Golf

Tuesday, September 17, 2019
McDonough wins in playoff . . .

EAGLE RIDGE - OCALA PALMS

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1. *Dick McDonough . . . 69-71-140 

2. Berger Warner . . . 71-69-140

3. Robert Caron . . . 73-72-145

4. Ron Russo . . . 71-77-148

5. Jerry Rodeheaver . . . 75-74-149

6. Bo Craig . . . 73-78-151

7. Ed Cambias . . . 75-76-151

8. Dale Hogsten . . . 70-82-152

9. Jon Hill . . .75-81-156 

    David McLeod . . . 80-76-156

11. Dan Cole . . . 80-77-157

     Tom Hopkins . . . 82-75-157

13. George Gay . . . 81-78-159

14. Steve Eatmon . . . 79-81-160

      Denis Monzon . . . 79-81-160

      Craig Oliver . . . 81-79-160

17. Paul Miranda . . . 77-87-164

18. Jimmy Robertson . . . 80-86-166

      David Arnold . . . 81-85-166

      Elden Ploof . . . 86-80-166

      Tom Stephenson . . . 86-80-166

22. Tom Gaver . . . 74-93-167

      Fred Turner . . . 82-85-167

      Roger Hogsten . . . 90-77-167

25. Gregory Mirable . . . 83-86-169

26. Gregory Kaufman . . . 84-86-170

27. Pat Van Aman . . . 83-88-171

28. Ronnie Cole . . . 90-82-172

29. James Connelly . . . 84-89-173

30. Tom Villella . . . 86-93-179

31. Carmine Mottola . . . 94-87-181

 

 

        

    

 

   

 

 

Tuesday, September 17, 2019
Cut is down to 65 and ties . . .

    One of the new PGA Tour rules changes hit home in spades in the A Military Tribute at Greenbrier last week. The rule is quite simple and replaced an age-old one - the cut line is no longer the low 70 and ties, it's down by five to the low 65 and ties. As a result, Ted Potter and a huge group of 3-under-par shooters - 16 in all - missed the cut Friday night while 67 players at 4 under or better made it into the weekend. 

    Part B of that rule change is that there is no longer an 'MDF' category, that group that used to get to play Saturday but didn't make the 54-hole cut with all collecting a minor paycheck. With five less places to pay, plus no MDF to worry about, the checks will be bigger for those who do make the low 65 and ties, as if the many millionaires are in need of some extra cash. 

    Joaquin Niemann added a final-round 64 and finished at 21 under to run away with the Greenbrier event. Tom Hoge was six behind at 15 under and there were four at 14 under. Kevin Chappell, who became one of the rare 59 shooters on Friday after posting a 71 in the opening round, had little success in the final two rounds (73-72) and wound up at 5 under. Central Floridian Rob Oppenheim was 8 under, and Seminole Hank Lebioda 6 under. 

    The best any of the big-name players could muster up was a tie for 24th by Keegan Bradley. Bubba Watson was 5 under and Jason Dufner 4 under as the Young Turks again dominated play - as they have been doing for so many months.

Sunday, September 15, 2019
Ted Potter misses cut by 1 . . .

    Ted Potter, J. B. Holmes, Zach Johnson, Bryson DeChambeau, Boo Weekley, Jimmy Walker, Bill Haas, J. J. Henry and John Daly have one thing in common at the Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia. All those name veterans were unable to get it to 4 under par for 36 holes, and all missed the cut. So, among noteworthy veterans, it's pretty much left to Keegan Bradley, Jason Dufner and Bubba Watson to make any kind of run in today's finale at the Old White TPC.  

    Proving the point is Joaquin Niemann sitting alone atop the leader board at 15 under par, with Richy Werenski, Nate Lashley and Robby Shelton at 13 under, and Adam Long and Scottie Scheffler at 12 under.

