Singh Leads Tiger Three Back

By Sports NetworkJuly 8, 2006, 4:00 pm
Cialis Western OpenLEMONT, Ill. -- After going more than 10 months without a title, Vijay Singh has put himself in position to win two in 28 days.
While Tiger Woods climbed into contention and Phil Mickelson fell further behind, Singh took a two-shot lead at the Western Open with a 3-under 68 on Saturday.
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Tiger Woods is vying for his fourth Western Open title.
Singh carded four birdies and one bogey in the third round and stands at 11-under-par 202. It was just last month that he snapped a long victory drought at the Barclays Classic.
The difference, Singh said, is a new driver.
'In the last six months, every week was a new driver for me,' he said. 'So that tells you that I've been searching.'
Singh broke free of a logjam and took the lead at 10 under with a 10-foot birdie putt at the par-4 13th. He shared the lead for a spell with Trevor Immelman, but Immelman dropped back when he bogeyed the par-4 17th from a bunker.
With an opportunity to pull two ahead, Singh did just that, spinning his approach at 17 to within 6 feet to set up his fourth birdie of the round.
Singh will be seeking his 52nd worldwide victory and 30th title on the PGA TOUR on Sunday. He has won 17-of-25 times when holding at least a share of the 54-hole lead, but 19 players are within five shots.
'[I] just have to stay ahead of everybody else, I guess,' Singh said. 'I've got to go out there and play my game.'
One of the players sitting close is three-time champion Woods, who shot a 5-under 66 to climb into a tie for seventh place at 8-under-par 205.
Defending champion Jim Furyk is also three shots back after a 69.
Woods -- competing for the second time since the Masters and three weeks after missing the U.S. Open cut -- has played better each day at Cog Hill, opening with a 72 on Thursday and following that with a 67 on Friday.
'It's nice to actually make some putts and piece together something out there because obviously my last tournament I didn't do that, and then the tournament before that has been a while,' he said.
Woods carded five birdies and an eagle in his third round. Two bogeys also marked his scorecard, but Woods followed the first with his eagle at the par-5 11th and the other with two straight birdies at 15 and 16.
His turnaround since Thursday came with a lot of hours practicing on the range.
'I knew what I was doing wrong, but I couldn't stop it, and in order to stop it you've got to log in the reps,' Woods said.
'You've got to put in the hours. It's just a matter of doing the reps properly and enough times where it gets more engrained and you feel comfortable, and hence I can carry forth with it the next day.'
Sweden's Carl Pettersson, who won the Memorial this season, fired a 6-under 65 and leads a group of five players who are tied for second place at 9-under-par 204.
As the first player in the clubhouse at 9 under, Pettersson will play with Singh in the final pairing Sunday.
'Tomorrow if I'm in contention, I won't really look (at the leaderboard) on the front nine, but I might have a peek on the back nine,' Pettersson said.
Tied with Pettersson at minus-9 are Mathew Goggin, who fired a 66, and Stewart Cink, Joe Ogilvie and Immelman, who all shot 69.
Mickelson, playing for the first time since his 72nd hole double-bogey at the U.S. Open, fell into a tie for 75th place after shooting a 75. He opened with a 67 Thursday, then shot a 74 Friday and is on pace for his worst finish since missing the cut at the Michelin Championship last October.
Furyk, who held off Woods for the win last year, was one of many players who were tied for the lead on the back nine. After hitting a perfect drive at 18, he stuck his approach on the bank of the greenside lake and finished with a bogey.
'The bright side is I'm a couple back...and in striking distance,' Furyk said.
Overnight leader Daniel Chopra stumbled to a 5-over 76 and fell into a tie for 21st place at minus-5.
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    Kelly beats Monty with two-shot swing on final hole

    By Associated PressJanuary 21, 2018, 3:21 am

    KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii – Jerry Kelly made an 18-foot birdie putt on the final hole, Colin Montgomerie missed a 6-footer for par and Kelly turned a one-shot deficit into a victory Saturday in the Mitsubishi Electric Championship, the season opener on the PGA Tour Champions.

    After Kelly drove it well right into lava rocks on the par-4 16th, leading to bogey and giving Montgomerie the lead, Montgomerie made a mistake with his tee shot on the last, finding a fairway bunker. Montgomerie's approach went over the green and after Kelly converted his birdie, the 54-year-old Scot jammed his par putt well past the hole.

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    It was the third win on the over-50 tour for the 51-year-old Kelly, who finished tied for 14th last week at the PGA Tour's Sony Open in Honolulu. That gave him confidence as he hopped over to the Big Island for his tournament debut at Hualalai. The limited-field event includes winners from last season, past champions of the event, major champions and Hall of Famers.

    Kelly closed with a 6-under 66 for a three-day total of 18-under 198. Montgomerie shot 69. David Toms shot 67 and finished two shots back, and Miguel Angel Jimenez was another stroke behind after a 66.

    Bernhard Langer, defending the first of his seven 2017 titles, closed with a 70 to finish at 10 under.

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    Rahm manages frustration, two back at CareerBuilder

    By Randall MellJanuary 21, 2018, 1:21 am

    Jon Rahm managed the winds and his frustrations Saturday at the CareerBuilder Challenge to give himself a chance to win his fourth worldwide title in the last year.

    Rahm’s 2-under-par 70 on the PGA West Stadium Course left him two shots off the lead going into the final round.

    “I wasn’t really dealing with the wind that much,” Rahm said of his frustrations. “I was dealing with not being as fluid as I was the last two days.”

