Rain Wreaks Havoc in New Zealand

By Sports NetworkFebruary 23, 2007, 5:00 pm
Nationwide TourCHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand -- Rain wreaked havoc Friday with the second round of the New Zealand PGA Championship. The second delay forced by rain caused the second round to be suspended for the night.
The second round will resume Saturday morning at 8:00 a.m. local time, which is 2:00 p.m. (ET) Friday.
Michael Letzig, who shared ninth place entering the second round, fired a 4-under 68 to move into a share of the lead at 7-under-par 137.
Letzig was joined atop the leaderboard by three players who were unable to complete their rounds.
Peter Senior, Chez Reavie and Ryan Howison all stand at minus-7. Senior and Reavie have each completed 13 holes, while Howison, the first-round leader, finished 10 holes of round two at Clearwater Resort.
Letzig, a tour rookie, started on the back nine and traded a bogey for a birdie from the 10th and again from the 13th. From there, it was all birdies and pars.
The 26-year-old moved to minus-4 with a birdie on the par-three 16th. Letzig parred four straight around the turn.
Letzig dropped in a birdie effort on the par-4 third and got within one of the lead with a birdie at the fifth. He moved to 7 under when his birdie putt on seven found the bottom of the cup. Letzig parred the final two holes to end there.
'I feel like we've had the tough conditions with the wind (Thursday) afternoon and then the rain this morning, but I'll take it,' Letzig stated. 'I'm happy with what I've got.'
Howison, who also started on the back nine, birdied No. 10 to take the lead at minus-8. After seven consecutive pars, he stumbled to a bogey on 18 to fall back into a share of the lead. After he parred the first, play was stopped for the day.
Senior has been steady through his second round. He has posted 12 pars and a single birdie on the par-4 seventh.
Reavie was 1-over for his round through six holes with a bogey on 13. He moved within one of the lead thanks to back-to-back birdies from the 16th. Reavie birdie the third to join the group at minus-7. Play was stopped after he parred his next hole.
Sal Spallone is alone in fifth place at minus-6. He was 3-under through 13 holes of the second round before play stopped.
Phil Tataurangi (68) and James Nitties (70) share sixth place at 5-under-par 130. They were joined there by Matthew Jones, who was minus-1 through the six holes that he completed.
Bradley Hughes, who shared second place here in 2004, is among those tied for ninth at minus-4. Hughes has posted rounds of 71-69 through two rounds. He was joined there by David Hearn (through nine holes), Lee Williamson (eight) and Chris Nallen (five).
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    Casey comes up short (again) to Bubba at Travelers

    By Will GrayJune 25, 2018, 12:07 am

    CROMWELL, Conn. – Staked to a four-shot lead entering the final round of the Travelers Championship, Paul Casey watched his opening tee shot bounce off a wooden wall and back into the middle of the fairway, then rolled in a 21-foot birdie putt off the fringe.

    At the time, it appeared to be a not-so-subtle indicator that Casey was finally going to get his hands on a trophy that has barely eluded him in the past. Instead it turned out to be the lone highlight of a miserable round that left the Englishman behind only Bubba Watson at TPC River Highlands for the second time in the last four years.

    Casey shot the low round of the tournament with a third-round 62 that distanced him from the field, but that opening birdie turned out to be his only one of the day as he stalled out and ultimately finished three shots behind Watson, to whom he lost here in a playoff in 2015.

    Casey’s score was 10 shots worse than Saturday, as a 2-over 72 beat only five people among the 73 others to play the final round.

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    “I mean, I fought as hard as I could, which I’m proud of,” Casey said. “Not many times you put me on a golf course and I only make one birdie. I don’t know. I’d be frustrated with that in last week’s event, but it is what it is.”

    Casey led by as many as five after his opening birdie, but he needed to make a 28-foot par save on No. 10 simply to maintain a one-shot edge over a hard-charging Watson. The two men were tied as Casey headed to the 16th tee, but his bogeys on Nos. 16 and 17 combined with a closing birdie from Watson meant the tournament was out of reach before Casey even reached the final tee.

