Thorpe Tops Hatalsky in Monday Playoff

By Sports NetworkMay 16, 2005, 4:00 pm
2005 Blue Angels ClassicMILTON, Fla. -- Jim Thorpe birdied the third hole of a playoff Monday morning to win the Blue Angels Classic over Morris Hatalsky. The victory was Thorpe's second in a row on the Champions Tour.
Thorpe and Hatalsky finished regulation tied at 16-under-par 194 after a series of weather delays Sunday at The Moors Golf Club. With little daylight left, the duo began the playoff and both players parred the first extra hole before they decided it was too dark to continue.
They returned to the course Monday morning and Hatalsky hit his second shot to 8 feet at the second playoff hole, the par-4 10th. Thorpe followed and watched his ball hit the flag and roll within 9 feet of the cup. Thorpe missed his birdie try and Hatalsky was unable to convert to send the playoff back to the 18th.
'I never thought I'd miss my putt on 10,' said Thorpe, who won the FedEx Kinko's Classic two weeks ago.
At the 18th, Hatalsky was unlucky with his approach and left his second shot in a greenside bunker. Thorpe attacked the pin and dropped his second within 5 feet of the hole. Hatalsky got up and down for par, but Thorpe converted his birdie try for the win.
'It's a shame that we both played as well as we played and somebody's got to lose,' said Thorpe, who won for the 11th time on the Champions Tour. 'Whoever won the tournament earned it. My hat's off to Morris.'
Thorpe shot a 3-under 67 in Sunday's final round, while Hatalsky carded a 4-under 66 to force the playoff.
Defending champion Tom Jenkins shot a 4-under 66 and tied for third place with reigning U.S. Senior Open champion Peter Jacobsen (65), Fuzzy Zoeller (64) and Don Pooley (63). The group came in at 13-under-par 197.
Thorpe was one ahead with Sunday's final round to go, but Hatalsky pulled one clear when play was halted for the second time. When the two came back, Hatalsky knocked his approach to 8 feet at the 14th and Thorpe's second spun back to 30 feet. Thorpe left himself with 3 feet and Hatalsky missed his birdie try, but tapped in for par. Thorpe lipped out his par putt to fall two behind Hatalsky.
Thorpe reclaimed the lost stroke at 15 when his 5-footer for birdie found the bottom of the cup. At the par-3 16th, neither player landed on the putting surface, but Thorpe chipped to 2 feet. Hatalsky blasted out of a bunker to 7 feet, then pushed his par putt right.
The two were now tied, but Hatalsky went one shot ahead at 17 when his 10-foot birdie putt fell.
Hatalsky made a questionable decision off the 18th tee when he hit 3-wood. He had 198 yards to the pin and hit a utility club 11 feet over the flag. Thorpe's drive found the light rough and his approach stopped 8 feet from the hole. Hatalsky missed his birdie putt, but Thorpe's found the center of the cup to forge a tie.
The two signed their cards and Thorpe walked outside to see how much light was left. Thorpe decided that there was enough light and they went back to the 18th tee. Hatalsky hit first and split the fairway, while Thorpe found a fairway bunker with his drive. Hatalsky played his second 20 feet right of the hole, then Thorpe hit it a foot from Hatalsky's ball. Neither made their birdie putts and the playoff was pushed into Monday morning, when Thorpe was ultimately crowned the champion.
Dave Barr (63) and Dana Quigley (67) shared seventh place at minus-12.
Craig Stadler, who tied the lowest round in Champions Tour history on Saturday with a 60, shot an even-par 70 on Sunday. He tied for ninth place with Tom Purtzer (65), Allen Doyle (66), Vicente Fernandez (67), Mike Sullivan (68) and David Eger (68) at 11-under-par 199.
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    Stricker, Jobe share lead in Sioux Falls

    By Associated PressSeptember 22, 2018, 11:57 pm

    SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Steve Stricker and Brandt Jobe topped the Sanford International leaderboard again Saturday after another cool and breezy day in the inaugural PGA Tour Champions event.

    After matching Jerry Smith and David McKenzie with first-round 7-under 63s, Striker and Jobe each shot 67 to get to 10-under 130 at Minnehaha Country Club.

    ''It was a challenge out there today,'' Stricker said. ''It was gusty, the wind came out of the south, where we played yesterday it was out of the north, so it was a totally different golf course.''

    Jobe made an 18-foot birdie putt on the par-4 18th, and Stricker missed a 6-footer to leave them tied.

    Full-field scores from the Sanford International

    ''It's pretty straightforward off the tee and the greens are what make it difficult at times and you've just got to be in the right spot to have good birdie putts at it,'' Stricker said. ''If not, then you've got to play pretty defensive at times. ... It's a simple game plan, but try to stay out of trouble and keep trying to put pressure on everybody.''

    Stricker won in Arizona and Mississippi in consecutive starts in May for his first senior victories. Next week in France, he will be one of U.S. Ryder Cup captain Jim Furyk's assistants.

    Jobe birdied four of the last five holes. He won last year in Iowa for his lone senior title

    ''I think we kind of got used to what the wind was,'' Jobe said. ''Of course, there's some scoring holes on the back. The front played very difficult. It was just kind of try not to screw up for a while there.''

    Smith was a stroke back after a 68.

    Scott McCarron also had a 68 to get to 8 under. Woody Austin was 7 under after a 64.

    McKenzie had a 77 to drop into a tie for 43rd at even par.

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    Final-round tee times: Tiger, Rory in last pairing

    By Golf Channel DigitalSeptember 22, 2018, 11:40 pm

    It's Tiger Woods. It's Rory McIlroy. It's the final pairing in the final round of the Tour Championship.

