Lile Langham Share Lead in Utah

By Sports NetworkSeptember 6, 2007, 4:00 pm
Nationwide TourSANDY, Utah -- Craig Lile and Franklin Langham opened with matching rounds of 8-under-par 63 Thursday to share a one-stroke lead after the first round of the Utah Energy Solutions Championship.
Their 63s matched the course record at Willow Creek Country Club. Mark Hensby was the first to post 63 here in 2000, while Joe Daley and David Sutherland in 2001 and Scott Gump in 2003 later matched the record.
Todd Demsey and Curtis Malm are one stroke behind the leaders at minus-7. Edward Loar and Tom Scherrer share fifth at 6-under-par 65.
Lile did his damage in spurts in the opening round. He ran home three straight birdie chances from the first. Around the turn, Lile birdied three in a row from the 10th to jump to minus-6.
The 30-year-old drained a 7-foot birdie putt at the 16th to move within one of Langham. Lile's tee shot at the par-3 18th stopped 20 feet from the hole. Not to worry, he sank that birdie putt to grab a share of the lead.
Lile is playing here this week since he failed to qualify for the FedEx Cup playoffs on the PGA TOUR.
'It is a comfort level. Knowing the town I am coming to and the course I am coming to, I think that is something I've had a hard time getting used to,' said Lile of his time on the PGA TOUR this year. 'Once you get used to things at events, you can build on that comfort level.'
Langham was steady throughout his round. He birdied every other hole from the first to the seventh. After three straight pars around the turn, Langham birdied the 11th and 12th to get to 6 under.
The two-time winner on the Nationwide Tour stumbled to a bogey on the par-four 14th. Langham caught fire down the stretch though. After birdies on 16 and 17, he converted a seven-foot birdie putt at the last to share the lead and the course record.
'I have played here before and struggled with the adjustment to the altitude since I'm used to playing at sea level all the time,' Langham admitted. 'Today, I was pretty spot on with the distances and I rolled my putter really well. That is a good combination.'
John Riegger, who won the LaSalle Bank Open earlier this year, and Justin Bolli, the Northeast Pennsylvania Classic winner, both carded rounds of 5-under 66. They were joined in a share of seventh by Chris Baryla, Jeff Klauk, Vance Veazey, Chris Anderson, Ron Whittaker and Tim Wilkinson.
Fifteen more players are one short further back at minus-4.
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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.