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By Rex HoggardJune 23, 2009, 4:00 pm
CROMWELL, Conn. ' Win a Super Bowl and youre headed to Disney World, or at least the mouses marketing machine would have you believe. Win a U.S. Open and your next stop is Cromwell ' population 13,552 and maybe the coziest Tour stop this side of Harbor Town.
For the record, Lucas Glover outlasted a cast of contenders large and small on Monday to end the 109th U.S. Open right as it was getting interesting and celebrated in Manhattan at Clarks, home of the world famous cheeseburger where you can add bacon and a fried egg for $1 extra.
Glover and family crashed in the City ' Times Square, of course ' and on Tuesday did more media than a So you think you can dance winner. In order, Glover made appearances on 'Live with Regis and Kelly,' CNBC, Jim Rome, Mike Tirico and Scott Van Pelts ESPN Radio show and, when we caught up with his manager Mac Barnhardt with Crown Sports, he was in the green room prepping for the 'Late Show with David Letterman.'
Its been a great time, Barnhardt said.
Late Tuesday Glover will fly to Cromwell ' on a private jet courtesy the folks at Travelers ' because he committed to this weeks event before he was an Open champion and the silver hardware doesnt make his word any less valid.
Ricky Barnes, the swashbuckling guy who Glover covered his final 36 holes at Bethpage alongside, began his post-Open week late Tuesday ' a U.S. Open sweater draped over his slumped shoulders, San Diego Chargers hat pulled low on his head and looking more college sophomore than Bethpage also-ran.
Hed hit the City as well. Dinner with friends, a little extracurricular activity at a Manhattan hotspot, a hazy commute to TPC River Highlands. It all seems surreal the way the games biggest events bookend with the reality of Tour life.
In a sport that has no off-season, the games four biggest events are followed by more games.
It felt like a two-week long tournament, said Barnes, who fittingly enough is sponsored by an energy drink.
Barnes reflected on his Bethpage adventure for exactly 24 hours before the clock started anew. No time to sit on the couch and veg. No plan to get away from things and recharge. Just more golf.
Barnes, a Tour rookie, has never seen TPC River Highlands and hoped to at least walk nine holes before the rains arrived on Tuesday. Hes not in Wednesdays pro-am and more than likely his first hole on Thursday will be the first time he will be seeing it. For the record, its a 443-yard downhill par 4 that bends gently to the right.
Barnes hadnt even seen his rousing putt for birdie at the 72nd hole that could have forced a playoff.
It's so funny I'm watching, I think it was Golf Channel and ESPN this morning. Did a phone interview, I'm kind of talking to this guy, and I'm waiting for them to show this final putt, Barnes said. If it had gone in, it might have changed the outcome. Who knows what it would have done. But they didn't even show it.
But then the putt that refused to drop is probably not what Barnes will spend the next few weeks mulling. Through three rambling rounds the Northern Californian led everyone not named Glover by five strokes. But that was before the U.S. Golf Association marched him back out onto the golf course in the Sunday twilight and, as esteemed golf writer Dan Jenkins wrote, Barnes realized he was leading the U.S. Open.
Its the reality of major championships, the pressure builds, the weak buckle and those who can keep their lunch down smile for the cameras with a big silver keepsake at the end of the day.
Barnes will replay that final round more times than your average sports psychologist would like. Even Tuesday his mind was already in mental TiVo.
I was probably just as shaken up coming off of No. 12 (a bogey), letting the round get completely away from me when I still had the lead. You know, 80 was in the picture really easily, Barnes said.
In that respect, it may be best that Barnes gets right back to work. You know the saying, idle hands, inundated mind.
As for Glover, Charles Warren ' who played with Glover at Clemson and is one of his closest friends ' said its probably best hes here this week instead of back home in Greenville, S.C.
It would be crazy back in Greenville, Warren said. I mean, ticker-tape parade, Bobby Jones stuff.
Welcome to Cromwell, Conn., the perfect salve for an Open hangover.
Note: Lucas Glover stops by the 'Grey Goose 19th Hole' to talk about his U.S. Open victory, Wednesday at 8 pm. ET.
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    Goat visor propels Na to Colonial lead

    By Will GrayMay 25, 2018, 1:29 am

    Jason Dufner officially has some company in the headwear free agency wing of the PGA Tour.

