Calcavecchia Grabs 36-Hole Lead in Tucson

By Sports NetworkFebruary 25, 2005, 5:00 pm
2005 Chrysler Classic at TucsonTUCSON, Ariz. -- Mark Calcavecchia fired a 7-under 65 on Friday to jump into the second-round lead of the Chrysler Classic of Tucson. He stands at 15-under-par 129 and leads by one over first-round co-leader Billy Mayfair.
Mayfair, who is playing this year on his exemption for being on the top-50 on the PGA Tour career money list, shot a 5-under 67. He is at 14-under-par 130.
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First-round leader Billy Mayfair is just a stroke back heading into the weekend.
Geoff Ogilvy (66), Lucas Glover (67) and Gavin Coles (65) share third place at 13-under-par 131 at Omni Tucson National Golf Resort and Spa.
Calcavecchia opened his second round on the back nine and wasted little time in breaking into red figures. He two-putted from 65 feet for birdie at the par-5 10th, then added his second birdie at the next par-5. At 15, Calcavecchia could not reach the green with his second, but hit his third to 5 feet to set up birdie.
Calcavecchia knocked a pitching wedge to 5 feet for his second birdie in a row at 16. He parred his remaining holes to make the turn at 3-under-par 33.
It was once again a par-5 that moved Calcavecchia up the leaderboard. At the second, he two-putted from 30 feet for his fourth birdie of the round. He tallied another birdie at the fifth when he drained a 23-footer to get within one of Mayfair, who was in the clubhouse at minus-14.
Calcavecchia drove through the fairway at the par-5 eighth, then hit a 3-iron to the middle of the green. He ran home the 37-foot eagle putt to vault past Mayfair into first.
'After getting off to a good start yesterday, I knew I was going to make some birdies,' admitted Calcavecchia. 'Oddly enough, I tried to play smart, which I don't always do. I used my head today and stayed patient. My goal was to do something like that.'
Calcavecchia's strength this week has been his play on the par-5s. The 40-year-old is 8 under par on the longer holes so far and knows their importance.
'Three of them are reachable by pretty much everybody, so you need to birdie the par-fives for sure,' said Calcavecchia, an 11-time winner on the PGA Tour. 'It's just an enjoyable course in that sense. It's not hard. It's pretty defenseless.'
Mayfair played the course from the first and birdied No. 2 when he two-putted from 15 feet. He collected his second birdie in four holes at the fifth when he rolled in a 6-footer from over the flag.
Mayfair got it going again on the back nine. He missed the short grass at the par-5 10th, but hit a cut 4-iron into a greenside bunker. Mayfair blasted out to a foot for the tap-in birdie. He tallied his second in a row at 11 when his lob wedge approach spun back to 5 feet.
At the 13th, Mayfair hit a pitching wedge to 6 feet and converted the birdie putt. He parred out to put himself in position for his first tour win since the 1998 Buick Open.
'I was really happy with the way I played,' said Mayfair, who has yet to post a bogey this week. 'I gave myself a lot of birdie chances. If I could continue to do that, we'll see what happens.'
This tournament is opposite the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship, but two former winners of that event crept into contention here. Kevin Sutherland (63) and Steve Stricker (68) were joined in sixth place by Doug Barron (66), Esteban Toledo (67) and Joe Ogilvie (66). That group is knotted at 12-under- par 132.
Mario Tiziani, who shared the opening-round lead with Mayfair, managed an even-par 72 on Friday and is tied for 18th place at minus-9.
The 36-hole cut fell at 5-under-par 139, a tournament record, and 70 players advanced to the weekend. Last year's winner Heath Slocum was not one of them as he finished two rounds at 1-under-par 143.
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    Paisley (61) leads Tour Championship

    By Associated PressSeptember 20, 2018, 11:56 pm

    ATLANTIC BEACH, Fla. – Chris Paisley birdied four of the last five holes for a 10-under 61 and the first-round lead Thursday in the season-ending Tour Championship.

    The South African Open winner in January for his first European Tour title, Paisley played the back nine first at Atlantic Beach Country Club, holing a bunker shot for an eagle on the par-5 18th. On the front nine, he birdied the par-3 fifth and finished with three straight birdies.

    ''I think just all around was really good,'' Paisley said. ''I hit it well off the tee, which gave me a lot of kind of short irons into the greens and opportunities. I hit a lot of really good iron shots close, and then a few other bonus kind of things happened where I holed the bunker shot on 18 and holed a long putt on No. 8.''

    The 32-year-old Englishman missed the cuts in the first three Tour Finals events after getting into the series as a non-member PGA Tour with enough money to have placed in the top 200 in the FedEx Cup. The final card went for $40,625 last year, with Paisley needs to finish in a two-way tie for fourth or better to mathematically have a chance to secure one of the 25 PGA Tour at stake.

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    ''The nice thing was I won early in the year in Europe,'' said Paisley, a former University of Tennessee player. ''I've got the first two Final series events locked up, I think I'm in those. I'm not guaranteed to be in Dubai yet. But I just thought we have a house over here, my wife's American, my goal is to try to get on the PGA Tour, so it was a perfect opportunity to try and do it.''

