Bohn is On in Oregon

By Sports NetworkSeptember 13, 2003, 4:00 pm
JUNCTION CITY, Ore. -- Jason Bohn chipped in for eagle on the 18th hole Saturday for a round of 3-under 69 and a two-stroke lead after three rounds of the Oregon Classic. Bohn completed 54 holes at 13-under-par 203.
Chris Couch, who held a share of the lead after each of the first two rounds, shares second place with Bubba Watson. That pair stands at 11-under-par 205, one stroke clear of Jason Dufner, Ryuji Imada and Mark Wurtz.
Bohn got off to a slow start at Shadow Hills Country Club as he opened with four straight pars. He then birdied the par-5 fifth to move to minus-11. After another string of pars, Bohn capped the front side with a birdie at the par-5 ninth.
Around the turn, Bohn found trouble. He bogeyed the 10th and again dropped a shot at the 12th. That left him at 10-under for the tournament.
Bohn, who once shot a 58 in the 2001 Bayer Championship on the Canadian Tour, came back with a birdie at the par-4 14th to grab a share of the lead.
With five other players within one stroke of the lead, Bohn moved ahead of the pack with an eagle at the 18th. He missed the green at the par-5 closing hole, but was able to sink his 40-yard chip.
'It is just kind of pot luck,' said Bohn. 'I was just trying to get on the green, about 15 feet away from the hole and have a birdie chance. I've had some luck in my day and this will go right up there with it.'
Couch jumped out in front early, but fell back to the field. He ran off back- to-back birdies from the first to move to 12-under. He climbed to minus-13 with a birdie at the par-5 fifth.
However, things started to come undone from there. Couch bogeyed the sixth, but responded with a birdie at the next. He again dropped a shot at No. 9.
He answered that mistake, however with a birdie at the 10th, but that would be his last birdie of the day. Couch later faltered to consecutive bogeys from the 13th that dropped him to minus-11. He could only manage four pars on his way to the clubhouse.
'The chip-in by Jason on No. 18 was a big shot,' Couch said. 'That is how you win golf tournaments. But I'm in good position. I just want to have some fun in the final round.'
Watson opened the day three strokes off the lead. He cut into that deficit quickly, though, as he holed out for eagle on the par-4 second. He later sank back-to-back birdies from the seventh to move to 11-under.
However, he bogeyed two of the next three holes to fall back off the pace. He was able to climb back into the hunt with two straight birdies from the 13th.
'My goal was to shoot in the 60s every round this week,' said Watson, who carded his second straight 4-under 68. 'The eagle on the second hole kind of helped the day right there. I might be nervous as heck Sunday. But I'll be excited nervous, not scared nervous. My goal is to shoot 68 because I feel I should reach all the par-5s.'
Emlyn Aubrey and Ted Purdy share seventh place at 8-under-par 208. Andrew McLardy fired a 5-under 67 to move into a share of ninth place. He is joined at 7-under-par 209 by Jaxon Brigman, Terry Hatch, Ryan Howison and Bo Van Pelt.
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    McIlroy 'happy to be back', can 'empathize' with Tiger

    By Associated PressJanuary 16, 2018, 3:50 pm

    ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates – After a long layoff from golf, Rory McIlroy has some newfound sympathy for Tiger Woods.

    The 28-year-old Northern Irishman is making a comeback at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship after ending his season early last year. He has not played a round since the final day of the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship on Oct. 8.

    McIlroy, a four-time major champion who has slipped to No. 11 in the world rankings, last won the Tour Championship on the PGA Tour in September 2016. He injured a rib in his first outing of 2017 – at the South African Open – and felt its after-effects throughout the year.

    McIlroy, who has seven top-five finishes in his last eight starts in Abu Dhabi, said Tuesday he felt mentally low because of his physical issues.

    ''Honestly, I was excited to be done. I could have shut it down after the PGA Championship very easily and taken the rest of the year off, but I didn't. I played six events after that, played OK and had a chance to win one of them,'' McIlroy said. ''But I was just excited to take that time off and get myself just sort of a re-set.''

    Last week, McIlroy also revealed that he has a minor, non-threatening heart condition that needs regular check-ups.

    ''After that 3-plus months of a re-set, I'm very happy to be back. I felt like I needed it physically and mentally. I just felt like it was a little bit of a sabbatical. I've been out here for 10 years, and I want to get ready for the next 10.''

