Bates Wins Shreveport Open

By Sports NetworkOctober 21, 2001, 4:00 pm
Pat Bates shot a 5-under 67 to capture the Shreveport Open Sunday at Southern Trace Country Club. Bates finished at 20-under 268, one shot ahead of Brian Kamm (69).
Bates had six birdies and one bogey to win for the fourth time in his career and the second time this season. He captured the Siouxland Open in July by one shot over Matt Kuchar and Eric Meeks.
The 32-year-old began his round one stroke behind third-round leader Kamm. He dropped a shot with a bogey on the par-4 2nd but responded with three birdies to make the turn at minus-17 and build a one-shot lead over Kamm.
Bates made the first of three consecutive birdies on the par-4 12th, while Kamm added a birdie of his own on the same hole.
Kamm added birdies on Nos. 14 and 16 but failed to tie Bates and force a playoff managing only pars on the final two holes.
The Shreveport Open was the last event on the Buy.Com schedule before the top-55 on the Tour's money list will compete at the Tour Championship at the Capitol Hill Golf Facility in Alabama.
Bates, who came into the tournament ranked ninth on the money list, was among those who had already guaranteed their presence at next week's event but many players needed strong finishes to secure their spots.
'I tried not to think about the money list all year and just try to put myself in position,' said Bates.
Kamm was 55th heading into the weekend. His best finish since the 1997 Shreveport Open moved him to 29th on the money list and solidified his opportunity to play in the Tour Championship.
Don Reese fired a 65 to move to 17-under 271 and climb to 55th on the Tour's money list. He finished alongside Stiles Mitchell (66) and with the third-place finish, bumped Jay Hobby out of next week's field.
Jason Caron posted a 68 to finish alone in fifth at 16-under 272, one strokes ahead of Keoke Cotner (68), Bruce Vaughan (68), and Billy Judah (69).
Brian Claar carded a 71 to finish at 14-under 274, two ahead of Fran Quinn (69).
Chad Campbell, the Tour's money leader was not on hand as he was part of the field at the PGA Tour's event at the Walt Disney Resort.
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'Brain fart' leads to Spieth's late collapse

By Rex HoggardJuly 19, 2018, 2:44 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – The closing stretch at Carnoustie has famously ruined many a solid round, so Jordan Spieth’s misadventures on Thursday should not have been a complete surprise, but the truth is the defending champion’s miscues were very much self-inflicted.

Spieth was cruising along at 3 under par, just two shots off the early lead, when he made a combination of errors at the par-4 15th hole. He hit the wrong club off the tee (4-iron) and the wrong club for his approach (6-iron) on his way to a double bogey-6.

“The problem was on the second shot, I should have hit enough club to reach the front of the green, and even if it goes 20 yards over the green, it's an easy up-and-down,” Spieth said. “I just had a brain fart, and I missed it into the location where the only pot bunker where I could actually get in trouble, and it plugged deep into it. It was a really, really poor decision on the second shot, and that cost me.”

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Spieth continued to compound his problems with a sloppy bogey at the 16th hole, and a drive that sailed left at 18 found the Barry Burn en route to a closing bogey and a 1-over 72.

The miscues were more mental, a lack of execution, than they were an example of how difficult the closing stretch at Carnoustie can be, and that’s not good enough for Spieth.

“That's what I would consider as a significant advantage for me is recognizing where the misses are,” said Spieth, who was tied for 68th when he completed his round. “It felt like a missed opportunity.”

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Perez: R&A does it right, 'not like the USGA'

By Rex HoggardJuly 19, 2018, 2:28 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Pat Perez didn’t even attempt to hide his frustration with the USGA at last month’s U.S. Open, and after an opening-round 69 at The Open, he took the opportunity to double down on his displeasure.

“They (the R&A) do it right, not like the USGA,” Perez said of the setup at Carnoustie. “They've got the opposite [philosophy] here. I told them, you guys have it right, let the course get baked, but you've got the greens receptive. They're not going to run and be out of control. They could have easily had the greens just like the fairway, but they didn't. The course is just set up perfect.”

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Concerns at Shinnecock Hills reached a crescendo on Saturday when the scoring average ballooned to 75.3 and only three players broke the par of 70. Of particular concern for many players, including Perez, were some of the hole locations, given how fast and firm the greens were.

“The U.S. Open could have been like this more if they wanted to. They could have made the greens a bit more receptive,” Perez said. “These greens are really flat compared to Shinnecock. So that was kind of the problem there is they let it get out of control and they made the greens too hard.”

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Ball headed O.B., Stone (68) gets huge break

By Mercer BaggsJuly 19, 2018, 2:14 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Brandon Stone knew it when he hit it.

“I knew I hit it out of bounds,” the South African said following his opening round in the 147th Open Championship.

Stone’s second shot on the par-4 18th, from the left fescue, was pulled into the grandstands, which are marked as O.B. But instead of settling in with the crowd, the ball ricocheted back towards the green and nearly onto the putting surface.

Stone made his par and walked away with a 3-under 68, two shots off the early lead.

“I really didn’t put a good swing on it, bad contact and it just came out way left,” Stone said. “I feel so sorry for the person I managed to catch on the forehead there, but got a lucky break.

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“When you get breaks like that you know you’re going to have good weeks.”

It’s been more than just good luck recently for Stone. He shot 60 in the final round – missing a 9-foot birdie putt for the first 59 in European Tour history – to win last week’s Scottish Open. It was his third career win on the circuit and first since 2016. It was also just his first top-10 of the season.

“A testament to a different mental approach and probably the change in putter,” said Stone, who added that he switched to a new Ping Anser blade model last week.

“I’ve been putting, probably, the best I have in my entire life.”

This marks Stone’s sixth start in a major championship, with his best finish a tie for 35th in last year’s U.S. Open. He has a missed cut and a T-70 in two prior Open Championships.