what about Brett Quigley? Like Smith, a long hitter, with immense potential whos contention this year on the PGA Tour has been a bit overdue if you poll those who follow the game. How bout Harrison Frazar? Also a long hitter and a bit heavy in the pocket as well. His contention in tournaments isnt quite satisfying enough anymore. Money is nice, majors mean more. Steve Flesch has not yet won a PGA Tour event, and in many books tops the 'best player without a win' list. Dont forget Jonathan Kaye either. This is a young man whos not afraid to win, although it hasnt yet happened. Greg Chalmers, the smooth-swinging Aussie, is filled with talent and blessed with a great swing. The PGA is a perfect place for him to enter stage-right.
Just some names to consider, because as recent history in majors tells us, you never know when the next Chris DiMarco might hang tight at the Masters, the next Retief Goosen outlast folks at the U.S. Open, or the next Brian Watts might wow us from the bunker at a British. This week its the PGA Championship at the Atlanta Athletic Club. The PGA likes to bill itself as Glorys Last Shot, and you just never know who might get a piece of the storyline. Keep your eyes open!
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McIlroy 'committed to everything ... ran out of holes'

By Jay CoffinJuly 22, 2018, 7:08 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Rory McIlroy summed it up: “I don’t really feel like it’s a defeat. I feel like it’s a good week.”

McIlroy, in search of his fifth major, tied for the lead at The Open late on Sunday at Carnoustie when he made eagle on the par-5 14th hole. An hour later, he had made five consecutive pars to close out a 1-under 70 and tie for second place with Justin Rose, Kevin Kisner and Xander Schauffele.

That group ended two shots behind winner Francesco Molinari. McIlroy thought it was realistic to squeeze one more shot out of his round, but he never though it was possible to squeeze out two.

“I committed to everything,” he said. “I hit the shots when I needed to. I made good swings on 17 and on 18. I just ran out of holes.”

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McIlroy hasn’t played poorly this year, but this hasn't been a year that would rank as a total success. He took the Arnold Palmer Invitational in March and collected a second-place finish at the BMW PGA Championship. He had a legitimate chance to win the Masters before a terrible Sunday round, and then missed the cut at the U.S. Open last month at Shinnecock Hills.

Sunday at Carnoustie, McIlroy bogeyed two of his first five holes and quickly became an afterthought. When others faltered, McIlroy birdies Nos. 9 and 11, then eagled 14 to vault back into the picture.

“I’m happy with how I played,” he said. “I didn’t get off to a great start, but I hung in there, and I battled back.

“So I’ll look back at this week and be very encouraged about what I’ve done and the golf that I played. I feel like that will stand me in good stead for what’s coming up.”

McIlroy is scheduled to play the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational in two weeks, followed by the PGA Championship and the FedExCup Playoffs.

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Edoardo, other pros congratulate Francesco on Twitter

By Grill Room TeamJuly 22, 2018, 6:54 pm

Francesco Molinari played a bogey-free weekend at Carnoustie to claim Italy's first claret jug.

His rock-solid performance in the final round earned him his share of social media plaudits.

Here's a collection of Twitter hat-tips, and we start off with Frankie's brother, Dodo.

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Woods: Fan who yelled had 'tipped back a few'

By Jay CoffinJuly 22, 2018, 6:37 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Tiger Woods stood on the 18th tee and thought he needed birdie to have a chance to win The Open. He pulled driver out of his bag, a sign he wanted to boot the ball as far down the fairway as possible.

Woods took a mighty swat and - right in the middle of his downswing - someone yelled. Woods flinched.

Luckily his ball still found a decent spot just off the right of the fairway.

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“I’ve had things like that happen a lot in my career with people who just tried to time it,” Woods said Sunday at Carnoustie after shooting 71 to tie for sixth place. “They tipped back a few, and it’s late in the day.

“Unfortunately, that’s part of what we have to deal with in today’s game. People are trying to yell out things to try to be on TV or be in social media or whatever it may be. That was too close to the game of play.”

Woods hit his approach to 6 feet and missed the birdie putt. He tapped in for par to shoot even par and finish 5 under for the week, in a tie for sixth.

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Pros melt down on Twitter as they watch Tiger

By Grill Room TeamJuly 22, 2018, 6:30 pm

Tiger Woods mounted a final-round charge and, for a little while, took the outright lead at Carnoustie on Sunday.

His fellow pros were watching and tweeting like your average fans.

We compiled some of their missives below:

Woods would go on to finish in a tie for sixth at 5 under par for the week.