Lara Leads Clarke Still in the Hunt

By Sports NetworkJuly 8, 2006, 4:00 pm
2005 Smurfit European OpenDUBLIN, Ireland -- Jose Manuel Lara fired a 5-under 67 in tough conditions Saturday to take a one-stroke lead after three rounds of the European Open. Lara completed 54 holes at 9-under-par 207.
Players battled strong winds and heavy rain throughout the round Saturday. Lara's 67 was one of three on the day, but generally scores soared in the bad conditions.
Anthony Wall posted a 2-under 70 in the third round to move into second place at 8-under-par 208. Simon Khan climbed into a share of third at minus-7 thanks to a 4-under 68. He stands alongside Darren Clarke, Stephen Dodd and Jamie Spence.
Second-round leader Bradley Dredge struggled to a 5-over 41 on the back nine to tumble from the top spot on the leaderboard. He ended with a 3-over 75 that dropped him into a share of seventh with Paul Casey and Steven O'Hara at 6-under-par 210.
United States Ryder Cup captain Tom Lehman notched his second straight 2-under 70. He is in 10th place with Peter Hanson at minus-5. Lehman is scouting out The K Club this week as the venue's Palmer Course will host the Ryder Cup in the fall. This week's event though is being contested on the Smurfit Course.
Dredge was in control of the event for most of the front nine. Birdies on two, three and five gave him a five-stroke lead at 12 under par. Things started to fall apart on the seventh, where he tripped to his first bogey of the event.
The Welshman scrambled to five straight pars from there, but more trouble was on tap. Dredge found heavy rough at the par-4 13th and pitched his second shot sideways.
Dredge could not recover from there stumbling to a double bogey. He bogeyed each of the next two holes to fall to 8 under, one behind Wall. Dredge also bogeyed the last to end three back.
'I think the wet factor set in. It was pretty windy and wet and the ball seemed to squirt of my driver a bit,' Dredge stated. 'I hit some awful ones on the back nine.'
Wall birdied two and three, then bogeyed the fourth. He birdied the 11th for the third round in a row. Wall posted back-to-back birdies from the 14th to get to 10 under and the lead. However, he bogeyed his next two holes to end at minus-8.
'For the middle of July, it was pretty wet and cold and I think the cold got to me over the last few holes,' Wall admitted.
Meanwhile, Lara was flying up the leaderboard with a great front nine. He dropped a stroke on the par-4 first to slip to minus-3 , but bounced back with birdies on three and four.
The Spaniard ran off three straight birdies from the seventh to get to 8-under. Lara then birdied the par-4 11th. He gave a stroke back with a bogey on 13, but a birdie at the par-5 closing hole gave him the overnight lead.
'It's pretty much the same situation as 2004 except that I am two years older,' said Lara, who trailed Goosen by one entering the final round in 2004. 'I feel comfortable here, even in this weather. I like the course. I like the greens and I am now going to play my own game and see how things go.
'There are many players within a few shots of me, so anyone can win. The important thing is that I am one of them. Two years ago I was very confident that I could win. I don't have any wins yet, but all that could change tomorrow.'
Lara leads after 54 holes for the first time in his European Tour career. He will go for his first tour crown on Sunday.
Eight-time Order of Merit champion Colin Montgomerie and five other players share 12th at 4-under-par 212.
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    Cook leads by one entering final round at CareerBuilder

    By Associated PressJanuary 21, 2018, 12:51 am

    LA QUINTA, Calif. – Austin Cook played a six-hole stretch in 6 under and shot an 8-under 64 in breezy conditions Saturday to take the lead at the CareerBuilder Challenge.

    Cook began the run at La Quinta Country Club with birdies on Nos. 4-5, eagled the sixth and added birdies on No. 7 and 9 to make the turn in 6-under 30.

    After a bogey on the 10th, he birdied Nos. 11, 12 and 15 and saved par on the 18th with a 20-footer to take a 19-under 197 total into the final round on PGA West's Stadium Course. The 26-year-old former Arkansas player is making his first start in the event. He won at Sea Island in November for his first PGA Tour title.

    Fellow former Razorbacks star Andrew Landry and Martin Piller were a stroke back. Landry, the second-round leader, had a 70 on the Stadium Course. Piller, the husband of LPGA tour player Gerina Piller, shot a 67 at La Quinta. They are both winless on the PGA Tour.

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    Jon Rahm had a 70 at the Stadium Course to reach 17 under. The top-ranked player in the field at No. 3, Rahm beat up the par 5s again, but had four bogeys – three on par 3s. He has played the 12 par 5s in 13 under with an eagle and 11 birdies.

    Scott Piercy also was two strokes back after a 66 at the Stadium.

