Singh Scott Chasing Andrade at Westchester

By Sports NetworkJune 10, 2006, 4:00 pm
HARRISON, N.Y. - Billy Andrade posted a 2-under 69 in windy conditions Saturday to move to the top of the leaderboard after 54 holes of the Barclays Classic. He stands at 8-under-par 205 and is one ahead of Vijay Singh and Adam Scott at Westchester Country Club.
Singh, who shared the lead after the second round, only managed a 1-over 72 on Saturday, but joined Scott, the first-round leader, at minus-7. Scott carded a 2-under 69 in round three.
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Vijay Singh, winless on the PGA TOUR this year, is looking for his third title at Westchester.
David Howell, who was tied with Singh after 36 holes, struggled to a 2-over 73 on Saturday. He is tied for fourth place with Brett Quigley (70) and Fredrik Jacobson (72) at 6-under-par 207.
Wind gusts at close to 30 miles per hour greeted the players on Saturday and scores reflected it. Only 11 of the 84 players who teed it up in the third round broke 70.
'Out here it was swirling and going different ways,' said Andrade, who won this title in 1991. 'It was a very difficult day to play.'
Andrade began the third round two shots behind Singh and Howell, but Saturday was a day when par was a good score. He notched pars at his first four holes before a birdie at the par-5 fifth.
The second-round leaders and Jacobson moved to the top of the leaderboard, but struggled around the turn. Howell was 3 over par from the seventh through 13th holes and Jacobson began his descent down the board thanks to a missed 10-foot par save at the 10th.
Singh stayed in first after he bogeyed the eighth hole, but made pars through most of his second nine.
Andrade could not avoid bogey either as he dropped a shot at the 11th. He appeared to be in trouble at the par-4 13th as his approach sailed over the putting surface. Andrade chipped in from behind the green for a birdie to join Singh and Jacobson in the lead at minus-7.
Jacobson fell first as he bogeyed 13 and three-putted from 28 feet for another bogey at 14. Singh had a horrible lie at the 15th near a bunker and could no better than 30 feet from the hole. He two-putted that hole for a bogey, leaving Andrade alone in first.
Andrade padded his advantage with a 9-foot birdie putt at the 17th. He landed in a bunker with his second at the par-5 closing hole, but blasted out to 14 feet. He could not convert the birdie putt, but when Singh failed to eagle the last, Andrade took the 54-hole lead for the fourth time in his career.
Andrade won this title in 1991 after capturing the Kemper Open the week before. His last victory on the PGA Tour came at the 2000 event in Las Vegas, but the 42-year-old thinks he knows the formula to revisiting the winner's circle.
'I know you have to get the ball in the hole,' said Andrade. 'I'm going to go out (Sunday) and hold my emotions and think about when I won here in '91. If it's my day, it's my day. I'm looking forward to the challenge and can't wait to play.'
Singh mixed four bogeys and three birdies, including one at the last, to get within one of the lead. Singh, who won this title twice, has not won on tour since last year's Buick Open at the end of July.
Scott, who has finished in the top-four in his last three starts on the PGA TOUR, was even on his round through 13 holes before draining a 21-foot birdie putt at the par-3 14th.
He got to 7 under par with 13-foot birdie putt at 17 and could have matched Andrade in the lead, but his 7-foot birdie try at the last stayed above ground.
Ian Poulter posted the lowest round on Saturday with a 6-under 65. He is knotted in seventh place with Stuart Appleby (66) and Luke Donald (71) at 5-under-par 208.
Mathew Goggin (68), Joey Sindelar (73) and Graeme McDowell (71) share 10th at minus-4.
Reigning Masters champion and PGA Championship winner Phil Mickelson only managed an even-par 71 on Saturday and is part of a group tied for 22nd at 2-under-par 211.
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    Fleetwood flawless en route to Abu Dhabi lead

    By Will GrayJanuary 18, 2018, 2:06 pm

    New year, same results for Tommy Fleetwood.

    The reigning Race to Dubai champ picked up where he left off in the opening round of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship, carding a bogey-free 66 during which the Englishman found all 18 greens in regulation. At 6 under, he shares the lead with Japan's Hideto Tanihara and sits one shot clear of five other players.

    "Very stress-free. Played really well from start to finish," Fleetwood said. "Felt like I did what you need to do around this golf course, which is drive it well, hit your irons solid. You can't really be too greedy a lot of the time, and then sort of my pace putting was really good. So basically just did what you need to do to get a good score around this golf course, and I got one."

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    Fleetwood shined in a marquee grouping that included world No. 1 Dustin Johnson and Rory McIlroy, as he birdied three holes on each nine. This is his first worldwide start since a T-3 finish at the Hero World Challenge.

    It was at this event a year ago that Fleetwood sparked a career campaign, edging Johnson and Pablo Larrazabal for the win. He added another win at the French Open in the summer to go along with a pair of runner-up results and a T-4 finish at the U.S. Open, all of which helped him capture the European Tour's season-long title.

