Monday, July 27, 2015

Watson Comes In Second In Canadian Open

Bubba Watson paced the Bulldogs in the RBC Canadian Open as he finished second -- just one shot back of Jason Day -- at 16-under. Watson birdied the last four holes and five of his last six to make a run at the title. Erik Compton took 11th at 11-under, while Brian Harman was 34th at 8-under and Hudson Swafford was 72nd at 1-under.

• Erik Compton, Harris English and Hudson Swafford are slated to play this week in the Quicken Loans National in Virginia.

• Scott Parel is in the field and Bryden Macpherson is listed as an alternate for the Tour's Utah Championship.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Todd Paces Bulldogs In The Open

Brendon Todd was the top Bulldog at The Open as he finished at 9-under 279, mainly due to his 3-under 69 and 6-under 66 in the final two rounds. Russell Henley came in 20th at 3-under 281 and Harris English took 68th at 3-over 287. Brian Harman, Kevin Kisner and Bubba Watson missed the cut.

• Erik Compton placed 39th in the Barbasol Championship at 6-under 278. Ryuji Imada missed the cut.

• Erik Compton, Brian Harman, Hudson Swafford and Bubba Watson will be in action this week in the RBC Canadian Open.

•  Georgia golfers Lee McCoy and Manuela Carbajo Ré earned medals in the mixed team portion of the Pan Am Games at Angus Glen Golf Club. McCoy, a rising senior for the Bulldogs, led the Americans to a 4-day total of 24-under 552 to take second behind Colombia’s 27-under 549. Carbajo Ré, also a rising senior for the Georgia women’s team, helped Argentina come in third at 10-under 566. Individually, McCoy came in fourth at 10-under 278. He carded rounds of 70, 68, 69 and 71. Amira Alexander and Carbajo Ré finished 11th and 14th, respectively. Alexander closed with an even-par 72 on Sunday, while Carbajo Ré carded an 9-over 81. Alexander finished at 15-over 303. Carbajo Ré played the first 54 holes at a combined 8-over before completing the tournament at 17-over 305. This was the first time golf has been a sport at the Pan Am Games. Golf will make its Olympic debut at the 2016 Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

• Freshman David Mackey is playing this week in the U.S. Junior Amateur at Colleton River Plantation Club in Bluffton, S.C.

• Senior Sepp Straka and sophomore Zach Healy qualified for the U.S. Amateur, which will be held at Olympia Fields (Ill.) Country Club, Aug. 17-23, 2015. Straka came in second and Healy was third in the qualifier at Horseshoe Bend Country Club in Roswell. Healy is having a good summer as he also came in fourth in the Georgia Am and fifth in the Dogwood Am.

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Six Bulldogs Headed To The Open

Georgia will be well represented in The Open at St. Andrews this week. Scheduled to compete are Harris English, Brian Harman, Russell Henley, Kevin Kisner, Brendon Todd and Bubba Watson.

Chris Kirk had qualified as well, but he had to withdraw after breaking his hand.

• Brian Harman was the top Bulldog in the John Deere Classic as he came in 24th at 11-under. Hudson Swafford and Kevin Kisner took 35th at 9-under, Lee McCoy came in 69th at 2-over and Harris English placed 72nd at 3-over. Erik Compton missed the cut. For McCoy, a rising senior for the Bulldogs, it was his first made cut in three professional events.

• Erik Compton and Ryuji Imada will tee it up in the Barbasol Championship in Auburn, Ala. Another familiar name in the field is Todd McCorkle, the former Georgia women's golf coach.

• McCoy, meanwhile, will play in the inaugural golf event at the Pan Am Games in Toronto Thursday through Sunday.

• At the Tour's Stonebrae Classic in California on Sunday, none of the Bulldogs in the field made the cut: Paul Claxton, Joey Garber, Adam Mitchell and Scott Parel.

• Greyson Sigg was one of three players tied for the lead after regulation in the Georgia Amateur at on the Seaside Course at Sea Island Golf Club. They wound up playing five playoff holes, but the title went to Dru Love. Sigg finished second, Zach Healy took fourth, Parker Derby came in 12th and Jack Hall placed 60th.

