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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...

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...

Ex-FedEx champ Horschel latest addition to Barbasol Championship field

Billy Horschel is the latest addition to next week’s Barbasol Championships slated for June 19-22 at Champions at Keene Trace. (PGA TOUR photo) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today The field for next week’s Barbasol Championship keeps expanding. Former FedExCup champion Billy Horschel has committed to play in the tournament set for July 19-22 at Champions at Keene Trace in Nicholasville. Horschel,...

‘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...

PGA golfer Davis Love III commits to play in Barbasol Championship

Davis Love III has committed to play in the Barbasol Championships set for next month at Champions at Keene Trace in Nicholasville. (PGA Tour Photo) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today The field is shaping up for the Barbasol Championship. Davis Love III committed to play in the event set for July 19-22 at Champions at Keene Trace in. Nicholasville. Love, a member of the World Golf Hall of Fame, has posted...

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...

PGA Tour returns to Kentucky for first time in 58 years with relocation of Barbasol Championship

With new host facility Keene Trace Golf Club serving as the backdrop and Gov. Matt Bevin heading a delegation of state and local dignitaries who joined PGA TOUR executive Andy Pazder, it was announced Wednesday that the 2018 Barbasol Championship will become Kentucky’s first PGA TOUR tournament in decades, come next July 16-22. The fourth-year event will be contested on the Arthur Hills-designed...

Can he make it two in a row? Holmes has good record in Players Championship

Can J.B. Holmes make it two in a row this weekend? (Photo from PGATour.com) J.B. Holmes hasn’t played The Players Championship since 2012, but he’s amassed a strong record at TPC Sawgrass’ Stadium Course.   He has four top-16s in seven starts, highlighted by a T6 in 2011. Holmes earned a return trip to The Players Championship by winning last week’s Wells Fargo Championship,...

Shelbyville native, former EKU golfer qualifies for U. S. Open in Ohio sectional

Former Eastern Kentucky University men’s golfer Brandon Brown has qualified for the upcoming U.S. Open at Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, Pa. The first round of the 2013 U.S. Open is scheduled for Thursday, June 13.   Brown was one of two competitors to qualify for the U.S. Open at the Springfield, Ohio sectional on Monday. Brown posted a two-round score of 135 (-5), to place second overall out...