Ford Tough at Suspended Barefoot Classic
Ford carded a 5-under 67 at Barefoot Resorts Greg Norman course and leads Winnipegs Rob McMillan and Mario Tiziani by one shot. Doug McGuigan, Zoltan Veress, Brian Kontak, Hank Kuehne, Mikkel Reese and Monday qualifier Paul Scaletta are two back.
Play was halted because of darkness with 45 players still on the course. They will finish their rounds Friday morning. David Hearn is at 4-under through 15 holes and will try to narrow the gap before second round action begins.
Earlier in the day, there was a 2 -hour delay when thunderstorms rolled through the Myrtle Beach area.
McMillan closed out his round in fine style when he holed out from 80 yards for eagle on the par-5 final hole.
Yeah, that was a good way to end, and I wanted to get done (before play was called), he said. We were in good position, so we thought wed be all right. I didnt hit the ball well today, but I managed my game well and got a lot out of it.
Veress, 27, who wound up tied for third at last summers Aliant Cup in Newfoundland, had a slow start out of the gate Thursday, going 4-over through his first five holes. But the Tours 2000 Canadian Rookie of the Year rebounded on his back nine, going 4-under.
After starting slow like that, it was like, 'Here we go again,' said Veress. I was playing too smart, and that was almost causing problems. Then I caught fire and the putts started to drop. If I can do the same Friday, I should have a decent round.
Kuehne, the 1998 U.S. Amateur champion who captured the Texas Challenge earlier this year, had a roller-coaster round that featured an eagle, five birdies and four bogeys.
I drove the ball fantastic, but my iron play was a little suspect, admitted Kuehne, who needed just 25 putts for the round. Overall, I am pleased with my score. Every time I made bogey, Id come back with a birdie. I fought out there all day long.
With a strong wind swirling throughout Barefoot Resort, Kuehne, like most players in the morning draw, had trouble figuring out the gusts all day. But on the 552-yard par-5 18th hole, Kuehne used the wind to his advantage, unleashing a monstrous 410-yard drive before sticking his approach shot to within a foot of the pin and tapping in for eagle.
That wind made it tough for everyone, and the delay didnt help either, added Kuehne. But for all the rain we had earlier (Thursday), you have to hand it to the guys getting the course back together for us. It was in a lot better shape than I thought it would be.
Kontak, a five-time Canadian Tour winner, clawed his way to an even-par 36 on his front nine before draining three birdies over his final nine holes.
Making his Canadian Tour debut Thursday was Casey Martin. The 29-year-old, who gained worldwide attention a few years ago when he took the PGA Tour to court after he was refused permission to use a cart during tournament rounds, carded an even-par 72. Martin suffers from a birth defect in his right leg that makes it difficult to walk, and he was laid up in bed all winter after experiencing complications during surgery.
It was funny, when I took a drive around this course earlier in the week, I didnt think there was much to it, said Martin of the 7,035-yard layout. But after playing it, I now have a whole different opinion. It is very subtle, but if you arent careful, you can get in a whole lot of trouble out there.
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Storms halt Barbasol before Lincicome tees off
NICHOLASVILLE, Ky. - Brittany Lincicome will have to wait until the weekend to resume her bid to make the cut in a PGA Tour event.
Overnight storms delayed the start of the second round Friday in the Barbasol Championship, and an afternoon thunderstorm suspended competition for good. The round will resume Saturday morning with much of the field still to play.
The second stoppage at Champions Trace at Keene Trace Golf Club came 20 minutes before Lincicome's scheduled tee time.
Lincicome was near the bottom of the field after opening with a 6-over 78 on Thursday. The first LPGA player since Michelle Wie in 2008 to start a PGA Tour event, she needs a huge rebound to join Babe Zaharias (1945) as the only female players to make the cut.
Troy Merritt had the clubhouse lead at 15 under, following an opening 62 with a 67.
Third-round tee times for the 147th Open
CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Eighteen major champions made the cut at The Open and will be playing the weekend at Carnoustie, including 60-year-old ageless wonder Bernhard Langer, and both major champs so far this year, Patrick Reed and Brooks Koepka.
Twenty-four-year-old Gavin Green will be first off solo Saturday at 4:15 a.m. ET. Reed and Rhys Enoch will follow along 10 minutes later.
Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods, both at even par for the tournament, six shots behind leaders Zach Johnson and Kevin Kisner, are in consecutive groups. Mickelson is playing with Austin Cook at 8:05 a.m. and Woods is with South Africa’s Shaun Norris at 8:15 a.m.
Jordan Spieth and Rickie Fowler, both three shots off the lead, are also in consecutive groups. Fowler is at 10 a.m. with Thorbjorn Olesen and Spieth is 10 minutes later with Kevin Chappell. Rory McIlroy, looking to win his first major since the 2014 PGA Championship, is at 10:40 a.m. with Xander Schauffele. McIlroy is two shots behind.
