Garcia Sets Course Record; PGA Says Johnson's Leave Is Voluntary
Saturday Aug 02, 2014 12:00am
Garcia sets course record to take lead at Bridgestone
(AKRON) – Sergio Garcia doesn't know anything about being in a zone. He had no trouble identifying the best round of his career. Garcia one-putted the final 11 holes and made birdies on his last seven holes Friday in the Bridgestone Invitational to tie the course record at Firestone with a 9-under 61 and take a three-shot lead into the weekend. He had a birdie putt on every hole on the back nine, missing only a 15-footer from the fringe at No. 11. Garcia shot 27 on the back nine, a course record. It matched the tournament record held by Tiger Woods, who shot 61 in 2000 and '13, and Jose Maria Olazabal, who shot his 61 in 1990. Woods went on to win by 11 shots in 2000 and seven shots last year. Olazabal won by 12 in the World Series of Golf. Garcia still has work to do. He was at 11 under 129, three shots clear of Justin rose, who had a 67. Open Championship winner Rory McIlroy birdied his last two holes for a 64 and joined Marc Leishman of Australia (67) four shots out of the lead. McIlroy played in the group behind Garcia and could hear what was going on if he couldn't see it
Tour says Johnson leave is voluntary
(UNDATED) – Dustin Johnson was suspended for six months by the PGA Tour after he tested positive for cocaine, according to a report on Golf.com. Citing a source, Golf.com reported that Johnson has failed three drug tests, two for cocaine (in 2014 and '12) and one for marijuana (2009). Johnson, 30, was suspended for the 2012 failed test, Golf.com reported, but that suspension was never made public. Under its guidelines, the PGA Tour is not required to announce any disciplinary actions against players who test positive for recreational drugs. Johnson announced Thursday that he was taking a leave of absence from competition, effective immediately, for "personal challenges." The PGA Tour released a statement Thursday wishing Johnson well. On Friday, PGA Tour executive vice president Ty Votaw refuted the report, reiterating that the leave is voluntary and saying Johnson has not been suspended. "With regard to media reports that Dustin Johnson has been suspended by the PGA Tour, this is to clarify that Mr. Johnson has taken a voluntary leave of absence and is not under a suspension from the PGA Tour," Votaw said in a statement. Votaw also said in regard to the report in golf.com, the PGA Tour does not comment on rumors and speculation. Johnson will miss next week's PGA Championship in Louisville, Kentucky, as well as the FedEx Cup playoffs and the Ryder Cup. The PGA of America issued a new Ryder Cup points list Friday that removed Johnson from the standings. He had been No. 5, virtually certain to be an automatic selection when qualifying ends after the PGA Championship next week.