Gilder Shoots 63 for SBC Senior Open Lead

By Sports NetworkJuly 20, 2002, 4:00 pm
Chicago, Ill. -- Bob Gilder picked up four shots over the last three holes Saturday to surge into the lead after two rounds of the SBC Senior Open.
The 51-year-old Oregon native, who was named the Senior Tour's 2001 Rookie of the Year after winning twice and posting 11 other top-10s last season, set a new course record with a nine-under-par 63 at the Port Course at Harborside International, which is hosting this event for the first time.
Gilder closed with seven straight threes -- two pars, four birdies and an eagle at the par-five 18th -- to claim the top spot at 11-under-par 133.
'Things were working today,' said Gilder. 'I figured something out at the practice tee and the momentum just built as the round went along. Everything fell into place.'
Bobby Wadkins spread seven birdies around a bogey-free 65 and took over second place at 10-under.
Dick Mast, who shot 64 seven times while on the PGA Tour, carded that number Saturday thanks in big part to a run of six birdies in a row. He moved into a tie for third at eight-under 136 with John Mahaffey (65) and Tom Wargo (69).
Gilder began the second round four shots out of the lead but made his presence felt with three birdies in the front nine. He made the turn at five-under and, after parring the first two holes on the back, knocked a nine-iron to three feet for a birdie at the 12th. Two holes later Gilder rolled in a 10-foot putt for birdie to get to seven-under par.
Gilder parred the 195-yard 15th but stuffed his approaches in tight for back- to-back birdies at 16 and 17.
'I nearly knocked the flag down on two of the last three holes,' he said.
After knocking his second shot with a three-wood to the fringe at the 522-yard finishing hole, Gilder sank a 20-foot eagle putt to match his low round on the 50-and-over circuit.
Two weeks ago at the Canada Senior Open, Gilder established his senior best with an eight-under 63 in the second round en route to a fifth-place finish. It marked his eighth top-10 showing of the season, with his best result a tie for second at the Siebel Classic in March.
Wadkins, who became the youngest winner in Senior Tour history (50 years, 10 days) at last year's Long Island Classic, has three runner-up finishes already this season, including a share of second at the Senior PGA Championship.
Mast has struggled in 2002 with just two top-10s in 18 starts, but racked up a total of 10 birdies Saturday. His six-birdie streak -- the second-longest on tour in this year -- stretched from the eighth to the 13th, and featured four putts from inside five feet and a 35-footer at the par-four 10th.
'I switched putters yesterday and I seemed to roll the ball better today,' said Mast, who took 25 putts Saturday as compared to 33 in round one.
Although Mast has never won on the PGA or Senior Tours, he did record four victories on the Tour.
Rodger Davis (69), Terry Mauney (69) and Roy Vucinich (70) were in sixth place at seven-under-par 137.
Hale Irwin, a three-time winner of this event, finished five strokes off the pace after a one-under 71. Just one shot back after opening with a five-under 67, Irwin actually slipped to two-under through 12 holes Saturday but produced four birdies over the final six holes.
First-round leader Ted Goin bogeyed two of his first three holes and dropped into a tie for 14th place at minus-five. He posted a second-round 73.
Defending champion Dana Quigley, who shot himself out of the tournament Friday with a six-over 78, notched his second hole-in-one on the Senior Tour on his way to a 69 on Saturday. He used a seven-iron from 163 yards to ace the par- three 13th. Quigley will begin the final round 14 shots back at three-over.
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Suwannapura beats Lincicome in playoff for first win

By Associated PressJuly 15, 2018, 10:49 pm

SYLVANIA, Ohio - Thidapa Suwannapura won her first LPGA event on Sunday, closing with a 6-under 65 and birdieing the first playoff hole to defeat Brittany Lincicome at the Marathon Classic.

The 25-year-old Thai player is the sixth first-time winner on tour this year. Her previous best finish in 120 starts was seventh at the 2014 Kingsmill Championship.

Suwannapura picked up three strokes over her final two holes, making eagle on the par-5 17th and closing with a birdie on the par-5 18th at Highland Meadows to finish at 14-under 270.

In the playoff, Suwannapura converted a short birdie putt after Lincicome hit her second shot into a water hazard and scrambled for par.

Lincicome shot 67. She had a chance to win in regulation, but her birdie putt from about 10 feet did a nearly 360-degree turn around the edge of the cup and stayed out. Next up for the big-hitting Lincicome: a start against the men at the PGA Tour's Barbasol Championship.

Third-round leader Brooke Henderson led by two shots after six holes, but struggled the rest of the way. Back-to-back bogeys on the 14th and 15th holes dropped her out of the lead. The 20-year-old Canadian finished with a 2-under 69, one shot out of the playoff.

