Lundberg Wins Russian Open in Playoff

By Sports NetworkAugust 14, 2005, 4:00 pm
2005 Cadillac Russian OpenMOSCOW, Russia -- The last time Sweden's Mikael Lundberg held a 54-hole lead, he faded disastrously on the final day. He would not let it happen again.
 
Lundberg shot a 3-under 69 Sunday and outlasted England's Andrew Butterfield in a four-hole playoff to win the Russian Open and claim his maiden European Tour victory.
 
'This is incredible, a dream come true,' said Lundberg, who celebrated his 32nd birthday on Saturday with a bogey-free 69 to take the lead. 'I came out today and tried to stick to my game plan, which I did.'
 
Lundberg led after three rounds for the first time since 2001, when he posted a final-round 80 at the European Open to fall into a tie for 34th place.
 
Butterfield fired a 6-under 66 in his final round to tie Lundberg atop the leaderboard at 15-under-par 273, playing his final six holes at minus-5 to force the sudden-death playoff.
 
It was the third playoff in the 10-year history of this dual-ranking event -- which features players from both the European and Challenge Tours -- and what a thrilling finish it was.
 
Butterfield got up-and-down for par from a bunker beside the 18th green to halve the first playoff hole before missing a 3-foot birdie putt on the second playoff hole to squander a chance to win.
 
After the players halved No. 18 for a third time, they headed for the par-5 17th, where they had both collected two birdies during the tournament.
 
Lundberg landed about 30 feet from the hole with a 3-wood on his second shot, setting up an eagle chance or -- at worst -- an good shot at birdie.
 
Butterfield went left of the green with his second shot and then let a chip shot get away to the other side of the green. He settled for par, and Lundberg simply two-putted for the win.
 
'I am just very happy to have come through the playoff,' said Lundberg. 'Having my European Tour card is a great feeling, not only for me but for my whole family. It feels fantastic.'
 
David Drysdale and Jarrod Moseley finished tied for third place after rounds of 67 and 68, respectively, at the par-72 Le Meridien Moscow Golf & Country Club, Russia's only 18-hole golf course. The duo ended at 12-under-par 276, with second-round leader Fredrik Widmark one stroke further back in fifth place after a 1-over 72.
 
Lundberg, who began the day with a one-stroke lead over countryman Widmark and France's Sebastien Delagrange, got off to a fast start with an eagle at the par-5 second to move to 14 under.
 
He made the turn at minus-15 after wrapping a pair of birdies around a bogey at the sixth, and then moved to 16-under with a birdie at No. 12.
 
Lundberg would have won without the playoff had he just played par the rest of the way, but he ended up dropping a stroke at the par-four 14th. Then, needing a birdie at No. 18 for the win, he drove into the fairway bunker before hitting a clutch shot to within five feet of the hole.
 
But he missed the short putt, and the European Tour had its 13th playoff of the season.
 
'I played quite safe, especially after 12 holes when I had a couple of shots advantage, but then Andrew played some great golf to catch up with me,' said Lundberg.
 
Butterfield, who began his round tied for fifth place at minus-9, played the front-nine at even-par after a birdie at No. 2 and a bogey at the ninth.
 
But he exploded on the back-nine, dropping a birdie at the par-4 10th and collecting back-to-back pars before playing the final six holes at 5-under par to reach minus-15. That stretch included his second-straight eagle at the par-5 15th.
 
Delagrange (73) shared sixth place at 10-under-par 278 with Spain's Jesus Maria Arruti (71), Ben Barham (68) and Shaun P. Webster (69) of England and Italian Michele Reale (66).
 
Swede Johan Edfors (70) and England's Ben Mason (72) finished one stroke further back in a tie for 11th place, one shot ahead of five players knotted in 13th.
 
Interestingly, five players tied for each of the next three positions as well.
 
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    Storms halt Barbasol before Lincicome tees off

    By Associated PressJuly 20, 2018, 11:29 pm

    NICHOLASVILLE, Ky. - Brittany Lincicome will have to wait until the weekend to resume her bid to make the cut in a PGA Tour event.

    Overnight storms delayed the start of the second round Friday in the Barbasol Championship, and an afternoon thunderstorm suspended competition for good. The round will resume Saturday morning with much of the field still to play.

    The second stoppage at Champions Trace at Keene Trace Golf Club came 20 minutes before Lincicome's scheduled tee time.

    Lincicome was near the bottom of the field after opening with a 6-over 78 on Thursday. The first LPGA player since Michelle Wie in 2008 to start a PGA Tour event, she needs a huge rebound to join Babe Zaharias (1945) as the only female players to make the cut.

    Troy Merritt had the clubhouse lead at 15 under, following an opening 62 with a 67.

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    Third-round tee times for the 147th Open

    By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 20, 2018, 9:05 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Eighteen major champions made the cut at The Open and will be playing the weekend at Carnoustie, including 60-year-old ageless wonder Bernhard Langer, and both major champs so far this year, Patrick Reed and Brooks Koepka.

    Twenty-four-year-old Gavin Green will be first off solo Saturday at 4:15 a.m. ET. Reed and Rhys Enoch will follow along 10 minutes later.


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    Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods, both at even par for the tournament, six shots behind leaders Zach Johnson and Kevin Kisner, are in consecutive groups. Mickelson is playing with Austin Cook at 8:05 a.m. and Woods is with South Africa’s Shaun Norris at 8:15 a.m.

