Beem Surges 81 Spots in Golf Ranking

By Sports NetworkAugust 6, 2002, 4:00 pm
Rich Beem, who had to wait out an amazing late onslaught from Steve Lowery before he could finally hoist the trophy for winning The International on Sunday, jumped 81 spots to No. 73 in this week's Official World Golf Ranking.
Beem, 31, exploded for a 19-point final round under the unique modified Stableford scoring system at Castle Pines Golf Club in Colorado. Beem had opened a commanding 10-point lead on the back nine, but following a weather delay Lowery was able to gain ground in big chunks with a five-point eagle on the 15th and a eight-point double-eagle on the 17th, both with holed shots from the fairway.
One point down playing the 18th, Lowery knocked his approach to 10 feet but missed the birdie putt that would have given him a one-point victory. Instead, an emotional Beem celebrated his second win on the PGA Tour, and his first since his breakthrough triumph at the 1999 Kemper Open.
Lowery, who captured his first tour title at the 1994 International, notched his second runner-up finish in three starts to move back into the world top-50, from 68th to No. 46.
Tiger Woods, who can get halfway to Jack Nicklaus' record of 18 major titles with a win at next week's PGA Championship at Hazeltine, remained firmly ensconced as the No. 1 golfer on the planet. The rest of the top-six -- Phil Mickelson, British Open winner Ernie Els, Retief Goosen, Sergio Garcia and reigning PGA champ David Toms -- also held on to their spots from last week.
Smiling Irishman Padraig Harrington climbed one rung to No. 7 in an exchange of positions with Davis Love III, the 1997 PGA titlist at Winged Foot.
The struggling David Duval has missed the cut six times in his last nine starts but managed to keep the ninth spot in the rankings. He was followed from 10th to 13th by Vijay Singh, Nick Price, Jim Furyk and New Zealand's Michael Campbell.
Angel Cabrera of Argentina advanced two spots for the second straight week and now resides at No. 14, while Bob Estes returned to the 15th spot after dipping to 17 last week.
Northern Ireland's Darren Clarke and Scotland's Colin Montgomerie slipped two slots each to 16th and 17th in the world, respectively.
Chris DiMarco, who held the 18th position for the second week in a row, was No. 13 just two weeks ago.
Rocco Mediate was the only player to climb into the top-20 this week. He gained two spots to take over 19th, knocking Kenny Perry one back to No. 20.
Backing up one spot to No. 21 was Scott Verplank, one of Curtis Strange's captain's picks for the U.S. Ryder Cup team.
At the European Tour stop in Sweden this past weekend, Northern Ireland's Graeme McDowell won the Scandinavian Masters in only his fourth start since turning professional in June. The former college standout from the University of Alabama-Birmingham moved to 219th in the world.
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Salas (62) leads LPGA's Indy Women in Tech

By Associated PressAugust 17, 2018, 12:50 am

INDIANAPOLIS - Lizette Salas matched the Brickyard Crossing record with a 10-under 62 on Thursday in the Indy Women in Tech Championship, making birdie on the final three holes for a two-stroke lead over fast-starting Angel Yin and Japan's Nasa Hataoka.

Yin birdied eight of the first nine holes in her morning round for a front-nine 8-under 28 - one short of the LPGA Tour's nine-hole record. It matched the third-lowest nine-hole score in relation to par in tour history.

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Salas eagled the par-5 second in the afternoon and added three straight birdies on Nos. 4-6. She birdied Nos. 12 and 14 before reeling off three more in a row to close, waiting out a late 77-minute suspension for an approaching storm.

Salas matched the course record set by Mike McCullough in the PGA Tour Champions' 1999 Comfort Classic.

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Sordet opens with 62 to grab lead at Nordea Masters

By Associated PressAugust 16, 2018, 11:23 pm

GOTHENBURG, Sweden - Clement Sordet opened with four straight birdies to shoot 8-under 62 and take the first-round lead of the Nordea Masters on Thursday.

Sordet says ''I wasn't really focusing on the score, I was just enjoying it.''

The Frenchman, who shot his lowest European Tour round, has a two-stroke lead over Scott Jamieson of Scotland and Lee Slattery of England.

Hunter Stewart is the highest-placed American after a 5-under 65 left him on a four-way tie for fourth with Christofer Blomstrand, Tapio Pulkkanen and Richard Green.

Defending champion Renato Paratore's hopes of becoming the first player to successfully retain the title look in doubt after the Italian shot 9-over 79 at Hills Golf Club.

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Peterson confirms plans to play Finals

By Will GrayAugust 16, 2018, 9:17 pm

After flirting with retirement for much of the summer, John Peterson confirmed that he will give it one more shot in the upcoming Tour Finals.

Peterson, 29, had planned to walk away from the game and begin a career in real estate in his native Texas if he failed to secure PGA Tour status before his medical extension expired. His T-13 finish last month at The Greenbrier appeared to be enough to net the former NCAA champ at least conditional status, but a closer look at the numbers revealed he missed out by 0.58 points in his last available start.

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But Peterson was buoyed by the support he received from his peers at The Greenbrier, and when he got into the Barbasol Championship as a late alternate he decided to make the trip to the tournament. He tied for 21st that week in Kentucky, clinching enough non-member FedExCup points to grant him a spot in the four-event Finals.

Last month Peterson hinted that he would consider playing in the Finals, where 25 PGA Tour cards for the 2018-19 season will be up for grabs, and Thursday he confirmed in an Instagram post that he will give his pro career "one last push."

The Finals kick off next week in Ohio with the Nationwide Children's Hospital Championship and will conclude Sept. 20-23 with the Tour Championship. Peterson will be looking to rekindle his results from 2013, when he finished T-5 or better at each of the four Finals events while earning fully-exempt status as the top money earner.

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Lyle honored with sand sculpture at Wyndham

By Golf Channel DigitalAugust 16, 2018, 9:00 pm

Jarrod Lyle passed away last week at the age of 36 after losing his third battle with cancer.

And after a PGA Championship filled with tributes to the Australian, the Wyndham Championship found its own way to keep his legacy alive at the North Carolina Tour stop.

Next to the Wyndham Championship and PGA Tour logos carved into the sand on site at Sedgefield Country Club is Lyle's name and the "Leuk the Duck" mascot. The duck has become synonymous with Challenge, an organization that supports kids with cancer.

Fellow Aussie Stuart Appleby posted the display on social media:

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Lyle was also remembered in a more traditional manner on the first tee, where his bag and trademark yellow bucket hat were prominently displayed.