Holmes Medalist at Q-School 32 Earn Cards

By Sports NetworkDecember 5, 2005, 5:00 pm
PGA Tour (75x100)ORLANDO, Fla. -- John B. Holmes completed his sixth round in the 60s on Monday, a 3-under 69, and won medalist honors at the PGA Tour Qualifying Tournament. He finished the marathon event at 24-under-par 408 and won the tournament by three over Germany's Alex Cejka.
'I just played solid everyday,' said Holmes, who pocketed $50,000 for the win. 'I shot in the 60s everyday so that is pretty good. It is such a long tournament that it really doesn't matter where you stand after the first few rounds. You just go out there and play golf and add it up at the end.'
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In all, 32 players were able to post scores good enough to earn the PGA Tour cards for the 2006 season.
Cejka posted a 4-under 68 to finish alone in second place at minus-21. Nicolas Thompson (70) and fifth-round co-leader D.A. Points (74) shared third place at 19-under-par 413.
Tom Byrum (70) and Nick Watney (69) tied for fifth place at minus-17. Daisuke Maruyama (68) and Michael Allen (74) finished knotted at 16-under-par 416.
The top-30 players and ties earned full exempt status for the 2006 PGA Tour season. The final number turned out to be 32 with everyone 11 under par or better advancing.
These players picked up their tour cards for next year: Hunter Mahan, Will MacKenzie, Robert Garrigus, Marco Dawson, John Engler, Jeff Overton, Henrik Bjornstad, former U.S. Amateur Champion Bubba Dickerson, Ron Whittaker, Ian Leggatt, Ryan Hietala, Brian Bateman, Matt Hansen, Alex Aragon, Greg Kraft, Mike Sposa, Bill Glasson, Danny Ellis, Michael Connell, Brett Wetterich, B.J. Staten, Frank Lickliter, Mathias Gronberg and Bill Haas.
Haas, son of PGA Tour and Champions Tour player Jay Haas rolled in a 3-foot birdie putt on his last hole to reach the magic number of 11-under-par 421.
'It was tough out there today. I thought I was going the wrong way. Somehow I snuck a putt in on the last hole,' said Haas. 'I was definitely nervous, especially on the last hole.'
The next 46 players down to 4-under-par 428 got full exempt status on next year's Nationwide Tour. All other players get conditional status on that tour in 2006.
Among the notable players who missed a PGA Tour card, but earned a spot on the Nationwide Tour were Grant Waite, Kevin Stadler, Cameron Beckman and Scott Hend.
Hend had it roughest as he was well inside the qualifying number as he started the round at 15 under par. He shot a 6-over 78, including three bogeys in a row from the 14th to finish at minus-9.
'I feel pretty empty at the moment,' admitted Hend. 'No matter what I did, I didn't do the right thing. It wasn't meant to be. I didn't panic. If I made a choice, it happened to be the wrong choice. It was just one of those days.'
Among the notable players who only managed conditional status on the Nationwide Tour were former Masters champion Larry Mize, four-time PGA Tour winner Notah Begay III, 2000 PGA Championship runner-up Bob May and former Ryder Cupper Per-Ulrik Johansson.
The event was played on the Panther Lake and Crooked Cat Courses at Orange County National Golf Center & Lodge.
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    Schauffele just fine being the underdog

    By Rex HoggardJuly 21, 2018, 8:06 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Following a breakthough season during which he won twice and collected the PGA Tour Rookie of the Year Award, Xander Schauffele concedes his sophomore campaign has been less than stellar, but that could all change on Sunday at The Open.

    Schauffele followed a second-round 66 with a 67 on Saturday to take a share of the 9-under-par lead with Jordan Spieth and Kevin Kisner.

    Although he hasn’t won in 2018, he did finish runner-up at The Players and tied for sixth at the U.S. Open, two of the year’s toughest tests.

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    “Growing up, I always hit it well and played well in tough conditions,” Schauffele said. “I wasn't the guy to shoot 61. I was the guy to shoot like 70 when it was playing really hard.”

    Sunday’s pairing could make things even more challenging when he’ll head out in the day’s final tee time with Spieth, the defending champion. But being the underdog in a pairing, like he was on Saturday alongside Rory McIlroy, is not a problem.

