Make us your home page

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Palm Harbor's Heintz captures share of lead

Bob Heintz matches the course record with 7-under 63 during the first round of the Wyndham Championship at Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro, N.C. Heintz shares the lead with rookie Martin Laird.

Associated Press

Bob Heintz matches the course record with 7-under 63 during the first round of the Wyndham Championship at Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro, N.C. Heintz shares the lead with rookie Martin Laird.

GREENSBORO, N.C. — Bob Heintz has always wanted some fans to follow him around the course for a change. For one day, he got that kind of attention, even if it took some ribbing — and a remarkable start to the Wyndham Championship.

Heintz, a Palm Harbor resident, and rookie Martin Laird matched the course record Thursday with 7-under 63s at Sedgefield Country Club to share the lead after the first round of the PGA Tour's last event before the FedEx Cup playoffs open.

They joined three other players who had shot 63s at the course — nobody had done it since Gary Player in 1970, although the pros haven't played Sedgefield since 1976 — and surpassed the venue's opening-round record by one stroke.

Early during Heintz's round, he figured out that the roughly 50 people in the gallery were far more interested in another member of his threesome, local amateur Drew Weaver.

"I said, 'I imagine y'all are here to watch Drew, right?' " Heintz said. "They kind of laughed and felt bad that they weren't there to watch me. I relayed to them that one of my career goals was to get where I'm good enough where someone might actually go to a golf course, pick up a pairing sheet and say, 'I'll follow Bob Heintz's group today.'

"That's kind of a vague career goal, but they started to tease me about that as the day went on — 'I guess I'll follow you now.' I'd rather have attention than, you know, have nobody know who I was."

Heintz, 38, started his round on the back nine and birdied five of his first eight holes.

Laird, who had a bogey-free round with five birdies, ranks 162nd on the money list and 164th on the points list. Heintz is one spot ahead of Laird in earnings but trails him by three spots in the FedEx Cup chase in which the top 144 players advance to the postseason.

"If I was to point to something and say, 'This could be stressful for me right now,' it would not be whether I get into the FedEx Cup," Heintz said. "It would be, you know, am I going to be able to finish this year in the top 125?

"Am I going to be able to finish in the top 150? For a player of my current status, those are the real concerns. I would love to take some of that FedEx Cup money, and that would mean good things for me, but I don't come to this week going, 'Man, I've got to get in the FedEx Cup.' "

LPGA: Defending champion Lorena Ochoa shot bogey-free 6-under 66 to take a one-stroke lead over Annika Sorenstam in the Canadian Women's Open in Ottawa, leaving Michelle Wie nine strokes back in her final tour event of the year. Ochoa hit all 18 greens in regulation and was in the rough only once.

Champions: Defending champion Mark McNulty shot 5-under 67 for a share of the lead at the Tradition, the fourth of the tour's five majors. Craig Stadler, Gene Jones, Mark Wiebe, Tim Simpson, Jay Haas and David Eger joined McNulty at top of the leaderboard in Sunriver, Ore.

European: Nick Dougherty holed a 142-yard wedge shot for eagle on his way to 4-under 66 and a tie for the lead with Peter Hanson and Pedro Linhart at the SAS Masters in Stockholm, Sweden.

Florida Cup: The North claimed the title after earning 28½ points to the South's 11½ points at Palma Ceia Golf and Country Club in Tampa.

Amateur qualifier: St. Petersburg's Michael Barbosa shot 9 under to qualify for Monday's 108th U.S. Amateur by capturing medalist honors (67-68—135) at Broken Sound Club in Boca Raton. Barbosa, a second-year student at Stetson School of Law, played at Georgia Tech. "I'm very excited and looking forward to playing in the tournament," said Barbosa, who has played six times on the same courses at Pinehurst, N.C. "I've shot some good rounds there."

Times correspondent Dave Theall contributed to this report.

Palm Harbor's Heintz captures share of lead 08/15/08 [Last modified: Tuesday, November 2, 2010 11:36am]
Photo reprints | Article reprints


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Good to be bad? Dirk Koetter's call for bold, brash Bucs


    Is being a badass team all about swagger and toughness? "Our whole thing is about competing," Bucs coach Dirk Koetter says. (Loren Elliott | Times)
  2. Ole Miss football coach Hugh Freeze resigns over 'inappropriate conduct' (w/ video)


    OXFORD, Miss. — Mississippi coach Hugh Freeze was at Jackson Country Club on Wednesday night, giving his yearly rah-rah speech about the Rebels overcoming adversity and getting ready for the college football season.

    If Hugh Freeze hadn’t resigned, Ole Miss says it would have fired him for violating his contract’s moral turpitude clause.
  3. Fennelly: With playoff chase in high gear, it's time for Rays to make a move

    The Heater


    Thursday was an off-day for the Rays, who are coming off a solid western swing. I assume there was no rest for the tag-team Rays baseball brain trust of Matt Silverman, Erik Neander and Chaim Bloom, whose job it is to improve this team in advance of the trade deadline. They've done a good job …

    Evan Longoria is glad to see the Rangers coming to town: He’s batting .296 against them with 15 homers and 56 RBIs in 69 career games.
  4. Rays vs. Rangers, 7:10 p.m. Friday, Tropicana Field

    The Heater

    Tonight: vs. Rangers

    7:10, Tropicana Field

    TV/radio: Fox Sports Sun; 620-AM, 680-AM (Spanish)

    PORT CHARLOTTE, FL - FEBRUARY 18:  Alex Cobb #53 of the Tampa Bay Rays poses for a portrait during the Tampa Bay Rays photo day on February 18, 2017 at Charlotte Sports Park in Port Charlotte, Floida.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
  5. Good news for Rays on Steven Souza Jr. as MRI shows 'no damage' to hip


    The Rays got good news today on RF Steven Souza Jr., as an MRI showed "no damage" to his left hip.

    Steven Souza Jr. #20 of the Tampa Bay Rays holds his leg after hurting himself trying to steal second base in the first inning against the Oakland Athletics at Oakland Alameda Coliseum on July 19, 2017 in Oakland, California.