Na Ogilvy Share Tucson Lead

By Sports NetworkFebruary 26, 2005, 5:00 pm
2005 Chrysler Classic at TucsonTUCSON, Ariz. -- Kevin Na fired a 7-under 65 Saturday to jump into a share of the lead through three rounds of the Chrysler Classic of Tucson. Na shares first place at 18-under-par 198 with Geoff Ogilvy, who shot a 5-under 67.
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Kevin Na had eight birdies and one bogey Saturday to move up the leaderboard.
Doug Barron used a 5-under 67 to move into third place at 17-under-par 199. Second-round leader Mark Calcavecchia struggled to a 1-under 71 Saturday and was joined in a tie for fourth place by Lucas Glover at minus-16. Glover carded a 3-under 69 in the third round.
Na flew up the leaderboard with a stellar front nine. He converted his first birdie opportunity at the par-4 third from 13 feet. The 21-year-old came right back to birdie the fourth from 16 feet at Omni Tucson National Golf Resort and Spa.
The South Korea native made it three straight birdies as he drained a 9-footer at the fifth to move to 14 under. Na closed a run of four straight when his birdie try from 12 feet at the sixth found the bottom of the cup.
Na bogeyed at the seventh when he three-putted from 32 feet, but bounced right back to birdie the eighth to get to 15 under. Na then dropped in a 10-foot birdie putt at the 11th.
He moved to 6 under for his round when his 14-foot birdie putt at the 14th fell into the cup. Na collected his second birdie in a row with a chip-in at the 15th to get to 18 under. He closed with three straight pars to share first.
'I played really solid,' said Na, who tied for second behind Phil Mickelson in Phoenix. 'I feel like my putter even feels better than Phoenix, so it's good. It's always nice to be in the lead.'
Ogilvy, a three-time runner-up on the PGA Tour, opened with a two-putt birdie at the par-5 second. The Australian came back with an 8-foot birdie at No. 5 to move to minus-15.
Ogilvy only needed a 7-iron to reach the par-5 10th green in two. He two-putted from 25 feet for birdie to get within two of Na's lead.
At the 663-yard, par-5 15th, Ogilvy was unable to get home in two with a 3-wood. He chipped to 4 feet and converted the birdie putt and made it two in a row with a 25-footer at the 16th.
He parred out to grab a piece of the 54-hole lead for the first time on the PGA Tour.
'I just kept trying to give myself short putts. It's all about giving yourself chances,' said Ogilvy, who tied for third at this tournament in 2001, his first event on the PGA Tour.
Darron Stiles posted a 5-under 67 Saturday to climb to 15-under-par 201. He was tied for sixth place with Brent Geiberger (68) and Joe Ogilvie (69).
Billy Mayfair managed an even-par 72 and is tied for ninth place with Scott Gutschewski (66), Danny Briggs (69), Arron Oberholser (67), Gavin Coles (71), Todd Fischer (67) and Steve Stricker (70). The group is knotted at 14-under-par 202.
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    McIlroy 'happy to be back', can 'empathize' with Tiger

    By Associated PressJanuary 16, 2018, 3:50 pm

    ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates – After a long layoff from golf, Rory McIlroy has some newfound sympathy for Tiger Woods.

    The 28-year-old Northern Irishman is making a comeback at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship after ending his season early last year. He has not played a round since the final day of the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship on Oct. 8.

    McIlroy, a four-time major champion who has slipped to No. 11 in the world rankings, last won the Tour Championship on the PGA Tour in September 2016. He injured a rib in his first outing of 2017 – at the South African Open – and felt its after-effects throughout the year.

    McIlroy, who has seven top-five finishes in his last eight starts in Abu Dhabi, said Tuesday he felt mentally low because of his physical issues.

    ''Honestly, I was excited to be done. I could have shut it down after the PGA Championship very easily and taken the rest of the year off, but I didn't. I played six events after that, played OK and had a chance to win one of them,'' McIlroy said. ''But I was just excited to take that time off and get myself just sort of a re-set.''

    Last week, McIlroy also revealed that he has a minor, non-threatening heart condition that needs regular check-ups.

    ''After that 3-plus months of a re-set, I'm very happy to be back. I felt like I needed it physically and mentally. I just felt like it was a little bit of a sabbatical. I've been out here for 10 years, and I want to get ready for the next 10.''

