Bohn Thrills Crowd With Final Round 58

By Marty HenwoodSeptember 17, 2001, 4:00 pm
After winning one million dollars for draining a hole-in-one during his college days, Jason Bohn of Atlanta, Ga. doubted he would ever experience that feeling again. On Sunday afternoon, at the end of a week in which smiles were hard to find, Bohn proved himself wrong.
 
The 28-year-old started 9-under over his opening seven holes on his way to a record-breaking 13-under-par 58 at Huron Oaks Golf Club for a four-round total of 260 and a two-shot win over Jace Bugg (Henderson, KY). Steve Scott of Wellington, FL, who carried a one-shot lead into play Sunday, finished third, five shots behind Bohn. David Hearn of Brantford, ON, an alternate who gained a berth in the event when several players couldnt get flights earlier in the week, was the top Canadian, winding up with a 16-under 268.
 
Even more remarkable with Bohns score, believed to be the first-ever 58 carded in tournament play, was the fact that he pulled it off with a bogey, on the par-3 eighth hole. But offsetting the one blunder on an otherwise brilliant afternoon were ten birdies and a pair of eagles. Afterwards, Bohn, who won his biggest payday with the ace while at the University of Alabama in 1992, admitted Sundays accomplishment meant more to him.
 
I think this means more to me because this is something I earned on my own, as opposed to a lucky shot, said Bohn after moving from 14th spot to end the season in third place on the McDonalds Order of Merit. It was wild, it was crazy.once I got really low, I started to get nervous but Billy (caddy Bill Spencer) kept me calm. Once I made the turn (at 9-under), I knew I had a chance.
 
With his parents in the gallery, the first time they had seen their son play a full tournament in his five years on the Canadian Tour, Bohn actually had a chance to shoot 57, but his long birdie putt on the par-5 final hole rolled just by the cup.
 
I must admit, Ive had a lot of luck in my life, he added. but this meant a lot to me since it was the first time my parents were here to see me.
 
Even in a moment all golfers dream about, Bohn couldnt help but take time to pause and reflect on the heartache that grips his native U.S., and the world, this week.
 
It was very difficult, and my heart goes out to every single person who was affected by this tragedyand I know I speak for every single player on the Canadian Tour. Maybe, in some way, us being here allowed us to take us away from what happened, if only for a little while. But nobody will ever forget.
 
Players, officials, volunteers and more than 5,000 spectators paused for a minutes silence during the closing ceremonies. As well, the tournament donated $15,000 to relief efforts in New York City, as well as another $30,000 to two local charities.
 
The Bayer Championship was the final full-field Canadian Tour event of the season. The top 30 money-leaders on the McDonalds Order of Merit will compete in this weekends $100,000 Niagara Classic in Niagara Falls.
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'Brain fart' leads to Spieth's late collapse

By Rex HoggardJuly 19, 2018, 2:44 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – The closing stretch at Carnoustie has famously ruined many a solid round, so Jordan Spieth’s misadventures on Thursday should not have been a complete surprise, but the truth is the defending champion’s miscues were very much self-inflicted.

Spieth was cruising along at 3 under par, just two shots off the early lead, when he made a combination of errors at the par-4 15th hole. He hit the wrong club off the tee (4-iron) and the wrong club for his approach (6-iron) on his way to a double bogey-6.

“The problem was on the second shot, I should have hit enough club to reach the front of the green, and even if it goes 20 yards over the green, it's an easy up-and-down,” Spieth said. “I just had a brain fart, and I missed it into the location where the only pot bunker where I could actually get in trouble, and it plugged deep into it. It was a really, really poor decision on the second shot, and that cost me.”


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Spieth continued to compound his problems with a sloppy bogey at the 16th hole, and a drive that sailed left at 18 found the Barry Burn en route to a closing bogey and a 1-over 72.

The miscues were more mental, a lack of execution, than they were an example of how difficult the closing stretch at Carnoustie can be, and that’s not good enough for Spieth.

“That's what I would consider as a significant advantage for me is recognizing where the misses are,” said Spieth, who was tied for 68th when he completed his round. “It felt like a missed opportunity.”

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Perez: R&A does it right, 'not like the USGA'

By Rex HoggardJuly 19, 2018, 2:28 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Pat Perez didn’t even attempt to hide his frustration with the USGA at last month’s U.S. Open, and after an opening-round 69 at The Open, he took the opportunity to double down on his displeasure.

“They (the R&A) do it right, not like the USGA,” Perez said of the setup at Carnoustie. “They've got the opposite [philosophy] here. I told them, you guys have it right, let the course get baked, but you've got the greens receptive. They're not going to run and be out of control. They could have easily had the greens just like the fairway, but they didn't. The course is just set up perfect.”


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Concerns at Shinnecock Hills reached a crescendo on Saturday when the scoring average ballooned to 75.3 and only three players broke the par of 70. Of particular concern for many players, including Perez, were some of the hole locations, given how fast and firm the greens were.

“The U.S. Open could have been like this more if they wanted to. They could have made the greens a bit more receptive,” Perez said. “These greens are really flat compared to Shinnecock. So that was kind of the problem there is they let it get out of control and they made the greens too hard.”

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Ball headed O.B., Stone (68) gets huge break

By Mercer BaggsJuly 19, 2018, 2:14 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Brandon Stone knew it when he hit it.

“I knew I hit it out of bounds,” the South African said following his opening round in the 147th Open Championship.

Stone’s second shot on the par-4 18th, from the left fescue, was pulled into the grandstands, which are marked as O.B. But instead of settling in with the crowd, the ball ricocheted back towards the green and nearly onto the putting surface.

Stone made his par and walked away with a 3-under 68, two shots off the early lead.

“I really didn’t put a good swing on it, bad contact and it just came out way left,” Stone said. “I feel so sorry for the person I managed to catch on the forehead there, but got a lucky break.


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“When you get breaks like that you know you’re going to have good weeks.”

It’s been more than just good luck recently for Stone. He shot 60 in the final round – missing a 9-foot birdie putt for the first 59 in European Tour history – to win last week’s Scottish Open. It was his third career win on the circuit and first since 2016. It was also just his first top-10 of the season.

“A testament to a different mental approach and probably the change in putter,” said Stone, who added that he switched to a new Ping Anser blade model last week.

“I’ve been putting, probably, the best I have in my entire life.”

This marks Stone’s sixth start in a major championship, with his best finish a tie for 35th in last year’s U.S. Open. He has a missed cut and a T-70 in two prior Open Championships.