Eight is Enough at US Bank

By Sports NetworkJuly 22, 2004, 4:00 pm
US Bank Championship in MilwaukeeMILWAUKEE, Wis. -- Eight players all shot matching rounds of 5-under-par 65 Thursday to share the opening-round lead of the U.S. Bank Championship in Milwaukee.
 
Olin Browne, Bo Van Pelt, Todd Fischer, Brett Quigley, Patrick Sheehan, Brian Kortan, Robert Gamez and Danny Briggs sit atop the leaderboard at Brown Deer Park Golf Club.
 
The eight-way tie matched the PGA Tour record. The Honda Classic in 2000 also had eight people share the lead after the first 18.
 
Local favorite Jerry Kelly shot a 4-under-par 66 on Thursday. He was joined in a tie for ninth with fellow Ryder Cup hopeful Scott Verplank, 2002 PGA champion Rich Beem, Paul Azinger, Dan Forsman, Cameron Beckman, Wes Short, Jr., Craig Bowden, Kevin Muncrief and two-time champion Jeff Sluman.
 
Despite 62 players breaking par on Thursday, Brown Deer Park was not a pushover. The greens are firmer than in years past and the rough is high in some spots.
 
'Last year I remember the rough being up here, too,' Fischer said. 'But there's some spots here that you might need a Weed Eater to get out.'
 
Browne opened on the back nine Friday and parred his opening three holes. He sank a 45-foot birdie putt at the 13th, then holed one from 10 feet for birdie at No. 14.
 
Browne, who has only registered one top-10 in 2004, collected back-to-back birdies from inside 10 feet at 16 and 17. He parred his next nine holes until a birdie at his last brought him into the logjam in first.
 
Van Pelt and Quigley each tallied seven birdies and two bogeys in their rounds on Thursday.
 
Fischer, Sheehan and Gamez mixed six birdies with a bogey in the opening round, but Gamez's round was highlighted by some great play from the tall grass.
 
Gamez missed the green at the par-3 14th, but chipped in for birdie from 30 feet. He also missed the short grass at No. 18 and knocked his second shot into birdie range. Gamez missed the birdie putt that would have given him the lead, but Gamez knows what it takes to win at Brown Deer Park.
 
'It's a very fair course,' said Gamez, whose last victory on tour came 14 years ago. 'You just have to hit the fairways and get it on the green.'
 
Defending champion Kenny Perry opened with a 1-under-par 69.
 
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    Schauffele just fine being the underdog

    By Rex HoggardJuly 21, 2018, 8:06 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Following a breakthough season during which he won twice and collected the PGA Tour Rookie of the Year Award, Xander Schauffele concedes his sophomore campaign has been less than stellar, but that could all change on Sunday at The Open.

    Schauffele followed a second-round 66 with a 67 on Saturday to take a share of the 9-under-par lead with Jordan Spieth and Kevin Kisner.

    Although he hasn’t won in 2018, he did finish runner-up at The Players and tied for sixth at the U.S. Open, two of the year’s toughest tests.


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    “Growing up, I always hit it well and played well in tough conditions,” Schauffele said. “I wasn't the guy to shoot 61. I was the guy to shoot like 70 when it was playing really hard.”

    Sunday’s pairing could make things even more challenging when he’ll head out in the day’s final tee time with Spieth, the defending champion. But being the underdog in a pairing, like he was on Saturday alongside Rory McIlroy, is not a problem.

    “All the guys I've talked to said, 'Live it up while you can, fly under the radar,'” he said. “Today I played in front of what you call Rory's crowd and guys were just yelling all the time, even while he's trying to putt, and he had to step off a few times. No one was yelling at me while I was putting. So I kind of enjoy just hanging back and relaxing.”

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    Open odds: Spieth 7/1 to win; Tiger, Rory 14/1

    By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 21, 2018, 7:54 pm

    Only 18 holes remain in the 147th Open Championship at Carnoustie, and the man tied atop the leaderboard is the same man who captured the claret jug last year at Royal Birkdale.

    So it’s little surprise that Jordan Spieth is the odds-on favorite (7/4) to win his fourth major entering Sunday’s final round.

    Xander Schauffele and Kevin Kisner, both tied with Spieth at 9 under par, are next in line at 5/1 and 11/2 respectively. Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy, both four shots behind the leaders, are listed at 14/1.

    Click here for the leaderboard and take a look below at the odds, courtesy Jeff Sherman at golfodds.com.


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    Jordan Spieth: 7/4

    Xander Schauffele: 5/1

    Kevin Kisner: 11/2

    Tiger Woods: 14/1

    Francesco Molinari: 14/1

    Rory McIlroy: 14/1

    Kevin Chappell: 20/1

    Tommy Fleetwood: 20/1

    Alex Noren: 25/1

    Zach Johnson: 30/1

    Justin Rose: 30/1

    Matt Kuchar: 40/1

    Webb Simpson: 50/1

    Adam Scott: 80/1

    Tony Finau: 80/1

    Charley Hoffman: 100/1

    Austin Cook: 100/1

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    Wandering photographer costs McIlroy on 16

    By Ryan LavnerJuly 21, 2018, 7:44 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Rory McIlroy bogeyed two of his last four holes Saturday to fall four shots off the lead at The Open.

    One of those mistakes might not have entirely been his fault.

    McIlroy missed a short putt on the par-3 16th after a photographer was “in a world all his own,” wandering around near the green, taking photos of the crowd and not paying attention to the action on the green.


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    “It’s fine,” McIlroy said after a third-round 70 put him at 5-under 208, four shots off the lead. “It’s one of those things that happens. There’s a lot of people out there, and it is what it is. It’s probably my fault, but I just didn’t regroup well after it happened.”

    McIlroy also bogeyed the home hole, after driving into a fairway bunker, sending his second shot right of the green and failing to get up and down.

    “I putted well,” he said. “I holed out when I needed to. I just need to make the birdies and try to limit the damage tomorrow.”

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    Kisner not expecting awkward night with Spieth

    By Ryan LavnerJuly 21, 2018, 7:33 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – It might get awkward in that star-studded rental house Saturday night.

    Two of the three Open co-leaders, Jordan Spieth and Kevin Kisner, are sharing a house this week near Carnoustie. Though it’ll be late by the time they both get back to the house Saturday night, they’ll have plenty of time to kill Sunday morning, with their tee times not until nearly 3 p.m. local time.

    “Everybody is probably going to get treatment and eating and trying to find a bed,” Kisner said. “I’m sure there’ll be some conversations. There always are. Everybody has a few horror stories or good laughs over something that happened out there. That will probably be the end of it.”

    One thing they’re almost certain to discuss is the weather.


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    After three days of mostly benign conditions, Sunday’s forecast calls for warm temperatures and wind gusts up to 25 mph.

    “When you watch any TV, that’s all they talk about – how Sunday’s coming,” Kisner said. “It’s going to be a true test, and we’ll get to see really who’s hitting it the best and playing the best.”

    Zach Johnson is also in the house – along with Rickie Fowler, Justin Thomas, Jimmy Walker and Jason Dufner – and he rode to the course Saturday with Kisner, with whom he played in the final group, at 4 p.m. It’s unclear whether the co-leaders Sunday will have a similar arrangement.

    This is the third year that Spieth and Co. have shared a house at The Open, though Kisner is a new addition to the group.

    “It’s the end of the week,” Kisner said. “Everybody’s got a lot of stuff going on. Everybody’s going their separate ways tomorrow. Tomorrow morning we’ll all sit around and laugh on the couch and talk about why that guy’s making so many birdies.”