Bolli Watney Tied at Tour Champ

By Sports NetworkOctober 30, 2004, 4:00 pm
Nationwide Tour ChampionshipPRATTVILLE, Ala. -- Overnight leader Justin Bolli only managed a 1-over 73 on Saturday, but it was enough to share the 54-hole lead of the Nationwide Tour Championship with Nick Watney, who shot a 71 in the third round.
The duo is knotted at 12-under-par 204 and leads by one over Kevin Stadler, who posted a 2-under 70. If Stadler wins on Sunday, he will graduate to the PGA Tour due to a 'battlefield promotion' for players who win three times in one season.
This is the final event of the 2004 season and is reserved for the top 60 on the money list. The top-20 on the money list after Sunday's final round advance to the PGA Tour for the 2005 PGA Tour campaign.
Bolli, who held a one-shot lead heading into the final round, struggled with one birdie and a pair of bogeys over his first nine holes. He fell further down the leaderboard with back-to-back bogeys at the 12th and 13th holes, but rebounded late in his round.
He birdied the par-5 17th, then added another birdie at the last to join Watney in a share of first.
Watney, a Nationwide Tour rookie, started out poorly like his co-leader. He was 1 over after the opening nine, thanks to a pair of birdies, a bogey and a double bogey at the par-3 seventh.
But Watney, a 23-year-old who finished second last week at the Miccosukee Championship to move to 19th on the money list, rebounded from the mediocre front nine.
He hit a 3-wood for his second shot at the par-5 10th and got a great bounce in front of the green. Watney's ball rolled to the back of the green some 18 feet from the flag, where he two-putted for birdie.
Watney hit a poor tee ball at the par-3 16th that came up 55 feet short of the hole. He drained the improbable birdie putt to reach 12 under par, where Bolli joined him.
'I'm trying to do my best and add them up at the end,' said Watney, who is winless in his rookie season. 'I was playing well coming in, but part of that is I've learned a lot this year. I'm trying to ride it out.'
Nathan Green (69), Ryuji Imada (70), Brett Wetterich (71) and D.J. Trahan (70) are tied for fourth place at 10-under-par 206 at The Senator Course at Capitol Hill.
Kyle Thompson carded an even-par 72 and is alone in eighth place at minus-9, followed by Mathew Goggin, who fired a 4-under 68 and has sole possession of ninth place at 8-under-par 208.
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    By Will GrayDecember 14, 2017, 4:22 pm

    Brandt Snedeker flew halfway around the world in search of a Masters invite, but after one round of the Indonesian Masters it appears he'll likely return home empty-handed.

    Snedeker made only two birdies during his opening round in Indonesia, shooting an even-par 72 that left him in a tie for 77th and 10 shots behind leader Justin Rose. This is the final OWGR-rated event of 2017, and as a result it has drawn several notable entrants, including Snedeker, who hope to crack the top 50 in the world rankings by year's end to secure a trip to Augusta National.

    Snedeker started the year ranked No. 28, but after missing five months because of injury he entered the week ranked No. 51 and is projected to slip even further by the end of the month. As a result, he likely needs a top-3 finish in order to secure a return to the Masters, which he has missed only once since 2007.

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    Crosby selected as 2019 U.S. Walker Cup captain

    By Will GrayDecember 14, 2017, 3:19 pm

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    Crosby, 56, is the son of entertainment icon and golf enthusiast Bing Crosby. He won the 1981 U.S. Amateur at The Olympic Club as a teenager and earned low amateur honors at the 1982 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach. He also played in the 1983 Walker Cup, coincidentally held at Royal Liverpool, before embarking on a brief career in professional golf, with his amateur status reinstated in 1994.

    "I am thrilled and overwhelmed to be chosen captain of the next USA Walker Cup team," Crosby said in a statement. "Many of my closest friends are former captains who will hopefully take the time to share their approaches in an effort to help me with my new responsibilities."

    Crosby takes over the captaincy from John "Spider" Miller, who led the U.S. squad both in 2015 and earlier this year, when the Americans cruised to a 19-7 victory at Los Angeles Country Club.

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    By Associated PressDecember 14, 2017, 3:06 pm

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    Rose, starting on the back nine at Royale Jakarta Golf Club, had five birdies to go out in 31, then birdied four of five holes midway through his final nine and another birdie on his last hole in the $750,000 tournament.

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