    The PGA Tour is undergoing a major transformation from the recent days when Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Jason Day, Rory McIlroy and the rest always dominated the headlines. With new No. 1 Brooks Koepka and so many others waiting for the more glamorous events beginning with the two in Hawaii, the fall/winter schedule almost takes on the appearance of being designed for a lesser tour with players auditioning for the main event, although the results of the 2018-2019 season proved these who-is-he guys can really play. 

    After his smooth 4-under-66 on Thursday, Ted Potter just had to stay where he was to make the cut. He got off to a rocky start by three-putting his first hole, the 10th, and taking bogey on his third, the 12th. But birdies on 15 and 17 got him back to even par for the day and still on track to make the cut. His goal remained in sight after five straight pars on the front until be bogeyed No. 6. A birdie on 7 briefly nullified the bogey but a bogey on 8 buried him. Needing a birdie on 9, he hit his second 13 feet, 8 inches from the hole, but was unable to convert and event No. 1 of the new season was history. 

    Ted will be back Thursday for the Sanderson Farms event in Jackson, Mississippi, and the vets who missed the cut this week will be back, too, joined by K. J. Choi, Lucas Glover, Stewart Cink, Emiliano Grillo and all of the young guns.    

Friday, September 13, 2019
Ted is four strokes behind Robby Shelton, tied for 17th . . .

    Ted Potter got out of the gate quickly yesterday with a solid opening round on the Old White TPC course where he won his first PGA tournament, and sits in a tie for 17th place at the Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia.

   Ted posted a 4-under-par 66 and heads into today's round four strokes behind leader Robby Shelton, but just two behind a group of four who are tied for third. The reason he's down in 17th is because there's an 11-way deadlock for sixth at 5 under.

    Ted birdied the fifth and seventh holes for a front-nine 32, and a birdie on 10 put him at 3 under. A bogey at 15 dropped him back to 2 under, but he birdied the par-5 17th and the par-3 18th to finish strongly. 

    The 18th is where Ted cemented his initial Tour triumph in 2012, making birdie after birdie, first  on the 72nd hole and then into a playoff with Troy Kelly. At a barbecue Saturday at the Golden Hills home of his in-laws, Bob and Debbie Cox, Ted noted that the 18th played at a little more than 160 yards back then, but has been lengthened to 185 yards for this event and will be somewhat tougher. However, the added distance wasn't a problem for him in round one because he stuffed his tee shot just 10 inches from the hole. 

    Ted tees off today at 12:55 in the company of Sung Kang and Adam Long in the chase for the major share of the purse of $7.5 million. 

     

Saturday, September 7, 2019
Ted won at Greenbrier in 2012 . . .

    The 2019-2020 PGA Tour season begins Thursday at the oddly-named 'A Military Tribute at the Greenbrier' in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, and Ted Potter will make his debut there along with a sparse mix of marquee names, a short familiar list of old-timers, and a long list of youngsters who many would think were playing a lesser Tour.

    This is the course where Ted first made his mark, winning the 2012 edition and collecting a check for nearly $1.1 million. His Tour earnings now have exceeded $5 million.  The Old White TPC course is right up Ted's alley even though there are only two par 5s. Not one of the 12 par 4s is in the 500-yard range. No. 18, a 162-yard par 3, is where he won a playoff over Troy Kelly after both made birdie after birdie, until Kelly finally succumbed and took a 3. 

    The big name players Ted will be facing include Bryson DeChambeau, Bill Haas, J. B. Holmes, Zach Johnson, Marc Leishman, Jimmy Walker, Bubba Watson, Boo Weekley and Kevin Na, the defending champion who took home a cool $1,314,000 last year. The elderly group consists of John Daly, Stuart Appleby, Alex Cejka, J. J. Henry, Freddy Jacobson, Rod Pampling, D. A. Points and D. J. Trahan. 

    Also included in the field is Viktor Hovland, who would have to regress greatly in upcoming events not to be crowned rookie of the year in 12 months. 

