Stadler McCord Amongst Leader in NY

By Sports NetworkJuly 1, 2005, 4:00 pm
EAST MEADOW, N.Y. -- Ron Streck fired a 9-under-par 62 on Friday to take a two-shot lead after the first round of the Commerce Bank Championship.
Craig Stadler is alone in second place at 7-under-par 64 at the Red Course at Eisenhower Park. CBS analyst Gary McCord, Wayne Levi, Dave Eichelberger and Darrell Kestner are tied for third place at 6-under-par 65.
Streck broke into red figures at the par-5 third when he chipped his third to a foot and tapped in. He drained an 8-footer for birdie at the fifth and made it two in a row at the next when his 5-iron stopped 6 feet from the hole.
Streck, a 50-year-old who debuted on the Champions Tour last year at the Senior British Open, knocked a 9-iron to 2 feet to set up birdie at the eighth. He closed his front nine with a 20-foot birdie putt at the ninth to make the turn at 5-under 30.
He reached the green in two at the par-5 12th. Streck two-putted from 35 feet for a birdie, then collected his second consecutive birdie from 18 feet at the par-3 13th.
Streck parred his next three holes, but wedged his third to 3 feet at the par-5 17th. He rolled in the birdie putt, and closed with a beautiful 6-iron approach at the last. The ball stopped 3 feet from the hole and Streck converted for the 62.
'I had it close four or five times today and really hit the ball good,' said Streck. 'I wasn't paying much attention to how many under par I was. I was just trying to make birdies.'
Streck's 9-under 62 was his best on the Champions Tour and matched his best from the PGA Tour, where he won twice. He shot 62 four times on the PGA Tour, most recently in 1990.
This is the first time Streck has held a piece of the first-round lead since the 1984 Texas Open.
'I've been away from the game for 10 years,' said Streck, who blamed knee problems. 'It's hard to focus unless you're playing well. Hopefully I can do that the next two days.'
Stadler, who is winless thus far in 2005 because of back problems, also played beautifully on the front nine. He knocked a 5-iron to a foot for birdie at the second, then two-putted from 40 feet at the third.
He ran home a 15-foot birdie putt at the fifth, then tapped in some short birdie putts at eight and nine to also make the turn in 30.
Stadler three-putted for a bogey at the 10th, but rebounded with back-to-back birdies from the 11th. He holed a 20-foot clutch par save at the 13th, and drained a 15-foot birdie putt at the 15th to get within two.
Stadler made a 12-footer for par at the last to stay in second place.
'I played good today,' said Stadler. 'I got three weeks of good rest before I went to Boston (last week's Bank of America Championship). Knock on wood, I'm good to go the rest of the year.'
John Harris, Tom McKnight, Vicente Fernandez and D.A. Weibring are tied for seventh place at 5-under-par 66.
Jim Thorpe, the two-time defending champion who fired a 60 here two years ago, opened his title defense with a 2-under-par 69. He is part of a group tied for 27th place.
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    Facial hair Fowler's new good-luck charm

    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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    Spieth (67) rebounds from tough Round 1 finish

    By Ryan LavnerJuly 20, 2018, 7:55 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Guess whose putter is starting to heat up again at a major?

    Even with a few wayward shots Friday at Carnoustie, Jordan Spieth made a significant climb up the leaderboard in the second round, firing a 4-under 67 to move just three shots off the lead.

    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.

    Spieth needed only 25 putts in the second round, and he credited a post-round adjustment Thursday for the improvement. The tweak allows his arms to do more of the work in his stroke, and he said he felt more confident on the greens.

    “It’s come a long way in the last few months, no doubt,” he said.

    More than anything, Spieth was relieved not to have to play “cut-line golf” on Friday, like he’s done each start since his spirited run at the Masters.

    “I know that my swing isn’t exactly where I want it to be; it’s nowhere near where it was at Birkdale,” he said. “But the short game is on point, and the swing is working in the right direction to get the confidence back.”

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    After 36, new Open favorite is ... Fleetwood

    By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 20, 2018, 7:49 pm

    With a handful of the pre-championship favorites exiting early, there is a new odds-on leader entering the third round of The Open at Carnoustie.

    While Zach Johnson and Kevin Kisner share the 36-hole lead, it's England's Tommy Fleetwood who leads the betting pack at 11/2. Fleetwood begins the third round one shot off the lead.

    Click here for the leaderboard and take a look below at the odds, courtesy Jeff Sherman at

    Tommy Fleetwood: 11/2

    Zach Johnson: 13/2

    Rory McIlroy: 7/1

    Jordan Spieth: 8/1

    Rickie Fowler: 9/1

    Kevin Kisner: 12/1

    Xander Schauffele: 16/1

    Tony Finau: 16/1

    Matt Kuchar: 18/1

    Pat Perez: 25/1

    Brooks Koepka: 25/1

    Erik van Rooyen: 50/1

    Alex Noren: 50/1

    Tiger Woods: 50/1

    Thorbjorn Olesen: 60/1

    Danny Willett: 60/1

    Francesco Molinari: 60/1

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    Perez (T-3) looks to remedy 'terrible' major record

    By Rex HoggardJuly 20, 2018, 7:34 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Pat Perez’s major record is infinitely forgettable. In 24 Grand Slam starts he has exactly one top-10 finish, more than a decade ago at the PGA Championship.

    “Terrible,” Perez said when asked to sum up his major career. “I won sixth [place]. Didn't even break top 5.”

    It’s strange, however, that his status atop The Open leaderboard through two rounds doesn’t seem out of character. The 42-year-old admits he doesn’t hit it long enough to contend at most major stops and also concedes he doesn’t exactly have a wealth of knowledge when it comes to the game’s biggest events, but something about The Open works for him.

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    “I didn't like it the first time I came over. When I went to St. Andrews in '05, I didn't like it because it was cold and terrible and this and that,” he said. “Over the years, I've really learned to like to come over here. Plus the fans are so awesome here. They know a good shot. They don't laugh at you if you hit a bad shot.”

    Perez gave the fans plenty to cheer on Friday at Carnoustie, playing 17 flawless holes to move into a share of the lead before a closing bogey dropped him into a tie for third place after a second-round 68.

    For Perez, links golf is the great equalizer that mitigates the advantages some of the younger, more powerful players have and it brings out the best in him.

    “It's hard enough that I don't feel like I have to hit perfect shots. That's the best,” he said. “Greens, you can kind of miss a shot, and it won't run off and go off the green 40 yards. You're still kind of on the green. You can have a 60-footer and actually think about making it because of the speed.”