Campbell Grabs Viking by the Horns for Win

By Sports NetworkSeptember 30, 2007, 4:00 pm
Viking Classic 2007 LogoMADISON, Miss. -- Chad Campbell closed with a 3-under 69 Sunday to win the Viking Classic by one stroke.
Campbell completed his fourth tour title at 12-under-par 276 despite a three-putt bogey at the par-5 closing hole.
Johnson Wagner shot 2-under 70 in the final round, but it was enough to finish alone in second at 12-under-par 276. The big payday for Wagner secures his PGA TOUR card for next year as he stood 123rd on the money list entering the event.
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Chad Campbell put his name atop the final leaderboard for the first time since Jan. 2006. (WireImage)
Boo Weekley (70) and Bill Haas (72) shared third place at minus-11.
Third-round leader David Branshaw stumbled to a 3-over 75 in the final round. He tumbled into a share of fifth at 10-under-par 278, where he was joined by former PGA champion Shaun Micheel and John Senden.
Campbell got his round going with a birdie on the second. He gave that stroke back as he bogeyed the fourth, but rebounded to birdie No. 5 at Annandale Golf Club. Campbell parred the next four to make the turn at 11 under, one shot behind Haas and Wagner.
The 33-year-old Campbell made his move on the back nine. He birdied the par-5 10th and then dropped his third to the par-5 11th to 2 feet.
Campbell kicked that in for birdie to grab the lead at minus-13. He parred three straight to maintain the lead.
However, Campbell missed the green at the par-3 15th and could not get up and down for par. That bogey left him tied for the lead with Wagner and Micheel.
Campbell atoned for that mistake with a 14-foot birdie putt at the 16th. He made it two in row with as he drained a 16-footer for birdie at 17 to push his lead to three as Wagner bogeyed 17 and Micheel double-bogeyed the hole.
Wagner, playing one group ahead of Campbell, got up and down for birdie on 18 to move within two of Campbell's lead at 12 under.
Campbell found the putting surface with his third to the par-5 closing hole. However, he three-putted for a closing bogey and created his final winning margin of one.
Branshaw had a chance to force a playoff at the last. He laid his second shot up to 63 yards. Needing to hole the shot to force a playoff, Branshaw could do no better than leaving himself 25 feet for birdie. He also closed with a three-putt bogey to end three back.
Wagner birdied the first, third and fourth. He dropped a shot on the second, but that early run got him to 12-under. He ran off 12 consecutive pars from the fifth to remain there. After a bogey on 17, Wagner closed with a birdie at the last to secure second place.
Kent Jones (71), Bo Van Pelt (70) and Alex Cejka (70) shared eighth place at 9-under-par 279.
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    Watch: Tiger's Saturday birdies at Honda

    By Golf Channel DigitalFebruary 24, 2018, 9:20 pm

    Tiger Woods was in almost total control of his game for the majority of his third round Saturday at PGA National. And although he was once again bit by the Bear Trap, the 14-time major winner tapped in for birdie at the par-5 18th to post a round of 1-under 69 and fight his way back to even par for the week.

    Four back to start the day, Woods parred his first seven holes before pouring in his first birdie via this flagged iron from 139 at the par-4 eighth:

    Woods hit three more quality approaches at 9, 10 and 11 but couldn't get a putt to drop.

    The lid finally came off the hole at No. 12 when he holed a key 17-footer for par to keep his scorecard clean.

    One hole later, Woods added a second circle to that card, converting this 14-footer for a birdie-3 that moved him back into red figures at 1 under par for the week.

    Unfortunately, the Bear Trap would ensnare Tiger for the second day in a row. Woods, whose iron play had looked as crisp as it had in years, sailed approaches long and left at both the par-3 15th and par-3 17th, leading to bogeys which erased the two birdies he worked so hard to secure.

    But just like on Friday, Woods rallied back with a late birdie, this one at the home hole, to steal back a shot.

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    O. Fisher, Pepperell share lead at Qatar Masters

    By Associated PressFebruary 24, 2018, 5:13 pm

    DOHA, Qatar - Oliver Fisher birdied his last four holes in the Qatar Masters third round to share the lead at Doha Golf Club on Saturday.

