Wood Leads First Round Of Spring Q-School

By Marty HenwoodMay 20, 2002, 4:00 pm
KAMLOOPS, BC - American Jeff Wood has put himself in early contention to grab a Canadian Tour card after Mondays opening round of Spring Qualifying School.
 
The 23-year-old opened with a 3-under 69 and leads Australian Michael Curtain by one shot heading into Tuesdays second round. Dave Carr is two shots back, while eight others are at even-par 72.
 
Wood has played three Tour events this year after qualifying for the Scottsdale Swing at McCormick Ranch and the Lewis Chitengwa Memorial Championship, and receiving an exemption into the Michelin Ixtapa Classic. His best finish was a tie for 22nd at McCormick Ranch. On Monday, he carded a 2-under 34 on his front nine and rode that momentum to the early lead.
 
I just want to play solid this week, and this was a good way to start, said Wood. It is a lot easier playing relaxed then having to try to play catch-up later in the week.
 
The former Golden State Tour winner, who also advanced to the second stage of PGA Tour Qualifying last fall, realizes that he has cleared the first hurdle in the 90-hole marathon here in Kamloops. He had a chance to play with former U.S. amateur champion Hank Kuehne at McCormick Ranch earlier this year, and feels the experience should benefit him as the week goes on.
 
Playing with Hank made me realize there are lot of golfers on the Canadian Tour with high aspirations and a promising future. I was expecting good play, I just didnt know what I was getting into. But I am excited about getting the chance to come to Canada- it is the best thing for me right now.
 
Curtain, who turned pro in January, also holds status on the Davidoff Tour in Asia.
 
I thought it would be a good thing for me to come over here, said the 23-year-old. With the amount of events I was going to get into in Asia, it was silly for me to stay at home. I want to stay competitive and get all the experience I can in my rookie season.
 
Paul Scaletta, who finished second at last months Barefoot Classic after qualifying for the event, carded a 1-over 73 Monday. Should Scaletta earn a card here, he would move into 21st spot in the Order of Merit standings.
 
The field will be reduced to the low 60 scores plus ties after Thursdays fourth round. Those remaining will compete for one of 15 exempt and a minimum 10 non-exempt cards for the remainder of the 2002 Canadian Tour season to be awarded Friday.
 
First Round Scores
Wood, JeffFortuna, CA- 69-3
Curtain, MichaelAustralia- 70-2
Carr, DaveSacramento, CA- 71-1
Corrigan, MarkKamloops, B.C.- 72Even
Flugstad, BrianKenmore, WA- 72Even
Fukushima, KentGrande Prairie, AB- 72Even
Gibbs, JonathonBoise, ID- 72Even
Knowles, RaganAurora, CO- 72Even
Omelia, BryanVan Nuys, CA- 72Even
Risdon, DustinStrathmore, AB- 72Even
Stinson, KyleEdmonton, AB- 72Even
Brunson, DanielGreenville, SC- 731
Bykowski, ColinKelowna, B.C.- 731
Correa, LarrySan Diego, CA- 731
Hamilton, RobertCarmichael, CA- 731
Kureluk, JamieCalgary, AB- 731
Scaletta, PaulRichmond, VA- 731
Valentin, JeromeMission Viejo, CA- 731
Yamanaka, MotoNorwalk, CA- 731
Yoshitake, MasaVictoria, B.C.- 731
Bensel, KenBelligham, WA- 742
Burns, GordToronto, ON- 742
Forsman, JohanDenver, CO- 742
Jacques, RyanDexter, MO- 742
Petryk, LarrySmoky Lake, AB- 742
Snelling, JustinBoise, ID- 742
Dawson, PhilipShinyle Springs, CA- 753
Gentry, BrianTahoe City, CA- 753
Goma, ShinichiCoquitlam, B.C.- 753
Hong, ChangKorea- 753
Nitta, DaisukeJapan- 753
Serna, AntonioMexico- 753
Aga, MattLoveland, CO- 764
Buttar, BlairLeduc, AB- 764
Chubb, MatthewToronto, ON- 764
Karr, JimJupiter, FL- 764
Williams, MikeAntelope, CA- 764
Bach, TedSundre, AB- 775
Belbin, ChadKamloops, BC- 775
Fisher, JasonBakersfield, CA- 775
Hayashi, NoryJapan- 775
Nelson, BirkPhilomath, OR- 775
Takase, AtsushiNorthridge, CA- 775
Arps, JarrodAustralia- 786
Davey, SteveTallahassee, FL- 786
Hall, RichardEngland- 786
Havens, DavidCharlottesville, VA- 786
Moore, MichaelMississauga, ON- 786
Burke, JimCaldwell, NJ- 797
Park, PedroNew Zealand- 797
Yoo, RichardKorea- 797
Berthiaume, Marc-AndreMontreal, QC- 808
Hague, RyanVernon, B.C.- 808
Hogan, PatIndianopolis, IN- 808
Brown, MichaelGrenelefe, FL- 819
Michals, JayHouston, TX- 819
Webb, MikeEagle, ID- 819
Wright, SteveNanaimo, B.C.- 819
Duru, PaschalNigeria- 8210
Kubo, ShoheiNew Zealand- 8210
Wammer, PaulWestbank, B.C.- 8210
Crumb, JeffOliver, B.C.- 8412
Douglas, RobStratford, ON- 8412
Patrick, DarylCalgary, AB- 8412
Reid, ScottConover, NC- 8412
Mignone, MarkMission Viejo, CA- 8513
Danbom, JeffMilford, IA- 8614
McGarry, MikeLyndhurst, OH- 8614
Douglas, DarriekBermuda- 8715
Harding, TySanta Clara, CA- 8816
Kennedy, DeanVancouver, BCGW/D
Van Donk, DanDrain, ORGW/D
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DJ, McIlroy, Spieth listed as PGA betting favorites

