Irish Open: Ramsay, Wiesberger tied

NEWCASTLE, Northern Ireland (AP) — Scotland's Richie Ramsay and Austria's Bernd Wiesberger shared the early second-round lead Friday at the Irish Open, while Rory McIlroy faced an uphill struggle to make the cut.

Ramsay was on target to match the club record of 66 at Royal County Down but narrowly bogeyed his final hole to finish 4 under for the day, and 3 under overall, just like Wiesberger. Ireland's Padraig Harrington was one shot back.

McIlroy, whose Rory Foundation charity is hosting the Irish Open, faced likely elimination as he teed off in the afternoon in front of a cheering sellout crowd of 20,000.

He finished Thursday tied for 150th place after shooting 9-over 80, his worst round of the season. He exited early from the previous two Irish Opens.

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Series: European Tour

Published: Friday, May 29, 2015 | 2:24 p.m.

NEWCASTLE, Northern Ireland (AP) — Scotland's Richie Ramsay and Austria's Bernd Wiesberger shared the early second-round lead Friday at the Irish Open, while Rory McIlroy faced an uphill struggle to make the cut.

Ramsay was on target to match the club record of 66 at Royal County Down but narrowly bogeyed his final hole to finish 4 under for the day, and 3 under overall, just like Wiesberger. Ireland's Padraig Harrington was one shot back.

McIlroy, whose Rory Foundation charity is hosting the Irish Open, faced likely elimination as he teed off in the afternoon in front of a cheering sellout crowd of 20,000.

He finished Thursday tied for 150th place after shooting 9-over 80, his worst round of the season. He exited early from the previous two Irish Opens.

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Heavy rain drenches Nelson course

IRVING, Texas (AP) — The second round of the AT&T Byron Nelson has begun following a three-hour rain delay Friday after nearly 5 inches of rain fell overnight on the already-saturated TPC Four Seasons.

The storm moved over the course starting about midnight Thursday after Steven Bowditch took a two-shot lead with an opening 8-under 62 that left Masters champion Jordan Spieth seven strokes off the lead in his hometown event.

Spieth's tee time was moved to late morning Friday. The par-4 14th hole was shortened to 104 yards for the second round because the fairway was unplayable.

The 4 1-2 inches from the latest storm pushed the total to about 17 inches in less than three weeks at the Dallas-area course. Texas officials are calling May the state's wettest month on record.
 


Series: PGA Tour

Published: Friday, May 29, 2015 | 1:18 p.m.

IRVING, Texas (AP) — The second round of the AT&T Byron Nelson has begun following a three-hour rain delay Friday after nearly 5 inches of rain fell overnight on the already-saturated TPC Four Seasons.

The storm moved over the course starting about midnight Thursday after Steven Bowditch took a two-shot lead with an opening 8-under 62 that left Masters champion Jordan Spieth seven strokes off the lead in his hometown event.

Spieth's tee time was moved to late morning Friday. The par-4 14th hole was shortened to 104 yards for the second round because the fairway was unplayable.

The 4 1-2 inches from the latest storm pushed the total to about 17 inches in less than three weeks at the Dallas-area course. Texas officials are calling May the state's wettest month on record.
 


Shane Lowry makes three birdies with a wedge after snapping his putter

Shane Lowry
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Shane Lowry putted with his wedge Friday after snapping his putter earlier in the round.
By Mark Aumann
PGA.com

Series: Golf Buzz

Published: Friday, May 29, 2015 | 12:46 p.m.

2015 PGA Championship construction begins

Whistling Straits
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Nick Nichols, Lead Project Manager for Classic Tents; Chris Kerr, 2015 PGA Championship Operations Coordinator; Jason Mengel, 2015 PGA Championship Director; and Bo Schlemmer, 2015 Operations Manager, gather on Thursday, May 28, to review 2015 PGA Championship construction plans at Whistling Straits.

KOHLER, Wis. -- The PGA of America announced Friday that on-course construction is officially under way for the highly anticipated 2015 PGA Championship at Whistling Straits near Kohler, Wis. Approximately 190 temporary structures are being built on the course.

The PGA Championship will be played August 10-16 on the Straits Course at Whistling Straits, which also hosted the PGA Championship in 2004 and 2010.

“We are tremendously excited to officially have on-course construction underway here at Whistling Straits,” said 2015 PGA Championship Director Jason Mengel. “With 75 days remaining until the Championship, we’re right on schedule. It’s a very busy and fun time, made even more thrilling by the incredible support we’ve seen from fans in Wisconsin, across the United States and around the world, as well as from our many corporate partners.”

Only a limited number of daily tickets for the 2015 PGA Championship remain available for purchase at www.PGAChampionship.com.

