Beem Leads Pack at Disney World

By Sports NetworkOctober 22, 2005, 4:00 pm
2005 Funai Classic at the Walt Disney World ResortLAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Rich Beem, the 2002 PGA Champion, fired a 9-under 63 on Saturday to take a one-shot lead late in the third round of the FUNAI Classic. Beem completed 54 holes at 19-under-par 197.
 
Weather was an issue for the second straight day. Inclement weather pushed the end of the second round to Saturday morning. More bad weather Saturday afternoon forced the suspension of play with 25 players remaining on the course.
 
The third round will resume at 7:30 a.m. (ET) Sunday. With Hurricane Wilma on the horizon, there is some question as to whether the event will be called after 54 holes or can squeeze in all 72 scheduled holes. Tournament officials hope to begin the final round at 9:00 a.m.
 
The leaderboard is tight behind Beem. Mark Wilson also shot 63, while Mark Calcavecchia carded a 7-under 65 to share second place at 18-under-par 198.
 
They were joined there by Tim Clark (16 holes), Geoff Ogilvy (15), Tom Pernice, Jr. (15) and Carl Pettersson (15). There are seven more players within three strokes of the leader.
 
The big story earlier Saturday was World No. 1 Tiger Woods missing his second cut of the season, and third of his career. He needed to finish birdie-birdie and instead closed bogey-par to miss the cut by three strokes at minus-3.
 
Woods ended on the Magnolia Course at Walt Disney World Resort. Meanwhile, world No. 2 Vijay Singh ended his second round on the Palm Course. Singh beat Woods by a stroke, finishing at minus-4, but will also have the weekend off.
 
Despite the top-two players in the world missing the cut, the remainder of the field matched a PGA record for lowest cut in relation to par at 6 under. It was the fourth time there was a 6 under cut in tour history, and second of the season.
 
Beem opened the third round on the Magnolia Course with a par on the first. He quickly got hot as his birdie putt on the second fell into the cup. The PGA Champion made it two straight with a birdie on the third.
 
The 35-year-old moved to 13 under as he birdied the par-five fourth. Beem parred his next five holes and took advantage of the par-5 10th by posting a birdie there.
 
Beem made it two in a row as he drained a birdie putt on the par-4 11th. After a pair of pars, he birdied the par-5 14th. He came right back with a birdie on the 15th.
 
The three-time winner on the PGA Tour got within one of Calcavecchia with a birdie at the 16th. Beem then took over the lead at minus-19 as he birdied No. 17 and Calcavecchia bogeyed the last.
 
Calcavecchia, like Beem, opened with a birdie on No. 2. He then eagled the fourth and birdied the fifth to move to 15 under.
 
The 45-year-old, who won the Canadian Open earlier this season, birdied each of the next two par-5s, Nos. 8 and 10, to grab a share of the lead at 17 under alongside Pettersson.
 
Calcavecchia was the first to get to 19 under as he birdied 13 and 15 to move one clear of the field. However, the 12-time winner lost his drive right off the 18th tee and was unable to save par to end one back.
 
'I chunked it out of the wood chips there on 18, but I feel like I'm swinging good and I sure hope we get to play tomorrow,' said Calcavecchia. 'Confidence is a wonderful thing and I've got some again and it feels great.'
 
Wilson birdied every other hole from the second on the front nine to turn at 13 under. He birdied the 10th, then ran off four consecutive birdies from the 12th to move 18 under. The 28-year-old bogeyed the 16th, but bounced right back with a birdie on 17 to share second.
 
'I started out and didn't hit the greatest shot, but made about a 10-footer for par,' Wilson said. 'In the back of my mind, I hadn't made a bogey all week so I was thinking about that all day. I thought if I can miss one of these par putts it would be actually good. Then I missed about a 10-footer for par on 16. The birdies were falling. I hit a lot close.'
 
Clark wrapped birdies on the second and fourth around a bogey on the third. He picked up another birdie on the eighth. Around the turn, the South African eagled the 10th. He birdied the 14th and parred his next two holes before play was called for the day.
 
Pettersson, who led after the second round thanks to a 61, started by bogeying the first. He got that stroke back with a birdie on four. The Swede parred five straight before a birdie at the 10th. He parred the next five before play was halted.
 
Pernice, who shot 62 in round two, was minus-3 through 15 holes thanks to four birdies and a bogey.
 
Ogilvy had two birdies and a bogey on the front nine. On the back nine, The Australian birdied the 10th. He dropped in back-to-back birdies from the 14th before players were pulled off the course.
 
Justin Rose (64) and Harrison Frazar (66) share eighth place at 17-under-par 199. They were tied there by Kent Jones, who is through 16 holes. Lucas Glover is done his round one stroke further back at minus-16. Dudley Hart is alongside Glover with one hole to play, while Stephen Leaney and Steve Lowery have two holes remaining and are at minus-16.
 
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    By Will GrayJanuary 17, 2018, 11:04 pm

    Adam Hadwin had a career season last year, one that included shooting a 59 and winning a PGA Tour event. But those two achievements didn't occur in the same week.

    While Hadwin's breakthrough victory came at the Valspar Championship in March, it was at the CareerBuilder Challenge in January when he first made headlines with a third-round 59 at La Quinta Country Club. Hadwin took a lead into the final round as a result, but he ultimately couldn't keep pace with Hudson Swafford.

    He went on to earn a spot at the Tour Championship, and Hadwin made his first career Presidents Cup appearance in October. Now the Canadian returns to Palm Springs, eager to improve on last year's result and hoping to earn a spot in the final group for a third straight year after a T-6 finish in 2016.

    "A lot of good memories here in the desert," Hadwin told reporters. "I feel very comfortable here, very at home. Lots of Canadians, so it's always fun to play well in front of those crowds and hopefully looking forward to another good week."

    Hadwin's 59 last year was somewhat overshadowed, both by the fact that he didn't win the event and that it came just one week after Justin Thomas shot a 59 en route to victory at the Sony Open. But he's still among an exclusive club of just eight players to have broken 60 in competition on Tour and he's eager to get another crack at La Quinta on Saturday.

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    Those commonalities mean the two men have played plenty of practice rounds together, but the roads quickly diverge when it comes to on-course behavior. Rahm is quick, fiery and decisive; Mickelson is one of the most analytical players on Tour. And as Rahm told reporters Wednesday at the CareerBuilder Challenge, those differences won't end anytime soon.

    "I don't need much. 'OK, it's like 120 (yards), this shot, right," Rahm said. "And then you have Phil, it's like, 'Oh, this shot, the moisture, this going on, this is like one mile an hour wind sideways, it's going to affect it one yard. This green is soft, this trajectory. They're thinking, and I'm like, 'I'm lost.' I'm like, 'God if I do that thought process, I could not hit a golf shot.'"


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    DJ changes tune on golf ball distance debate

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    "It's not like we are dominating golf courses," Johnson said. "When was the last time you saw someone make the game too easy? I don't really understand what all the debate is about because it doesn't matter how far it goes; it is about getting it in the hole."

    Johnson's rhetorical question might be answered simply by looking back at his performance at the Sentry Tournament of Champions earlier this month, an eight-shot romp that featured a tee shot on the 433-yard 12th hole that bounded down a slope to within inches of the hole.

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    "If the ball is limited then it is going to limit everyone," he said. "I'm still going to hit it that much further than I guess the average Tour player."

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