Gove Grabs 54-Hole Oregon Classic Lead

By Sports NetworkOctober 1, 2005, 4:00 pm
JUNCTION CITY, Ore. -- Jeff Gove, who shared the second-round lead, posted a 5-under 67 on Saturday to take the 54-hole lead of the Oregon Classic. He stands at 15-under-par 201 and is ahead by three at Shadow Hills Country Club.
Tim Wilkinson and Esteban Toledo, who were both tied with Gove after Friday's second round, each shot rounds of 2-under 70 and are part of a group in second place. Jamie Broce (67) and Kris Cox (69) joined Wilkinson and Toledo at 12-under-par 204.
Bill Haas shot a 6-under 66 and is tied for sixth place with first-round co-leader David Morland IV, who carded a 4-under 68 on Saturday. The duo is knotted at minus-10.
Gove began the round tied for the lead at 10 under par, but quickly got to 12- under par with a pair of birdies at the second and third holes. He gave one back with a bogey at the par-5 fifth, but made the turn at 12 under thanks to a birdie at No. 9.
Gove's biggest shot of the round came at the par-4 11th. The wind changed and his approach landed in a back, greenside bunker. Gove left his third shot in the trap, but chipped in from the bunker for the unlikely par.
'I just battled through those tough holes, 11 through 14, then you just have to go for it,' said Gove, who finished second to Toledo at this year's Lake Erie Charity Classic at Peek 'n Peak Resort.
Gove went for it alright. He collected birdies at 15, 17 and 18 to break out of the logjam at minus-12 and give him a piece of his second 54-hole lead of the season. He shared the 54-hole lead at the New Zealand PGA Championship before sharing 13th place.
'I remember getting off to a good start and then hitting one funny shot on No. 8,' said Gove, referring to his final round in New Zealand. 'Hopefully, I can learn from it and be patient tomorrow.'
Gove is a two-time winner on the Nationwide Tour, but has not visited the winner's circle since 1999.
Jeff Freeman shot a 5-under 67 on Saturday and is alone in eighth place at minus-9.
Tom Scherrer (66), Jeremy Anderson (71), Charley Hoffman (71), Jon Mills (73) and last week's Boise Open winner Greg Chalmers (68) are tied for ninth place at 8-under-par 208.
Defending champion Jeff Quinney made a move up the leaderboard on Saturday with a 5-under 67. He is part of a group tied for 22nd place at 5-under- par 211.
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    DJ shoots 64 to surge up leaderboard in Abu Dhabi

    By Ryan LavnerJanuary 19, 2018, 1:48 pm

    Dustin Johnson stood out among a star-studded three-ball that combined to shoot 18 under par with just one bogey Friday at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.

    Shaking off a sloppy first round at Abu Dhabi Golf Club, Johnson matched the low round of the day with a 64 that put him within four shots of Thomas Pieters’ lead.

    “I did everything really well,” Johnson said. “It was a pretty easy 64.”

    Johnson made four bogeys during an even-par 72 on Thursday and needed a solid round Friday to make the cut. Before long, he was closer to the lead than the cut line, making birdie on three of the last four holes and setting the pace in a group that also included good rounds from Rory McIlroy (66) and Tommy Fleetwood (68).

    Coming off a blowout victory at Kapalua, Johnson is searching for his first regular European Tour title. He tied for second at this event a year ago.

    Johnson’s second-round 64 equaled the low round of the day (Jorge Campillo and Branden Grace). 

    “It was just really solid all day long,” Johnson said. “Hit a lot of great shots, had a lot of looks at birdies, which is what I need to do over the next two days if I want to have a chance to win on Sunday.” 

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    Closing eagle moves Rory within 3 in Abu Dhabi

    By Ryan LavnerJanuary 19, 2018, 12:57 pm

    What rust? Rory McIlroy appears to be in midseason form.

    Playing competitively for the first time since Oct. 8, McIlroy completed 36 holes without a bogey Friday, closing with an eagle to shoot 6-under 66 to sit just three shots back at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.

    “I’m right in the mix after two days and I’m really happy in that position,” he told reporters afterward.

    McIlroy took a 3 ½-month break to heal his body, clear his mind and work on his game after his first winless year since 2008, his first full season as a pro.

    He's back on track at a familiar playground, Abu Dhabi Golf Club, where he’s racked up eight top-11s (including six top-3s) in his past nine starts there.

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    McIlroy opened with a 69 Thursday, then gave himself even more chances on Day 2, cruising along at 4 under for the day when he reached the par-5 closing hole. After launching a 249-yard long iron to 25 feet, he poured in the eagle putt to pull within three shots of Thomas Pieters (65). 

    Despite the layoff, McIlroy edged world No. 1 Dustin Johnson, coming off a blowout victory at Kapalua, by a shot over the first two rounds. 

    “DJ is definitely the No. 1 player in the world right now, and one of, if not the best, driver of the golf ball," McIlroy said. "To be up there with him over these first two days, it proves to me that I’m doing the right things and gives me a lot of confidence going forward.”

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    Duke to fill in for injured Pavin at CareerBuilder

    By Ryan LavnerJanuary 19, 2018, 12:25 pm

    Ken Duke will fill in for Corey Pavin for the next two rounds of the CareerBuilder Challenge – with nothing at stake but his amateur partner’s position on the leaderboard.

    Pavin was 4 over par when he withdrew after 17 holes Thursday because of a neck injury. Tournament officials phoned Duke, the first alternate, and asked if he would take Pavin’s spot and partner with Luis Lopez for the next two rounds, even though he would not receive any official money.

    Duke accepted and explained his decision on Twitter:

    Playing on past champion’s status, the 48-year-old Duke has made only four starts this season, with a best finish of a tie for 61st at the RSM Classic.

    Pavin received a sponsor exemption into the event, his first PGA Tour start since the 2015 Colonial. 

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    Kelly, Sauers co-lead in Hawaii; Monty, Couples in mix

    By Associated PressJanuary 19, 2018, 3:52 am

    KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii - Fresh off a solid performance on Oahu, Jerry Kelly shot an 8-under 64 on the Big Island on Thursday to share the first-round lead at the Mitsubishi Electric Championship, the season opener on the PGA Tour Champions.

    The 51-year-old Kelly, who tied for 14th at the PGA Tour's Sony Open last week in Honolulu, birdied five of his final seven holes to shoot 30 on the back nine at Hualalai. He won twice last season, his first on the over-50 tour.

    Gene Sauers also shot 64, going bogey-free amid calm conditions. Thirty-two of the 44 players broke par in the limited-field event, which includes winners from last season, past champions of the event, major champions and Hall of Famers.

    Rocco Mediate and Colin Montgomerie were one shot back, and Fred Couples, Kevin Sutherland and Kirk Triplett were another shot behind.

    Bernhard Langer, defending the first of his seven 2017 titles, was in the middle of the pack after a 69.