    The 29-year-old Englishman shot a 7-under 65 for an overall 16-under 200. Eddie Pepperell (66) picked up shots on the 16th and 18th to catch his compatriot and the pair enjoy a two-shot lead over American Sean Crocker (67) in third.

    David Horsey (65) was the biggest mover of the day with the Englishman improving 31 places for a share of fourth place at 12 under with, among others, Frenchman Gregory Havret and Italian Andrea Pavan.

    Fisher, winner of the 2011 Czech Open, made some stunning putts on his way in. After an eight-footer on the par-4 15th, he then drove the green on the short par-4 16th for an easy birdie, before making a 12-footer on the 17th and a 15-footer on the 18th.

    Like Pepperell, Fisher also had just one bogey to show on his card, also on the 12th hole.

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    ''I gave myself some chances coming in and thankfully I made them,'' said Fisher, who has dropped to 369th in the world rankings.

    ''You can quite easily make a few bogeys without doing that much wrong here, so it's important to be patient and keep giving yourself chances.''

    Pepperell, ranked 154th in the world after a strong finish to his 2017 season, has been a picture of consistency in the tournament. He was once again rock-solid throughout the day, except one bad hole - the par-4 12th. His approach shot came up short and landed in the rocks, the third ricocheted back off the rocks, and he duffed his fourth shot to stay in the waste area.

    But just when a double bogey or worse looked imminent, Pepperell holed his fifth shot for what was a remarkable bogey. And he celebrated that escape with a 40-feet birdie putt on the 13th.

    ''I maybe lost a little feeling through the turn, but I bounced back nicely and I didn't let it bother me,'' said the 27-year-old Pepperell, who hit his third shot to within four feet on the par-5 18th to join Fisher on top.

    The long-hitting Crocker is playing on invites on the European Tour. He made a third eagle in three days - on the par-4 16th for the second successive round.

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    Uihlein fires back at Jack in ongoing distance debate

    By Randall MellFebruary 24, 2018, 4:32 pm

    PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – Wally Uihlein challenged Jack Nicklaus’ assault this week on the golf ball.

    Uihlein, an industry force as president and CEO of Titleist and FootJoy parent company Acushnet for almost 20 years, retired at year’s start but remains an adviser.

    In an interview with ScoreGolf on Friday, Uihlein reacted to Nicklaus’ assertions that the ball is responsible for contributing to a lot of the troubles the game faces today, from slow play and sagging participation to the soaring cost to play.

    Uihlein also took the USGA and The R&A to task.

    The ball became a topic when Nicklaus met with reporters Tuesday at the Honda Classic and was asked about slow play. Nicklaus said the ball was “the biggest culprit” of that.

    “It appears from the press conference that Mr. Nicklaus was blaming slow play on technology and the golf ball in particular,” Uihlein said. “I don’t think anyone in the world believes that the golf ball has contributed to the game’s pace of play issues.”

    Nicklaus told reporters that USGA executive director Mike Davis pledged over dinner with him to address the distance the golf ball is flying and the problems Nicklaus believes the distance explosion is creating in the game.

    “Mike Davis has not told us that he is close, and he has not asked us for help if and when he gets there,” Uihlein said.

    ScoreGolf pointed out that the Vancouver Protocol of 2011 was created after a closed-door meeting among the USGA, The R&A and equipment manufacturers, with the intent to make any proposed changes to equipment rules or testing procedures more transparent and to allow participation in the process.

    “There are no golf courses being closed due to the advent of evolving technology,” Uihlein said. “There is no talk from the PGA Tour and its players about technology making their commercial product less attractive. Quite the opposite, the PGA Tour revenues are at record levels. The PGA of America is not asking for a roll back of technology. The game’s everyday player is not advocating a roll back of technology.”

    ScoreGolf said Uihlein questioned why the USGA and The R&A choose courses that “supposedly” can no longer challenge the game’s best players as preferred venues for the U.S. Open, The Open and other high-profile events.

    “It seems to me at some point in time that the media should be asking about the conflict of interest between the ruling bodies while at the same time conducting major championships on venues that maybe both the athletes and the technology have outgrown,” he said. “Because it is the potential obsolescence of some of these championship venues which is really at the core of this discussion.”