Scott in Hunt for Second Title of Year

By Marty HenwoodSeptember 14, 2001, 4:00 pm
Canadian Tour-LargeThe second round of the Canadian Tours Bayer Championship came to a standstill Friday as players, officials, volunteers and spectators joined the world in paying tribute to the victims of Tuesdays terrorist attacks on the United States.
Players representing six countries joined their fellow American competitors for three minutes of silence at 12:20 p.m., as play was literally halted at Huron Oaks Golf Club with most players from the morning draw still on the course. Over a thousand people stood solemnly with heads bowed in front of the main scoreboard, while flags flew at half-mast. Similar tributes are planned before play on Saturday and Sunday.
Steve Scott of Wellington, Fla., carded an 8-under-par 63 and sits at 11-under through two days for a one shot lead over fellow Floridian Steve Pleis. Jace Bugg (Henderson, Kent.) and Rich Massey (Harrington Park, N.J.) are two shots back, while Calgarys Brett Bingham and Dave Pashko of Richmond Hill, ON are the top Canadians at 8-under.
Scott, 24, who finished second in the 1996 U.S. Amateur Championship, birdied six of his first seven holes and needed just 20 putts in Fridays round.
All in all, I think that was a pretty good round, said the 2001 TELUS Vancouver Open champion, managing a smile in what to date has been a difficult week, particularly for the U.S. golfers . I hit a lot of 10 and 15 footers today. At one point I was thinking 59, but not to the point where it was messing my game up.
Pleis will pair up with Scott in the final grouping of the day Saturday, and had it not been for back-to-back bogeys on the 15th and 16th holes Friday, it could have been the 34-year-old atop the leaderboard heading into the third round.
If I can do what I have been the past few days, Ill have a chance, maintained Pleis, who trailed leader Rob Johnson by two shots as play began Friday. Ive hit the ball well the last five weeks, I just havent made the putts. Those putts have gone in over the last two days, and thats been the difference.
Mikkel Reese (Chandler, Ariz.), who began his day on the tenth tee and was 3-over at the turn, fired a 7-under 28 on the front nine, highlighted by an ace on the 205-yard, par-3 5th.
I think Ill ask Ray (tournament director Horne) if I can play the front nine twice tomorrow, he laughed. That 28 allowed me to make the cut, so now I get the chance to try to do it again.
Seventy-two players shot 1-under or better and will play for the $32,000 top prize on the weekend. The Bayer Championship is the final full-field event on the Canadian Tour schedule.
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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.