Ott Maintains Lead in Missouri

By Sports NetworkAugust 14, 2004, 4:00 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Brad Ott carded a 4-under 68 on Saturday, his third straight sub-par round, to take a two-stroke lead after 54 holes of the Price Cutter Charity Championship. Ott completed three rounds at 17-under 199.
Jess Daley carded the round of the day as he fired an 8-under 64. He stands at 15-under-par 201 to jump from a share of 19th to a tie for second. He is joined there by Brandt Snedeker (67) and Chad Collins (68).
Jimmy Walker, a two-time winner this season, moved into a tie for fifth at minus-14 after a round of 7-under 65. He stands alongside David McKenzie, Andrew McLardy, Paul Gow and Nathan Green.
Ott was passed early in the round as he opened with six consecutive pars to start his round. The 34-year-old got on the board as he dropped in a birdie at the par-4 seventh.
Ott, a two-time runner up, moved to minus-13 when he birdied the par-5 11th. He came back two holes later with the third birdie of his round, this one from 30 feet out. Ott closed his round with a 15-foot birdie putt at the par-5 last to close a bogey-free round and reclaim the lead.
'I'm letting the putter do the talking this week,' said Ott, who currently stands 89th on the money list. 'I started feeling comfortable with it this morning on the practice green. It is kind of making its way into my heart. I'll just do the best I can Sunday. I haven't had that many great final rounds.'
The 26-year-old Daley carded three birdies and one bogey over his opening nine holes to move to nine-under. Daley then birdied the 11th, before back-to-back birdies from the 13th. He closed his round with three straight birdies to jump into second place.
'I got a little fired up after the bogey on the seventh hole,' said Daley. 'Today I felt like I was playing alright from the start. But finishing up the way I did was nice. Sunday is a big day. I can't wait. I'll play as aggressive as I can without being silly.'
Collins collected four birdies to go along with three bogeys over his first 12 holes at Highland Springs Country Club. He picked up three birdies over his final four holes to jump to 15 under.
Snedeker, who turned professional earlier this summer, ran off three straight birdies from the third to jump to 13 under. He wrapped bogeys at the seventh and ninth around a birdie at the eighth. He picked up three more birdies on his inward nine to grab a share of second place.
Walker moved into contention with his 65. If he goes on to win, Walker would earn the Battlefield Promotion to the PGA Tour. Walker ran off four birdies over his first five holes to start his round.
After a dropped shot at the eighth, Walker fought back to birdie the ninth. He picked up another birdie at the 13th and closed with back-to-back birdies from the 17th to get to 14 under.
'I'm going out to win a golf tournament whether it is the first, second or third one,' said Walker, who won the Panama and Louisiana Opens earlier this year. 'I'll be running and gunning for it tomorrow.'
Robert Garrigus, Fran Quinn, Tom Scherrer and Brent Schwarzrock share 10th place at 13-under-par 203. Eduardo Herrera, Jeff Gove, Greg Bruckner and Dave Stockton, Jr. are one stroke further back at minus-12.
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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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    Montana parents can't watch kids play high school golf

    By Grill Room TeamDecember 11, 2017, 9:47 pm

    Well, this is a one new one.

    According to a report from KTVQ in Montana, this line in the Montana State High School Association rule book all but forbids spectators from observing high school golf in that state:

    “No spectators/fans are allowed on the course except for certain locations as designated by the tournament manager and club professional.”

    Part of the issue, according to the report, is that most courses don't bother to designate those "certain locations" leaving parents unable to watch their kids compete.

    “If you tell a parent that they can’t watch their kid play in the Thanksgiving Day football game, they would riot,” Chris Kelley, a high school golf parent, told KTVQ.

    The report lists illegal outside coaching as one of the rule's chief motivations, but Montana State women's golf coach Brittany Basye doesn't quite buy that.

    “I can go to a softball game and I can sit right behind the pitcher. I can make hand signals,” she is quoted in the report. “I can yell out names. I can do the same thing on a softball field that might affect that kid. Football games we can yell as loud as we want when someone is making a pass or a catch.”

    The MHSA has argued that unlike other sports that are played in a confined area, the sprawling nature of a golf course would make it difficult to hire enough marshals to keep unruly spectators in check.

    Meanwhile, there's a lawyer quoted in the report claiming this is some kind of civil rights issue.

    Worth note, Montana is one of only two states that doesn't allow spectators on the course. The other state, Alaska, does not offer high school golf.