Kuehne Wins Quebec Playoff

By Sports NetworkAugust 11, 2002, 4:00 pm
TERREBONNE, Quebec -- Hank Kuehne birdied the second hole of a playoff to win the Quebec Open Sunday. Kuehne ousted Michael Harris in the extra session for his second win of the season.
Kuehne shot a final-round 69 to finish regulation alongside Harris at 15-under-par 273, one stroke clear of Remi Bouchard and third-round leader Ken Duke.
Kuehne and Harris both parred the first playoff hole, the 18th, and the duo headed to the par-5 first to play a second extra hole. Kuehne nearly blasted his drive out of bounds as his ball came to land near the ladies tee on the 18th. He he hit his second shot to 12 feet, where he two-putted for birdie and the win.
'I was unbelievably lucky with that tee shot, but sometimes you need the breaks to win,' said Kuehne, who moved into first place in the 2002 Order of Merit (money tiltle) race. 'I knew I needed to play well here, and I am pleased I rose to the occasion.'
Kuehne is only one tournament away from capturing the Order of Merit title, which grants an exemption into the second stage of the PGA Tour Qualifying School.
'It feels like a big weight has been taken off me,' said Kuehne, who can also earn an exemption into the Air Canada Championship and Bell Canadian Open on the PGA Tour. 'This is what I have worked for all year. Anytime you can skip a week of Q-School, not to mention get into the PGA events up here, that's huge.'
The 1998 U.S. Amateur Champion, who picked up his first win of the year at the Texas Challenge in March, began the day one stroke behind overnight leader Duke. Kuehne was solid during the final round at Club de Golf Le Versant but he made his move late in the round to reach the playoff.
Kuehne birdied the 16th and 18th holes to enter the clubhouse with the lead at minus 15. Harris was also at 15-under with the par-4 18th remaining but he could do no better than par at the closing hole.
For Duke, the final-round outcome was almost a perfect reflection of last year's tournament. Duke had the lead coming home but eventual champion Paul Davenport ran home an 80-foot putt for eagle to match him at the last. Davenport went on to the playoff win while Duke was left with another near miss.
Davenport didn't have any late heroics this year. He carded a 68 to finish tied for sixth at 12-under-par 276 alongside David McKenzie.
Final results from the Telus Quebec Open
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Fowler (oblique) withdraws from playoff opener

By Will GrayAugust 15, 2018, 8:44 pm

The injury that slowed Rickie Fowler at last week's PGA Championship will keep him out of the first event of the PGA Tour's postseason.

Fowler was reportedly hampered by an oblique injury at Bellerive Country Club, where he started the third round two shots off the lead but faded to a tie for 12th. He confirmed the injury Tuesday in an Instagram post, adding that an MRI revealed a partial tear to his right oblique muscle.

According to Fowler, the injury also affected him at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, where he tied for 17th. After receiving the test results, he opted to withdraw from The Northern Trust next week at Ridgewood Country Club in New Jersey.

"My team and I feel like it's best not to play next week in the Northern Trust," Fowler wrote. "I will be back healthy and competitive ASAP for the FedEx Cup and more than ready for the Ryder Cup!!!"

Fowler is one of eight players who earned automatic spots on the U.S. Ryder Cup team when the qualifying window closed last week. His next opportunity to tee it up would be at the 100-man Dell Technologies Championship, where Fowler won in 2015.

Fowler has 12 top-25 finishes in 18 starts, highlighted by runner-up finishes at both the OHL Classic at Mayakoba in the fall and at the Masters. He is currently 17th in the season-long points race, meaning that he's assured of starts in each of the first three playoff events regardless of performance and in good position to qualify for the 30-man Tour Championship for the fourth time in the last five years.

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Playoff streaks in jeopardy for Garcia, Haas

By Will GrayAugust 15, 2018, 8:12 pm

Since the advent of the FedExCup in 2007, only 13 players have managed to make the playoffs each and every year. But two of the PGA Tour's stalwarts head into the regular-season finale with work to do in order to remain a part of that select fraternity.

Sergio Garcia has rarely had to sweat the top-125 bubble, but the Spaniard enters this week's Wyndham Championship 131st in the current standings. Left with even more work to do is former FedExCup winner Bill Haas, who starts the week in Greensboro 150th.

Garcia got off to a strong start in the spring, sandwiching a pair of top-10 finishes in WGC events around a fourth-place showing at the Valspar Championship. But quality results largely dried up after Garcia missed the cut at the Masters; he has made only two cuts in 10 Tour starts since April, including early exits in all four majors.

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Garcia has some history at Sedgefield Country Club, having won this event in 2012 to break a lengthy U.S. victory drought. He also finished fourth in 2009 but hasn't played the Donald Ross layout since a T-29 finish as the defending champ in 2013.

It's been a difficult year for Haas both on and off the course, as the veteran was involved as a passenger in a car accident on the eve of the Genesis Open that killed the driver. He returned to action three weeks later in Tampa, and he tied for seventh at the RBC Heritage in April. But that remains his lone top-10 finish of the season. Haas has missed 11 cuts including three in a row.

While the bubble will be a fluid target this week at Sedgefield, Garcia likely needs at least a top-20 finish to move into the top 125 while Haas will likely need to finish inside the top 5.

One of the 13 playoff streaks is assured of ending next week, as Luke Donald has missed most of the year with a back injury. Other players to qualify for every Tour postseason include Phil Mickelson, Matt Kuchar, Zach Johnson, Adam Scott, Bubba Watson, Justin Rose, Brandt Snedeker, Charles Howell III, Charley Hoffman and Ryan Moore.

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Airlines lose two sets of Olesen's clubs in 10 days

By Grill Room TeamAugust 15, 2018, 7:50 pm

Commercial airlines losing the golf clubs of a professional golfer is not exactly a groundbreaking story. It happens.

But European Tour pro Thorbjorn Olesen is on quite the roll, losing two sets of clubs and five suitcases in the span of 10 days.

Olesen, the reigning Italian Open champ, claimed his primary set of golf clubs were lost last week. Having little faith they'd be found before this week's Nordea Masters, he decided to bring his backup set for the event in Sweden.

A veteran move by the 28-year-old, unless, of course, those clubs were lost too. And wouldn't you know it:

After pestering the airlines with some A+ GIFs, Olesen was reunited with at least one of his sets and was back in action on Wednesday.

He also still plans on giving his golf bag away to some lucky follower, provided it's not lost again in transit. Something he's no longer taking for granted.

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Podcast: Brandel compares Tiger and Hogan's comebacks

By Golf Channel DigitalAugust 15, 2018, 6:48 pm

Tiger Woods on Sunday at Bellerive recorded his seventh runner-up finish in a major and his first in nine years.

A favorite guest of the Golf Channel Podcast, Brandel Chamblee joins host Will Gray to compare and contrast Tiger's return to competitive golf with that of Ben Hogan and Babe Didrikson Zaharias in the 1950s.

Chamblee also discusses Brooks Koepka's major dominance, Bellerive as a major venue, Tiger and Phil as Ryder Cup locks, and who else might be in line to receive Jim Furyk and Thomas Bjorn's remaining captain's picks.

Finally, Brandel shares what it was it was like to qualify for the Senior Open Championship and compete for a major title on the Old Course at St. Andrews. Listen here: