Monday Finish on Tap at Players

By Sports NetworkMarch 27, 2005, 5:00 pm
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- The third round of the Players Championship was suspended on Sunday as more storms left the TPC at Sawgrass unplayable.
 
Fans Seek Shelter
Fans once again seek shelter Sunday at The Players Championship.
A long Monday is in store for the players. Since the final group on Sunday only completed three holes, golfers will be in position at 7:15 a.m. ET Monday morning. The plan is to finish the third round, then get the final round in before darkness. Monday's forecast is good so if the course is ready Monday morning, they should avoid the first Tuesday finish on tour since the 1980 Joe Garagiola Tucson Open.
 
The second round was finally completed Sunday morning as the tournament has been plagued by weather problems since Friday, when they played for only 45 minutes.
 
Sunday was going well until 2:30 when play was stopped because of storms in the area. The rain stopped and officials were figuring out the playability of the course, then more storms rolled in.
 
Luke Donald and Joe Durant, who were part of the four-player group in first at the midway point, are each 1 under through three holes in the third round and are 11 under par for the championship.
 
Durant birdied the first hole from short distance, then Donald two-putted from just off the green at the second for his birdie.
 
Defending champion Adam Scott is 3 under through four holes in the third round. He has moved into a tie for second place at 10 under par with second-round co-leaders Tim Herron (four holes) and Lee Westwood (three holes).
 
Stewart Cink is 3 under par through six hole and is alone in seventh place at minus-9.
 
Jay Haas, Steve Elkington, Graeme McDowell, Bob Tway and Kirk Triplett are tied for eighth place at 8 under par.
 
Phil Mickelson is 1 under through seven holes and currently tied for 13th at minus-7.
 
Ernie Els is 2 under and moved into a tie for 32nd at 4 under par.
 
Vijay Singh has been struggling since a quadruple bogey at the 18th of his second round. He is 1 over through 11 holes of his third round and shares 52nd place at minus-2.
 
Tiger Woods, who made the cut on the number, is 1 under through four and is part of the group tied with Singh.
 
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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.