• Incoming freshman David Mackey will be playing July 20-25 in the U.S. Junior Amateur at Colleton River Plantation Club in Bluffton, S.C.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Watson Wins Travelers Championship On Second Playoff Hole

Travelers Championship winner Bubba Watson (right) with Brian Harman.
CROMWELL, Conn. (AP) — Bubba Watson made an 8-foot birdie putt on the second playoff hole Sunday to outlast Paul Casey and win the Travelers Championship for the second time.

Casey had overcome a 3-stroke deficit with five to play, tying Watson at 16-under 264.

But Casey lost his chance at the title while playing the par-4 18th for the third time, when his third shot from a greenside bunker flew over the green and landed on the cart path.

Watson, meanwhile, hit his 160-yard approach just to the right of the hole.

Watson had a chance to win in regulation, but bogeyed the 17th, while Casey closed with three birdies on the final five holes, sandwiched around a bogey on 15.

Watson finished with a 67 at TPC River Highlands and Casey shot 65.

Watson also won a playoff in the WGC-HSBC Champions in China in November at the start of the season. He won the Travelers in 2010 for his first of eight PGA Tour titles.

"I hung on, and that's what you have to do sometimes to win," Watson said. "It's just about staying calm. That's what you have to do, you just breathe and walk slower, take some deep breaths and focus on the fact that no matter what you still come in second place. … I wish it was a lot easier, but a victory is a victory. My whole goal in my career was to get 10 wins. I need two more."

This was the sixth time since 2004 the tournament has been decided in a playoff.

Brian Harman was third at 15-under, while Brendon Todd was 15th at 9-under and Harris English was 25th at 7-under. Lee McCoy, Hudson Swafford and Erik Compton missed the cut.

The finish assured Harman of a spot in the British OpenKevin Kisner also got into The Open based on standing 14th in the FedExCup Standings.

"I've been thinking about that tournament for a long time and really trying to look at a way to get in there," Harman said. "This one burns a little bit, but that definitely helps the sting."

That means Harman, Russell Henley, Chris Kirk, Kisner, Todd and Watson will be representing UGA in The Open.

• Michael Cromie came in second in the eGolf Gateway Tour's Mimosa Hills Open in North Carolina at 18-under. Cromie missed the cut four times to open the year but has since made four of five cuts. Mookie DeMoss missed the cut in his first eGolf Gateway Tour event.

• Compton, Henley, Kisner, Swafford, Todd and Watson will be in action this week in The Greenbrier Classic in West Virginia.

• Jack Larkin, who played for the Bulldogs from 1980-83 and is the father of current Bulldog Jack Larkin Jr., missed the cut in the U.S. Senior Open in California. Another familiar name in the field (who also missed the cut) was former Georgia women's golf coach Todd McCorkle.

• Bryden Macpherson is slated to play in this week's Nova Scotia Open on the Tour.

• Scott Parel came in 48th at 2-under and Bryden Macpherson missed the cut in last week's Air Capital Classic.

• Signee David Mackey has earned a spot in the U.S. Junior Amateur Championship, which will be held at Colleton River Plantation Club in Bluffton, S.C., July 20-25.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Eight Bulldogs Set For U.S. Open

Georgia once again will be well represented at the United States Open as one current and seven former Bulldogs will be in action.

Rising senior Lee McCoy will play as an amateur, while pros Erik Compton, Brian Harman, Russell Henley, Chris Kirk, Kevin Kisner, Brendon Todd and Bubba Watson also are in the field.

The U.S. Open will be played Thursday through Sunday at Chambers Bay in University Place, Wash.

Tee times, converted to Eastern time, for the first and second rounds are below:

1st hole-10th hole

10:33 a.m.-4:33 p.m. — Phil Mickelson, United States; Bubba Watson, United States; Angel Cabrera, Argentina.

10:55 a.m.-4:55 p.m. — Robert Streb, United States; a-Lee McCoy, United States; Kevin Chappell, United States.

11:39 a.m.-5:39 p.m. — Brooks Koepka, United States; Russell Henley, United States; Byeong-Hun An, South Korea.

5:50 p.m.-11:50 a.m. — Ryan Moore, United States; Anirban Lahiri, India, Erik Compton, United States.

