Stadler Continues Run with 65

By Sports NetworkSeptember 24, 2004, 4:00 pm
2004 SAS ChampionshipCARY, N.C. -- Craig Stadler shot a 7-under-par 65 Friday to take the first-round lead of the SAS Championship at Prestonwood Country Club.
 
Defending champion D.A. Weibring posted a 5-under 67 to join Wayne Levi in a tie for second place. Doug Tewell followed at 4-under-par 68.
 
Stadler has won his last two starts on the Champions Tour to take the lead in the money race. He doesn't seem to be losing any steam this week despite a slow start on Friday that saw him par his first five holes until he found trouble with a bogey at the par-4 sixth.
 
The 51-year-old recovered well with an eagle at the par-5 seventh to make the turn at 1 under. Stadler then came out firing with a birdie at the par-4 10th after his second shot stopped within 15 feet of the hole.
 
'I got off kind of shaky the first five or six,' said Stadler. 'But it's kind of what I've been doing. When I've been making mistakes I came right back and eagled the next hole.'
 
Stadler then birdied the 11th and picked up a birdie at the 12th to make it three in a row.
 
At the par-4 15th, Stadler dropped his approach inside 2 feet and converted the short birdie putt. He then finished strongly with birdies on each of his last two holes to secure the outright lead.
 
'The days that I make some putts are the days I score well,' said Stadler. 'I'm hitting it pretty good.'
 
Weibring, who earned his first career victory on the Champions Tour at this event last year, tallied a pair of birdies on the front nine and added a birdie at the par-3 11th to reach 3 under.
 
Weibring parred his next four holes before playing his second shot to 9 feet for a birdie at the par-4 16th. The 51-year-old then birdied the 17th for his share of second.
 
'I got off to a good start today,' said Weibring. 'We're all kind of posturing for those points at the end of the year.'
 
Levi had a quiet start to his round with pars on each of his first eight holes before picking up a birdie at the ninth. Levi made a move on the back side, however, and ran off back-to-back birdies from the 12th to move to minus-3.
 
The 52-year-old reached the par-5 17th in two and two-putted for another birdie. Levi then knocked his approach inside 7 feet for a birdie at the last to finish two shots back.
 
Larry Nelson, Gary McCord, Stewart Ginn, Des Smyth and John Harris share fifth place at 3-under-par 69.
 
Ray Floyd carded a 70 to join Tim Kite, Jay Sigel, Dave Barr, Joe Inman, David Eger and Bob Kirkendall at 2 under par.
 
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    By Ryan LavnerJuly 20, 2018, 7:24 pm

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    Jon Rahm found three bunkers to close out the front nine Friday, the start of a triple bogey-double-bogey run that led to a second-round 78 and missed cut at The Open.

    “All of them were as bad a lie as they could have been,” he said. “Besides that, things didn’t happen. I can’t give an explanation, really. I don’t know.”

    Rahm’s troubles started on the seventh hole, a par 4 with a steady left-to-right wind. Out of bounds loomed left, and Rahm, who primarily plays a cut shot, hadn’t missed left all week. This time, his ball didn’t curve, and the OB tee shot led to a triple.

    “Whenever I start missing shots to the left,” he said, “it’s really hard for me to play.”  

    After a career-best fourth-place finish at the Masters, Rahm has now missed the cut in consecutive majors.

    “Right now I’m not in any mental state to think about what happened, to be honest,” he said.

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    By Mercer BaggsJuly 20, 2018, 7:04 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Three of the top five players in the world missed the cut at The Open.

    Bernhard Langer did not.

    The 60-year-old, who is in the field via his victory in last year’s Senior Open Championship, shot even-par 71 on Friday. At 2 over through 36 holes, he safely made it under the plus-3 cut line.

    "You know, I've played the Masters [this year], made the cut. I'm here and made the cut. I think it is an accomplishment," he said. "There's a lot of great players in the field, and I've beaten a lot of very good players that are a lot younger than me."

    Langer had three birdies and three bogeys in the second round and said afterwards that he was “fighting myself” with his swing. He’s spent the last few days on the phone with his swing coach, Willy Hoffman, trying to find some comfort.


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    Despite his score, and his made cut, Langer the perfectionist wasn’t satisfied with the way he went about achieving his results.

    "I wasn't happy with my ball-striking. My putting was good, but I was unlucky. I had like four lip-outs, no lip-ins. That part was good. But the ball-striking, I wasn't really comfortable with my swing," he said. "Just, it's always tough trying stuff in the middle of a round."

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    As for finishing higher than some of the top-ranked players in the world, the World Golf Hall of Famer is taking it in stride.

    "I'm not going to look and say, 'Oh, I beat Justin Rose or beat whatever.' But it just shows it's not easy. When some of the top 10 or top 20 in the world don't make the cut, it just shows that the setup is not easy," Langer said. "So I got the better half of the draw maybe, too, right? It wasn't much fun playing in the rain, I guess, this morning for five hours. I had to practice in the rain, but I think once I teed off, we never used umbrellas. So that was a blessing."

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    By Rex HoggardJuly 20, 2018, 6:42 pm

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    Unlike Van de Velde, who made a triple bogey-7 and lost The Open in a playoff, Kisner’s double bogey only cost him the solo lead and he still has 36 holes to make his closing miscue a distant memory. That’s probably why the 34-year-old seemed at ease with his plight.


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    “It just came out like a high flop shot to the right. It was weird. I don't know if it caught something or what happened,” said Kisner, who was tied with Zach Johnson and Zander Lombard at 6 under par. “You never know out of that grass. It was in a different grass than usual. It was wet, green grass instead of the brown grass. So I hadn't really played from that too much.”

    Like most in this week’s field Kisner also understands that rounds on what is widely considered the most difficult major championship venue can quickly unravel even with the most innocent of mistakes.

    “To play 35 holes without a double I thought was pretty good,” he said. “I've kept the ball in play, done everything I wanted to do all the way up into that hole. Just one of those things that came out completely different than we expected. I'll live with that more than chipping out and laying up from 20 feet.”

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    By Mercer BaggsJuly 20, 2018, 6:39 pm

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    Sunday calls for much warmer conditions, with temperatures rising upwards of 73 degrees under mostly cloudy skies.

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