Weir Oberholser Set Pebble Pace

By Sports NetworkFebruary 11, 2006, 5:00 pm
2006 AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-AmPEBBLE BEACH, Calif. -- Mike Weir managed a 3-under 69 on Saturday to join Arron Oberholser in the lead after three rounds of the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. Oberholser, who fired a 66, and Weir are knotted at 17-under-par 199.
 
Weir shot his 69 at the Spyglass Hill Golf Course, while Oberholser carded his 66 at Pebble Beach Golf Links. Poppy Hills Golf Course was the third course in the rotation, but Sunday's final round will be staged at Pebble Beach.
 
Mike Weir
Mike Weir is in search of his first PGA Tour victory since the 2004 Nissan Open.
The pair has distanced themselves from the field, setting up a possible match- play situation on Sunday.
 
Luke Donald, the first-round leader, shot a 1-under 71 at Poppy Hills on Saturday. He is alone in third place at 11-under-par 205.
 
Harrison Frazar posted a 5-under 67 at Poppy Hills and shares fourth place with Nick Watney (70), Rory Sabbatini (68) and Brian Davis (68), all of whom teed it up at SpyGlass. The group is knotted at 10-under-par 206.
 
Weir played poorly early in his round as he traded a pair of birdies and a pair of bogeys in his first seven holes. The 2003 Masters champion looked destined to drop another shot to par at nine, but a great pitch from in front of the green saved his par.
 
The Canadian birdied 11, 14 and 18 to join Oberholser in a share of the lead.
 
Sunday could be a major step for the left-hander. Weir battled through a neck injury through much of 2005, dropping to 56th on the PGA Tour money list. He has not won since the 2004 Nissan Open.
 
Oberholser, who is winless on the PGA Tour, but collected two victories on the Nationwide Tour in 2002, opened on the back nine at Pebble Beach, and collected his first birdie at the 13th hole.
 
He notched his second birdie at the 17th, then rolled in a long birdie putt at the par-5 18th. The 31-year-old made the turn at 3-under-par 33 and caught Weir for first place.
 
Oberholser stumbled on his first hole of the second nine. He missed a 7- foot par save, but rebounded at the par-5 second. Oberholser knocked his second shot to 22 feet and nearly holed the eagle try. The putt moved left at the end and Oberholser settled for a birdie. He made it back-to-back birdies with a 7-footer at the third to get to 15 under par for the championship.
 
The middle holes of Pebble Beach's front nine tested Oberholser and the San Jose State University graduate answered the bell. He found the right bunker with his approach at four, but converted a 4-footer to save par. At the par-3 fifth, Oberholser hit his tee ball to 45 feet, but left himself another 4-footer for par. Once again, Oberholser ran home the tester to stay at minus-15.
 
Oberholser's putter let him down at the par-5 sixth. He went through the green with his second and chipped 5 feet past the cup. Oberholser's putt never flirted with the hole, pulling it left, but he was still tied for the lead with Weir, who birdied the 11th at SpyGlass.
 
Oberholser distanced himself from Weir at the seventh. He sank a 21-foot birdie putt at the seventh, then snaked in a left-to-right birdie putt from 25 feet at eight to reach minus-17.
 
He nearly fumbled his last hole, despite a 320-yard drive at the ninth. He had 166 yards to the hole and hammered his approach over the green. Oberholser chipped to 5 feet and holed the par putt to keep his share of the 54-hole lead.
 
Oberholser has a tremendous record at this event with a tie for sixth last year and a share of fourth in 2004. He shared the 54-hole lead in 2004 with Vijay Singh, but shot a 76 in the final round.
 
'I wasn't very comfortable. I had a 'deer in the headlights' thing going,' admitted Oberholser, who lost in a playoff at the 2004 Wachovia Championship. 'I felt like I needed to play him mano-a-mano and it didn't work out too well.'
 
Mark Wilson shot a 1-under 71 on Saturday at Poppy Hills. He is tied for eighth place with two players who competed at SpyGlass in round three - Tim Clark (70) and Daniel Chopra (69). The trio finished 54 holes at 9-under- par 207.
 
Defending champion Phil Mickelson will need serious help if he is to make it two in a row. He carded a 5-under 67 at Pebble Beach and is part of a group tied for 11th at minus-8
 
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  • Watch: Shilton wins $16k timepiece with hole-in-one

    By Golf Channel DigitalNovember 23, 2017, 2:50 am

    Australian Brad Shilton made a hole-in-one on the par-3, 188-yard 11th hole during the first round of the Australian Open, and he was rewarded handsomely for his efforts - with a Tag Heuer watch worth $16k.

