Wisler Storms into Bay Mills Lead

By Sports NetworkAugust 28, 2004, 4:00 pm
BRIMLEY, Mich. -- Chris Wisler posted a 4-under 68 Saturday to cruise into the lead through three rounds of the Bay Mills Open Players Championship. He stands at 10-under-par 206 and leads by four strokes over four players at Wild Bluff Golf Course.
 
David Faught and Gary Pike shot matching rounds of 6-under 66 in the third round and are tied for second with amateur Jeff Cuzzort (71) and overnight leader Rob Oppenheim (73). That group is knotted at 6-under-par 210.
 
Wisler started out on fire with a pair of birdies in his first three holes. He took advantage of the par-5 ninth with his second birdie there in this tournament, although he made eagle at nine on Friday.
 
Then heavy wind blew through Wild Bluff and things changed.
 
'That wind really picked up on No. 9, and it was a different wind than the first two days. It was like playing a whole different golf course,' said Wisler. 'I've been driving the ball well all week, and it's all adding up for me right now. I really haven't put too much pressure on myself thus far.'
 
Wisler handled it with a birdie at the 10th, which gave him a five-stroke cushion, and another birdie at 11. He holed a 9-footer to save par at the 14th, but could not convert from 3 feet at the next hole and dropped his first stroke to par in 27 holes. Wisler parred his final three holes for the four-shot margin.
 
Wisler earned his second Canadian Tour title in March at the Barton Creek Challenge. The $36,000 first-place check would likely move him from 15th on the Order of Merit into the top-6 and that would get him an invitation to the Canadian Open on the PGA Tour in two weeks.
 
But Wisler would take a pass on the invitation as he is going to be in his friends' wedding that weekend. Despite his large lead and even though he won't be going to the Canadian Open, Wisler does not want to think about the winner's circle until the final putt drops Sunday afternoon.
 
'One thing about being in the lead is you can keep an eye on how everyone else is doing,' said Wisler, who also won the 2002 Lewis Chitengwa Memorial Championship. 'Guys showed today they can take it low out here. We'll have to wait to see how close they get before I worry about what I have to do.'
 
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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.