A nonprofit publication of the Kentucky Center for Public Service Journalism

Former University of Kentucky golfer Chip McDaniel making a name for himself on PGA Tour

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Chip McDaniel is making a name for himself on the PGA Tour. In his first full summer as a professional, the former University of Kentucky golfer already has nabbed a Top 10 finish and competed in nine events. His winnings have already totaled more than $110,000 and he has made the cut in his past two tournaments, including the Barbasol Championship earlier this month...

Downing: Barbasol Championship ‘hits the mark” in Bluegrass debut

Despite heavy rains and strong thunderstorms, Champions at Keene Trace held up well during the Barbasol Championship last month. (Kentucky Today/Keith Taylor) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Despite a soggy debut at Champions at Keene Trace, the Barbsol Championship was a success and officials expect the PGA TOUR event will improve in the future. “We controlled everything that we could control,”...

Close call: Merritt fends off his contenders to capture Barbasol Championship

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Troy Merritt didn’t lead the Barbasol Open from start to finish but did just enough to capture his second PGA TOUR victory. Merritt, tied with four others going into the final round, fired a 5-under-par 67 Monday at Champions at Keene Trace to win the event by one stroke over Billy Horschel, Richy Werenski, and Tom Lovelady. Several rain delays and other weather-related...

Barbasol Championship final moves into 5th day; Musselman, McDaniel cross finish line

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Heavy rains suspended play of the Barbasol Championship for more than four hours Sunday, forcing the finale to be extended at least for one more day. Overall, just 21 players completed the fourth round Sunday, including former University of Kentucky golfers Cooper Musselman and Chip McDaniel. Tournament leaders Robert Streb, Hunter Mahan, Tom Lovelady and Troy Merritt...

Four share the lead going into final round of Barbasol Championship

Former University of Kentucky golfer Chip McDaniel fired a 6-under-par 66 in the second round of the Barbasol Championships and made the cut in his professional debut. (Kentucky Today/Keith Taylor) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Four players share the lead going into the final round of the Barbasol Championship at Champions at Keene Trace In Nicholasville. Robert Streb fired a 9-under-par 63 Saturday...

Former UK coach Tubby Smith tees it up in Barbasol Pro-Am in brief return to Bluegrass

Tubby Smith watches his tee shot from the No. 11 tee box during a Pro-Am event ahead of the Barbasol Championship Wednesday at Champions at Keene Trace. (Kentucky Today/Keith Taylor) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today NICHOLASVILLE (KT) — Tubby Smith was happy to be back in the Bluegrass even if it was for a brief period to time. “It was fun and we had a good time,” said Smith who played alongside...

Full field of 132 golfers are set to compete for Barbasol Championship

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today The field is set for the Barbasol Championship. Davis Love III, Brittany Lincicome, and Billy Horschel will be among the 132 players who will be vying for the title when the event tips off Thursday and concludes on July 22 at Champions at Keene Trace in Nicholasville. Hall of Famer Love III has won 21 times on TOUR including the 1997 PGA Championship, tops the field...

‘Birdies for the Bluegrass’ during Barbasol PGA Championship to benefit Ky. Children’s Hospital

By Hilary Brown University of Kentucky UK HealthCare has been named one of the official sponsors of the Barbasol PGA Championship being held July 16-22 at Champions at Keene Trace in Nicholasville. The tournament will be broadcast live each day on Golf Channel and one of only 45 regular-season tournaments before the FedEx Cup Playoffs. As part of the PGA Tour’s mission to positively impact local...

Hunter Mahan and two with state ties added to Barbasol Championship field

Hunter Mahan has committed to play in the Barbasol Championship next week. Mahan was a member of the U.S. team that captured the Ryder Cup title at Valhalla Golf Course in Louisville in 2008. (PGA TOUR Photo) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today The list of participants for next week’s PGA TOUR Barbasol Championship keeps growing and includes several players with ties to the Bluegrass State. Derek Fathhauer,...

Barbasol Championship: Cabrera, Goosen added to growing field

Brooks Downing has been pleased with the commitments the Barbasol Championships has received ahead of the PGA TOUR event set for July 19-22 at Champions at Keene Trace in Nicholasville. (Kentucky Today/Keith Taylor) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today The list of participants for the Barbasol Championships is growing going into the final three weeks of preparation for the PGA Tour event. The initial field...

LPGA star Brittany Lincicomi is approaching the Barbasol Open like ‘any other event’

Brittany Lincicomi will become the fifth female to play in a PGA Tour sanctioned event when she competes in the Barbasol Championship set for July 16-22 at Champions at Keene Trace in Nicholasville. (LPGA Photo) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Not many women have played on the PGA Tour and it’s been a decade since Michelle Wie competed in the John Deere Classic. Brittany Lincicomi will become the...