Anderson Reclaims Lead

By Sports NetworkMay 8, 2004, 4:00 pm
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. -- Chris Anderson carded a 6-under 66 Saturday to climb back into the lead through three rounds of the Chattanooga Classic. Anderson, who held a share of the lead after the first round, stands at 17-under-par 199.
 
Todd Demsey matched the course record of 9-under 63 to climb into second place at 16-under-par 200. Bart Bryant and Tyler Williamson are one stroke further back at minus-15.
 
Anderson stumbled out of the gate with a bogey at the first. He came back with an up-and-down birdie at the par-5 fourth. Anderson two-putted for birdie at the par-5 sixth at the Black Creek Club to get to minus-12.
 
The 33-year-old dropped in back-to-back birdies from the eighth, both from within 4 feet. Around the turn, he stumbled to another bogey at the 12th.
 
Anderson responded from that mistake in fine fashion. He two-putted for birdie at the par-5 15th and came back with another birdie at the very next hole.
 
The Californian made it three in a row when he dropped a sand-wedge within a foot of the cup for birdie on the 16th. Anderson closed his round with a birdie at the par-5 last to claim the overnight lead.
 
'Today was different than the others,' said Anderson. 'It didn't feel solid at all. I just hung in there all day. I knew I needed to step up a little to get back in the game.
 
'Obviously 66 is not horrible, but it wasn't exactly what I wanted it to be. Someone will go low early tomorrow and I'll just try to do one better.'
 
Demsey birdied the second from 8 feet out and two-putted for birdie on the fourth to get to minus-9. He then ran off three straight birdies from the sixth to jump up the leaderboard.
 
On the back side, he picked up his sixth birdie of his round at the 10th from 4 feet. He dropped in back-to-back birdies from the 14th, both within 6 feet, to get to 15 under.
 
Demsey stumbled to his lone bogey of the day at the par-3 17th. He erased that error by draining a 25-foot eagle putt on No. 18 to grab second place.
 
'I've been playing well for a few weeks, but I haven't gotten anything out of it,' said Demsey. 'Today was the first day where I got some good breaks. It is obviously my goal to win, but it is too early to think about that. This is my sixth year and I haven't won. I would have thought I would have won by now.'
 
Justin Bolli, who also carded a 63 to tie the course record first set by Bart Bryant last year and matched in the first round by Michael Long and Anderson, moved into a tie for fifth place at 14-under-par 202. He was joined there by John Connelly, Robin Freeman and Johnson Wagner.
 
Ben Bates, Mathew Goggin and Nick Watney are one stroke further back at minus-13.
 
Nationwide Tour rookie Matthew Jones, who shared the overnight lead with Jason Caron, posted an even-par 72. He stands in a tie for 12th at 12-under-par 204. Caron struggled to a 1-over 73 and is one stroke behind Jones at minus-11.
 
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    Weather extends Barbasol to Monday finish

    By Associated PressJuly 23, 2018, 12:25 am

    NICHOLASVILLE, Ky. - A thunderstorm has suspended the fourth round of the PGA Tour's Barbasol Championship until Monday morning.

    Sunday's third stoppage of play at Champions Trace at Keene Trace Golf Club came with the four leaders - Hunter Mahan, Robert Streb, Tom Lovelady and Troy Merritt at 18 under par - and four other contenders waiting to begin the round.

    The tournament will resume at 7:30 a.m. on Monday. Lightning caused one delay, and play was stopped earlier in the afternoon to clear water that accumulated on the course following a morning of steady and sometimes-heavy rain.

    Inclement weather has plagued the tournament throughout the weekend. The second round was completed Saturday morning after being suspended by thunderstorms late Friday afternoon.

    The resumption will mark the PGA Tour's second Monday finish this season. Jason Day won the Farmers Insurance Open in January after darkness delayed the sixth playoff hole, and he needed just 13 minutes to claim the victory.

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    Watch: Spectator films as Woods' shot hits him

    By Will GrayJuly 23, 2018, 12:07 am

    It was a collision watched by millions of fans on television, and one that came at a pivotal juncture as Tiger Woods sought to win The Open. It also gave Colin Hauck the story of a lifetime.

    Hauck was among dozens of fans situated along the left side of the 11th hole during the final round at Carnoustie as the pairing of Woods and Francesco Molinari hit their approach shots. After 10 holes of nearly flawless golf, Woods missed the fairway off the tee and then pulled his iron well left of the target.

    The ball made square contact with Hauck, who hours later tweeted a video showing the entire sequence - even as he continued to record after Woods' shot sent him tumbling to the ground:

    The bounce initially appeared fortuitous for Woods, as his ball bounded away from thicker rough and back toward the green. But an ambitious flop shot came up short, and he eventually made a double bogey to go from leading by a shot to trailing by one. He ultimately shot an even-par 71, tying for sixth two shots behind Molinari.

    For his efforts as a human shield, Hauck received a signed glove and a handshake from Woods - not to mention a firsthand video account that will be sure to spark plenty of conversations in the coming years.

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    Molinari retirement plan: coffee, books and Twitter

    By Will GrayJuly 22, 2018, 9:35 pm

    After breaking through for his first career major, Francesco Molinari now has a five-year exemption on the PGA Tour, a 10-year exemption in Europe and has solidified his standing as one of the best players in the world.

    But not too long ago, the 35-year-old Italian was apparently thinking about life after golf.

    Shortly after Molinari rolled in a final birdie putt to close out a two-shot victory at The Open, fellow Tour player Wesley Bryan tweeted a picture of a note that he wrote after the two played together during the third round of the WGC-HSBC Champions in China in October. In it, Bryan shared Molinari's plans to retire as early as 2020 to hang out at cafes and "become a Twitter troll":

    Molinari is active on the social media platform, with more than 5,600 tweets sent out to nearly 150,000 followers since joining in 2010. But after lifting the claret jug at Carnoustie, it appears one of the few downsides of Molinari's victory is that the golf world won't get to see the veteran turn into a caffeinated, well-read troll anytime soon.

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    Molinari had previously avoided Carnoustie on purpose

    By Rex HoggardJuly 22, 2018, 9:17 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Sometimes a course just fits a player’s eye. They can’t really describe why, but more often than not it leads to solid finishes.

    Francesco Molinari’s relationship with Carnoustie isn’t like that.

    The Italian played his first major at Carnoustie, widely considered the toughest of all The Open venues, in 2007, and his first impression hasn’t really changed.

    “There was nothing comforting about it,” he said on Sunday following a final-round 69 that lifted him to a two-stroke victory.


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    In fact, following that first exposure to the Angus coast brute, Molinari has tried to avoid Carnoustie, largely skipping the Dunhill Links Championship, one of the European Tour’s marquee events, throughout his career.

    “To be completely honest, it's one of the reasons why I didn't play the Dunhill Links in the last few years, because I got beaten up around here a few times in the past,” he said. “I didn't particularly enjoy that feeling. It's a really tough course. You can try and play smart golf, but some shots, you just have to hit it straight. There's no way around it. You can't really hide.”

    Molinari’s relative dislike for the layout makes his performance this week even more impressive considering he played his last 37 holes bogey-free.

    “To play the weekend bogey-free, it's unthinkable, to be honest. So very proud of today,” he said.