Goosen in a Familiar Position

By Sports NetworkNovember 4, 2005, 5:00 pm
2005 Tour ChampionshipATLANTA -- Bart Bryant and defending champion Retief Goosen distanced themselves from the field on Friday and share the lead midway through the Tour Championship at East Lake Golf Club.
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Tiger Woods had six birdies and three bogeys in Friday's 67.
Bryant, who established a new course record at East Lake with a 62 on Thursday, came back with a 2-under 68 on Friday. Goosen, a two-time U.S. Open winner, posted a 4-under 66 in Round 2.
The pair is tied at 10-under-par 130, three shots better than their closest competitors.
Tiger Woods continued to miss fairways on Friday, but again, it hardly mattered. The No. 1 player in the world carded a 3-under 67 and is tied for third place with Scott Verplank (66) and U.S. Bank Championship winner Ben Crane (65). The trio is knotted at 7-under-par 133.
Woods made a move early with three birdies in his first five holes, including 20-footers at one and five. He dropped a shot at six when his 7-footer did not fall, but things got worse around the turn.
At the 10th, he drove it into the right rough and could not reach the green. His 23-foot par-saver never touched the hole and the reigning Masters and British Open champion bogeyed 11.
He answered the bogeys with back-to-back birdies at 12 and 13. Woods got within three of the lead at the par-3 closing hole. He ran home a 7-foot birdie putt at 18 to close out his 67.
'I kept losing the ball to the right,' said Woods, who claimed this title in 1999. 'Sometimes my driver goes too far. I need to bring the club head with me.'
Woods has to make up ground if he is to visit the winner's circle for the seventh time this season on the PGA Tour.
Bryant flew out of the gate on Friday when his 9-iron approach at the first stopped inside a foot. He tapped in for birdie, then added a 4-footer for birdie at the third.
Bryant, who won this year's Memorial, drained a 6-foot birdie putt at the seventh and found himself at 11 under par. He held a five-stroke lead, but crashed midway through the round.
At the eighth, Bryant went from bunker to bunker and missed a 10-foot par putt. Bryant missed the green at 12 and had a nearly plugged lie. He blasted to 25 feet, but his putt never fell. That dropped Bryant to 9 under par, which was good for a one-shot lead.
The lead evaporated one hole later as Bryant missed the fairway off the tee and was forced to lay up from the left rough. His 13-foot par try died right and now he was tied for the lead at 8 under par.
On Thursday, Bryant converted a 7-foot eagle putt at the 15th. On Friday, he collected his second eagle in as many rounds, but this time it was from 30 feet.
Bryant parred his last three and admitted that a five-shot lead, in this high-profile event, left him in an unfamiliar position.
'I may have felt a little pressure out there. I may have gotten a little bit nervy,' admitted Bryant. 'This is unchartered territory for me. I've never had a big lead like that during a tournament. There were certainly rough moments out there.'
Goosen struggled to a bogey at the first, but atoned for the mistake with a birdie at No. 3. He drained a 13-foot birdie putt at the eighth to reach 7 under, but still trailed by four.
Thanks to Bryant's mistakes, Goosen was able to climb up the leaderboard. He knocked his approach at 12 inside 2 feet and tapped in for the birdie. The defending champion converted a tough 5-foot par putt at 13 and was tied for the lead.
Bryant's eagle at 15 gave him the top spot on the leaderboard, but Goosen made birdie at the same hole. Goosen drained a 7-foot birdie putt at 16 to draw even, then parred out for his share of the lead.
'It's not easy out there, that's for sure,' said Goosen, who won this year's International. 'Once again, I putted really well today. It should have been level par, but I holed a lot of good putts.'
If Goosen can hoist the trophy on Sunday, he would become the first multiple winner in the tournament's history.
Tim Clark shot a 3-under 67 on Friday and is alone in sixth place at minus-6. Stuart Appleby (65) and Charles Howell III (68) share seventh place at 5-under-par 135.
Padraig Harrington (66), Luke Donald (67) and Olin Browne (67) are tied for ninth at minus-3.
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    Storms halt Barbasol before Lincicome tees off

    By Associated PressJuly 20, 2018, 11:29 pm

    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.

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    Third-round tee times for the 147th Open

    By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 20, 2018, 9:05 pm

    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.

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    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

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    9:40AM ET: Ryan Moore, Brandon Stone

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    Facial hair Fowler's new good-luck charm

    By Rex HoggardJuly 20, 2018, 8:12 pm

    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.

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    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.”

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    Spieth (67) rebounds from tough Round 1 finish

    By Ryan LavnerJuly 20, 2018, 7:55 pm

    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.”

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    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.”