    One Gator is in the field - Matt Every - and one Seminole - Hank Lebioda. 

Tuesday, August 27, 2019
Rory wins Tour Championship in Atlanta . . .

    Brooks Koepka lost his mojo in the final round of the Tour Championship and gave Rory McIlroy a $15 million gift.  Brooks took three consecutive bogeys on the back nine at East Lake and wound up at 13 under, tied for third place with Justin Thomas. He was four behind Rory, who shot 13 under while playing, and had five strokes added to his score for 18 under with the new bizarre format.  

    Justin was the most rewarded recipient of the point system - he shot just three under for 72 holes and took advantage of his 10-stroke lead to end up at 13 under. Xander Schauffele benefited most from Koepka's collapse to finish all alone in second at 14 under.

    It's only 16 days away from the next wrap-around season, with the opening event in West Virginia from Sept. 12-15. Ted Potter will make his return in the Greenbrier Classic, the event that gave him his first Tour victory in 2012. Ted shot 16-under 264 over the par-70 Old White TPC course and tied for first with Troy Kelly. He then proceeded to win the playoff after what seemed like 10 birdies on the par-3 18th.      

Sunday, August 25, 2019
Brooks is 15 under, with a one-stroke edge . . .

    The Tour Championship will end late this afternoon, and even though the top 30 players entered the fray on Thursday, only five will have a chance to win it today. The tiny list includes Justin Thomas, despite the fact that he has played mediocre golf for 54 holes with rounds of 70-68-71-209, which is just 1 under par at East Lake in Atlanta. But Justin started out with a 10-shot edge under the new format instituted by the PGA Tour, so he's just four strokes behind leader Brooks Koepka, who is 15 under. 

    Koepka is 8 under on his own play, with seven strokes added by the tour . . . as if he needed them. Rory McIlroy is one stroke behind Brooks, even though he has put up the second-best scores for 54 holes - 66-67-68-201, 9 under. Paul Casey has also posted a 9-under 201, but Paul began with just a 2-stroke edge so he's four back at 11 under.

    The player affected most by the format is Xander Schauffele, whose 64-69-67 is 10 under, and he would be leading - normally. With his 4-stroke gift, he's at 14 under, also one behind Brooks. Xander was 1 over early in his round, but added two birdies and a hole in one on No. 9 to get to 3 under for the day. 

    After three rounds, I still have the same opinion as I did four days ago. This is a one-and-done format.  

Saturday, August 24, 2019
New format has turned event upside down . . .

    If the Tour Championship was still being played under its old format, Rory McIlroy, Xander Schauffele and Paul Casey would be tied for the lead at seven under par, and Jason Kokrak, for example, would be five strokes behind at -2 and still in contention.

    But, under the new format, Brooks Koepka is leading at 13 under after two rounds of 67 (6 under) added to his head start of 7 under. And Kokrak is still at -2, but he's 11 behind and has virtually no chance of winning even though here are still 36 holes to be played at East Lake in Atlanta.

    In fact, after 36 holes, there are just nine players at -6 or better, leaving 21 with little chance short of shooting a round of 9 or 10 under today or tomorrow. Based on the scoring thus far, that seems to be highly improbable. And Justin Thomas, now at -12 and one stroke behind Brooks, would be out of contention at -2 (70-68). 

 

   

Friday, August 23, 2019
Schauffele fires 64 and is at minus 10 . . .

    The first round of the Tour Championship is in the books and it appears as though much of the suspense surrounding the season finale is already gone. Xander Schauffele zipped around the East Lake course in Atlanta in 6-under 64 and is tied for the lead based on the new scoring system that assigned various under-par numbers to each player following their performances in the Northern Trust and BMW events. Schauffele went in as a minus 4, so added to his 6 under yesterday, he is now at -10 along with Brooks Koepka (-3 and -7) and Justin Thomas (even and -10). 

    Rory McIlroy (-4 and -5) is right in the hunt at -9, as are Matt Kuchar (-4 and -4) and Patrick Cantlay (even and -8).   

