Tallahassee Democrat http://tallahassee.sportstonews.com Golf Video, News, Scores and Updates Fri, 27 Apr 2018 03:36:04 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.10 Stenson and Rose Round 1 highlights from Zurich http://tallahassee.sportstonews.com/2018/04/27/stenson-and-rose-round-1-highlights-from-zurich/ http://tallahassee.sportstonews.com/2018/04/27/stenson-and-rose-round-1-highlights-from-zurich/#respond Fri, 27 Apr 2018 02:49:02 +0000 http://tallahassee.sportstonews.com/2018/04/27/stenson-and-rose-round-1-highlights-from-zurich/ In opening-round Four-ball play at the 2018 Zurich Classic of New Orleans, Henrik Stenson and Justin Rose make a great pair as they card a 7-under heading into Friday.

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In opening-round Four-ball play at the 2018 Zurich Classic of New Orleans, Henrik Stenson and Justin Rose make a great pair as they card a 7-under heading into Friday.

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Day and Ruffels Round 1 highlights from Zurich http://tallahassee.sportstonews.com/2018/04/27/day-and-ruffels-round-1-highlights-from-zurich/ http://tallahassee.sportstonews.com/2018/04/27/day-and-ruffels-round-1-highlights-from-zurich/#respond Fri, 27 Apr 2018 02:29:02 +0000 http://tallahassee.sportstonews.com/2018/04/27/day-and-ruffels-round-1-highlights-from-zurich/ In opening-round Four-ball play at the 2018 Zurich Classic of New Orleans, Jason Day and Ryan Ruffels excited the crowd with two eagles and after carding an 8-under 64.

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In opening-round Four-ball play at the 2018 Zurich Classic of New Orleans, Jason Day and Ryan Ruffels excited the crowd with two eagles and after carding an 8-under 64.

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Reavie & Glover lead by two after Round 1 at Zurich http://tallahassee.sportstonews.com/2018/04/27/reavie-glover-lead-by-two-after-round-1-at-zurich/ http://tallahassee.sportstonews.com/2018/04/27/reavie-glover-lead-by-two-after-round-1-at-zurich/#respond Fri, 27 Apr 2018 00:51:02 +0000 http://tallahassee.sportstonews.com/2018/04/27/reavie-glover-lead-by-two-after-round-1-at-zurich/ In opening-round Four-ball play at the 2018 Zurich Classic of New Orleans, Chez Reavie and Lucas Glover came prepared as they carded a 12-under 60 to take the lead over a host of players tied for seco

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In opening-round Four-ball play at the 2018 Zurich Classic of New Orleans, Chez Reavie and Lucas Glover came prepared as they carded a 12-under 60 to take the lead over a host of players tied for second.

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Jason Day holes an eagle bunker approach for Shot of the Day http://tallahassee.sportstonews.com/2018/04/27/jason-day-holes-an-eagle-bunker-approach-for-shot-of-the-day/ http://tallahassee.sportstonews.com/2018/04/27/jason-day-holes-an-eagle-bunker-approach-for-shot-of-the-day/#respond Fri, 27 Apr 2018 00:50:02 +0000 http://tallahassee.sportstonews.com/2018/04/27/jason-day-holes-an-eagle-bunker-approach-for-shot-of-the-day/ During opening-round Four-ball play at the 2018 Zurich Classic of New Orleans, Jason Day holes a 74-foot bunker shot for eagle on the par-5 11th hole.

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During opening-round Four-ball play at the 2018 Zurich Classic of New Orleans, Jason Day holes a 74-foot bunker shot for eagle on the par-5 11th hole.

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Best Shots in the First Round of Zurich Classic of New Orleans http://tallahassee.sportstonews.com/2018/04/27/best-shots-in-the-first-round-of-zurich-classic-of-new-orleans/ http://tallahassee.sportstonews.com/2018/04/27/best-shots-in-the-first-round-of-zurich-classic-of-new-orleans/#respond Fri, 27 Apr 2018 00:32:02 +0000 http://tallahassee.sportstonews.com/2018/04/27/best-shots-in-the-first-round-of-zurich-classic-of-new-orleans/ Check out shots from Jason Day, Brooks Koepka and Justin Rose in the first round of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans on Thursday.

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Check out shots from Jason Day, Brooks Koepka and Justin Rose in the first round of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans on Thursday.

