Lewis in the Lead at John Deere

By Sports NetworkJuly 9, 2005, 4:00 pm
SILVIS, Ill. -- J.L. Lewis posted a 2-under 69 on Saturday to extend his lead to three strokes after the third round of the John Deere Classic. Lewis, who earned his first PGA Tour title at this event in 1999, finished at 15-under-par 198.
 
Hank Kuehne shot a 4-under 67 to share second place with Craig Bowden and Richard S. Johnson. Robert Damron and Jeff Brehaut followed at 11-under-par 202.
 
With amateur Michelle Wie out of the picture, after the teenager was the focal point of the tournament for the first two rounds, Lewis got back to business on Saturday. He found trouble early with a bogey at the par-4 first.
 
Lewis steadied himself and ran off five consecutive pars before picking up the first of back-to-back birdies at the par-3 seventh. Lewis looked to be in trouble at the par-3 12th after his tee shot found a greenside bunker, but he blasted out of the sand within a foot of the hole to save par.
 
The 44-year-old kept racking up pars at the 13th and 14th holes. At the par-4 15th, Lewis played his second shot inside 30 feet and ran home the long birdie try to get to 15 under.
 
Lewis found a fairway bunker off the tee at the par-4 closing hole, but hit a tremendous second shot that landed near the hole, but ultimately rolled away from the cup. Lewis two-putted for par to take a three-shot advantage with one round to play in search of his first victory since the 2003 84 Lumber Classic of Pennsylvania.
 
'I didn't make as many short putts as I probably should have, but I felt like I had my game going pretty good,' Lewis said. 'I struck the ball okay and I felt like I hit it kind of where I wanted to most of the day.'
 
Kuehne bogeyed the first, but responded with a birdie at the par-5 second. He collected back-to-back birdies from the fifth, but gave a shot back with a bogey at the seventh.
 
He stumbled to another bogey at the 11th, but picked up four birdies over his next six holes to finish within three of Lewis.
 
Johnson jumped out of the gate with an eagle at the par-4 first. He suffered bogeys at the third and sixth holes, but countered with a birdie at the seventh. The Swede birdied the par-5 10th and reached the green in two at the par-5 17th. His eagle try hit a spike mark and skirted just right of the hole. Johnson tapped in for birdie on his way to a 68.
 
'I was just expecting it to go to the middle of the hole, and then all of a sudden, for some reason it just broke a little right and it just hung out on the right lip,' Johnson said of his putt on the 17th. 'I couldn't believe it.'
 
Bowden parred his first eight holes, but tallied back-to-back birdies starting at the par-4 ninth to reach 11 under around the turn. Bowden added a birdie at the 17th for a 68 of his own.
 
'I've been playing pretty well,' said Bowden. 'I feel pretty good about my game right now, hitting it really solid. I didn't capitalize on some of my opportunities today, but I'm still in decent shape for tomorrow.'
 
Zach Johnson has struggled since his last top-10 finish this season at The Players Championship, but the 29-year-old fired a 66 to move into a tie for seventh place with Shigeki Maruyama, Carlos Franco, Joey Snyder III and Sean O'Hair at 10-under-par 203.
 
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  • Cabreras take 1-shot lead in Father/Son

    By Associated PressDecember 16, 2017, 11:23 pm

    ORLANDO, Fla. - Two-time major champion Angel Cabrera and Angel Cabrera Jr. birdied their last three holes for a 13-under 59 to take a one-shot lead Saturday in the PNC Father-Son Challenge.

    Cabrera, a Masters and U.S. Open champion, is making his debut in this popular 36-hole scramble. His son said he practiced hard for 10 days. What helped put him at ease was watching his father make so many putts.

    ''We combined very well,'' Cabrera said. ''When I hit a bad shot, he hit a good one. That's the key.''

    They had a one-shot lead over Mark O'Meara and Shaun O'Meara, who are playing for the first time. That included a birdie on the last hole, which O'Meara attributed to the strength of his son.

    ''My little man hit it 58 yards by me on the 18th,'' said O'Meara, the Masters and British Open champion in 1998. ''It's a little easier coming in with a 6-iron.''

    Defending champions David Duval and Nick Karavites rallied over the back nine at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club for a 61. They are trying to become the first father-son team to repeat as winners since Bernhard and Stefan Langer in 2006. Larry Nelson won two years in a row in 2007 and 2008, but with different sons.

    ''I'd imagine we have to break 60 tomorrow to have a chance to win, but hey, stranger things have happened,'' Duval said. ''I've even done it myself.''

    Duval shot 59 at the Bob Hope Classic to win in 1999 on his way to reaching No. 1 in the world that year.

    Duval and his stepson were tied with Bernhard Langer and 17-year-old Jason Langer, who made two eagles on the last five holes. This Langer tandem won in 2014.

    Jack Nicklaus, playing with grandson G.T., opened with a 68.

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    Woods' 2018 schedule coming into focus ... or is it?

    By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 16, 2017, 5:46 pm

    Two weeks after his successful return to competition at the Hero World Challenge, Tiger Woods’ 2018 schedule may be coming into focus.

    Golfweek reported on Saturday that Woods hopes to play the Genesis Open in February according to an unidentified source with “direct knowledge of the situation.”

    Woods’ agent Mark Steinberg declined to confirm the 14-time major champion would play the event and told GolfChannel.com that Woods – who underwent fusion surgery to his lower back in April – is still formulating his ’18 schedule.

    Woods’ foundation is the host organization for the Genesis Open and the event supports the Tiger Woods Learning Center in Anaheim, Calif.

    The Genesis Open would be Woods’ first start on the PGA Tour since he missed the cut last January at the Farmers Insurance Open.

    Rose weathering delayed Indonesian Masters

    By Associated PressDecember 16, 2017, 3:52 pm

    JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose held a three-stroke lead after eight holes of the third round Saturday when play was suspended for the day due to bad weather at the Indonesian Masters.

    Rose was 3-under on the day and led his playing partners Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Scott Vincent. The Englishman led both players by a stroke after the second round was completed Saturday morning due to weather delays on Friday.

    Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters.

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    Lexi (wrist) WDs from Diamond Resorts Invitational

    By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 11:27 pm

    Lexi Thompson on Friday withdrew from the Diamond Resorts Invitational, citing inflammation in her wrist. Thompson, who teamed with Tony Finau to finish tied for fourth place in last week's QBE Shootout, said she is under strict doctor's order not to hit golf balls until mid-January.

    The Diamond Resorts Invitational is scheduled Jan. 12-14 at Tranquilo Golf Club in Orlando, Fla. The field for te 54-hole event includes LPGA and PGA Tour Champions players, as well as celebrities from the worlds or sports and entertainment.