Fleisher Extends Lead to Four

By Sports NetworkMay 1, 2004, 4:00 pm
04 BrunoBIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Bruce Fleisher posted a 4-under 68 on Saturday to stretch his lead to four strokes through two rounds of the Bruno's Memorial Classic. Fleisher finished 36 holes at 12-under-par 132.
 
D.A. Weibring moved from a share of third to sole possession of second place with his second straight round of 4-under 68. His 8-under-par total of 136 is one stroke clear of Jay Sigel, Hale Irwin and defending champion Tom Jenkins.
 
Fleisher got his round going with a birdie at the par-5 fifth on the Founder's Course at Greystone Golf & Country Club. However, he stumbled to a bogey at the par-3 seventh, his first bogey of the event.
 
Fleisher, who was runner-up here last year, came back with a birdie at the ninth to get back to minus-9.
 
Around the turn, Fleisher rolled home back-to-back birdies from the 11th to move to 11 under and three shots clear of the field.
 
He rolled off five straight pars. Then at the last, Fleisher spun his third shot back within inches of the cup for a kick-in birdie at the par-5 18th to take a four-shot cushion into the final round.
 
'That's a nice way to finish,' said Fleisher. 'Four shots, that's a nice lead. But I don't think anybody's real confident, not with who you've got behind you. We'll see.'
 
Weibring picked up a birdie at the third, but stumbled to a bogey at the very next hole. He erased that mistake with a birdie at the sixth and capped his opening nine with another birdie at the ninth.
 
The reigning SAS Championship winner converted back-to-back birdies from the 12th for the second straight round. He briefly climbed to minus-9 with a birdie at the 15th. Weibring, however, stumbled to a bogey at the last to slide back to minus-8.
 
'I was thinking about a rainout,' said Weibring of Sunday's forecasted rain. 'I was trying to be aggressive and I was just very disappointed in myself. I was not focused in on that tee shot on No. 18. I played that hole very poorly, but my caddie said it was the only one I've played poorly out of 36 so far.'
 
Jenkins fought from a tie for 25th to a share of third with a solid back nine. He picked up birdies at the second and sixth to get to minus-3. He tripped to his lone bogey at the seventh, but came back to birdie the ninth.
 
'At that point, I was a little bit discouraged,' said Jenkins of his bogey at the seventh. 'It probably got me focusing more on the round.'
 
Jenkins, who is attempting to become the first two-time winner of this event, ran off four consecutive birdies from the 11th to vault into a share of third place.
 
Dave Eichelberger and Larry Nelson, who each posted rounds of 2-under 70, share sixth place at 6-under-par 138. Des Smyth, Lee Trevino and Graham Marsh are one stroke further back at minus-5.
 
Doug Tewell, Wayne Levi, Bruce Lietzke, Raymond Floyd, Bob Murphy and Dana Quigley share 11th place at 4-under-par 140.
 
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    Watch: On 59 watch, Sneds dunks approach for eagle

    By Golf Channel DigitalAugust 16, 2018, 3:45 pm

    Brandt Snedeker was having a good day in Round 1 of the Wyndham Championship. And then he reached the green a the par-4 sixth at Sedgefield Country Club and his day got even better.

    Snedeker holed a 7-iron from 176 yards, on the fly, for an eagle-2. Playing his 15th hole of the day, Snedeker vaulted to 9 under par for the tournament.



    With Sedgefield being a par 70, Snedeker needed two birdies over his final three holes to shoot 59 and he got one of them at the par-3 seventh, where he hit his tee shot on the 224-yard hole to 2 feet.



    Snedeker actually had 58 in his crosshairs, but missed an 8-foot slider for birdie at the par-4 eighth.

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    Rosaforte Report: A tale of two comebacks

    By Tim RosaforteAugust 16, 2018, 2:15 pm

    Comeback (noun): A return by a well-known person, especially an entertainer or sports player, to the activity in which they have formerly been successful.

    Even by definition, the word comeback is subjective.

    There is no question that Brooks Koepka has completed his comeback. With two major championship victories that encompassed wins over Dustin Johnson and Tiger Woods, Player of the Year honors have already been locked up for the 2017-18 season.

    But knowing Koepka, he wants more. A No. 1 ranking, topping his boy D.J., is a possibility and a goal. A Ryder Cup is awaiting. By all rights, Koepka could be Comeback Player of the Year and Player of the Year all in one, except the PGA Tour discontinued its Comeback honor in 2012. Even without an official award, it’s fun to compare the cases of Koepka and Woods.

    What Woods has recovered from is remarkable, but not complete. He hasn’t won yet. With triumphs in the U.S. Open and PGA Championship, Koepka has completed his comeback from a pair of wrist injuries that could have been equally as career-ending as the physical issues that Woods had to overcome just to contend in the last two majors.

    “There was a question on whether or not I’d ever be the same,” Koepka said Sunday night in the media center at Bellerive, following his third major championship victory in six tries. “Whether I could do it pain-free, we had no idea.”



    The wrist traumas occured five months apart, with the initial issue, which occured at the Hero World Challenge in December (in which he finished last in the limited field), putting him in a soft cast with a partially torn tendon. That cost the reigning U.S. Open champion 15 weeks on the shelf (and couch), including a start in the Masters.

