Two Tied in Oregon

By Sports NetworkSeptember 29, 2005, 4:00 pm
JUNCTION CITY, Ore. -- Tim Wilkinson and David Morland IV each posted rounds of 7-under-par 65 on Thursday to share the first-round lead of the Oregon Classic.
Jeff Gove, Kris Cox and Jon Mills are knotted in third place at 6-under-par 66.
Jeff Freeman and Charley Hoffman share sixth place at minus-5.
Wilkinson collected a pair of birdies in his first three holes, then parred his next four. He closed his front nine with a pair of birdies at eight and nine to make the turn at 4-under 32.
Wilkinson's second nine got off to a disastrous start as he double bogeyed the 11th when he landed in the water. He fell to minus-2, but rebounded at the next hole with a birdie. He then birdied three in a row from the 14th and closed with a birdie at the par-5 closing hole to reach minus-7.
'I holed a lot of 6- and 8-foot putts for birdie coming in,' said Wilkinson, who has only three top-10s in 21 starts. 'I usually feel if I play well, I don't think about it.'
Morland started on the second nine Thursday and parred his first three holes. He collected his first birdie at 13 when he hit a 9-iron to 30 feet and rolled in the putt. Morland, a Canadian, tallied his second birdie of the nine at 18 when he sank an 8-footer.
He parred No. 1, then caught fire. Morland hit a 9-iron to the fringe at two and drained the 12-footer for birdie. He made another 12-footer at three and recorded his third birdie in a row from 15 feet at the par-3 fourth hole.
At the par-5 fifth, Morland found the greenside bunker with his second shot. He blasted out to 6 feet and converted the birdie putt. Morland made his fifth birdie in a row at six when he hit an 8-iron to 15 feet.
Morland had some chances coming in, but left a birdie try at seven on the edge. He missed the green at the par-3 eighth, but saved par, then did not get up and down for birdie from in front of the green at the par-5 ninth.
It was still enough to tie him for the lead.
'I struck it well and capitalized by making my birdie putts,' said Morland, who is 63rd on the money list. 'Right now, for me, they're all important. A victory puts me in the thick of things.'
Jason Buha, Robert Garrigus, Esteban Toledo and Greg Kraft are tied for eighth place at 4-under-par 68.
Defending champion Jeff Quinney shot a 1-under 71 and is part of a group tied for 29th place.
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    Expired visa, helicopter, odd clubs all part of Vegas' journey

    By Ryan LavnerJuly 19, 2018, 3:48 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Jhonattan Vegas thought someone was playing a practical joke on him.

    Or maybe he was stuck in the middle of a horror movie.

    Scheduled to leave for The Open a week ago, he didn’t arrive at Carnoustie until a little more than an hour before his first-round tee time Thursday.

    “Even if somebody tried to do that on purpose,” he said, “you couldn’t really do it.”

    The problem was an expired visa.

    Vegas said that he must have gotten confused by the transposed date on the visa – “Guessing I’ve been living in America too long” – and assumed that he was cleared to travel.

    No problem, he was told. He’d have a new visa in 24 hours.

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    Except the consulate in New York didn’t respond to his application the next day, keeping him in limbo through the weekend. Then, on Monday, he was told that he’d applied for the wrong visa. UPS got shut down in New York and his visa never left, so Vegas waited in vain for seven hours in front of the consulate in Houston. He finally secured his visa on Wednesday morning, boarded a flight from Houston to Toronto, and then flew to Glasgow, the final leg of a 14-hour journey.

    His agent arranged a helicopter ride from Glasgow to Carnoustie to ensure that he could make his 10:31 a.m. (local) tee time.

    One more issue? His clubs never made it. They were left back in Toronto.

    His caddie, Ruben Yorio, scrambled to put together a new bag, with a mismatched set of woods, irons, wedges and putter.

    “Luckily the (equipment) vans are still here,” Vegas said. “Otherwise I probably would have played with members’ clubs today.”

    He hit about 20 balls on the range – “Luckily they were going forward” – but Carnoustie is one of the most challenging links in the world, and Vegas was working off of two hours’ sleep and without his own custom-built clubs. He shot 76 but, hey, at least he tried.

    “It was fun,” he said, “even though the journey was frustrating.”

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    'Brain fart' leads to Spieth's late collapse

    By Rex HoggardJuly 19, 2018, 2:44 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – The closing stretch at Carnoustie has famously ruined many a solid round, so Jordan Spieth’s misadventures on Thursday should not have been a complete surprise, but the truth is the defending champion’s miscues were very much self-inflicted.

    Spieth was cruising along at 3 under par, just two shots off the early lead, when he made a combination of errors at the par-4 15th hole. He hit the wrong club off the tee (4-iron) and the wrong club for his approach (6-iron) on his way to a double bogey-6.

    “The problem was on the second shot, I should have hit enough club to reach the front of the green, and even if it goes 20 yards over the green, it's an easy up-and-down,” Spieth said. “I just had a brain fart, and I missed it into the location where the only pot bunker where I could actually get in trouble, and it plugged deep into it. It was a really, really poor decision on the second shot, and that cost me.”

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    Spieth continued to compound his problems with a sloppy bogey at the 16th hole, and a drive that sailed left at 18 found the Barry Burn en route to a closing bogey and a 1-over 72.

    The miscues were more mental, a lack of execution, than they were an example of how difficult the closing stretch at Carnoustie can be, and that’s not good enough for Spieth.

    “That's what I would consider as a significant advantage for me is recognizing where the misses are,” said Spieth, who was tied for 68th when he completed his round. “It felt like a missed opportunity.”

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    Perez: R&A does it right, 'not like the USGA'

    By Rex HoggardJuly 19, 2018, 2:28 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Pat Perez didn’t even attempt to hide his frustration with the USGA at last month’s U.S. Open, and after an opening-round 69 at The Open, he took the opportunity to double down on his displeasure.

    “They (the R&A) do it right, not like the USGA,” Perez said of the setup at Carnoustie. “They've got the opposite [philosophy] here. I told them, you guys have it right, let the course get baked, but you've got the greens receptive. They're not going to run and be out of control. They could have easily had the greens just like the fairway, but they didn't. The course is just set up perfect.”

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    Concerns at Shinnecock Hills reached a crescendo on Saturday when the scoring average ballooned to 75.3 and only three players broke the par of 70. Of particular concern for many players, including Perez, were some of the hole locations, given how fast and firm the greens were.

    “The U.S. Open could have been like this more if they wanted to. They could have made the greens a bit more receptive,” Perez said. “These greens are really flat compared to Shinnecock. So that was kind of the problem there is they let it get out of control and they made the greens too hard.”