Perry Maintains Lead as Play Called

By Sports NetworkMarch 19, 2005, 5:00 pm
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Kenny Perry remained on top of the leaderboard at the Bay Hill Invitational Saturday, but the third round was suspended for darkness with several groups needing to complete the round.
Forty players will return to Bay Hill Golf Club & Lodge at 8:00 a.m. ET Sunday morning to finish the third round. The players will go out in threesomes off both the first and 10th tees in the final round to get in by Sunday evening.
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Tiger Woods tees up another ball after knocking his first out of bounds at the ninth hole.
Perry is 3 under in his third round and has the lead at 9 under par. He has completed 11 holes and is one ahead of playing partner Stephen Ames, who is also 3 under on his round.
Vijay Singh birdied the 13th hole in near darkness to get to 7 under par for the championship. He is tied for third place with K.J. Choi, who, like Singh, is 3 under on his round.
Singh, who was spectacular early in the third round with three straight birdies from the second, can reclaim the No. 1 ranking in the world Sunday only two weeks after losing it to Tiger Woods. He needs to finish no lower than tied for third with one player, while Woods has to finish outside the top 20.
Both appear to be well on their respective ways.
Woods was even on his round when he reached the par-5 sixth in two. He three-putted for par, then ran an 18-foot birdie putt 5 feet past the hole at seven. Woods missed the comeback putt to fall to 2 under for the tournament.
Things got worse for the four-time Bay Hill champion. His drive at the ninth landed out of bounds left and Woods walked off that hole with a double bogey.
When the horn sounded, Woods was 3 over on his round and tied for 33rd at even par.
Singh was not the only player with a chance to unseat Woods atop the world rankings. Ernie Els, who came to Bay Hill after back-to-back wins on the European Tour, had a chance, but fell off the pace in the second round when he collected a triple bogey and double bogey in the span of four holes.
The Big Easy is 3 under in the third round, but tied for 42nd at plus-1.
The event is trying to catch up from Thursday's opening round as only three hours of golf were played. Several golfers played 36 holes on Friday to get through two rounds, but others, like Perry, Ames, Woods and Els, played all 18 of their second round Saturday morning.
Perry did not look like he lost any steam from a second-round 68. In the third round, Perry found fairways and hit solid approaches.
At the first hole, Perry knocked his approach to 6 feet and converted the birdie putt. He had another short birdie putt at two, but slid the putt by on the right side. Perry atoned for the miscue one hole later as he sank a 6-footer for birdie.
Perry parred the next three holes, then pulled a 6-iron at the par-3 seventh. His tee ball stopped 7 feet from the hole and he rolled it in to go to minus-9.
But Ames, who won last year's Western Open, did not go away. He sank a 25-foot birdie putt at the second, then matched Perry at seven with a 7-footer of his own.
At the eighth, Ames drained a 15-foot birdie putt to get within one of Perry.
But Ames will be gunning for Perry on Sunday. Perry has not won since his remarkable run in the summer of 2003 when he took three titles in a four-start span.
He came in 30th on the money list last year, and has a top-10 finish in 2005, a seventh-place at the FBR Open in Phoenix.
'I played okay last year. It will never compare to my '03 year when I was winning, I won three out of four weeks,' Perry said. 'I guess to me I was trying to compare to that year.'
Fred Couples, who won here in 1992, is 4 under in his round and alone in fifth place at 5 under par. He has played 16 holes.
Aaron Baddeley and Duffy Waldorf are the clubhouse leaders at 4-under-par 212. Both shot 4-under 68s on Saturday and are joined at 4 under by Jeff Maggert and Sergio Garcia, who are through 14 and 13 holes, respectively.
Reigning U.S. Open champion Retief Goosen is in the process of major turnaround. He shot a 6-over 78 in the opening round, but has been 9 under par since.
Goosen shot a third-round, 4-under 68 and is tied with reigning Players Champions Adam Scott, who posted a 5-under 67 in the third round. The duo has finished 54 holes at 3-under-par 213 and several players, including Charles Howell III, Mark Calcavecchia and Joe Ogilvie are at 3 under on the course.
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    Watch: Tiger birdies 3 of 4, then goes OB

    By Golf Channel DigitalMarch 18, 2018, 8:30 pm

    Starting Sunday five off the lead, Tiger Woods teed off in his final round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational with a laced 2-iron and a par at No. 1.

    Woods hit the green at the par-3 second but left himself a 50-foot birdie putt and a 6-footer to save par, which he walked in.

    A two-putt 4 at the par-5 fourth gave Woods his first birdie of the day and moved him to 8 under for the week. Apparently energized, Tiger pulled driver at the short par-4 fifth and unleashed this violent swing.

    A pitch from the thick rough hit a sprinkler head and stopped on the apron, leading to this birdie try, which fortunately hit the pin but unfortunately didn't fall.

    Looking to pick up another stroke - or two - at the par-5 sixth, Woods took his drive 317 yards over the water and hit this second shot from 227 yards to 13 feet, leading to another two-putt birdie when his eagle try burned the right edge.