    There are only 30 in the field, and the players who didn't break the par of 70 in the opener appear to have little chance to win. Included in the group nine or more strokes behind the leaders are Brandt Snedeker, Webb Simpson, Dustin Johnson, Rickie Fowler and a few others. In all, there are 14 who are eight or more strokes off the pace and it will take a herculean effort by any to threaten at the top. There are too many others between the leaders and those near the bottom.

    By the time this one winds up on Sunday evening, there will have been more speculation than has been said and written about Trump's chances to repeat in 2020.  

     

Tuesday, August 20, 2019
Will new format prove to be unpopular? . . .

    It's anybody's guess what the reaction will be from the players, and possibly more important, the fans, to the new format for the Tour Championship which begins Thursday at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta.

    After his three-stroke victory in the BMW Championship at Medinah Sunday, Justin Thomas goes into Atlanta starting at 10 under based on the new rules, followed by Patrick Cantlay at -8, Brooks Koepka at -7, Patrick Reed at -6, Rory McIlroy at -5 and so on down the line all the way to No. 30.   

    Thomas inherited the top spot after winning the BMW at 25 under par, closing with a 4-under 68, three strokes ahead of Cantlay, who made a good move up the board with a Sunday 65. Hideki Matsuyama was third at 20 under, followed by Tony Finau at -18 and Jon Rahm at -16.  

    Tiger Woods had another sporadic day after gaining some traction on Saturday with a 5-under 67, closing with even-par 72 and missing out on the top 30 by 12 spots. Phil Mickelson will also miss the finale, finishing 47th. Francesco Molinari, Billy Horschel, Jordan Spieth, and Jason Day are among those who won't be around for the final event of the season. 

    Tiger wound up the 72 holes making 17 birdies and 10 bogeys, but he didn't make any doubles, which had been a bugaboo in recent events. Somehow, it doesn't seem right that the 2018 winner of the event doesn't get to come back for 2019. If the winner of the Masters goes on to play like a bum for the rest of the season, he still gets to go back to Augusta a year later, no questions asked. What problem would there be if the field numbered 31?  

    By this time next week, the reaction to the new format should be clear - maybe. I have a feeling it could be a one-and-done affair. 

Saturday, August 17, 2019
Tiger shoots second 71 and is 10 back . . .

    The top of the leaderboard changed hands again Friday at the BMW Championship, with Hideki Matsuyama tacking on a 9-under-par 63 (tying the Medinah course record) to his opening-round 69 to take a one-stroke lead over Patrick Cantlay and Tony Finau. Matsuyama's 132 is 12 under par and he replaced Justin Thomas as the leader after Thomas followed his 65 with a 3-under 69 for 134, 10 under. He dropped into a tie for fifth. 

      With 36 holes to play, it's still wide open, with another six players at 9 under, and Rory McIlroy tied for 11th at 8 under. Seminole Brooks Koepka is seven back at 5 under after rounds of 68-71, and Phil Mickelson dropped back with 70-73-143, 1 under. Gator Billy Horschel shot 73 and is at even par 144. 

    Tiger Woods made some putts - enough for five birdies - but he missed many more and finished at 1 under for the day and 2 under overall. He's going to have to make a serious move over the last 36 holes to reach or pass 11th place, the position he needs to get him to the FedEx finale next week at the Tour Championship in Atlanta.  

Friday, August 16, 2019
Tiger six strokes behind . . .

    Medinah Country Club took a beating in the first round of the BMW Championship yesterday, with 58 of 69 players finishing under par and another nine at even-par 72. Only Vaughn Taylor, at 1 over, and Joaquin Niemann, at 2 over, failed to join the group. 

    Justin Thomas and Jason Kokrak are the two leaders at 7 under par, and there's a group of five just one stroke behind, including Jim Furyk, Brandt Snedeker and Patrick Cantlay. There are nine more at 5 under, headed by Tony Finau, Adam Scott and Rickie Fowler.

