Schroeder Maintains Lead at Emerald Coast

By Sports NetworkMarch 24, 2001, 5:00 pm
John Schroeder shot a 3-under-par 67 on Saturday and maintained a one-shot lead at 8-under 132 after two rounds of the Emerald Coast Classic. Jim Ahern vaulted into second place at 7-under with a 6-under 64 on Saturday at The Moors Golf Club.
Schroeder is in position for his first Senior Tour victory in six years on the circuit. His best previous finish was a tie for second after losing in a playoff in the 1996 Bell Atlantic Classic. He was tied for the lead heading to the final round of that event.
'It would be gratifying to win,' said Schroeder, whose lone PGA Tour victory came in the 1973 Match Play Championship. 'I have two goals for tomorrow -- no mental mistakes and keep working on my putting stroke.'
Schroeder bogeyed the first hole of the day, then ran off seven straight pars before a 15-foot birdie putt at the ninth. He added consecutive birdies to start the back nine and another at 15. An approach in the bunker led to a bogey at 17, but he responded with a 40-foot downhill putt for a birdie at 18 to reclaim the lead.
Schroeder will try to become the third straight wire-to-wire winner of the Emerald Coast Classic, joining Bob Duval and Gil Morgan.
Ahern, whose lone career Senior Tour win came in the 1999 Canadian Open, tied a career low with his round of 64. He played bogey-free golf with four birdies on the front and two on the back, thanks in part to some putting advice from Dave Stockton.
'He spent about 20 minutes with me and it really helped,' said Ahern. 'I made more putts today than I have in a long time. He didn't like my grip, he didn't like my setup and he didn't like my stroke. Other than that I was fine.'
Ahern started a string of three straight birdies with a 30-foot putt on the third hole. His other five birdie putts were inside five feet.
Andy North and Mike McCullough, who each started the day two shots off the lead, managed rounds of 2-under 68 and share third place at 5-under par. McCullough won in Mexico earlier this year.
Bruce Fleisher, Larry Nelson and Jose Maria Canizares are each four shots behind at 4-under and capable of making a run at the top on Sunday.
Fleisher, who carded a 4-under 66, won a total of 11 times in 1999 and 2000 but has yet to win this year. Nelson, who shot a 3-under 67, already has two wins in 2001 and leads the Senior Tour money list. Canizares, who has posted a pair of 68s in the first two rounds, won earlier this month in Los Angeles and is second on the money list.
Leonard Thompson and Sammy Rachels are five shots back at 3-under, while Bruce Summerhays, Graham Marsh, Dave Eichelberger, Tom Wargo and Mike Smith are six off the pace. Smith started the day one shot behind Schroeder, but struggled to a 2-over 72.
Morgan, the defending champion, shot a 1-under 69 on Saturday and is tied for 21st at even-par 140.
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Watch: Pieters snaps club ... around his neck

By Golf Channel DigitalMay 25, 2018, 1:19 pm

After opening in 3-over 75, Thomas Pieters was in no mood for more poor play on Friday.

Unfortunately for Pieters, he bogeyed two of his first three holes in the second round of the BMW PGA Championship and then didn't like his second shot at the par-5 fourth.

Someone - or some thing - had to pay, and an innocent iron bore the brunt of Pieters' anger.

Pieters made par on the hole, but at 5 over for the tournament, he was five shots off the cut line.

It's not the first time a club has faced Pieters' wrath. 

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Woods would 'love' to see Tour allow shorts

By Golf Channel DigitalMay 25, 2018, 12:59 pm

Players on the European Tour are allowed to wear shorts during practices and pro-ams.

The PGA of America permitted players to show some leg while prepping for last year’s PGA Championship.

Tiger Woods would like to see the PGA Tour follow suit.

"I would love it," he said Thursday in a Facebook Live with Bridgestone Golf. "We play in some of the hottest climates on the planet. We usually travel with the sun, and a lot of our events are played in the summer, and then on top of that when we have the winter months here a lot of the guys go down to South Africa and Australia where it's summer down there.

"It would be nice to wear shorts. Even with my little chicken legs, I still would like to wear shorts."

Caddies are currently allowed to wear shorts on Tour, during events.

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Feasting again: McIlroy shoots 65 to lead BMW PGA

By Golf Channel DigitalMay 25, 2018, 12:04 pm

Updated at 9:42 a.m. ET

Rory McIlroy made seven birdies and no bogeys on Friday for a 7-under 65 and the second-round lead at the BMW PGA Championship.

After opening in 67, McIlroy was among the early groups out on Day 2 at Wentworth Club. He made three birdies and no bogeys on the par-35 front nine on Friday, and then went on a run after the turn.

McIlroy made four consecutive birdies, beginning at the par-5 12th. That got him to 12 under, overall, and gave him a clear advantage over the field. With two closing par-5s, a very low number was in sight. But, as he did on Day 1, McIlroy finished par-par.

"I've made four pars there [on 17 and 18] when I really should be making at least two birdies, but I played the other par-5s well," McIlroy said. "It all balances itself out."

Full-field scores from the BMW PGA Championship

McIlroy has made 14 birdies and two bogeys through two rounds. At 12 under, he has a three-stroke lead over Sam Horsfield.

"The work has paid off, to some degree," McIlroy said of his practice with swing coach Michael Bannon. "I still feel like I'm hitting some loose shots out there. But, for the most part, it's been really good. If I can keep these swing thoughts and keep going in the right direction, hopefully this is the type of golf I'll be able to produce."

This event has been feast or famine for McIlroy. He won here in 2014, but has three missed cuts in his other three starts. This week, however, he’ll be around for the weekend and is in position for his first European Tour victory since the 2016 Irish Open and his second worldwide victory of the year (Arnold Palmer Invitational).

"I have the confidence that I'm playing well and I can go out and try to just replicate what I did the day before," McIlroy said about his weekend approach with the lead. "On the first tee box tomorrow I'll be thinking about what I did today. Trying to just keep the same thoughts, make the same swings. I went a couple better today than I did yesterday. I'm not sure I'll keep that progression going but something similiar tomorrow would be nice."

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Goat visor propels Na to Colonial lead

By Will GrayMay 25, 2018, 1:29 am

Jason Dufner officially has some company in the headwear free agency wing of the PGA Tour.

Like Dufner, Kevin Na is now open to wear whatever he wants on his head at tournaments, as his visor sponsorship with Titleist ended earlier this month. He finished T-6 at the AT&T Byron Nelson in his second tournament as a free agent, and this week at the Fort Worth Invitational he's once again wearing a simple white visor with a picture of a goat.

"I bought it at The Players Championship for $22 with the 30 percent discount that they give the Tour players," Na told reporters. "It's very nice."

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Perhaps a change in headwear was just what Na needed to jumpstart his game. Last week's result in Dallas was his first top-35 finish in his last six events dating back to February, and he built upon that momentum with an 8-under 62 to take a one-shot lead over Charley Hoffman after the first round at Colonial Country Club.

While many sports fans know the "GOAT" acronym to stand for "Greatest Of All Time," it's a definition that the veteran Na only learned about earlier this year.

"I do social media, but they kept calling Tiger the GOAT. I go, 'Man, why do they keep calling Tiger the GOAT? That's just mean,'" Na said. "Then I realized it meant greatest of all time. Thinking of getting it signed by Jack (Nicklaus) next week (at the Memorial)."