    McIlroy compared his situation to what Woods has been going through.

    ''I've only been through, maybe, not even 5 percent of what he's had to go through. And you can tell from where he was to where he is now mentally, because of physically where he is ... he's a totally different person,'' McIlroy said. ''Of course, I empathize with him, and I know he was in a dark place there for a while. It's just so great to see him out of that and back and excited to be playing golf again.''

    The Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship will be the first of back-to-back events for McIlroy, who is also playing next week in Dubai.

    ''I think the next two weeks will be a big learning curve, just to see where I'm at,'' McIlroy said. ''I'm obviously coming into the events trying to play as well as I can and trying to compete and trying to win, but I think there will definitely be things I'll have to work on going into that stretch in the States.''

    The tournament, which starts Thursday, has attracted some big names, including top-ranked Dustin Johnson, No. 6 Justin Rose, No. 9 Henrik Stenson, No. 14 Paul Casey and No. 15 Matt Kuchar. No. 18 Tommy Fleetwood is the defending champion.

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    Pre-tourney caution be damned: Stenson rides camel

    By Grill Room TeamJanuary 16, 2018, 3:29 pm

    If you were under the impression Henrik Stenson's days engaging pre-tournament hijinks at HSBC-sponsored events were over, then you don't know the Swedish Superman.

    Ahead of this week's HSBC Abu Dhabi Golf Championship, the 2016 champion golfer of the year decided to have some fun riding (and pretend-spanking) a camel:

    If you can't imagine any reason Stenson wouldn't get on a camel, we will point you to the WGCC-HSBC Champions back in October, when Stenson, Dustin Johnson, Haotong Li and Hideki Matsuyama took place in this hire-wire act:

    Two weeks later, Stenson revealed a rib injury, and a report from the U.K.'s Telegraph stated "that not only was the Shanghai caper to blame, but that Stenson is annoyed about being persuaded to do it in the first place."

    Stenson brushed back at that report in this Instagram post, saying that his "comment about not being Superman was a sarcastic way of saying that I am susceptible to injury like any other athlete and sometimes these things happen when you least expect them. I was pleased to help promote the HSBC Champions and to continue my string of success at the event and I was never forced to do anything. HSBC is a great sponsor to golf worldwide and I am not happy to see them being made responsible for my withdrawal."

    I’m disappointed to have to pre-emptively withdraw from the Nedbank Golf Challenge Hosted by Gary Player, I was looking forward to this important year-end event on the European Tour. At this point I am back home in Orlando waiting to do a scan on my ribs and get the necessary rest. I am still hoping for a quick recovery and have not ruled out playing in Dubai next week at this point. My comment about not being Superman was a sarcastic way of saying that I am susceptible to injury like any other athlete and sometimes these things happen when you least expect them. I was pleased to help promote the HSBC Champions and to continue my string of success at the event and I was never forced to do anything. HSBC is a great sponsor to golf worldwide and I am not happy to see them being made responsible for my withdrawal. The plan as of now will be to participate in the DP World Championship if my body is back to 100%. H

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    And it would appear he genuinely meant those comments, at least enough to get on a camel.

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    Spieth, McIlroy to support Major Champions Invitational

    By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 16, 2018, 2:25 pm

    Nick Faldo announced Tuesday the creation of the Major Champions Invitational.

    The event, scheduled for March 12-14, is an extension of the Faldo Series and will feature both male and female junior players at Bella Collina in Montverde, Fla.

    Jordan Spieth, Rory Mcllroy, Annika Sorenstam, Adam Scott, Henrik Stenson, Jerry Pate and John Daly have already committed to supporting the event, which is aimed at mentoring and inspiring the next generation of players.  

    “I’m incredibly excited about hosting the Major Champions Invitational, and about the players who have committed to support the event,” Faldo said. “This event will allow major champions to give something back to the game that has given them so much, and hopefully, in time, it will become one of the most elite junior golf events in the world.”

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    Rosaforte: Woods plays with Obama, gets rave reviews

    By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 16, 2018, 2:15 pm

    Golf Channel insider Tim Rosaforte reports on Tiger Woods’ recent round at The Floridian in Palm City, Fla., alongside President Barack Obama.

    Check out the video, as Rosaforte says Woods received rave reviews from instructor Claude Harmon.