In particular, daily Championship-round tickets (Thursday-Sunday) are predicted to sell-out well in advance of the 2015 PGA Championship, as they did prior to the 2013 and 2014 PGA Championships. All weekly ticket options sold out last year, with ticket purchasers from all 50 states and 28 countries.

Fans should also note that each ticketed adult can bring up to four juniors (age 17 and under) with them for free each day of the Championship.

For more information, visit www.PGAChampionship.com, and be sure to follow @PGAChampionship on Twitter and become a fan on Facebook to keep up with the latest news and highlights from the PGA Championship.


Series: PGA Championship

Published: Friday, May 29, 2015 | 11:18 a.m.

KOHLER, Wis. -- The PGA of America announced Friday that on-course construction is officially under way for the highly anticipated 2015 PGA Championship at Whistling Straits near Kohler, Wis. Approximately 190 temporary structures are being built on the course.

The PGA Championship will be played August 10-16 on the Straits Course at Whistling Straits, which also hosted the PGA Championship in 2004 and 2010.

“We are tremendously excited to officially have on-course construction underway here at Whistling Straits,” said 2015 PGA Championship Director Jason Mengel. “With 75 days remaining until the Championship, we’re right on schedule. It’s a very busy and fun time, made even more thrilling by the incredible support we’ve seen from fans in Wisconsin, across the United States and around the world, as well as from our many corporate partners.”

Only a limited number of daily tickets for the 2015 PGA Championship remain available for purchase at www.PGAChampionship.com.

In particular, daily Championship-round tickets (Thursday-Sunday) are predicted to sell-out well in advance of the 2015 PGA Championship, as they did prior to the 2013 and 2014 PGA Championships. All weekly ticket options sold out last year, with ticket purchasers from all 50 states and 28 countries.

Fans should also note that each ticketed adult can bring up to four juniors (age 17 and under) with them for free each day of the Championship.

For more information, visit www.PGAChampionship.com, and be sure to follow @PGAChampionship on Twitter and become a fan on Facebook to keep up with the latest news and highlights from the PGA Championship.


Watch: Caleb Watson pulls off golf trick

Caleb Watson
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Caleb Watson pulls off a golf trick many adults probably couldn't do.
By Mark Aumann
PGA.com

Series: Golf Buzz

Published: Friday, May 29, 2015 | 8:47 a.m.

Snedeker peaking at perfect time?

IRVING, Texas -- Brandt Snedeker, a runner-up at last week's Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial, views this week's AT&T Byron Nelson as the next opportunity to improve his game -- rain or shine.

"Yeah, it's part of life here out on tour, you know," Snedeker said Wednesday at the very wet TPC Four Seasons Resort driving range as he prepared for an afternoon pro-am. "You're not going to have good conditions every week."

Snedeker made bogey Sunday on No. 13 at Colonial, then closed with five pars to finish at 67, a stroke behind winner Chris Kirk. Snedeker at one point Sunday led by two strokes. He missed a 12-foot birdie putt on No. 18.

"I definitely felt like I had a good chance to win the golf tournament and should have, at least worst-case scenario, been in a playoff," he said. "Didn't do it, didn't make the putts when I needed them. Very disappointing, leading there last week."

Still, Snedeker believes Colonial was a nice rebound for his game. He missed the cut at last month's Masters and at The Players Championship earlier this month. Between those events, Snedeker finished out of the top 25 in two other tournaments.

"There's lots of positives," he said. "I hadn't been playing very well before that, so it's good to get back in the mix of things and have a chance. Hopefully, this week I can build on that."

Snedeker, who won the AT&T Pebble Beach in February, is ninth in the PGA Tour's FedEx Cup standings and 32nd in the World Golf Rankings.

"I played good last week and had a chance to win last week," he said. "I like where my game's headed."

Snedeker's stumble at Colonial's 13th hole came after a lengthy delay caused by playing partner Rory Sabbatini, who was unsure where to drop after landing in casual water behind the green. Sabbatini eventually called for a ruling, adding to an already long wait for Snedeker, one of the fastest players on tour. On Wednesday, Snedeker only blamed himself.

"It was a three-putt," he said. "No, no. No, not at all. It's just part of playing on tour. You're going to have stuff like that creep up. No, it didn't affect anything."

Casual water could be a common occurrence at the Nelson, too.

"Obviously it's some of the worst rain you all have had here in Texas, so it's going to make the golf course play soft," Snedeker said. "It's going to be a tough test, because typically when you have wet conditions the ball's not going to go very far and the rough's going to be really, really thick because they haven't been able to cut it."

While 11 players have withdrawn for various reasons, Snedeker is on a roll, and he has faith the course will hold up.

