Palm Harbor's Bob Heintz has had a pretty good month. Heintz, 37, who has struggled to stay on the PGA Tour in recent years, has consecutive top-10 finishes. He tied for fifth Sunday at the Canadian Open and earned $190,000. The week before he tied for fifth at the U.S. Bank Championship. Heintz, a Countryside High grad, has earned $491,926. More important, he has moved to 121 on the money list. The top 150 earn a full exemption for the next PGA season. Heintz is in the field at this week's Reno-Tahoe Open.
Jim Furyk's roll toward the final major of the year, the PGA Championship on Aug. 9-12, came to a halt when his back became tight and painful, leaving him uncertain Wednesday whether he could play in the Bridgestone Invitational. "I'm very stiff right now, don't have a lot of movement in my upper back and then into my neck," said Furyk, who won the Canadian Open with 64 Sunday, his first victory of an otherwise steady season that moved him to No. 2 in the world ranking.
Failed drug test
Alessandro Pissilli has been suspended after testing positive for the diuretic Finasteride at the Omnium National Championship on June 29, the Italian Olympic Committee said. Pissilli, who plays on the Italian pro tour, was suspended by the Italian Golf Federation. He could face a two-year ban. His local golf club in Florence released a statement saying he had informed authorities at the time of the test that he had taken the drug for almost two years to treat a prostate problem. Finasteride also is used to treat hair loss but can mask steroid use.
No wonder the world's best come to the Bridgestone: no cut and the winner collects $1.35-million from an $8-million purse, spread among just 84 players. ... Tee times have been adjusted because of the size of the field in Akron, Ohio, with players going off both in two waves today and Friday.