Irwin Trails Marsh at Sr PGA Championship

By Sports NetworkMay 26, 2005, 4:00 pm
LIGONIER, Pa. -- Graham Marsh shot a 4-under-par 68 on Thursday to take a one-stroke lead over a group of players, including defending champion Hale Irwin, after the first round of the 66th Senior PGA Championship.
Irwin, who is trying to win this event for the fifth time in his career, joined R.W. Eaks, Dave Barr and Tom McKnight in a tie for second place at 3-under-par 69.
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Curtis Strange posted a 2-under 70 and sits just two off the pace after Day 1 at the Sr. PGA Championship.
Marsh started on the back side at Laurel Valley Golf Club and picked up a birdie at the par-5 11th. Marsh missed the green in a bunker at the par-4 15th and was unable to get up and down. He dropped another shot at the par-4 16th after his approach again missed the putting surface.
The Australian recovered with a birdie at the par-3 17th and reached the green in two at the par-5 18th. Marsh two-putted for birdie and kept on rolling at the par-4 first after his second shot stopped within 14 feet of the hole for another birdie.
Marsh, a two-time major winner on the Champions Tour, hit an 8-iron to 6 feet at the par-4 second and rolled in the putt for another birdie. Marsh then took the outright lead at the par-3 eighth after his tee shot landed within 18 feet of the hole. Marsh drained the birdie try to secure the first-round lead.
'It's a long golf course,' Marsh said. 'But obviously I'm very happy to be where I am. On a golf course like this, driving the ball in the fairway, is of paramount importance. And I did that for the most part today.'
Marsh has only one top-10 finish in seven events on the Champions Tour in 2005, and the 61-year-old has finished well out of contention in his last two starts.
'I had two pretty miserable weeks,' said Marsh, a six-time winner on the Champions Tour. 'But I made a few changes to my putting this week and got back in an old putting style that I have done well with in the past.'
The early part of 2005 has been more of the same for Irwin, who already has two wins to his name. Irwin, the all-time wins leader in Champions Tour history, got off to a good start at the season's first major with a birdie at the par-4 second.
The 59-year-old struggled with a bogey at the following hole, however, and found trouble again with a bogey at the fifth. Irwin recovered with a birdie at the seventh to make the turn at even-par.
The three-time U.S. Open winner made a move down the stretch and played his second shot inside 3 feet for a birdie at the 15th. Irwin then birdied the 16th and converted a 10-foot birdie putt at the last to finish within one of Marsh.
'The score indicates a much better round than what I played,' said Irwin. 'I really didn't hit the ball that well. So I don't want to get terribly excited because sometimes in this game just when you think you got it, it's got you. I'm happy with the score, but certainly I need some work to make it look a little better.'
Eaks started on the back nine and struggled early with a pair of bogeys over his first six holes. Eaks countered with an eagle at the par-5 18th and tallied four birdies early on the front nine to surge into the lead.
The 53-year-old stumbled coming in with a bogey at the ninth for his share of second.
McKnight birdied three of his last six holes to finish one shot off the lead while Barr mixed six birdies with three bogeys for his 69.
'Right now I'm just kind of going day by day and just hoping that I can stay together,' said Barr, who suffered through the practice rounds because of a pulled back muscle. 'Hopefully things well be a little bit more looser tomorrow and we'll just go out and see what happens.'
Curtis Strange had a hot start with three birdies over his first four holes. Strange, who hasn't won since his second consecutive U.S. Open title in 1989, cooled off on the inward half with a bogey at the 11th and back-to-back bogeys from the 16th.
The Champions Tour rookie responded at the par-5 closing hole and just got his second shot over the water protecting the green. Strange's ball rolled 8 feet of the hole and he ran home the eagle try to finish within two of Marsh after a round of 70.
'They had the tees up today to make us all go for it. I like that,' said Strange. 'And I got fortunate and hit it near the hole and made the putt.'
Strange was joined by Ray Floyd, Bob Gilder, Perry Arthur, Jerry Pate, Hajime Meshiai and Mike Reid in a tie for sixth.
Tom Watson was one shot further back at 1-under-par 71 along with Peter Jacobsen, Tom Kite, Gil Morgan, Dana Quigley, Bruce Fleisher, Don Reese, Jon Chillas and Luis Carbonetti.
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    Garcia among bubble boys keeping playoff hopes alive

    By Randall MellAugust 18, 2018, 12:34 am

    Sergio Garcia gave himself a chance to keep his perfect FedExCup Playoffs record going with his rally Friday at the Wyndham Championship.

    D.A. Points moved into position to make a historic leap into the postseason.

    And Johnson Wagner dunked his last shot of the day from long range to keep his hopes of making the playoffs alive.

    But the day didn’t end nearly as well for Tyrone Van Aswegen’s FedExCup hopes.

    Van Aswegen didn’t do himself any favors trying to hold on to the 125th spot on the FedExCup points list. He missed the cut by a shot.

    Only the top 125 advance to The Northern Trust and next week’s start to the playoffs.

    Van Aswegen wasn’t alone among “bubble boys” missing the cut. No. 122 Jhonattan Vegas, No. 123 Seamus Power, No. 124 Martin Piller, No. 126 Chad Campbell and No. 127 Robert Garrigus all failed to make the weekend.

    Garcia is among 13 players who have advanced to the FedExCup Playoffs every year since they began in 2007, but his run was in jeopardy of ending starting the week. He’s 131st on the FedExCup points list

    With a 65 Friday following his opening round 66, Garcia is in more than a great position to advance. He’s in position to win the Wyndham. He is tied for fourth, five shots off the lead. The day ended with Garcia projected to move up to 118th on the FedExCup points list.

