Gogel Makes Big Jump in Latest World Rankings

By Sports NetworkFebruary 4, 2002, 5:00 pm
Matt Gogel earned redemption at the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am last week, capturing the title that eluded him two years before and jumping him from over the top-100 to 61st in the latest World Golf Rankings.
Gogel birdied No. 18 while Pat Perez triple-bogeyed the hole, giving Gogel his first PGA Tour victory and erasing the bad memory of 2000 when Tiger Woods overcame a seven-shot deficit on the back nine and took the title from him.
Speaking of Tiger Woods, the Orlando, Fla., resident failed to contend at Pebble Beach over the weekend, but remained comfortably first in the rankings.
Phil Mickelson will look for the three-peat this week at the Buick Invitational at Torrey Pines. Last year, he bested Frank Lickliter in an odd playoff that saw him win with a double-bogey on the third playoff hole and this week, he heads into the tournament as the No. 2 player in the world.
David Duval, Sergio Garcia and Ernie Els, who captured the Heineken Classic on the European Tour last week, maintained their rankings from last week with the American taking third, the Spaniard fourth and the South African rounding out the top five.
Two major champions from 2001 took sixth and seventh as PGA champion David Toms came in sixth and U.S. Open champion Retief Goosen finished one place lower.
Davis Love III and Vijay Singh held their rankings from last week, eighth and ninth, respectively.
Ireland's Padraig Harrington jumped three spots to No. 10 while Chris DiMarco held on to 11. Mike Weir fell out of the top 10 to No. 12 this week and Darren Clarke also dropped this week, falling one to 13.
Jim Furyk, Bernhard Langer, Kenny Perry and Scott Verplank all kept their places from last week, taking 14-17.
Toshi Izawa and Colin Montgomerie switched rankings from last week with Izawa coming in 18th and the Scotsman dropping to 19th. Montgomerie has not played recently due to back problems, but the injury was not as severe as expected and Monty should return to action soon.
Bob Estes completed the top 20 for the second week in a row.
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'Brain fart' leads to Spieth's late collapse

By Rex HoggardJuly 19, 2018, 2:44 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – The closing stretch at Carnoustie has famously ruined many a solid round, so Jordan Spieth’s misadventures on Thursday should not have been a complete surprise, but the truth is the defending champion’s miscues were very much self-inflicted.

Spieth was cruising along at 3 under par, just two shots off the early lead, when he made a combination of errors at the par-4 15th hole. He hit the wrong club off the tee (4-iron) and the wrong club for his approach (6-iron) on his way to a double bogey-6.

“The problem was on the second shot, I should have hit enough club to reach the front of the green, and even if it goes 20 yards over the green, it's an easy up-and-down,” Spieth said. “I just had a brain fart, and I missed it into the location where the only pot bunker where I could actually get in trouble, and it plugged deep into it. It was a really, really poor decision on the second shot, and that cost me.”

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Spieth continued to compound his problems with a sloppy bogey at the 16th hole, and a drive that sailed left at 18 found the Barry Burn en route to a closing bogey and a 1-over 72.

The miscues were more mental, a lack of execution, than they were an example of how difficult the closing stretch at Carnoustie can be, and that’s not good enough for Spieth.

“That's what I would consider as a significant advantage for me is recognizing where the misses are,” said Spieth, who was tied for 68th when he completed his round. “It felt like a missed opportunity.”

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Perez: R&A does it right, 'not like the USGA'

By Rex HoggardJuly 19, 2018, 2:28 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Pat Perez didn’t even attempt to hide his frustration with the USGA at last month’s U.S. Open, and after an opening-round 69 at The Open, he took the opportunity to double down on his displeasure.

“They (the R&A) do it right, not like the USGA,” Perez said of the setup at Carnoustie. “They've got the opposite [philosophy] here. I told them, you guys have it right, let the course get baked, but you've got the greens receptive. They're not going to run and be out of control. They could have easily had the greens just like the fairway, but they didn't. The course is just set up perfect.”

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Concerns at Shinnecock Hills reached a crescendo on Saturday when the scoring average ballooned to 75.3 and only three players broke the par of 70. Of particular concern for many players, including Perez, were some of the hole locations, given how fast and firm the greens were.

“The U.S. Open could have been like this more if they wanted to. They could have made the greens a bit more receptive,” Perez said. “These greens are really flat compared to Shinnecock. So that was kind of the problem there is they let it get out of control and they made the greens too hard.”

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Ball headed O.B., Stone (68) gets huge break

By Mercer BaggsJuly 19, 2018, 2:14 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Brandon Stone knew it when he hit it.

“I knew I hit it out of bounds,” the South African said following his opening round in the 147th Open Championship.

Stone’s second shot on the par-4 18th, from the left fescue, was pulled into the grandstands, which are marked as O.B. But instead of settling in with the crowd, the ball ricocheted back towards the green and nearly onto the putting surface.

Stone made his par and walked away with a 3-under 68, two shots off the early lead.

“I really didn’t put a good swing on it, bad contact and it just came out way left,” Stone said. “I feel so sorry for the person I managed to catch on the forehead there, but got a lucky break.

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“When you get breaks like that you know you’re going to have good weeks.”

It’s been more than just good luck recently for Stone. He shot 60 in the final round – missing a 9-foot birdie putt for the first 59 in European Tour history – to win last week’s Scottish Open. It was his third career win on the circuit and first since 2016. It was also just his first top-10 of the season.

“A testament to a different mental approach and probably the change in putter,” said Stone, who added that he switched to a new Ping Anser blade model last week.

“I’ve been putting, probably, the best I have in my entire life.”

This marks Stone’s sixth start in a major championship, with his best finish a tie for 35th in last year’s U.S. Open. He has a missed cut and a T-70 in two prior Open Championships.