Cabrera Leads Mickelson Continues to Struggle

By Associated PressNovember 3, 2007, 4:00 pm
SINGAPORE -- U.S. Open champion Angel Cabrera shot a 1-under 70 to double his lead to four strokes after the third round of the Singapore Open on Saturday.
Cabrera, of Argentina, fired three birdies and two bogeys to finish with a three-day total of 9-under 204 at the $4 million Singapore Open at Sentosa Golf Club.
'I had to work my way around, it was tough, the winds were picking up and the greens are getting very hard,' said Cabrera, who made a 25-foot birdie putt at No. 17.
'I'm feeling comfortable. I'm hitting the ball well. I've got a four-shot lead, so that's a bit of a cushion for tomorrow.'
Four strokes behind in second place was Jin Park of the United States who had three bogeys and one birdie for a 1-over 72 at the remodeled 6,710-yard, par-71 Serapong Course.
Phil Mickelson, who was six strokes off the pace at the start of the round, slipped further down the leaderboard after four bogeys, but got back into a tie for 11th place with birdies on the final two holes for a 2-over 73.
Mickelson's tee shot on the par-3 17th glanced off the flag and rolled 3 feet away from the hole, denying him a hole-in-one. He finished with an even-par 213.
'I fought hard today even though I didn't play as well as I wanted to,' Mickelson said.
But Mickelson's caddie Jim MacKay had to drop out in the middle of play because of an upset stomach.
'It's the first time in 15 years that he wasn't able to finish a round,' Mickelson said of Mackay. Mickelson added that he has been suffering from stomach cramps and headaches, exacerbated by the tropical heat. Mickelson's replacement caddie was his father-in-law, Gary McBride.
An eagle on the final hole lifted Briton Lee Westwood into third place, 4 under.
Westwood briefly overtook Park for second place after four birdies and three bogeys, but slid after a triple bogey on the 185-yard 17th, rated the course's easiest hole.
'Got off to a poor start with a couple of three putts in the first five holes but battled away which is what you have to do on this golf course,' Westwood said.
Fiji's Vijay Singh had four birdies and three bogeys for a 1-under 70, six strokes off the lead, and tied for fourth place with two-time defending champion Adam Scott.
'It's a really tough golf course to judge the distances, the approaches and how much the ball will roll,' Singh said. 'I will play a bit more aggressive with the iron shots but you can never be too aggressive.'
Scott, of Australia, had a double bogey on the troublesome par-4 third hole, a dogleg that turns almost 90 degrees left halfway down the fairway, and a bogey on the 12th. But a birdie lifted him to 2-over 73.
'I just didn't hole a putt,' Scott said. 'The greens being so big, it's quite difficult to get iron shots close. A good iron shot would be to 15 feet on these big greens but my touch was off today.'
At 2 under was Anthony Kang of the United States, who had four bogeys and three birdies.
India's Shiv Kapur (69), Japan's Tetsuji Hiratsuka (73), South Africa's Keith Horne (74) and Australia's Gavin Flint (74) were tied for seventh at 1 under.
K.J. Choi of South Korea struggled with a 4-over 75 round that included two double bogeys and four bogeys and four birdies.
South Africa's Ernie Els missed the cut after Friday's round of 5-over 76, which he called one of the worst he's played this year. Missing the cut is likely more painful than usual for Els, as he chose to play this event rather than the season-ending Volvo Masters in Spain, jeopardizing his chances of topping the European Tour Order of Merit.
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Pepperell among co-leaders early in Qatar

By Associated PressFebruary 22, 2018, 5:06 pm

DOHA, Qatar – Eddie PepperellGregory Havret, and Aaron Rai made the most of calm early morning conditions at Doha Golf Club to set the pace in the opening round of the Qatar Masters at 7-under-par 65 on Thursday.

Havret went bogey free, Pepperell made one bogey and eight birdies, while fellow English golfer Rai eagled his last hole to add to five birdies.

One shot behind the leaders were four players, including former Ryder Cup player Edoardo Molinari of Italy and former champion Alvaro Quiros of Spain.

Defending champion Jeunghun Wang of South Korea started with a 68, and Race to Dubai leader Shubhankar Sharma of India shot 69 despite a double bogey on the 15th hole.

Full-field scores from the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters

Pepperell, who is fast gaining a reputation on the European Tour for his irreverent tweets and meaningful blogs, showed his clubs can also do an equal amount of talking after missing cuts in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, and Malaysia.

Pepperell birdied Nos. 10, 11, 14, 16 and 18 with a single blemish on 13 after starting on the back nine. He made three more birdies on his back nine.

He was joined on top of the leaderboard by Havret, who made five birdies in six holes from the sixth, and Rai, who eagled the last.

''I surprised myself, really,'' said Pepperell, who finished third in Portugal and Netherlands last year.

''I've made some changes this week with personnel, so I've been working on a couple of new things and I surprised myself out there with how well I managed to trust it.

''I hit some quality tee shots, that's the area I feel that I've been struggling with a bit lately. We had a good time.

