Weir Extends Canadian Lead to Three

By Sports NetworkSeptember 11, 2004, 4:00 pm
OAKVILLE, Ontario -- Canadian Mike Weir posted a 1-under 70 Saturday to take a three-shot lead after three rounds of the Canadian Open. Weir completed 54 holes at 10-under-par 203.
New world No. 1 Vijay Singh stumbled to four bogeys and a triple bogey en route, but battled to card a 1-over 72. He shares second place with Jesper Parnevik (71) and Cliff Kresge (67) at 7-under-par 206.
D.J. Brigman fired a 4-under 67 to move into a tie for fifth at 5-under-par 208. He stands alongside Joe Ogilvie, who posted a 2-under 69.
The field managed to complete rounds two and three on Saturday. Action was delayed due to a five-hour delay in the first round.
Weir was steady throughout. He found the green on each of the first four holes, but two-putted for par each time. The Canadian knocked his second into a greenside bunker at the par-5 fifth at Glen Abbey Golf Club.
He blasted out of the sand, but again two-putted for par. Weir ran his par string to seven before he chipped in for birdie at the par-4 eighth.
Weir's second shot to the par-4 10th came up short of the green and he pitched to 8 feet. However, he missed that putt to slip back to minus-9.
The 2003 Masters champion returned to his steady golf. He ran off seven consecutive pars from the 11th to remain two clear of the field. At the last, Weir carded his second birdie of his round to move to 10 under and a three stroke cushion.
'I had an opportunity to really distance myself, and unfortunately it didn't happen,' said Weir, a seven-time winner on the PGA Tour. 'On the other hand, I didn't putt worth a darn all day and I increased my lead by two.'
Weir is trying to become the first Canadian to win his national championship since Pat Fletcher titled at this event in 1954. The best recent finish by a Canadian here is a tie for fourth in 1988, which was done by Dave Barr.
'Hopefully, the golfing gods will be here tomorrow,' said Weir of his quest for history.
Singh, who climbed into the No. 1 spot in the world with his win at the Deutsche Bank Championship last week, had a tough day. He missed the green at the first and fourth and was unable to save par.
The Fijian three-putted also for bogey at the second. He got one shot back with a birdie at the fifth, but stumbled to a bogey at the seventh. Singh fought right back to birdie the eighth to get back to 6 under.
Singh dropped in a birdie at the 10th, but trouble loomed. His tee shot at the 11th found the left trees. Singh, the 2000 Masters champion, tried to play over the trees, but his second came up short of the green and in water.
That led to a triple bogey that dropped him back to minus-4. Singh, who is battling a sore left knee, responded in fine fashion. He rolled off three straight birdies from the 13th to get back into a share of second. Singh parred his final three holes to remain there.
Parnevik, playing alongside Weir and Singh, struggled like Singh. The Swede lost his tee shot way right at the first. The ball was never found in the corporate tents, so he was given a free drop. No matter, he still stumbled to a bogey and slipped to another bogey at the fourth before posting a birdie at the fifth. Another bogey at the 11th dropped Parnevik to minus-5.
A five-time winner on the PGA Tour, Parnevik dropped in birdies at the 13th and 15th to return to minus-7. He bogeyed the 16th, but erased that error with a birdie at the last.
'It was a very different day to say the least. I started on one and being the professional I am, I stood over the ball and had a little bit of a slippery right hand. I thought I'd swing a little bit smoother, and I hit it 80 yards right,' said Parnevik, whose ball was later found in a fairway bunker on the fourth hole, which is adjacent to the tents he hit into.
'I bogeyed that hole, then started horrendously on the front nine which carried over to the other guys because they putted poorly, as well. It was a very different day. None of us could do anything right it seemed like.'
Kresge posted one of the best rounds of the day. He converted back-to-back birdies from the second before carding nine straight pars. Kresge picked up his third birdie at the 13th to move to minus-6.
Kresge, a two-time winner on the Nationwide Tour, dropped a shot at the 16th. However, he closed with birdies at 17 and 18 to grab a share of second place.
American Ryder Cupper Stewart Cink posted a 2-under 69 to move to 4-under-par 209. He shares seventh place with David Sutherland, Glen Day, Bill Haas and Mark Hensby. Steve Lowery, Dean Wilson and Hunter Mahan are one stroke further back at minus-3.
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    Awards season: Handing out the 2017 Rexys

    By Rex HoggardDecember 14, 2017, 7:00 pm

    After careful consideration and an exhaustive review of 2017 we present The Rexys, a wildly incomplete and arbitrary line up following one of the most eventful years in golf.

