Sergio on Cruise Control in Charlotte

By Sports NetworkMay 7, 2005, 4:00 pm
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Sergio Garcia fired a 5-under 67 on Saturday to take a six-shot lead through three rounds of the Wachovia Championship. Garcia's 54-hole total of 12-under-par 204 established a new record, besting the old mark of 205 shared by David Toms and Arron Oberholser.
D.J. Trahan carded a 1-under 71. He was joined in a tie for second place at 6-under-par 210 by former major championship winners Jim Furyk (69) and Vijay Singh (71). Nick Price, a three-time major champion, stands alone in fifth place at 5-under-par 211.
Sergio Garcia
Sergio Garcia seemed to be feasting on his opponents during his third round in Charlotte.
Tiger Woods was unable to get anything going on Saturday as he shot a 1-over 73. He bogeyed the second, but rebounded with birdies on three and five. The world's No. 1 player wrapped bogies at the sixth and eighth around a birdie on seven. After nine straight pars, Woods bogeyed the par-4 18th to end at 1-under-par 215, 11 shots off the pace.
Garcia opened with a 3-foot birdie putt on the first to move two strokes clear of Trahan. However, Garcia stumbled to a double bogey at the par-4 fourth to slip back into a tie for the lead alongside Trahan.
After a Trahan birdie on the fifth, Garcia chipped inside 1 foot of the cup at the same hole and kicked in the birdie to join Trahan at minus-7. Garcia and Trahan each two-putted for birdie on the par-5 seventh to remain atop the leaderboard.
Trahan, playing one group ahead of Garcia, again moved one shot clear with a birdie on the 10th. However, that would be the last he saw of first.
Garcia matched Trahan's birdie on the 10th at Quail Hollow Club. Trahan faltered to a bogey at the 11th to give Garcia the lead.
The 25-year-old Garcia kept pouring it on with a 7-foot birdie putt at the 11th to move to 10-under, two strokes clear of the field. The five-time winner lost his drive into the trees right of the fairway at the 12th.
Garcia ended up bogeying the 12th, but no matter as he bounced back strong. He came back with a birdie on No. 13, then drained a 10-foot birdie putt on the 14th to take a four-shot lead at minus-11.
The Spaniard made it three straight as he two-putted for birdie on par-5 15th.
'I hit some really good, quality shots coming in,' said Garcia, who won twice in 2004. 'I got on a great stretch from 10 to 15, and unfortunately only that one bad drive on 12, but I don't know, I guess you can't hit them all well.'
He went on to par his final three holes.
'I felt like I played pretty solid all day,' Garcia stated. 'I started very well with a birdie on one, and that got me going a little bit. Both times I made a bogey or a double, I came back nicely with a birdie on the next. That gets you going. That was really nice.'
Furyk also used a solid back nine to climb the leaderboard. The former U.S. Open champion bogeyed the third and fourth, but got those strokes back with birdies on five and seven.
The 34-year-old dropped in back-to-back birdies from the 10th and again from the 13th to jump to 7-under. Furyk however tripped to a bogey on No. 16 to end at minus-six.
'The wind definitely died down as they predicted yesterday, but the course definitely firmed up a little bit,' said Furyk. 'Some of those greens were relatively firm out there, pins were in some tough spots and I think the scores reflected it. You're going to get in some tough places out here, that's just the way this golf course is.'
Trahan kept pace early on with Garcia with birdies on one, five and seven. The 24-year-old collected his final birdie on the 10th to move to 9-under. However, he slipped to a bogey at 11 and another at 14. Trahan's fall was not done as he bogeyed the 17th to finish in a tie for second.
Singh carded a lone bogey to go with one birdie over his first 10 holes. At the 11th, the world's No. 2 stumbled to another bogey to fall to minus-4. Singh came back with a birdie on the 14th and got to 6-under with a birdie on the par-4 16th. He parred the final two holes.
Joey Sindelar, the defending champion, struggled to a 1-over 73. He was joined in a tie for sixth at 4-under-par 212 by Greg Owen, who shot a 71 in the third round.
Scott Verplank, Dean Wilson, Richard S. Johnson, Kenny Perry and Patrick Sheehan share eighth at minus-three.
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    What's in the bag: API winner McIlroy

    By Golf Channel DigitalMarch 19, 2018, 12:59 pm

    Rory McIlroy closed in 64 to win the Arnold Palmer Invitational. Here's a look inside the winners' bag.

    Driver: TaylorMade M3 (8.5 degrees), with Mitsubishi Tensei CK Pro Orange 70X shaft

    Fairway woods: TaylorMade M3 (15 degrees) with Mitsubishi Tensei CK Pro White 80TX, (19 degrees) with Fujikura Rombax P95X shaft

    Irons: TaylorMade P-750 (4), P-730 RORS prototype (5-9), with Project X 7.0 shafts

    Wedges: TaylorMade Milled Grind (48, 52, 56 degrees), Hi-Toe(60 degrees), with Project X Rifle 6.5 shafts

    Putter: TaylorMade TP Black Copper Soto prototype

    Ball: TaylorMade TP5x

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    API purse payout: What Rory, Tiger, field made

    By Golf Channel DigitalMarch 19, 2018, 12:08 pm

    Rory McIlroy won the Arnold Palmer Invitational and collected one of the biggest non-major paychecks of the year. Here's a look at how the purse was paid out at Bay Hill.

