Campbell Now within One in New Zealand

By Sports NetworkDecember 2, 2006, 5:00 pm
2006 Blue Chip New Zealand OpenWHANGAPARAOA, New Zealand -- As the day went along Saturday at the New Zealand Open, the winds picked up and scores went soaring. Just five of the final 20 players to tee off broke par in round three.
Graeme Storm was in the ninth group out in the morning, starting the round tied for 50th. He shot a 6-under 65 to move into a three-way tie for the lead after three rounds.
Kim Felton carded a 3-under 68 and Marcus Fraser posted a 1-under 70 at Gulf Harbour Country Club to join Storm in the lead at 5-under-par 208.
Peter O'Malley, who played one group ahead of Storm, fired a 66 to climb into a share of fourth at minus-4. He was joined there by Carl Suneson (69), Peter Senior (71) and New Zealand-native Michael Campbell (73).
Wade Orsmby and Nick Dougherty, the second-round leaders, struggled mightily. Ormsby posted a 5-over 76 to fall into a tie for 13th at 2-under-par 211.
Dougherty carded a pair of birdies, but also had a triple-bogey on the second and seven bogeys in a round of 8-over 79. That dropped him to plus-1 and a tie for 39th.
Storm flew out of the gate with an eagle on the par-5 second. He ran off three straight birdies from the fifth to move to minus-4.
After three consecutive pars around the turn, Storm birdied the par-5 11th for the third straight day. That got him to 5 under. He parred the final seven holes, but he still trailed two when his round was completed.
'I was out early so I was able to capitalize on the weather,' Storm said. 'I'm very happy to be in with 6 under for the day and 5 under for the tournament.'
Felton flew up the leaderboard early in the round with birdies on each of the first three holes to get to 5 under. He collected the fourth birdie of his round at the seventh, but gave that stroke back with a bogey on No. 9.
Around the turn, Felton birdied the 13th to get back to minus-6. He tripped to a bogey on 17 though to fall back into a tie with Storm at 5 under.
Fraser birdied the second, but gave that stroke back on the ninth. On the back nine, birdies on the 10th and 11th got Fraser to 6 under.
The Australian parred his next six holes and was in the lead by himself after his par on the 13th as the leaders fell down the leaderboard.
Fraser tripped to a bogey at the last to share the third-round lead with Storm and Felton.
'That was pretty tough. I hit 3-iron in there and some of the other days I hit pitching-wedge. I think I hit 4-iron Friday, but it was pretty (windy) down there,' said Fraser of the 18th. 'You have to hit a pretty good shot in there, which unfortunately I didn't do.'
Kurt Barnes and Brett Rumford each posted rounds of 2-under 69 to move from a share of 29th to a tie for eighth. They were joined at 3-under-par 210 by Daniel Vancsik, Greg Chalmers and Damien McGrane.
Ormsby is one of eight players one stroke further back at minus-2.
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    Day's wife shares emotional story of miscarriage

    By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 12, 2017, 4:12 pm

    Jason Day’s wife revealed on social media that the couple had a miscarriage last month.

    Ellie Day, who announced her pregnancy on Nov. 4, posted an emotional note on Instagram that she lost the baby on Thanksgiving.

    “I found out the baby had no heartbeat anymore. I was devastated,” she wrote. “I snuck out the back door of my doctor, a hot, sobbing, mascara-covered mess. Two and a half weeks went by witih me battling my heart and brain about what was happening in my body, wondering why this wouldn’t just be over.”

    The Days, who have two children, Dash and Lucy, decided to go public to help others who have suffered similar heartbreak.

    “I hope you know you aren’t alone and I hope you feel God wrap his arms around you when you feel the depths of sorrow and loss,” she wrote.  

    Newsmaker of the Year: No. 5, Sergio Garcia

    By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 12, 2017, 1:00 pm

    This was the year it finally happened for Sergio Garcia.

    The one-time teen phenom, known for years as “El Nino,” entered the Masters as he had dozens of majors beforehand – shouldered with the burden of being the best player without a major.

    Garcia was 0-for-72 driving down Magnolia Lane in April, but after a thrilling final round and sudden-death victory over Justin Rose, the Spaniard at long last captured his elusive first major title.

    The expectation for years was that Garcia might land his white whale on a British links course, or perhaps at a U.S. Open where his elite ball-striking might shine. Instead it was on the storied back nine at Augusta National that he came alive, chasing down Rose thanks in part to a memorable approach on No. 15 that hit the pin and led to an eagle.

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    A green jacket was only the start of a transformative year for Garcia, 37, who heaped credit for his win on his then-fiancee, Angela Akins. The two were married in July, and months later the couple announced that they were expecting their first child to arrive just ahead of Garcia’s return to Augusta, where he'll host his first champions’ dinner.

    And while players often cling to the notion that a major win won’t intrinsically change them, there was a noticeable difference in Garcia over the summer months. The weight of expectation, conscious or otherwise, seemed to lift almost instantly. Like other recent Masters champs, he took the green jacket on a worldwide tour, with stops at Wimbledon and a soccer match between Real Madrid and Barcelona.

    The player who burst onto the scene as a baby-faced upstart is now a grizzled veteran with nearly two decades of pro golf behind him. While the changes this year occurred both on and off the course, 2017 will always be remembered as the year when Garcia finally, improbably, earned the title of major champion.

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    Montana parents can't watch kids play high school golf

    By Grill Room TeamDecember 11, 2017, 9:47 pm

    Well, this is a one new one.

    According to a report from KTVQ in Montana, this line in the Montana State High School Association rule book all but forbids spectators from observing high school golf in that state:

    “No spectators/fans are allowed on the course except for certain locations as designated by the tournament manager and club professional.”

    Part of the issue, according to the report, is that most courses don't bother to designate those "certain locations" leaving parents unable to watch their kids compete.

    “If you tell a parent that they can’t watch their kid play in the Thanksgiving Day football game, they would riot,” Chris Kelley, a high school golf parent, told KTVQ.

    The report lists illegal outside coaching as one of the rule's chief motivations, but Montana State women's golf coach Brittany Basye doesn't quite buy that.

    “I can go to a softball game and I can sit right behind the pitcher. I can make hand signals,” she is quoted in the report. “I can yell out names. I can do the same thing on a softball field that might affect that kid. Football games we can yell as loud as we want when someone is making a pass or a catch.”

    The MHSA has argued that unlike other sports that are played in a confined area, the sprawling nature of a golf course would make it difficult to hire enough marshals to keep unruly spectators in check.

    Meanwhile, there's a lawyer quoted in the report claiming this is some kind of civil rights issue.

    Worth note, Montana is one of only two states that doesn't allow spectators on the course. The other state, Alaska, does not offer high school golf.