Jacobs Ties Hatalsky for Lead in Park City

By Sports NetworkAugust 24, 2002, 4:00 pm
PARK CITY, UT -- John Jacobs collected a whopping 24 points in the modified Stableford scoring system Saturday to earn a share of the lead through two rounds of the Uniting Fore Care Classic. Morris Hatalsky birdied four of the final seven holes to complete an 11-point day that tied him with Jacobs at 30 points.
Tom Watson surged into third place with a total of 26 points after posting an eagle and two birdies over the last four holes at Park Meadows Country Club. Don Pooley, who defeated Watson in a five-hole playoff to win the U.S. Senior Open in June, was fourth with 21.
Jay Sigel and Mike McCullough were next at 19 points while John Bland, Bob Gilder, Jim Ahern and Hugh Baiocchi rounded out the top-10 at 18.
The modified Stableford format, which is being used for the first time in this 21-year-old Senior Tour event, awards eight points for a double-eagle, five for an eagle and two for a birdie. No points are given for a par, while one is deducted for a bogey and three are taken away for a double-bogey or worse.
Jacobs exhibited the unpredictable nature of the scoring system, vaulting from a tie for 31st with six points after Friday's action into the lead after seven birdies and two eagles. His second round would have been a course-record 11- under-par 61 had it been contested in stroke play.
As it was, Jacobs' 24 points represented the highest single-day point total in a Senior Tour event featuring modified Stableford scoring.
Hatalsky took the first-round lead with 19 points on Friday, bettering the previous record of 16 set by Bruce Fleisher in the second round of the 2000 Royal Caribbean Classic.
In the PGA Tour's International, the tournament that made the format famous, the one-round record is 20 points, a mark established by Greg Whisman in 1992 and equaled by Tom Purtzer in 1997.
'If I play good, any format is good for me,' said Jacobs.
Jacobs birdied the two of the first four holes, rolling in a 30-foot putt for two points at the 222-yard, par-3 third. He picked up a quick 11 points with three birdies and an eagle on holes six through nine, matching the best birdie-eagle streak on the Senior Tour this season.
Birdie putts from 15 and 35 feet on the 11th and 12 holes, respectively, took him to 19 points on the day. After cooling off with four straight pars, Jacobs heated things up again when he reached the 521-yard, par-5 17th in two with an eight-iron and drained a 10-foot eagle putt.
'I hope I have a big lead at the end,' he said. 'It's going to be a heck of a shootout. The gallery is going to have fun.'
Jacobs, who hit all 18 greens in regulation Saturday, has finished top-10 in this event three of the last four years. His best showing was third in 2000.
'I always seem to have good rounds here, but never seem to get the job done.'
Jacobs captured his fourth Senior Tour title in February at the Royal Caribbean Classic, which returned to its original stroke-play format this year after two seasons as a modified Stableford event. He has seven other top-10 results in 2002, including a runner-up at the season's first major, The Tradition, where he lost in a playoff to Jim Thorpe.
Hatalsky was floundering at the start with four pars and a frustrating bogey at the par-5 fifth. He birdied four of the next nine holes with putts ranging from six to 35 feet, then closed with back-to-back birdies, the last coming on a 25-foot attempt.
'It was a 'blah' kind of day from the standpoint of trying to build any momentum,' said Hatalsky, a four-time winner on the PGA Tour in the midst of a successful rookie season on the Senior Tour. 'Finishing on a good note was good psychologically for me heading into tomorrow.'
Watson hit driver and a five-iron into the par-5 15th green and sank the 12-footer that remained for eagle.
'I had my eye on that putt,' said Watson, who added birdies at 16 and 17 for 12 points on the day. 'I started the ball on the right line and it went right in the middle.
'It's nice to finish strong. It will take another low score tomorrow.'
Steve Veriato, who won this title in stroke play last year, was 61st in the 78-man field with five points for the tournament.
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Stricker shares first-round lead in South Dakota

By Associated PressSeptember 22, 2018, 12:48 am

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - Steve Stricker shot a 7-under 63 on Friday to share the first-round lead at the Sanford International.

The 51-year-old Stricker was 8 under through 17 holes at chilly, rain-softened Minnehaha Country Club but closed with a bogey to fall into a tie with Jerry Smith, Brandt Jobe and David McKenzie.

Stricker only got to play seven holes in the pro-am because of rain that prevented the field from getting in much practice.

''You've just kind of got to trust your yardage book and hit to the spots and then try to make a good game plan on the way into the green, too, not really knowing where to hit it or where to miss it up there on the green. Sometimes it's good, too,'' Stricker said. ''You go around and you're focused a lot more on hitting it to a specific spot and not knowing what lies ahead in the course. So I guess today was the ultimate 'Take one hole at a time' because we didn't really know anything else, what was coming.''

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Stricker has two wins and has not finished worse than fifth in six starts this season on the over-50 tour as he continues to play a part-time schedule on the PGA Tour. Next week, he will be one of U.S. Ryder Cup captain Jim Furyk's assistants at the matches outside Paris.

McKenzie, a 51-year-old Australian, had two eagles on the back nine, holing a wedge from 116 yards on the par-5 16th.

''We got told ... to play faster on No. 16, and so my caddie just said, 'Hit it in the hole so you don't have to putt it,' so I just did what he told me,'' McKenzie said.

Smith had eagles on Nos. 4 and 12.

''Honestly, I was just trying to hit some good shots and I really wasn't with the irons,'' Smith said. ''I just really didn't like the way I hit them today. You know, just the putter was the big difference for me. I just felt good with it all day, especially say outside of 10, 15 feet, where I felt like I was a lot.''

