Lebeck Maintains Lead in Louisiana

By Sports NetworkMarch 30, 2001, 5:00 pm
David Lebeck, a Monday qualifier, posted a 3-under 69 on Friday to hold a two-shot lead after 36 holes of the Buy.Com Louisiana Open. His 14-under 130 is two shots better than Steve Runge, who carded a 7-under 65 in round two.
 
Tim Petrovic, Paul Claxton, Gene Sauers and Charles Raulerson share third at 10-under-par, while Bobby Gage and Tommy Biershenk are a shot back at 9-under.
 
Lebeck opened on the second nine at La Triomphe Country Club and birdied his first hole with a four-foot putt. He then carded a bogey at 13 when he landed his second on the edge of a bunker and could not get up and down.
 
He quickly regained the lost shot at the next hole when he drained a six-footer for birdie at 14. Lebeck missed the green short at No. 18 and failed to save par for a first nine of even-par 36.
 
Like his earlier bogey at 13, Lebeck rebounded at the next hole. He left himself a tap-in birdie at the par-5 1st and then added another birdie at the par-5 5th.
 
Lebeck drilled a 22-foot birdie at his last, the par-4 9th, to take a two-shot advantage heading into the third round.
 
'It's pretty hard to follow up a 61 with another 61,' said Lebeck, referring to his opening-round 18-hole record in this event. 'I am very happy that I shot 69. I wasn't expecting anything like the 61 but I was praying pretty hard last night that things would go okay today and that I could let myself have some fun and have a good number.'
 
Runge also played the second nine first and birdied three of his last five on the outward half for a 33. He added four more on his second nine for his flawless 65.
 
'It was a great day,' said Runge, who has missed the cut in both tournaments he started this year. 'I have been struggling a lot lately. This tournament, I played well last year and it seems to be carrying over to this year so I'm getting some good feelings going again.'
 
Casey Martin scored a bogey-free 68 on Friday and is in a tie for 11th at 7-under.
 
The 36-hole cut fell at 2-under-par 142 and 70 players qualified for the weekend.
 
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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.