Jacquelin Cruising to Title in Madrid

By Sports NetworkOctober 15, 2005, 4:00 pm
2004 Open de MadridMADRID, Spain -- Raphael Jacquelin fired his third consecutive round of 7-under 64 on Saturday to open up a seven-shot lead through three rounds of the Madrid Open. Jacquelin completed 54 holes at 21-under-par 192.
 
The seven-stroke margin Jacquelin owns is the largest on the European Tour this season through three rounds. He is in position for his first win on tour after having posted four second-place finishes over his 10-year career.
 
Jacquelin's name could be all over the record books this week if it were not for the lift, clean and place rules in play due to wet conditions.
 
He tied the 36-hole tournament record of 128 and his three-round total of 192 would have bested Retief Goosen's 54-hole mark of 196. Jacquelin's 192 total also would have tied the European Tour record set by Tiger Woods at the NEC World Championship five years ago.
 
Jose-Filipe Lima carded a 4-under 67 to move into a share of second place at 14-under-par 199. He was joined there by Dar who shot 68 in round three.
 
Paul Lawrie, the 1999 British Open champion, is one stroke further back after a round of 66. Stuart Little also shot 66 to take fifth place at 13-under-par 200.
 
Jacquelin got off to a flying sart in his third round. He birdied the second and third to quickly move to 16 under. The Frenchman then two-putted for birdie on the par-5 fourth at Club de Campo.
 
The 33-year-old birdied the par-5 seventh to stretch his lead to six strokes. Jacquelin missed the green at the par-3 ninth and was unable to save par on No. 9 for the second round in a row.
 
Jacquelin quickly erased that error. He ran in an 18-foot birdie putt on the 10th and a 14-footer for birdie at 11 to get to 19 under. Jacquelin parred four straight holes before extending his lead.
 
He dropped his second shot within 6 feet of the cup to set up a birdie on the 16th. Jacquelin drained a 25-footer for birdie at the last to take the huge third-round lead.
 
'I've been on top of leaderboards before a few times, but never by seven shots,' said Jacquelin. 'I've got a few to play with and I intend to just relax and enjoy the finish. I could have been a few more under par if I hadn't missed the short putts, but the key to me doing so well is because I'm rolling the ball so well on the greens and I only missed one fairway today.'
 
Lima traded a birdie for a bogey from the fourth. He then converted back-to-back birdies from the seventh to get to 12 under. After five pars in a row, Lima birdied the par-5 14th before closing with a birdie on the 17th.
 
Clarke was steady throughout this round. He started by parring the first six holes, then the Ulsterman birdied seven and eight to get to 13 under. Clarke was within four shots when Jacquelin bogeyed the ninth, but Clarke could only muster one more birdie on the 10th. He closed with eight consecutive pars.
 
'He played fantastically. A 64 was the worst score he could have possibly shot,' said Clarke of his playing partner, Jacquelin. 'I've lost a six-shot lead, at the 1999 European Open, but he's going to be hard to catch. He's playing unbelievably well.'
 
Robert-Jan Derksen, Anders Hansen and Miguel Angel Jimenez each carded rounds of 5-under 66. They share sixth place with European Ryder Cup captain Ian Woosnam (68) at 11-under-par 202.
 
Colin Montgomerie, who leads the European Tour Order of Merit, paces a group of eight players one stroke further back at minus-10.
 
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    Angela hits Sergio in stride on field at Superdome

    By Grill Room TeamDecember 18, 2017, 3:22 pm

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    Newsmaker of the Year: No. 1, Justin Thomas

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    Thomas entered the year ranked outside the top 20, and few might have pegged him for a transcendent campaign. But he kicked off January with a win in Hawaii, added another before leaving the Aloha State and never looked back.

    Thomas’ seminal moment came in August when he captured the PGA Championship at Quail Hollow for his breakthrough major title. One month after greeting Jordan Spieth behind the final green at Royal Birkdale, this time it was Thomas’ turn to have friends stick around to snap pictures with the trophy that signaled his arrival among golf’s upper echelon.


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    In addition to racking up the hardware – five in total, including the inaugural CJ Cup at Nine Bridges in his first start of the new wraparound season – Thomas dazzled with style. His runaway win at the Sony Open included an opening-round 59, and his third-round 63 at Erin Hills marked the first time anyone had ever shot 9 under on a U.S. Open venue.

    Thomas’ consistency was rewarded at East Lake, when a runner-up finish at the Tour Championship netted him the season-long title and $10 million prize. It was in the subsequent press conference where he shared the goals list he had written into his cell phone in February, having ticked off nearly every one. It showed a dedicated attention to detail as well the tactical approach with which Thomas had steered his rapid ascent.

    Heading into a new year, he’s now very clearly entrenched as one of the world’s best. And as his career progresses, it’s likely we’ll look back at 2017 as the point where Thomas first transformed great potential into eye-popping results.

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    By Associated PressDecember 17, 2017, 11:36 pm

    ORLANDO, Fla. - Angel Cabrera and Angel Cabrera Jr. closed with a 12-under 60 for a three-shot victory in their debut at the PNC Father/Son Challenge.

    The Cabreras opened with a 59 at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club and were challenged briefly by the defending champions, David Duval and Nick Karavites, in the scramble format Sunday. The Argentines went out in 30, and they had a two-shot lead with Cabrera's son came within an inch of chipping in for eagle on the final hole.

    They finished at 25-under 199 for a three-shot victory over Duval and Karavites, and Bernhard Langer and Jason Langer. The Langer team won in 2014.

    Mark O'Meara and Shaun O'Meara tied for fourth at 21 under with Jerry Pate and Wesley Pate.

    Cabrera wasn't even in the field until two-time U.S. Open champion Curtis Strange and his son, Tom Strange, had to withdraw.

    Duval and his stepson went out in 28, but the Cabreras regained control by starting the back nine with back-to-back birdies, and then making birdies on the 13th, 14th and 16th. The final birdie allowed them to tie the tournament scoring record.

    ''This is certain my best week of the year,'' said Cabrera, the 2009 Masters champion and 2007 U.S. Open champion at Oakmont. ''To play alongside all the legends ... as well as playing alongside my son, has been the greatest week of the year.''

    The popular event is for players who have won a major championship or The Players Championship. It is a scramble format both days.

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