Hank Kuehne Gets First Pro Win

By Marty HenwoodMarch 17, 2002, 5:00 pm
American Hank Kuehne held off a relentless charge from Jason Bohn and Steve Runge Sunday to win the Canadian Tours Texas Challenge in Austin.
The 1998 U.S. Amateur champion fired a final-round 7-under 65 for a 72-hole total of 18-under 270, one shot ahead of Bohn and Runge. Todd Fanning (Winnipeg, Mannitoba) and Philip Jonas of Vancouver, Bitish Columbia, tied for fifth, eight shots behind Kuehne. Former Canadian amateur star Jon Mills wound up ninth with four others.
Sundays win was the second strong showing for Kuehne in as many starts. Last week, he wound up tied for second to Steve Scott at the Texas Classic in Houston.

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Kuehne took home $15,141 for his first professional win.
Six months after Bohn re-wrote the history books with a 13-under 58 at the Bayer Championship, the 28-year-old created quite a stir once again Sunday with a course record 63. His day featured a string of eight consecutive birdies from Nos. 4-11, a new Tour record. The previous best was seven birdies in a row, a mark Bohn shared previously with Paul Devenport and John Colwell.
But the day belonged to Kuehne, the 26-year-old Dallas native who overcame two career-threatening arm and shoulder surgeries in 2000 and now finds himself atop the Canadian Tour money list.
Its been a long road back, and it feels pretty good right now, he said moments after signing his scorecard Sunday. There were times when things got tough, there were always questions whether I could still play. If I wasnt able to swing a golf club the way I wanted, I was going to call it a career. I think I proved to a lot of people that I am back.
With Bohn already in the clubhouse, Kuehne and Runge walked to the 18th tee all even at 18-under. But after hitting his tee shot into the right bunker, Runge hammered a 6-iron from 168 yards out into the water. Kuehnes first putt from just off the green came to within two feet of the cup, and the par gave him the triumph.
Kuehne was 4-under heading into Saturday before mastering Circle C over the final two rounds.
I knew with these conditions I would need to take it low, and Jason and Steve both proved that, added Kuehne. I would have liked to see a little more wind to make it more of a frontrunners race. But 14-under on the weekend will get it done on any Tour.
After a 6-under 30 on the front nine, Bohn stayed even with Kuehne for most of the afternoon before lipping out a short par putt on the 17th that essentially took him out of the tournament.
I just wanted to give myself a chance, and I gave it all I could, said Bohn. I didnt make up as much ground as I could have Saturday, and I blew any chance I had with that putt on 17.
Runge, the 2001 Panasonic Panama Open champion, shrugged his shoulders when asked about the sand shot that found water on the final hole.
It just came out of there sliding right and started fading, explained Runge of the stroke. But all in all I was happy with my play all week. It was a tough break, but those things happen.
The Canadian Tour takes a week off before resuming play with a two-event swing through Scottsdale, Ariz., beginning March 28.
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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.