By Will GrayJuly 23, 2018, 1:38 pm

Three majors are in the books, but there's still one more trophy up for grabs in two weeks' time.

While next year The Open will signal the end of the 2019 major season amid a revamped calendar, this is the final year that the PGA Championship will be held in August. The tournament returns next month to Bellerive Country Club outside St. Louis, which last hosted the PGA when Nick Price won in 1992 and hasn't hosted a PGA Tour event since Camilo Villegas won the 2008 BMW Championship.

Oddsmakers at the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook published PGA betting odds shortly after the final putt dropped at Carnoustie and Francesco Molinari left with the claret jug. Topping the board are a trio of major champions: Dustin Johnson, Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth, all listed at 12/1.

McIlroy won the PGA in both 2012 and 2014, while Spieth needs only the Wanamaker Trophy to round out the career Grand Slam. Johnson has recorded four top-10s in the PGA, notably a T-5 finish at Whistling Straits in 2010 when a few grains of sand kept him out of a playoff with Martin Kaymer and Bubba Watson.

Fresh off a T-6 finish in Scotland, Tiger Woods headlines the group listed at 16/1, behind only the three co-favorites as he looks to win a 15th career major.

Here's a look at the betting odds for a number of contenders, with the opening round of the PGA just 17 days away:

12/1: Dustin Johnson, Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth

16/1: Tiger Woods, Justin Thomas, Rickie Fowler

18/1: Justin Rose

20/1: Brooks Koepka, Jon Rahm

25/1: Tommy Fleetwood, Francesco Molinari, Jason Day

30/1: Patrick Reed, Hideki Matsuyama

40/1: Henrik Stenson, Alex Noren, Paul Casey

50/1: Phil Mickelson, Bubba Watson, Sergio Garcia, Tony Finau, Xander Schauffele, Matt Kuchar

60/1: Marc Leishman, Branden Grace, Louis Oosthuizen, Patrick Cantlay, Bryson DeChambeau, Webb Simpson

80/1: Adam Scott, Zach Johnson, Kevin Kisner

100/1: Ian Poulter, Thomas Pieters, Tyrrell Hatton, Rafa Cabrera-Bello, Daniel Berger, Kevin Chappell, Brian Harman, Brandt Snedeker, Charley Hoffman

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Molinari moves to No. 6 in world with Open win

By Will GrayJuly 23, 2018, 12:31 pm

After breaking through for his first career major title, Francesco Molinari reached some rarified air in the latest installment of the Official World Golf Rankings.

The Italian's two-shot win at Carnoustie moved him up nine spots to No. 6 in the world, not surprisingly a new career high. But it's also a quick ascent for Molinari, who has now won three of his last six worldwide starts and was ranked No. 33 in the world after missing the cut at The Players Championship two months ago.

A share of second place helped Xander Schauffele jump from No. 24 to No. 18 in the updated standings, while the same result meant Kevin Kisner went from No. 33 to No. 25. Justin Rose and Rory McIlroy both went up one spot after T-2 finishes to No. 2 and No. 7, respectively - a new career high for Rose.

The drama in the rankings unfolded at No. 50, as Tiger Woods moved up 21 spots to exactly No. 50 following his T-6 finish. While some projections had him moving to 51st, Woods was able to sneak into the top 50 just in time to qualify for a return to the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, as the top 50 in the rankings both this week and next qualify for Akron.

That includes Zach Johnson, last year's runner-up who was not yet qualified but moved from No. 52 to No. 49 this week. It also includes Kevin Chappell, who went from 61st to 47th with a T-6 finish in Scotland.

Despite missing the cut at Carnoustie, Dustin Johnson remains world No. 1 for another week followed by Rose, Justin Thomas, Brooks Koepka and Jon Rahm. Molinari is now at No. 6, with McIlroy, Jordan Spieth, Rickie Fowler and Jason Day rounding out the top 10.

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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.