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    The world’s No. 3 ranked player opened with a 62 at La Quinta Country Club on Thursday and followed it up with a 67 on Friday at PGA West. He made six birdies and four bogeys on the Stadium Course on Saturday.

    “The first day, everything was outstanding,” Rahm said. “Yesterday, my driver was a little shaky but my irons shots were perfect. Today, my driver was shaky and my irons shots were shaky. On a course like this, it’s punishing, but luckily on the holes where I found the fairway I was able to make birdies.”

    Rahm is projected to move to No. 2 in the world rankings with a finish of sixth or better on Sunday.

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    Cook leads by one entering final round at CareerBuilder

    By Associated PressJanuary 21, 2018, 12:51 am

    LA QUINTA, Calif. – Austin Cook hit a hybrid into the fairway bunker on the par-4 18th on a breezy Saturday afternoon at La Quinta Country Club, then chunked a wedge and raced a chip 20 feet past the hole.

    Kip Henley, the longtime PGA Tour caddie who guided Cook to a breakthrough victory at Sea Island in November, stepped in to give the 26-year-old former Arkansas star a quick pep talk.

    ''Kip said, 'Let's finish this like we did on the first day at the Nicklaus Course.' We made a big par putt on 18 there and he said, 'Let's just do the same thing. Let's get this line right and if you get the line right it's going in.'''

    It did, giving Cook an 8-under 64 and a one-stroke lead in the CareerBuilder Challenge going into the final round on the Stadium Course at PGA West. Fellow former Razorback Andrew Landry and Martin Piller were tied for second, and Jon Rahm and Scott Piercy were a another stroke back after a tricky day in wind that didn't get close to the predicted gusts of 40 mph.

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    ''I know that I wouldn't have wanted to play the Stadium today,'' Cook said. ''I think we got a great draw with the courses that we got to play on the days that we got to play them.''

    Cook played the final six holes on the front nine in 6 under with an eagle and four birdies.

    ''Starting on my fourth hole, I was able to make a birdie and kind of get the ball rolling and it never really stopped rolling,'' Cook said. ''Kip and I were doing really good at seeing the line on the greens.''

    After a bogey on 10, he birdied 11, 12 and 15 and parred the final three to get to 19-under 197.

    ''I think that tonight the nerves, the butterflies, all that will kind of be a little less,'' Cook said. ''I've been in the situation before and I was able to finish the job on Sunday. I think it would be a little different if I didn't play like I did on Sunday at Sea Island.''

    He's making his first start in the event.

    ''I came in from Hawaii on Monday, so I only had two days to prepare for three courses,'' Cook said.

    Landry, the second-round leader, had a 70 at the Stadium. Piller, the husband of LPGA tour player Gerina Piller, shot a 67 at La Quinta. Winless on the PGA Tour, they will join Cook in the final threesome.

    ''Piller's a good guy and we have played a lot together and same with Cookie,'' said Landry, the only player without a bogey after 54 holes. ''Hope the Hogs are going to come out on top.''

    Rahm had a 70 at the Stadium to reach 17 under. The third-ranked Rahm beat up the par 5s again, but had four bogeys – three on par 3s. He has played the 12 par 5s in 13 under with an eagle and 11 birdies.

    ''A little bit of a survival day,'' Rahm said.

    The wind was more of a factor on the more exposed and tighter Stadium Course.

    ''The course is firming up,'' Rahm said. ''I know if we have similar wind to today, if we shoot something under par, you'll be way up there contesting it over the last few holes.''

    Piercy had a 66 at the Stadium.

    ''I controlled my ball really well today,'' he said.

    Adam Hadwin had a 67 at La Quinta a year after shooting a third-round 59 on the course. The Canadian was 16 under along with Grayson Murray and Brandon Harkins. Murray had a 67 on the Nicklaus Course, and Harkins shot 68 at the Stadium.

    Phil Mickelson missed the cut in his first tournament of the year for the second time in his career, shooting a 74 on the Stadium to finish at 4 under – four strokes from a Sunday tee time. The 47-year-old Hall of Famer was playing for the first time since late October. He also missed the cut in the Phoenix Open in his 2009 opener.

    Charlie Reiter, the Palm Desert High School senior playing on the first sponsor exemption the event has given to an amateur, also missed the cut. He had three early straight double bogeys in a 77 on the Stadium that left him 1 over.

    John Daly had an 80 at La Quinta. He opened with a triple bogey and had six bogeys – four in a row to start his second nine - and only one birdie. The 51-year-old Daly opened with a 69 on the Nicklaus layout and had a 71 on Friday at the Stadium.

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    Phil misses CareerBuilder cut for first time in 24 years

    By Randall MellJanuary 21, 2018, 12:48 am

    Phil Mickelson missed the cut Saturday at the CareerBuilder Challenge. It’s a rare occurrence in his Hall of Fame career.

    He has played the event 15 times, going back to when it was known as the Bob Hope Classic. He has won it twice.

    How rare is his missing the cut there?

    The last time he did so, there was no such thing as a DVD, Wi-Fi, iPods, Xbox, DVR capability or YouTube.

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    The PGA Tour’s Jon Rahm didn’t exist, either.

    The last time Mickelson missed a cut in this event was 1994, nine months before Rahm was born.

    Mickelson struggled to a 2-over-par 74 in the heavy winds Saturday on the PGA West Stadium Course, missing the 54-hole cut by four shots. He hit just four of 14 fairways, just nine of 18 greens. He took a double bogey at the 15th after requiring two shots to escape the steep-walled bunker on the left side of the green.

    Mickelson won’t have to wait long to try to get back in the hunt. He’s scheduled to play the Farmers Insurance Open next week at Torrey Pines in La Jolla, Calif.