Calc Sets New Mark in Phoenix

By Mercer BaggsJanuary 28, 2001, 5:00 pm
Mark Calcavecchia made history this week at the Phoenix Open. Over four days of delays caused by frost and hailstorms, Calc scorched the TPC of Scottsdale to the tune of 28-under-par 256. The aggregate score breaks a 46-year-old PGA Tour record, while the tally in relation to par ties the all-time mark.
Calcavecchia comments on his Phoenix Open win.
Calc fired rounds of 65-60-64-67 to run away with his third career Phoenix Open title. He bettered his nearest competitor, Rocco Mediate, by eight strokes.
Calcavecchia topped Mike Souchak's record aggregate score of 257, set at the 1955 Texas Open. He also tied John Huston's 28-under-par pinnacle set at the 1998 Hawaiian Open.
In addition to etching his name into the PGA Tour record book, Calcavecchia collects his 10th career Tour triumph, and his first since 1998.
'It's been a long time. At least it seems like it's been a long time,' said Calcavecchia, whose last win came at the '98 Honda Classic.
Due to a Saturday hailstorm, Calcavecchia and the rest of the 71-man field were forced to complete their third rounds at 8:00am local time Sunday morning.
Continuing the stellar play that had given him an overnight advantage of five strokes, Calcavecchia carded six birdies and one bogey over the final ten holes of his third round to open up a six-shot lead at 24-under-par.
With just a ten-minute break between rounds, Calcavecchia maintained his march to history by nearly holing both an approach shot to the first hole and his tee shot to the fourth. The pair of tap-in birdies carried Calc to 26-under-par for the event.
That's when the assault appeared to end. Calcavecchia bogeyed the fifth and 11th holes to fall to 24-under-par. Following pars at the 12th and 13th holes, he needed to play the final five-holes in five-under to break Huston's record, and in four-under to break Souchak's mark.
Calc returned to form by birdying the 14th hole. He then added another birdie at the 15th. And when a 12-foot birdie putt fell at the par-three 16th, Calcavecchia was in prime position to surpass both historical numbers.
Yet one more birdie ensued at the 17th. It was Calcavecchia's 32nd birdie of the tournament, breaking the 72-hole PGA Tour record of 31 set by Huston in Hawaii.
Needing a par at the last to break Souchak's record and a birdie to break Huston's, Calc had to settle for the former, as he two-putted from 25 feet.
'I've looked at (Souchak's) record before. But it never crossed my mind I could do something like that,' Calcavecchia said.
'I know I'm streaky, but I'm not that good. Looking at the board when I was out on the green and seeing a red 28, it just looked crazy.'
Calcavecchia is no stranger to going low and winning big. Calc was 27-under through four rounds of the five-round Bob Hope Chrysler Classic in 1997. He won the '89 Phoenix Open by seven shots, and the '92 event by five strokes.
News, Notes and Numbers
*Calcavecchia set a new Phoenix Open scoring record. His 256 total breaks that of Steve Jones (258) set in 1997.
*Calcavecchia's back-to-back rounds of 60-64 (124) in the second and third rounds broke the all-time PGA Tour 36-hole aggregate scoring record by one shot.
*Rocco Mediate, who won the 1999 Phoenix Open, recorded his second straight runner-up finish by shooting a final-round 69.
*Tiger Woods carded a final-round 6-under-par 65 to finish in a tie for fifth with Chris DiMarco. DiMarco, who shot 71 on Sunday, employs the same claw-like putting grip used by Calcavecchia.
*Defending champion Tom Lehman tied Steve Stricker for seventh place.
*John Daly shot 5-under-par 66 in the final round to tie for ninth. It's his first top-10 finish on the PGA Tour since the '98 Honda Classic, which was won by Calcavecchia.
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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.”