Browne Brehaut Tied in Boston

By Sports NetworkSeptember 3, 2005, 4:00 pm
2005 Deutsche Bank ChampionshipNORTON, Mass. -- Olin Browne fired a 6-under 65 on Saturday and Jeff Brehaut posted a 66 to share the lead midway through the Deutsche Bank Championship. The duo is knotted at 9-under-par 133 at the TPC of Boston and is ahead by one.
 
Tim Petrovic (66), Billy Andrade (68) and Robert Allenby (65) share third place at minus-8.
 
Overnight leader Tiger Woods struggled on Saturday. He shot a 2-over-par 73 and fell into a tie for 28th place at 4-under-par 138.
 
'I didn't hit it well, I didn't putt well and I didn't chip well,' summed up Woods. 'I didn't control it. I could hit it left or right at any given time. It's tough to play when you're out there and you've got two ways going.'
 
Woods bogeyed three and six, but collected his first birdie at the par-5 seventh. He could not get up and down for par from a bunker at eight, but made par the next seven holes.
 
The No. 1 player in the world hit an awful drive at 16 and then missed the green with his second. Woods collected another bogey at that hole, but drained a 12-footer for birdie at 17 to get within five.
 
'Thank God this is a tournament where we have a Monday finish,' said Woods. 'I've got two rounds ahead of me, so I'm still in the ballgame; I'm only five back. Hopefully tomorrow I can go ahead and post another low number like I did yesterday and climb back up there.'
 
Browne began on the back nine Saturday and birdied the 11th when his 7-wood approach stopped 6 feet from the hole. He ran home a 20-foot birdie putt at 13, then parred 14 before a run of amazing golf around the turn.
 
He rolled in a 10-footer for birdie at the 15th and drained a 20-footer for birdie at No. 16. Browne, a two-time PGA Tour winner, kicked in a short birdie putt at the 17th and collected yet another birdie at 18 when he got up and down from the fringe. Browne sank a 12-foot birdie putt at the first to complete a run of five in a row.
 
Browne was alone in the lead at 10 under par after the five birdies in a row, but stumbled a bit. At the fourth, he three-putted from 25 feet, but then closed with all pars for a share of the 36-hole lead.
 
'I've been playing well since June and I just need to get past when I play well finishing 15th to 20th,' said Browne, who contended at this year's U.S. Open. 'So all I can do is keep stepping up at the plate and wait for my turn.
 
'I hit the ball solidly today, I only made one bogey and it was a three putt. Looking forward to playing tomorrow and the next day.'
 
Brehaut played the course from the first and broke into red figures in a big way. He knocked a 5-wood to 25 feet at the second hole and converted the eagle putt.
 
Brehaut dropped a shot at the fifth thanks to a bad drive, but that would be his last miscue. At the par-3 eighth, Brehaut hit a 4-iron to 4 feet to set up birdie.
 
On the back nine, Brehaut knocked a 6-iron to a foot for the easy birdie at 12. He hit another spectacular iron shot, an 8-iron inside a foot, for the tap-in at 15 and two-putted the par-5 last for his share of the top spot.
 
'I had a lot of chances today. It could have been better,' admitted Brehaut. 'It was looking like probably the most frustrating year of my of my life until the end of May, and now it's turned into the best golf year of my life. I'm just making a few more putts, getting a little more confident and hitting the ball pretty well.'
 
Joey Sindelar (68), Carl Pettersson (67), Briny Baird (69), Steve Lowery (69), Marco Dawson (66) and Will MacKenzie (68) are knotted in sixth place at minus- 7.
 
The 36-hole cut fell at 1-under-par 141 and among the notable former major winners who missed the mark were: Davis Love III (145), Shaun Micheel (145), David Duval (146) and Mark O'Meara (147).
 
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    Fleetwood flawless en route to Abu Dhabi lead

    By Will GrayJanuary 18, 2018, 2:06 pm

    New year, same results for Tommy Fleetwood.

    The reigning Race to Dubai champ picked up where he left off in the opening round of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship, carding a bogey-free 66 during which the Englishman found all 18 greens in regulation. At 6 under, he shares the lead with Japan's Hideto Tanihara and sits one shot clear of five other players.

    "Very stress-free. Played really well from start to finish," Fleetwood said. "Felt like I did what you need to do around this golf course, which is drive it well, hit your irons solid. You can't really be too greedy a lot of the time, and then sort of my pace putting was really good. So basically just did what you need to do to get a good score around this golf course, and I got one."


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    Fleetwood shined in a marquee grouping that included world No. 1 Dustin Johnson and Rory McIlroy, as he birdied three holes on each nine. This is his first worldwide start since a T-3 finish at the Hero World Challenge.

    It was at this event a year ago that Fleetwood sparked a career campaign, edging Johnson and Pablo Larrazabal for the win. He added another win at the French Open in the summer to go along with a pair of runner-up results and a T-4 finish at the U.S. Open, all of which helped him capture the European Tour's season-long title.