    1 Rory McIlroy -18 $1,602,000
    2 Bryson DeChambeau -15 $961,200
    3 Justin Rose -14 $605,200
    4 Henrik Stenson -13 $427,200
    T5 Tiger Woods -10 $356,000
    T5 Ryan Moore -10 $320,400
    T7 Marc Leishman -8 $249,992
    T7 Kevin Chappell -8 $249,992
    T7 Luke List -8 $249,992
    T7 Sean O'Hair -8 $249,992
    T7 Patrick Rodgers -8 $249,992
    T7 Patrick Reed -8 $249,992
    13 Chris Kirk -7 $186,900
    T14 Kyle Stanley -6 $137,950
    T14 Charles Howell III -6 $137,950
    T14 Sam Horsfield -6 $137,950
    T14 Bud Cauley -6 $137,950
    T14 Grayson Murray -6 $137,950
    T14 Byeong Hun An -6 $137,950
    T14 Rickie Fowler -6 $137,950
    T14 Charley Hoffman -6 $137,950
    T22 Brian Gay -5 $89,000
    T22 Harris English -5 $89,000
    T22 Jason Day -5 $89,000
    T22 Graeme McDowell -5 $89,000
    T26 Tom Hoge -4 $59,319
    T26 Martin Laird -4 $59,319
    T26 Emiliano Grillo -4 $59,319
    T26 Tommy Fleetwood -4 $59,319
    T26 Francesco Molinari -4 $59,319
    T26 Keegan Bradley -4 $59,319
    T26 Zach Johnson -4 $59,319
    T26 William McGirt -4 $59,319
    T26 John Huh -4 $59,319
    T26 Talor Gooch -4 $59,319
    T36 Alex Noren -3 $41,919
    T36 Kevin Na -3 $41,919
    T36 Brandon Harkins -3 $41,919
    T36 Brian Stuard -3 $41,919
    T36 Austin Cook -3 $41,919
    T41 Ian Poulter -2 $30,305
    T41 C.T. Pan -2 $30,305
    T41 Adam Scott -2 $30,305
    T41 Aaron Wise -2 $30,305
    T41 Kevin Streelman -2 $30,305
    T41 J.B. Holmes -2 $30,305
    T41 Jamie Lovemark -2 $30,305
    T41 Ollie Schniederjans -2 $30,305
    T49 Lucas Glover -1 $21,965
    T49 Ernie Els -1 $21,965
    T49 Hideki Matsuyama -1 $21,965
    T49 Chesson Hadley -1 $21,965
    T49 Sam Burns -1 $21,965
    T54 Li HaoTong E $20,470
    T54 Mackenzie Hughes E $20,470
    T54 Brian Harman E $20,470
    T54 Billy Horschel E $20,114
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    After Further Review: Woods wisely keeping things in perspective

    By Golf Channel DigitalMarch 19, 2018, 3:17 am

    Each week, takes a look back at the week in golf. Here's what's weighing on our writers' minds.

    On Tiger Woods' career comeback ...

    Tiger Woods seems to be the only one keeping his comeback in the proper perspective. Asked after his tie for fifth at Bay Hill whether he could ever have envisioned his game being in this shape heading into Augusta, he replied: “If you would have given me this opportunity in December and January, I would have taken it in a heartbeat.” He’s healthy. He’s been in contention. He’s had two realistic chances to win. There’s no box unchecked as he heads to the Masters, and no one, especially not Woods, could have seen that coming a few months ago. – Ryan Lavner

    On Tiger carrying momentum into API, Masters ...

    Expect Jordan Spieth to leave Austin with the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play trophy next week.

    After all, Spieth is seemingly the only top-ranked player who has yet to lift some hardware in the early part of 2018. Dustin Johnson, Jon Rahm and Justin Thomas have all gotten it done, as have Jason Day, Phil Mickelson and most recently Rory McIlroy.

    Throw in the sudden resurgence of Tiger Woods, and with two more weeks until the Masters there seem to be more azalea-laden storylines than ever before.

    A Spieth victory in Austin would certainly add fuel to that fire, but even if he comes up short the 2015 champ will certainly be a focus of attention in a few short weeks when the golf world descends upon Magnolia Lane with no shortage of players able to point to a recent victory as proof that they’re in prime position to don a green jacket. – Will Gray

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    Davies not giving up on win, HOF after close call

    By Randall MellMarch 19, 2018, 3:06 am

    PHOENIX – Laura Davies knows the odds are long now, but she won’t let go of that dream of making the LPGA Hall of Fame.

    At 54, she was emboldened by her weekend run at the Bank of Hope Founders Cup. She tied for second, five shots behind Inbee Park.

    “The more I get up there, I might have a chance of winning again,” Davies said. “I'm not saying I will ever win, but today was close. Maybe one day I can go closer.”

    Davies is a World Golf Hall of Famer, but she has been sitting just outside the qualification standard needed to get into the LPGA Hall of Fame for a long time. She needs 27 points, but she has been stuck on 25 since her last victory in 2001. A regular tour title is worth one point, a major championship is worth two points.

    Full-field scores from the Bank of Hope Founders Cup

    Over her career, she has won 20 LPGA titles, four of them major championships. She was the tour’s Rolex Player of the Year in 1996. She probably would have locked up Hall of Fame status if she hadn’t been so loyal to the Ladies European Tour, where she won 45 titles.

    Though Davies didn’t win Sunday in Phoenix, there was more than consolation in her run into contention.

    “Now people might stop asking me when I'm going to retire,” she said.