     There will be omissions – just keep your calls, concerns and even e-mails to yourself. We appreciate your patronage, but not your feedback.

    It’s Not You, It’s Me Award. You know the deal: You can’t be a part of two until you’re a better one; but on this front it’s really just a desire to find a better two.

    It was a tough year for caddies, and not just any caddies. In June, Phil Mickelson split with longtime bagman Jim “Bones” Mackay. Both player and caddie cited the need for “change,” but the move reverberated throughout the game.

    “The fairytale is over,” mused one caddie when told of the high-profile split.

    In the wake of the Lefty/Bones break, Rory McIlroy split with his caddie J.P Fitzgerald, and Jason Day replaced looper/swing coach Colin Swatton on his bag. It all proves yet again that there are only two kinds of caddies, those who have been fired and those who are about to be fired.

    Run for the Rose Cup. Sergio Garcia got the green jacket, a lifetime exemption to the game’s most coveted member-member and a long-awaited major, but Justin Rose took home the slightly less prestigious “Rose Cup.”

    Following a frenzied afternoon at Augusta National in April, Rose lost to Garcia on the first playoff hole, but he won so much more with his honesty and class.

    “You're going to win majors and you're going to lose majors, but you've got to be willing to lose them,” Rose figured following the final round. “You've got to put yourself out there. You've got to hit the top of the leaderboard. There's a lot of pressure out there and if you're not willing to enjoy it, then you're not ready to win these tournaments. I loved it out there.”

    Few have made losing look so dignified and fewer still are as easy to root for.

    Half-Empty Cup. It was the perfect setting, with sweeping views of the Manhattan skyline and the promise of the Tristate masses descending on this fall’s Presidents Cup.

    If only all those rowdy New Yorkers had something to cheer.

    For the sixth time in the last seven matches, the U.S. team rolled to a victory of at least three points. This particular edition was even in danger of ending on Saturday afternoon thanks to a particularly dominant performance by a young American squad led by Steve Stricker.

    Officials spoke of the purity of the competition and the attention the ’17 cup generated, but however you spin the 19-11 rout, this cup is half empty.

    Enigma Award. The actual hardware is simply an oversized question mark and was sent directly to Tiger Woods’ South Florida compound following the most curious of seasons.

    While it’s become customary in recent years to consider the uncertain path that awaits the 14-time major winner, this most recent calendar brought an entirely new collection of questions following fusion surgery on his lower back in April, his arrest for DUI on Memorial Day and, finally, a glimmer of hope born from his tie for ninth at the Hero World Challenge earlier this month.

    When will he play again? Can he compete against the current generation of world-beaters? Can his body withstand the rigors of a full PGA Tour schedule? Should Jim Furyk make him a captain’s pick now or wait to see if he should be driving a vice captain’s golf cart instead?

    Little is certain when it comes to Woods, and the over-sized question mark goes to ... the guy in red and black.

    After Further Review Chalice. In April, Lexi Thompson endured a heartbreaking loss at the ANA Inspiration, the byproduct of a surreal ruling that arrived a day late via a viewer e-mail and cost the would-be winner a major championship.

    The entire event was so unsavory that the USGA and R&A made not one but two alterations to the rules and created a “working group” to avoid similar snafus in the future.

    That working group – it turns out the U.S. Ryder Cup team has some sort of copyright on “task force” – initially issued a decision that introduced a “reasonable judgment” and a “naked eye” standard to video reviews, and last week the rule makers kept the changes coming.

    The new protocols on video review will now include an official to monitor tournament broadcasts and ended the practice of allowing fans to call in, or in this case e-mail, possible infractions to officials. The USGA and R&A also eliminated the two-stroke penalty for players who sign incorrect scorecards when the player is unaware of the penalty.

    While all this might be a step in the right direction, it does nothing to change Thompson’s fate. The AFR Chalice won’t change the harsh reality, but at least it will serve as a reminder of how she helped altered the rulemaking landscape.