    Cameron Tringale and Canadian Ben Silverman were two strokes back at 63. Tringale is tied for 83rd in the PGA Tour card race with $2,660, and Silverman is tied for 85th at $2,600.

    ''I hit a lot of good shots and made some good putts,'' Silverman said. ''Actually, it could have been lower, but I'm not complaining. Missed a couple putts inside 6x feet, but I'm not complaining at all, it was a great round.''

    Lucas Glover was at 64 with Ben Crane, Nicholas Lindheim, Matt Every, Trevor Cone, Denny McCarthy, Carlos Ortiz and Jose de Jesus Rodriguez. Carlos Ortiz and Jose de Jesus Rodriguez earned PGA Tour cards as top-25 finishers on the Tour regular-season money list, and McCarthy has made $75,793 in the first three Finals events to also wrap up a card. In the race for the 25 cards, Lindholm is 19th with $35,836, Every 30th with $25,733, Glover 40th with $17,212, and Cone 59th with $8,162

    The series features the top 75 players from the regular-season money list, Nos. 126-200 in the PGA Tour's FedEx Cup standings, and Paisley and other non-members with enough money to have placed in the top 200. The top-25 finishers on the regular-season money list are competing against each other for tour priority, with regular-season earnings counting in their totals. The other players are fighting for the 25 cards based on series earnings.

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    McIlroy likely to join PGA Tour PAC next year

    By Rex HoggardSeptember 20, 2018, 11:28 pm

    ATLANTA – The upside of the PGA Tour’s sweeping changes to next year’s playoff finale, along with a host of other significant changes to the schedule, seems to be more engagement in circuit policy by top players.

    Jordan Spieth served on the player advisory council this season and will begin his three-year term as one of four player directors on the policy board next year, and Justin Thomas also was on this year’s PAC.

    Those meetings might become even more high profile next year.

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    “I'm not on the PAC. I'm probably going to join the PAC next year. Nice to sort of know what's going on and give your input and whatever,” Rory McIlroy said following his round on Thursday at the Tour Championship.

    McIlroy said he spoke with Tour commissioner Jay Monahan about the transition to a strokes-based format for the Tour Championship starting next year. Given his take on Thursday to the media it must have been an interesting conversation.

    “I like it for the FedExCup. I don't necessarily think it should be an official Tour win. I don't know how the World Ranking points are going to work,” said McIlroy, who is tied for fifth after a first-round 67 at East Lake. “There's a lot of stuff that still needs to be figured out. But in terms of deciding the FedExCup, I think it's good.”

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    Thomas (67) happy to feel no pain in wrist

    By Rex HoggardSeptember 20, 2018, 11:03 pm

    ATLANTA – When Justin Thomas arrived at East Lake he didn’t have very high expectations.

    After injuring his right wrist during the final round of the BMW Championship he spent last week in south Florida getting therapy after being diagnosed with a case of tendinitis and little else.

    He said he didn’t hit a full shot last week and didn’t expect much out of his game at the finale, but was pleasantly surprised with his play following an opening 67 that left him tied for fifth place and two strokes off the lead. But most of all he was pleased that he didn’t feel any pain in his wrist.

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    “I thought that I may not be playing very well because of my preparation being able to hit as few balls as I have, but no, in terms of pain, it's not an issue,” he said.

    Thomas explained that he tested the wrist earlier this week to be sure he was pain-free and conceded he considered not playing the Tour Championship in order to be as healthy as possible for next week’s Ryder Cup.

    “If it would have hurt at all, I wouldn't have played,” said Thomas, who will be a rookie on this year’s U.S. team. “No. 1 most important part is my future and my career. I don't want to do anything that's going to put me out for a while. But to me, second most important is Ryder Cup. I would rather not play this week and play the Ryder Cup and be fresh and make sure I'm going to get as many points for the team as possible.”

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    Fowler 'pain free' and tied for Tour Championship lead

    By Rex HoggardSeptember 20, 2018, 11:01 pm

    ATLANTA – The most important member of Team USA at next week’s Ryder Cup may be the team trainer.

    Justin Thomas began the season finale nursing a case of tendonitis in his right wrist and Rickie Fowler skipped the first two playoff events after being slowed by a right oblique injury.

    Neither player seemed impacted by the injuries on Thursday at the Tour Championship, with Thomas tied for fifth at 3 under and Fowler tied for the lead with Tiger Woods at 5 under par.

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    “I needed the 2 1/2 weeks or so of just sitting around really not doing a whole lot,” said Fowler, who tied for eighth last week at the BMW Championship. “It was definitely the right call. If I would have played through the first or second playoff events, there was really no benefit, especially looking at the ultimate goal being ready for the Ryder Cup and to have a chance to be here at East Lake.”

    Being rested and pain-free is a vast improvement over how he felt at the PGA Championship last month, when he underwent therapy before and after each round and had to wear tape just to play.

    “It's nice to be back swinging pain-free because I wouldn't have wanted to deal with how it felt during PGA week for a continued amount of time,” said Fowler, who finished his day with a bogey-free closing nine to secure a spot in Friday’s final group with Woods.