Gamez Catches Calc in Greensboro
John Huston is alone in fifth place at 7-under-par, followed by Carl Paulson, Pat Bates and Lee Porter, who share sixth at minus 6.
Gamez is as unlikely a co-leader as one could imagine. He has not cracked the top-10 on the PGA Tour since a fifth-place tie in the 1997 B.C. Open, and his best finish last season was a pair of 11th-place ties.
Gamez burst on to the scene in his rookie campaign in 1990. His first victory came in his first PGA Tour event at the Tucson Open, besting Calcavecchia by four strokes. He followed that victory later in the year with a dramatic win at Bay Hill, where he holed a 7-iron from the fairway at the 72nd hole to capture the title by one stroke over Greg Norman.
'I said this week that I was going to come out and fire at it and see what happened,' said Gamez, who entered the field this week as the seventh alternate. 'That's the way I've always played in junior golf and college golf and the first four or five years out here.'
Gamez was 1-under after his front nine but caught fire on the back. He birdied four holes in a row from the 13th and held on to his piece of the lead with a 30-foot par save at No. 17.
Gamez's closest competitors are not surprised that the former Rookie of the Year is at the top of his form once again.
'He's still a heck of a player,' said Calcavecchia, who shot a 3-under 69 Friday. 'Everybody goes through tough times in their career and he's been having a tough time for the last five or six years. That doesn't mean he can't play.'
'Robert has always been good, he just didn't know it,' Mediate said. 'Whatever it was in 1990 that was in there, it's still in there. He's got to figure a way to get it out. It looks like he's figured that out this week. This guy was all-world in 1990.'
Gamez, who hasn't led after 36 holes since he shared the halfway lead with Ben Crenshaw at the 1995 Memorial, admits that he will carry some nerves into Saturday's final pairing.
'I'm going to be nervous, I was nervous on the last few holes coming in today,' said Gamez, who has earned less than $10,000 in three events in 2002. 'But it's a good nervous. It's good to have those butterflies. I haven't had those in a long time.'
Calcavecchia broke out early with a birdie and an eagle in his first six holes but dropped a shot at his ninth, No. 18 at Forest Oaks Country Club. He ran home a 10-foot birdie at the seventh to reach 10-under par.
'I had a lot more birdie chances yesterday,' said Calcavecchia. 'I just didn't have that many chances to roll in any birdie putts. I was basically struggling for pars a lot of the time.'
Michael Allen, Jay Haas, Bob Heintz, Chad Campbell, Jerry Kelly and WGC-Match Play champion Kevin Sutherland share ninth place at 5-under-par 139.
John Maginnes needed only 19 putts Friday, one more than the PGA Tour record for fewest putts in a round. He two-putted from 20 feet at 18 to miss matching the record but posted a 2-under 70 to tie for 43rd at minus 2.
Bubba Dickerson, the reigning U.S. Amateur champion making his professional debut this week, struggled to a 77 Friday. He missed the 36-hole cut, which fell at even-par 144, by six strokes.
Full-field scores from the Greater Greensboro Chrysler Classic
Storms halt Barbasol before Lincicome tees off
NICHOLASVILLE, Ky. - Brittany Lincicome will have to wait until the weekend to resume her bid to make the cut in a PGA Tour event.
Overnight storms delayed the start of the second round Friday in the Barbasol Championship, and an afternoon thunderstorm suspended competition for good. The round will resume Saturday morning with much of the field still to play.
The second stoppage at Champions Trace at Keene Trace Golf Club came 20 minutes before Lincicome's scheduled tee time.
Lincicome was near the bottom of the field after opening with a 6-over 78 on Thursday. The first LPGA player since Michelle Wie in 2008 to start a PGA Tour event, she needs a huge rebound to join Babe Zaharias (1945) as the only female players to make the cut.
Troy Merritt had the clubhouse lead at 15 under, following an opening 62 with a 67.
Third-round tee times for the 147th Open
CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Eighteen major champions made the cut at The Open and will be playing the weekend at Carnoustie, including 60-year-old ageless wonder Bernhard Langer, and both major champs so far this year, Patrick Reed and Brooks Koepka.
Twenty-four-year-old Gavin Green will be first off solo Saturday at 4:15 a.m. ET. Reed and Rhys Enoch will follow along 10 minutes later.
Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods, both at even par for the tournament, six shots behind leaders Zach Johnson and Kevin Kisner, are in consecutive groups. Mickelson is playing with Austin Cook at 8:05 a.m. and Woods is with South Africa’s Shaun Norris at 8:15 a.m.
Jordan Spieth and Rickie Fowler, both three shots off the lead, are also in consecutive groups. Fowler is at 10 a.m. with Thorbjorn Olesen and Spieth is 10 minutes later with Kevin Chappell. Rory McIlroy, looking to win his first major since the 2014 PGA Championship, is at 10:40 a.m. with Xander Schauffele. McIlroy is two shots behind.
