Lane Catches Dredge in Sweden

By Sports NetworkJuly 30, 2005, 4:00 pm
04 Scandinavian Masters Scandinavian Masters MALMO, Sweden -- Bradley Dredge, the overnight leader, posted a 5-under 66 on Saturday, but it was only enough to share the third-round lead of the Scandinavian Masters. Barry Lane shot a 6-under 65 at Kungsangen to join Dredge in first at 18-under-par 195.
 
Mark Hensby and Henrik Stenson each fired rounds of 7-under-par 64 and share third place at 16-under-par 197. Damien McGrane carded a 64 of his own on Saturday and is alone in fifth place at minus-15.
 
Third-round tee times were moved up as heavy rain was forecast for Saturday. There were occasional rain showers, but the third round was completed as scheduled.
 
Dredge, who held the 54-hole lead last week at the Players' Championship of Europe, but lost by three, birdied the first, then drained a 15-foot birdie putt at No. 4. He made it two in a row at the par-5 fifth when he two- putted from 40 feet.
 
Dredge parred his next three holes, then got up-and-down from a bunker for birdie at the par-5 ninth. He birdied No. 11, but found trouble at the 12th when his 18-foot chip did not find the cup.
 
The 32-year-old from Wales sandwiched a pair of birdies around a bogey at the 16th and found himself tied with Lane. Dredge had a 15-foot chance at birdie at the last, but missed, meaning he would share the 54-hole lead as he looks for his second victory on the European Tour.
 
'I said to my caddie that I needed to finish well to get ahead of Barry in case the thunderstorms arrived,' said Dredge, whose only win on the European Tour came at the 2003 Madeira Island Open.
 
Lane, a five-time winner on the European Tour, including last year's British Masters, birdied the first and fifth holes to keep pace with Dredge, who had a one-stroke lead at the start of Saturday's third round.
 
Lane ran home a 6-foot birdie putt at the eight and collected back-to-back birdies with a two-putt from 45 feet at the par-5 ninth. He made it three in a row with a birdie at 10.
 
At the 14th, Lane split the fairway, then knocked his approach to 2 feet. He birdied that hole, then birdied 15, but dropped a shot 16 to fall out of sole possession of first.
 
Lane credits a new work ethic for his strong play in the last two years.
 
'I had a bit of grumpy period a few years back, but that's over now,' admitted Lane. 'I wasn't playing well, but then I wasn't working hard enough. I thought it was just going to happen. Now I am getting the rewards of hard work.
 
'I spent the last two weeks chipping harder than ever. I probably spent more time in the chipping green in the past nine days than I'd done in the first 20 years of playing.'
 
Adam Scott, the highest-ranked player in the field at No. 7, fired a 65 on Saturday to get into a tie for sixth place. First-round leader Marc Cayeux (68), Richard Finch (65), Pierre Fulke (70), Henrik Nystrom (69) and Jean-Francois Remesy (69) joined Scott at minus-13.
 
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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.