    Jordan Spieth and Rickie Fowler, both three shots off the lead, are also in consecutive groups. Fowler is at 10 a.m. with Thorbjorn Olesen and Spieth is 10 minutes later with Kevin Chappell. Rory McIlroy, looking to win his first major since the 2014 PGA Championship, is at 10:40 a.m. with Xander Schauffele. McIlroy is two shots behind.

    Johnson and Kisner are last off at 11 a.m.

    4:15AM ET: Gavin Green

    4:25AM ET: Rhys Enoch, Patrick Reed

    4:35AM ET: Kiradech Aphibarnrat, Justin Rose

    4:45AM ET: Yusaku Miyazato, Tyrrell Hatton

    4:55AM ET: Ross Fisher, Keegan Bradley

    5:05AM ET: Ryan Fox, Jason Dufner

    5:15AM ET: Bryson DeChambeau, Henrik Stenson

    5:25AM ET: Tom Lewis, Sam Locke (a)

    5:35AM ET: Paul Casey, Chris Wood

    5:45AM ET: Bernhard Langer, Rafa Cabrera Bello

    6:00AM ET: Paul Dunne, Brett Rumford

    6:10AM ET: Masahiro Kawamura, Shubhankar Sharma

    6:20AM ET: Cameron Smith, Brendan Steele

    6:30AM ET: Marc Leishman, Lee Westwood

    6:40AM ET: Byeong Hun An, Kevin Na

    6:50AM ET: Julian Suri, Adam Hadwin

    7:00AM ET: Gary Woodland, Si-Woo Kim

    7:10AM ET: Yuta Ikeda, Satoshi Kodaira

    7:20AM ET: Marcus Kinhult, Thomas Pieters

    7:30AM ET: Beau Hossler, Haotong Li

    7:45AM ET: Cameron Davis, Sean Crocker

    7:55AM ET: Louis Oosthuizen, Stewart Cink

    8:05AM ET: Phil Mickeslon, Austin Cook

    8:15AM ET: Tiger Woods, Shaun Norris

    8:25AM ET: Lucas Herbert, Michael Kim

    8:35AM ET: Jason Day, Francesco Molinari

    8:45AM ET: Sung Kang, Webb Simpson

    8:55AM ET: Patrick Cantlay, Eddie Pepperell

    9:05AM ET: Matthew Southgate, Brooks Koepka

    9:15AM ET: Kyle Stanley, Adam Scott

    9:30AM ET: Charley Hoffman, Alex Noren

    9:40AM ET: Ryan Moore, Brandon Stone

    9:50AM ET: Luke List, Danny Willett

    10:00AM ET: Thorbjorn Olesen, Rickie Fowler

    10:10AM ET: Jordan Spieth, Kevin Chappell

    10:20AM ET: Zander Lombard, Tony Finau

    10:30AM ET: Matt Kuchar, Erik Van Rooyen

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    10:50AM ET: Pat Perez, Tommy Fleetwood

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    Facial hair Fowler's new good-luck charm

    By Rex HoggardJuly 20, 2018, 8:12 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Before, during and after the Fourth of July, Rickie Fowler missed a few appointments with his razor.

    He arrived in the United Kingdom for last week’s Scottish Open still unshaved and he tied for sixth place. Fowler, like most golfers, can give in to superstition, so he's decided to keep the caveman look going for this week’s Open Championship.

    “There could be some variations,” he smiled following his round on Friday at Carnoustie.


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    At this rate, he may never shave again. Fowler followed an opening 70 with a 69 on Friday to move into a tie for 11th place, just three strokes off the lead.

    Fowler also has some friendly competition in the beard department, with his roommate this week Justin Thomas also going for the rugged look.

    “I think he kind of followed my lead in a way. I think he ended up at home, and he had a little bit of scruff going. It's just fun,” Fowler said. “We mess around with it. Obviously, not taking it too seriously. But like I said, ended up playing halfway decent last week, so I couldn't really shave it off going into this week.”

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    Spieth (67) rebounds from tough Round 1 finish

    By Ryan LavnerJuly 20, 2018, 7:55 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Guess whose putter is starting to heat up again at a major?

    Even with a few wayward shots Friday at Carnoustie, Jordan Spieth made a significant climb up the leaderboard in the second round, firing a 4-under 67 to move just three shots off the lead.

    Spieth showed his trademark grit in bouncing back from a rough finish Thursday, when he mis-clubbed on the 15th hole, leading to a double bogey, and ended up playing the last four holes in 4 over.

    “I don’t know if I actually regrouped,” he said. “It more kind of fires me up a little.”


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    Spieth missed more than half of his fairways in the second round, but he was able to play his approach shots from the proper side of the hole. Sure, he “stole a few,” particularly with unlikely birdies on Nos. 10 and 11 after errant drives, but he took advantage and put himself in position to defend his claret jug.

    Spieth needed only 25 putts in the second round, and he credited a post-round adjustment Thursday for the improvement. The tweak allows his arms to do more of the work in his stroke, and he said he felt more confident on the greens.

    “It’s come a long way in the last few months, no doubt,” he said.

    More than anything, Spieth was relieved not to have to play “cut-line golf” on Friday, like he’s done each start since his spirited run at the Masters.

    “I know that my swing isn’t exactly where I want it to be; it’s nowhere near where it was at Birkdale,” he said. “But the short game is on point, and the swing is working in the right direction to get the confidence back.”