Roberts Adcock Share Lead at SAS

By Sports NetworkOctober 6, 2006, 4:00 pm
2006 SAS ChampionshipCARY, N.C. -- Loren Roberts, the Champions Tour's money leader and a four-time winner this season, fired a 5-under-par 67 and is tied for the lead with sponsor's exemption Mitch Adcock after the first round of the SAS Championship at Prestonwood Country Club.
There was a nearly four-and-a-half-hour delay to the start of the tournament due to inclement weather. Tournament organizers sent the players out in threesomes off both the first and 10th tees and all 77 golfers finished their rounds.
Tom Jenkins is alone in third place after a 4-under-par 68. It should come as no surprise he would do well here since his last three finishes in this tournament were a tie for fourth, a runner-up and a tie for second place.
Jim Ahern, John Harris, Scott Hoch, playing for the second time on the Champions Tour, and two-time winner this year Brad Bryant are knotted in fourth place at 3-under-par 69.
Roberts parred his first hole on Friday, then hit a 4-iron to 12 feet to set up birdie at the second. He parred his next two, then went on a birdie run that immediately shot him up the leaderboard.
At the par-4 fifth, Roberts, nicknamed the 'Boss of the Moss,' rolled in a 30-footer for birdie. He holed a 12-foot birdie putt at six, then sank a putt from half that distance to polish off three consecutive birdies.
Roberts tallied four pars in a row around the turn, but nearly made a mess of the par-5 12th. He got up and down for par from 130 yards, then collected his final birdie at the 17th when he made a 10-footer.
'I'm really happy with how I played today,' said Roberts, who has not played on the Champions Tour since Pebble Beach the first week of September. 'I feel rested after four weeks off and hope to keep things going. I hit the ball well today and made some putts.'
Adcock flew out of the gate with back-to-back birdies at one and two. He recorded additional front-nine birdies at five and seven to make the turn at 4-under-par 31.
Adcock was not as solid on the second nine. He also scrambled at the 12th, converting a 15-footer for the save. Adcock birdied 13, but had a chance for sole possession of the lead. He missed a 4-footer at the 17th, but is in a relatively familiar position.
At the AT&T Classic earlier this year, Adcock open qualified for the event and fired a 5-under 67 to earn sole possession of first place. He ended up tied for 17th at that tournament, but knows the key is avoiding one bad round.
'In a three-day event, you can't afford a poor round,' said Adcock, who shot an 80 in the final round in the AT&T Classic. 'You can't throw anything away in three days.'
Tradition winner Eduardo Romero, last week's Greater Hickory Classic champion Andy Bean, Mark McNulty, Chip Beck, Tim Simpson and Joe Ozaki are tied for eighth place at 2-under-par 70.
Defending champion Hale Irwin struggled on Friday. He shot a 4-over-par 76 and is part of a group tied for 66th place.
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    Ball headed O.B., Stone (68) gets huge break

    By Mercer BaggsJuly 19, 2018, 2:14 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Brandon Stone knew it when he hit it.

    “I knew I hit it out of bounds,” the South African said following his opening round in the 147th Open Championship.

    Stone’s second shot on the par-4 18th, from the left fescue, was pulled into the grandstands, which are marked as O.B. But instead of settling in with the crowd, the ball ricocheted back towards the green and nearly onto the putting surface.

    Stone made his par and walked away with a 3-under 68, two shots off the early lead.

    “I really didn’t put a good swing on it, bad contact and it just came out way left,” Stone said. “I feel so sorry for the person I managed to catch on the forehead there, but got a lucky break.

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    “When you get breaks like that you know you’re going to have good weeks.”

    It’s been more than just good luck recently for Stone. He shot 60 in the final round – missing a 9-foot birdie putt for the first 59 in European Tour history – to win last week’s Scottish Open. It was his third career win on the circuit and first since 2016. It was also just his first top-10 of the season.

    “A testament to a different mental approach and probably the change in putter,” said Stone, who added that he switched to a new Ping Anser blade model last week.

    “I’ve been putting, probably, the best I have in my entire life.”

    This marks Stone’s sixth start in a major championship, with his best finish a tie for 35th in last year’s U.S. Open. He has a missed cut and a T-70 in two prior Open Championships.

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    Kang on cheating allegation: 'I did the right thing'

    By Ryan LavnerJuly 19, 2018, 1:26 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Three weeks after his playing partner claimed that he “cheated,” taking an improper drop at the Quicken Loans National, Sung Kang insisted Thursday that he did nothing wrong.

    Joel Dahmen tweeted that Kang cheated after a lengthy dispute about where his ball had last crossed the line of a hazard. A PGA Tour official ruled in Kang’s favor. Kang made par on the hole, shot 64 and earned one of the available spots in the Open Championship.

    Kang didn’t learn of the controversy until the next day, when he received an email from a PGA Tour communications official seeking comment. He researched online what the furor was about, then issued a brief statement through the Tour (which added its own statement, saying that there was “no clear evidence” to suggest that Kang dropped incorrectly).

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    Kang said he tried to clear the air with Dahmen before the first round of last week’s John Deere Classic, but they never had the opportunity to discuss their differences.

    “I followed the rules official and I think I did the right thing,” Kang told a handful of reporters Thursday following his opening round at Carnoustie, where he shot a 2-under 69 to sit three shots off the early lead.

    Kang said he was hesitant to discuss the incident with reporters, because he said there clearly was a difference in opinions. He said he’d already told his side to South Korean news outlets but that “whatever I say, some people are going to trust it and some people are not going to trust it. Then I’ve got to think about it more and more when it’s not going to help my golf game.”

    “I really want to say a lot of things about it, the truth about what happened,” he added, “but I’m not going to say anything.”

    Kang said that he wouldn’t alter his approach when dealing with rulings in the future.

    “No. Why?” he said. “I did the right thing. There’s no point in changing.”

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    Kisner (67) enjoying 'frat' life, soccer matches with Jordan and Co.

    By Rex HoggardJuly 19, 2018, 12:49 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – The frat house tradition continued this year at The Open, with a group of seven high-profile Americans rooming together for the week, including early first-round leader Kevin Kisner.

    Kisner explained after his opening 5-under 66 that the group – which includes Jordan Spieth, Jason Dufner, Zach Johnson, Jimmy Walker, Justin Thomas and Rickie Fowler – has spent the week talking about how demanding Carnoustie is playing and enjoying the summer weather.

    “We're out there playing soccer at night and hanging out,” he said.

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    To be clear, this isn’t a proper soccer match, but instead a penalty-kick situation with all but one player taking turns trying to score.

    “I just try to smash [Dufner] in the face,” Kisner laughed. “He's the all-time goalie.”

    Although Kisner said he’s always impressed with the athletic prowess of other players, Spieth has proven himself particularly adept on the impromptu pitch.

    “Jordan scored when Duf tripped, it was hilarious,” Kisner smiled. “[Spieth] is good until he sends it over the goal four houses over, and we've got to go knock on a neighbor’s door for the soccer ball.”

    The group is actually staying in two local houses that are next to each other, one with a large enough back yard and a soccer net, but perhaps not enough soccer balls.

    “We’re going to have to Amazon Prime a couple new balls to replace the ones we lost,” Kisner said.