Goosen Climbs Two Spots Daly Cracks Top 50
The 2001 U.S. Open champion earned his eighth career European Tour victory with a dominating performance in Perth, Australia. The 32-year-old finished eight shots ahead of his closest competitor, setting a European Tour record on the way with a 13-shot lead after 54 holes.
No. 1 Tiger Woods will tee it up at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am this week, his first action since tying for sixth place at the New Zealand Open two weeks ago.
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Bob Hope Chrysler Classic winner Phil Mickelson remained in second, followed by David Duval, Sergio Garcia, Ernie Els and David Toms. Duval pulled out of the Phoenix Open last week due to unspecified personal reasons.
Davis Love III, who will defend his title this week at Pebble Beach, dropped one spot to eighth, while Fiji's Vijay Singh fell one position to ninth. Mike Weir of Canada, the reigning Tour Championship winner, rounded out the top 10.
Chris DiMarco jumped six spots to 11th following his victory at the Phoenix Open. The 33-year-old earned his third victory on the PGA Tour by one stroke over Kenny Perry.
European and America Ryder Cup players occupied the next four spots with Darren Clark of Northern Ireland holding at 12th, followed by Ireland's Padraig Harrington. Jim Furyk of the American squad was 14th, while Germany's Bernhard Langer held on to 15th.
Perry, who has posted two top-10 finishes on the tour so far this year, was 16th. Scott Verplank, one of two captain's selections for the U.S. Ryder Cup team, was 17th followed by European Ryder Cupper Colin Montgomerie. Monty withdrew from the Johnnie Walker Classic this past week with what looked to be a serious back injury.
Toshi Izawa of Japan and Bob Estes rounded out the top 20.
Paul Azinger, the second of Curtis Strange's captain's picks for the Ryder Cup, moved up one spot to 27th.
No. 47 John Daly, who finished two shots behind DiMarco at the Phoenix Open for his first top-10 showing of the year, will need to hold a position inside the top 50 through the Honda Classic March 7-10 in order to earn an invitation to the Masters in April.
Daly began last season ranked 507th in the world. He steadily worked his way up the rankings with four top-10s on the 2001 PGA Tour and three top-threes on the European Tour, including a win at the BMW International Open in Germany last September for his first title since the 1995 British Open.
Daly was ranked 50th this past week.
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Weather extends Barbasol to Monday finish
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.
Watch: Spectator films as Woods' shot hits him
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.
Molinari retirement plan: coffee, books and Twitter
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.
Molinari had previously avoided Carnoustie on purpose
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.
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.