Three-Way Tie at the Top in Virginia

By Sports NetworkApril 28, 2007, 4:00 pm
Nationwide TourRICHMOND, Va. -- Saturday is known as moving day in the golf world. Bryn Parry fired a 7-under 65 in round three to grab a share of the lead after 54 holes of the Henrico County Open.
 
Moving day indeed, as Parry climbed from a tie for 16th into a tie for the lead at 12-under-par 204. He was joined there by Roland Thatcher (66) and 1998 winner Bob Burns (67).
 
David Sanchez fired a 5-under 67 to move into a tie for fourth place at 11-under-par 205. He stands alongside Nick Flanagan (69), Michael Letzig (69), Chris Baryla (68) and David Sanchez (67) one stroke behind the leaders.
 
Parry, a tour rookie looking for his first win, opened with back-to-back birdies to get to minus-7. He again made two straight birdies from the fifth, but gave one of those shots back with a bogey at the par-4 seventh.
 
The 35-year-old birdied 10 and 12 to move into a share of the lead at 10 under. Parry chipped in for birdie at the 14th to move one stroke ahead of Thatcher and Letzig.
 
Parry parred his next three holes, then two-putted for birdie at the par-5 18th at The Dominion Club to finish at 12 under.
 
'I did notice how good the scores were Friday and how much softer the greens got overnight,' Parry said. 'I was very specific and tried to play aggressive to hit my balls closer to the holes.'
 
Parry's play is an aberration compared to what he has done so far this season. He has made the cut in just one of his first seven events, a tie for 30th at the Livermore Valley Wine Championship.
 
'I want that top-25 (on the money list) like everybody else,' said Parry. 'I am not too worried about the start because I haven't seen any of the courses out here.'
 
Thatcher was hot early. He eagled the par-5 second, then birdied the next two holes to quickly move to 10 under.
 
He cruised to nine straight pars from the fifth. Thatcher birdied the 14th to grab a piece of the lead at 11 under. After driving into the rough at 18, he played short of the green, then knocked his third to 3 feet. Thatcher tapped that in for birdie and a share of the lead.
 
Burns was the final of the three leaders to get into the clubhouse. He made the turn at 7 under after three birdies and a bogey over his opening nine holes.
 
The 39-year-old Burns, who owns one PGA TOUR win and two Nationwide titles, erased his bogey on nine with a birdie at the 10th. He dropped another stroke on 13, but came back with birdies on 14 and 15. Burns birdied the last like his fellow leader to end at minus-12.
 
'I hit a lot of fairways and greens. I think 12 under is a little lower than it was when I won here nine years ago. I think it was 14 under final, but I think it will be a little lower this year,' stated Burns. 'I have to keep hitting greens and fairways and making putts.'
 
Second-round leader Henrik Bjornstad managed just a 1-under 71 Saturday and slid into a share of eighth at 10-under-par 206. He was joined there by Brad Elder. Greg Chalmers and Omar Uresti are one stroke further back at minus-9.
 
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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."


    Full-field scores from the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship


    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.