Sergio Struggles But Maintains Lead

By Sports NetworkSeptember 3, 2005, 4:00 pm
CRANS-SUR-SIERRE, Switzerland -- Sergio Garcia holed out for eagle on the 18th hole Saturday to post an even-par 71 in the third round of the European Masters. Garcia completed 54 holes at 11-under-par 202.
Garry Houston, who was one stroke clear of Garcia heading to the final hole, parred the last to end alone in second place at 10-under-par 203.
Defending champion Luke Donald climbed back into the mix with a 5-under 66. He shares third place with Anders Hansen (67) at 9-under-par 204.
Garcia struggled throughout his round despite opening with a birdie on the first. He double bogeyed the par-4 fourth, but got that shot back with a birdie on No. 6.
The Spaniard tripped to a bogey on the seventh. Garcia atoned for that error with a birdie at 10 at Crans-sur-Sierre.
Garcia dropped another stroke at 14 to fall to minus-10. He came back to birdie the 15th, but more trouble was on the horizon.
The 25-year-old pulled his tee shot left of the fairway at 17 and was under a tree. He pitched out to the fairway, then knocked his third onto the putting surface. Garcia, however, three-putted for double bogey to fall out of the lead at minus-9.
Garcia was left with just a wedge for his second shot to the 18th. He hit it a few feet past the hole, but the ball spun back and fell into the cup for eagle.
Houston played his opening nine at even-par with a birdie and a bogey. He climbed to 10 under and within one of Garcia with birdies on 10 and 12.
The Welshman gave a stroke back with a bogey on 13, but two-putted for birdie from the front fringe at the par-5 15th. That got him back to 10 under and he remained there as he parred out.
Oliver Wilson and Paul Casey posted matching rounds of 4-under 67 to move into a tie for fifth place. They were joined at 7-under-par 206 by Leif Westerberg, Martin Erlandsson, Darren Fichardt and Pierre Fulke.
United States Amateur champion Edoardo Molinari posted a 4-under 67. He shares 28th place with seven other golfers at minus-3.
This event is serving as the first tournament for European players to earn points as they attempt to qualify for the 2006 European Ryder Cup team.
Related links:
  • Scores- Omega European Masters

  • TGC Airtimes

  • Full Coverage - Omega European Masters
  • Cabreras take 1-shot lead in Father/Son

    By Associated PressDecember 16, 2017, 11:23 pm

    ORLANDO, Fla. - Two-time major champion Angel Cabrera and Angel Cabrera Jr. birdied their last three holes for a 13-under 59 to take a one-shot lead Saturday in the PNC Father-Son Challenge.

    Cabrera, a Masters and U.S. Open champion, is making his debut in this popular 36-hole scramble. His son said he practiced hard for 10 days. What helped put him at ease was watching his father make so many putts.

    ''We combined very well,'' Cabrera said. ''When I hit a bad shot, he hit a good one. That's the key.''

    They had a one-shot lead over Mark O'Meara and Shaun O'Meara, who are playing for the first time. That included a birdie on the last hole, which O'Meara attributed to the strength of his son.

    ''My little man hit it 58 yards by me on the 18th,'' said O'Meara, the Masters and British Open champion in 1998. ''It's a little easier coming in with a 6-iron.''

    Defending champions David Duval and Nick Karavites rallied over the back nine at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club for a 61. They are trying to become the first father-son team to repeat as winners since Bernhard and Stefan Langer in 2006. Larry Nelson won two years in a row in 2007 and 2008, but with different sons.

    ''I'd imagine we have to break 60 tomorrow to have a chance to win, but hey, stranger things have happened,'' Duval said. ''I've even done it myself.''

    Duval shot 59 at the Bob Hope Classic to win in 1999 on his way to reaching No. 1 in the world that year.

    Duval and his stepson were tied with Bernhard Langer and 17-year-old Jason Langer, who made two eagles on the last five holes. This Langer tandem won in 2014.

    Jack Nicklaus, playing with grandson G.T., opened with a 68.

    Getty Images

    Woods' 2018 schedule coming into focus ... or is it?

    By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 16, 2017, 5:46 pm

    Two weeks after his successful return to competition at the Hero World Challenge, Tiger Woods’ 2018 schedule may be coming into focus.

    Golfweek reported on Saturday that Woods hopes to play the Genesis Open in February according to an unidentified source with “direct knowledge of the situation.”

    Woods’ agent Mark Steinberg declined to confirm the 14-time major champion would play the event and told that Woods – who underwent fusion surgery to his lower back in April – is still formulating his ’18 schedule.

    Woods’ foundation is the host organization for the Genesis Open and the event supports the Tiger Woods Learning Center in Anaheim, Calif.

    The Genesis Open would be Woods’ first start on the PGA Tour since he missed the cut last January at the Farmers Insurance Open.

    Rose weathering delayed Indonesian Masters

    By Associated PressDecember 16, 2017, 3:52 pm

    JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose held a three-stroke lead after eight holes of the third round Saturday when play was suspended for the day due to bad weather at the Indonesian Masters.

    Rose was 3-under on the day and led his playing partners Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Scott Vincent. The Englishman led both players by a stroke after the second round was completed Saturday morning due to weather delays on Friday.

    Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters.

    Getty Images

    Lexi (wrist) WDs from Diamond Resorts Invitational

    By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 11:27 pm

    Lexi Thompson on Friday withdrew from the Diamond Resorts Invitational, citing inflammation in her wrist. Thompson, who teamed with Tony Finau to finish tied for fourth place in last week's QBE Shootout, said she is under strict doctor's order not to hit golf balls until mid-January.

    The Diamond Resorts Invitational is scheduled Jan. 12-14 at Tranquilo Golf Club in Orlando, Fla. The field for te 54-hole event includes LPGA and PGA Tour Champions players, as well as celebrities from the worlds or sports and entertainment.