Fantasy Island Verizon Heritage

By Rex HoggardApril 14, 2009, 4:00 pm
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HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. ' The Verizon Heritage has gone by a variety of names since Arnold Palmer won the inaugural event in 1969, but the editors of Fantasy Island humbly suggest a name change to the more accurate, and probably more commercially appealing, Boo Bash.
 
Two years, two tartan jackets for the pride of Milton, Fla. Some say its the legendary fishing around Hilton Head, others suggest its the agreeable Southern cuisine, but there is no real secret to Weekleys hold on Harbour Town.
 
The tree-lined layout is a ballstrikers paradise, particularly if the wind blows like it has the last two years. This ones a layup, pencil in Weekley and watch the fun.
 
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Pick a Foursome: Paul Casey is probably playing better right now, fresh from his first PGA Tour victory in Houston, but Camillo Villegas ' the only other player ranked among the top 10 in the field this week ' has history at Harbour Town, having tied for seventh last year. Similarly, we went with Furyk over up-and-comer Rory McIlroy because of the Americans Verizon record. Hes finished outside the top 10 just once in his last five Low-country starts.
 
Picks: Camilo Villegas, Jim Furyk, Zach Johnson, Tim Clark
 
Note: One player from four categories based on the World Golf Ranking (1-10, A; 11-20, B; 21-30, C; 31-40, D). Points awarded on money earned ($1 = 1 point).
 

Salary Cap: Joe Durant has struggled mightily in recent years, but were playing a hunch. The guy led the Tour in ballstriking for most of his career. Always a good fit at Hilton Head regardless of form. As for Charles Howell III, after watching the Masters from the wrong side of the ropes for the first time since 2001 chances are he will be properly motivated to quickly punch his ticket for next years tournament.
 
Picks: Camilo Villegas ($4.4 million), Boo Weekley ($2.3 million), Charles Howell III ($1.4 million), Joe Durant ($802,000), Webb Simpson ($250,000).
 
Note: Five players with a $10 million cap based on 2008 earnings. Rookies without 2008 earnings will be priced at $250,000. Standings based on overall team earnings.
 

Pick One: The only way Weekley could have more fun on the shores of the Calibogue Sound is if he set off down the first fairway on Thursday riding his driver Ryder Cup style.
 
The two-time champion owns the Pete Dye gem like he owns the Tours most endearing disposition. Check the numbers, in the last two Verizons Weekley has hit 82 of 112 fairways, 87 of 144 greens in regulation and recorded just 14 bogeys and not a single double bogey.
 
Note: Players must be picked before the start of the season and used only once. Standings based on total earnings.
 
In addition to my PGA Tour Pick One, the GolfChannel.com staff will be offering up their picks to win. A player can be picked a maximum of five times. We will be keeping a running tally of the monies earned each week. The participants include: Jay Coffin, Editorial Director; Mercer Baggs, Editorial Manager; Brian Koressel, Senior Producer; Dena Davis, Assistant Editor; Erik Peterson, Travel Editor; Jerry Foltz, special contributor.
 
STAFF PICKS:

NamePlayer PickReasonMoney
Rex HoggardBoo WeekleyThe two-time champion owns the Pete Dye gem like he owns the Tours most endearing disposition. Check the numbers, in the last two Verizons Weekley has hit 82 of 112 fairways, 87 of 144 greens in regulation and recorded just 14 bogeys and not a single double bogey.$1,869,550
Jay CoffinJim FurykBoo Weekley is the obvious, easy choice but Ill go with a guy who was in the hunt at Augusta. He may be a little weary but he has finished fourth or better three of the last four years.$3,579,565
Mercer BaggsAaron BaddeleyNice record at Harbour Town and a past champion.$3,170,798
Erik PetersonErnie ElsHes been in the top-10 7 out of 10 times.$2,658,330
Brian KoresselKevin NaSolid showings in his last two starts at Harbour Town and, more importantly, three top-5s already this season.$3,168,508
Dena DavisAaron BaddeleyWould love to take my boy Boo here, but he's just not playing well and that MC at Augusta doesn't sit well with me. Gotta go with Badds.com. He's coming off a T-17 at the Masters and, of course, has had success at Harbour Town.$2,573,372
Jerry FoltzAaron Baddeley The last guy to win not named Boo. It's hard to pass on Boo going for a three-peat and I'll certainly be pulling for him, but I need to make up some ground against my counterparts and I'm sure most will pick Boo. Badds is back with the coach that taught him how to play when he was a kid which will be great for him in the long term..$1,903,129

 

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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

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    9:40AM ET: Ryan Moore, Brandon Stone

    9:50AM ET: Luke List, Danny Willett

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    10:10AM ET: Jordan Spieth, Kevin Chappell

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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.”