Deane Pappas Among The Leaders

By Sports NetworkJanuary 18, 2002, 5:00 pm
Deane Pappas fired a career-best 63 to move into a share of the lead after Friday's third round of the five-day, 90-hole Bob Hope Classic.
 
The 34-year-old South African, a former teammate of John Daly while at the University of Arkansas, joined PGA Tour winners Duffy Waldorf and Kirk Triplett atop a jam-packed leaderboard at 19-under-par 197.
 
Australia's John Senden, the leader after 36 holes, shot 69 for a share of 18-under with Cameron Beckman (64), Jerry Kelly (65) and Brandel Chamblee (68).
 
Jay Haas, who opened with a 63 to tie for the first-round lead with Chamblee, finished alone in eighth place at 17-under. The 1988 Bob Hope winner posted his second straight 68.
 
Eighteen other players were within five shots of the lead.
 
Pappas tallied 10 birdies and a bogey during his round at Bermuda Dunes Country Club, one of the four courses in the rotation this week. He is slated to play the Palmer Course at PGA West on Saturday.
 
'If you're hitting it good, you can shoot a low number out there, too,' said Pappas, who has been within striking distance ever since holing a 6-iron for double-eagle at Indian Wells Country Club's par-5 18th in the first round.
 
A member of the PGA Tour in 1999, Pappas made the cut in 11 of 29 events, with his best showing a tie for 12th at the B.C. Open. He shot what was then his low round of 66 in the third round of the Greater Milwaukee Open that year, and a month later matched the score in the second round of the Buick Open.
 
After playing on the Buy.Com Tour from 1996-98, he began a second stint on the PGA Tour's developmental circuit in 2000 and won the Greater Cleveland Open. He returned the following season to capture the Monterrey Open, the second event of the campaign, propelling him to a fifth-place finish on the 2001 money list and another shot at the big leagues.
 
Pappas, who led the Buy.Com Tour in putting in 2001, felt his problems with the flat stick held him back on the PGA Tour in '99.
 
'I really struggled with my putting the first time I was out,' he said. 'I didn't make any putts the whole yearlong, and it's just a huge struggle all year long if you're not making any putts at all.'
 
Pappas has averaged 28 putts per round this week.
 
Waldorf, who only committed to this tournament late last week after missing the cut at the Sony Open in Hawaii, had eight birdies in a bogey-free 64. Triplett, donning his trademark white bucket hat, also was flawless en route to an 8-under-par score in round three.
 
Kelly, whose win at last week's Sony Open marked his first in 200 career starts on the PGA Tour, had it to 19-under Friday after knocking his wedge approach into the hole for eagle at the par-4 seventh at Tamarisk Country Club. He bogeyed his final hole, the ninth, to slip one stroke off the pace.
 
World No. 2 Phil Mickelson was one of just five players in the top 35 not to break into the 60s on Friday. He recorded a five-birdie, three-bogey 70 to finish alongside Daly (65), Scott McCarron (68), Kenny Perry (68) and four others at minus 15.
 
The field will be cut down to the low 70 scores and ties following Saturday's fourth round. The final round will be played at PGA West.
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Simpson overtakes DeChambeau in Ryder Cup race

By Will GrayJuly 23, 2018, 12:09 pm

A T-12 finish at The Open allowed Webb Simpson to move past Bryson DeChambeau into the eighth and final automatic qualifying spot in the U.S. Ryder Cup points race with just three weeks to go.

Simpson finished the week at 3 under, five shots behind winner Francesco Molinari. Adding another strong result to his win at TPC Sawgrass and T-10 finish at the U.S. Open, he's now edged in front of DeChambeau by less than 41 points. But with players earning one point per $1,000 each of the next two weeks and 1.5 points per $1,000 at the PGA Championship, the race is far from over.

Jordan Spieth's T-9 finish strengthened his position at No. 6, as the top six players are essentially assured of qualifying automatically. Rickie Fowler held onto his spot at No. 7, while Xander Schauffele and Kevin Kisner both moved onto the bubble following T-2 finishes at Carnoustie. After a T-6 finish, Tiger Woods jumped from 31st to 20th.

Here's a look at the updated American standings, with the top eight after the PGA qualifying automatically and captain Jim Furyk adding four picks in September:

1. Brooks Koepka

2. Dustin Johnson

3. Patrick Reed

4. Justin Thomas

5. Bubba Watson

6. Jordan Spieth

7. Rickie Fowler

8. Webb Simpson

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9. Bryson DeChambeau

10. Phil Mickelson

11. Xander Schauffele

12. Matt Kuchar

13. Kevin Kisner

14. Tony Finau

15. Brian Harman

On the European side, Molinari was already in position to qualify automatically but is now assured of a spot on Thomas Bjorn's roster this fall. Fellow major champs Justin Rose and Rory McIlroy also solidified their footing with runner-up performances.

Here's a look at how things look for the Europeans, with the top four from each list after the PGA Championship qualifying automatically:

European Points

1. Francesco Molinari

2. Justin Rose

3. Tyrrell Hatton

4. Tommy Fleetwood

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Thorbjorn Olesen

Russell Knox

Eddie Pepperell

World Points

1. Jon Rahm

2. Alex Noren

3. Rory McIlroy

4. Paul Casey

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Matthew Fitzpatrick

Sergio Garcia

Ian Poulter

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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.