Moore leads three others at BMW - COPIED

By Doug FergusonSeptember 13, 2010, 2:41 am
BMW Championship

LEMONT, Ill. – Ryan Moore figured the BMW Championship would be his last tournament for a while. He shot a 5-under 66 on Saturday, which could put his vacation on hold.

Moore eliminated the mistakes that held him back the previous day, making only one bogey in building a one-shot lead over Dustin Johnson, Matt Kuchar and Charlie Wi.

Moore was No. 58 in the FedEx Cup standings, and needed one of his best weeks just to crack the top 30 and advance to the Tour Championship in two weeks at East Lake. A victory not only would send him to the FedEx Cup finale, but give him a clear shot at the $10 million bonus.

Even with 18 holes to go, that’s a long way off.

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Ryan Moore entered the BMW Championship 58th in the FedEx Cup standings. (Getty Images)
Moore was at 8-under 205, and a dozen players were within four shots of his lead, including Ernie Els, Ian Poulter and Paul Casey.

That group does not include Tiger Woods. He finally broke par with a 3-under 68, but he needed much more. Woods was in a tie for 22nd at even-par 213, some seven shots behind where he needs to finish to advance to the FedEx Cup finale. Otherwise, it will be his last PGA Tour round of the year in America.

About his only drama Sunday is playing alongside Phil Mickelson, who shot a 70. It will be the first time they have played together this year, and the first time in the same group since Mickelson beat him in the HSBC Champions at Shanghai last November.

Moore is not bothered with that. He’s not concerned with the FedEx Cup, either.

“Just like any golf tournament, I came here to win,” Moore said. “That’s what I’m here for. I’m not here to try and qualify for the Tour Championship. I’m here to win the Western Open. All that other stuff takes care of itself. It you play good, you get in those things. I’m going to just focus on trying to stay patient, exactly how I have the last few days. Play hard and see what happens.”

Johnson will be in the final group for the second time during the FedEx Cup playoffs, having started Sunday at The Barclays three shots behind Martin Laird. That didn’t look likely when he struggled with his putter early in the round to fall five shots behind. But he ran off five birdies, nearly holing out a wedge on the 10th hole, and wound up with a 68.

“Any time you get on a run like that, especially on this course, it changes your momentum,” Johnson said.

Kuchar hasn’t been nearly as sharp as he was in the opening round when he shot 64, but he’s starting to feel better and is hopeful of hitting his stride Sunday. He wound up with a 70 and was just one shot behind. He was five back going into the last round at The Barclays, which he won in a playoff.

“If I can get going and have a day like today and make a few putts, I’ll find myself up there with a chance to win tomorrow,” he said.

Woods didn’t get much going until the end of his round, trading birdies on the par 5s with a few bogeys when he missed the green and wound up in a tough spot in the bunkers. That started to change with a pair of 15-foot birdie putts on the fourth and fifth holes, a solid par save from the edge of a bunker and a birdie on the par-5 ninth.

He at least was back to even par for the tournament, a year after he won at 19 under par. As for his chances of getting to Atlanta?

“I just play,” Woods said. “That’s all I can do. I’m trying to win this golf tournament, and now I’m eight back.”

If Moore is caught from behind, it most likely won’t be by Woods.

Dressed again in a tie hung loosely around his golf shirt, Moore opened with birdies of 8 feet on the first hole and 4 feet on the fourth. The key might have been No. 7, where he took a double bogey on Friday by trying to use putter from against the collar and blowing it some 8 feet by the hole.

“I ended up in the same type of position today – in the fringe, right around the edge of the rough,” Moore said. “And I was like, ‘All right, I’m going to belly-wedge it today.’ And I knocked it right in. I learned my lesson.”

The final round could be nail-biting away from the lead. The top 30 in the standings advance to the Tour Championship, and several players are right on the line. That includes Kevin Na, who was at 5-under 208, and Kevin Streelman, who had a 72 and was well back at 5-over 218. A good round could make a bad week feel better.

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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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Day's wife shares emotional story of miscarriage

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.

“I hope you know you aren’t alone and I hope you feel God wrap his arms around you when you feel the depths of sorrow and loss,” she wrote.  

Newsmaker of the Year: No. 5, Sergio Garcia

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 12, 2017, 1:00 pm

This was the year it finally happened for Sergio Garcia.

The one-time teen phenom, known for years as “El Nino,” entered the Masters as he had dozens of majors beforehand – shouldered with the burden of being the best player without a major.

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.

And while players often cling to the notion that a major win won’t intrinsically change them, there was a noticeable difference in Garcia over the summer months. The weight of expectation, conscious or otherwise, seemed to lift almost instantly. Like other recent Masters champs, he took the green jacket on a worldwide tour, with stops at Wimbledon and a soccer match between Real Madrid and Barcelona.

The player who burst onto the scene as a baby-faced upstart is now a grizzled veteran with nearly two decades of pro golf behind him. While the changes this year occurred both on and off the course, 2017 will always be remembered as the year when Garcia finally, improbably, earned the title of major champion.


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Man of the people


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Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017

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