    Fleetwood's sudden success in Abu Dhabi serves as a microcosm for his career resurgence. Prior to last year's victory, he had missed the cut in four of his five other trips to this event.

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    Sergio starts season with 66 in Singapore

    By Associated PressJanuary 18, 2018, 12:56 pm

    SINGAPORE – Sergio Garcia opened his season with a 5-under 66 and a share of the clubhouse lead on Thursday in the first round of the weather-interrupted Singapore Open.

    Playing his first tournament of the year, the Masters champion rebounded after making an early bogey to collect four birdies and an eagle at the Sentosa Golf Club.

    He was later joined by American qualifier Kurt Kitayama in the clubhouse lead. Still on the course, Tirawat Kaewsiribandit was at 6 under through 16 holes when play was suspended for the day because of the threat of lightning.

    Louis Oosthuizen, the 2010 Open champion, was at 5 under through 16 holes when he also had to stop his round because of the weather.

    Of the players who did finish their opening rounds, only three were within two strokes of Garcia and Kitayama. One of them was Casey O'Toole, who aced the par-3 second with a 7-iron.



    The 38-year-old Garcia dropped his only shot of the day on the par-4 15th, his sixth hole after teeing off on the back nine, when he missed the fairway and was unable to make par. But he made amends when he birdied the par-3 17th and then eagled the par-5 18th to go out in 33.

    ''I was 1 over after (the) seventh but it didn't feel like I was playing badly,'' said Garcia, who made birdies on each of the two par 5s and one of the par 3s on the second nine. ''But then I hit two greats in a row for holes 17 and 18. I got a birdie-eagle there, so that settled me a little bit and I could play solid in the back nine and it was a great round.''

    Garcia made the shortlist for the Laureus Sports Awards in the Breakthrough of the Year category after claiming his first major at Augusta National last year and is hoping for more success this season.

    He credits the Singapore Open as having played a part in toughening him up for his Masters win because he opted to start his 2017 campaign in the stifling humidity of Southeast Asia to prepare himself for the bigger tournaments ahead.

    Although he finished tied for 11th in Singapore, Garcia won the Dubai Desert Classic the next week and was in peak form when he won the Masters two months later.

    Kitayama only secured his place in the $1 million event on Monday by finishing at the top of the qualifying competition, but he made a strong start with birdies on three of his first five holes. The 25-year-old Thai was 6 under through 13 holes but spoiled his otherwise flawless round with a bogey on his last.

    ''I started with a birdie and I just let it roll from there. I had some good tee shots, which I think, is the biggest thing for this course,'' Kitayama said. ''I'm a little tired, but I'm hanging in there. Whenever I have time off, I'll try not to think too much about golf.''

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    13-year-old beats DJ in closest-to-the-pin contest

    By Ryan LavnerJanuary 18, 2018, 12:26 pm

    Dustin Johnson didn’t just get beat by Tommy Fleetwood and Rory McIlroy on Day 1 of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.

    Even a 13-year-old got the best of the world No. 1.

    Oscar Murphy teed off on the 177-yard 15th hole as part of the tournament’s Beat the Pro challenge during the opening round. The Northern Irishman, one of the HSBC’s Future Falcons, carved a 3-wood toward a back-right pin, about 25 feet away, closer than both Johnson and Fleetwood.

    “An unbelievable shot,” Fleetwood said afterward, “and me and Rory both said, ‘We don’t have that in our locker.’”



    Johnson still made par on the hole, but he mixed four birdies with four bogeys Thursday for an even-par 72 that left him six shots back of Fleetwood and Hideto Tanihara after the opening round.

    Johnson, who tied for second here a year ago, is coming off a dominant performance at the Sentry Tournament of Champions, where he won by eight shots to strengthen his lead atop the world rankings. 

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    McIlroy 'really pleased' with opening 69 in Abu Dhabi

    By Ryan LavnerJanuary 18, 2018, 12:10 pm

    It was an auspicious 2018 debut for Rory McIlroy.

    Playing alongside world No. 1 Dustin Johnson for his first round since October, McIlroy missed only one green and shot a bogey-free 69 at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship. McIlroy is three shots back of reigning Race to Dubai champion Tommy Fleetwood, who played in the same group as McIlroy and Johnson, and Hideto Tanihara.

    Starting on the back nine at Abu Dhabi Golf Club, McIlroy began with 11 consecutive pars before birdies on Nos. 3, 7 and 8.


    Full-field scores from the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship


    “I was excited to get going,” he told reporters afterward. “The last couple of months have been really nice in terms of being able to concentrate on things I needed to work on in my game and health-wise. I feel like I’m the most prepared for a season that I’ve ever been, but it was nice to get back out there.”

    Fleetwood, the defending champion, raced out to another lead while McIlroy and Johnson, who shot 72, just tried to keep pace.

    “Tommy played very well and I was just trying to hang onto his coattails for most of the round, so really pleased – bogey-free 69, I can’t really complain,” McIlroy said.

    This was his first competitive round in more than three months, since a tie for 63rd at the Dunhill Links. He is outside the top 10 in the world ranking for the first time since 2014.