    McIlroy compared his situation to what Woods has been going through.

    ''I've only been through, maybe, not even 5 percent of what he's had to go through. And you can tell from where he was to where he is now mentally, because of physically where he is ... he's a totally different person,'' McIlroy said. ''Of course, I empathize with him, and I know he was in a dark place there for a while. It's just so great to see him out of that and back and excited to be playing golf again.''

    The Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship will be the first of back-to-back events for McIlroy, who is also playing next week in Dubai.

    ''I think the next two weeks will be a big learning curve, just to see where I'm at,'' McIlroy said. ''I'm obviously coming into the events trying to play as well as I can and trying to compete and trying to win, but I think there will definitely be things I'll have to work on going into that stretch in the States.''

    The tournament, which starts Thursday, has attracted some big names, including top-ranked Dustin Johnson, No. 6 Justin Rose, No. 9 Henrik Stenson, No. 14 Paul Casey and No. 15 Matt Kuchar. No. 18 Tommy Fleetwood is the defending champion.

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    Pre-tourney caution be damned: Stenson rides camel

    By Grill Room TeamJanuary 16, 2018, 3:29 pm

    If you were under the impression Henrik Stenson's days of engaging in pre-tournament hijinks at HSBC-sponsored events were over, then you don't know the Swedish Superman.

    Ahead of this week's HSBC Abu Dhabi Golf Championship, the 2016 champion golfer of the year decided to have some fun riding (and pretend-spanking) a camel:

    If you can't imagine any reason Stenson wouldn't get on a camel, we will point you to the WGC-HSBC Champions back in October, when Stenson, Dustin Johnson, Haotong Li and Hideki Matsuyama took place in this hire-wire act:

    Two weeks later, Stenson revealed a rib injury, and a report from the U.K.'s Telegraph stated "that not only was the Shanghai caper to blame, but that Stenson is annoyed about being persuaded to do it in the first place."

    Stenson brushed back at that report in this Instagram post, saying that his "comment about not being Superman was a sarcastic way of saying that I am susceptible to injury like any other athlete and sometimes these things happen when you least expect them. I was pleased to help promote the HSBC Champions and to continue my string of success at the event and I was never forced to do anything. HSBC is a great sponsor to golf worldwide and I am not happy to see them being made responsible for my withdrawal."

    I’m disappointed to have to pre-emptively withdraw from the Nedbank Golf Challenge Hosted by Gary Player, I was looking forward to this important year-end event on the European Tour. At this point I am back home in Orlando waiting to do a scan on my ribs and get the necessary rest. I am still hoping for a quick recovery and have not ruled out playing in Dubai next week at this point. My comment about not being Superman was a sarcastic way of saying that I am susceptible to injury like any other athlete and sometimes these things happen when you least expect them. I was pleased to help promote the HSBC Champions and to continue my string of success at the event and I was never forced to do anything. HSBC is a great sponsor to golf worldwide and I am not happy to see them being made responsible for my withdrawal. The plan as of now will be to participate in the DP World Championship if my body is back to 100%. H

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    And it would appear he genuinely meant those comments, at least enough to get on a camel.

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    Spieth, McIlroy to support Major Champions Invitational

    By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 16, 2018, 2:25 pm

    Nick Faldo announced Tuesday the creation of the Major Champions Invitational.

    The event, scheduled for March 12-14, is an extension of the Faldo Series and will feature both male and female junior players at Bella Collina in Montverde, Fla.

    Jordan Spieth, Rory Mcllroy, Annika Sorenstam, Adam Scott, Henrik Stenson, Jerry Pate and John Daly have already committed to supporting the event, which is aimed at mentoring and inspiring the next generation of players.  

    “I’m incredibly excited about hosting the Major Champions Invitational, and about the players who have committed to support the event,” Faldo said. “This event will allow major champions to give something back to the game that has given them so much, and hopefully, in time, it will become one of the most elite junior golf events in the world.”

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    Rosaforte: Woods plays with Obama, gets rave reviews

    By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 16, 2018, 2:15 pm

    Golf Channel insider Tim Rosaforte reports on Tiger Woods’ recent round at The Floridian in Palm City, Fla., alongside President Barack Obama.

    Check out the video, as Rosaforte says Woods received rave reviews from instructor Claude Harmon.