Jimenez Still in the Hunt in Spain

By Sports NetworkOctober 23, 2004, 4:00 pm
2004 Open de MadridMADRID, Spain -- Paul Broadhurst carded a 3-under 68 on Saturday to hold onto a share of the lead after the third round of the Open de Madrid. Broadhurst finished 54 holes at 13-under-par 200 along with Darren Fichardt.
Ivo Giner shot a 64 to join Graeme McDowell, Brett Rumford and Richard Sterne at 12-under-par 201. Johan Edfors was tied for the lead on the 18th tee, but a lost ball led to a double bogey and a round of 69. Edfors finished at 11-under-par 202 alongside Miguel Angel Jimenez, Anders Hansen, Raphael Jacquelin and Terry Price.
Broadhurst, who has not won on the European Tour since the 1995 Open de France, jumped out of the gate at Club de Campo with a birdie at the par-4 first. Broadhurst found trouble with a bogey at the fourth, but hit his second shot to 3 feet for a birdie at the par-4 fifth to get that shot back.
The Englishman added a birdie at the 10th, but stumbled again with a bogey at the par-4 12th. Broadhurst picked up steam down the stretch, however, and hit his approach to 10 feet for a birdie at the par-4 16th.
Broadhurst then birdied the 17th to make it two in a row and got up and down for a par at the last for his piece of the lead.
Fichardt, a two-time winner on the European Tour, picked up his first birdie of the day at the fourth and added another at the fifth after his second shot stopped within 12 feet of the hole.
The 29-year-old dropped his approach inside 5 feet for a birdie at the seventh and followed with a birdie at the eighth to jump to 13 under.
Fichardt cooled down on the inward half, but had a birdie chance at the par-4 13th. He left his birdie try 3 feet short of the hole, however, and ran his par putt by the cup en route to a bogey.
The South African regained his composure at the par-3 17th and played his tee shot to 8 feet for a birdie. Fichardt then parred the 18th to complete a round of 67.
Edfors, who can secure his card with a win, birdied each of his first two holes, but gave a shot back with a bogey at the third. Edfors then drained a 16-foot putt for a birdie at the fifth, but again struggled to a bogey at the sixth.
At the par-5 seventh, Edfors reached the green in two and ran home a 25- footer for an eagle. Edfors reached 13 under with a birdie at the ninth, but bogeyed his next two holes to fall behind Fichardt.
Edfors countered and landed his second shot within a foot of the hole for a tap-in birdie at the par-4 13th. He then birdied the 16th to regain a share of the lead. The Swede's round was derailed at the closing hole, however, after he lost his ball and settled with a double bogey to finish two off the pace.
'It was not a nice way to finish. It's impossible to lose your ball there and it's quite expensive,' said Edfors. 'I would have paid a lot for that ball.'
Jamie Donaldson was three shots back at 10-under-par 203 after a round of 68. Trevor Immelman, Gary Murphy, Henrik Stenson and Philip Golding followed at 9-under-par 204.
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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.

    Full-field scores from the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship

    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.