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    “I'm just going to try to keep building on the things that I did well these first two days,” Garcia said. “Whatever happens, happens. Like I said at the beginning of the week, if I have a great weekend, then it will be great. If I don't have a great weekend, it will still be great because

    I'll get to rest.”

    Points started the week 214th on the FedExCup points list. With back-to-back 64s, he trails only Brandt Snedeker going into the weekend. He’s projected to move to 81st in points. Nobody has ever started the Wyndham Championship that far back in points and qualified for the playoffs. Davis Love III was 186th when he won and advanced in 2015.

    Wagner, 136th on the FedExCup points list, went to spectacular lengths Friday to keep his playoff hopes alive. He was outside the cut line until holing his 153-yard approach at the last.

    Bill Haas, who is among those 13 players to have qualified for the playoffs every year, started the week 150th in points. He can keep his perfect playoff record going with a big weekend. He shot 68 Friday to make the cut. He’s tied for 52nd in the tournament.

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    Points two back after missing 16 of 17 cuts

    By Randall MellAugust 17, 2018, 11:54 pm

    What’s the better story come Sunday?

    Brandt Snedeker turning his 59 in the opening round into a victory at the Wyndham Championship?

    Or D.A. Points winning after missing 16 cuts in his last 17 starts?

    They’re both scripts in the works at Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro, N.C.

    Points, who has been struggling this season with a herniated disc that causes numbness in his fingers, has broken through his season-long funk to shoot back-to-back 64s. He starts the weekend in second place, two shots behind Snedeker.

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    “It's been difficult,” Points said of his slump. “It's been hard on my family. I was in this position a couple years ago, and I clawed my way back and won in Puerto Rico.

    “I had that big downturn, and I clawed my way out of it just to find myself way back down in another deep hole again.”

    Points, 41, is a three-time PGA Tour winner. He won his first title playing alongside Bill Murray at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am in 2011 and two years later won the Shell Houston Open. He slipped into a three-year funk after that, before rebuilding his game and winning the Puerto Rico Open last year.

    “Hopefully, this is my way of starting to claw back out,” Points said.

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    New 'Mr. 59' Snedeker needs Day 2 rally to keep Wyndham lead

    By Randall MellAugust 17, 2018, 11:24 pm

    Brandt Snedeker struggled coming off the emotional high that comes with shooting 59, but it didn’t stop him from rallying Friday to try to turn his historic round into a victory at the Wyndham Championship.

    After a sluggish start to the second round, Snedeker caught fire on the back nine at Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro, N.C., to take the lead going into the weekend.

    With a 3-under 67, Snedeker moved to 14 under overall, two shots ahead of D.A. Points (64).

    “I knew it was going to be tough” Snedeker said. “It wasn't going to be the same way it was yesterday. Kind of battling the emotion of everybody pulling hard for you, wanting to see you do it again. So the front nine was disappointing.”

    A day after becoming the ninth player in PGA Tour history to post a sub-60 tournament round, Snedeker opened with three bogeys and two birdies on the front nine. He said it was a struggle to begin anew.

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    “You hear people telling you every two seconds, `Mr. 59,’ or saying how cool it was to watch it,” Snedeker said. “Phone's still blowing up this morning, guys in the locker room are still talking to me about it. So, yes, totally on your mind. You can't ignore it. You can't try to forget about it. Hardest thing is trying to get back into a rhythm.”

    Snedeker did with an eagle and two birdies on the back nine. Rolling in a 30-foot eagle putt at the 15th gave him back the lead he lost earlier in the round.

    “To see that go in was huge,” Snedeker said.

    Not every player to break 60 on the PGA Tour has gone on to win. In fact, Snedeker is looking to become just the fifth player to do so.

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    Garwood (64) leads Dick's Sporting Goods Open

    By Associated PressAugust 17, 2018, 9:53 pm

    ENDICOTT, N.Y. - Doug Garwood birdied the final three holes for an 8-under 64 and the first-round lead Friday in the Dick's Sporting Goods Open.

    The 55-year-old Garwood had nine birdies and a bogey, playing his final nine holes - the front nine at En-Joie Golf Club - in 6-under 31.

    ''Drove it well, hit the irons well, pitched well, putted well, thought well,'' Garwood said. ''I got to a point I was just making birdies and I kind of lost track of how it was going,'' Garwood said. ''That's always a good thing.''

    He won the 2016 SAS Championship for his lone PGA Tour Champions title.

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    "I haven't been playing great this year, but I've been working hard on my game and things I've been working on are paying off,'' Garwood said. ''My golf, I take it a shot at a time, don't think about too far in advance because you really can't control, you know, the 13th hole tomorrow. It's just about the tee shot on No. 1.''

    Michael Bradley and Marco Dawson shot 65, Woody Austin and Clark Dennis followed at 66, and Bob Estes and Tom Gillis were at 67.

    ''It was a good day,'' Bradley said. ''I've traditionally not driven the ball well here and you've got to drive the ball good here to shoot a good score. I drove the ball well and made a few putts, so that was that.''

    Kenny Perry, the 3M Championship winner two weeks ago in Minnesota, had a 68. Bernard Langer and Miguel Angel Jimenez each shot 70. Langer won the 2014 tournament. Jimenez is coming off a victory at St. Andrews in the British Senior Open.

    Defending champion Scott McCarron had a 72. Kevin Sutherland also had a 72. He shot the only 59 in PGA Tour Champions history in the 2014 event. John Daly, the winner of the PGA Tour's 1992 B.C. Open at En-Joie, opened with a 73.