Aug 02, 2020
Troy Merritt takes 4-point lead in Barracuda Championship
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TRUCKEE, Calif. (AP) — Troy Merritt made two late birdies Saturday to take a four-point lead into the final round of the Barracuda Championship, the PGA Tour’s lone modified Stableford scoring event.
Merritt had eight birdies and two bogeys on Tahoe Mountain Club’s Old Greenwood Course for a 14-point day.. Players receive 8 points for albatross, 5 for eagle, 2 for birdie, zero for par, minus-1 for bogey and minus-3 for double bogey or worse.
Seeking his third PGA Tour victory, the 34-year-old Merritt had 33 points. He took the lead with a birdie on the par-4 16th, added another on the par-3 17th and just missed a third straight birdie on the par-4 18th.
Maverick McNealy and Emiliano Grillo were tied for second. Grillo had an 11-point round, and McNealy scored 10 points, falling back with bogeys on 16 and 17.
Robert Streb was fourth with 28 points. Joseph Bramlett and Richy Werenski followed at 28.
Merritt has a spot next week in the PGA Championship in San Francisco, while many others are fighting for a position reserved for the tournament winner. The top two from the top 10, not already eligible, will get spots in the U.S. Open in September at Winged Foot.
Tahoe Mountain is staging the event for the first time after 21 years across the border in Nevada at Montreux Golf and Country Club.
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PGA Championship: Warriors Star Steph Curry Photobombs Collin Morikawa Post-Victory News Conference
SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF/AP) — It may have been biggest surprise of Collin Morikawa’s Sunday afternoon.
As Morikawa stood in the press room as the newly crowned PGA Champion, he began to take questions. Suddenly a huge smile came over his face as the first question was fired at him.
“I’m Stephen Curry from under-rated media,” the Golden State Warriors star said. “It’s a working title, I just started about an hour ago.”
Curry, the three-time NBA champion and two-time league MVP, is a major golf fan and golfer. He was deputized as a “guest reporter” for the final round of the tournament, making him one of the few outsiders allowed on the course at TPC Harding Park.
“A question for you,” Curry said. “You’re coming down the stretch on the back nine of a major – everybody knows that’s the moment you are going to take it. Are you a leaderboard watcher? Did you know where you were in that moment?”
With a smile and a chuckle, the San Francisco Bay Area’s newest star replied: “Wow that’s amazing man. It’s fun to see you. I saw you out there on 9 and my caddy’s (J.J. Jakovac) a huge Warriors fan I think you heard him.”
“I’m not,” the UC-Berkeley grad continued. “I’m an LA boy at heart…I do look at leaderboards. I want to know where I’m at. Why not? I don’t think it affects me. I think it’s good to know where you are. I don’t want to be coming down 18 knowing that I need to make par (to win) and try to force a birdie or doing something stupid.”
Curry, who is not in the NBA bubble in Florida because the Warriors didn’t qualify for the NBA restart, even offered to carry Morikawa’s bag if Jakovac was busy.
“I’m free for the next three months if you need a caddie or replacement,” said Curry, who was wearing a mask but Morikawa still recognized him on the course. “J.J. is a great guy, but if you need me, I’m available.”
Morikawa fired back: “Perfect, I want to see your game.”