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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    Koepka primed for CJ Cup win and world No. 1

    By Golf Channel DigitalOctober 19, 2018, 6:00 am

    Brooks Koepka wants a 2-for-1 at the CJ Cup. If he can collect his second non-major PGA Tour victory he can become world No. 1 for the first time in his career.

    He’s in great position to accomplish his goal.

    Koepka eagled the par-5 18th en route to a 7-under 65 in the second round at Nine Bridges in Juju Island, South Korea. At 8 under par, he is one back of 36-hole leader Scott Piercy (65).

    Koepka, currently ranked third in the world, began the day three shots off the lead, but rapidly ascended the leaderboard. He birdied four of his first eight holes before finding trouble at the ninth. Koepka hooked his tee shot out of bounds, but the ninth is a par 5 and he was able to salvage bogey.

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    That was his only dropped shot of the day.

    The reigning Tour Player of the Year birdied the 12th and 14th holes in his bid to keep pace with Piercy. Koepka was two back as he played his final hole, where he knocked his second shot to 10 feet. He deftly converted the eagle effort to tie Piercy and earn a spot in Saturday’s final twosome. Piercy later pulled a shot ahead with a birdie at the ninth, his final hole of the day.

    Koepka has officially won four PGA Tour events, but three of those are majors (2017, ’18 U.S. Open; 2018 PGA). His lone non-major win was the 2015 Waste Management Phoenix Open.

    He can still reach world No. 1 with a solo second place, assuming Justin Thomas, currently world No. 4, doesn’t win this week.

    That will take a mighty weekend effort by the defending champ.

    Thomas also eagled the 18th hole to go from 1 over to 1 under. He shot 2-under 70 in the second round and is seven shots off the lead.

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    'Go in'? Yes, JT wants an ace at the par-4 14th

    By Golf Channel DigitalOctober 19, 2018, 5:11 am

    Justin Thomas didn’t hesitate after hitting his tee shot on the 353-yard, par-4 14th in Round 2 of the CJ Cup.

    “Go in,” he immediately said.

    “Please go in,” he added.

    Thomas’ tee shot was on a great line, but it landed just short of the green. Surprisingly, it took three more shots for his ball to "go in." After birdies on Nos. 12 and 13, Thomas parred the 14th.

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    Watch: Dufner makes six (!) fist pumps after birdie

    By Golf Channel DigitalOctober 19, 2018, 4:53 am

    Jason Dufner makes Ben Stein seem like Jonathan Winters. Dufner often looks mighty miserable for someone who plays golf for a living.

    But not on Friday at the CJ Cup!

    Dufner made a 20-footer for birdie at the 16th hole and “celebrated” with one-two-three-(pause)-four-five-six fist pumps. There could have been more, but the camera cut away.

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    Watch: Paul C-ace-y makes hole-in-one at CJ Cup

    By Golf Channel DigitalOctober 19, 2018, 2:35 am

    Par-par-par-par-par-par. It was a boring second round over the first six holes for Paul Casey at the CJ Cup.

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    Casey's tee shot from 176 tracked straight towards the hole and rolled in near the final revolution. That got him to 2 under par for the tournament. He was five off the lead, held by Chez Reavie, but bogeyed the ninth and 10th holes to give back those two strokes.

    Hey, it's a no-cut event and a guaranteed paycheck. Drinks on Casey!