Hearn Gains Control in Alberta

By Sports NetworkAugust 21, 2004, 4:00 pm
CALGARY, Alberta -- David Hearn carded a 5-under 67 Saturday to take a three-stroke lead after three rounds at the Alberta Classic. Hearn completed 54 holes at 14-under-par 202.
 
Nick Watney climbed into a tie for second place at 11-under-par 205 thanks to a third-round 66. He is joined there by David McKenzie (70), who shared the lead entering the third round with Hearn. Mathew Goggin stands alone in fourth place at 9-under-par 207, while Kevin Johnson is one stroke further back at minus-8.
 
Hearn was steady over his opening nine holes. He parred the first four holes, before collecting a birdie at the fifth. He then ran off four straight pars to make the turn at minus-10.
 
The 25-year-old Canadian then dropped in back-to-back birdies from the 10th at Redwood Meadows, the second of which came after an 80-minute rain delay. Hearn picked up his third birdie of the back side at the par-3 13th to get to 13 under.
 
Hearn coasted to the last with four consecutive pars. At the 18th, Hearn dropped in a 30-foot birdie putt to move three strokes clear of the field and close out a bogey-free round.
 
'It all boils down to going out and trying to hit targets,' said Hearn, the fourth leading money winner on the Canadian Tour this season. 'I was hitting it pretty well, but I didn't sink a lot of putts. I was trying to stay as patient as I could. I'd say my focus was about as good as it could get today.'
 
Watney roared up the leaderboard as he caught fire midway through his round. The 23-year-old bogeyed the first, but turned it on at the sixth. Watney ran off three birdies over a four-hole stretch from the sixth to jump to 7 under.
 
After a par at the 10th, Watney birdied the 11th and 12th before dropping another stroke at the 13th. The Fresno State alum converted back-to-back birdies from the 14th to move to minus-10. He closed with a birdie at the par-3 17th.
 
'I had a good day,' Watney said. 'I putted real well and kept the ball in play and it all added up to 6 under. I struggled yesterday and I needed to get back in the tournament, so I think today's 66 was better than the one I shot in the opening round.'
 
McKenzie got off to a hot start with birdies at the first and third. He cooled off, however, as he played even-par golf over his next six holes. He wrapped bogeys at the 10th and 12th around a birdie at the 11th. The Australian rolled in a birdie at the 15th before parring his final three holes to share second place.
 
Charles Warren carded a 2-under 70 in the third round to move into a tie for sixth place at 7-under-par 209. He is joined there by Jason Schultz, Paul Gow, Matthew Jones, John Morse and Jason Buha. Wes Martin and Erik Compton are one stroke further back at minus-6.
 
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    McCoy earns medalist honors at Web.com Q-School

    By Will GrayDecember 11, 2017, 12:30 am

    One year after his budding career was derailed by a car accident, Lee McCoy got back on track by earning medalist honors at the final stage of Web.com Tour Q-School.

    McCoy shot a final-round 65 at Whirlwind Golf Club in Chandler, Ariz., to finish the 72-hole event at 28 under. That total left him two shots ahead of Sung-Jae Im and guaranteed him fully-exempt status on the developmental circuit in 2018.

    It's an impressive turnaround for the former University of Georgia standout who finished fourth at the 2016 Valspar Championship as an amateur while playing alongside Jordan Spieth in the final round. But he broke his wrist in a car accident the day before second stage of Q-School last year, leaving him without status on any major tour to begin the year.

    McCoy was not the only player who left Arizona smiling. Everyone in the top 10 and ties will be exempt through the first 12 events of the new Web.com Tour season, a group that includes former amateur standouts Curtis Luck (T-3), Sam Burns (T-10) and Maverick McNealy (T-10).

    Players who finished outside the top 10 but inside the top 45 and ties earned exemptions into the first eight events of 2018. That group includes Cameron Champ (T-16), who led the field in driving at this year's U.S. Open as an amateur, and Wyndham Clark (T-23).

    Everyone who advanced to the final stage of Q-School will have at least conditional Web.com Tour status in 2018. Among those who failed to secure guaranteed starts this week were Robby Shelton, Rico Hoey, Jordan Niebrugge, Joaquin Niemann and Kevin Hall.

    Els honored with Heisman Humanitarian Award

    By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 10, 2017, 11:41 pm

    The annual Heisman Trophy award ceremony is one of the biggest moments in any football season, but there was a touching non-football moment as well on Saturday night as Ernie Els received the Heisman Humanitarian Award.

    The award, which had been announced in August, recognized Els' ongoing efforts on behalf of his Els for Autism foundation. Els received the award at Manhattan's PlayStation Theater, where Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield won the Heisman Trophy.

    Els, 47, founded Els for Autism in 2009 with his wife after their son, Ben, was diagnosed with autism. Their efforts have since flourished into a 26-acre campus in Jupiter, Fla., and the creation of the Els Center for Excellence in 2015.

    The Heisman Humanitarian Award has been given out since 2006. Past recipients include NBA center David Robinson, NFL running back Warrick Dunn, soccer star Mia Hamm and NASCAR driver Jeff Gordon.

    A native of South Africa, Els won the U.S. Open in 1994 and 1997 and The Open in 2002 and 2012. He has won 19 times on the PGA Tour and was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2011.

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    Monday finish for Joburg Open; Sharma leads by 4

    By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 10, 2017, 8:57 pm

    Rain, lightning and hail pushed the Joburg Open to a Monday finish, with India’s Shubhankar Sharma holding a four-stroke lead with 11 holes to play in Johannesburg.

    Play is scheduled to resume at 7:30 a.m. local time.

    South Africa’s Erik van Rooyen will have a 3-foot putt for birdie to move within three shots of Sharma wen play resumes at the Randpark Golf Club. Sarma is at 22 under par.

    Tapio Pulkkanen of Finland and James Morrison of England are tied for third at 14 under. Pulkkanen has 10 holes remaining, Morrison 11.

    The top three finishers who are not already exempt, will get spots in next year’s Open Championship at Carnoustie.

     

     

    Stricker, O'Hair team to win QBE Shootout

    By Will GrayDecember 10, 2017, 8:55 pm

    It may not count in the official tally, but Steve Stricker is once again in the winner's circle on the PGA Tour.

    Stricker teamed with Sean O'Hair to win the two-person QBE Shootout, as the duo combined for a better-ball 64 in the final round to finish two shots clear of Graeme McDowell and Shane Lowry. It's the second win in this event for both men; Stricker won with Jerry Kelly back in 2009 while O'Hair lifted the trophy with Kenny Perry in 2012.

    Stricker and O'Hair led wire-to-wire in the 54-hole, unofficial event after posting a 15-under 57 during the opening-round scramble.

    "We just really gelled well together," Stricker said. "With his length the first day, getting some clubs into the greens, some short irons for me, we just fed off that first day quite a bit. We felt comfortable with one another."


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    Stricker won 12 times during his PGA Tour career, most recently at the 2012 Tournament of Champions. More recently the 50-year-old has been splitting his time on the PGA Tour Champions and captained the U.S. to a victory at the Presidents Cup in October. O'Hair has four official Tour wins, most recently at the 2011 RBC Canadian Open.

    Pat Perez and Brian Harman finished alone in third, four shots behind Stricker and O'Hair. Lexi Thompson and Tony Finau, the lone co-ed pairing in the 12-team event, finished among a tie for fourth.