Parnevik in Position for Win No 1 in 2001

By Mercer BaggsMarch 10, 2001, 5:00 pm
Jesper Parnevik couldn't have asked for a better scenario. Showers softened the TPC at Heron Bay greens Saturday morning, and then subsided once the Swede took to the course.
Under ideal scoring conditions, Parnevik wasn't able to completely separate himself from the field, but he was able to maintain a three-stroke advantage entering the final round. He ended his day with a chip-in birdie at the par-4 18th.
'I love being in the lead,' said Parnevik. 'I'd rather be a few shots ahead than a few shots behind.'
Parnevik fired a 6-under-par 66 to move to 18-under for the tournament; three clear of Mark Calcavecchia, who matched Jesper's 66. Parnevik's total is a new 54-hole tournament scoring record by two strokes.
Australian first-round co-leader Geoff Ogilvy is in a tie for third at 14-under following a round of 65. He shares that position with Dan Forsman, who birdied his final five holes for a 65, as well.
A couple of multiple major winners are in a tie for fifth place at 13-under-par. Two-time U.S. Open champion Lee Janzen tied the course record with an 8-under-par 64 to climb into contention, while John Daly shot a bogey-free 67 to do the same.
Both Daly and Janzen are trying to snap winless droughts. Janzen's streak dates back to the 1998 U.S. Open. Daly's extends to the 1995 British Open.
If either is to re-enter the winner's circle come Sunday in Coral Springs, Fla., they'll need a little help from those above them, as well as from Mother Nature.
'I hope it blows, I really do,' said Daly, who hasn't made a bogey over his last 40 holes. 'For me to have a chance it's going to have to blow like it did yesterday. Hopefully, I'll come out and do what I did on Friday (when he shot 65).'
The last thing that those trailing Parnevik need is more rain. The early storms softened the greens, allowing those playing in the afternoon to attack the flags - which many successfully did.
Parnevik had a chance to distance himself from the pack. But after playing his first ten holes in 5-under, he became stagnate over the back nine, collecting only one more stroke to par.
Clad in form-fitting burberry-checkered pants and two-toned shoes, Parnevik made his way to 17-under-par through 14 holes, before bogeying the par-3 15th. A par at the 16th gave him a one-shot lead with two holes to play; both of which he birdied to finish at 18-under.
'The bigger the lead, the better,' Parnevik said. 'It seems like all the tournaments I've won or played with the lead, I've ended up winning. So it's a position I'm comfortable in.'
Aside from the usual fashion flare - which Calcavecchia said he wouldn't wear for '50,000 bucks' - Parnevik has put a new putter in his bag. In fact, the flatstick, which looks more like a miniature spacecraft than a putting instrument, was give to Jesper Wednesday night.
'I can't remember (the name of the person who gave it to me),' said Parnevik. 'He just came up, asked me if I wanted to have a try with it and I hit one putt and I said all right.'
It seems to be working. Parnevik is second in the tournament in putting.
Two weeks removed from arthroscopic surgery on his left knee, Calcavecchia forced himself to compete in this week's Honda Classic. It's a home tournament, of sorts. Like Parnevik, he lives less than an hour away from the venue; and is commuting each day.
His initial goal was just to show up and try and make the cut. However, after 54 holes he finds himself in position to win his second event of the season.
'No one's more surprised than me,' said Calcavecchia.
Calcavecchia, who set the 72-hole aggregate PGA Tour scoring record (256) in his 2001 Phoenix Open victory, parred his first six holes on Saturday. He then proceeded to reel off seven birdies over his next 10 holes.
His lone blemish came in the form of a bogey at the par-4 17th.
'Jesper has kind of separated himself from me, picking up two shots on the last two holes on me, that's a big difference. Instead of being only one behind, I'm two behind. That's a nice little extra cush,' said Calcavecchia.
'But that certainly doesn't men I don't think I have a chance. I'll make him sweat a little.'
News, Notes and Numbers
*16-year-old high school sophomore Ty Tryon shot a 2-under-par 70 in the third round to move into a tie for 51st at 6-under-par. Tryon capped his day by holing a bunker shot for birdie on the par-4 finishing hole.
*Joe Durant is six shots back of Parnevik at 12-under. Durant overcame a four-shot deficit at last week's Genuity Classic to win his second straight start.
*Also at 12-under is Chris Smith, who said he once lost a Skins Game to a clown.
*Lee Janzen has switched back to the putter he used to win his first U.S. Open in 1993, a Ping Zing II.
*Mark Weibe aced the par-3 11th on Saturday. He holed a 6-iron from 167 yards.
*Since this event has been contested at the TPC at Heron Bay, all four winners have been Florida residents.
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Highlights: Woods shoots Saturday 69 at API

By Golf Channel DigitalMarch 17, 2018, 8:40 pm

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.

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Two-time major champ Pettersen pregnant

By Randall MellMarch 17, 2018, 7:14 pm

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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Tiger Tracker: Arnold Palmer Invitational

By Tiger TrackerMarch 17, 2018, 3:00 pm

It was a 3-under 69 on Saturday for Tiger Woods for a 7-under total through three rounds. We tracked him at Bay Hill.

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Fowler among 5 to skip WGC-Match Play

By Ryan LavnerMarch 17, 2018, 2:24 pm

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.