Former US Amateur Stars Continue To Leave Mark In Texas

By Marty HenwoodMarch 8, 2002, 5:00 pm
Canadian Tour-LargeDespite seeing his course record broken after just one day Friday, Jeff Quinney still holds the lead after the second round of the Canadian Tours Texas Classic.
 
The 2000 U.S. Amateur champion carded 3-under 69 for a 36-hole total of 133, one shot better than Steve Scott and Roger Tambellini. Bryn Parry of Vancouver is the top Canadian at 8-under, leaving him tied for fourth spot with defending Order Of Merit winner Aaron Barber (Orlando, Fla.) and 1998 U.S. Amateur champion Hank Kuehne.
 
After starting the day eight shots off the lead, Kuehne carded an 8-under 64 Friday to climb to within striking distance.
 
The Tours first official event of the season features a $150,000 total purse.
 
Less than 24 hours after setting a new Kingwood Country Club Forest Course record with an opening-round 64, Quinney saw the mark bettered by one on Friday by Scott. The 24-year-old Scott, the runner up-to Tiger Woods in the 1996 U.S. Amateur final, set the new benchmark despite battling a stomach virus all day, a condition that kept him awake most of Thursday night.
 
That is a heck of a score on this track, and it looks like he took advantage of the morning draw, said Quinney of Scotts round. I didnt hit the ball as well as I did Thursday, but anytime you shoot low you need a couple of breaks. Hank got off to a great start today and he got a couple of bounces when he needed them.
 
Quinney was paired with Kuehne and reigning U.S. Amateur champion Bubba Dickerson Friday. The third round will see him teamed with Tambellini and Scott, but Quinney refuses to look too far ahead.
 
I dont pay any attention to the leaderboard, it really doesnt matter what anyone else is doing. My job is to go out, make birdies and try to go as low as I can. Its going to be a real dogfight this weekend.
 
For the second time in as many days, golfers teeing it up in the morning draw took full advantage of the calm winds before strong gusts began to swirl throughout Kingwood in the early afternoon.
 
A weary Scott arrived at Kingwood just after daybreak Friday and birdied four of his first six holes out of the gate.
 
To tell you the truth, I felt worse today then I did (Thursday) night, said the two-time U.S. Walker Cup Team member, adding wife/caddy Kristi was up with him most of the night. I have no idea how I pulled that off today - but you know what they say, beware of the sick man.
 
Widely regarded as one of the top putters on Tour, Scott used that strength to his advantage in the second round, needing just 25 putts all day.
 
Im feeling good about my overall play right now, but putting is everything in this game. Everything feeds off how many you can get to drop.
 
Tambellini, scheduled to leave to play the Buy.Com Tour after next weeks Texas Challenge in Austin, is pleased to be heading into the weekend after two solid rounds (66,68).
 
I hit a couple of tentative shots coming home (Friday) that may have hurt me a bit, admitted Tambellini, who was also one of the six involved in the Vancouver playoff last June. But I think I am playing well. As long as I stay aggressive, I should be fine on the weekend.
 
Now into his second year on the Canadian Tour, Parry, whose best finish was a tie for 10th at last years CanAm Days Championship in South Carolina, is gaining confidence with each start. The 30-year-old spent the off-season working with coach Doug Morgan and also teamed up with a sports psychologist in Vancouver.
 
I have a lot of trust in Doug, and its worked out very well for me, he said. I started feeling a lot more comfortable about halfway through last year, and now I seem to be playing more to my expectations. Playing in some better groups has helped me with my confidence to play at that level.
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Simpson overtakes DeChambeau in Ryder Cup race

By Will GrayJuly 23, 2018, 12:09 pm

A T-12 finish at The Open allowed Webb Simpson to move past Bryson DeChambeau into the eighth and final automatic qualifying spot in the U.S. Ryder Cup points race with just three weeks to go.

Simpson finished the week at 3 under, five shots behind winner Francesco Molinari. Adding another strong result to his win at TPC Sawgrass and T-10 finish at the U.S. Open, he's now edged in front of DeChambeau by less than 41 points. But with players earning one point per $1,000 each of the next two weeks and 1.5 points per $1,000 at the PGA Championship, the race is far from over.

Jordan Spieth's T-9 finish strengthened his position at No. 6, as the top six players are essentially assured of qualifying automatically. Rickie Fowler held onto his spot at No. 7, while Xander Schauffele and Kevin Kisner both moved onto the bubble following T-2 finishes at Carnoustie. After a T-6 finish, Tiger Woods jumped from 31st to 20th.

Here's a look at the updated American standings, with the top eight after the PGA qualifying automatically and captain Jim Furyk adding four picks in September:

1. Brooks Koepka

2. Dustin Johnson

3. Patrick Reed

4. Justin Thomas

5. Bubba Watson

6. Jordan Spieth

7. Rickie Fowler

8. Webb Simpson

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9. Bryson DeChambeau

10. Phil Mickelson

11. Xander Schauffele

12. Matt Kuchar

13. Kevin Kisner

14. Tony Finau

15. Brian Harman

On the European side, Molinari was already in position to qualify automatically but is now assured of a spot on Thomas Bjorn's roster this fall. Fellow major champs Justin Rose and Rory McIlroy also solidified their footing with runner-up performances.

Here's a look at how things look for the Europeans, with the top four from each list after the PGA Championship qualifying automatically:

European Points

1. Francesco Molinari

2. Justin Rose

3. Tyrrell Hatton

4. Tommy Fleetwood

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Thorbjorn Olesen

Russell Knox

Eddie Pepperell

World Points

1. Jon Rahm

2. Alex Noren

3. Rory McIlroy

4. Paul Casey

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Matthew Fitzpatrick

Sergio Garcia

Ian Poulter

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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.