Dr Morgan Taking House Call

By Sports NetworkMay 27, 2006, 4:00 pm
2006 Senior PGA ChampionshipEDMOND, Okla. -- Local favorite Gil Morgan only managed an even-par 71 on Saturday, but it was good enough for the third-round lead at the Senior PGA Championship. He stands at 6-under-par 207 and is one ahead at a very difficult Oak Tree Golf Club.
 
The wind picked up on Saturday with some gusts reaching 30 miles per hour. The change in conditions reflected in the scores as only two players - Dick Mast and Mike McCullough - of the 76 who teed it up on Saturday broke 70.
 
Russ Cochran in action during the first round of the Nationwide Tour 2006 LaSalle Bank Open at the The Glen Club in Glenview, Illinois on June 8, 2006.Photo by Steve Grayson/WireImage.com
Peter Jacobsen struggled to a 75 Saturday, but is still only three back.
'It sucked,' said Craig Stadler, who struggled to a 13-over-par 84 on Saturday. 'The conditions weren't quite as bad as my golf, but almost.'
 
Brad Bryant birdied his final hole Saturday to polish off a 1-over 72. The two-time winner this year on the Champions Tour is now within one at 5-under-par 208.
 
Overnight leader Peter Jacobsen struggled mightily in round three. He mixed six bogeys, including two in the last four holes, and two birdies for a 4-over 75. He is tied with three-time winner this season Loren Roberts, who shot an even-par 70. The pair is knotted at minus-3.
 
Morgan, who lives about one mile from the course, wrestled the lead away from Jacobsen early in the third round, but Bryant answered him at the seventh. Morgan caught a flier lie out of the rough and made bogey from behind the green. Bryant rolled in a 5-footer for birdie to move one ahead at 7 under par.
 
Two holes later, the lead changed again as Morgan drained a 15-foot birdie putt. Bryant tried to pull off a challenging shot and failed, making bogey and falling one back.
 
The 11th hole bit both players. Morgan missed the green right, then missed his 25-foot par putt. Bryant's drive landed directly behind a tree and he was forced to chip back into the fairway. He knocked his third to 30 feet and three-putted for a double-bogey.
 
Bryant bogeyed 14, but reclaimed the lost stroke with a birdie at 15. Morgan converted a clutch 7-footer for par at the 15th, then sank a 4-foot birdie putt at the 16th to move to 7 under par, three clear of Bryant.
 
At the 17th, Morgan missed a 6-footer for par. With his lead down to two, Morgan hit a solid approach to 12 feet at the closing hole. He failed to turn into a birdie, but Bryant drained a 10-foot birdie putt of his own to close the gap to one.
 
If Morgan is to win on Sunday, it will be his 24th on the Champions Tour, but his first since the 2004 SBC Classic. He owns three major titles, but not the Senior PGA Championship.
 
Jay Haas, who has won his last two starts on the elder circuit, managed a 2-over 73 and is tied for fifth place with reigning Champions Tour Player of the Year Dana Quigley, who posted a 1-over 72. The duo is tied at 2-under-par 211.
 
Mast and D.A. Weibring (70) share seventh place at minus-1. Tom Watson, the 2001 winner, carded a 3-over 74 and is alone in ninth place at even-par 213, which is one shot better than David Edwards, who also shot a 74 on Saturday.
 
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  • Trump playing 'quickly' with Tiger, DJ

    By Golf Channel DigitalNovember 24, 2017, 1:33 pm

    Tiger Woods is scheduled to make his return to competition next week at his Hero World Challenge. But first, a (quick) round with the President.

    President Donald Trump tweeted on Friday that he was going to play at Trump National Golf Club in Jupiter, Fla., alongside Woods and world No. 1 Dustin Johnson.

    Woods and President Trump previously played last December. Trump, who, according to trumpgolfcount.com has played 75 rounds since taking over the presidency, has also played over the last year with Rory McIlroy, Ernie Els and Hideki Matsuyama.

    Chawrasia leads major champs in Hong Kong

    By Associated PressNovember 24, 2017, 1:19 pm

    HONG KONG – S.S.P. Chawrasia extended his lead at the Hong Kong Open to two strokes Friday after a 4-under 66 in the second round.

    Chawrasia, who had led by one at the Hong Kong Golf Club, is at 9-under 131 overall and took as much as a five-stroke lead at one point.

    ''Yesterday I was putting very well, and today, also I make some up and downs. I saved a couple of short putts. That's why I think I'm leading by two shots most probably,'' the Indian said. ''The next two days, I'm just looking forward.''


    Full-field scores from the UBS Hong Kong Open


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    Aiken's round was the lowest of the tournament.

    ''It is tough out there. The greens are really firm. You've got to hit the fairway,'' Aiken said. ''If you get above the holes, putts can get away from you.''

    Justin Rose (69) had six birdies, but three bogeys and a double-bogey at the par 3 12th kept him at 3 under for the tournament.

    Masters champion Sergio Garcia (71), playing for the first time in Hong Kong, was at even par, as was defending champion Sam Brazel (71) and 2014 champion Scott Hend (67).

    ''I have to play better,'' Garcia said. ''The way I felt like I played, it's difficult. This kind of course, you need to play well to shoot a good score.''

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    By Nick MentaNovember 24, 2017, 6:40 am

    Jason Day posted a second-round 68 to move himself just one off the lead held by Lucas Herbert through two rounds at the Emirates Australian Open. Here’s where things stand after 36 holes in Sydney.

    Leaderboard: Herbert (-9), Day (-8), Cameron Davis (-7), Anthony Quayle (-6), Matt Jones (-4), Cameron Smith (-4), Nick Cullen (-4), Richard Green (-4)

    What it means: Day is in search of his first worldwide victory of 2017. The former world No. 1 last visited the winner’s circle in May 2016, when he won The Players at TPC Sawgrass. A win this week would close out a difficult year for the Aussie who struggled with his game while also helping his mother in her battle with cancer. Day’s last victory on his native soil came in 2013, when he partnered with Adam Scott to win the World Cup of Golf for Australia at Royal Melbourne.


    Full-field scores from the Emirates Australian Open


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    Best of the rest: Matt Jones, who won this event over Jordan Spieth and Adam Scott two years ago, turned in 4-under 67. Jones is best known to American audiences for his playoff victory at the 2014 Shell Houston Open and for holding the 36-hole lead at the 2015 PGA Championship at Whistling Straits, which was eventually won by Day. Jones will start the weekend five shots off the lead, at 4 under par.

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    By Golf Channel DigitalNovember 23, 2017, 8:49 pm

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    Full-field scores from the Emirates Australian Open


    Ogilvy used an example from American baseball to help get his point across to an Australian audience.

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