Cabrera Holds Slight Advantage in Milan

By Sports NetworkMay 1, 2004, 4:00 pm
04 Open de ItaliaMILAN, Italy -- Angel Cabrera of Argentina fired a 9-under 63 on Saturday to take the lead during the second round of the Telecom Open Italia. He stands at 14-under-par 130 and is two ahead of Northern Ireland's Graeme McDowell.
 
Weather has been a nightmare for this event as there was no golf played on Friday. The second round was slated to begin early on Saturday but the start was delayed three-and-a-half hours because bunkers at Tolcinasco Golf & Country Club were water-logged.
 
Play finally started but another thunderstorm rolled through and play was halted for another hour. Half of the field completed their second rounds and the remainder will return to the course at 1:30 a.m. ET Sunday to polish off the second round.
 
The tournament has been reduced to 54 holes and the third round is scheduled to begin at 5:15 a.m. Sunday in threesomes off both the first and 10th tees.
 
First-round co-leaders Gregory Havret (69) and Mark Roe (69) joined this year's dunhill championship winner Marcel Siem (66) in a share of third place at 11-under-par 133.
 
Ian Poulter, a two-time winner of this event, posted a second-round 66 and is alone in sixth at minus-10.
 
Cabrera started on the back nine in the second round and tallied four birdies over his first nine holes. He eagled the par-5 first for the second consecutive round and birdied the second to get to the top of the leaderboard.
 
At the seventh, Cabrera knocked his approach to 7 feet. He missed the birdie putt but collected a birdie at No. 8 to go one clear of the field. Cabrera, one of the longest drivers on the European Tour, had a middle-iron into the par-5 ninth green and hit his approach to 6 feet.
 
Then the storms rolled in and the horn sounded stopping play.
 
When Cabrera came back, he missed the eagle putt but tapped in for birdie and his 63, which would have been a course record had the golfers not been playing under preferred lies.
 
'It was a very good round,' said Cabrera, who is in search of his third win on the European circuit. 'I hope it continues tomorrow. Overall it was a good round and I think it was an advantage being a big hitter after all the rain. Tomorrow, see what happens.'
 
McDowell tallied three birdies on each of his nines for a bogey-free 66.
 
'This is the first time I have ever felt this good about my game,' said McDowell, who won the 2002 Scandinavian Masters. 'I am playing as well now as I ever have in my life. Worked hard on my short game and this year it feels where it needs to be to compete on this level. It would have been easy to think I was on the wrong path but I knew I was in the right direction and I have been playing well now for weeks.'
 
Robert Coles (67) and Mark Foster (69) are in the clubhouse at 9-under-par 135. Martin Maritz is 9 under par through 12 holes of his second round.
 
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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.