Swede Swipes Top Spot at Q-School

By Sports NetworkFebruary 8, 2003, 5:00 pm
Canadian Tour-LargeORLANDO, Fla. -- Anders Hultman of Sweden left little room for doubt Friday during the final round of the Canadian Tours Winter Qualifying School.
 
The three-time All-American at Oklahoma State mastered the International track at ChampionsGate for a course record-tying 7-under 65. Hultman finished the 90-hole event at 14-under 346, ten shots clear of Steve Marino of Fairfax, VA, who finished second. Dai Tanaka (Japan), Erik Compton (Cleveland, OH) and Ryan Miller (West Alexandria, OH) were tied for third at 2-under 358.
 
Heading into the final round with a one-shot edge, Hultman reeled off six birdies in seven holes beginning on number seven. With a steady drizzle falling early in the day, Hultman thought he would have to figuratively keep his head about water for the round, but the conditions improved in late morning.
 
I didnt have great expectations with the forecast, and I was expecting a long day, admitted the 23-year-old. I hung in there when the weather was rough and made some key putts, and that was big. I played with Erik (Compton) a lot in college, so it helped me get rid of the nerves I had early on.
 
Hultman was a teammate of rising PGA Tour star Charles Howell III on the 2000 NCAA national champion Oklahoma State squad. As luck would have it, Howell was at ChampionsGate Friday working on his game.
 
Playing with Charles was an awesome experience, he seemed to be in a league of his own in college, added Hultman, who just turned pro this past summer. I talked to him a couple of days ago, and hopefully we will be able to hook up tonight.
 
With Hultman now calling Dallas, TX home, it will be a short jaunt to Austin for the season-opening TravelTex.com Canadian Tour Classic, which gets underway at Barton Creek next Thursday.
 
I couldnt think of a better way to start my career than with an event in Austin. I wont put any pressure on myself; there are a lot of good players on the Canadian Tour. I just want to keep playing well- that is all I can control.
 
NOTES: Other notables who gained exempt status included Compton, a former U.S. Walker and Palmer Cup team member who had a heart transplant at age 12, and Patrick Damron, the younger brother of PGA Tour champion Robert Damron, who also played on the Canadian TourDerek Centers of Somerset, KY, who works at ChampionsGate, finished tied for 15th and is exempt this seasonFormer member Ramiro Goti of Argentina tied for 11th, while American Ryan LaVoie earned a non-exempt card. Both Goti and LaVoie had originally earned Canadian Tour playing privileges at Winter Q-School last yearAt least two qualifiers had different reasons to celebrate Friday. Scott Gibson will mark his first anniversary with his wife Stephanie Sunday, while newlyweds Jason and Kimberly Allred tied the knot December 29th.
 
Scores Friday after the final round of the Canadian Tour's Winter Qualifying School held at ChampionsGate (xp-earned exempt card in playoff):
 
Earned Exempt Card:
Hultman, Anders Sweden 72 70 72 67 65 346
Marino, Steve Fairfax, VA 77 69 69 67 74 356
Tanaka, Dai Japan 70 74 69 69 76 358
Compton, Erik Cleveland, OH 72 72 70 68 76 358
Miller, Ryan West Alexandria, OH 73 70 70 71 74 358
Edmond, Pascal France 72 77 69 65 76 359
Bachman, John Orlando, FL 73 71 72 70 73 359
Damron, Patrick Orlando, FL 73 71 70 74 71 359
Corbett, Clark Long Beach, CA 74 72 72 69 73 360
Davey, Nick New Zealand 72 70 73 72 73 360
Gibson, Scott Huntington Beach, CA 74 69 70 73 75 361
Allred, Jason Scottsdale, AZ 70 74 73 70 74 361
Donovan, Matt Pittsfield, MA 71 77 70 69 74 361
Goti, Ramiro Buenos Aires, Argentina 71 71 75 75 69 361
Centers, Derrick Somerset, KY 69 74 76 69 74 362
Higton, Jason Fresno, CA 75 71 73 70 73 362
Mikkelsen, Kris Dunwoody, GA 71 75 72 73 71 362
Habig, Josh Jasper, IN 75 72 71 75 70 363
xp-Bettencourt, Matt Modesto, CA 71 72 76 71 74 364
xp-Wightman, Tele Chicopee, MA 75 73 74 71 71 364
 

Earned non-exempt card:
 
Patterson, John Hilton Head, SC 74 72 74 74 70 364
Patrick, David Scotland 71 72 77 72 73 365
Jensen, Clint Palm Beach Gardens, FL 69 75 76 71 75 366
Horacek, Sandy Los Angeles, CA 75 71 78 69 73 366
Argiro, Eduardo Argentina 71 77 76 70 72 366
Shuert, Steve St. Louis, MO 72 75 74 70 76 367
Torres, Jesus Mexico 72 71 73 73 79 368
Pigott, Sam Kent, England 72 73 72 74 77 368
Parra, Chris Tequesta, FL 71 74 76 72 75 368
Williamson, Lee Crawfordsville, IN 72 77 77 72 70 368
Lower, Johua Englewood, FL 75 74 77 69 74 369
Oppenheim, Rob Andover, MA 73 76 74 73 73 369
Lavoie, Ryan West Palm Beach, FL 72 73 72 80 72 369
Coughlan, Richie Ireland 77 72 72 72 77 370
Salinetti, Jim West Palm Beach, FL 74 73 76 70 77 370
Lemon, Jim Madison, WI 74 77 73 75 71 370
 
The following players did not qualify:
 
Trevino, Chris Chula Vista, CA 76 76 69 73 77 371
Horowitz, Joe Long Beach, NY 68 82 72 73 76 371
Watt, James Lodi, CA 76 74 77 70 74 371
Hibler, Jesse Boise, ID 72 78 73 75 73 371
Desjardins, Carl Ste. Catherine, QC 78 71 74 73 76 372
Carman, Brett Claysville, PA 72 78 74 73 75 372
Wheatcroft, Steven Tequesta, FL 74 75 77 73 73 372
Byers, Aaron Albany, OR 80 67 74 74 78 373
Kanesaka, Fumio Japan 72 82 71 73 75 373
Lane, Matthew New Zealand 77 75 71 72 79 374
Erickson, Tyler Tempe, AZ 73 74 77 71 79 374
Yi, Dong Alameda, CA 73 73 76 75 77 374
Fribley, Chad Tualatin, OR 77 72 78 71 76 374
Hastings, Brad Easton, MD 71 73 79 76 75 374
Takacs, Brendan Clearwater, FL 71 78 80 70 75 374
Kim, Christopher Fullerton, CA 68 75 76 76 80 375
Bradford, George Columbia, MD 72 76 78 71 78 375
Nelson, Drew Woodstock, GA 73 73 75 77 77 375
Brown, Michael Cheltenham, PA 73 74 79 71 79 376
Snelling, Justin Boise, ID 75 77 75 70 80 377
Harnden, Brandon Portland, OR 74 74 76 75 78 377
Gentry, Brian Tahoe City, CA 77 76 72 73 81 379
Hong, Chang Bethesda, MD 74 74 76 74 81 379
Cuthbertson, Phil Rocklin, CA 76 76 76 71 80 379
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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.