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Kim cruises to first win, final Open invite at Deere

By Will GrayJuly 15, 2018, 9:38 pm

Following the best week of his professional career, Michael Kim is both a winner on the PGA Tour and the 156th and final player to earn a tee time next week at The Open.

Kim entered the final round of the John Deere Classic with a five-shot lead, and the former Cal standout removed any lingering doubt about the tournament's outcome with birdies on each of his first three holes. He cruised from there, shooting a bogey-free 66 to finish the week at 27 under and win by eight shots over Francesco Molinari, Joel Dahmen, Sam Ryder and Bronson Burgoon.

It equals the tournament scoring record and ties for the largest margin of victory on Tour this season, matching Dustin Johnson's eight-shot romp at Kapalua in January and Molinari's margin two weeks ago at the Quicken Loans National.

"Just super thankful," Kim said. "It's been a tough first half of the year. But to be able to finish it out in style like this means a lot."

Kim, 25, received the Haskins Award as the nation's top collegiate player back in 2013, but his ascent to the professional ranks has been slow. He had only one top-10 finish in 83 starts on Tour entering the week, tying for third at the Safeway Open in October 2016, and had missed the cut each of the last three weeks.

But the pieces all came together at TPC Deere Run, where Kim opened with 63 and held a three-shot lead after 36 holes. His advantage was trimmed to a single shot during a rain-delayed third round, but Kim returned to the course late Saturday and closed with four straight birdies on Nos. 15-18 to build a five-shot cushion and inch closer to his maiden victory.

As the top finisher among the top five not otherwise exempt, Kim earned the final spot at Carnoustie as part of the Open Qualifying Series. It will be his first major championship appearance since earning low amateur honors with a T-17 finish at the 2013 U.S. Open at Merion, and he is also now exempt for the PGA Championship and next year's Masters.

The last player to earn the final Open spot at the Deere and make the cut the following week was Brian Harman, who captured his first career win at TPC Deere Run in 2014 and went on to tie for 26th at Royal Liverpool.

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Poulter offers explanation in dispute with marshal

By Will GrayJuly 15, 2018, 6:47 pm

Ian Poulter took to Twitter to offer an explanation after the Englishman was accused of verbally abusing a volunteer during the third round of the Scottish Open.

Poulter hooked his drive on the opening hole at Gullane Golf Club into a bush, where Quintin Jardine was working as a marshal. Poulter went on to find the ball, wedge out and make bogey, but the details of the moments leading up to his second shot differ depending on who you ask.

Jardine wrote a letter to the tournament director that he also turned into a colorfully-titled blog post, accusing Poulter of berating him for not going into the bush "feet first" in search of the ball since Poulter would have received a free drop had his ball been stepped on by an official.

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"I stood and waited for the player. It turned out to be Mr. Poulter, who arrived in a shower of expletives and asked me where his ball was," Jardine wrote. "I told him and said that I had not ventured into the bush for fear of standing on it. I wasn't expecting thanks, but I wasn't expecting aggression, either."

Jardine added that Poulter stayed to exchange heated words with the volunteer even after wedging his ball back into the fairway. After shooting a final-round 69 to finish in a tie for 30th, Poulter tweeted his side of the story to his more than 2.3 million followers:

Poulter, 42, won earlier this year on the PGA Tour at the Houston Open and is exempt into The Open at Carnoustie, where he will make his 17th Open appearance. His record includes a runner-up at Royal Birkdale in 2008 and a T-3 finish at Muirfield in 2013.

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Immelman misses Open bid via OWGR tiebreaker

By Will GrayJuly 15, 2018, 6:25 pm

A resurgent performance at the Scottish Open gave Trevor Immelman his first top-10 finish in more than four years, but it left him short of a return to The Open by the slimmest of margins.

The former Masters champ turned back the clock this week at Gullane Golf Club, carding four straight rounds of 68 or better. That run included a 5-under 65 in the final round, which gave him a tie for third and left him five shots behind winner Brandon Stone. It was his first worldwide top-10 since a T-10 finish at the 2014 Farmers Insurance Open.

There were three spots available into The Open for players not otherwise exempt, and for a brief moment it appeared Immelman, 38, might sneak the third and final invite.

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But with Stone and runner-up Eddie Pepperell both not qualified, that left the final spot to be decided between Immelman and Sweden's Jens Dantorp who, like Immelman, tied for third at 15 under.

As has been the case with other stops along the Open Qualifying Series, the tiebreaker to determine invites is the players' standing in the Official World Golf Rankings entering the week. Dantorp is currently No. 322 in the world, but with Immelman ranked No. 1380 the Swede got the nod.

This will mark Dantorp's first-ever major championship appearance. Immelman, who hasn't made the cut in a major since the 2013 Masters, was looking to return to The Open for 10th time and first since a missed cut at Royal Lytham six years ago. He will instead work the week at Carnoustie as part of Golf Channel and NBC's coverage of The Open.