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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    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.

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    Molinari had previously avoided Carnoustie on purpose

    By Rex HoggardJuly 22, 2018, 9:17 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Sometimes a course just fits a player’s eye. They can’t really describe why, but more often than not it leads to solid finishes.

    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.