Matt Kuchar Scott Piercy tied at Turning Stone

By Associated PressOctober 4, 2009, 2:17 am

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VERONA, N.Y. – Scott Piercy wants to be the first rookie to win on the PGA Tour this year, and he’s confident he can if he continues to do the things that helped him take a share of the third-round lead in the Turning Stone Resort Championship.

“I feel like my game’s where it needs to be to win,” said Piercy, who shot a 6-under 66 on Saturday to share the top spot with Matt Kuchar.

“I’m making a few putts, hitting it real solid, hitting lots of greens, which takes bogeys out of play,” Piercy said. “If I can hit 17 greens tomorrow, I like my chances for winning.”

Kuchar shot a 67 to match Piercy at 14-under 202 on the Atunyote Golf Club course.

With the sun shinning after two days of heavy rain, Kuchar took advantage of the soft greens to string together four birdies over a seven-hole stretch. Piercy had even better run, making four birdies in a five-hole span in the Fall Series opener.

“If you look at conditions like these, you’d be really disappointed to make bogeys out there,” Kuchar said. “I feel like you can fire at most greens.”

Rod Pampling (65) and Leif Olson (68) were a stroke back.

Nicholas Thompson (69) was two strokes behind.

Second-round leader Vaughn Taylor struggled Saturday, shooting a 71 to drop into a tie for sixth at 11 under with Fredrik Jacobson (69), Tim Petrovic (68) and Jonathan Byrd (67).

Mathias Gronberg tied the course record with a 64. He was 10 under. He matched the record set by Jarrod Lyle and Jeff Maggert during the 2007 tournament.

“When you start rolling in eagle putts, everything seems a lot easier,” said Gronberg, who lamented that he missed a 2 1/2-foot birdie putt on No. 14. “Obviously it was great weather today, and I took full advantage of it.”

Kuchar is seeking his first PGA Tour victory since 2002 Honda Classic. His best finish this year was a fifth-place tie at the Memorial in June.

“It’ll certainly depend on the weather. I know there’s a lot of good players up there close to the top, and this course, if it plays anything like it did today, it’s going to take another 5 or 6-under par to win. So you just have to keep the gas pedal down, just go after some birdies,” Kuchar said.

Piercy, a 30-year-old Las Vegas native, has two top-10 finishes this year.

This week, he’s had only one bogey, and he’s missed the greens only a handful of times.

“I’ve put myself in position to win at least … I mean I’ve driven it awesome this week,” Piercy said. “You know, the last group on Sunday, there’s pressures that go with that … I think the more that you put yourself there, the better you’re able to deal with it.”

Piercy birdied the 550-yard, par-5 fifth hole and followed with three consecutive birdies on holes Nos 8, 9 and 10 and added another on 12.

Trailing Kuchar through most of the round, Piercy finally snared a share of the lead with a birdie on the 15th hole. Piercy had a chance to take the lead for himself, but missed a 36-foot putt for eagle on the final hole and ended up settling for par after missing a short birdie putt.

Kuchar birdied No. 2 to start his scoring. He added another birdie on the sixth hole to tie Taylor for the lead and then birdied No. 8 to briefly claim the top of the leaderboard for himself. Kuchar added two more quick birdies after making the turn, but could only manage par on his final six holes.

Kuchar, too, was confident about his chances.

“I’m not much of a number guy. There so much adjusting that has to be done with the game of golf,” Kuchar said. “I imagine tomorrow if it gets late in the round and there’s a battle going on, it’ll be a little more nerves, but that’s the fun part about the game, to see how you can handle it.

“It’s another round of golf. It counts the same as round one counts. That’s just the way I look at it.”
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Lexi (wrist) WDs from Diamond Resorts Invitational

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 11:27 pm

Lexi Thompson on Friday withdrew from the Diamond Resorts Invitational, citing inflammation in her wrist. Thompson, who teamed with Tony Finau to finish tied for fourth place in last week's QBE Shootout, said she is under strict doctor's order not to hit golf balls until mid-January.

The Diamond Resorts Invitational is scheduled Jan. 12-14 at Tranquilo Golf Club in Orlando, Fla. The field for te 54-hole event includes LPGA and PGA Tour Champions players, as well as celebrities from the worlds or sports and entertainment.

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Rose leads Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs

By Associated PressDecember 15, 2017, 2:04 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose completed the final two holes of his second round early Saturday for a 3-under 69 and a one-stroke lead at the Indonesian Masters.

Rose, who had a first-round 62, was among a quarter of the field forced off the Royale Jakarta Golf Club course after weather delays on Friday.

The Englishman, who bogeyed his last hole, had a two-round total of 13-under 131.

Kiradech Aphibarnrat, who completed his 64 on Friday, was in second place.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters. He has been affected by a rib-sternum injury for most of the season.

Newsmaker of the Year: No. 2, Donald Trump

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 1:00 pm

Even away from the White House, President Donald Trump generated plenty of headlines this year.

Trump’s first year in office didn’t dim his enthusiasm for the game, as he made splashy appearances at two big events, tweeted about golf to his more than 44 million followers, teed it up with some of the sport’s biggest stars, including Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Lexi Thompson, and fired a few eyebrow-raising scores. Logging more than 75 rounds since his inauguration, the 3-handicap has only bolstered his reputation as the best golfing president, particularly after his alleged 73 with Sen. Lindsey Graham.

None of his appearances created a bigger stir than when he attended the U.S. Women’s Open. Despite protests and calls for the USGA to move its premier women’s event from Trump Bedminster – the president reportedly threatened to sue – his weekend there went off without incident, as Trump watched the action and hosted players in his private box near the 15th green.


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Despite his controversial rhetoric on a variety of national issues, Trump has remained a staunch supporter of women’s golf, and he became the first sitting president to attend the U.S. Women’s Open.

An honorary chairman of the Presidents Cup, Trump also flew to Liberty National for the biennial team event, where he presented the trophy to the U.S. team and dedicated the victory to the hurricane victims in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico.

In late November, amid tweets about the national anthem, Turkey, Egypt and Time Magazine, Trump announced that he was playing a round in South Florida with Woods and world No. 1 Dustin Johnson.

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