Levet Jimenez Lead BMW

By Sports NetworkAugust 28, 2004, 4:00 pm
European TourMUNICH, Germany -- Thomas Levet shot a 9-under 63 on Saturday to match fellow European Ryder Cup member Miguel Angel Jimenez in the lead after the third round of the BMW International Open. The duo finished 54 holes at 15-under-par 201 with a two-shot edge over Retief Goosen and Markus Brier.
The Ryder Cup quest of Colin Montgomerie and Fredrik Jacobson continued on Saturday as the duo moved into a tie for fifth with David Lynn and Peter Fowler at 12-under-par 204. Paul McGinley, who is currently 10th on the Ryder Cup European Points List, was one shot further back at 11-under-par 205.
Levet, who also shot a 63 when he won this year's Scottish Open, is having one of the strongest seasons of his career. The Frenchman has already wrapped up a spot on Bernhard Langer's team and continued his blistering pace this weekend that has seen him shoot 16 under par over the last two days.
'It was just one of those days when everything clicked together,' who matched his career best on the European Tour. 'All in all, when you shoot 9 under par in one day, there can't be much wrong with your game, so it is pretty good.'
He picked up his first birdie at the fourth and drained a 12-foot putt for a birdie at the par-5 sixth. Levet then made it two in a row with a birdie at the seventh and hit a stellar second shot that stopped within 10 feet of the hole at the par-5 ninth.
Levet ran home the eagle putt to reach 11 under around the turn. He kept firing on all cylinders on the back nine and reached the green in two at the par-5 11th. Levet two-putted for a birdie and played his approach to 3 feet for a birdie at the 13th.
The 35-year-old then headed to the difficult 14th, a whole he double bogeyed in the opening round. Levet's second shot came up short of the green at the par-4, but he chipped in for another birdie to move to minus-14.
Levet dropped his tee shot inside 11 feet for a birdie at the par-3 17th and needed an eagle at the par-5 18th to establish a new course record at Golfclub Mnchen Nord-Eichenried. His second shot to the last found a greenside bunker, however, and Levet left with a closing par.
'Nothing is far off as far as my game is concerned and it is pretty solid in every department,' said Levet. 'So I'm all set for The Ryder Cup and actually I'm looking forward to it.'
Jimenez, a three-time winner on the European Tour this season, hit his second shot to seven feet for a birdie at the par-4 fifth and rolled in a long birdie putt at the par-3 eighth.
The Spaniard added a birdie at the ninth but drove into the rough en route to a bogey at the 10th. Jimenez responded at the very next hole, reaching the green in two at the par-5 11th and two-putting for a birdie.
Jimenez, who had fallen behind the charging Levet, made a run to regain the top spot down the stretch. He collected back-to-back birdies from the 15th to match Levet at 15 under, but found trouble with a bogey at the 17th.
At the par-5 18th, Jimenez hit his second shot into heavy rough but played his third on to the front fringe about 16 feet from the hole. The 40-year-old sank the birdie putt to join Levet in the lead with one round to play.
'I very much like playing in Germany. I used to play a lot here because the course conditions and the weather is fantastic,' said Jimenez. 'The people are so great as well so I am very happy here.'
Goosen, who held the first-round lead, collected three birdies and a bogey over his first nine holes. The reigning U.S. Open champion struggled early on the back side with a pair of bogeys to go along with a birdie at the 11th, but closed with three birdies over his last four holes for a round of 68.
Brier eagled the last to finished alongside Goosen at 13-under-par 203 after a round of 67.
Defending champion Lee Westwood posted a 66 to join Soren Kjeldsen, Sebastien Fernandez and Tino Schuster in a tie for 10th at 10-under-par 206.
Ryder Cup hopefuls Luke Donald and Alex Cejka followed at 9-under-par 207 along with Paul Casey, who has already secured his spot on the European squad, and Andrew Raitt.
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    Sergio starts season with 66 in Singapore

    By Associated PressJanuary 18, 2018, 12:56 pm

    SINGAPORE – Sergio Garcia opened his season with a 5-under 66 and a share of the clubhouse lead on Thursday in the first round of the weather-interrupted Singapore Open.

    Playing his first tournament of the year, the Masters champion rebounded after making an early bogey to collect four birdies and an eagle at the Sentosa Golf Club.

    He was later joined by American qualifier Kurt Kitayama in the clubhouse lead. Still on the course, Tirawat Kaewsiribandit was at 6 under through 16 holes when play was suspended for the day because of the threat of lightning.

    Louis Oosthuizen, the 2010 Open champion, was at 5 under through 16 holes when he also had to stop his round because of the weather.

    Of the players who did finish their opening rounds, only three were within two strokes of Garcia and Kitayama. One of them was Casey O'Toole, who aced the par-3 second with a 7-iron.

    The 38-year-old Garcia dropped his only shot of the day on the par-4 15th, his sixth hole after teeing off on the back nine, when he missed the fairway and was unable to make par. But he made amends when he birdied the par-3 17th and then eagled the par-5 18th to go out in 33.