    His treatment included injecting bone marrow and platelet-rich plasma. When he returned at the Zurich Classic in April, Koepka revealed the ligaments that hold the tendon in place were gone – thus a dislocation – and that every time he went to his doctor, “it seemed like it got worse and worse.”

    Koepka’s second wrist injury of the season occurred on the practice grounds at The Players, when a cart pulled in front of Koepka just as he was accelerating into the ball with his 120-plus mph club-head speed. Abruptly stopping his swing, Koepka’s left wrist popped out. His physio relayed a story to PGA Tour radio in which he advised Koepka before he reset the wrist: “Sit on your hand and bite this towel, otherwise you’re going to punch me.”

    Koepka admitted that he never dreamed such a scenario would threaten his career. He called it, “probably the most painful thing I’ve ever gone through, setting that bone back.” But, testament to Koepka's fortitude, four days later he made an albatross and tied a TPC Sawgrass course record, shooting 63.

    Woods’ physical – and mental – recovery from back surgery and prescription drug abuse was painful and career threatening in its own way. As he said in his return to Augusta, “Those are some really, really dark times. I’m a walking miracle.”

    As amazing as it has been, Woods, by definition, still hasn’t fully completed his comeback. While he’s threatened four times in 2018, he hasn’t won a tournament.

    Yes, it’s a miracle that he’s gotten this far, swinging the club that fast, without any relapse in his back. As electric and high-energy as his second-place finish to Koepka was at the PGA, Woods has made this winning moment something to anticipate. As story lines go, it may be better this way.

    Coming off a flat weekend at the WGC-Bridgestone, Woods was starting to sound like an old 42-year-old. But instead of ice baths and recovery time, the conversation was charged by what he did on Saturday and Sunday in the 100th PGA.

    A day later, there was more good news. With Woods committing to three straight weeks of FedExCup Playoff golf, potentially followed by a week off and then the Tour Championship, that moment of victory may not be far away.

    Scheduling – and certainly anticipating – four tournaments in five weeks, potentially followed by a playing role at the Ryder Cup, would indicate that Woods has returned to the activity in which he was formally successful.

    There were times post-scandal and post-back issues, that Woods stuck by the lines made famous by LL Cool J:

    Don’t call it a comeback
    I’ve been here for years
    I’m rocking my peers

    Not this time. As he said Sunday before his walk-off 64 in St, Louis, “Oh, God. I didn’t even know if I was going to play again.”

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    Actor/Comedian Kevin Nealon Joins "Feherty," Monday, Aug. 20 at 9 p.m. ET

    By Golf Channel Public RelationsAugust 16, 2018, 1:15 pm

    Actor/comedian Kevin Nealon (Saturday Night Live) will join David Feherty on his self-titled, Emmy-nominated series Feherty presented by Farmers Insurance®, Monday at 9 p.m. ET on Golf Channel.

    Filmed at the Laugh Factory in Los Angeles last month, the episode will focus on numerous topics, including:

    • Nealon discussing his start in comedy in Los Angeles, where he worked as a bartender and filled in for comics who failed to show up for their act.
    • Reminiscing about his appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson in 1984.
    • Reflecting on his nine-year run as a cast member on Saturday Night Live.
    • Recounting the time when his golf ball struck Adam Sandler during a round they were playing with filming Happy Gilmore.
    • Recalling time spent with Arnold Palmer during the filming of a commercial a few years ago.

    The following Monday (Aug. 27), Feherty will be joined by 20-time LPGA Tour winner Cristie Kerr at 9 p.m. ET, and then on Monday, Sept. 3 (9 p.m. ET), major champion Jimmy Walker will join as a guest for the series’ season finale.

    A two-time Emmy-nominated host (Outstanding Sports Personality – Studio Host) Feherty has been described as “golf’s iconoclast,” by Rolling Stone, and “the last unscripted man on TV,” by Men’s Journal. His all-star lineup of golf-enthused and culturally relevant guests feature celebrities from across entertainment, sports and politics. To date, Feherty has sat down with four U.S. Presidents (Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, Barack Obama and Donald Trump); sports legends Charles Barkley, Nick Saban, Stephen Curry and Bobby Knight; Hollywood icons Matthew McConaughey, Larry David and Samuel L. Jackson; World Golf of Fame members Nancy Lopez, Jack Nicklaus, Annika Sorenstam, Lee Trevino and Tom Watson; and a host of current golf superstars including Paula Creamer, Jason Day, Rickie Fowler, Rory McIlroy, Phil Mickelson, Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas and Michelle Wie. Feherty is produced by Golf Channel’s original productions group, which also oversees production for Driver vs. Driver, Golf Films as well as the network’s instruction platforms.

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    Thomas talks Tiger, plays 'Facebreakers' on 'Tonight Show'

    By Grill Room TeamAugust 16, 2018, 1:14 pm

    Justin Thomas didn't successfully defend his title at last week's PGA Championship, but he did get a guest spot on "The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon."

    Thomas appeared on the talk show Wednesday night and, of course, a primary topic was Tiger Woods' run at the Wanamaker Trophy.



    Thomas also played a game of "Facebreakers" with host Fallon, in which both men tried to break panes of glass emblazoned with the other's face with golf shots. Thomas nearly took out the real Fallon on his first shot, and after several uncessful attempts by both men, massive cheating ensued.