Points Quinn Share Lead in Monterey

By Sports NetworkOctober 2, 2003, 4:00 pm
Nationwide TourSEASIDE, Calif. -- D.A. Points and Fran Quinn fired matching rounds of 5-under-par 67 Thursday to share the lead after the first round of the Monterey Peninsula Classic.
Danny Briggs, Scott Gutschewski, Ryan Howison, Ryuji Imada and Kyle Thompson all posted rounds of 4-under-par 68 to share third place at the Seaside Resort & Spa's Bayonet Golf Course.
Quinn opened his round on the front nine and birdied the first. However, he bogeyed each of the next two holes to fall to plus-1. He climbed back to even par with a birdie at the eighth.
'I played darn solid the whole front nine,' said Quinn. 'I made the turn and said I'll go make some birdies.'
That is exactly what he did on the back nine. He birdied the par-5 10th to touch off a run of three straight birdies. He birdied the par-3 14th to move to minus-4 and closed with a birdie at No. 16 to grab a share of the lead.
'It's a golf course where you can't even worry about what anyone else is doing,' said Quinn. 'The second you lose your focus on this course, the party's over. It's going to get more difficult here as the week goes on. The wind is drying the greens up and they're getting firmer.'
Points, the first player off the first tee, also opened with a birdie on the first hole. He also birdied the par-5 fourth. The 2001 Inland Empire Open winner sank back-to-back birdies from the seventh to make the turn at minus-4.
Around the turn, Points continued to take advantage of the par-5s. He birdied the par-5 10th but stumbled to a bogey on the 12th. He came back to grab the clubhouse lead at minus-5 with a birdie on the par-4 16th.
'One and ten, you have to try to have a good birdie putt at those,' said Points, whose best finish this year is a tie for third at the LaSalle Bank Open. 'Other than No. 8, I birdied the holes you are supposed to birdie. It's making them when you get the opportunity. This week you're not going to have as many opportunities as other weeks.'
Zach Johnson, who won the Envirocare Utah Classic in September, and Joe Ogilvie, a two-time winner this season, lead a pack of players at 3-under-par 69. That duo is joined there be Sung Man Lee, Casey Martin, Zoran Zorkic, Jason Bohn and Michael Allen.
Roland Thatcher, the defending champion stands at 2-under-par 70. If he were to win, he would become the first Nationwide Tour player to ever win the same event in consecutive years. He is joined at minus-2 by Trevor Dodds, Stephen Gangluff, Steve Haskins, David Morland IV, Michael Muehr, Scott Petersen, Wes Short and Boo Weekley.
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    Van Rooyen holes putt after ball-marker ruling

    By Ryan LavnerJuly 20, 2018, 4:50 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Erik van Rooyen was surveying his 10-footer for par, trying to get a feel for the putt, when his putter slipped out of his hand and dropped onto his ball marker.

    The question, then, was whether that accident caused his coin to move.

    The rules official looked at various camera angles but none showed definitively whether his coin moved. The ruling was made to continue from where his coin was now positioned, with no penalty.

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    This was part of the recent rules changes, ensuring there is no penalty if the ball or ball maker is accidently moved by the player. The little-used rule drew attention in 2010, when Ian Poulter accidentally dropped his ball on his marker in Dubai and wound up losing more than $400,000 in bonus and prize money.

    After the delay to sort out his ruling Friday, van Rooyen steadied himself and made the putt for par, capping a day in which he shot even-par 71 and kept himself in the mix at The Open. He was at 4-under 138, just two shots off the clubhouse lead.

    “I wanted to get going and get this 10-footer to save par, but I think having maybe just a couple minutes to calm me down, and then I actually got a different read when I sat down and looked at it again,” he said. “Good putt. Happy to finish that way.”

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    Lyle birdies last hole in likely his final Open start

    By Ryan LavnerJuly 20, 2018, 4:32 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – If this was Sandy Lyle’s final Open appearance, he went out in style.

    Playing on the final year of his automatic age exemption, the 60-year-old Scot buried a 30-foot birdie on the last hole. He missed the cut after shooting 9-over 151 over two rounds.

    “I was very light-footed,” he said. “I was on cloud nine walking down the 18th. To make birdie was extra special.”

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    Lyle, who also won the 1988 Masters, has missed the cut in his last eight majors, dating to 2014. He hasn’t been competitive in The Open since 1998, when he tied for 19th.

    To continue playing in The Open, Lyle needed to finish in the top 10 here at Carnoustie. He’d earn a future exemption by winning the Senior British Open.

    “More punishment,” he said.

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    DJ, Thomas miss cut at Open; No. 1 up for grabs

    By Ryan LavnerJuly 20, 2018, 3:35 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – The top two players in the world both missed the cut at The Open, creating the possibility of a shakeup at the top of the rankings by the end of the weekend.

    Dustin Johnson became the first world No. 1 since Luke Donald in 2011 to miss the cut at the year’s third major.

    Johnson played solidly for all but the closing stretch. Over two rounds, he was 6 over par on the last three holes. He finished at 6-over 148.

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    Thomas added to what’s been a surprisingly poor Open record. Just like last year, when he struggled in the second round in the rain at Royal Birkdale, Thomas slumped to a 77 on Friday at Carnoustie, a round that included three consecutive double bogeys on Nos. 6-8. He finished at 4-over 146.

    It’s Thomas' first missed cut since The Open last year. Indeed, in three Open appearances, he has two missed cuts and a tie for 53rd.  

    With Johnson and Thomas out of the mix, the No. 1 spot in the rankings is up for grabs this weekend.

    Justin Rose, Brooks Koepka and Jon Rahm all can reach No. 1 with a victory this week.

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    TT Postscript: Woods (71) makes cut, has work to do

    By Tiger TrackerJuly 20, 2018, 3:32 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Here are a few things I think I think after Tiger Woods shot a second consecutive even-par 71 Friday in the second round. And yes, he made the cut:

    • Tiger said all 71s are not created equal. On Thursday, he made three birdies and three bogeys. On Friday, he made four birdie and four bogeys. Which round was better? The first. His theory is that, despite the rain, conditions were easier in the second round and there were more scoring opportunities. He didn't take advantage.

    • This is the first time since the 2013 Open at Royal Lytham & St. Annes that Tiger shot par or better in each of the first two rounds of a major. That’s quite a long time ago.

    • Stat line for the day: 11 of 15 fairways, 13 of 18 greens, 32 total putts. Tiger hit one driver and two 3-woods on Thursday and four drivers on Friday, only one which found the fairway. An errant drive at the second led to him sniping his next shot into the gallery


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    • In his own words: “I could have cleaned up the round just a little bit. I got off to not exactly the best start, being 2 over through three, but got it back. The golf course was a little bit softer today, obviously. It rains, and we were able to get the ball down a little bit further, control the ball on the ground a little bit easier today, which was nice.”

    • At some point Tiger is going to have to be more aggressive. He will be quite a few shots off the lead by day’s end and he'll have a lot of ground to make up. Hitting irons off the tee is great for position golf, but it’s often leaving him more than 200 yards into the green. Not exactly a range for easy birdies.

    • Sure, it’s too soon to say Tiger can’t win a fourth claret jug, but with so many big names ahead of him on the leaderboard, it’s unlikely. Keep in mind that a top-six finish would guarantee him a spot in the WGC: Bridgestone Invitational in two weeks. At The Players, he stated that this was a big goal.

    • My Twitter account got suspended momentarily when Tiger was standing over a birdie putt on the 17th green. That was the most panicked I’ve been since Tiger was in contention at the Valspar.