Oldcorn Up by Five Entering Final Day

By Sports NetworkMay 27, 2001, 4:00 pm
Andrew Oldcorn grabbed a record five-stroke lead after posting a 3-under 69 in Sunday's third round of the European Tour's flagship event, the Volvo PGA Championship.
The 41-year-old Scot stands atop the leaderboard at 15-under-par 201, matching the 54-hole record for this event established by Seve Ballesteros 10 years ago.
'Im very, very pleased with the way I went about things today,' said Oldcorn, who closed with two birdies to better the previous best third-round lead at Wentworth Club by two shots.
'I made a couple of mental mistakes which is going to happen, but all in all I was really pleased with the way I played.'
Sweden's Niclas Fasth birdied the par-5 home hole for a 69 and second place at 10-under 206 with Welshman Phillip Price and first-round leader Angel Cabrera of Argentina. Price and Cabrera shot even-par 72s.
New Zealand's Michael Campbell, the leader on the Order of Merit after finishing second to Tiger Woods last week in Germany, vaulted into contention with the day's co-low round of 67. He is six shots off the pace with 1994 Volvo PGA champ Jose Maria Olazabal, who had the other 67, and Steve Webster, who turned in a 72 on Sunday.
Nick Faldo, a four-time Volvo PGA winner in the 1980s, rounded out the top-10 with Vijay Singh, Andrew Coltart and Stephen Leaney.
Two shots ahead at the start of the day, Oldcorn lost a stroke to the field with a bogey at the third. He bounced back in a big way at the next hole, sinking a 15-foot eagle putt to go back up by two.
Oldcorn's lead was five after Cabrera bogeyed the fifth and Oldcorn followed a 18-foot birdie putt at the sixth with a chip-in birdie at No. 7.
But Oldcorn stumbled badly at the par-3 10th, where his tee shot bounced short of the green and rolled down a bank. He played a low pitch that landed short of the green, then watched as his high chip rolled eight feet past the hole. He missed the putt to save bogey, notching his second double-bogey of the week.
Although Oldcorn recovered one of the lost strokes with a beautiful approach that stopped a foot short of the cup at 13, he bogeyed the 15th to slip back to 13-under-par.
Oldcorn capped his round by taking advantage of Wentworth's two closing par-5s. He tapped in for birdie after barely missing his 25-foot eagle bid at the 17th, then missed a six-foot eagle attempt and settled for birdie at the last.
Oldcorn, a two-time winner whose last title came six years ago at the DHL Jersey Open, is hoping to finally put the memory of the 1996 Irish Open behind him. He was gunning for his third career victory that year at Druids Glen, but double-bogeyed the final hole to hand the trophy to Colin Montgomerie.
'The only thing I mustnt do is think of what winning would mean to me,' said Oldcorn, looking become the first player over the age of 40 to win this event at Wentworth Club.
'I did that very well today. I know its going to be more difficult for me tomorrow but Im reasonably confident that if I can maintain the same equilibrium that I had today, I will have a chance.'
Darren Clarke, Thomas Bjorn and 1999 British Open champ Paul Lawrie head a group at 7-under-par 209.
World No. 3 Ernie Els is knotted with four others at 6-under, while Padraig Harrington and three-time defending champion Montgomerie are among eight players tied at minus-five.
Full-field scores from the Volvo PGA Championship
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Suspended Hensby offers details on missed drug test

By Will GrayDecember 12, 2017, 11:30 pm

One day after receiving a one-year suspension from the PGA Tour for failing to provide a sample for a drug test, Mark Hensby offered details on the events that led to his missed test in October.

Hensby, 46, released a statement explaining that the test in question came after the opening round of the Sanderson Farms Championship, where the Aussie opened with a 78. Frustrated about his play, Hensby said he was prepared to give a blood sample but was then informed that the test would be urine, not blood.

"I had just urinated on the eighth hole, my 17th hole that day, and knew that I was probably unable to complete the urine test for at least a couple more hours," Hensby said. "I told this gentleman that I would complete the test in the morning prior to my early morning tee time. Another gentleman nearby told me that 'they have no authority to require me to stay.' Thus, I left."

Hensby explained that he subsequently received multiple calls and texts from PGA Tour officials inquiring as to why he left without providing a sample and requesting that he return to the course.

"I showed poor judgment in not responding," said Hensby, who was subsequently disqualified from the tournament.

Hensby won the 2004 John Deere Classic, but he has missed six cuts in seven PGA Tour starts over the last two years. He will not be eligible to return to the Tour until Oct. 26, 2018.

"Again, I made a terrible decision to not stay around that evening to take the urine test," Hensby said. "Obviously in hindsight I should have been more patient, more rational and taken the test. Call me stupid, but don't call me a cheater. I love the game. I love the integrity that it represents, and I would never compromise the values and qualities that the game deserves."

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Day's wife shares emotional story of miscarriage

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 12, 2017, 4:12 pm

Jason Day’s wife revealed on social media that the couple had a miscarriage last month.

Ellie Day, who announced her pregnancy on Nov. 4, posted an emotional note on Instagram that she lost the baby on Thanksgiving.

“I found out the baby had no heartbeat anymore. I was devastated,” she wrote. “I snuck out the back door of my doctor, a hot, sobbing, mascara-covered mess. Two and a half weeks went by witih me battling my heart and brain about what was happening in my body, wondering why this wouldn’t just be over.”

The Days, who have two children, Dash and Lucy, decided to go public to help others who have suffered similar heartbreak.

“I hope you know you aren’t alone and I hope you feel God wrap his arms around you when you feel the depths of sorrow and loss,” she wrote.  

Newsmaker of the Year: No. 5, Sergio Garcia

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 12, 2017, 1:00 pm

This was the year it finally happened for Sergio Garcia.

The one-time teen phenom, known for years as “El Nino,” entered the Masters as he had dozens of majors beforehand – shouldered with the burden of being the best player without a major.

Garcia was 0-for-72 driving down Magnolia Lane in April, but after a thrilling final round and sudden-death victory over Justin Rose, the Spaniard at long last captured his elusive first major title.

The expectation for years was that Garcia might land his white whale on a British links course, or perhaps at a U.S. Open where his elite ball-striking might shine. Instead it was on the storied back nine at Augusta National that he came alive, chasing down Rose thanks in part to a memorable approach on No. 15 that hit the pin and led to an eagle.

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A green jacket was only the start of a transformative year for Garcia, 37, who heaped credit for his win on his then-fiancee, Angela Akins. The two were married in July, and months later the couple announced that they were expecting their first child to arrive just ahead of Garcia’s return to Augusta, where he'll host his first champions’ dinner.

And while players often cling to the notion that a major win won’t intrinsically change them, there was a noticeable difference in Garcia over the summer months. The weight of expectation, conscious or otherwise, seemed to lift almost instantly. Like other recent Masters champs, he took the green jacket on a worldwide tour, with stops at Wimbledon and a soccer match between Real Madrid and Barcelona.

The player who burst onto the scene as a baby-faced upstart is now a grizzled veteran with nearly two decades of pro golf behind him. While the changes this year occurred both on and off the course, 2017 will always be remembered as the year when Garcia finally, improbably, earned the title of major champion.

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Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 12, 2017, 12:30 pm