Bolli Maintains Boise Lead

By Sports NetworkSeptember 24, 2004, 4:00 pm
BOISE, Idaho -- Justin Bolli, the first-round leader, shot a 2-under 69 Friday to remain in first through two rounds of the Boise Open. He stands at 10-under-par 132 and is one stroke ahead of Victor Schwamkrug at Hillcrest Country Club.
 
Kevin Stadler, a two-time winner this season on the Nationwide Tour, posted a 69 and is tied for third place with Kyle Thompson (68), Scott Gump (68) and Brad Ott (63). The group is at 8-under-par 134 through 36 holes.
 
Bolli, who opened with an 8-under 63 on Thursday, started on the back nine Friday and had trouble getting going. He parred every hole on his opening side, then three-putted the first green for a bogey.
 
Bolli rebounded in a big way from the miscue at one. He reached the green with a 9-iron for his second at the par-5 second, and the ball stopped 3 feet from the hole. Bolli rolled home the eagle putt to match Schwamkrug at 9 under par.
 
The 28-year-old who won this year's Chattanooga Classic elected to hit a 3-iron off the tee at the 392-yard, par-4 seventh. Bolli knocked a wedge to 15 feet and sank the birdie putt to go one clear of the field.
 
'Anything under par in the afternoon out here today is good,' said Bolli, who recorded the fifth double eagle this season on tour in the first round. 'I definitely will have to keep making birdies this weekend. I'll have to play controlled aggressive, I guess you could call it.'
 
Schwamkrug, the longest hitter on the Nationwide Tour, opened on the back nine Friday and birdied two of his first three holes. He sank a 4-footer at the 11th, then drained a 40-foot birdie putt at No. 13. Schwamkrug three-putted from 30 feet for a bogey at the 15th, but reached the green with an 8-iron for his second shot at the 535-yard, par-5 16th and two-putted for another birdie.
 
Schwamkrug flew out of the gate on his second nine. He kicked in a short birdie putt at the first, two-putted for birdie at the par-5 second and capped off his birdie run with a 12-footer at three.
 
He hit a wedge to 5 feet to set up birdie at the sixth to polish off a 6-under 65 and get into good position halfway through the tournament. Schwamkrug has made only four cuts in 12 starts this season, but has improved on his weakness, his wedge play.
 
'I'm probably one of the worst wedge players out here,' admitted Schwamkrug. 'I'm still playing the same, but I'm hitting them closer. That part of my game has come around for me this week.'
 
Chris Tidland (67) and Tyler Williamson (70) are tied for seventh at 7-under-par 135.
 
The 36-hole cut fell at 1-under-par 141 with 64 players making it to the weekend.
 
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    Ryu thriving again after simple advice from Inbee Park

    By Randall MellJune 21, 2018, 7:07 pm

    So Yeon Ryu shared Rolex Player of the Year honors last year.

    She reigned as world No. 1 for almost five months.

    So when she couldn’t keep her momentum going at year’s start, she got frustrated. She wasn’t happy with two top 10s in her first 11 starts.

    “I lost a lot of confidence at the beginning of the year,” Ryu said Thursday as she prepared to lead a strong field as the defending champion in Friday’s start of the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship. “My expectation level was way too high.”

    So she sought the counsel of her pal, world No. 1 Inbee Park, who gave her some plain-spoken advice.


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    “Get over it,” Park told her. “You know what to do. You’ve done it, so it’s not really a big deal. Don’t worry about it. You were No. 1. You’ve achieved a lot of things as a professional golfer. Just don’t be too hard on yourself.”

    Ryu got over it winning the Meijer LPGA Classic last week, the sixth LPGA title of her career, her third in 15 months. She’s feeling good again leading a stellar field this week at Pinnacle Country Club in Rogers, Ark., a strong tune up before next week’s KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, the year’s third major championship.

    World No. 1 Park, No. 2 Ariya Jutanugarn and No. 3 Lexi Thompson are among the top nine players in the world scheduled to compete this week. Twenty-four of the top 30 are in the field.

    “When you come to defend your title, you obviously have a lot of pressure, but after I won last week, now I sort of think, maybe I have a chance to defend my title,” Ryu said. “So I've got total confidence, by last week.”

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    Watch: Spieth, JT hole bunker shots in back-to-back groups

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    Jordan Spieth has a thing for holing bunker shots at the Travelers Championship, where he made one in a playoff to win last year.

    He did it again in Round 1 at TPC River Highlands, knocking in this shot for eagle at the par-5 sixth to reach 4 under par for the tournament



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    River Highlands a 'breather' for Zach Johnson (63)

    By Will GrayJune 21, 2018, 6:43 pm

    CROMWELL, Conn. – After enduring the pressure-cooker of the U.S. Open, Zach Johnson was more than happy to drift north to the friendly confines of TPC River Highlands.

    Birdies were rare last week at Shinnecock Hills, but they’ll be plentiful all week long at the Travelers Championship. Browned-out and crispy conditions transitioned to lush and verdant, and players can attack flags without fear of turning a possible par into a struggle to avoid triple.

    Johnson did just that in the opening round, carding eight birdies against a single bogey to take the early lead with a 7-under 63.

    “It’s a different kind of breathing. It’s a different kind of exhaling, if you will, but they’re both good,” Johnson said. “You can put some red on the board here. We know that. We’ve seen it. You can go the other way in a hurry if you press it; it can keep going in the other way. So you kind of have to let it happen. This is one of those courses where you have to let it happen.”


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    Like many in this week’s field, Johnson took it easy after a grueling major championship, staying away from the course Monday and easing into his prep over the next two days. Those decisions paid off quickly as he rattled off six straight birdies on Nos. 11-16 to take sole possession of the lead.

    While Johnson tied for 12th last week at Shinnecock Hills, that was just his second top-15 finish since the Sony Open in January. But the veteran is no stranger to fast starts at TPC River Highlands, having now opened with 65 or better four times in his last eight appearances dating back to 2011.

    It’s a course where he continues to have success, even if his past consistency hasn’t lived up to expectations.

    “I feel like every time I get here it feels like I should shoot nothing, and it bites me,” Johnson said. “The last couple years I’m like, ‘All right, you can’t have any expectations in that regard. You’ve just got to go out and execute, you know, put the ball in the fairway and you will have opportunities.’” 

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