Kingstons 61 Gives Him Lead at South African Masters

By Sports NetworkFebruary 8, 2002, 5:00 pm
Sunshine TourJames Kingston fired a 9-under 61 to take the lead Friday at the South African Masters. Kingston climbed to 10-under-par 130 through two rounds, one shot ahead of overnight leader Titch Moore.
Kingston, playing under preferred lies following heavy rain the previous day, enjoyed a bogey-free round with nine birdies en route to a record-matching score. But the South African thought he could have done better.
'I never thought I would sit here with a 61 and be disappointed about it,' said Kingston. 'Don't get me wrong. This was by far the best round of my life. It's the best round I've ever played from tee to green, and I've never had that many birdie opportunities.'
The 36-year-old, who's previous career-low on the Sunshine Tour was 64, had many chances to break the 60 mark, however he missed several birdie attempts including a 12-foot putt on the final hole of the Wild Coast course.
'I don't want to sound like I'm complaining about the course. The Wild Coast is my favorite course in the country, and I've always played well here,' said Kingston. 'But the greens have just got too much grass on them, and I would've loved to see the ball roll truer that it did.'
Kingston reconciled his emotions but still reflected on what could have been.
'I just feel that today was the day. If ever I was going to break 60, then it was going to be today,' he said.
He led at the halfway point of the South African Open a few weeks ago but relinquished the lead to eventual champion Tim Clark. This time he hopes to carry the momentum into the weekend on a quest for his third victory of the season.
'I'm playing well. I'm at ease with my swing and am hitting the ball consistently,' he said. 'When I make putts, I always score half decent. But I think I'm just in the frame of mind where I know I can win, and not just make cuts.'
The South African took the lead late in the round, overtaking his fellow countryman Moore (69) and England's Justin Rose (68).
Rose began the day two strokes off the lead but quickly jumped to 10-under with two birdies and an eagle over his first five holes. The 21-year-old ran into trouble on the par-4 15th, his sixth hole Friday, and dropped two of the shots he gained with a double-bogey.
The Dunhill Championship winner added another double-bogey on the par-4 2nd before making back-to-back birdies from the sixth to enter the clubhouse at 8-under 132.
The 21-year-old was joined by South Africa's Richard Sterne (66) and Scott Drummond (64) of Scotland.
The cut fell at one-over 141. Among those who missed the mark was Ireland's James Loughnane, a two-time winner of the Zambia Open.
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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.