Andrade Survies Duel in the Desert

By Mercer BaggsOctober 15, 2000, 4:00 pm
There was a shootout in the desert on Sunday; and when the dust settled, Billy Andrade emerged as the last man standing.
Andrade made a four-foot bogey putt on the final hole of regulation to better Phil Mickelson by one shot at the Invensys Classic in Las Vegas.
Andrade birdied the 16th and 17th holes to take a two-shot lead into the par-4 18th, where an errant drive led to an unplayable lie. Needing a bogey to avoid a playoff, Andrade two-putted from 35 feet for his first victory since the 1998 Bell Canadian Open.
Jonathan Kaye set the tone for the day at the TPC at Summerlin. Kaye played holes 12-16 in 6-under-par, going birdie-eagle-birdie-birdie-birdie. Seeking his first-career PGA Tour win, Kaye posted a course-record-tying 10-under-par 62 to finish the 90-hole event at 26-under.
With Kaye in the clubhouse, Andrade and Mickelson emerged as the prime pursers. Andrade birdied the 10th, 11th and 13th holes to move to 27-under, one shot clear of Kaye.
Mickelson also made it to 27-under, courtesy of a birdie at the par-5 16th. However, the lefty pulled his tee shot on the par-3 17th into the right-hand bunker. Mickelson managed to successfully get up from the sand, but couldn't get down from three feet.
Mickelson's second bogey of the day - his first coming at the par-5 9th - dropped the three-time 2000 winner to 26-under, one shot back of Andrade.
Just moments after Mickelson's bogey at the 17th, Andrade extended his lead to two with a birdie at the 16th. Playing the par-5, Andrade stuck an L-wedge over water to within six feet of the hole. The sharp shot resulted in Andrade's fourth birdie in his last seven holes, though; the approach wasn't exactly what Andrade had in mind.
'I was trying to put the ball behind the pin, but I caught it a bit chunky,' Andrade said. 'I got lucky. Sometimes you need a little luck.'
Mickelson once again climbed to within one shot of Andrade by birdying the home hole. In preparation for next week's Presidents Cup, Mickelson fired an eight-birdie, two-bogey round of 66 to finish the five-round event at 27-under-par.
Mickelson was down - and done - but not out. Andrade still had to play the 212-yard par-3 17th, which ranked as the toughest hole in the final round.
With adrenaline pumping fervently, Andrade pulled a 6-iron and caught the right side of the green; from there, his ball fed nicely to within six feet of the hole. Andrade converted the birdie, his fifth on the back nine, and strolled to the 18th tee with a two-shot cushion.
Using his trusty 3-wood, Andrade could hit his tee shot anywhere but left and be safe.
He hit it left.
His ball took a couple of bounces and finished in the rocks. Andrade was forced to take a drop; and he found himself laying three, still 199 yards from the hole.
'I over-hooked (my tee shot) a little bit,' Andrade said following his round. 'I seem to be too dramatic at times.'
Andrade's third shot safely found the green, 35 feet from the flag. Needing to two-putt, Andrade rolled his first stroke to with four feet of the hole, and then calmly sank the clinching putt.
'This was huge for me,' Andrade said of his fourth-career PGA Tour triumph. 'It's been a tough go the last few years. I couldn't see the light (at the end of the tunnel.) I just knew sometime that the light was going to open up.'
Andrade collected a first-place check of $765,000 and vaulted from 159th on the money list, and in danger of losing his card, to 43rd in earnings, and in position to make the season-ending Tour Championship.
Three years ago, Andrade missed a 15-foot putt on the 90th hole of the Invensys Classic and failed to make the Tour Championship by a mere $5. Vegas paid the 36-year-old back this week, and in a big way.
Andrade wasn't the only player to make great financial strides on Sunday. Kaye collected $246,500 for his tie for third with Stewart Cink, and moved from 46th to 36th on the money list.
Scott McCarron and Shaun Micheel each tied for 5th this week and moved to 94th and 98th, respectively, in earnings. McCarron entered the week 123rd on the money list, while Micheel stood in 130th position.
The top 125 on the money list by season's end collect their 2001 PGA Tour cards. The top 30 prior to the $5-million Tour Championship earn a trip to the season's final event.
Tom Byrum began the Invensys Classic 125th on the money list, and now stands in 103rd place after a tie for 9th. Byrum's 2001 playing privileges might be safe, but it was still a disappointing finish for the 40-year-old.
Seeking his first win since the 1989 Kemper Open, Byrum held at least a share of the lead after the second, third and fourth rounds in Las Vegas. However, despite an eagle 3 at the third, Byrum carded a final-round even-par 72.
There are two full-field events remaining on the 2000 PGA Tour schedule - the Tampa Bay Classic and the National Car Rental Golf Classic at Walt Disney World. Next week's Tampa Classic will be rivaled by the Presidents Cup in Gainsville, Va.
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Storms halt Barbasol before Lincicome tees off

By Associated PressJuly 20, 2018, 11:29 pm

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.

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Third-round tee times for the 147th Open

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 20, 2018, 9:05 pm

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.

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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

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Facial hair Fowler's new good-luck charm

By Rex HoggardJuly 20, 2018, 8:12 pm

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.

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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.”

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Spieth (67) rebounds from tough Round 1 finish

By Ryan LavnerJuly 20, 2018, 7:55 pm

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.”

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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.”