Slocum Snares Southern Farm Title

By Sports NetworkNovember 6, 2005, 5:00 pm
2005 Southern Farm Bureau ClassicMADISON, Miss. -- Heath Slocum fired a 6-under 66 on Sunday and edged a low-scoring field to win the Southern Farm Bureau Classic.
Slocum finished at 21-under-par 267 for a two-stroke victory at Annandale Golf Club and a $540,000 paycheck. It was the second career win for the 31-year- old, who spent part of his childhood growing up in nearby Vicksburg.
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Heath Slocum lets out a scream after a late birdie lifted him to the Southern Farm Bureau title.
'I grew up close to here and had a lot of friends and family out, so it was really special,' said Slocum, whose father Jack -- a former Mississippi club pro -- served as his caddie throughout the tournament.
Loren Roberts was tied with Slocum for the lead heading into the 17th hole, but he drove into the water and settled for a bogey while Slocum rolled in a 10-foot birdie putt to reach 21 under and assume his two-stroke lead.
Roberts, 50, was attempting to become the third-oldest champion ever on the PGA Tour. Instead, he settled for a second-place tie with Carl Pettersson at 19-under-par 269.
'Obviously I would have liked to win the tournament, but to see [Slocum] win it with his dad on the bag, it was pretty special,' said Roberts, who missed a birdie putt from the fringe at 18 and finished with a 68.
Last week's winner at the Chrysler Championship, Pettersson shot a 5-under 67 in his final round.
Pettersson also captured the Fall Finish with his third top-10 placement in the 11-event series. That netted the Swede a $500,000 check to go along with the $264,000 he earned in this event.
At one point during the round Slocum, Pettersson, Roberts and overnight leader Joey Snyder III were all tied for the lead at minus-20. Snyder bogeyed 14 to fall off the pace and finished alone in fourth place at 18-under, while Pettersson dropped a shot at 16 to fall back.
Slocum, whose only previous win on the tour came at last year's Chrysler Classic, bested a low-scoring field by mixing a tournament-best 25 birdies and one eagle with just four bogeys and one double bogey in his four rounds.
He wasn't the only player scoring well in a field that was missing the top 30 money winners who were eligible to compete at the Tour Championship in Atlanta.
In fact, just one of the 75 players who made the cut finished the tournament over par -- a remarkable number reached, in part, by a combined 86 rounds fired in the 60s over the final two days.
But Slocum made the best of the favorable conditions at Annandale. He played the last two days bogey-free, and after beginning the final round in a tie for second place, he really set himself up as a contender with five birdies on the front nine Sunday.
That put him at minus-20, and Slocum went on to collect eight pars and one birdie the rest of the way to end the tournament with 43 consecutive holes without a bogey.
Slocum embraced his father after rolling in his final par putt at 18. The elder Slocum is a former Mississippi club pro who participated in this event nine times when it was held at Hattiesburg (MS) Country Club.
'I told him 'No one is expecting us to win, so we just have to go out and hit the ball,'' Jack Slocum said.
Heath Slocum's season got off to a slow start with six missed cuts in his first 11 starts. But since then the former Nationwide Tour player has made 16 of 17 cuts, including 11 straight during one three-month stretch from May to August. His previous best finish of 2005 was a tie for fourth at the St. Jude Classic in May.
On the crowded leaderboard, seven players tied for fifth place at minus-17. Among them, Bo Van Pelt had the best final round with a seven-under 65. John Cook, Bob Tway, Charlie Wi, Shaun Micheel and Woody Austin all shot six-under 66s, while Tag Ridings reached minus-17 with a three-under 69.
After that, five players tied for 12th place at 15-under, while 14 players shared 17th place one stroke further back.
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    Storms halt Barbasol before Lincicome tees off

    By Associated PressJuly 20, 2018, 11:29 pm

    NICHOLASVILLE, Ky. - Brittany Lincicome will have to wait until the weekend to resume her bid to make the cut in a PGA Tour event.

    Overnight storms delayed the start of the second round Friday in the Barbasol Championship, and an afternoon thunderstorm suspended competition for good. The round will resume Saturday morning with much of the field still to play.

    The second stoppage at Champions Trace at Keene Trace Golf Club came 20 minutes before Lincicome's scheduled tee time.

    Lincicome was near the bottom of the field after opening with a 6-over 78 on Thursday. The first LPGA player since Michelle Wie in 2008 to start a PGA Tour event, she needs a huge rebound to join Babe Zaharias (1945) as the only female players to make the cut.

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    By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 20, 2018, 9:05 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Eighteen major champions made the cut at The Open and will be playing the weekend at Carnoustie, including 60-year-old ageless wonder Bernhard Langer, and both major champs so far this year, Patrick Reed and Brooks Koepka.

    Twenty-four-year-old Gavin Green will be first off solo Saturday at 4:15 a.m. ET. Reed and Rhys Enoch will follow along 10 minutes later.

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    Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods, both at even par for the tournament, six shots behind leaders Zach Johnson and Kevin Kisner, are in consecutive groups. Mickelson is playing with Austin Cook at 8:05 a.m. and Woods is with South Africa’s Shaun Norris at 8:15 a.m.

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    By Rex HoggardJuly 20, 2018, 8:12 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Before, during and after the Fourth of July, Rickie Fowler missed a few appointments with his razor.

    He arrived in the United Kingdom for last week’s Scottish Open still unshaved and he tied for sixth place. Fowler, like most golfers, can give in to superstition, so he's decided to keep the caveman look going for this week’s Open Championship.

    “There could be some variations,” he smiled following his round on Friday at Carnoustie.

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    At this rate, he may never shave again. Fowler followed an opening 70 with a 69 on Friday to move into a tie for 11th place, just three strokes off the lead.

    Fowler also has some friendly competition in the beard department, with his roommate this week Justin Thomas also going for the rugged look.

    “I think he kind of followed my lead in a way. I think he ended up at home, and he had a little bit of scruff going. It's just fun,” Fowler said. “We mess around with it. Obviously, not taking it too seriously. But like I said, ended up playing halfway decent last week, so I couldn't really shave it off going into this week.”

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    By Ryan LavnerJuly 20, 2018, 7:55 pm

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    Spieth showed his trademark grit in bouncing back from a rough finish Thursday, when he mis-clubbed on the 15th hole, leading to a double bogey, and ended up playing the last four holes in 4 over.

    “I don’t know if I actually regrouped,” he said. “It more kind of fires me up a little.”

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    Spieth missed more than half of his fairways in the second round, but he was able to play his approach shots from the proper side of the hole. Sure, he “stole a few,” particularly with unlikely birdies on Nos. 10 and 11 after errant drives, but he took advantage and put himself in position to defend his claret jug.

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