Shell Houston Still Wide Open

By Mercer BaggsApril 21, 2001, 4:00 pm
One week after claiming his second U.S. Open title, Lee Janzen played the final round of the Western Open with Joe Durant. Janzen shot 71 and tied for third. Durant shot 66 and won his first PGA Tour event.

Three years later, Janzen is still trying to reclaim a spot in the winners circle. To do it at this weeks Shell Houston Open, hell have to turn the tables on Durant.
Durant leads Janzen by one shot entering the final round at the TPC at The Woodlands.
Durant birdied the 16th and 17th holes to finish the day at 9-under-par. Janzen was 9-under, but bogeyed the home hole to drop a shot.
'One of the big keys for me was I watched the leaderboard and most of us were hanging around par,' said Durant. 'I decided to try and hang around par and sneak in a birdie or two.'
Hal Sutton rolled in a fairway wood from just off the green for eagle on the par-5 15th to move into contention. Sutton also carded one birdie and two bogeys for a round of 1-under-par 71. He stands at 7-under for the tournament, two shots off the lead.
'I wish somebody would turn off the wind machine here in Houston,' said Sutton. 'It's been blowing ever since we got here. This course is tough when the wind is blowing. It's gusty, too. That makes it more difficult.'
Twenty-four players are within six shots of the 54-hole lead.
Janzen started the day with a one-shot advantage over Durant, but could only muster one birdie in the third round.
In swirling Texas winds, the two-time U.S. Open winner followed a bogey at the 7th with a birdie at the 8th to remain at even par for the day entering the par-4 18th.
After driving his ball into the fairway, Janzen overcooked his approach shot into the left greenside rough. His pitch shot then rolled through the green and narrowly avoided rolling down the bank into the water.
Trying to save par, Janzens fourth shot stopped on the edge of the hole. He tapped in for a bogey and a round of 1-over-par 73.
I hit a lot of good shots today, maybe the shot on 18 and a couple of shots that I'd like to have back,' Janzen said. 'It was just a matter of I really didn't get the putts to drop that I made the first two days.'
Through nine holes, Durant trailed Janzen by three strokes. A birdie at the 10th closed the gap. He then pulled to within one by sinking a 15-foot birdie putt at the 16th. On the par-4 17th, Durant, one of the most accurate players on tour, stuck a 7-iron to two feet. The tap-in birdie moved him into a tie at the top at 9-under.
While Janzen bogeyed the 18th despite playing from the fairway, Durant played his approach shot from the rough safely onto the green, where he two-putted for par and a 1-under-par 71.
Durant is trying to join Tiger Woods as the only three-time winners on tour this season. He captured the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic and the Genuity Championship in back-to-back starts.
But just as importantly, Durant is trying to clinch a spot on the 2001 U.S. Ryder Cup team. He currently stands in ninth place.
Chris DiMarco (71) and Kevin Sutherland (72) are tied for fourth at 6-under.
DiMarco was within one shot of the lead through 16 holes, but hit his approach shot into the water on the par-4 17th. He carded a double bogey and fell to minus 6.
If Janzen is to win his first event since the 98 Open, hell have to overcome recent final-round struggles.
Janzen has failed to break 70 on Sunday in each of his last six starts.
Meanwhile, Durant recorded a pair of final-round 65s in each of his two victories.
Full-field scores from the Shell Houston 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.