Greg Norman takes third-round lead at Senior British

By Associated PressJuly 25, 2009, 4:00 pm
Senior Open ChampionshipSUNNINGDALE, England ' Greg Norman shot a bogey-free 6-under 64 on Saturday to grab the lead by a stroke heading into the last round of the Senior British Open.
 
Norman was at 10-under 200, a stroke ahead of overnight leader Fred Funk (72) and Loren Roberts (67).
 
Tom Watsons hopes of improving on his runner-up spot in the British Open last week took a hit after a 70 that left him six shots behind Norman.
 
Watsons putter remained cold, despite an overnight grip change following similar problems on Friday.
 
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Greg Norman is in search of his first Champions Tour victory. (Getty Images)
I had five three-putts. I wasted a good ball-striking day, he said. I hit it very well and made absolutely nothing on the greens, although I did make a 60-footer (on the 13th hole) and a 30-footer (on the 5th).
 
Otherwise, I was missing everything. Everything was right, everything pushed. Maybe I ought to aim left.
 
I dont have very good speed control on these greens.
 
Norman found the right speed in a solid round.
 
I put the ball in play and putted decently, he said. I got on the tee and could see the shots I wanted to play and just went and played them. I really wasnt worried about anything else.
 
The Shark loves the Sunningdale course, where he played often and won during his years on the European Tour.
 
I feel comfortable around this golf course. I always have done for some reason. I like the way it feels to me off the tee. You can be aggressive or conservative, depending on how you want to play. Today I had a mixture of both.
 
Funk dropped his first shot of the week at the tough second hole, then double-bogeyed the 12th and bogeyed 14.
 
The good news is that Im still there. I can still win it,' Funk said. The bad news is that I put everyone else in the tournament right back in it.
 
Larry Mize also shot a 64, and Bernhard Langer, Ben Crenshaw and defending champion Bruce Vaughan all had 65s. Langer has a share of seventh place four shots behind Norman as he bids for his fifth Champions Tour victory of the year.
 
I hit a lot of good quality shots even though I didnt make many putts, Langer said. I still shot 65 so Im happy with my long game.
 
Denis Watson was in fourth place, one ahead of Mize and Sam Torrance, who was second overnight. Torrance triple-bogeyed the tough second hole and shot 71.
 
Mize birdied four in a row from the 11th, and the last two.
 
Mize, who 22 years ago made a spectacular chip-in to beat Norman for the Masters, was delighted with his round, which contained six birdies in a back nine of 29.
 
I felt I got things rolling on the back nine and was able to bring it in pretty good, he said.
 
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    Suspended Hensby offers details on missed drug test

    By Will GrayDecember 12, 2017, 11:30 pm

    One day after receiving a one-year suspension from the PGA Tour for failing to provide a sample for a drug test, Mark Hensby offered details on the events that led to his missed test in October.

    Hensby, 46, released a statement explaining that the test in question came after the opening round of the Sanderson Farms Championship, where the Aussie opened with a 78. Frustrated about his play, Hensby said he was prepared to give a blood sample but was then informed that the test would be urine, not blood.

    "I had just urinated on the eighth hole, my 17th hole that day, and knew that I was probably unable to complete the urine test for at least a couple more hours," Hensby said. "I told this gentleman that I would complete the test in the morning prior to my early morning tee time. Another gentleman nearby told me that 'they have no authority to require me to stay.' Thus, I left."

    Hensby explained that he subsequently received multiple calls and texts from PGA Tour officials inquiring as to why he left without providing a sample and requesting that he return to the course.

    "I showed poor judgment in not responding," said Hensby, who was subsequently disqualified from the tournament.

    Hensby won the 2004 John Deere Classic, but he has missed six cuts in seven PGA Tour starts over the last two years. He will not be eligible to return to the Tour until Oct. 26, 2018.

    "Again, I made a terrible decision to not stay around that evening to take the urine test," Hensby said. "Obviously in hindsight I should have been more patient, more rational and taken the test. Call me stupid, but don't call me a cheater. I love the game. I love the integrity that it represents, and I would never compromise the values and qualities that the game deserves."

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    By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 12, 2017, 4:12 pm

    Jason Day’s wife revealed on social media that the couple had a miscarriage last month.

    Ellie Day, who announced her pregnancy on Nov. 4, posted an emotional note on Instagram that she lost the baby on Thanksgiving.

    “I found out the baby had no heartbeat anymore. I was devastated,” she wrote. “I snuck out the back door of my doctor, a hot, sobbing, mascara-covered mess. Two and a half weeks went by witih me battling my heart and brain about what was happening in my body, wondering why this wouldn’t just be over.”

    The Days, who have two children, Dash and Lucy, decided to go public to help others who have suffered similar heartbreak.

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    Garcia was 0-for-72 driving down Magnolia Lane in April, but after a thrilling final round and sudden-death victory over Justin Rose, the Spaniard at long last captured his elusive first major title.

    The expectation for years was that Garcia might land his white whale on a British links course, or perhaps at a U.S. Open where his elite ball-striking might shine. Instead it was on the storied back nine at Augusta National that he came alive, chasing down Rose thanks in part to a memorable approach on No. 15 that hit the pin and led to an eagle.


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    A green jacket was only the start of a transformative year for Garcia, 37, who heaped credit for his win on his then-fiancee, Angela Akins. The two were married in July, and months later the couple announced that they were expecting their first child to arrive just ahead of Garcia’s return to Augusta, where he'll host his first champions’ dinner.

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