"I don't want to lay off, and the golf course last week had a ton of water, and the grounds staff did a great job and the golf course played great," he added. "I look for the same this week."

This article was written by Eric Zarate from Fort Worth Star-Telegram and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

By
Eric Zarate

Series: PGA Tour

Published: Thursday, May 28, 2015 | 2:42 p.m.

IRVING, Texas -- Brandt Snedeker, a runner-up at last week's Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial, views this week's AT&T Byron Nelson as the next opportunity to improve his game -- rain or shine.

"Yeah, it's part of life here out on tour, you know," Snedeker said Wednesday at the very wet TPC Four Seasons Resort driving range as he prepared for an afternoon pro-am. "You're not going to have good conditions every week."

Snedeker made bogey Sunday on No. 13 at Colonial, then closed with five pars to finish at 67, a stroke behind winner Chris Kirk. Snedeker at one point Sunday led by two strokes. He missed a 12-foot birdie putt on No. 18.

"I definitely felt like I had a good chance to win the golf tournament and should have, at least worst-case scenario, been in a playoff," he said. "Didn't do it, didn't make the putts when I needed them. Very disappointing, leading there last week."

Still, Snedeker believes Colonial was a nice rebound for his game. He missed the cut at last month's Masters and at The Players Championship earlier this month. Between those events, Snedeker finished out of the top 25 in two other tournaments.

"There's lots of positives," he said. "I hadn't been playing very well before that, so it's good to get back in the mix of things and have a chance. Hopefully, this week I can build on that."

Snedeker, who won the AT&T Pebble Beach in February, is ninth in the PGA Tour's FedEx Cup standings and 32nd in the World Golf Rankings.

"I played good last week and had a chance to win last week," he said. "I like where my game's headed."

Snedeker's stumble at Colonial's 13th hole came after a lengthy delay caused by playing partner Rory Sabbatini, who was unsure where to drop after landing in casual water behind the green. Sabbatini eventually called for a ruling, adding to an already long wait for Snedeker, one of the fastest players on tour. On Wednesday, Snedeker only blamed himself.

"It was a three-putt," he said. "No, no. No, not at all. It's just part of playing on tour. You're going to have stuff like that creep up. No, it didn't affect anything."

Casual water could be a common occurrence at the Nelson, too.

"Obviously it's some of the worst rain you all have had here in Texas, so it's going to make the golf course play soft," Snedeker said. "It's going to be a tough test, because typically when you have wet conditions the ball's not going to go very far and the rough's going to be really, really thick because they haven't been able to cut it."

While 11 players have withdrawn for various reasons, Snedeker is on a roll, and he has faith the course will hold up.

"I don't want to lay off, and the golf course last week had a ton of water, and the grounds staff did a great job and the golf course played great," he added. "I look for the same this week."

This article was written by Eric Zarate from Fort Worth Star-Telegram and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.


Irish Open: Rory struggles to an 80

NEWCASTLE, Northern Ireland (AP) — Rory McIlroy can't seem to perform in front of a home crowd.

The Northern Ireland star looked bewildered as he shot a 9-over-par 80 -- his worst score of the season -- in Thursday's opening round of the Irish Open. He fell to the bottom of the morning's leaderboard and finished tied for 150th place at the end of the day.

Many other players struggled amid gales and pounding showers at Royal County Down, a links course in the shadow of the Mourne Mountains famed for its stunning seaside setting, blind approaches and undulating greens. But the scores improved as the winds eased somewhat and the afternoon sun came out.

Taking advantage were Irish veteran Padraig Harrington and unheralded Maximilian Kieffer of Germany, who both shot 67 to share the lead.

The 43-year-old Harrington, who hasn't won a tournament since 2008, said understanding the strong winds gave him a tactical advantage. He birdied five of the final eight, but edged an 8-foot putt for birdie just wide on the final hole. Had he made it, Harrington would have tied the 76-year-old course record.

"There's plenty of ways to get around this golf course in the wind. I was happy to see it," said Harrington, who won the Irish Open in 2007.

The 290th-ranked Kieffer, 24, was in the last group to start and not expected to contend. But he eagled the par-5, 525-yard 12th hole on his way to one of his best rounds since finishing second in the 2013 Spanish Open.

McIlroy bogeyed half of the course and couldn't hit a birdie. The sellout crowd of nearly 20,000 gasped with each miss, and offered relieved applause as he narrowly two-putted his final hole for par.

"My poor iron play led to missed greens, which led to giving myself a lot of 8- to 12-footers for pars, and that led to missing all of them," said McIlroy, who described his play as "worse as I got closer to the green."

He had played three practice rounds at the course south of Belfast after failing to make the cut at Wentworth last weekend, but the unexpected extra practice didn't help his play.