    Like Dufner, Kevin Na is now open to wear whatever he wants on his head at tournaments, as his visor sponsorship with Titleist ended earlier this month. He finished T-6 at the AT&T Byron Nelson in his second tournament as a free agent, and this week at the Fort Worth Invitational he's once again wearing a simple white visor with a picture of a goat.

    "I bought it at The Players Championship for $22 with the 30 percent discount that they give the Tour players," Na told reporters. "It's very nice."

    Perhaps a change in headwear was just what Na needed to jumpstart his game. Last week's result in Dallas was his first top-35 finish in his last six events dating back to February, and he built upon that momentum with an 8-under 62 to take a one-shot lead over Charley Hoffman after the first round at Colonial Country Club.

    While many sports fans know the "GOAT" acronym to stand for "Greatest Of All Time," it's a definition that the veteran Na only learned about earlier this year.

    "I do social media, but they kept calling Tiger the GOAT. I go, 'Man, why do they keep calling Tiger the GOAT? That's just mean,'" Na said. "Then I realized it meant greatest of all time. Thinking of getting it signed by Jack (Nicklaus) next week (at the Memorial)."

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    Golden: Dull rude, caddie 'inebriated' at Florida Mid-Am

    By Ryan LavnerMay 25, 2018, 1:03 am

    Jeff Golden has offered more detail on what transpired at the Florida Mid-Amateur Championship, writing in a long statement on Twitter that Marc Dull’s caddie was “inebriated” before he allegedly sucker-punched Golden in the face.

    In a story first reported by, Charlotte County Police responded to a call May 13 after Golden claimed that he’d been assaulted by his opponent’s caddie in the parking lot of Coral Creek Club, where he was competing in the Mid-Am finals. Golden told police that the caddie, Brandon Hibbs, struck him because of a rules dispute earlier in the round. Hibbs denied any involvement, and police found no evidence of an attack.

    Golden posted a 910-word statement on the alleged incident on his Twitter account on Thursday night. He said that he wanted to provide more detail because “others have posed some valid questions about the series of events that led to me withdrawing” from what was an all-square match with two holes to play.

    Golden wrote that both Dull and Hibbs were rude and disruptive during the match, and that “alcohol appeared to be influencing [Hibbs’] behavior.”

    Dull, who caddies at Streamsong Resort in Florida, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

    “I’ve never seen an opposing caddie engage in so much conversation with a competitor,” Golden wrote. “On the eighth hole I had become extremely frustrated when my opponent and caddie were talking and moving. I expressed my disappointment with their etiquette to the rules official in our group.”

    On the ninth hole, Golden informed the official that he believed Hibbs had broken the rules by offering advice on his putt. Golden won the hole by concession to move 2 up at the turn, and Hibbs removed himself from the match and returned to the clubhouse.

    Golden wrote that after the penalty, the match “turned even nastier, with more negative comments from my opponent on the 10th tee.” He added that he conceded Dull’s 15-foot birdie putt on No. 10 because he was “sick of the abuse from my opponent, and I wanted the match to resemble what you would expect of a FSGA final.”

    Though there were no witnesses to the alleged attack and police found little evidence, save for “some redness on the inside of {Golden’s] lip,” Golden wrote that the inside of his mouth was bleeding, his face was “throbbing” and his hand was also injured from bracing his fall. X-rays and CT scans over the past week all came back negative, he said.

    Golden reiterated that he was disappointed with the FSGA’s decision to accept his concession in the final match. He had recommended that they suspend the event and resume it “at a later time.”

    “The FSGA has one job, and that’s to follow the Rules of Golf,” Golden wrote. “Unfortunately, there’s no rule for an inebriated ‘ex-caddie’ punching a player in a match-play rain delay with no witnesses.”

    Asked last week about his organization’s alcohol policy during events, FSGA executive director Jim Demick said that excessive consumption is “highly discouraged, but it falls more broadly under the rules of etiquette and player behavior.”

    Dull, 32, was back in the news Wednesday, after he and partner Chip Brooke reached the finals of the U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship. They lost to high schoolers Cole Hammer and Garrett Barber, 4 and 3.

