Four Share Lead at BuyCom Boise Open
This is the first event back for the Buy.Com Tour as last week's Oregon Classic was cancelled after the terrorist attacks on the United States last Tuesday.
At 9:00 a.m. (ET), horns sounded and a 10-minute tribute took place in memory of the victims at New York, Washington and Pennsylvania. The ceremony included bag pipes, a message from the Governor of Idaho and a rendition of 'God Bless America' by the Boise State University band.
Raulerson got off to a rocky start with a bogey at his opening hole, the 10th at Hillcrest Country Club. He rebounded with a seven-foot birdie putt at No. 12 and three birdies in a row, starting at No. 14. Raulerson added a 12-foot birdie putt at the 18th for a front-nine 31.
'My putting has been much better than it has in a long, long time,' said Raulerson, who birdied his final hole Thursday to earn a share of the lead. 'I got back to using my short putter and the ball is rolling better than it ever has been.'
Warren opened with a pair of birdies at Nos. 2 and 3 but they were quickly erased with bogeys at the sixth and eighth. He birdied six of his last seven, including the last four holes, to vault into a share of the lead.
'As tragic as everything has been, it gave me a week off to work on my ball striking,' said Warren. 'It's not what I want it to be.'
McKelvey used an ace at the par-3 4th to fly out of the gate. He struck a 7-iron at the 182-yard hole and watched as the ball kicked left and rolled into the cup.
'It took a little pressure off but there was a lot of golf left,' said McKelvey, referring to his hole in one. 'It's really rare that I'm sitting here taking advantage of the par-threes.'
McKelvey birdied two of the remaining par-threes, the eighth and 17th for his 66.
Long was flawless on Thursday with three birdies and an eagle.
Casey Martin, Don Reese, Sonny Skinner, Matt Peterson, David Sutherland, D.A. Points, Craig Bowden, Tjaart van der Walt and Billy Judah share fifth at 4-under par.
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Sordet opens with 62 to grab lead at Nordea Masters
GOTHENBURG, Sweden - Clement Sordet opened with four straight birdies to shoot 8-under 62 and take the first-round lead of the Nordea Masters on Thursday.
Sordet says ''I wasn't really focusing on the score, I was just enjoying it.''
The Frenchman, who shot his lowest European Tour round, has a two-stroke lead over Scott Jamieson of Scotland and Lee Slattery of England.
Hunter Stewart is the highest-placed American after a 5-under 65 left him on a four-way tie for fourth with Christofer Blomstrand, Tapio Pulkkanen and Richard Green.
Defending champion Renato Paratore's hopes of becoming the first player to successfully retain the title look in doubt after the Italian shot 9-over 79 at Hills Golf Club.
Peterson confirms plans to play Web.com Finals
After flirting with retirement for much of the summer, John Peterson confirmed that he will give it one more shot in the upcoming Web.com Tour Finals.
Peterson, 29, had planned to walk away from the game and begin a career in real estate in his native Texas if he failed to secure PGA Tour status before his medical extension expired. His T-13 finish last month at The Greenbrier appeared to be enough to net the former NCAA champ at least conditional status, but a closer look at the numbers revealed he missed out by 0.58 points in his last available start.
But Peterson was buoyed by the support he received from his peers at The Greenbrier, and when he got into the Barbasol Championship as a late alternate he decided to make the trip to the tournament. He tied for 21st that week in Kentucky, clinching enough non-member FedExCup points to grant him a spot in the four-event Finals.
Last month Peterson hinted that he would consider playing in the Finals, where 25 PGA Tour cards for the 2018-19 season will be up for grabs, and Thursday he confirmed in an Instagram post that he will give his pro career "one last push."
The Finals kick off next week in Ohio with the Nationwide Children's Hospital Championship and will conclude Sept. 20-23 with the Web.com Tour Championship. Peterson will be looking to rekindle his results from 2013, when he finished T-5 or better at each of the four Finals events while earning fully-exempt status as the top money earner.
Lyle honored with sand sculpture at Wyndham
Jarrod Lyle passed away last week at the age of 36 after losing his third battle with cancer.
And after a PGA Championship filled with tributes to the Australian, the Wyndham Championship found its own way to keep his legacy alive at the North Carolina Tour stop.
Next to the Wyndham Championship and PGA Tour logos carved into the sand on site at Sedgefield Country Club is Lyle's name and the "Leuk the Duck" mascot. The duck has become synonymous with Challenge, an organization that supports kids with cancer.
Fellow Aussie Stuart Appleby posted the display on social media:
Lyle was also remembered in a more traditional manner on the first tee, where his bag and trademark yellow bucket hat were prominently displayed.
Yin (64) steps into spotlight on Day 1 in Indy
American fans will be quick to embrace a young new winner with the U.S. ranks shrinking in women’s golf this summer.
With some of its biggest stars dealing with injuries, swoons or away on maternity leave, the American game could use a boost.
And here comes Angel Yin . . .
She is a major talent looking to break through this week at the Indy Women in Tech Championship. Still a teenager at 19, she moved into early position Thursday to try to win her first title.
With a spectacular start, Yin looked as if she might give the game a pair of 59s on the same day, with Brandt Snedeker posting one at the Wyndham Championship. Yin birdied eight of the first nine holes at Brickyard Crossing Golf Course in Indianapolis before cooling on the back nine. She still shot 8-under-par 64, good for the early lead.
“It just felt good,” Yin said. “Everything was working.”
Yin was knocking down flagsticks on the outward nine.
“I had nine putts on the front nine, which is incredible,” Yin said. “Never had that many little putts.”
With Brickyard Crossing a big hitter’s park, Yin took advantage. She’s one of the longest hitters on tour, ranking fifth in driving distance (272.2 yards per drive).
Yin has made runs at winning this year. She tied for fourth at the Mediheal Championship in April. She finished third at the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship at the end of June, but then missed the cut in three of her next four starts, including the Ricoh Women’s British Open in her last start.
“I was really happy how everything came together [today], because I have been playing well,” Yin said. “I just haven't been scoring.”
Yin introduced herself to the world stage making the American Solheim Cup team last year. She wowed fans and teammates alike bombing her driver in an impressive rookie debut.
“She is fearless,” two-time Rolex Player of the Year Stacy Lewis said going into last year’s Solheim Cup. “The shots she can hit, nobody else can hit. She probably doesn’t quite know how to manage it yet, is the only thing holding her back.”
While Yin is seeking her first professional title, she has won as a pro. She claimed the Omega Dubai Ladies Classic on the Ladies European Tour at the end of last season.
Ying has been a big deal in Southern California for a while now. At 13, she qualified for the U.S. Women’s Open at Blackwolf Run. At 14, she won a junior qualifier to get into the ANA Inspiration and made the cut. At 15, she Monday qualified to get into the LPGA’s Kia Classic. At 16, she won the AJGA’s Annika Invitational, finished runner up in the U.S. Girls’ Junior and played on the U.S. Junior Solheim Cup team.