Garcia Shares Clubhouse Lead

By Sports NetworkOctober 14, 2004, 4:00 pm
MAJORCA, Spain -- Simon Khan stands at 5 under par through 13 holes and holds a share of the lead during the first round of the Mallorca Classic. Play was delayed over two hours on Thursday due to rain during the round and was eventually halted due to darkness.
Khan is tied with Francois Delamontagne, who is 5 under par through nine holes.
Carlos Rodiles and Sergio Garcia share the clubhouse lead at 4-under-par 66. They are joined there by Darren Fichardt, who has completed 12 holes, and David Dixon, who is through nine holes at Pula Golf Club.
Khan dropped in back-to-back birdies from the par-3 second. He jumped to minus-4 with an eagle at the par-5 sixth and picked up a birdie at the ninth to make the turn at minus-5.
The Englishman birdied the 11th to move to 6 under and one shot clear of the field. However, Khan stumbled to a bogey at the 13th to fall back into a share of the lead.
Delamontagne posted a birdie at the first, then ran off three consecutive birdies from the third to jump to minus-4 through five holes. The Frenchman collected his fifth birdie at the par-4 seventh and parred his final two holes before play was called.
Garcia began his round on the 10th tee and picked up a lone birdie over his first nine holes. On the front side, Garcia birdied one and three before faltering to a bogey at the fourth. The Spaniard collected birdies at six and seven to get to 4 under.
'I feel the Spanish fans deserve to watch me play,' said Garcia. 'It's my first time in Spain this year and I'm really happy that I came. I don't come here thinking this is a done deal. I think the field is better than some might think.'
Rodiles also started on the second nine. He birdied the 11th and 18th to head to the front at minus-2 and continued his steady play with pars on the first four holes. Rodiles picked up another birdie at the fifth and climbed to 4 under with a birdie on the ninth.
Robert Karlsson, Santiago Luna and Tomas Jesus Munoz share seventh place at 3-under-par 67. They are tied there by Alastair Forsyth (15 holes), Peter Fowler (12) and Steven O'Hara (9).
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    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.