Fasth Takes Over Top Spot in Germany

By Sports NetworkJuly 23, 2005, 4:00 pm
European TourHAMBURG, Germany -- Niclas Fasth posted a 6-under 66 on Saturday to grab a one-shot lead after two rounds of the Deutsche Bank Players' Championship of Europe. Fasth completed 36 holes at 10-under-par 134.
After Thursday's play was washed out completely, the second round was contested on Saturday.
The final 36 holes will be played on Sunday. The cut was 50 players and ties, instead of the normal 70 and ties so that 36 holes can be played on Sunday. A total of 54 players will play the final round.
Bradley Dredge carded a 3-under 69 and stands alone in second place at 9-under-par 135. U.S. Open champion Michael Campbell, who shared the lead after one round with Henrik Stenson, shot a 1-under 71. He was joined at minus-8 by Peter Lawrie.
Stenson and Mark Roe were one stroke further back at 7-under-par 137.
Fasth got his round going with a birdie on the par-5 third. He came back with a birdie on the sixth at Gut Kaden Golf and Land Club to get to minus-6.
The Swede faltered to a bogey on the eighth. After three straight pars, Fasth rolled in consecutive birdie putts from the 12th. The two-time winner on the European Tour birdied the 15th for the second straight round to climb to minus-8.
Fasth made it two in a row as his birdie putt on 16 dropped into the cup. The 33-year-old closed with a birdie at the last to take the outright lead for the first time.
'I played fantastic on the front nine and just didn't get the score going,' Fasth said. 'I hit it really close on the 10th and 11th and missed those and I could easily have lost it there, but I stuck in because I was playing so well. Then it was a really nice finish.'
Dredge also started his round with a birdie on the third and then reeled off eight consecutive pars from there. The Welshman moved to 8 under with a birdie on the par-4 12th.
The 32-year-old tripped to the only bogey of his round at the 13th. Dredge got that shot back with a birdie on No. 15 and took second place by himself with a birdie on the par-5 17th.
'It was a steady round, a lot of fairways and greens,' said Dredge. 'I didn't have as many chances as the previous day, but I am pleased with the round.'
John Daly, the 1995 British Open champion, fired an 8-under 64 to climb to 6-under-par 138. He was joined there by Alessandro Tadini, K.J. Choi, Brian Davis, Anders Hansen, Steven O'Hara and Marcel Siem.
The cut fell at minus-2 with 54 players moving on to play the final two rounds. Trevor Immelman, the 2004 champion, missed out on the final two rounds after posting rounds of 71-75 to miss the cut by three shots.
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    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

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    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":

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    Molinari had previously avoided Carnoustie on purpose

    By Rex HoggardJuly 22, 2018, 9:17 pm

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    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.