Lara Leads in Hong Kong Monty Five Back

By Sports NetworkNovember 17, 2006, 5:00 pm
2006 UBS Hong Kong ChampionshipHONG KONG -- Jose Manuel Lara posted a 4-under 66 Friday to grab the outright lead after two rounds of the Hong Kong Open.
Lara, who shared the lead with Jyoti Randhawa after the first round, completed 36 holes at 10-under-par 130. Gregory Bourdy also shot 66 and is one stroke back at minus-nine.
Lian-Wei Zhang fired a 7-under 63 in the second round. That moved him into a share of third place at 8-under-par 132. He was joined there by Juvic Pagunsan and Andrew Buckle, who each shot 65 in round two.
Randhawa managed a 1-under 69. He stands alongside Jeev Milkha Singh in sixth place at minus-7.
Lara opened with his second birdie in two days on the par-5 third at Hong Kong Golf Club. After five straight pars, he tripped to a bogey on the ninth to make the turn at minus-6.
The Spaniard atoned for his bogey on nine with a birdie at the 10th. Lara birdied the par-5 13th to create a four-way tie for the lead at minus-8.
Lara sank a 7-foot birdie putt at 15 to take the outright lead. Bourdy, who started on the 10th tee, birdied the seventh to join Lara at minus-9.
However, Lara birdied the 17th for the second straight round to move back atop the leaderboard at 10 under. He parred the last to remain there.
'I have been playing well the last two months,' Lara stated. 'I have been hitting the ball so well and have just had a short break from those two tournaments at the end of last season, so I am still confident.'
Bourdy sank a birdie putt the 11th to get to minus-6. He posted his next birdie on the par-4 16th. After four pars around the turn, Bourdy birdied three to grab a share of the lead at minus-8.
The Frenchman kept pace with Lara with a birdie on the seventh. However, Bourdy carded back-to-back pars to close out his round and end one back.
'I think 9 under after two rounds is a good score here,' admitted Bourdy. 'I am driving it well and steady which is important for this course.'
Zhang flew up the leaderboard with five birdies over his opening nine holes. After a bogey on the first, he eagled the third and birdied the fourth to move to 8 under. Zhang got within one of Lara with a birdie on six, but he bogeyed the next and parred the final two holes to finish at minus-8.
Simon Khan and Adam Blyth each carded rounds of 2-under 68 Friday. They moved into a share of eighth place at 6-under-par 134. They were joined there by Anton Haig (65), Damien McGrane (66), Thammanoon Srirot (66) and Thongchai Jaidee (66).
Defending champion Colin Montgomerie is one of five players one stroke further back at minus-5.
The cut line fell at even-par 140 with 68 players moving on to the final two rounds. Among those missing the cut were two-time U.S. Open champion Retief Goosen (141), Jean-Francois Lucquin (142) and Paul McGinley (144).
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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.