July 2, 2011
There was blood on the course at Aronimink on Saturday, with red numbers bleeding down the leader board of the AT&T National until the records of the grand old track lay in ruins. Rickie Fowler, the coleader after three rounds, shot a 6-under-par 64 on Saturday. Had he done so on Friday, he would have tied the course record. As it was on this turkey shoot of an afternoon, his score was only tied for the fourth best of the day. Fowler and Nick Watney are locked up for the lead at 9 under entering Sunday's final round.
July 1, 2011 |
AS THE SAYING goes, there's the known and then there's the unknown . . . That pretty much sums up the first-round leaderboard at the second and last AT & T National to be played at Newtown Square's Aronimink Golf Club. And that's the way it can sometimes be on the PGA Tour, especially at a stop where no player ranked among the top 14 on the planet shows up. They're still going to hand out a trophy come Sunday afternoon. The rest mostly gets filed away under details. So, in no particular order, these were some of the sightings you had yesterday on this Donald Ross masterpiece: Dean Wilson, not to be confused with Mark, who won twice earlier this season.
July 1, 2011 |
Adam Scott, one coleader of the AT&T National, is an international star on the PGA Tour with seven victories in this country, 10 more wins worldwide, and five top-10 finishes in majors, including a tie for second in the Masters nearly three months ago. Hunter Haas, the other coleader, is in his third go-round on the PGA Tour. He has spent eight of his 11 years as a professional on the Nationwide Tour while simply calling his struggles to stay on the top rung of the ladder "not fun. " The two golfers of different career paths and different backgrounds were on the same road Thursday, each carding a 4-under-par 66 on a delightful day at Aronimink Golf Club to take a 1-stroke lead over four players.
June 25, 2011 |
While it's not the most star-studded field of the PGA Tour season, the AT&T National brings a number of players with solid careers or interesting stories to Aronimink Golf Club next week. The final commitment list released Friday showed only three of the top 10 and six of the top 20 money-winners appearing in Newtown Square for the $6.2 million event. The highest-ranked player in the world to be present is No. 15 Nick Watney, who is fourth in earnings this season. The field features 11 tournament winners from 2011, including two-time champion Mark Wilson.
June 23, 2011 |
Tiger Woods ended all the speculation, and doubt, about whether he would be healthy enough to play in next week's AT&T National at Aronimink Golf Club by announcing Wednesday that he will not compete. "Doctor's orders," Woods said in a Twitter post. "Feeling stronger every day, but not 100%. " Woods is recovering from a sprained medial collateral ligament and a mild left Achilles tendon strain, both suffered when he took an awkward stance and tried to hit a shot off pine straw in the third round of the Masters.
June 3, 2011 |
DUBLIN, Ohio - Rory McIlroy only gets to play three regular PGA Tour events this year. He showed Thursday why the Memorial Tournament was one of them. On a Muirfield Village course that already ranks among his favorites, McIlroy had a birdie putt on his last eight holes and converted half of them on his way to a 6-under 66 to join Chris Riley in the lead after the first round. McIlroy hit the ball so pure that he shot 32 on the front nine despite missing three birdie putts inside eight feet.
May 6, 2011 |
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Bill Haas had stress-free birdies on all the par 5s and did little wrong on the rest of the holes Thursday in the Wells Fargo Championship, matching the tournament record for lowest opening round with an 8-under 64. Haas had a 2-shot lead over David Toms and Jonathan Byrd, who each had a 66 in the morning when it was barely above 40 degrees at the start of the tournament at Quail Hollow with a north wind that is uncommon for...
April 9, 2011 |
AUGUSTA, Ga. - When Tiger Woods made history 14 years ago at the Masters, kids like Rory McIlroy, Jason Day, and Rickie Fowler followed on television in their respective countries, dreaming that one day they'd be walking inside the ropes of Augusta National Golf Club. Now they're here competing and contending in the first major of 2011, and what do you know? Here comes Woods - again. With McIlroy, Day, and Fowler playing in the same group Friday and entertaining the galleries like few threesomes have done in recent years, Woods, a four-time Masters champion, stormed out of the pack with nine birdies and fired a 6-under-par 66 to get within striking distance after 36 holes.
March 25, 2011 |
Spencer Levin is atop the leaderboard after the opening round for the third time this year, so that's nothing new. It was his score yesterday afternoon at Bay Hill in Orlando, Fla., that surprised him and everyone else. In warm, blustery conditions on a course that allowed only three rounds in the 60s and the most rounds in the 80s (13) in nearly two decades, Levin had a 6-under-par 66 and a three-shot lead over Rickie Fowler and Hunter Mahan in the Arnold Palmer Invitational. Tiger Woods and his power group of Dustin Johnson and Gary Woodland provided the entertainment everyone expected, although not this variety.