Nationwide Tour Logjam in Oregon

By Sports NetworkSeptember 13, 2007, 4:00 pm
Oregon Classic by Kendall Auto Group 2007 LogoJUNCTION CITY, Oregon -- Monday qualifier Alex Prugh shook off back-to-back bogeys with a birdie at the 18th hole Thursday to join seven other players in the lead at the Nationwide Tour's Oregon Classic.
 
Prugh became the last of eight players to shoot 6-under 66 at Shadow Hills Country Club, a group that combined to make 53 birdies and just five bogeys to share a one-shot lead.
 
Todd Fischer, Daniel Summerhays, Matthew Jones and Mike Heinen all got around the course with a bogey. Jason Day, Roland Thatcher, Kelly Grunewald and Prugh joined them in the lead.
 
It matched the Nationwide Tour record for most players tied for the 18-hole lead, a mark originally set at the 2001 Ozarks Open.
 
They held a one-shot advantage on Henrik Bjornstad and Brad Elder, who were at 5-under 67. Seven players were tied at 68 and nearly half the field broke par.
 
It all happened in fall conditions.
 
'I'd take a 6-under round on this golf course any day, especially when it is this cold and damp,' said Thatcher, the tour's money leader, who played in 50- degree weather in the morning.
 
'I'm looking forward to coming out here tomorrow and maybe getting some warmer weather. I was home in Houston last week in 110 heat index, so today was a little different.'
 
Thatcher finished off his 66 at the same time as Day, who became the youngest winner ever in a PGA TOUR-sanctioned event at this year's Legend Financial Group Classic.
 
'I'm normally a pretty slow starter. I play better on the weekends,' said Day, 19. 'I've got myself into good position early, so that should help with three days left to play.'
 
Prugh, a University of Washington standout, is tied for the lead following his first round on the Nationwide Tour -- and his first 18 holes in competition as a professional.
 
Co-leader Summerhays knows a little something about being in that position. He won the Children's Hospital Invitational as an amateur this season, then turned professional.
 
'I feel like turning professional and getting out here has me so much more prepared for next season,' said Summerhays. 'Having the exemption and a guaranteed place to play next year is much more important than the money I could have made if I had turned professional before winning.'
 
Among the co-leaders, only Thatcher, Day, Fischer and Heinen have either held or shared a first-round lead before on the Nationwide Tour.
 
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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.