TOUR Notes Interesting Stats from ShotLink

By Pga Tour MediaJuly 1, 2008, 4:00 pm
News and notes from PGA TOUR officials for the PGA, Champions and Nationwide tours.
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  • Craig Barlow began his final round last week at the Buick Open in exciting fashion. He made an eagle 3 on the opening hole. What made it particularly exciting is that he holed a 111-foot, 5-inch putt to do so. Thats easily the longest putt made this season, topping the 76-foot effort of Justin Rose.
  • Kenny Perry now has 11 career wins and seven of them have come in just three events. Hes won the Memorial Tournament three times and has two wins each at the Buick Open and the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial.
  • There were several significant jumps in the FedExCup standings following last weeks Buick Open. Bob Tway made the biggest leap, going from out of the playoffs in 157th place to 116th. Bubba Watson moved from 77th to 39th and Woody Austin climbed from 63rd to 27th.
  • ShotLink data includes radar readings this year that offer a host of interesting facts. For example, Robert Garrigus hits the highest tee shots of anyone on TOUR'an average of 123 feet 5 inches at its apex. At the other end of the spectrum, Shane Bertsch hits the lowest tee shots on TOUR'63 feet 1 inch. The TOUR average is 89 feet 7 inches.
  • More from ShotLink: With trouble down the left side, who do you want to drive your golf ball? That would be Billy Mayfair who misses the fairway left off the tee just 6.87% of the time. Olin Brown would be your choice if you dont want to miss right--he does that only 6.33% of the time.
  • Heres an interesting nugget. J.B. Holmes carries his tee shots an average of 302.3 yards, the longest on TOUR. Corey Pavin carries his tee shots an average of 233.3 yards, the lowest on TOUR. Thats nearly 70 yards difference. However, theres more than one way to get the job done. Pavin, despite giving up that yardage, has a lower Scoring Average (70.00) than Holmes (70.65).
  • By the way, the average drive on TOUR is down over four yards from last year'288.6 in 2007 to 284.4 thus far in 2008.

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  • With his victory last week at the Commerce Bank Championship, Loren Roberts has eight Champions Tour wins to go with eight PGA TOUR titles.
  • Two more former PGA TOUR winners celebrated their 50th birthdays recently and debuted on the Champions Tour. Two weeks ago, Gary Hallberg made his first start and finished T16 at the Bank of America Championship. Last week, it was Ronnie Black who made his first career start and posted a T49 at the Commerce Bank Championship.
  • Lonnie Nielsen joined the Champions Tour in 2003 and waited until the 2007 Commerce Bank Championship to finally record his first win. A year later he nearly added a second, finishing one stroke back of Loren Roberts while defending his title at the Commerce Bank Championship.
  • A couple of players looking for their first wins on the Champions Tour keep knocking on the door. Nick Price finished T2 last week for his eighth Top-10 finish of the season and his 11th since joining the Tour last year. Tim Simpson was T6 last week for his fourth Top-10 of the year and his 10th overall.

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  • Sometimes you just have to think theres another force at work. Justin Hicks entered last weeks Ford Wayne Gretzky Classic presented by Samsung in 160th place on the money list. He was assigned locker number 99 (Gretzkys uniform number) and went on to win the tournament hosted by the Great One and jumped all the way to 13th and in strong position to finish among the top-25.
  • Greg Owen hasnt won yet, but hes having a standout season. The Englishman has five Top-5 finishes in nine starts and leads the All-Around category and Total Driving stats. Hes also second in Scoring Average, Driving Distance and Birdies as well as third in Putting and ninth in Sand Saves.
  • Heres a statistical oddity. Of the Top 10 players in Scoring Average, only one (Greg Chalmers) has won this year.

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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.”