Boring golf has Hegarty excited for future

By Mercer BaggsFebruary 11, 2011, 7:41 am

Patience. It's something Tim Hegarty has been working on, and the results were evident this past week in Ocoee, Fla.

For the second consecutive tournament in the Hooters Tour Winter Series, the 28-year-old New Yorker didn't card anything worse than a bogey and you could hear the pleasure in his voice.

'I didn't make as many birdies as I usually do, but what's been good has been no double bogeys,' he said Thursday from his home in Orlando. 'I've been managing my game really well.'

Hegarty is one of four mini-tour players in featuring in our year-long series, 'The Minors,' as they vie for status on the Nationwide or PGA tours next year.

The event at Forest Lake Golf Club marked the end of Hegarty's run in the Winter Series. After missing the cut in seven of his first eight starts, he made the cut in two of his final three events.

Hegarty has a penchant for making lots of birdies, but also making some big numbers to ruin rounds. Thanks to work with his coach, David Glenz, a former PGA Tour player and PGA Professional of the Year, he's been able to curtail the mistakes.

'Glenz has been in my ear lately about being objective and strategic,' Hegarty said.

He also noted some advice given to him a while back from Nationwide Tour player and friend Rob Oppenheim, who has won twice during this season's Winter Series.

'Oppenheim told me, 'Really good golf is really boring golf,'' recounted Hegarty, who posted sub-par rounds of 70-69-70 for a tie for 21st in his Winter Series finale.

Up next is the eGolf Professional Tour (formerly the Tarheel Tour), where Hegarty will play the majority of the events in and around North Carolina. He'll start his campaign at the season-opening event in Hilton Head Island, S.C., next week. He also said he'll try and Monday qualify for the PGA Tour's Transitions Championship in Tampa, Fla.

'I'm looking forward to it,' Hegarty said. 'Got some positives to take with me.'

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Watch: Hahn slam-dunks ace on 11th hole

By Golf Channel DigitalJune 23, 2018, 7:20 pm

There are aces, and there are slam-dunk aces. No question which one this one by James Hahn on the 154-yard 11th hole was.

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Els' nephew Rebula wins Amateur Championship

By Golf Channel DigitalJune 23, 2018, 7:05 pm

Ernie Els is one proud uncle.

His nephew, Jovan Rebula, won the Amateur Championship on Saturday at Royal Aberdeen to become the first South African to capture the title since Bobby Cole in 1966.

Rebula, a junior at Auburn, will join his famous uncle in Carnoustie next month for The Open. He also will get invites to the 2019 Masters and the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach.

Rebula defeated Ireland's Robin Dawson, 3 and 2, in the 36-hole final.

"It’s unreal," Rebula said. "It’s really something that is hard to describe. I feel like many have been in this position before but it’s an unreal feeling. It hasn’t sunk in quite yet but hopefully tomorrow morning I can wake up and I will feel a little different."

Rebula received plenty of texts from Els throughout the week, and the encouragement paid off. Rebula opened a 1-up lead after 18 holes, and he extended his advantage by winning the 26th and 27th holes. He was 5 up with six to play before finally closing out Dawson on the 16th hole with an up-and-down from the bunker.

"It’s been a long week and especially today," Rebula said. "I should have finished maybe a couple of holes earlier, but it’s been awesome. A very tiring week. I’m standing here right now and there’s so much adrenaline pumping through me."

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Squirrel gets Rory's round off to a rocky start

By Will GrayJune 23, 2018, 6:42 pm

CROMWELL, Conn. – Rory McIlroy’s third round at the Travelers Championship got off to a peculiar start before he even hit a shot.

McIlroy had just been introduced on the first tee at TPC River Highlands and was ready to unload on his opening drive of the day when a squirrel ran across the tee box a few feet in front of him.

McIlroy stopped his swing and laughed it off, but the squirrel continued to linger for several seconds, criss-crossing from one side of the packed tee box to the other. And while this was no black cat, the pump-fake to start his round didn’t exactly help the Ulsterman.

McIlroy ultimately blocked his drive into the right rough after enduring his brief rodent delay en route to an opening bogey, and amid soft conditions at TPC River Highlands he played his first five holes in 2 over. McIlroy started the day at 7 under, three shots behind leader Brian Harman.

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Kaymer in six-way tie for BMW International lead

By Associated PressJune 23, 2018, 5:29 pm

PULHEIM, Germany - Danish golfer Lucas Bjerregaard shot a 5-under 67 to equal the week's lowest round for a six-way share of the lead after the third round of the BMW International Open on Saturday.

Bjerregaard had eight birdies, a double bogey and a bogey to finish on 5-under 211 - jumping 23 places and joining local favorites Martin Kaymer and Maximilian Kieffer, England's Chris Paisley and Aaron Rai, and Australia's Scott Hend at the top of the leaderboard.

Bjerregaard was fortunate to play before the wind picked up again later in the afternoon.

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Kaymer, the 2008 champion, delighted the home supporters with two birdies in his last three holes for a 71.

Finland's Mikko Korhonen and Chile's Nico Geyger were one shot off the lead after rounds of 69 and 73, respectively.

Defending champion Andres Romero equaled the week's best round (67) to be among a large group two shots off the lead going into Sunday, including three-time European Tour winner Andy Sullivan.

Romero is bidding to be the first player to retain the title.