Johnson and Kisner are last off at 11 a.m.
4:15AM ET: Gavin Green
4:25AM ET: Rhys Enoch, Patrick Reed
4:35AM ET: Kiradech Aphibarnrat, Justin Rose
4:45AM ET: Yusaku Miyazato, Tyrrell Hatton
4:55AM ET: Ross Fisher, Keegan Bradley
5:05AM ET: Ryan Fox, Jason Dufner
5:15AM ET: Bryson DeChambeau, Henrik Stenson
5:25AM ET: Tom Lewis, Sam Locke (a)
5:35AM ET: Paul Casey, Chris Wood
5:45AM ET: Bernhard Langer, Rafa Cabrera Bello
6:00AM ET: Paul Dunne, Brett Rumford
6:10AM ET: Masahiro Kawamura, Shubhankar Sharma
6:20AM ET: Cameron Smith, Brendan Steele
6:30AM ET: Marc Leishman, Lee Westwood
6:40AM ET: Byeong Hun An, Kevin Na
6:50AM ET: Julian Suri, Adam Hadwin
7:00AM ET: Gary Woodland, Si-Woo Kim
7:10AM ET: Yuta Ikeda, Satoshi Kodaira
7:20AM ET: Marcus Kinhult, Thomas Pieters
7:30AM ET: Beau Hossler, Haotong Li
7:45AM ET: Cameron Davis, Sean Crocker
7:55AM ET: Louis Oosthuizen, Stewart Cink
8:05AM ET: Phil Mickeslon, Austin Cook
8:15AM ET: Tiger Woods, Shaun Norris
8:25AM ET: Lucas Herbert, Michael Kim
8:35AM ET: Jason Day, Francesco Molinari
8:45AM ET: Sung Kang, Webb Simpson
8:55AM ET: Patrick Cantlay, Eddie Pepperell
9:05AM ET: Matthew Southgate, Brooks Koepka
9:15AM ET: Kyle Stanley, Adam Scott
9:30AM ET: Charley Hoffman, Alex Noren
9:40AM ET: Ryan Moore, Brandon Stone
9:50AM ET: Luke List, Danny Willett
10:00AM ET: Thorbjorn Olesen, Rickie Fowler
10:10AM ET: Jordan Spieth, Kevin Chappell
10:20AM ET: Zander Lombard, Tony Finau
10:30AM ET: Matt Kuchar, Erik Van Rooyen
10:40AM ET: Rory McIlroy, Xander Schauffele
10:50AM ET: Pat Perez, Tommy Fleetwood
11:00AM ET: Kevin Kisner, Zach Johnson
Facial hair Fowler's new good-luck charm
CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Before, during and after the Fourth of July, Rickie Fowler missed a few appointments with his razor.
He arrived in the United Kingdom for last week’s Scottish Open still unshaved and he tied for sixth place. Fowler, like most golfers, can give in to superstition, so he's decided to keep the caveman look going for this week’s Open Championship.
“There could be some variations,” he smiled following his round on Friday at Carnoustie.
At this rate, he may never shave again. Fowler followed an opening 70 with a 69 on Friday to move into a tie for 11th place, just three strokes off the lead.
Fowler also has some friendly competition in the beard department, with his roommate this week Justin Thomas also going for the rugged look.
“I think he kind of followed my lead in a way. I think he ended up at home, and he had a little bit of scruff going. It's just fun,” Fowler said. “We mess around with it. Obviously, not taking it too seriously. But like I said, ended up playing halfway decent last week, so I couldn't really shave it off going into this week.”
Spieth (67) rebounds from tough Round 1 finish
CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Guess whose putter is starting to heat up again at a major?
Even with a few wayward shots Friday at Carnoustie, Jordan Spieth made a significant climb up the leaderboard in the second round, firing a 4-under 67 to move just three shots off the lead.
Spieth showed his trademark grit in bouncing back from a rough finish Thursday, when he mis-clubbed on the 15th hole, leading to a double bogey, and ended up playing the last four holes in 4 over.
“I don’t know if I actually regrouped,” he said. “It more kind of fires me up a little.”
Spieth missed more than half of his fairways in the second round, but he was able to play his approach shots from the proper side of the hole. Sure, he “stole a few,” particularly with unlikely birdies on Nos. 10 and 11 after errant drives, but he took advantage and put himself in position to defend his claret jug.
Spieth needed only 25 putts in the second round, and he credited a post-round adjustment Thursday for the improvement. The tweak allows his arms to do more of the work in his stroke, and he said he felt more confident on the greens.
“It’s come a long way in the last few months, no doubt,” he said.
More than anything, Spieth was relieved not to have to play “cut-line golf” on Friday, like he’s done each start since his spirited run at the Masters.
“I know that my swing isn’t exactly where I want it to be; it’s nowhere near where it was at Birkdale,” he said. “But the short game is on point, and the swing is working in the right direction to get the confidence back.”