    Nothing Runs Like a Deere Award. Nothing gets fans fired up like officials turning fields of fescue rough into hay on the eve of a major championship, and the USGA’s decision to do some 11th-hour trimming at Erin Hills in June certainly caught many by surprise.

    Officials said the nip/tuck on four holes was in reaction to a particularly foreboding forecast that never materialized, and the maintenance drew the ire of some players.

    “We have 60 yards from left line to right line,” Rory McIlroy said. “You’ve got 156 of the best players in the world here; if we can’t hit it within that avenue, you might as well pack your bags and go home.”

    The record low scoring at the U.S. Open – winner Brooks Koepka finished with a 16-under total – didn’t help ease the fervor and had some questioning whether the softer side of the USGA has gone a bit too far?

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    Podcast: Daly takes big pride in 'Little John'

    By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 14, 2017, 5:28 pm

    John Daly is a two-time major champion, but the newest trophy in his household belongs to someone else.

    That’s because Daly’s son, 14-year-old Little John “LJ” Daly, rallied to capture an IJGT junior golf event over the weekend. The younger Daly birdied the first extra hole to win a five-person playoff at Harbour Town Golf Links, site of the PGA Tour’s RBC Heritage.

    Daly recently sat down for a Golf Channel podcast to describe what it’s like to cheer for his son and PNC Father-Son Challenge partner, share the unique challenge presented by the upcoming Diamond Resorts Invitational and reflect on some of the notable highs of a career that has now spanned more than 25 years.

    Sneds starts slowly in Masters invite bid

    By Will GrayDecember 14, 2017, 4:22 pm

    Brandt Snedeker flew halfway around the world in search of a Masters invite, but after one round of the Indonesian Masters it appears he'll likely return home empty-handed.

    Snedeker made only two birdies during his opening round in Indonesia, shooting an even-par 72 that left him in a tie for 77th and 10 shots behind leader Justin Rose. This is the final OWGR-rated event of 2017, and as a result it has drawn several notable entrants, including Snedeker, who hope to crack the top 50 in the world rankings by year's end to secure a trip to Augusta National.

    Full-field scores from the Indonesian Masters

    Snedeker started the year ranked No. 28, but after missing five months because of injury he entered the week ranked No. 51 and is projected to slip even further by the end of the month. As a result, he likely needs a top-3 finish in order to secure a return to the Masters, which he has missed only once since 2007.

    World No. 55 Dylan Frittelli also struggled, shooting a 4-over 76 in the opening round, while No. 56 Kiradech Aphibarnrat is tied for 14th at 4 under. Yusaku Miyazato, currently 58th in the world, is tied for ninth and five shots behind Rose.

    Should Snedeker and the other hopefuls fail to crack the top 50 by the end of the year, two paths to the Masters remain: win a full-point event on the PGA Tour in early 2018 or be inside the top 50 in the world rankings when the final cutoff is made on March 25.

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    Crosby selected as 2019 U.S. Walker Cup captain

    By Will GrayDecember 14, 2017, 3:19 pm

    The USGA announced that former U.S. Amateur champ Nathaniel Crosby will serve as the American captain for the 2019 Walker Cup, which will be played at Royal Liverpool Golf Club in Hoylake, England.

    Crosby, 56, is the son of entertainment icon and golf enthusiast Bing Crosby. He won the 1981 U.S. Amateur at The Olympic Club as a teenager and earned low amateur honors at the 1982 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach. He also played in the 1983 Walker Cup, coincidentally held at Royal Liverpool, before embarking on a brief career in professional golf, with his amateur status reinstated in 1994.

    "I am thrilled and overwhelmed to be chosen captain of the next USA Walker Cup team," Crosby said in a statement. "Many of my closest friends are former captains who will hopefully take the time to share their approaches in an effort to help me with my new responsibilities."

    Crosby takes over the captaincy from John "Spider" Miller, who led the U.S. squad both in 2015 and earlier this year, when the Americans cruised to a 19-7 victory at Los Angeles Country Club.

    Crosby is a Florida resident and member at Seminole Golf Club, which will host the 2021 matches. While it remains to be seen if he'll be asked back as captain in 2021, each of the last six American captains have led a team on both home and foreign soil.

    Started in 1922, the Walker Cup is a 10-man, amateur match play competition pitting the U.S. against Great Britain and Ireland. The U.S. team holds a 37-9 all-time lead in the biennial matches but has not won in Europe since 2007.