    Returning to his trusty 2-iron, Tiger found the fairway at the par-4 eighth and then threw this dart from 176 yards to 6 feet and rolled in his third birdie putt of the day to move to 10 under.

    His momentum was slowed by his first bogey of the day at No. 9, the product of an errant drive and its ensuing complications. As a result, Woods made the turn 2 under on his round, 9 under for the week, and still five off the lead, like when he started the day.

    But Woods wouldn't wait long to make up for his mistake, immediately responding with another flagged iron and another birdie at No. 10.

    He continued his assault on Bay Hill's par-5s at the 12th, getting up and down from the sand for a birdie-4 that moved him to 11 under par, just two off the lead.

    And with this roll at 13 giving him his third birdie in four holes, the charge was officially on, with Woods just one back.

    Just when it looked like Woods was primed for a late run at his 80th PGA Tour victory, Woods stepped to the tee at the par-5 16th, where he had missed wide right three days in a row, and sniped his drive out of bounds into a backyard miles left.

    He made 4 on his second ball for a bogey-6 to drop back to 11 under, three behind.

    (More coming...)

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    Tiger Tracker: Arnold Palmer Invitational

    By Tiger TrackerMarch 18, 2018, 5:00 pm

    Tiger Woods will start Sunday five off the lead at the Arnold Palmer Invitational. How will he follow up last week's runner-up? We're tracking him at Bay Hill.

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    McIlroy: Time for Tour to limit alcohol sales on course

    By Ryan LavnerMarch 18, 2018, 1:50 pm

    ORLANDO, Fla. – Rory McIlroy suggested Saturday that the PGA Tour might need to consider curbing alcohol sales to stop some of the abusive fan behavior that has become more prevalent at events.

    McIlroy said that a fan repeatedly yelled his wife’s name (Erica) during the third round at the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

    “I was going to go over and have a chat with him,” McIlroy said. “I think it’s gotten a little much, to be honest. I think they need to limit the alcohol sales on the course, or they need to do something, because every week it seems like guys are complaining about it more and more.

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    “I know that people want to come and enjoy themselves, and I’m all for that, but sometimes when the comments get personal and people get a little bit rowdy, it can get a little much.”

    This isn’t the first time that McIlroy has voiced concerns about fan behavior on Tour. Last month at Riviera, he said the rowdy spectators probably cost Tiger Woods a half-shot a round, and after two days in his featured group he had a splitting headache.

    A week later, at the Honda Classic, Justin Thomas had a fan removed late in the final round.

    McIlroy believes the issue is part of a larger problem, as more events try to replicate the success of the Waste Management Phoenix Open, which has one of the liveliest atmospheres on Tour.

    “It’s great for that tournament, it’s great for us, but golf is different than a football game, and there’s etiquette involved and you don’t want people to be put off from bringing their kids when people are shouting stuff out,” he said. “You want people to enjoy themselves, have a good day.”

    As for a solution, well, McIlroy isn’t quite sure.

    “It used to be you bring beers onto the course or buy beers, but not liquor,” he said. “And now it seems like everyone’s walking around with a cocktail. I don’t know whether (the solution) is to go back to letting people walking around with beers in their hands. That’s fine, but I don’t know.”

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    Confident Lincicome lurking after 54 holes at Founders

    By Randy SmithMarch 18, 2018, 2:45 am

    PHOENIX – Brittany Lincicome is farther back than she wanted to be going into Sunday at the Bank of Hope Founders Cup, but she’s in a good place.

    She’s keeping the momentum of her season-opening Pure Silk Bahamas Classic victory going this year.

    Her confidence is high.

    “Last year, I won in the Bahamas, but then I didn't do anything after that,” Lincicome said. “I don't even know if I had a top 10 after my win in the Bahamas. Obviously, this year, I want to be more consistent.”

    Lincicome followed up her victory in the Bahamas this year with a tie for seventh in her next start at the Honda LPGA Thailand. And now she’s right back on another leaderboard with the year’s first major championship just two weeks away. She is, by the way, a two-time winner at the ANA Inspiration.

    Missy Pederson, Lincicome’s caddie, is helping her player keep that momentum going with more focus on honing in the scoring clubs.

    “One of our major goals is being more consistent,” Pederson said. “She’s so talented, a once in a generation talent. I’m just trying to help out in how to best approach every golf course.”

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    Pederson has helped Lincicome identify the clubs they’re likely to attack most with on the particular course they are playing that week, to spend more time working with those clubs in practice. It’s building confidence.

    “I know the more greens we hit, and the more chances we give ourselves, the more our chances are to be in contention,” Pederson said. “Britt is not big into stats or details, so I have to figure out how to best consolidate that information, to get us exactly where we need to be.”

    Lincicome’s growing comfort with clubs she can attack with is helping her confidence through a round.

    “I’ve most noticed consistency in her mental game, being able to handle some of the hiccups that happen over the course of a round,” Pederson said. “Whereas before, something might get under her skin, where she might say, `That’s what always happens,’ now, it’s, `All right, I know I’m good enough to get this back.’ I try to get her in positions to hit the clubs we are really hitting well right now.”

    That’s leading to a lot more birdies, fewer bogeys and more appearances on leaderboards in the start to this year.