If McIlroy fails to make the cut Friday, it would be his third straight early exit at the Irish Open. He's never come close to winning the event in eight tries.

McIlroy, whose Rory Foundation children's charity is hosting the Irish Open for the first time, said he might need to shoot a 66 on Friday to make the cut. That would match the course record set by Jimmy Bruen in 1939.

McIlroy said his first goal is to give Northern Ireland fans "something to cheer about and not just have sympathy claps."

Local fan favorite Darren Clarke, who has rarely contended since winning the 2011 British Open, also struggled in shooting a 75.

"We all want to play well," he said, "but sometimes the ball doesn't realize that."

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By
Shawn Pogatchnik

Series: European Tour

Published: Thursday, May 28, 2015 | 1:34 p.m.

NEWCASTLE, Northern Ireland (AP) — Rory McIlroy can't seem to perform in front of a home crowd.

The Northern Ireland star looked bewildered as he shot a 9-over-par 80 -- his worst score of the season -- in Thursday's opening round of the Irish Open. He fell to the bottom of the morning's leaderboard and finished tied for 150th place at the end of the day.

Many other players struggled amid gales and pounding showers at Royal County Down, a links course in the shadow of the Mourne Mountains famed for its stunning seaside setting, blind approaches and undulating greens. But the scores improved as the winds eased somewhat and the afternoon sun came out.

Taking advantage were Irish veteran Padraig Harrington and unheralded Maximilian Kieffer of Germany, who both shot 67 to share the lead.

The 43-year-old Harrington, who hasn't won a tournament since 2008, said understanding the strong winds gave him a tactical advantage. He birdied five of the final eight, but edged an 8-foot putt for birdie just wide on the final hole. Had he made it, Harrington would have tied the 76-year-old course record.

"There's plenty of ways to get around this golf course in the wind. I was happy to see it," said Harrington, who won the Irish Open in 2007.

The 290th-ranked Kieffer, 24, was in the last group to start and not expected to contend. But he eagled the par-5, 525-yard 12th hole on his way to one of his best rounds since finishing second in the 2013 Spanish Open.

McIlroy bogeyed half of the course and couldn't hit a birdie. The sellout crowd of nearly 20,000 gasped with each miss, and offered relieved applause as he narrowly two-putted his final hole for par.

"My poor iron play led to missed greens, which led to giving myself a lot of 8- to 12-footers for pars, and that led to missing all of them," said McIlroy, who described his play as "worse as I got closer to the green."

He had played three practice rounds at the course south of Belfast after failing to make the cut at Wentworth last weekend, but the unexpected extra practice didn't help his play.

If McIlroy fails to make the cut Friday, it would be his third straight early exit at the Irish Open. He's never come close to winning the event in eight tries.

McIlroy, whose Rory Foundation children's charity is hosting the Irish Open for the first time, said he might need to shoot a 66 on Friday to make the cut. That would match the course record set by Jimmy Bruen in 1939.

McIlroy said his first goal is to give Northern Ireland fans "something to cheer about and not just have sympathy claps."

Local fan favorite Darren Clarke, who has rarely contended since winning the 2011 British Open, also struggled in shooting a 75.

"We all want to play well," he said, "but sometimes the ball doesn't realize that."

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Husband, wife ace same hole

GRAND LEDGE, Mich. (AP) — A wife and husband from Michigan say they both got a hole-in-one in consecutive shots at the same hole.

Tony and Janet Blundy tell the Lansing State Journal that their aces came while golfing Sunday at Ledge Meadows Golf Course in Grand Ledge. The couple says Tony hit a hole-in-one first at the 16th hole, and Janet then equaled his feat.

The newspaper says two golfers who didn't know the Blundys verified the back-to-back holes-in-one.

According to contest prize insurer National Hole-in-One Association, the odds of two amateur golfers in a foursome getting an ace on the same hole in the same round are 26 million-to-1.

The Blundys say they typically golf at least 18 holes a week together.

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Series: Golf Buzz

Published: Thursday, May 28, 2015 | 11:47 a.m.

GRAND LEDGE, Mich. (AP) — A wife and husband from Michigan say they both got a hole-in-one in consecutive shots at the same hole.

Tony and Janet Blundy tell the Lansing State Journal that their aces came while golfing Sunday at Ledge Meadows Golf Course in Grand Ledge. The couple says Tony hit a hole-in-one first at the 16th hole, and Janet then equaled his feat.

The newspaper says two golfers who didn't know the Blundys verified the back-to-back holes-in-one.

According to contest prize insurer National Hole-in-One Association, the odds of two amateur golfers in a foursome getting an ace on the same hole in the same round are 26 million-to-1.

The Blundys say they typically golf at least 18 holes a week together.

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