Goosen Perry Set Sony Pace

By Sports NetworkJanuary 16, 2003, 5:00 pm
HONOLULU - Retief Goosen and Kenny Perry fired matching rounds of 6-under-par 64 Thursday to share the opening-round lead of the Sony Open in Hawaii.
 
This week's event at Waialae Country Club is the PGA Tour's first full-field event of 2003. Last week's Mercedes Championships was reserved for winners from the 2002 PGA Tour calendar.
 
Chris DiMarco, Chris Riley and Brenden Pappas are tied for third place at 5-under 65.
 
Ernie Els, who posted the PGA Tour's lowest score in relation to par (31-under) at last week's Mercedes Championships, headlines a group at 4-under 66. Robert Gamez, Dicky Pride, Chris Smith, Shigeki Maruyama, Chad Campbell, Aaron Baddeley, Peter Lonard and Fred Funk joined Els in sixth place.
 
Goosen, the 2001 U.S. Open champion, was the first of the leaders into the clubhouse and it was a magnificent approach at the par-5 18th that put him there. He landed a 3-iron from 245 yards 15 feet from the hole and sank the eagle putt to reach 64.
 
'Just a soft 3-iron,' said Goosen, referring to the sensational shot at No. 18.
 
Goosen holed a clutch 15-footer for par at the fifth and that seemed to spark the remainder of his front nine. He drained an eight-foot birdie putt at six and made it two birdies in a row with a 15-footer at No. 7. Goosen two-putted from 30 feet at the par-5 ninth to polish off a front-nine, 3-under-par 32.
 
'I holed a good par putt at No. 5 and that got me going,' said Goosen, who outlasted Mark Brooks in a playoff to win the U.S. Open at Southern Hills. 'It was dead calm this morning but it was a club wind on the back nine.'
 
The South African made a 25-foot birdie putt at the 10th but collected seven pars in a row until the eagle at 18.
 
'The putter went dry in the middle of the round,' said Goosen. 'This week will be tough with the wind. It's a very tricky course with the wind - small greens and heavy rough.'
 
Perry, who lost a playoff to Brooks in a major, the 1996 PGA Championship, got off to a poor start with a three-putt bogey from 12 feet at the first. He recorded seven straight pars from there until a long eagle putt at nine.
 
Perry caught fire on Waialae's back nine with five birdies en route to a back-nine 30 and a piece of the first-round lead for the second year in a row at this event.
 
'I've been working on some new shots, and my caddie said this would be a practice-round week,' said Perry, whose last victory on tour came at the 2001 Buick Open. 'All of a sudden, I started executing some flawless shots.'
 
Els struggled with two bogeys in his first five holes but tallied an eagle, five birdies and a bogey the rest of the way for his 66.
 
'I had to find my bearings again,' Els said. 'It was a tough mental battle, but once I got over that, I thought about playing my game. It was a good round to establish a good score and get stuck into the week.'
 
The reigning British Open champion knows that this week will be more challenging than last week's scoring feast at Kapalua Resort.
 
'It's a lot more difficult to score on this golf course with a lot of par-4s and par-3s,' Els said. 'We don't normally kill those holes; we normally kill the par-5s.'
 
Vijay Singh, Sergio Garcia and Jim Furyk were part of a logjam at 3-under-par 67. Jerry Kelly, who earned his first PGA Tour victory here last year, posted a 2-under 68 in the opening round of his first title defense.
 
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    Weather extends Barbasol to Monday finish

    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.