    Brooks Koepka, Kevin Kisner, Patrick Reed, Justin Rose and Jon Rahm are among a logjam at 4 under, and in all, there are 22 players within three strokes of the two leaders. It's a wide open affair in the last event leading to the Tour Championship. Rory McIlroy shot 69, Phil Mickelson 70 and Tiger Woods 71, and they can't afford to fall further behind in today's second round, not with all the firepower between them and the lead. 

    Tiger made three birdies and two bogeys on the front side, and one of each on the back. He never got it better than 2 under all day. 

HOVLAND TIED FOR OHIO LEAD - Viktor Hovland continues to prove he's destined to get a PGA Tour card, firing a 7-under-par 64 to tie for the lead in the Nationwide Children's Hospital Championship in Columbus. The U. S. Amateur champ is deadlocked with Cameron Piercy, one stroke ahead of Robert Streb and Doug Ghim at the Ohio State University Scarlet course No. 3.

    Gator Tyson Alexander is six behind after an opening 70, which is two strokes above the projected cut line of 1 over. He's tied for 32nd. Ocala Open winner Wade Binfield is at even-par 71, same as Seminole rookie Hank Lebioda. Two-time Ocala Open winner Dan McCarthy and Gator Brett Stegmaier are one stroke over the cut line with 2-over-par 73s.    

    

 

Thursday, August 15, 2019
Reed heads field after winning Northern Trust . . .

    The FedEx playoffs are down to 69 players and two final events after Patrick Reed's one-stroke victory over Abraham Ancer in the $9,250,000 Northern Trust Championship last Sunday. Reed finished at 16 under par and walked off with the $1,665,000 first prize.

    The second-event action begins today at the BMW Championship at famed Medinah Country Club in Illinois, and one of the major story lines concerns Tiger Woods and whether he can be a factor after his injury withdrawal from the Northern Trust following an opening-round 75. All players will begin on No.1, and Tiger goes at 11:54 with C. T. Pan and Gator Billy Horschel, who tied for 21st last week at 8-under. 

    Here are some of the other marquee match-ups:

9:20 - Phil Mickelson, Jim Furyk, Keith Mitchell. Mickelson dropped from 34th to 46th in the standings after finishing at 1-over 285. 

9:37 - Ian Poulter, Jordan Spieth, Rory Sabbatini. Spieth was only four strokes behind Reed, killing his chances with a third-round 74.

10:10 - Tony Finau, Bryson DeChambeau, Kevin Kisner.

10:21 - Paul Casey, Adam Scott, Justin Thomas. Scott closed with a 65 and tied for fifth at 13 under.

10:48 - Brooks Koepka, Patrick Reed, Rory McIlroy. Brooks wasn't sharp and shot 6 under, tying for 30th. The Player of the Year is always eligible to bounce back and win this week. McIlroy tied with Spieth at 12 under.

12:54 - Dustin Johnson, Webb Simpson, Justin Rose. Dustin opened with 63-67, but couldn't keep it going, adding a 74 and 73 and dropping back to a tie for 24th at 7 under.  

1:05 - Matt Kuchar, Jon Rahm, Patrick Cantlay. Rahm was sharp last week, finishing just two strokes behind Reed.  


Tuesday, August 13, 2019
Alexander, Stegmaier, Lebioda in a dogfight for Tour cards . . .

    Bo Hoag came from behind to capture the WinCo Foods Portland Open in Oregon, posting a final-round 65 for 22-under 262, winning by two strokes, and he'll move on to Columbus, Ohio this week for the second event in the Korn Ferry playoffs. There will be 138 players vying over the Scarlet course at Ohio State University, either trying to obtain their PGA Tour cards or to move up the ladder and improve their exempt status.

