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Golf: Alabama teen shoots 57 in state junior championship

Teen shoots 57

Bobby Wyatt, who turns 18 this weekend, shot 57 at the Alabama Boys State Junior Championship on Wednesday. Bound for the University of Alabama, he had 12 birdies, an eagle and five pars on the par-71, 6,628-yard course at the Country Club of Mobile. His birdie putt hung on the lip on the 18th green, and he settled for par and an eight-stroke lead after two days. Wyatt, who has won the event the past three years, needed 23 putts total and shot 9-under 26 on the front nine. The previous low round in the event was 61 by Glenn Northcutt in 2004 on a par-70 layout measuring just more than 5,000 yards. "People were congratulating me as I made the turn, but I knew there was a lot of golf to be played," Wyatt said. "I had to take a few extra practice swings on the 10th tee to get my focus back." Ryo Ishikawa's 58 on the Japan Tour on May 2 is the lowest score on a major tour.

Kerr eyes summit

Cristie Kerr believes it will take two more tournament wins to get back to the top of world rankings when she tees off today at the Women's British Open at Royal Birkdale. Kerr is third behind Japan's Ai Miyazato and top-ranked Jiyai Shin of South Korea. The American reached the top in late June after winning the LPGA Championship, before slipping back. "Every week counts, and you have a chance to be No. 1 every week, so it's going to be exciting until the end of the year." Kerr will play with compatriot Brittany Lincicome of Seminole and 1990 champion Helen Alfredsson in the first two rounds.

Couples at home

Though Fred Couples, 50, hasn't lived in the Seattle area for decades, the fans at the U.S. Senior Open at Sahalee Country Club consider him a hometown hero. "To win here, it would rank right up there as any other tournaments probably besides Augusta," he said. "This is just like a U.S. Open; no one's going to tell me any differently. … And I'm from Seattle, so I would think it would be a great, great accomplishment. It would be very special for me."

Cells on trial run

Wyndham Championship officials said Tuesday that fans would be allowed to use mobile phones at Sedgefield Country Club next month, as long as the devices are kept in silent mode and calls are made in designated areas. Tournament director Mark Brazil, a member of the PGA Tour's tournament advisory council, said the group discussed changing the cell phone policy after some fans complained they were out of touch with their families and businesses without their devices. He said the tour has confidence in his event's network of volunteers and security workers to enforce the trial rules. "We're going to be kind of the guinea pig tournament on allowing this," Brazil said. Fans won't be allowed to take pictures or video during the four competitive rounds.

Tiger eyes eight

Tiger Woods has entered the Bridgestone Invitational next week at Firestone, where he is the defending champion and a seven-time winner of the World Golf Championship. Woods won last year by rallying to beat Padraig Harrington, becoming the first player to win a PGA Tour event seven times on the same course. He has won every year at Firestone since 2005, except for when he missed the second half of the 2008 season after knee surgery.

Golf: Alabama teen shoots 57 in state junior championship 07/28/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, July 28, 2010 9:12pm]
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