Johnson and Kisner are last off at 11 a.m.
4:15AM ET: Gavin Green
4:25AM ET: Rhys Enoch, Patrick Reed
4:35AM ET: Kiradech Aphibarnrat, Justin Rose
4:45AM ET: Yusaku Miyazato, Tyrrell Hatton
4:55AM ET: Ross Fisher, Keegan Bradley
5:05AM ET: Ryan Fox, Jason Dufner
5:15AM ET: Bryson DeChambeau, Henrik Stenson
5:25AM ET: Tom Lewis, Sam Locke (a)
5:35AM ET: Paul Casey, Chris Wood
5:45AM ET: Bernhard Langer, Rafa Cabrera Bello
6:00AM ET: Paul Dunne, Brett Rumford
6:10AM ET: Masahiro Kawamura, Shubhankar Sharma
6:20AM ET: Cameron Smith, Brendan Steele
6:30AM ET: Marc Leishman, Lee Westwood
6:40AM ET: Byeong Hun An, Kevin Na
6:50AM ET: Julian Suri, Adam Hadwin
7:00AM ET: Gary Woodland, Si-Woo Kim
7:10AM ET: Yuta Ikeda, Satoshi Kodaira
7:20AM ET: Marcus Kinhult, Thomas Pieters
7:30AM ET: Beau Hossler, Haotong Li
7:45AM ET: Cameron Davis, Sean Crocker
7:55AM ET: Louis Oosthuizen, Stewart Cink
8:05AM ET: Phil Mickeslon, Austin Cook
8:15AM ET: Tiger Woods, Shaun Norris
8:25AM ET: Lucas Herbert, Michael Kim
8:35AM ET: Jason Day, Francesco Molinari
8:45AM ET: Sung Kang, Webb Simpson
8:55AM ET: Patrick Cantlay, Eddie Pepperell
9:05AM ET: Matthew Southgate, Brooks Koepka
9:15AM ET: Kyle Stanley, Adam Scott
9:30AM ET: Charley Hoffman, Alex Noren
9:40AM ET: Ryan Moore, Brandon Stone
9:50AM ET: Luke List, Danny Willett
10:00AM ET: Thorbjorn Olesen, Rickie Fowler
10:10AM ET: Jordan Spieth, Kevin Chappell
10:20AM ET: Zander Lombard, Tony Finau
10:30AM ET: Matt Kuchar, Erik Van Rooyen
10:40AM ET: Rory McIlroy, Xander Schauffele
10:50AM ET: Pat Perez, Tommy Fleetwood
11:00AM ET: Kevin Kisner, Zach Johnson
Facial hair Fowler's new good-luck charm
CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Before, during and after the Fourth of July, Rickie Fowler missed a few appointments with his razor.
He arrived in the United Kingdom for last week’s Scottish Open still unshaved and he tied for sixth place. Fowler, like most golfers, can give in to superstition, so he's decided to keep the caveman look going for this week’s Open Championship.
“There could be some variations,” he smiled following his round on Friday at Carnoustie.
At this rate, he may never shave again. Fowler followed an opening 70 with a 69 on Friday to move into a tie for 11th place, just three strokes off the lead.
Fowler also has some friendly competition in the beard department, with his roommate this week Justin Thomas also going for the rugged look.
“I think he kind of followed my lead in a way. I think he ended up at home, and he had a little bit of scruff going. It's just fun,” Fowler said. “We mess around with it. Obviously, not taking it too seriously. But like I said, ended up playing halfway decent last week, so I couldn't really shave it off going into this week.”
Spieth (67) rebounds from tough Round 1 finish
CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Guess whose putter is starting to heat up again at a major?
Even with a few wayward shots Friday at Carnoustie, Jordan Spieth made a significant climb up the leaderboard in the second round, firing a 4-under 67 to move just three shots off the lead.
Spieth showed his trademark grit in bouncing back from a rough finish Thursday, when he mis-clubbed on the 15th hole, leading to a double bogey, and ended up playing the last four holes in 4 over.
“I don’t know if I actually regrouped,” he said. “It more kind of fires me up a little.”
Spieth missed more than half of his fairways in the second round, but he was able to play his approach shots from the proper side of the hole. Sure, he “stole a few,” particularly with unlikely birdies on Nos. 10 and 11 after errant drives, but he took advantage and put himself in position to defend his claret jug.
Spieth needed only 25 putts in the second round, and he credited a post-round adjustment Thursday for the improvement. The tweak allows his arms to do more of the work in his stroke, and he said he felt more confident on the greens.
“It’s come a long way in the last few months, no doubt,” he said.
More than anything, Spieth was relieved not to have to play “cut-line golf” on Friday, like he’s done each start since his spirited run at the Masters.
“I know that my swing isn’t exactly where I want it to be; it’s nowhere near where it was at Birkdale,” he said. “But the short game is on point, and the swing is working in the right direction to get the confidence back.”