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Chez Reavie, Lucas Glover share Round 1 lead at laid-back Zurich Classic http://tallahassee.sportstonews.com/2018/04/27/chez-reavie-lucas-glover-share-round-1-lead-at-laid-back-zurich-classic/ http://tallahassee.sportstonews.com/2018/04/27/chez-reavie-lucas-glover-share-round-1-lead-at-laid-back-zurich-classic/#respond Fri, 27 Apr 2018 00:13:17 +0000 http://tallahassee.sportstonews.com/2018/04/27/chez-reavie-lucas-glover-share-round-1-lead-at-laid-back-zurich-classic/ Chez Reavie and Lucas Glover shot 12-under 60 in Round 1 to share the lead at the team-format Zurich Classic in New Orleans.

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AVONDALE, La. – The Zurich Classic began in a downpour, with the early morning groups playing in significantly wet conditions for Thursday’s Round 1 best ball at TPC Louisiana.

Then, around 8:31 a.m. local time, the rain stopped right before Chez Reavie and Lucas Glover were about to tee off on the 10th hole. Reavie birdied the first two holes by himself, the sun came out a little later in the round and the duo was off and running.

Reavie and Glover shot a combined 12-under 60 Thursday morning and are tied for the lead with Xinjun Zhang and Zecheng Dou. Six teams are T-2 and two shots back at 10 under, including Tony Finau/Daniel Summerhays, Chris Paisley/Tommy Fleetwood, J.J. Henry/Tom Hoge, Kevin Kisner/Scott Brown, Troy Merritt/Brendon De Jonge and Michael Kim/Andrew Putnam.

“Once the rain stopped on the first tee, it was going to be a good day,” Reavie said. “We were just rolling. I think we’re comfortable. We like to laugh and have a good time when we’re playing golf, and it definitely helps.”

That’s been a common theme around the traveling circus that is the PGA Tour this week. As the only team event on schedule, the Zurich Classic breaks up the mundaneness of it all. Guys can pick their partners and they have fun with it. They even interview as a team after the rounds like Brennan Huff and Dale Doback in “Step Brothers.”

The entire vibe is just less uptight than most weeks. Players seem to have their guards down, fans can get really close to the action and there are no shortage of extracurricular activities in New Orleans.

Jim Furyk and David Duval were among those smiling as they walked off the course Thursday following a 7-under 65.

“Everyone likes to go out and play golf with folks they enjoy, friends of theirs, and this tournament gives you an opportunity to go compete with one of your buddies and really have a good time,” Furyk said. “Everyone is competitive on this Tour and everyone wants to play well, but you look at this week and it’s a rare opportunity to go out and really, for some folks the fun is gonna take precedent and you’re gonna try to play some good golf around it.”

The golf will get tougher during Friday’s alternate shot, with some big names lurking off the lead. Jon Rahm and Wesley Bryan are T-32 at 6 under, as are Jordan Spieth and Ryan Palmer. Justin Thomas and Bud Cauley, meanwhile, are T-77 and second-to-last after managing a 2-under 70.

“We both feel good with what we’re doing with our ball, and especially with the format,” said Palmer, who finished fourth with Spieth a year ago. “That was our format last year. I think we played well in the alternate shot. We got a good strategy going into it, so I look forward to a good day.”

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Jonathan Byrd’s tee shot to 4 feet at Zurich http://tallahassee.sportstonews.com/2018/04/26/jonathan-byrds-tee-shot-to-4-feet-at-zurich/ http://tallahassee.sportstonews.com/2018/04/26/jonathan-byrds-tee-shot-to-4-feet-at-zurich/#respond Thu, 26 Apr 2018 23:07:02 +0000 http://tallahassee.sportstonews.com/2018/04/26/jonathan-byrds-tee-shot-to-4-feet-at-zurich/ During opening-round Four-ball play at the 2018 Zurich Classic of New Orleans, Jonathan Byrd hits his 211-yard tee shot on the par-3 14th hole to 4 feet then sinks the putt for birdie.

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During opening-round Four-ball play at the 2018 Zurich Classic of New Orleans, Jonathan Byrd hits his 211-yard tee shot on the par-3 14th hole to 4 feet then sinks the putt for birdie. This highlight is delivered by PGA TOUR LIVE.