    Adam Hadwin had a 67 at La Quinta a year after shooting a third-round 59 on the course. The Canadian was 16 under along with Grayson Murray and Brandon Harkins. Murray had a 67 on PGA West's Jack Nicklaus Tournament Course, and Harkins shot 68 on the Stadium Course.

    Phil Mickelson missed the cut in his first tournament of the year for the second time in his career, shooting a 74 on the Stadium Course to finish at 4 under – four strokes from a Sunday tee time.

    The 47-year-old Hall of Famer was playing for the first time since late October. He also missed the cut in the Phoenix Open in his 2009 opener.

    Charlie Reiter, the Palm Desert High School senior playing on the first sponsor exemption the event has given to an amateur, also missed the cut. The Southern California recruit had three early straight double bogeys in a 77 on the Stadium that left him 1 over for the week.

    John Daly had an 80 at La Quinta. He opened with a triple bogey and had six bogeys – four in a row to start his second nine – and only one birdie. The 51-year-old Daly opened with a 69 on the Nicklaus layout and had a 71 on Friday at the Stadium.

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    Mickelson misses CareerBuilder cut for first time in 24 years

    By Randall MellJanuary 21, 2018, 12:48 am

    Phil Mickelson missed the cut Saturday at the CareerBuilder Challenge. It’s a rare occurrence in his Hall of Fame career.

    He has played the event 15 times, going back to when it was known as the Bob Hope Classic. He has won it twice.

    How rare is his missing the cut there?

    The last time he did so, there was no such thing as a DVD, Wi-Fi, iPods, Xbox, DVR capability or YouTube.

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    The PGA Tour’s Jon Rahm didn’t exist, either.

    The last time Mickelson missed a cut in this event was 1994, nine months before Rahm was born.

    Mickelson struggled to a 2-over-par 74 in the heavy winds Saturday on the PGA West Stadium Course, missing the 54-hole cut by four shots. He hit just four of 14 fairways, just nine of 18 greens. He took a double bogey at the 15th after requiring two shots to escape the steep-walled bunker on the left side of the green.

    Mickelson won’t have to wait long to try to get back in the hunt. He’s scheduled to play the Farmers Insurance Open next week at Torrey Pines in La Jolla, Calif.

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    Defending champ Gana co-leads Latin America Amateur

    By Randall MellJanuary 20, 2018, 11:20 pm

    Toto Gana moved into early position to try to win a return trip to the Masters Saturday by grabbing a share of the first-round lead at the Latin America Amateur Championship.

    The defending champ posted a 3-under-par 68 at Prince of Wales Country Club in his native Chile, equaling the rounds of Argentina’s Mark Montenegro and Colombia’s Pablo Torres.

    They are one shot ahead of Mexico’s Alvaro Ortiz and Mario Carmona, Argentina’s Horacio Carbonetti and Jaime Lopez Rivarola and the Dominican Republic’s Rhadames Pena.

    It’s a bunched leaderboard, with 19 players within three shots of each at the top of the board in the 72-hole event.

    “I think I have my game under control,” said Gana, 20, a freshman at Lynn University. “I hit the ball very well, and I also putted very well. So, I am confident about tomorrow.”

    The LAAC’s champion will get more than a Masters invitation. He also will be exempt into the The Amateur, the U.S. Amateur and any other USGA event he is eligible to play this year. The champion and players who finish runner-up are also exempt into the final stages of qualifying for The Open and the U.S. Open.

    The LAAC was founded by the Masters, the R&A and the USGA, with the purpose of further developing amateur golf in South America, Central America, Mexico and the Caribbean.

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    LAAC returning to Casa de Campo in 2019

    By Randall MellJanuary 20, 2018, 8:23 pm

    The Latin America Amateur Championship will return to Casa de Campo in the Dominican Republic in 2019 (Jan. 17-20), event organizers announced Saturday in Chile, where this year’s championship is underway.

    The LAAC champion receives an invitation to play the Masters at Augusta National Golf Club every spring.

    The champion is also exempt into The Amateur, the U.S. Amateur and any other USGA event for which he is eligible to compete. The champion and players who finish runner-up are also exempt into the final stages of qualifying for The Open and the U.S. Open.

    The LAAC was founded by the Masters, the R&A and the USGA, with the purpose of further developing amateur golf in South America, Central America, Mexico and the Caribbean.

    The championship got its start in 2015 with Chile’s Matias Dominguez winning at Pilar Golf in Argentina. In 2016, Casa de Campo hosted, with Costa Rica’s Paul Chaplet winning. At 16, he became the first player from Central America to compete in the Masters. In 2017, Chile’s Toto Gana won the title at  Club de Golf de Panama.