Three share lead at Chattanooga Classic

By Sports NetworkOctober 9, 2009, 5:20 am

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HAYWARD, Calif. – David McKenzie, Todd Demsey and Geoffrey Sisk all opened with eight-under 64s Thursday and stand atop the leaderboard with the first round of the Chattanooga Classic suspended due to darkness.

All three players are outside the top 25 on the money list. If they reach that mark, they would earn their PGA Tour card for next season. There is one more event before the season-ending Tour Championship which takes the top 60 on the money list. Only McKenzie is inside the top 60 entering this week.

Tyrone Van Aswegen, who tied for third last week, opened with a seven-under 65 and is alone in fourth at the Black Creek Club. Six more golfers, including former PGA Tour players Ian Leggatt and Guy Boros, share fifth at minus-six.

There were nine players left on the course when play was suspended for the night. The first round will resume at 8:00 a.m. ET Friday, while the second round will start as scheduled at 7:50 a.m.

McKenzie, who was in the first group out in the afternoon, played the back nine first and got off to flying start. After a par on the 10th, he birdied five of the next six holes. A birdie on the par-five 18th helped McKenzie turn in minus-six, which gave him a share of the lead at the time.

On the front nine, McKenzie tripped to a bogey on the par-five fourth. He came back with three straight birdies from the sixth to jump to eight-under. McKenzie parred the last to get into the clubhouse first.

Demsey, playing two groups behind McKenzie, birdied four of five holes from the 11th. He converted back-to-back birdie chances at 18 and one.

With birdies on four, six and eight, Demsey was the first player to reach minus-nine for the event. However, he faltered to a bogey on the ninth, his last, to finish at eight-under.

Sisk started on the front nine. He birdied back-to-back holes from the second and again from the fourth. After three straight pars, he birdied the 10th and came back with a birdie on No. 14 to get within two of the lead.

The 44-year-old made birdie efforts on 14 and 15 to gain a share of the lead. Sisk could have taken the lead by himself, but parred the final three holes to create the three-way tie for the lead.

Roberto Castro was six-under through 16 and closest to the lead when play ended for the day. He was tied for fifth with Leggatt, Boros, Brian Vranesh, Dustin Bray and Chris Baryla. Six more players are one back at five-under 67.

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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.