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HONOLULU, Hawaii - Webb Simpson was so determined to switch to a conventional putting
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HONOLULU, Hawaii - Webb Simpson was so determined to switch to a conventional putting style that he broke his belly putter over his knee so he could never use it again. Dmitry Kulikov Jersey . He might be the most surprised of anyone to be tied for the lead Friday in the Sony Open.With expectations next to nil from using a regular putter for the first time in 10 years, Simpson ran off three birdies over the last five holes for a 4-under 66 to share the lead with Matt Kuchar and PGA Tour rookie Justin Thomas.The broken belly putter is in my trophy case at home. Its on top, Simpson said. I cant use it. I could use it — it would be a short putter.Kuchar, playing alongside Simpson, had a 63.Calgarys Roger Sloan is the top Canadian in the field after shooting a 67 on the second day of competition. He sits minus-3 through two rounds, good for 56th spot on the leaderboard. The big surprise was Thomas, the 21-year-old son of a club pro in Kentucky — not because of his age, or because its his first time to Waialae, but the way he finished. Thomas figured he couldnt catch Kuchar and Simpson, so he tried to at least get a little closer to them. He hit 8-iron to 12 feet for birdie, hit a wedge to 6 feet for birdie on the next hole, and then pounded a tee shot on the par-5 ninth and had only a 9-iron to the green. He hit that to 18 feet and made the putt for eagle.That gave him a 61 — one off the course record Davis Love III set in 1994, about 10 months after Thomas was born.It was probably the best zone and best focus Ive ever been in, Thomas said. I knew I was playing well, but I really didnt know how many under I was for the day, and I just kind of kept playing. It doesnt happen very often in golf, and its really fun to happen. Its probably maybe only the second time its ever happened to me.The other time was at a junior event. He was 8.It sets up for a dynamic weekend at Waialae.At the top at 12-under 128 were Simpson and Kuchar, who were Ryder Cup teammates last fall, joined by Thomas, one of the promising rookies on tour.They were two shots clear of Tim Clark (65) and Troy Merritt (64). Defending champion Jimmy Walker had a 66 for his 15th consecutive round in the 60s in Hawaii. That put him in a group four shots behind, very much in the picture on a course where the leaders tend to be bunched up until the back nine on Sunday.Even though Simpson is a former U.S. Open champion, he might be the most surprised, and certainly among the most pleased.Simpson has been using a belly putter since 2004. He saw one at Pinehurst during a family holiday, and was worried to take it back to Wake Forest for fear his teammates would laugh at him. But its hard to argue with the results, and he was perfectly content to use it until the USGA and R&A decided for him. They adopted a rule effective next January that outlaws the anchored stroke used for such putters.Simpson knew he had one year left, but he didnt want to be told to change by a deadline. He played the Dunlop Phoenix in Japan late last year, and decided to change.And he did so with emphasis.Im a big believer in not changing something thats not broken, Simpson said. So I felt myself kind of backing out. ... In front of my wife, I snapped it over my knee, and I was going to throw it away, but she said, No, no, weve got to keep it. Youve done a lot of good stuff with that.And hes doing more good stuff this week, though its more than just putting. He forged a share of the lead with Kuchar on the par-5 18th with shot to the front of the green and two putts — a beautiful lag — for birdie.Kuchar, one of the most consistent players in golf, wasnt even aware that Simpson had made the switch until the opening hole Thursday.He made about a 6- or 7-footer for birdie and I said, Holy cow, mark the time and date. Webb Simpson used a short putter and actually made it look pretty good, Kuchar said. Yesterday was a beautiful day of putting, and I joked with him that the USGA might have to rethink banning the long putter because hes putting even better with a short putter. He didnt miss a single putt that he should have made in two days. It was a very, very good effort.The 85 players who made the cut included 16-year-old Kyle Suppa, a junior at Punahou. He had another 69 and made the cut on the number, but the kid has more work left. Because more than 78 players made the cut, there will be another cut for the top 70 professionals and ties on Saturday.Thomas missed the cut in his first two events last fall until he realized that having a PGA Tour card for a rookie doesnt guarantee full status for the year. This weekend could set up well for him, though the emotions of being in the last group at the highest level will be new.That didnt faze Thomas. Hes not sure how he will react, but he figured it would happen sooner or later. Why not now? Dustin Byfuglien Jersey . - Jesse Shynkaruk scored a hat trick as the Moose Jaw Warriors snapped a seven-game losing streak with an 8-2 win over the Prince Albert Raiders in Western Hockey League action on Saturday. Steve Mason Jersey . This has become the Raptors mantra as they embark on a new era with a new regime and, in the not-so-distant