    “All the guys I've talked to said, 'Live it up while you can, fly under the radar,'” he said. “Today I played in front of what you call Rory's crowd and guys were just yelling all the time, even while he's trying to putt, and he had to step off a few times. No one was yelling at me while I was putting. So I kind of enjoy just hanging back and relaxing.”

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    Open odds: Spieth 7/1 to win; Tiger, Rory 14/1

    By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 21, 2018, 7:54 pm

    Only 18 holes remain in the 147th Open Championship at Carnoustie, and the man tied atop the leaderboard is the same man who captured the claret jug last year at Royal Birkdale.

    So it’s little surprise that Jordan Spieth is the odds-on favorite (7/4) to win his fourth major entering Sunday’s final round.

    Xander Schauffele and Kevin Kisner, both tied with Spieth at 9 under par, are next in line at 5/1 and 11/2 respectively. Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy, both four shots behind the leaders, are listed at 14/1.

    Click here for the leaderboard and take a look below at the odds, courtesy Jeff Sherman at golfodds.com.

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    Jordan Spieth: 7/4

    Xander Schauffele: 5/1

    Kevin Kisner: 11/2

    Tiger Woods: 14/1

    Francesco Molinari: 14/1

    Rory McIlroy: 14/1

    Kevin Chappell: 20/1

    Tommy Fleetwood: 20/1

    Alex Noren: 25/1

    Zach Johnson: 30/1

    Justin Rose: 30/1

    Matt Kuchar: 40/1

    Webb Simpson: 50/1

    Adam Scott: 80/1

    Tony Finau: 80/1

    Charley Hoffman: 100/1

    Austin Cook: 100/1

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    Wandering photographer costs McIlroy on 16

    By Ryan LavnerJuly 21, 2018, 7:44 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Rory McIlroy bogeyed two of his last four holes Saturday to fall four shots off the lead at The Open.

    One of those mistakes might not have entirely been his fault.

    McIlroy missed a short putt on the par-3 16th after a photographer was “in a world all his own,” wandering around near the green, taking photos of the crowd and not paying attention to the action on the green.

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    “It’s fine,” McIlroy said after a third-round 70 put him at 5-under 208, four shots off the lead. “It’s one of those things that happens. There’s a lot of people out there, and it is what it is. It’s probably my fault, but I just didn’t regroup well after it happened.”

    McIlroy also bogeyed the home hole, after driving into a fairway bunker, sending his second shot right of the green and failing to get up and down.

    “I putted well,” he said. “I holed out when I needed to. I just need to make the birdies and try to limit the damage tomorrow.”

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    Kisner not expecting awkward night with Spieth

    By Ryan LavnerJuly 21, 2018, 7:33 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – It might get awkward in that star-studded rental house Saturday night.

    Two of the three Open co-leaders, Jordan Spieth and Kevin Kisner, are sharing a house this week near Carnoustie. Though it’ll be late by the time they both get back to the house Saturday night, they’ll have plenty of time to kill Sunday morning, with their tee times not until nearly 3 p.m. local time.

    “Everybody is probably going to get treatment and eating and trying to find a bed,” Kisner said. “I’m sure there’ll be some conversations. There always are. Everybody has a few horror stories or good laughs over something that happened out there. That will probably be the end of it.”

    One thing they’re almost certain to discuss is the weather.

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    After three days of mostly benign conditions, Sunday’s forecast calls for warm temperatures and wind gusts up to 25 mph.

    “When you watch any TV, that’s all they talk about – how Sunday’s coming,” Kisner said. “It’s going to be a true test, and we’ll get to see really who’s hitting it the best and playing the best.”

    Zach Johnson is also in the house – along with Rickie Fowler, Justin Thomas, Jimmy Walker and Jason Dufner – and he rode to the course Saturday with Kisner, with whom he played in the final group, at 4 p.m. It’s unclear whether the co-leaders Sunday will have a similar arrangement.

    This is the third year that Spieth and Co. have shared a house at The Open, though Kisner is a new addition to the group.

    “It’s the end of the week,” Kisner said. “Everybody’s got a lot of stuff going on. Everybody’s going their separate ways tomorrow. Tomorrow morning we’ll all sit around and laugh on the couch and talk about why that guy’s making so many birdies.”