10th hole-1st hole

10:55 a.m.-4:55 p.m. — Marcel Siem, Germany; Alexander Levy, France; Brian Harman, United States.

11:39 a.m.-5:39 p.m. — Patrick Reed, United States; Chris Kirk, United States; Jamie Donaldson, Wales.

4:55 p.m.-10:55 a.m. — Kevin Kisner, United States; George Coetzee, South Africa; Alexander Noren, Sweden.

5:06 p.m.-11:06 a.m. — Brendon Todd, United States; Branden Grace, South Africa; Thongchai Jaidee, Thailand.

• Harman joined (the website for the Athens Banner-Herald newspaper) for a podcast earlier this week. Harman's segment starts at the 21:25 mark and can be heard here.

• During a practice round at Chambers Bay, Watson made one of the most bizarre putts you'll ever see. With the hole behind his back, he sent his putt up a slope in the green, and it rolled all the way back and into the cup. Watch it here.

Monday, June 15, 2015

McCoy Helps United States Retain Palmer Cup

Georgia's Lee McCoy holds the Palmer Cup after helping Team USA defeat Europe.
SUGAR GROVE, Ill. --- Georgia’s Lee McCoy helped the United States retain the Palmer Cup – a Ryder Cup-style event featuring collegians – with an 18-12 decision over Europe on Sunday at Rich Harvest Farms.

McCoy, who recently completed his junior year with the Bulldogs, earned 1.5 points for Team USA. He and Ollie Schniederjans defeated Thomas Detry and Jon Rahm 4&3 in the foursomes competition. McCoy overcame a three-hole deficit with three to play, including birdies on Nos. 17 and 18, to halve his singles match with Rahm.

McCoy was the ninth Bulldog to play for the United States Palmer Cup squad. He joined two-time players Nick Cassini, Brian Harman, Russell Henley, Chris Kirk and Adam Mitchell as well as Erik Compton, Ryan Hybl and Michael Morrison. Coach Chris Haack served two stints as the United States captain.

Next up for McCoy is the U.S. Open Thursday through Sunday at Chambers Bay Golf Course in University Place, Wash. McCoy and seven professional Bulldogs will be in the field as Erik Compton, Brian Harman, Russell Henley, Chris Kirk, Kevin Kisner, Brendon Todd and Bubba Watson qualified as well. Kisner was added to the field on Monday as he earned an exception by being ranked No. 55 in the Official World Golf Ranking.

Monday, June 8, 2015

McCoy, Harman Qualify For U.S. Open


Two men with ties to the Georgia golf team earned spots in the U.S. Open on Monday during sectional qualifying tournaments.

Lee McCoy, who just completed his junior season with the Bulldogs, finished second at Hawks Ridge Golf Club in Ball Ground, Ga. He carded a 13-under 131 to snare one of the sectional’s three spots.

At Germantown and Ridgeway Country Clubs in Memphis, Tenn, former Bulldog and current PGA Tour standout Brian Harman came in sixth at 7-under 135. The top 10 players in Memphis were awarded berths.

Georgia already had five representatives in the U.S. Open based on their PGA Tour accomplishments and the World Golf Rankings – Erik Compton, Russell Henley, Chris Kirk, Brendon Todd and Bubba Watson.

Kevin Kisner withdrew from his sectional in Ohio to rest his ailing back. After placing eighth in the Memorial on Sunday, Kisner moved to No. 57 in the WGR. If he stays in the top 60 after this week’s FedEx St. Jude Classic, he also will be invited to the U.S. Open.

Several others Bulldogs attempted to qualify for the U.S. Open on Monday but were unable to advance – former Bulldogs Ryuji Imada, Michael Parrott, Joey Garber, Harris English and Bryden Macpherson and signee David Mackey.

• Todd followed Kisner in the UGA standings in the Memorial as he came in 17th at 8-under. English came in 18th at 7-under, while Kirk and Compton were 36th at 3-under, and Hudson Swafford was 63rd at 3-over. Henley missed the cut.

• Macpherson came in 27th at 13-under in the Tour's Greater Dallas Open and Scott Parel missed the cut.

• Macpherson, Parel and Justin Bolli will play this week in the Rust-Oleum Championship in Ohio. Imada is listed among the alternates.