Westwood Two Back at British Masters

By Sports NetworkMay 7, 2004, 4:00 pm
04 Daily Telegraph British MastersWARWICKSHIRE, England -- Patrik Sjoland fired a 7-under 65 on Friday to take the lead after round two of the British Masters. Sjoland finished 36 holes at 10-under-par 134 for a one-shot edge over Eduardo Romero and Brian Davis.
England's Lee Westwood is alone in fourth at 8-under-par 136. Stephen Gallacher of Scotland and Australia's Nick O'Hern followed at 7-under-par 137.
Sjoland, a two-time winner on the European Tour, began the day three shots off the pace at the Forest of Arden and rocketed out of the gate with a birdie at the 10th, his first.
The Swede added a birdie at the par-5 12th and ran off back-to-back birdies starting at the par-4 16th to jump to 7 under.
Sjoland, who went through the opening round without dropping a shot on Thursday, converted a 10-foot putt for a birdie at the third and made it two in a row with a birdie at the very next hole.
The 32-year-old pitched his third shot to 6 feet and saved par at the par-4 sixth to keep his bogey-free streak alive. Sjoland then birdied the par-3 eighth to secure the outright lead heading into the weekend.
'I think I am more focused on the course now,' said Sjoland. 'I think I have been hitting the ball pretty well this year and not making too many mistakes.'
Romero was steamrolling into the clubhouse with the lead after four birdies over his first 12 holes lifted him to 9 under.
The Argentine then dropped his third inside 12 feet for a birdie at the 17th and birdied the last to move to 11 under.
Romero's round was far from over, however. Before signing his scorecard, Romero met with officials to discuss his play on the 14th green.
The 49-year-old left his putt a few inches short of the hole and upon addressing the ball to tap it in, Romero paused as the ball seemed to move. Romero briefly discussed the situation with his playing partners and ultimately tapped in.
After the round, Romero was told that he would be penalized two strokes: one because the ball moved and a second because he failed to replace his ball after it moved.
In the end, Romero was able to reflect on the situation.
'I am very sad about what happened because I played really well today and actually shot 66 but rules are rules and they are the same for everybody,' said Romero, who carded a 68 on Friday after the penalty. 'I made a mistake and it was my fault.'
Davis played the back side first and collected three birdies and a bogey over his first five holes.
The Englishman added a birdie at the first and another at the third before stumbling to a double bogey at the par-4 sixth.
Davis responded at the following hole and hit his second shot to 9 feet at the par-5 seventh. He drained the eagle putt and added a birdie at the last to complete a round of 67.
'To finish like that was great,' said Davis. 'If I'd made double on the last or something and not eagled the seventh, I could have gone from the lead just to hanging on to make the cut, so it was important.'
Michael Campbell, Angel Cabrera, Santiago Luna and Jean-Francois Lucquin share seventh place at 6-under-par 138
The 36-hole cut fell at even-par 144 with 75 players qualifying for the weekend including defending champion Greg Owen, who fell on the number after his second straight round of 72.
Among those who will not play the weekend are Jose Maria Olazabal, Ignacio Garrido and Gregory Havret.
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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.