Canadian Tour Set for Winter Qualifying

By Marty HenwoodJanuary 28, 2003, 5:00 pm
Canadian Tour-LargeTORONTO, Ontario --The Canadian Tour makes a return visit to Orlando, Fla., next week as Winter Qualifying School is once again staged at ChampionsGate Golf Club.
A total of 185 golfers representing 16 countries will take on the ChampionsGate National and International courses in the 90-hole marathon that got under way Monday. Golfers will play two rounds each at both courses before the field is reduced to the low 60 scores plus ties after Thursdays fourth round. Those remaining golfers will tee it up on Feb. 7 in the hopes of landing one of the 20 exempt or 10 non-exempt cards to be awarded for the 2003 Canadian Tour season.
The United States leads the way with 146 golfers, with Japan being represented by nine participants. Five Canadians will make the trip to ChampionsGate, followed by England and New Zealand with four each, Argentina with three and Mexico, France, Scotland and Brazil with two apiece. Ireland, Sweden, Spain, Finland, South Africa and Korea will each have one player in the starting field.
Among those slated to compete is 1986 PGA Tour B.C. Open champion Jim Hallet, as well as former tour member Richie Coughlan. Erik Compton, who played on the (now Nationwide) Tour last season and has also represented the United States in Walker and Palmer Cup play, will also be in Orlando trying to nail down a Canadian Tour card. Former NHL star goalie Grant Fuhr, a multiple Stanley Cup champion, and NFL quarterback Billy Joe Tolliver hope to etch their names onto the Canadian Tour roster for 2003. Patrick Damron, the brother of former Canadian Tour and current PGA Tour member Robert Damron, will look to follow in his brothers footsteps by gaining a Canadian Tour card. The starting field is also loaded with former state and provincial champions, national team members and NCAA All-Americans.
Last season, five grads who came out of Winter Q-school combined to win a total of seven events.
Following Q-school, the Canadian Tour moves west to open the 2003 campaign with a pair of events at Barton Creek in Austin, TeXas, the weeks of February 10th and 17th.
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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.