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Marc Turnesa’s 22-foot birdie putt at Zurich http://tallahassee.sportstonews.com/2018/04/26/marc-turnesas-22-foot-birdie-putt-at-zurich/ http://tallahassee.sportstonews.com/2018/04/26/marc-turnesas-22-foot-birdie-putt-at-zurich/#respond Thu, 26 Apr 2018 23:06:02 +0000 http://tallahassee.sportstonews.com/2018/04/26/marc-turnesas-22-foot-birdie-putt-at-zurich/ During opening-round Four-ball play at the 2018 Zurich Classic of New Orleans, Marc Turnesa sinks a 22-foot birdie putt on the par-3 17th hole.

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During opening-round Four-ball play at the 2018 Zurich Classic of New Orleans, Marc Turnesa sinks a 22-foot birdie putt on the par-3 17th hole. This highlight is delivered by PGA TOUR LIVE.

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Still recovering from Masters ankle injury, Tony Finau starts strong at Zurich Classic http://tallahassee.sportstonews.com/2018/04/26/still-recovering-from-masters-ankle-injury-tony-finau-starts-strong-at-zurich-classic/ http://tallahassee.sportstonews.com/2018/04/26/still-recovering-from-masters-ankle-injury-tony-finau-starts-strong-at-zurich-classic/#respond Thu, 26 Apr 2018 22:50:17 +0000 http://tallahassee.sportstonews.com/2018/04/26/still-recovering-from-masters-ankle-injury-tony-finau-starts-strong-at-zurich-classic/ Tony Finau is T-2 at the Zurich Classic and said Thursday the ankle he injured at the Masters is now about 70 percent healthy.

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AVONDALE, La. – Tony Finau’s 10th-place finish at the Masters this year got plenty of attention. Making his Augusta National debut, the 28-year-old from Salt Lake City, Utah, was playing on a busted ankle he rolled while celebrating a hole-in-one during Wednesday’s Par 3 Contest.

It was crazy that Finau could even play, let alone finish near the top of the leaderboard. He later shared some really gross Instagram photos of his discolored left ankle, which didn’t look capable of supporting 200 pounds over 72 holes on severely sloped terrain.

Somehow the ankle held up, and he’s spent the past three weeks on the mend leading up to his return at this week’s Zurich Classic at TPC Louisiana.

“I did a lot of rest the first week, and then this last week really got after it as far as physical therapy, rehab, things like that,” Finau said. “Really trying to strengthen it and get it to a point I can come out here and compete. The trainers back home in Utah did a great job with that. I felt like I was ready to go and today just kind of confirmed that to me.”

Finau came out hot with partner Daniel Summerhays in Round 1 of the team-format event. They shot a combined 10-under 62 Thursday morning in the best ball format and are currently T-2 with three other teams entering Friday’s alternate shot.

“I think a great remedy for something hurting is some good golf – 62 is going to make the ankle feel a lot better,” Finau said.

He estimated the ankle is around 70 percent healthy and much better than it was at the Masters, where he needed to adjust his swing because he couldn’t put a lot of weight on it. That’s a big deal for a guy who is second on Tour in driving average at 317.6 yards, but Finau pulled it off.

Despite some rust after three weeks off, he’s now right back near the top of the leaderboard and looking for his second career victory after one of the wildest Masters debuts of all time.

“I know my coach was pretty happy with some of the swings I made yesterday as far as the progress we’ve made from the Masters until today,” Finau said. “I can get on to it a little bit better and starting to trust it more. I made some nice swings today and made the right decision to come and team up with this guy and have some fun this week.”

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Henrik Stenson’s approach to 2 feet at Zurich http://tallahassee.sportstonews.com/2018/04/26/henrik-stensons-approach-to-2-feet-at-zurich/ http://tallahassee.sportstonews.com/2018/04/26/henrik-stensons-approach-to-2-feet-at-zurich/#respond Thu, 26 Apr 2018 22:26:02 +0000 http://tallahassee.sportstonews.com/2018/04/26/henrik-stensons-approach-to-2-feet-at-zurich/ During opening-round Four-ball play at the 2018 Zurich Classic of New Orleans, Henrik Stenson hits his 118-yard approach shot on the par-4 13th hole to 2 feet then sinks the putt for birdie.

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During opening-round Four-ball play at the 2018 Zurich Classic of New Orleans, Henrik Stenson hits his 118-yard approach shot on the par-4 13th hole to 2 feet then sinks the putt for birdie.

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