Chilean Wins Maiden Euro Tour Title

By Sports NetworkFebruary 17, 2008, 5:00 pm
European TourJAKARTA, Indonesia -- Felipe Aguilar birdied the 18th hole Sunday for a 2-under 68 and his first European Tour win at the Indonesia Open.
 
Aguilar, a Chilean, beat India's Jeev Milkha Singh by a single shot at 18-under 262, recovering from a bogey at the 15th with his closing birdie at 18.
 
Singh carded a 3-under 67 in the final round, making costly bogeys at the 16th and 18th holes after posting two eagles and a birdie earlier in the day. He finished alone in second place at 17-under 263.
 
Aguilar and Singh played in the final threesome together. The two-shot swing on the 18th hole -- Aguilar's birdie and Singh's bogey -- gave the Chilean the win.
 
Singh -- who trailed Aguilar by two shots overnight, but led by one after 17 holes on Sunday -- missed a 4-foot putt at the 18th that would have sent the tournament into a playoff.
 
'It was Aguilar's day and not mine today,' said Singh. 'It was disappointing for me but I guess that's golf. Aguilar deserves this win and I congratulate him.'
 
Aguilar had fallen two shots back after a three-putt bogey at the 15th, but Singh did him a favor by making bogey at the 16th, trimming his advantage to just a shot.
 
Feeling like his round was falling apart after 15 holes, Aguilar became more aggressive with his putts down the stretch.
 
'After he made bogey on the 16th I realized that I was still in the game,' said Aguilar. 'I knew I had to make a three on the 18th for a playoff. I said he needs to make three if he wants to beat me. I was so sure that I was going to birdie. I didn't expect him to bogey, but you never know how golf is. It's not over till it's over.'
 
Aguilar was a two-time winner on the European Challenge Tour. Prior to this week, he had participated in only one European Tour event this season, missing the cut at last week's Indian Masters.
 
'It feels awesome to win,' he said. 'This is one of things that I wanted to do when I decided to start playing golf again and come back out on tour. I won twice on the Challenge Tour last year and I felt I had the game and that I was playing well -- I just had to hope that it would be my week and it turned out to be my week.
 
'This is life changing for me. I can play whatever I want to play and can play easily. Hopefully there is more of this to come.'
 
South Africa's James Kamte and Thailand's Prom Meesawat both shot 67 to share third place at 16-under 264. New Zealand's Mark Brown and Joost Luiten of the Netherlands posted matching 66s to end another shot further back at 265.
 
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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.