Weekley Maintains Lead in W Virginia

By Sports NetworkAugust 26, 2006, 4:00 pm
Nationwide TourBRIDGEPORT, W.V. -- After shooting consecutive 67s in the first two rounds, Boo Weekly had a 2-under 70 on Saturday to maintain his two-shot lead at the Pete Dye Classic.
 
In position now for his first career victory, Weekley is 12-under-par 204 through 54 holes.
 
Weekly claimed his third round was a struggle, yet still hit 11-of-14 fairways at Pete Dye Golf Club. He was less successful finding the greens -- hitting just 12-of-18 -- but made up for that once he was on the surface.
 
'I didn't hit it real well, but I putted pretty good,' said Weekley, 33. 'I had some pretty good up and downs.'
 
His round included four birdies and two bogeys, with both of the bogeys coming on the front nine. Although he has never won, Weekley has held at least a share of the 54-hole lead two other times this season.
 
At the Chattanooga Classic in June, he finished tied for third. At the Price Cutter Charity Championship last month, he tumbled into a tie for fifth.
 
'When it is my time, it is going to happen,' defended Weekley, who currently ranks 26th on the money list. 'I'm a firm believer in what goes around comes around. I feel like I belong on the PGA TOUR.'
 
Weekley, who owns a top-20 finish on the PGA TOUR, has at least proven he can challenge on the Nationwide Tour.
 
In his last 10 starts, he has five top-10 finishes. In his last 39 rounds, he has played 34 at par or better.
 
'I reckon I'm concentrating more on the golf course,' Weekley said. 'I'm just staying calm out there. My caddie is always thinking positive, and that helps. I tend to get negative.'
 
Among the players who sit two shots behind Weekley is Jason Enloe, who carded a 6-under 66 to get to 10-under 206. Enloe closed his round with a bogey-free 32 on the back nine -- this after bogeying two holes on the front.
 
'I've been missing cuts, but this tour is so competitive you can play well and miss the cut,' said Enloe, who is 149th on the money list. 'I'm sure I'll be nervous tomorrow. It's been a long time since I've been in this position.'
 
Jason Allred shot a 67 and Rich Barcelo had a 68 to join Enloe at minus-10.
 
Bradley Hughes (67), Erik Compton (66) and Jamie Broce (68) share fifth place at 9-under 207 -- one shot ahead of seven players who are tied for eighth.
 
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    Watch: McIlroy gives Fleetwood a birthday cake

    By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 19, 2018, 2:58 pm

    Tommy Fleetwood turned 27 on Friday. He celebrated with some good golf – a 4-under 68 in Abu Dhabi, leaving him only two shots back in his title defense – and a birthday cake, courtesy of Rory Mcllroy.

    While giving a post-round interview, Fleetwood was surprised to see McIlroy approaching with a cake in hand.

    “I actually baked this before we teed off,” McIlroy joked.

    Fleetwood blew out the three candles – “three wishes!” – and offered McIlroy a slice.  

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    DJ shoots 64 to surge up leaderboard in Abu Dhabi

    By Ryan LavnerJanuary 19, 2018, 1:48 pm

    Dustin Johnson stood out among a star-studded three-ball that combined to shoot 18 under par with just one bogey Friday at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.

    Shaking off a sloppy first round at Abu Dhabi Golf Club, Johnson matched the low round of the day with a 64 that put him within four shots of Thomas Pieters’ lead.

    “I did everything really well,” Johnson said. “It was a pretty easy 64.”

    Johnson made four bogeys during an even-par 72 on Thursday and needed a solid round Friday to make the cut. Before long, he was closer to the lead than the cut line, making birdie on three of the last four holes and setting the pace in a group that also included good rounds from Rory McIlroy (66) and Tommy Fleetwood (68).

    “Everyone was hitting good shots,” McIlroy said. “That’s all we were seeing, and it’s nice when you play in a group like that. You feed off one another.” 


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    Coming off a blowout victory at Kapalua, Johnson is searching for his first regular European Tour title. He tied for second at this event a year ago.

    Johnson’s second-round 64 equaled the low round of the day (Jorge Campillo and Branden Grace). 

    “It was just really solid all day long,” Johnson said. “Hit a lot of great shots, had a lot of looks at birdies, which is what I need to do over the next two days if I want to have a chance to win on Sunday.” 

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    Closing eagle moves Rory within 3 in Abu Dhabi

    By Ryan LavnerJanuary 19, 2018, 12:57 pm

    What rust? Rory McIlroy appears to be in midseason form.

    Playing competitively for the first time since Oct. 8, McIlroy completed 36 holes without a bogey Friday, closing with an eagle to shoot 6-under 66 to sit just three shots back at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.

    “I’m right in the mix after two days and I’m really happy in that position,” he told reporters afterward.

    McIlroy took a 3 ½-month break to heal his body, clear his mind and work on his game after his first winless year since 2008, his first full season as a pro.

    He's back on track at a familiar playground, Abu Dhabi Golf Club, where he’s racked up eight top-11s (including six top-3s) in his past nine starts there.


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    McIlroy opened with a 69 Thursday, then gave himself even more chances on Day 2, cruising along at 4 under for the day when he reached the par-5 closing hole. After launching a 249-yard long iron to 25 feet, he poured in the eagle putt to pull within three shots of Thomas Pieters (65). 

    Despite the layoff, McIlroy edged world No. 1 Dustin Johnson, coming off a blowout victory at Kapalua, by a shot over the first two rounds. 

    “DJ is definitely the No. 1 player in the world right now, and one of, if not the best, driver of the golf ball," McIlroy said. "To be up there with him over these first two days, it proves to me that I’m doing the right things and gives me a lot of confidence going forward.”

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    Duke to fill in for injured Pavin at CareerBuilder

    By Ryan LavnerJanuary 19, 2018, 12:25 pm

    Ken Duke will fill in for Corey Pavin for the next two rounds of the CareerBuilder Challenge – with nothing at stake but his amateur partner’s position on the leaderboard.

    Pavin was 4 over par when he withdrew after 17 holes Thursday because of a neck injury. Tournament officials contacted Duke, the first alternate, and asked if he would take Pavin’s spot and partner with Luis Lopez for the next two rounds, even though he would not receive any official money.

    Duke accepted and explained his decision on Twitter:

    Playing on past champion’s status, the 48-year-old Duke has made only four starts this season, with a best finish of a tie for 61st at the RSM Classic.

    Pavin received a sponsor exemption into the event, his first PGA Tour start since the 2015 Colonial.