    It's a diverse group, and sprinkled among the youngsters are Tour veterans also attempting to regain status. Among them are Hunter Mahan, D. J. Trahan, Steve Marino, Ben Crane, Boo Weekley and Peter Uihlein. 

    Gators Tyson Alexander, trying to make it for the first time, and Brett Stegmaier, who has had some success on Tour, will also be shooting for the major share of the $1 million purse. Same for Dominic Bozzelli, who spent a week at Golden Hills several years ago during an FSGA event, Central Floridians Rob Oppenheim and Nick Lindheim, Ocala Open winners Dan McCarthy and Wade Binfield, FSU rookie Hank Lebioda and 2019's surprise rookie, U. S. Amateur champ Viktor Hovland.   

    In Oregon, Oppenheim finished sixth at 16 under and moved up from 46th to 35th in the point standings, while Binfield tied for 18th and jumped from 59th to 55th. Stegmaier tied for 24th at 11 under, going from 69th to 65th, and Alexander was able only to muster up a tie for 39th at nine under despite opening with a 7-under 64. He remained in 57th place.

    With his victory, Hoag vaulted from 31st to seventh and runner-up Scott Harrington jumped from 38th to 19th.  

    

Sunday, August 11, 2019
Host of dangerous foes in sight . . .

    Patrick Reed takes a one-stroke lead into the finale of the Northern Trust Championship in Jersey City, but there are a host of dangerous players within hailing distance in the first of the FedEx Cup playoffs. Reed is 13 under par, one better than Abraham Ancer, and two in front of Brandt Snedeker and Jon Rahm. There are three more at 11 under par, including Justin Rose.

    At 10 under, and far from out of the hunt, are Seminole Brooks Koepka and Rory McIlroy, and at 9 under is Dustin Johnson, who shot 63 in the opening round but has been unable to take it further. Jordan Spieth was in the mix for 36 holes but soared to a 74 yesterday and dropped back to 8 under.

    Gator Billy Horschel shot 67 yesterday and is tied for 18th at 7 under. Matt Every and Brian Gay missed the cut.   

KORN FERRY TOUR - Scott Harrington also holds a one-stroke lead, this one in the WinCo Foods Portland Open on the Korn Ferry Tour; he's 18 under at the Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club in North Plains, Oregon. Kristoffer Ventura is next  at 17 under.

    Central Floridian Rob Oppenheim is tied for fifth at minus 14, same as Robby Shelton, who led after the first round with a 10-under 61. Wade Binfield, winner of the Ocala Open at Candler Hills in 2017, is tied for ninth at 11 under, while Gator Brett Stegmaier is staging a comeback and is tied for 14th at 10 under. Gator Tyson Alexander, still living in Gainesville, is tied for 24th after rounds of 64-70-70-204, 9 under.  

 

Friday, August 9, 2019
Tiger has a mild oblique strain . . .

    Troy Merritt outplayed the big guns in the first round of the Northern Trust Championship yesterday, firing a 9-under-par 62, but only holds a one-stroke lead heading into today's second round at the Liberty National Golf Club in Jersey City. Dustin Johnson is all by himself in second, one stroke ahead of Jon Rahm and Kevin Kisner.

    But Merritt had to share the headlines with Tiger Woods, who withdrew from the first event in the FedEx playoffs after posting a 4-over-par 75. Tiger explained his withdrawal is due to a mild oblique strain that didn't respond to treatment this morning, but he still expects to play in the second event next week, the BMW Championship at Medinah. After the points are awarded Sunday evening, he'll drop out of the top 30 in the standings, which would make it necessary for him to play in the BMW or not be eligible for the Tour Championship in Atlanta, an event he won last year.  

    Sitting three strokes off the lead at 6 under are Justin Rose, Tony Finau, Webb Simpson and Rory McIlroy. The early projected cut is set at 2 under.  

    It wasn't a good day for Seminoles and Gators, with Brooks Koepka's 1-under 71 leading the group. Matt Every and Billy Horschel are both at 1 over, and Brian Gay is at 2 over. Phil Mickelson also shot 1 over. 