    Here's a look at tee times for Sunday at East Lake Golf Club.

    (All times ET)

    11:45AM: Patrick Reed (+8), Phil Mickelson (+11)

    11:55AM: Keegan Bradley (+5), Bubba Watson (+5)

    12:05PM: Brooks Koepka (+4), Francesco Molinari (+4)

    12:15PM: Kevin Na (+2), Patrick Cantlay (+2)

    12:25PM: Bryson DeChambeau (+2), Cameron Smith (+2)

    12:35PM: Jason Day (E), Rickie Fowler (E)

    12:45PM: Marc Leishman (E), Patton Kizzire (E)

    12:55PM: Tommy Fleetwood (-2), Hideki Matsuyama (-1)

    1:05PM: Justin Thomas (-4), Webb Simpson (-3)

    1:15PM: Gary Woodland (-4), Xander Schauffele (-4)

    1:25PM: Aaron Wise (-4), Dustin Johnson (-4)

    1:35PM: Tony Finau (-5), Billy Horschel (-5)

    1:45PM: Jon Rahm (-6), Paul Casey (-5)

    1:55PM: Justin Rose (-9), Kyle Stanley (-6)

    2:05PM: Tiger Woods (-12), Rory McIlroy (-9)

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    FedExCup projections through Rd. 3 of the Tour Championship

    By Golf Channel DigitalSeptember 22, 2018, 11:26 pm

    Justin Rose remains the man to beat for the FedExCup title. Though he trails Tiger Woods by three shots through three rounds of the Tour Championship, he's still the projected winner of the $10 million bonus.

    Woods can still win the cup if he wins the Tour Championship and Rose finishes in a three-way tie for fifth or worse. He also needs Bryson DeChambeau [currently T-21] to finish in a two-way tie for 15th or worse and Tony Finau [T-6] to finish in a two-way tie for third or worse.

    Here are the FedExCup projections with 18 holes to play at East Lake Golf Club.

    FedExCup Rank PLAYER NAME FedExCup Points
    1 2 Justin Rose 2780
    2 20 Tiger Woods 2219
    3 1 Bryson DeChambeau 2160
    4 3 Tony Finau 1887
    5 4 Dustin Johnson 1576
    6 5 Justin Thomas 1560
    7 17 Rory McIlroy 1252
    8 6 Keegan Bradley 1247
    9 7 Brooks Koepka 1099
    10 9 Billy Horschel 1007
    11 8 Bubba Watson 927
    12 24 Jon Rahm 660
    13 25 Kyle Stanley 651
    14 10 Cameron Smith 640
    15 11 Webb Simpson 612
    16 12 Jason Day 560
    17 18 Xander Schauffele 531
    18 26 Paul Casey 518
    19 13 Francesco Molinari 491
    20 21 Aaron Wise 486
    21 16 Patrick Cantlay 453
    22 19 Tommy Fleetwood 451
    23 14 Phil Mickelson 448
    24 15 Patrick Reed 432
    25 28 Gary Woodland 413
    26 23 Rickie Fowler 374
    27 27 Hideki Matsuyama 354
    27 22 Kevin Na 354
    29 29 Marc Leishman 316
    30 30 Patton Kizzire 307
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    TT postscript: 'Good Lord' what a start to Rd. 3

    By Tiger TrackerSeptember 22, 2018, 11:08 pm

    ATLANTA – Sweet fancy Moses! That might be southern slang or just something heard on “Seinfeld,” but, holy moly does it apply to what we witnessed from Tiger Woods early Saturday afternoon. Here are some things I think I think after Round 3 of the Tour Championship.

    • I don’t just think that Tiger has a three-shot lead with one round to play. That’s a cold, hard fact. His 5-under 65 at East Lake could have been much lower, but it’s hard to complain when you go from co-leader to 3 up by day’s end. Take a look at this start:

    Six birdies in his first seven holes. That’s prettier than a peach in June [definitely southern slang, and just terrible]. He couldn’t keep the pace, and played his final 11 holes in 1 over. But that start was a work of art. Take it to France next week and hang it in the Louvre.

    "Yeah, I got off to a nice start there. I made some nice putts," Woods said in near disbelief. "Good Lord."

    • It felt like old times out there today. The crowd was roaring. Our man couldn’t miss. And it didn’t look like anyone could step up to his challenge. Ultimately, his tepid finish allowed Justin Rose and Rory McIlroy to stay within shouting distance. Thanks to a McIlroy birdie and a Rose par at the last, it’s Rory who gets to play alongside Tiger on Sunday.

    • Can Tiger skip the ninth and 16th holes tomorrow? He’s played those two in a combined 5 over par this week, making bogey on both in the third round. He was fortunate to only drop one shot on 16, thanks to an incredible fourth shot.

    Said Tiger: "The fourth shot was money, because I was practicing that in the practice round, hitting a 56 or a 60 [degree wedge], and I couldn't quite get it right. So I went with a 60 today, and I made sure I hooked it in there with a little bit of hook spin so that first hop kicked through the grain, and it came out nicely."

    • Many of you noticed Tiger’s feet kept slipping on tee shots. I’d love to give you an explanation, but even Tiger doesn’t know why.

    "My foot slipped a lot today. I don't know why," he said. "I'll analyze some of the video and some of the stuff, and we'll figure it out for tomorrow."

    • Can Tiger win the FedExCup? He sure can. He needs to win tomorrow and then have Rose finish in a three-way tie for fifth or worse. He also needs Bryson DeChambeau [currently T-21] to finish in a two-way tie for 15th or worse and Tony Finau [T-6] to finish in a two-way tie for third or worse. But while the $10 million bonus would be nice, it’s just that: a bonus. Let’s end this five-year winless drought and get No. 80!