1 vs 2 in Masters Sunday Showdown
Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods will go head-to-head for the Green Jacket on Sunday in the 65th Masters; with the worlds No. 1 ranked players leading the worlds No. 2 by a single stroke.
Woods fired a 4-under-par 68 to grab the Masters lead for the first time since he won the tournament in record fashion four years ago. At 12-under-par through 54 holes, Woods is one clear of Mickelson, who overcame a double bogey at the 14th for a 3-under-par 69.
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Mark Calcavecchia carded a bogey-free 68 to move into a share of third place at 10-under with fellow Florida Gator Chris DiMarco. DiMarco, who also uses the same putting grip as Calc, posted an even-par 72 to drop from two-up to two-down with 18 holes remaining.
Ernie Els (68) and David Duval (70) are tied for fifth place with Angel Cabrera (70) at 9-under. Cabrera led the tournament on the back nine, but hit his second shot to the par-5 15th into the water. He eventually made double bogey to fall into the pursuing pack.
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Woods recorded only one bogey on Saturday when he flew the green on the par-3 12th. However, he bounced back with three consecutive birdies to grab sole possession of the lead by days end.
Im right where I want to be, said Woods, who is 24-4 worldwide when taking at least a share of the lead into the final round of an event.
The caliber of guys atop the leaderboard is real interesting.'
After making the turn in 2-under 34, Mickelson took the outright lead with a birdie at the par-5 13th. But after his approach shot at the par-4 14th rolled down to the front of the green, the short-game wizard decided to try a flop shot to reach the hole positioned on the back left of the putting surface.
The chip came up well short of the hole. After missing his par save, Mickelson then two-putted from three feet for a double bogey 6.
Poor putting plagued Mickelson throughout the third round. He three-putted from three feet for bogey at the 8th; and also missed a four-foot birdie putt at the 10th.
Yet despite the wasted opportunities, Mickelson birdied the 17th and 18th holes to earn a spot in Sundays final pairing.
I wanted to be playing with him, said a confident Mickelson. I desperately want to win this. Ive been dreaming of this day. This is not just a major. If you win, you become a part of the history of the game.
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Woods started his third round with six straight pars before rolling in a 35-foot birdie putt at the par-4 7th to move to 9-under for the event. Following another birdie at the 11th, Tiger blasted his tee shot on the 12th over the green and into the pine straw.
Fortunately for Tiger, his ball rolled down the mound just off the green; however, he was unable to get up and down for par.
After parring both of the par 5s on the outward half, Woods birdied both of the long holes on the back. In between, he sandwiched a third birdie at the 14th, courtesy of a staked second shot to four feet.
Tiger closed his round by parring his final three holes.
Masters rookie DiMarco held up under the pressure of playing alongside Woods for the first time.
The 18- and 36-hole leader bounced back from a bogey at the par-5 2nd to record birdies on the 3rd and 7th holes.
The 32-year-old parred holes 8-14, but blew his third shot over the green at the 15th and posted a bogey. As he had done all week, DiMarco responded with a birdie at the 16th, but gave the shot back with another bogey at the 17th.
Of course I was nervous. Im not going to lie and say I wasnt. I was playing with the best player in the world and we were playing in the Masters, said DiMarco, who is trying to become the first player since Fuzzy Zoeller in 1979 to win in his first Masters appearance
Over the past two seasons, only Mickelson has proved to be a constant thorn in Tigers paw.
The 18-time PGA Tour winner stopped Woods six-consecutive victory streak at last years Buick Invitational. He then won the season-ending Tour Championship at Tigers expense.
Now, Mickelson is trying to stop another streak. Since finishing fifth in the 2000 Masters, Woods has won the U.S. Open by 15 shots; the British Open by eight shots; and the PGA Championship in a playoff over Bob May.
No player has ever held all four major championships at the same time.
Just to have the opportunity to do it is going to be a lot of fun, said Woods.
News, Notes and Numbers
*Defending champion Vijay Singh is in a tie for 23rd place at 3-under-par after shooting a third-round 73.
*The 72-hole tournament record is 18-under-par 270, set by Tiger Woods in 1997.
*Rocco Mediate shot the low score in the third round, a 6-under-par 66. Mediate is in a tie for eighth with Kirk Triplett (70) at 8-under.
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Highlights: Woods shoots Saturday 69 at API
Tiger Woods made six birdies Sunday, including one at the home hole, to shoot 3-under 69 and move to 7 under par for the week at the Arnold Palmer Invitational.
When he walked off the golf course, he was four off the 11-under pace set by Rickie Fowler, Henrik Stenson and Bryson DeChambeau, all of whom were still on the course.
"I'm going to have to shoot a low one tomorrow, and probably get a little bit of help," Woods told Golf Channel's Steve Sands in a post-round interview. "But my responsibility is to go out there and shoot a low one first."
Woods didn't bogey the first hole on Saturday like he did the day prior - but he did drop at a shot at the par-3 second when he failed to get up and down from the bunker.
Luckily, it wouldn't take him long to get that stroke back. One hole later, at the dogleg-left, par-4 third, Woods ripped a 2-iron off the tee, hit a less-than-stellar approach long and right, and poured in this 38-footer for birdie to get back to even par on the day.
He followed with another at the par-5 fourth, smoking a drive 313 yards uphill, short-siding himself with his second shot, and playing this deft pitch to set up a tap-in 4.
After a par save from the bunker at 5, Woods missed the fairway right at the par-5 sixth, laid up with his second, spun a wedge to 15 feet with his third, and rolled in this third birdie of the day to move to 6 under for the week.
Woods' momentum was slowed by a bogey at 8, the product of an errant tee shot, and a missed birdie try at 9 left Tiger to make the turn in 1 under-35, minus-5 for the week.
He quickly returned to 6 under for the championship when he hit an approach from 186 to inside 10 feet at the par-4 11th and walked in the putt:
Following four straight pars, Woods for the second day in a row made an unlikely birdie at the par-5 16th after missing the fairway to the right and declining to layup.
Woods would drop one more shot coming in when his ball fried in the front bunker at 17, leading to a bogey, but this closing birdie at 18, his sixth of the day, got him into the clubhouse 3 under for the round and 7 under for the week. It also elicited a rare straight-down fist pump.
Two-time major champ Pettersen pregnant
PHOENIX – Suzann Pettersen is pregnant with her first child.
Pettersen’s husband, Christian Ringvold, confirmed the news with Golf Channel’s Jerry Foltz.
Pettersen, 36, who married Ringvold in January of 2017, is due in the fall. The 15-time LPGA winner and two-time major champion has yet to make her first start this year. She’s an eight-time Solheim Cup veteran.
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Fowler among 5 to skip WGC-Match Play
ORLANDO, Fla. – Five of the top 64 players in the world will skip next week’s WGC-Dell Match Play.
Justin Rose, Rickie Fowler, Henrik Stenson, Brooks Koepka and Adam Scott all will miss the second WGC event of the year, held next week at Austin Country Club.
As a result, the last man into the field is world No. 69 Luke List. Kevin Na, Charles Howell III, Joost Luiten and Keegan Bradley also got into the field.
Julian Suri and Bill Haas are the first two alternates, if anyone else withdraws from the round-robin-style match-play event.
This is the second year in a row that Rose, Fowler, Stenson and Scott will not play in Austin. Koepka reached the quarterfinals each of the past two years, but he is still recovering from a wrist injury.
The final seeding for the event will be determined after this week’s tournaments. The bracket show is at 7:30 p.m. Monday, live on Golf Channel.