Thompsons 62 Leads Nationwide Event

By Sports NetworkAugust 2, 2007, 4:00 pm
Nationwide TourWichita, Kan. -- Nicholas Thompson fired a 9-under-par 62 Thursday to grab a two-stroke lead after the opening round of the Wichita Open.
 
Thompson's 62 was one stroke of Gavin Coles course record that was set last year on the North Course at Crestview Country Club.
 
Ryan Hietala and Jamie Broce share second place at 7-under-par 64. Ten players share fourth at minus-6.
 
Thompson, who won the New Zealand PGA Championship earlier this season, started on the back nine and quickly moved into red figures.
 
He birdied the 11th and came right back with a birdie on 12. Thompson collected his third birdie at the par-5 14th.
 
Thompson also birdied the 15th and 16th, to cap a run of five birdies in a six-hole span. He turned in minus-6 as he birdied the par-5 18th.
 
The 26 year old birdied the par-5 second, giving him birdies on all three par 5s. Thompson made it two straight as he also birdied the third.
 
Thompson settled down as he parred the next three holes. He collected his final birdie on the par-4 seventh.
 
'I drove it long and straight today. That's a good combination, especially on this golf course,' stated Thompson, who is fifth on the money list. 'I had wedge in my hand a lot today.'
 
Hietala birdied three in a row from the 12th and turned in minus-4 after a birdie at the 18th. The 33 year old birdied the first and fourth before a bogey on six. He holed out for eagle at the par-4 ninth to share second.
 
'I saw it land, but I couldn't see what happened after that,' said Hietala. 'I got up to the green and couldn't see the ball. They told me it was in the hole, so that was fun. It was a nice way to finish the day.'
 
Broce ran off three birdies in a four-hole span from the 11th. After he bogeyed the 16th, Broce eagled the par-5 18th to make the turn at four- under.
 
The 30-year-old Broce birdied three of four holes from the second, but tripped to a bogey on the sixth. He recovered that lost stroke with a birdie on the eighth before a par at the ninth left him tied for second.
 
Martin Laird, who won earlier this year at the Athens Regional Foundation Classic, leads the group in fourth at 6-under-par 65. He was joined there by Jason Enloe, David McKenzie, Chris Anderson, Tommy Tolles, Mark Walker, Troy Kelly, Greg Chalmers, Mike Sposa and Brad Elder.
 
Legend Financial Group Classic winner Jason Day heads a group of 11 players one stroke further back at minus-5.
 
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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.