future, a new image. http://www.hockeyjetsauthority.com/keith...ersey-c-6/ . The Senators return from a lengthy layoff caused by Wednesdays attack on Parliament Hill to host the New Jersey Devils on Saturday night.ST. LOUIS - The Arizona Cardinals know all too well the feeling of seeing their quarterback leaving the field in pain.It happened the last time the Cardinals (11-3) faced the St. Louis Rams, then again in the rematch Thursday night.The only silver lining: They found a way to win both times and are on the verge of clinching a playoff berth after slugging out a 12-6 win behind Chandler Catanzaros four field goals.Im glad we dont have to play the Rams anymore. Both times we played them, they banged our quarterbacks up, receiver Larry Fitzgerald said after being limited to 30 yards and seven catches. Its unfortunate.Drew Stanton hopped off the field after getting sacked by Aaron Donald in the third quarter, and coach Bruce Arians wasnt sure about the extent of the injury to his right knee. Stanton, who became the starter after Carson Palmer suffered a season-ending injury in the last game against the Rams last month, was expected to get an MRI on Friday.Well take it very slowly with him and see how it goes. Arians said.Stantons injury forced Ryan Lindley into his first playing time since 2012. He completed his first pass to set up a 51-yard field goal by Catanzaro, then had a 14-yard pass to John Brown on third-and-7 to spark a drive that led to Catanzaros 44-yarder and a 12-3 lead early in the fourth quarter.Lindley started four games for Arizona as a rookie in 2012 and was cut by the Cardinals in training camp this year. He was signed off San Diegos practice squad after Palmer got hurt, but has hardly practiced with the teams top players.For him to come in in this type of situation, a hostile environment with all the implications going into this game, he did an amazing job, Fitzgerald said.Some things to know from the Cardinals win over the Rams (6-8) that officially eliminated St. Louis from the playoff race:SHUTOUT STREAK SNAPPED: The Rams hadnt allowed a point in nine straight quarters before Arizonas Larry Foote recovered Tre Masons fumble at the St. Louis 27, leading to a second-quarter field goal. The back-to-back shutouts against Washington and Oakland had been the franchises first since 1945.The difference in this ballgame was the ability to get the ball in the end zone. I thought our defence played well enough for us to win, coach Jeff Fisher said. But in situations like this when your offence is struggling against a good defence, somebodys got to make a play.The Rams still havent given up a touchdown since the fourth qquarter of a Nov. Blake Wheeler Jersey. 23 loss at San Diego.ARIANS UNPLUGGED: In his postgame news conference, Arians made it known that he was none too happy about the last-place Rams being favoured against his first-place Cardinals.I love it when nobody says youre going to have a chance to win. Theres an 11-3 team and a team thats always 8-8, Arians said. You figure it out.Arians stuck it to the Rams offensive line while praising his D-line: I thought that our defensive line whipped their offensive line pretty solid. When they were making tackles behind the line of scrimmage, there was usually an offensive lineman holding onto their legs but somehow those flags never got called. But we were tackling them for losses, so it didnt matter.And about that Rams defence?Everybody talking all that stuff about how great their defence is, they saw a good defence tonight. It was in red and white.LARRY LEGEND: With his fourth catch of the game, coming in the second quarter, Fitzgerald became the youngest player in NFL history to reach 900 career receptions. Fitzgerald, 31, is more than a full year younger than Andre Johnson was when he reached the milestone.Im glad to finally get it behind me so I can just get on and worry about the things that really matter, Fitzgerald said. Its nice to be able to accomplish that in 11 years.KICKIN IT: All of the games points came from kickers coming off shaky performances.Catanzaro, an undrafted rookie out of Clemson, missed two of his five field-goal attempts against Kansas City — including a 34-yarder with 69 seconds left that failed to extend a three-point lead.There was no need to talk to him all week. Hes a talented, talented young fella. He just had a bad day at the office last week, Arians said.St. Louis Greg Zuerlein had missed an extra point and two short field goals in the first half last week against Washington. He rebounded with makes from 24 and 19 yards.SEATTLE SHOWDOWN: No matter whos at quarterback, Arizona could have a chance to wrap up the division title next week against Seattle and finish a perfect 8-0 at home.Thats a special game, to win a T-shirt, that hat: NFC West champs, said linebacker Larry Foote, who had a sack and a fumble recovery. Were going to play a great team in our place.Lindley said he has a leg up on preparation because he studied the Seahawks when he was still with the Chargers, then again when the Cardinals faced the defending Super Bowl champs in November. White NFL Jerseys Cheap Cheap NFL Jerseys Camo NFL Jerseys Wholesale Wholesale Authentic Jerseys Cheap Jerseys Online Wholesale Jerseys 2018 Cheap Jerseys China ' ' '
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