Stolz Takes Two-Point Lead Into Final Round

By Sports NetworkFebruary 9, 2002, 5:00 pm
Andre Stolz of Australia racked up nine points in Saturday's third round to remain in the lead with 18 holes to play in the ANZ Championship. His total of 39 points left him two points clear of fellow countryman Craig Parry.
Sweden's Richard Johnson collected six birdies, an eagle and a bogey en route to the day's best haul of 16 points. He moved into a share of third place at 35 points with Scotland's Stephen Gallacher, who earned 13 points on Saturday.
The modified Stableford scoring system, which is being used in a European Tour event for the first time since 1991, awards five points for an eagle, two for a birdie and none for a par. One point is deducted for a bogey and three are taken away for a double-bogey or worse.
Stolz, who led South African Trevor Immelman by one when the
weather-suspended second round was completed Saturday morning, made five birdies in the first 14 holes at the Lakes Golf Club to top the leaderboard with 40 points late in the day.
He bogeyed the par-5 17th, however, after hitting his second shot with a 3-wood into the water.
'I played quite nice today hitting some good shots,' said Stolz, whose wife, professional golfer Cathy Nielson, is carrying his bag this week. 'For me, I'm always happy when I'm in pretty good control of my game and the rhythm is there.'
Parry suffered four bogeys on the front nine, including three in a row from the fifth hole. He battled back on the inward side with five birdies in six holes before dropping a point with a bogey at the par-3 18th.
'I could feel the event slipping away a bit there on the front nine,' said Parry, who also finished with nine points Saturday. 'But I just thought that I wasn't playing strokeplay, so I just went on the attack and started shooting some low scores, which was good.'
Parry, nicknamed 'Popeye' because of his big forearms, vaulted to the top of the Australasian Tour's Order of Merit on the strength of his win in last month's New Zealand Open.
Scott Laycock was alone in fifth place with 34 points followed by fellow Aussie Peter O'Malley, who finished the day with 33 points after pulling in 15 in round three.
Also with 15 points Saturday was Nick O'Hern. He finished with 32 points alongside Immelman, who could muster only three points on four birdies and five bogeys.
Greg Turner, David Lynn, Carlos Rodiles and first-round leader Jonathan Lomas rounded out the top-10 with 30 points.
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Weather extends Barbasol to Monday finish

By Associated PressJuly 23, 2018, 12:25 am

NICHOLASVILLE, Ky. - A thunderstorm has suspended the fourth round of the PGA Tour's Barbasol Championship until Monday morning.

Sunday's third stoppage of play at Champions Trace at Keene Trace Golf Club came with the four leaders - Hunter Mahan, Robert Streb, Tom Lovelady and Troy Merritt at 18 under par - and four other contenders waiting to begin the round.

The tournament will resume at 7:30 a.m. on Monday. Lightning caused one delay, and play was stopped earlier in the afternoon to clear water that accumulated on the course following a morning of steady and sometimes-heavy rain.

Inclement weather has plagued the tournament throughout the weekend. The second round was completed Saturday morning after being suspended by thunderstorms late Friday afternoon.

The resumption will mark the PGA Tour's second Monday finish this season. Jason Day won the Farmers Insurance Open in January after darkness delayed the sixth playoff hole, and he needed just 13 minutes to claim the victory.

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Watch: Spectator films as Woods' shot hits him

By Will GrayJuly 23, 2018, 12:07 am

It was a collision watched by millions of fans on television, and one that came at a pivotal juncture as Tiger Woods sought to win The Open. It also gave Colin Hauck the story of a lifetime.

Hauck was among dozens of fans situated along the left side of the 11th hole during the final round at Carnoustie as the pairing of Woods and Francesco Molinari hit their approach shots. After 10 holes of nearly flawless golf, Woods missed the fairway off the tee and then pulled his iron well left of the target.

The ball made square contact with Hauck, who hours later tweeted a video showing the entire sequence - even as he continued to record after Woods' shot sent him tumbling to the ground:

The bounce initially appeared fortuitous for Woods, as his ball bounded away from thicker rough and back toward the green. But an ambitious flop shot came up short, and he eventually made a double bogey to go from leading by a shot to trailing by one. He ultimately shot an even-par 71, tying for sixth two shots behind Molinari.

For his efforts as a human shield, Hauck received a signed glove and a handshake from Woods - not to mention a firsthand video account that will be sure to spark plenty of conversations in the coming years.

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Molinari retirement plan: coffee, books and Twitter

By Will GrayJuly 22, 2018, 9:35 pm

After breaking through for his first career major, Francesco Molinari now has a five-year exemption on the PGA Tour, a 10-year exemption in Europe and has solidified his standing as one of the best players in the world.

But not too long ago, the 35-year-old Italian was apparently thinking about life after golf.

Shortly after Molinari rolled in a final birdie putt to close out a two-shot victory at The Open, fellow Tour player Wesley Bryan tweeted a picture of a note that he wrote after the two played together during the third round of the WGC-HSBC Champions in China in October. In it, Bryan shared Molinari's plans to retire as early as 2020 to hang out at cafes and "become a Twitter troll":

Molinari is active on the social media platform, with more than 5,600 tweets sent out to nearly 150,000 followers since joining in 2010. But after lifting the claret jug at Carnoustie, it appears one of the few downsides of Molinari's victory is that the golf world won't get to see the veteran turn into a caffeinated, well-read troll anytime soon.

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Molinari had previously avoided Carnoustie on purpose

By Rex HoggardJuly 22, 2018, 9:17 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Sometimes a course just fits a player’s eye. They can’t really describe why, but more often than not it leads to solid finishes.

Francesco Molinari’s relationship with Carnoustie isn’t like that.

The Italian played his first major at Carnoustie, widely considered the toughest of all The Open venues, in 2007, and his first impression hasn’t really changed.

“There was nothing comforting about it,” he said on Sunday following a final-round 69 that lifted him to a two-stroke victory.

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In fact, following that first exposure to the Angus coast brute, Molinari has tried to avoid Carnoustie, largely skipping the Dunhill Links Championship, one of the European Tour’s marquee events, throughout his career.

“To be completely honest, it's one of the reasons why I didn't play the Dunhill Links in the last few years, because I got beaten up around here a few times in the past,” he said. “I didn't particularly enjoy that feeling. It's a really tough course. You can try and play smart golf, but some shots, you just have to hit it straight. There's no way around it. You can't really hide.”

Molinari’s relative dislike for the layout makes his performance this week even more impressive considering he played his last 37 holes bogey-free.

“To play the weekend bogey-free, it's unthinkable, to be honest. So very proud of today,” he said.