    Casey explained that a “bad night of sleep” led to some neck pain that affected his warm-up session but didn’t impact the actual round.

    “Just frustrating I didn’t have more,” he said. “Didn’t have a comfortable swing to go out there and do something with.”

    Casey won earlier this year at the Valspar Championship to end a PGA Tour victory drought that dated back to 2009, but after being denied a second victory in short succession when he appeared to have one hand on the trophy, he hopes to turn frustration into further success before turning the page to 2019.

    “I’m probably even more fired up than I was post-Tampa to get another victory. This is only going to be more fuel,” Casey said. “I’ve got 12 events or something the rest of the year. So ask me again in November, and if I don’t have another victory, then I will be disappointed. This is merely kind of posturing for what could be a very good climax.”

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    Watch: Gary Player tires people out with sit-ups

    By Grill Room TeamJune 24, 2018, 11:33 pm

    Well all know Gary Player is a fitness nut, and at 82 years young he is still in phenomenal shape.

    That's why it was incredible to see two mere mortals like us try to keep up with him in a sit-up competition at the BMW International Open.

    Watch the video below.

    The guy in blue makes the smart decision and bows out about halfway through. But give the other guy an "A" for effort, he stuck with Player for about 60 sit-ups, and then the nine-time major champion just starts taunting him.

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    Japan teen Hataoka rolls to NW Ark. win

    By Associated PressJune 24, 2018, 11:07 pm

    ROGERS, Ark. - Japanese teenager Nasa Hataoka ran away with the NW Arkansas Championship on Sunday for her first LPGA title

    The 19-year-old Hataoka won by six strokes, closing with an 8-under 63 at Pinnacle Country Club for a tournament-record 21-under 192 total. She broke the mark of 18 under set last year by So Yeon Ryu.

    Hataoka won twice late last year on the Japan LPGA and has finished in the top 10 in five of her last six U.S. LPGA starts, including a playof loss last month in the Kingsmill Championship.

    Hataoka began the round tied with Minjee Lee for the lead.

    Austin Ernst shot a 65 to finish second.

    Lee and third-ranked Lexi Thompson topped the group at 13 under.

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    Tour investigating DeChambeau's use of compass

    By Will GrayJune 24, 2018, 10:09 pm

    CROMWELL, Conn. – Bryson DeChambeau’s reliance on science to craft his play on the course is well known, but he took things to a new level this week at the Travelers Championship when television cameras caught him wielding a compass while looking at his yardage book during the third round.

    According to DeChambeau, it’s old news. He’s been using a compass regularly to aid in his preparation for nearly two years, dating back to the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in October 2016.

    “I’m figuring out the true pin locations,” DeChambeau said. “The pin locations are just a little bit off every once in a while, and so I’m making sure they’re in the exact right spot. And that’s it.”

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    But social media took notice this weekend, as did PGA Tour officials. DeChambeau explained that he was approached on the range Saturday and informed that the Tour plans to launch an investigation into whether or not the device is allowable in competition, with a decision expected in the next week.

    It’s not the first time the 24-year-old has gone head-to-head with Tour brass, having also had a brief run with side-saddled putting earlier in his career.

    “They said, ‘Hey, we just want to let you know that we’re investigating the device and seeing if it’s allowable,’” DeChambeau said. “I understand. It wouldn’t be the first time this has happened.”

    DeChambeau won earlier this month at the Memorial Tournament, and the Tour’s ruling would not have any retroactive impact on his results earlier this year. Playing alongside tournament winner Bubba Watson in the final round at TPC River Highlands, DeChambeau shot a final-round 68 to finish in a tie for ninth.

    “It’s a compass. It’s been used for a long, long time. Sailors use it,” DeChambeau said. “It’s just funny that people take notice when I start putting and playing well.”