Scott McCarron, Lee Janzen and Paul Goydos were one shot back. McCarron came in second in the Charles Schwab Cup money standings behind Miguel Angel Jimenez, who is not playing this week.

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Glover (64) leads Web.com Tour Championship

By Associated PressSeptember 22, 2018, 12:12 am

ATLANTIC BEACH, Fla. – Former U.S. Open champion Lucas Glover shot his second consecutive 7-under 64 on Friday to take a one-shot lead at the Web.com Tour Championship.

The 38-year-old Glover, who won the 2009 U.S. Open at Bethpage Black, can still regain his PGA Tour card through a medical extension if he fails to earn enough money in the four-tournament Web.com Tour Finals. But a high finish this weekend at Atlantic Beach Country Club would take care of everything.

''I've got a lot to fall back on regardless of this week, but any time I tee it up, I want to play well,'' Glover said. ''Tomorrow won't be any different. Sunday won't be any different.''

Glover had arthroscopic knee surgery in June and will have eight starts to earn 53 FedEx Cup points and keep his card. He earned $17,212 in the first three Web.com Tour Finals events. The top 25 money winners in the series earn PGA Tour cards, and the final card went for $40,625 last year.

Glover was at 14-under 128. Denny McCarthy, who has already earned enough money to secure a return to the PGA Tour, was one shot back. McCarthy, a former Virginia player, has a shot at winning the Finals money list, which would guarantee him fully exempt status and entry into The Players Championship.

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''There's no secret about it. I'll come out and tell you I'm here to win this tournament and get that No. 1 spot,'' McCarthy said. ''I've been hungry for a while. I have a pretty hungry attitude and I'm going to stay hungry.''

Tour veteran Cameron Tringale, who has earned just $2,660 after missing two of the first three cuts, was 12 under after a 67. Last year, Tringale entered the Web.com Tour Championship at 63rd on the Finals money list and finished tied for fifth to get back onto the PGA Tour. He struggled again this season, though, missing 19 cuts in 26 starts.

''Yeah, I was hoping last year was my last time here, but I do have a comfort at this golf course and I'm excited to keep pressing,'' Tringale said.

The four-tournament series features the top 75 players from the Web.com regular-season money list, Nos. 126-200 in the PGA Tour's FedEx Cup standings, and non-members with enough money to have placed in the top 200. The top 25 finishers on the Web.com regular-season money list are competing against each other for tour priority, with regular-season earnings counting in their totals.

Sepp Straka and Ben Silverman were three shots back. Each would likely need a top-5 finish to earn his card.

Peter Malnati, who regained his card with a second-place finish in the opening finals event, followed his opening-round 74 with a 9-under 62, shooting an 8-under 27 on his second nine.

Four-time PGA Tour winner Aaron Baddeley was among those who missed the cut. He was 22nd on the finals money list going in and likely will fall short of earning his card.

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Thomas (69) only three back with 'C' or 'D' game

By Rex HoggardSeptember 21, 2018, 11:56 pm

ATLANTA – Justin Thomas was tied for fourth place following his second-round 69 on Friday at the Tour Championship, which considering the state of his game on Day 2 was an accomplishment.

“I wish I had my 'B' game today. I would say I had my 'C' or 'D' game today,” he laughed.

Thomas’ struggles were primarily with his driver and he hit just 6 of 14 fairways at East Lake, but he was able to scramble late in his round with birdies at Nos. 15 and 18 to remain three off the lead.

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“I drove it so poorly today, this is probably in my top 5 rounds of the year I'm most proud of just because I easily could have shot 4- or 5-over par today and not had a chance to win the tournament,” he said. “I hung in there and birdied two of the last four, and I have a chance.”

Thomas was slowed the last two weeks by a right wrist injury that limited his preparation for the finale and said the issue with his driver is timing and the byproduct of a lack of practice.

Thomas made up for his erratic driving with his short game, getting up and down four out of seven times including on the fourth hole when he missed the fairway well left, punched out short of the green and chipped in from 81 feet.

“[Rory McIlroy] just kind of said it looked like a ‘3’ the whole day and I kind of laughed because I played with him at The Players and I chipped in three times that first round with him, so I guess he's good luck for me,” Thomas said.

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McIlroy two behind Woods, Rose after 68

By Rex HoggardSeptember 21, 2018, 11:46 pm

ATLANTA – Maybe it should be no huge surprise that Rory McIlroy finds himself back in contention at the Tour Championship. It is, after all, a Ryder Cup year.

In 2016, McIlroy won the finale before heading to Hazeltine and posting a 3-2-0 record. In ’14, he finished runner-up to Billy Horschel and went 2-1-2 at the Ryder Cup; and in ’12 he finished tied for 10th place at East Lake and went 3-2-0 at Medinah.

“I was on such a high a couple of years ago going into Hazeltine after winning the whole thing, and I felt great about my game that week and played well. I won three matches,” McIlroy said. “I guess it doesn't matter whether it's a match play event or whatever. If you're playing well and you've played well the week before, I think most people can carry it into the next week, whatever that is.”

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McIlroy’s performance this week certainly qualifies as “playing well.” He charged out on Friday with birdies at two of his first three holes and bounced back from a pair of late bogeys to shoot a 68 and was in third place and two strokes off the lead held by Tiger Woods and Justin Rose.

“I've made 12 birdies in 36 holes, which is really good around here, and that's with not birdieing either of the par 5s today,” he said. “So yeah, just tidy up the mistakes a little bit.”