    Fleetwood's sudden success in Abu Dhabi serves as a microcosm for his career resurgence. Prior to last year's victory, he had missed the cut in four of his five other trips to this event.

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    Sergio starts season with 66 in Singapore

    By Associated PressJanuary 18, 2018, 12:56 pm

    SINGAPORE – Sergio Garcia opened his season with a 5-under 66 and a share of the clubhouse lead on Thursday in the first round of the weather-interrupted Singapore Open.

    Playing his first tournament of the year, the Masters champion rebounded after making an early bogey to collect four birdies and an eagle at the Sentosa Golf Club.

    He was later joined by American qualifier Kurt Kitayama in the clubhouse lead. Still on the course, Tirawat Kaewsiribandit was at 6 under through 16 holes when play was suspended for the day because of the threat of lightning.

    Louis Oosthuizen, the 2010 Open champion, was at 5 under through 16 holes when he also had to stop his round because of the weather.

    Of the players who did finish their opening rounds, only three were within two strokes of Garcia and Kitayama. One of them was Casey O'Toole, who aced the par-3 second with a 7-iron.

    The 38-year-old Garcia dropped his only shot of the day on the par-4 15th, his sixth hole after teeing off on the back nine, when he missed the fairway and was unable to make par. But he made amends when he birdied the par-3 17th and then eagled the par-5 18th to go out in 33.

    ''I was 1 over after (the) seventh but it didn't feel like I was playing badly,'' said Garcia, who made birdies on each of the two par 5s and one of the par 3s on the second nine. ''But then I hit two greats in a row for holes 17 and 18. I got a birdie-eagle there, so that settled me a little bit and I could play solid in the back nine and it was a great round.''

    Garcia made the shortlist for the Laureus Sports Awards in the Breakthrough of the Year category after claiming his first major at Augusta National last year and is hoping for more success this season.

    He credits the Singapore Open as having played a part in toughening him up for his Masters win because he opted to start his 2017 campaign in the stifling humidity of Southeast Asia to prepare himself for the bigger tournaments ahead.

    Although he finished tied for 11th in Singapore, Garcia won the Dubai Desert Classic the next week and was in peak form when he won the Masters two months later.

    Kitayama only secured his place in the $1 million event on Monday by finishing at the top of the qualifying competition, but he made a strong start with birdies on three of his first five holes. The 25-year-old Thai was 6 under through 13 holes but spoiled his otherwise flawless round with a bogey on his last.

    ''I started with a birdie and I just let it roll from there. I had some good tee shots, which I think, is the biggest thing for this course,'' Kitayama said. ''I'm a little tired, but I'm hanging in there. Whenever I have time off, I'll try not to think too much about golf.''

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    13-year-old beats DJ in closest-to-the-pin contest

    By Ryan LavnerJanuary 18, 2018, 12:26 pm

    Dustin Johnson didn’t just get beat by Tommy Fleetwood and Rory McIlroy on Day 1 of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.

    Even a 13-year-old got the best of the world No. 1.

    Oscar Murphy teed off on the 177-yard 15th hole as part of the tournament’s Beat the Pro challenge during the opening round. The Northern Irishman, one of the HSBC’s Future Falcons, carved a 3-wood toward a back-right pin, about 25 feet away, closer than both Johnson and Fleetwood.

    “An unbelievable shot,” Fleetwood said afterward, “and me and Rory both said, ‘We don’t have that in our locker.’”

    Johnson still made par on the hole, but he mixed four birdies with four bogeys Thursday for an even-par 72 that left him six shots back of Fleetwood and Hideto Tanihara after the opening round.

    Johnson, who tied for second here a year ago, is coming off a dominant performance at the Sentry Tournament of Champions, where he won by eight shots to strengthen his lead atop the world rankings. 

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    McIlroy 'really pleased' with opening 69 in Abu Dhabi

    By Ryan LavnerJanuary 18, 2018, 12:10 pm

    It was an auspicious 2018 debut for Rory McIlroy.

    Playing alongside world No. 1 Dustin Johnson for his first round since October, McIlroy missed only one green and shot a bogey-free 69 at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship. McIlroy is three shots back of reigning Race to Dubai champion Tommy Fleetwood, who played in the same group as McIlroy and Johnson, and Hideto Tanihara.

    Starting on the back nine at Abu Dhabi Golf Club, McIlroy began with 11 consecutive pars before birdies on Nos. 3, 7 and 8.

    Full-field scores from the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship

    “I was excited to get going,” he told reporters afterward. “The last couple of months have been really nice in terms of being able to concentrate on things I needed to work on in my game and health-wise. I feel like I’m the most prepared for a season that I’ve ever been, but it was nice to get back out there.”

    Fleetwood, the defending champion, raced out to another lead while McIlroy and Johnson, who shot 72, just tried to keep pace.

    “Tommy played very well and I was just trying to hang onto his coattails for most of the round, so really pleased – bogey-free 69, I can’t really complain,” McIlroy said.

    This was his first competitive round in more than three months, since a tie for 63rd at the Dunhill Links. He is outside the top 10 in the world ranking for the first time since 2014.