ST. ANDREWS, Scotland — Rain at the Old Course at St. Andrews delayed British Open play for three hours Friday morning, but it couldn't stop Adam Scott from shooting one of the best rounds of the tournament.
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Smylie Kaufman can start making plans for defense of his Shriners Hospitals for Children Open title. But he won't have to show up in Las Vegas until November.
The first-year tournament director of the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open was a bit bleary-eyed Monday morning but he was still smiling.
He signed the scorecard and then stopped at his golf bag for a quick check of things, and when William McGirt noticed there were only 20 messages awaiting on his cellphone, he was a bit surprised.
While many players lick their chops about the hole after the par-4 12th, the par-5 13th, in looking to make birdie or eagle, this tricky par 4 can get them in a foul mood if they don't play it right. It plays long with its narrow fairway and water that protects the right side of the fairway as well as the front of the green. Add a tough pin placement, as was the case Sunday, when it was tucked in the left front corner, and this hole was more about maintenance than scoring.
How much heartbreak can one man endure?
The puns on his first name undoubtedly have been used countless times. So let's just say Smylie Kaufman had a lot to smile about Sunday. The PGA Tour rookie had the best day of his brief professional career, tearing up TPC Summerlin with a final-round 10-under-par 61 and holding off six pursuers to win the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.
Summerlin resident Kevin Na and former UNLV golfer Chad Campbell were in the hunt, but fell short of winner Smylie Kaufman.
Former UNLV Rebel Chad Campbell and Summerlin resident Kevin Na stand just two strokes behind tournament leader Brett Stegmaier heading into Sunday's final round at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.
Rickie Fowler's day was a mixture of frustration and sadness. The former Oklahoma State All-American appeared to have played himself out of contention Saturday at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, falling seven strokes off the lead after shooting 1-under-par 70 at TPC Summerlin.
Kevin Na is chasing his second career PGA Tour win after shooting a 3-under-par 68 on Saturday, leaving him two strokes behind tournament leader Brett Stegmaier entering today's final round of the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.
This is a hole most of the pros can reach in two with little problem. The key is trying to get it close to the pin, which can be problematic depending on where it is set up.
Brett Stegmaier was among the last to leave TPC Summerlin on Friday and among the first to arrive Saturday. And when it was all said and done after a long day of golf, he never left his position on the leaderboard at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.
Remember that critically acclaimed but short-lived TV show called "Men of a Certain Age" starring Ray Romano, about guys who were closing in hard on middle age and trying just as hard to deal with it?
The third round of the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open continues Saturday, with former UNLV Rebel Chad Campbell and Henderson resident Nick Watney in the hunt. Summerlin resident Kevin Na, Bonanza High School grad Scott Piercy and former UNLV star Ryan Moore are also within striking distance of leader Morgan Hoffmann.
For those in dire need of making birdie or at least par, this short par 4 was the answer during the second round of the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open at TPC Summerlin.
Brett Stegmaier managed to stay out of trouble, which can sometimes be no easy feat at TPC Summerlin. So when he started making birdies, threw in an eagle at the par-5 16th all the while playing bogey-free golf, he was rewarded with the top spot on the leaderboard at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.
Ryan Palmer came to Las Vegas this week with a heavy heart and loads of incentive. His father, a longtime Shriner who was active in the golf tournament the organization hosts at TPC Summerlin, died in a traffic accident in Texas in mid-August. Butch Palmer was 71.
As he prepared to make the turn to play his back nine at TPC Summerlin on Friday afternoon, things were looking grim for Rickie Fowler and for those who run the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.
I'm not sure attendance or quality of field should ever hold a significant place in the evaluation of the annual PGA Tour stop in Las Vegas, not until those wearing rhombus-shaped, tasseled red hats are no longer involved.
David Hearn started fast and finished even faster Thursday at TPC Summerlin, opening with birdies on three of his first four holes and closing out his round with three consecutive birdies in posting a 7-under-par round of 64 and a share of the lead after the first round of the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.
Patrick Rodgers wasn't planning on a long vacation from golf. But he got caught in one of those weird situations that sometimes happens to a pro player.
If you were looking for a hole that could short-circuit a player's round Thursday, this was it.
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