Second 64 Gives Perry Five-Stroke Lead

By Mercer BaggsAugust 11, 2001, 4:00 pm
Kenny Perry didnt want a repeat performance of what happened in Milwaukee.
One month ago he took a three-shot lead into the weekend at the Greater Milwaukee Open, only to fail to break 70 over his final two rounds and tie for fifth.
Once again, Perry was 3-up over the field through two rounds. And this time things were very different.
Needing to go low, Perry did just that, shooting his second straight 64 to extend his lead to five strokes entering the final round of the Buick Open.
'I'm really hungry to win again,' said Perry. 'The only thing on my mind is winning.'
Perry, winless since the 1995 Bob Hope Chrysler Classic, stands at 22-under-par 194. Padraig Harrington (65) and Jim Furyk (66) are tied for second place at 17-under.
Furyk is currently 11th on the U.S. Ryder Cup points list. With one event remaining after this week before the team in finalized, Furyk is in prime position to secure his spot on the roster.
Justin Leonard needs a win to have a chance to make his way into the top-10 on the Ryder Cup points list prior to next weeks PGA Championship. Saturday, the 1999 Ryder Cup hero shot 9-under 63 to tie Chris DiMarco (65) and Bob Tway (67) for fourth place at 16-under.
Leonard is currently 23rd in the standings. DiMarco is 16th on the list.
For the second straight day, Perry started his round by birdieing the first three holes. But unlike Friday, when he turned 41, Perry stumbled, carding bogeys on the 4th, 6th and 7th holes.
Undaunted and not about to let thoughts of Milwaukee creep into his mind, Perry birdied Nos. 11, 12 and 15. He then holed his bunker shot for eagle on the par-5 16th to extend a one-shot lead to three.
Perry finished his remarkable back nine with birdies on the 17th and 18th holes.
'It was a roller-coaster round,' Perry said. 'It was up and down, up and down. Thank goodness I made a lot of birdies.'
Perrys 64 was a mirror image of the same score he shot in the second round. Friday, he shot 29-35. Saturday, he shot 35-29.
Along the way, Perry tied the best 36 holes played in the 43 years of this tournament. He also established a new 54-hole tournament scoring record.
Full-field scores from the Buick Open
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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.