Rose Leads Curtis by One

By Sports NetworkAugust 27, 2005, 4:00 pm
PGA Tour (75x100)CROMWELL, Conn. -- Justin Rose struggled with his game Saturday, but managed an even-par 72 to keep his lead through three rounds of the Buick Championship. He stands at 12-under-par 198.
 
Ben Curtis, playing in the final group with Rose, posted a 3-under 67. His bogey on the 17th left him one behind Rose at 11-under-par 199.
 
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Corey Pavin's last PGA Tour win came in 1996 at the Colonial.
Defending champion Woody Austin fired a 5-under 65. He was joined in third place at 8-under-par 202 by Tjaart van der Walt, Jerry Kelly and Corey Pavin, who was a playoff loser here in 1991.
 
Rose struggled out of the gate with a bogey on the first. That was his first bogey on the week, and not his last. After three pars, he dropped another stroke on the fifth at the TPC at River Highlands.
 
The 25-year-old fought back with a 7-foot birdie putt on the sixth to get back to minus-11. Rose missed the green long and left at the par-4 seventh. No matter, as he putted the ball through the chipping area with his 3-wood and rolled it into the cup for birdie.
 
After a pair of pars, Rose again lost his second shot long, this time left of the 10th green. He blasted a chip shot through the trees onto the fringe, but he was unable to save par from there.
 
Rose got back to 12 under as his 9-iron approach to the 12th stopped within 3 feet of the cup. He kicked that in for birdie, but more trouble loomed.
 
After a three-putt par on the par-5 13th, Rose found a greenside bunker with his approach at the 14th. He was unable to save par and he fell to minus-11 and a tie for the lead with Curtis.
 
Rose came right back to roll in a 10-foot birdie try on the 15th. Curtis matched him, though. Rose two-putted for par on 16 and 18, while getting up and down for par on 17 to close with three straight pars.
 
'I'm very happy. This is the first time I've had a chance to win this year and I'm enjoying it,' said Rose, who has won four times overseas. 'We separated ourselves a little bit, but somebody always makes a run, so you have to expect that.'
 
Rose leads after three rounds for the first time in his PGA Tour career.
 
'I had the lead the best part of Friday and Saturday and I'm comfortable with it on Sunday,' Rose said. 'So I might as well have it now. Sleeping on it shouldn't be too much of a problem.'
 
Curtis, meanwhile, opened with a birdie on the third. The 2003 British Open winner got within two shots of Rose with a birdie on the seventh.
 
The 28-year-old Curtis reeled off five straight pars around the turn. After laying up at the par-5 13th, he got up and down for birdie from 98 yards out to move within one of Rose.
 
Curtis found himself tied for the lead as Rose bogeyed 14. Curtis ran home a 10-foot birdie try on 15 to match Rose's birdie.
 
However, Curtis lost his tee shot right off the tee at the 17th and found water guarding the fairway. After taking his drop, he knocked his third to 20 feet, but could only two-putt for bogey to end on shot shy of Rose.
 
Darron Stiles, who was the first player on the course, fired a 7-under 63 to move into seventh place at 7-under-par 203. Tim Petrovic and Kevin Sutherland are one stroke further back at minus-6.
 
Michael Putnam, who turned professional this week instead of playing in the U.S. Amateur, struggled to a 1-over 71. He shares 10th place at 5-under-par 205 with Darren Clarke, Brad Faxon, Spencer Levin, Spike McRoy and Nick Watney.
 
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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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    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.  

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    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.

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    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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