''It's definitely a bigger picture for me this week than tomorrow and indeed the weekend. I'm not overly-fussed about my early season form.”

Molinari, a three-time champion on the tour including last year in Morocco, started with eight straight pars, and then made seven birdies in his last 10 holes, including a chip-in for birdie on the last.

''I hit every green apart from the last one. I hit a lot of fairways, I had a lot of chances for birdie,'' said Edoardo, the older brother of Francesco.

''Last week in Oman, I had a decent week, I had a bad first round and then three very good rounds. It's been the case for the last few weeks so my focus this week was to try and get a good start.''

Oliver Fisher of England was the best among the afternoon groups with a 6-under 66, joining Molinari, Quiros and Germany's Marcel Schneider in a tie for fourth.

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Tiger Tracker: Honda Classic

By Tiger TrackerFebruary 22, 2018, 4:45 pm

Tiger Woods is making his third start of the year at the Honda Classic. We're tracking him at PGA National in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.

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Honda Classic: Tee times, TV schedule, stats

By Golf Channel DigitalFebruary 22, 2018, 2:15 pm

The PGA Tour heads back east to kick off the Florida Swing at PGA National. Here are the key stats and information for the Honda Classic. Click here for full-field tee times.

How to watch:

Thursday, Rd. 1: Golf Channel, 2-6PM ET; live stream:

Friday, Rd. 2: Golf Channel, 2-6PM ET; live stream:

Saturday, Rd. 3: Golf Channel, 1-2:45PM ET; live stream:; CBS, 3-6PM ET

Sunday, Rd. 4: Golf Channel, 1-2:45PM ET; live stream:; CBS, 3-6PM ET

Purse: $6.6 million ($1,188,000 to the winner)

Course: PGA National, Palm Beach Gardens, Florida (par-70; 7,140 yards)

Defending champion: Rickie Fowler (-12) won by four, picking off his fourth PGA Tour victory.

Notables in the field:

Tiger Woods

• Making his fourth start at the Honda Classic and his first since withdrawing with back spasms in 2014.

• Shot a Sunday 62 in a T-2 finish in 2012, marking his lowest career final-round score on the PGA Tour.

• Coming off a missed cut at last week's Genesis Open, his 17th in his Tour career.

Rickie Fowler

• The defending champion owns the lowest score to par and has recorded the most birdies and eagles in this event since 2012.

• Fowler's last start was at the Waste Management Phoenix Open, where he failed to close a 54-hole lead. Fowler is 1-for-6 with 54-hole leads in his Tour career, with his only successful close coming at last year's Honda.

• On Tour this year, Fowler is first in scrambling from the fringe, second in total scrambling and third in strokes gained around the green. 

Rory McIlroy

• It's been feast or famine for McIlroy at the Honda. He won in 2012, withdrew with a toothache in 2013, finished T-2 in 2014 and missed the cut in 2015 and 2016.

• McIlroy ascended to world No. 1 with his victory at PGA National in 2012, becoming the second youngest player at 22 years old to top the OWGR, behind only Woods. McIlroy was later edged by a slightly younger 22-year-old Jordan Spieth.

• Since the beginning of 2010, only Dustin Johnson (15) has more PGA Tour victories than McIlroy (13). 

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Lexi, J. Korda part of four-way tie in Thailand

By Associated PressFebruary 22, 2018, 1:01 pm

CHONBURI, Thailand – Three-time tour winner Minjee Lee of Australia finished with a superb eagle putt to be among the four leaders after Day 1 of the LPGA Thailand at Siam Country Club on Thursday.

Lee sank a 45-foot putt on the 18th hole to card a 6-under-par 66 to tie for the lead with 2016 champion Lexi Thompson, Jessica Korda, and local hope Moriya Jutanugarn.

''I just hit the collar. I didn't know if I was going to have enough. Such a big break there. I'm glad it caught the hole,'' Lee said.

''It's a second-shot golf course. Your approaches are really important, and obviously being in the right spots with the undulation. And if you have a hot putter that's going to help.''

Full-field scores from the Honda LPGA Thailand

Lee won the Vic Open near Melbourne this month and opened her 2018 LPGA tour account last week at the Women's Australian Open, finishing fifth.

Thompson, who won this event in 2016 by six shots with a 20-under total and tied for fourth last year, started her latest round in style with an eagle followed by a birdie only to bogey the third hole. She carded four more birdies.

''It definitely helps to get that kind of start, but I was just trying to keep that momentum and not get ahead of myself,'' Thompson said.

Her compatriot Korda had a roller-coaster round which featured eagles on the first and 17th holes, five birdies, a double bogey on the sixth, and two bogeys.

Jutanugarn was the only player among the four to end the day without a bogey.

''I had a good start today, it was better than I expected,'' said Jutanugarn, who was seventh here last year.

She's trying to become the first Thai winner of the tournament.

Two-time champion Amy Yang and world No. 2 Sung Hyun Park were among six players at 5 under.