Louisville native Schulz gets first win on Champions Tour
Ted Schulz won the First Tee Open on Sunday for his first Champions Tour title, holing a 12-foot birdie putt on the 17th hole at Pebble Beach en route to a 2-under 70 and a one-stroke victory over Tom Pernice Jr. The 50-year-old Schulz — in the field on conditional status in his 12th start on the 50-and-over tour — finished at 14-under 202. It was his first victory since winning the 1991 Nissan Open for the second of his two PGA Tour titles.
"It's huge," said Schulz, a Louisville native who had an eagle, birdie and two bogeys. "I played pretty solid most of the day. I didn't hit is as close as yesterday and I figured I would win if I shot four under. It turned out, two under was enough."
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Schulz, who quit the PGA Tour in 2000 and is the director of golf at the University of Louisville, earned $315,000, the biggest payday of his career and nearly twice what he earned for his Nissan Open title. He played for the Cardinals from 1977—1981.
"I was pretty nervous. I got up four times last night," Schulz said. "But once I got it going, I was pretty solid the whole day."
Pernice finished with a 67.
"I didn't know Ted had birdied 17 behind me," Pernice said. "I would have played 18 differently. I hit a terrible layup. But I'm happy for Ted. He hasn't been there in a while."
Paducah native and former University of Kentucky golfer Russ Cochran finished four shots back at 206. He teamed with Spencer Jones to win the pro-junior title by a stroke at 195.
Day leads Deutsche Bank by a shot
Jason Day capped off an exciting day with a routine birdie to take the lead Sunday in the Deutsche Bank Championship, setting up a Labor Day finish with all sorts of possibilities.
Day watched a three-shot lead evaporate in two holes, only to get it back on the par-5 18th with a shot just off the back of the green, leaving him a simple two-putt for birdie and a 5-under 66. He had a one-shot lead over Brandt Snedeker, who made a mess of the 18th until chipping in for par and a 67.
Just like so many other times at this tournament in Norton, Mass., the Deutsche Bank Championship could be up for grabs.
And so could the No. 1 ranking.
Tiger Woods could only manage one birdie over the last 11 holes and shot a 2-under 69, leaving him tied for 23rd and 10 shots out of the lead. That set the stage for Phil Mickelson or Steve Stricker to end his five-year run atop the world ranking.
Stricker is closer to the lead. Mickelson has better odds. Both of them might have a tough time catching up to Day, the 22-year-old Australian who won the Byron Nelson Championship in May and is starting to play his best golf during the FedEx Cup playoffs.
Day was at 17-under 196, matching the 54-hole record at the TPC Boston set by Mike Weir two years ago.
To take over the No. 1 ranking, Mickelson might only need to finish in fourth place alone, provided Woods is out of the top 24.
"I haven't paid attention to what needs to happen," Mickelson said. "But I'm looking forward to getting in the hunt tomorrow and seeing if I can get off to a good start and make some birdies."
Vijay Singh made the rarest shot in golf — an albatross — when he holed a 5-iron from 229 yards on the par-5 second hole for a cheer that resounded across the front nine of the TPC Boston.
■ Spain's Miguel Angel Jimenez won the European Masters on Sunday in Switzerland, shooting a 4-under 67 to beat Edoardo Molinari by three strokes. Jimenez finished at 21-under 263 to secure his third European Tour victory of the year, following wins in Dubai and France.
LaCrosse finishes Futures Tour on top
Former University of Louisville golfer Cindy LaCrosse won the Futures event in Albany, N.Y., in a playoff and finished atop the tour's money list. The top five on the money list earned full LPGA Tour cards for 2011. LaCrosse beat Jennifer Song on the first extra hole after both shot 69s to finish at 5-under 208. "I'm so happy with the way the year went," said LaCrosse in a report by the St. Petersburg Times. LaCrosse was named tour's player of the year after finishing with earnings of $94,578 and three victories.
Rose's goal gives men's soccer UKIT title
Jordan Rose's first career goal was the lone score in the Kentucky men's soccer team's 1-0 win against IUPUI in the final game of the University of Kentucky Invitational Tournament at the UK Soccer Complex on Sunday. Fellow freshman Tyler Beadle posted his second straight shutout, stopping four shots and facing 10 in his team's two victories so far.
■ The UK women's soccer team (3-1-0) was unable to mount any offense in a 2-0 loss to No. 14 Wake Forest on Sunday in the ACC/SEC Challenge in Winston-Salem, N.C. The Wildcats only managed three shots, the first of which didn't come until the 71st minute.
■ UK volleyball senior Lauren Rapp posted her second double-double effort of the Kentucky Classic in helping the 16th-ranked Wildcats to a 3-1 (25-17, 22-25, 27-25, 25-20) victory over previously undefeated Ohio State to win UK's tournament Saturday evening in Memorial Coliseum. Rapp had 12 kills and 12 digs.
■ Kentucky sophomore Luis Orta won the individual event and helped the men's cross country finish second overall at the San Francisco Invitational on Saturday. Chelsea Oswald's second-place finish in the women's race helped the Wildcats finish second as well.
Get Serious sets record at Monmouth
Get Serious broke his own turf course record in winning the $200,000 Red Bank Stakes at Monmouth Park in Oceanport, N.J., on Sunday, beating Nownownow by a neck. Ridden by Pablo Fragoso and trained by John Forbes, the 6-year old gelding covered the mile on the firm course in 1:32.37, besting the 1:32.70 mark he set in July 2009. Boots Ahead was another 4½ lengths back in third.
■ R Heat Lightning and jockey Garrett Gomez took control late and went on to win by four lengths in the $250,000 Spinaway Stakes for 2-year-old fillies at Saratoga Race Course in New York.
Japanese teen killed in Moto2 crash
Motorcycle racing endured its second tragedy in eight days Sunday, this time at the San Marino Grand Prix in Italy. Shoya Tomizawa became the second teenage rider to die in the sport when the 19-year-old fell and was hit by two trailing riders during the Moto2 race. Tomizawa's crash was similar to the accident that claimed the life of Peter Lenz last Sunday. The 13-year-old from Vancouver, Wash., died during a warmup event at the United States Grand Prix in Indianapolis, where he fell and then was hit by another rider in a U.S. Grand Prix Racers Union series event.
Turkey, Slovenia advance at worlds
Turkey used a 21-4 run spanning the second and third quarters on Sunday to eliminate France from the basketball world championships with a 95-77 win in Istanbul. Phoenix Suns forward Hedo Turkoglu scored 20 points and Sinan Guler added 17 for the hosts. Turkey advanced to play Slovenia, which defeated Australia 87-58.
The last word
Maybe it was the bad economy or the $75 it cost for a ticket — or about $85, once the auxiliary fees are added in — but just 31,107 showed up to see UNLV's home football opener against Wisconsin.Ron Kantowski of the Las Vegas Review-Journal wrote:
"Yes, Wisconsin is a marquee opponent. But with all respect due Al Toon, Alan 'The Horse' Ameche and a bratwurst with grilled onions, I only paid $34 for U2 at Sam Boyd Stadium. And Bono and The Edge weren't coming off a 5-7 season."