ALEXANDER VYING FOR TOUR CARD - Former Gator Tyson Alexander of Gainesville has been battling to get to the PGA Tour for years, and he put himself in good position yesterday at the WinCo Foods Portland Open, first event in the Korn Ferry playoffs. The 31-year-old son of former Gator coach Buddy Alexander shot a 7-under 64 at the Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club in North Plains, Oregon, and is tied for fourth, three strokes behind leader Robby Shelton's blazing 10-under 61. 

    Tyson played in 16 regular-season events on what is now called the Korn Ferry Tour, formerly the Ben Hogan, Nike, Buy.com, Nationwide and most recently, Web.com Tour. He earned $88,848, which put him in 53rd place on the money list and 57th on the points list. The top 25 on the points list at the close of the season earned Tour cards, and 25 more are up for grabs in the playoffs. Tyson had three top 10s during the season that just ended, and prepped for the playoffs with his best finish, a tie for fourth in the Ella Mae Classic at TPC Stonebrae (69-63-65-69-266), 14 under par.

    Among the others vying for cards in the $800,000 opener is Gator and former PGA player Brett Stegmaier, who played in 19 events and earned $71,602, getting 69 points. Brett went through the same scenario in 2015, barely sneaking into the top 75 to make the playoffs in the final event of the season. His game soared in the post season, and he made the coveted top 25, graduating to the PGA Tour for 2016.

    Brett continued to excel as a rookie, collecting $1,086,714 in his first full season on tour while stunning the TV analysts via his admitting that not too long before he ate just breakfast and dinner because he couldn't afford to buy lunch. Eating is no longer a problem for him - he's earned $1,663,352 on the PGA Tour and $509,681 on the lower tours.

    In his attempt to return to the big time, Brett began with a 5-under 66 yesterday and is tied for 14th. Seminole Jack Maguire struggled to a 1-over 72, while Dan McCarthy, two-time winner of the Ocala Open (2015-'16) at Ocala's Candler Hills, is at even-par 71. Wade Binfield, the 2017 Ocala Open winner, is tied for 32nd at 4 under 67.  

       

     


Wednesday, August 7, 2019
Off at 7:43 on No. 10 . . .

    The Northern Trust opens the FedEx Cup playoffs tomorrow and Tiger Woods will again be the center of attention of the fans who have the stamina to get around 18 holes at the Liberty National Golf Club in Jersey City. Why is Tiger the center of attention? Because the fans deem it so. They'll have to get there early though - Tiger tees off on No.10 at 7:43 a. m. 

    Here are some of the others who will draw big crowds: Phil Mickelson - 7:54 on No. 1; Tony Finau - 7:54 on No. 10; Dustin Johnson, Jon Rahm - 8:05 on No. 10; Brooks Koepka, Rory McIlroy, Matt Kuchar - 8:16 on No. 10; Sergio Garcia - 12:11 on No. 10; Jim Furyk, Jason Day - 12:33 on No. 10; Justin Rose, Marc Leishman, Rickie Fowler - 12:55 on No. 1.  

    Gators: Matt Every - 7:10 on No. 10; Billy Horschel - 7:43 on No. 1; Brian Gay - 1:39 on No. 10. Seminole: Koepka.

Wednesday, August 7, 2019
Cocolin, Thurston win Open Division by 1 . . .


