Three Share Nwide Lead in Cali

By Sports NetworkOctober 5, 2007, 4:00 pm
Nationwide TourRANCHO CUCAMONGA, California -- Canadians Jon Mills and Chris Baryla were joined atop the leaderboard by Jeff Wood Friday after two rounds of the Mark Christopher Charity Classic.
 
Mills posted a 68, while Baryla fired a 65. Wood, in one of the latest groups out on Friday, carded a 4-under 67 to join the Canadians at 9-under-par 133.
 
Keoke Cotner shot a 2-under 69 in round two and is tied for fourth place while Brenden Pappas managed a one-under 71. The pair is knotted at minus-7.
 
Mills, fifth on the Nationwide Tour money list and all but assured of a PGA TOUR card next year, started poorly on Friday. He missed a 7-foot par save at the first, but made up that stroke with a 5-foot birdie putt at No. 2.
 
Mills sank a 25-foot birdie putt at the fourth and two-putted for birdie at five to reach eight-under par for the tournament. He then rattled off 10 straight pars, which was fine as the wind picked up at Empire Lakes Golf Course.
 
At the 381-yard, par-4 16th, Mills hit a 3-iron off the tee. His 60-degree wedge approach stopped 3 feet from the hole and he tapped in for his share of first.
 
'Trying to finish first on the money list keeps me focused,' said Mills, who won his last start in Boise. 'I'm trying to get as high as I can so I can get more starts next year.'
 
Baryla had a much more up-and-down round than his fellow countryman. He began on the back nine and rolled in a 15-foot birdie putt at the 11th. Baryla drained another long birdie putt at the 13th, but left a shot in the bunker en route to a bogey at 14.
 
Baryla closed his first nine birdie-bogey-birdie to make the turn at 2-under 34. He wedged his approach to 10 feet for a birdie at one, but once again made a mistake to stall his momentum. Baryla hit an eight-iron over the green at two and made bogey.
 
A strong wedge game vaulted Baryla into the lead. At three, his pitching wedge second stopped 3 feet from the stick for an easy birdie, then one hole later, it was a sand-wedge that set up a 6-foot birdie putt. Baryla two- putted for birdie at five and parred out for his piece of the lead.
 
'I kept it in play most of the day,' said Baryla. 'I live in El Paso so I'm used to the wind. I lived in Canada, so I'm used to the cold. You can't press to try to make too many birdies.'
 
Wood bogeyed the first, but rebounded with a birdie at two. He added three more birdies on the front nine to get to minus-8 for the championship.
 
Wood tied for the lead with a birdie at 12, but lost it right away with a bogey at the 13th. He holed a 30-foot birdie putt at the 16th to stay in a share of first place.
 
Jason Allred (68), Bob Burns (66) and Jeremy Anderson (68) are knotted in sixth place at minus-6.
 
Overnight leader Chris Anderson struggled to a 2-over 73 on Friday. He is tied for ninth place with Richard Johnson (72) and Camilo Benedetti (66) at 5-under 137.
 
The 36-hole cut fell at 1-over 143 and tour money leader Roland Thatcher missed the mark by eight shots.
 

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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

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    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.