    ''I was 1 over after (the) seventh but it didn't feel like I was playing badly,'' said Garcia, who made birdies on each of the two par 5s and one of the par 3s on the second nine. ''But then I hit two greats in a row for holes 17 and 18. I got a birdie-eagle there, so that settled me a little bit and I could play solid in the back nine and it was a great round.''

    Garcia made the shortlist for the Laureus Sports Awards in the Breakthrough of the Year category after claiming his first major at Augusta National last year and is hoping for more success this season.

    He credits the Singapore Open as having played a part in toughening him up for his Masters win because he opted to start his 2017 campaign in the stifling humidity of Southeast Asia to prepare himself for the bigger tournaments ahead.

    Although he finished tied for 11th in Singapore, Garcia won the Dubai Desert Classic the next week and was in peak form when he won the Masters two months later.

    Kitayama only secured his place in the $1 million event on Monday by finishing at the top of the qualifying competition, but he made a strong start with birdies on three of his first five holes. The 25-year-old Thai was 6 under through 13 holes but spoiled his otherwise flawless round with a bogey on his last.

    ''I started with a birdie and I just let it roll from there. I had some good tee shots, which I think, is the biggest thing for this course,'' Kitayama said. ''I'm a little tired, but I'm hanging in there. Whenever I have time off, I'll try not to think too much about golf.''

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    13-year-old beats DJ in closest-to-the-pin contest

    By Ryan LavnerJanuary 18, 2018, 12:26 pm

    Dustin Johnson didn’t just get beat by Tommy Fleetwood and Rory McIlroy on Day 1 of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.

    Even a 13-year-old got the best of the world No. 1.

    Oscar Murphy teed off on the 177-yard 15th hole as part of the tournament’s Beat the Pro challenge during the opening round. The Northern Irishman, one of the HSBC’s Future Falcons, carved a 3-wood toward a back-right pin, about 25 feet away, closer than both Johnson and Fleetwood.

    “An unbelievable shot,” Fleetwood said afterward, “and me and Rory both said, ‘We don’t have that in our locker.’”

    Johnson still made par on the hole, but he mixed four birdies with four bogeys Thursday for an even-par 72 that left him six shots back of Fleetwood and Hideto Tanihara after the opening round.

    Johnson, who tied for second here a year ago, is coming off a dominant performance at the Sentry Tournament of Champions, where he won by eight shots to strengthen his lead atop the world rankings. 

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    McIlroy 'really pleased' with opening 69 in Abu Dhabi

    By Ryan LavnerJanuary 18, 2018, 12:10 pm

    It was an auspicious 2018 debut for Rory McIlroy.

    Playing alongside world No. 1 Dustin Johnson for his first round since October, McIlroy missed only one green and shot a bogey-free 69 at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship. McIlroy is three shots back of reigning Race to Dubai champion Tommy Fleetwood, who played in the same group as McIlroy and Johnson, and Hideto Tanihara.

    Starting on the back nine at Abu Dhabi Golf Club, McIlroy began with 11 consecutive pars before birdies on Nos. 3, 7 and 8.

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    “I was excited to get going,” he told reporters afterward. “The last couple of months have been really nice in terms of being able to concentrate on things I needed to work on in my game and health-wise. I feel like I’m the most prepared for a season that I’ve ever been, but it was nice to get back out there.”

    Fleetwood, the defending champion, raced out to another lead while McIlroy and Johnson, who shot 72, just tried to keep pace.

    “Tommy played very well and I was just trying to hang onto his coattails for most of the round, so really pleased – bogey-free 69, I can’t really complain,” McIlroy said.

    This was his first competitive round in more than three months, since a tie for 63rd at the Dunhill Links. He is outside the top 10 in the world ranking for the first time since 2014. 

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    Hadwin returns to site of last year's 59

    By Will GrayJanuary 17, 2018, 11:04 pm

    Adam Hadwin had a career season last year, one that included shooting a 59 and winning a PGA Tour event. But those two achievements didn't occur in the same week.

    While Hadwin's breakthrough victory came at the Valspar Championship in March, it was at the CareerBuilder Challenge in January when he first made headlines with a third-round 59 at La Quinta Country Club. Hadwin took a lead into the final round as a result, but he ultimately couldn't keep pace with Hudson Swafford.

    He went on to earn a spot at the Tour Championship, and Hadwin made his first career Presidents Cup appearance in October. Now the Canadian returns to Palm Springs, eager to improve on last year's result and hoping to earn a spot in the final group for a third straight year after a T-6 finish in 2016.

    "A lot of good memories here in the desert," Hadwin told reporters. "I feel very comfortable here, very at home. Lots of Canadians, so it's always fun to play well in front of those crowds and hopefully looking forward to another good week."

    Hadwin's 59 last year was somewhat overshadowed, both by the fact that he didn't win the event and that it came just one week after Justin Thomas shot a 59 en route to victory at the Sony Open. But he's still among an exclusive club of just eight players to have broken 60 in competition on Tour and he's eager to get another crack at La Quinta on Saturday.

    "If I'm in the same position on 18, I'm gunning for 58 this year," Hadwin said, "not playing safe for 59."