  OPEN DIVISION:

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1. Ken Cocolin-Troy Thurston 96-68-164

2. Ehlers-Matt Giovannelli 98-67-165

3. Wade-Jay King 100-69-169

4. Espinosa-Haas 102-73-175

5. Drew Ditty-Hunter Ditty 103-73-176

    Condello-Green 104-72-176

7. Downing-Gibbs 105-73-178

8. Erickson-Kozar 106-74-180


FIRST FLIGHT:

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1. Wright-Wright 109-65-174

2. Travis Wilemon-Teuton 110-68-178

3. Keith Tippett-Sprung 106-73-179

    Bill Searcy-Cunningham 110-69-179

5. Jeff Zysek-Mike Zysek 108-74-182

6. Wood-Orlando Merced 107-77-184

    Dunbar -Tyler Tippett 112-72-184

8. Zane Bowman-Chris Darley 109-79-188


SECOND FLIGHT:

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1. Bil-Mansito 112-70-182

2. Hunt-Page 114-70-184

3. Adkins-Lyle Livengood 115-72-187

4. Trevor Eatmon-Gray 118-75-193

5. Paul-Rushworth 120-77-197

6. Labaugh-Brey 121-78-199

7. H. Williams-Shipwash 125-77-202

8. B. Williams-Fitzpatrick 119-86-205

9. Cortes-Russell 124-82-206


SENIOR DIVISION:

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1. Ken Godwin-Kelly Gosse 102-65-167

2. Johnson-Jeff Morley 105-70-175

3. D. Fifner-Bill Wright 108-69-177

    Kobel Jr-Padova 109-68-177

5. Steve Humphrey-Phil Yancey 107-73-180

    Erickson-Walter Himelsbaugh 109-71-180

7. Murphy-Hinkle 107-74-181

8. Carstenn-Lossing 112- 70-182

9. Weber-Guillette 111-73-184

10. Hall-Nolan 112-77-189


SENIOR FIRST FLIGHT:

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1. Hancock-Steve Eatmon 113-69-182

2. David McLeod-Knight 114-70-184

3. Elkins-Henry 114-75-189

4. Ben Heatherly-Tom DiCillo 114-78-192

5. Stephenson-Ed Cambias 116-77-193

    Mike Kemp-D.Wright 121-72-193

7. Lower-Keeler 114-83-197 

8. Frazer-Welsch 121-83-204

 


Monday, August 5, 2019
Ted shoots 68 on Sunday, winds up at 7 under . . .

    A final-round 2-under-par 68 left Ted Potter in a tie for 60th place in the Wyndham Championship in Greensboro, the final event of the 2018-2019 wrap-around season prior to the FedEx Cup playoffs. Ted earned $13,144 and finished a disappointing season in 137th place on the money list with $757,721 in the bank. He shot 64-70-71-68-273. 

    The playoffs begin Thursday with the $9,250,000 Northern Trust at Liberty National Golf Club in Jersey City, and only the top 125 in FedEx points will be playing. Brooks Koepka is the points leader with 2,887, well ahead of Rory McIlroy's 2,314; Ted finished in 147th place with 291. 

    J. T. Poston fired a Sunday 62 to steal the Wyndham at 22 under par, one stroke better than Webb Simpson, who finished with 65. Byeong Hun An, the 54-hole leader, closed with 67 and wound up third at 20 under, while rookie Viktor Hovland kept his late-season flurry going with a final-round 65 for 261, 19 under, good for fourth place. 

    Gator Billy Horschel improved every day with 68-67-65-64-264, 16 under, and tied for sixth. Seminole Daniel Berger finished at 10 under, deadlocked for 39th. 

    The FedEx playoffs, which formerly included four events, is down to three. The Northern Trust will be followed by the BMW at Medinah in Illinois and the Tour Championship at East Lake in Atlanta.  

     

Saturday, August 3, 2019
He's 7 behind leader . . .

    Ted Potter made three birdies - on holes 5-11-13 - in the second round of the Wyndham Championship in Greensboro yesterday, but he negated them with one bogey and a double to finish with 64-70-134, and remained at six under par. He still made the cut by two strokes, tied for 38th. 

    Byeong Hun An took over the lead by himself, tacking on a 65 to his first-round 62 for 137, 13 under par. He holds a one-stroke lead over Brice Garnett, with six others two strokes back at 11 under. That group includes Sungjae Im, who dropped out of a first-place tie with 62-67-139.