Morgan Leads International Charge

By Sports NetworkDecember 7, 2002, 5:00 pm
LA QUINTA, Calif. -- John Morgan shot a 3-under 69 Saturday to take the fourth-round lead at the PGA Tour Qualifying Tournament. Morgan's 72-hole total of 15-under-par 273 was good for a one-shot edge over Scott Laycock.
 
Anthony Painter finished two shots off the pace at 13-under-par 275. Chris Anderson was one stroke further back at 12-under-par 276.
 
'This is just unbelievable,' said Morgan. 'This is what we call the pinnacle of a player's career. I mean I'm leading the U.S. Tour School. What the heck is going on?'
 
Morgan, who has already secured his playing card for the European Tour next year, was two shots off the lead to start the day at PGA West Resort. He jumped out of the gate with three birdies over the first five holes to move into first place.
 
'I would assume having my European Tour card takes some pressure off,' said the Englishman. 'Everybody wants to play over here but it is nice having a place to play if you don't succeed.'
 
Morgan picked up a birdie at the par-5 16th to move to 16-under but dropped a shot at the very next hole. Despite the late bogey, Morgan managed to hold the lead with two rounds to play in this marathon event.
 
'At the moment it has been unbelievable,' said Morgan. 'I just hope it stays that way. I've just got to keep my feet on the ground and stay the person that I am and I'll be very happy.'
 
Laycock is another international player who has put himself in good position to earn his card on the PGA Tour. The Australian collected seven birdies and one bogey for a round of 66.
 
'To be perfectly honest, it's never been a huge goal of mine to play on the PGA Tour,' said Laycock. 'But the past couple of seasons I've been playing really nicely. So I thought why not try on the big stage over here and give it a go.'
 
Brian Bateman, James McLean, David Sutherland and Donnie Hammond finished tied for fifth at 11-under-par 277.
 
Mark Wilson and Barry Cheesman were two shots further back at 10-under-par 278.
 
Overnight leader Dean Wilson struggled with a 5-over 77 to finish in a group at 9-under-par 279.
 
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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.