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    D. Kang, M. Jutanugarn in four-way tie at Volvik

    By Associated PressMay 25, 2018, 12:50 am

    ANN ARBOR, Mich. - Amy Olson crossed paths with her coach, Ron Stockton, on her walk to the 18th tee at the Volvik Championship.

    ''Make it another even $20,'' Stockton said.

    The coach was already prepared to give his client $35 for making seven birdies - $5 each - and wanted to take her mind off the bogey she just had at 17.

    Olson closed the first round with a 6-under 66, putting her into the lead she ended up sharing later Thursday with Moriya Jutanugarn , Caroline Masson and Danielle Kang.

    Do small, cash incentives really help a professional golfer?

    ''Absolutely,'' said Olson, who graduated from North Dakota State with an accounting degree. ''He'll tell you I'm a little bit of a hustler there.''

    Olson will have to keep making birdies - and petty cash - to hold her position at Travis Pointe Country Club.

    Jessica Korda, Minjee Lee, Nasa Hataoka, Lindy Duncan, Morgan Pressel, Megan Khang and Jodi Ewart Shadoff were a stroke back at 67 and six others were to shots back.

    Ariya Jutanugarn, the Kingsmill Championship winner last week in Virginia, opened with a 69.

    The Jutanugarn sisters are Korda are among six players with a chance to become the LPGA Tour's first two-time winner this year.

    Moriya Jutanugarn won for the first time in six years on the circuit last month in Los Angeles.

    ''What I feel is more relaxed now,'' she said. ''And, of course I like looking forward for my next one.''

    Olson, meanwhile, is hoping to extend the LPGA Tour's streak of having a new winner in each of its 12 tournaments this year.

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    She knows how to win. It just has been a while since it has happened.

    Olson set an NCAA record with 20 wins, breaking the mark set by LPGA Hall of Famer Juli Inkster, but has struggled to have much success since turning pro in 2013.

    She has not finished best finish was a tie for seventh and that was four years ago. She was in contention to win the ANA Inspiration two months ago, but an even-par 72 dropped her into a tie for ninth place.

    If the North Dakota player wins the Volvik Championship, she will earn a spot in the U.S. Open at Shoal Creek in Alabama. If Olson finishes second or lower in the 144-player field, she will enjoy an off week with her husband, Grant, who coaches linebackers at Indiana State.

    ''I'll make the best of it either way,'' she said.

    Olson was at her best in the opening round on the front nine, closing it with four birdies in a six-hole stretch. Her ball rolled just enough to slowly drop in the cup for birdie on the par-3, 184-yard 13th. She had three birdies in five-hole stretch on the back, nearly making her second hole-in-one of the year at the par-3, 180-yard 16th. A short putt gave her a two-stroke lead, but it was cut to one after pulling and misreading a 6-foot putt to bogey the 17th.

    Even if she doesn't hold on to win the tournament, Olson is on pace to have her best year on the LPGA Tour. She is No. 39 on the money list after finishing 97th, 119th, 81st and 80th in her first four years.

    ''Two years ago, I started working with Ron Stockton and whenever you make a change, it doesn't show up right away,'' Olson said. ''That first year was tough, but we've turned a corner and I've just found a lot of consistency in the last year. And, it's a lot of fun to go out there and play golf a little more stress free.''

    Stockton helped her stay relaxed, walking along the ropes during her morning round.

    ''Maybe some people feel a little more pressure when their coach is there,'' she said. ''I'm like, 'Great. If he sees the mistake, he knows what can go wrong and we can go fix it.' So, I like having his eyes on me.''

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    Club pro part of 6-way tie atop Sr. PGA

    By Associated PressMay 25, 2018, 12:04 am

    BENTON HARBOR, Mich. - Nevada club professional Stuart Smith shot a 5-under 66 on Thursday for a share of the first-round lead in the Senior PGA Championship.

    Smith closed his morning round with a double bogey on the par-4 18th, and Scott McCarron, Tim Petrovic, Wes Short Jr., Barry Lane and Peter Lonard matched the 66 in the afternoon.

    One of 41 club pros in the field at Harbor Shores for the senior major, Smith is the director of golf at Somersett Country Club in Reno.

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    McCarron won the Senior Players Championship last year for his first senior major.

    Defending champion Bernhard Langer is skipping the event to attend son Jason's high school graduation, and Steve Stricker is playing the PGA Tour event in Texas.