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    By Associated PressNovember 23, 2017, 2:32 am

    SYDNEY - Jason Day's first tournament round in Australia in four years was a 5-under 66 to put him among the leaders early Thursday at the Australian Open.

    Day's round came unhinged late with a double-bogey six on the par-4 eighth hole, his second-last of the day. He hit his tee shot into the trees on the left, hit back out to the fairway, missed his approach to the green and then couldn't get up and down.

    ''That was brutal,'' Day said of the 481-yard hole that played into gusting winds.

    But Day recovered quickly to birdie his last to sit three strokes behind fellow Australian and early leader Cameron Davis, who started on the first, had six front-nine birdies and shot 63 at The Australian Golf Club.

    In between the two was Australian Taylor MacDonald, who shot 65.

    ''It was a pretty solid round, I didn't miss many fairways, I didn't miss many greens,'' Day said. ''I'd give myself a seven or eight out of 10.''

    Defending champion Jordan Spieth, attempting to win the Australian Open for the third time in four years, was off to a poor start among the afternoon players, bogeying his first two holes.

    The Sydney-born Davis played most of this season on the Mackenzie Tour in Canada and will attempt to secure his Web.com card in the final round of qualifying from Dec. 7-10 in Chandler, Arizona.

    ''Everything went to plan,'' Davis said. ''I got off to a great start. I was hitting my spots and was able to keep it together on the back nine.''

    NOTES: Australian Brad Shilton had the first ace of the tournament, using a 5-iron for a hole-in-one on the par-3, 188-yard 11th hole, his second hole of the day. Australian veteran Geoff Ogilvy, the 2006 U.S. Open winner, shot 69. He and Rod Pampling (68) played the first round with Day.

    Day: Woods feeling good, hitting it long

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    Jason Day says Tiger Woods told him he feels better than he has in three years, which is good news for Woods a week ahead of his return to the PGA Tour at the Hero World Challenge.

    Day, a fellow Nike endorser, was asked about Woods during his news conference at the Emirates Australian Open on Wednesday. "I did talk to him," Day said, per a report in the Sydney Morning Herald,"and he did say it's the best he's ever felt in three years'" Day said.

    "He doesn't wake up with pain anymore, which is great. I said to him, 'Look, it's great to be one of the best players ever to live, but health is one thing that we all take for granted and if you can't live a happy, healthy life, then that's difficult.'"

    The Hero World Challenge will be played Nov. 30-Dec. 3 in the Bahamas and broadcast on Golf Channel and NBC.

    Day, who has had his own health issues, said he could empathize with Woods.

    "I totally understand where he's coming from, because sometimes I wake up in the morning and it takes me 10 minutes to get out of bed, and for him to be in pain for three years is very frustrating."

    Woods has not played since February after undergoing surgery following a recurrence of back problems.

    "From what I see on Instagram and what he's been telling me, he says he's ready and I'm hoping that he is, because from what I hear, he's hitting it very long," Day said.

    "And if he's hitting it long and straight, then that's going to be tough for us because it is Tiger Woods. He's always been a clutch putter and in amongst the best and it will be interesting to see.

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    Jin Young Ko, the Korean LPGA Tour star, informed the American-based LPGA on Sunday night that she will be taking up membership next year. Ko earned the right by winning the LPGA’s KEB Hana Bank Championship as a nonmember in South Korea in October.

    Ko, 22, no relation to Lydia Ko, first burst on to the international spotlight with her run into contention at the Ricoh Women’s British Open at Turnberry two years ago. She led there through 54 holes, with Inbee Park overtaking her in the final round to win.

    With 10 KLPGA Tour titles, three in each of the last two seasons, Ko has risen to No. 19 in the Rolex Women’s World Rankings.

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    “It’s a difficult decision to leave home,” Ko said after the final round of the CME Group Tour Championship in Naples, when she was still undecided. “The travelling far away, on my own, the loneliness, that’s what is difficult.”

    Ko will be the favorite to win the LPGA’s Louise Suggs Rolex Rookie of the Year Award next year. South Koreans have won that award the last three years. Sung Hyun Park won it this year, In Gee Chun last year and Sei Young Kim in 2015. South Korean-born players have won the last four, with New Zealand’s Lydia Ko winning it in 2014. Ko was born in South Korea and moved to New Zealand when she was 6.

    Ko released this statement through the LPGA on Wednesday: 

    "It has been my dream since I was young to play on the LPGA Tour and I look forward to testing myself against the best players on a worldwide stage. I know it is going to be tough but making a first win as an LPGA member and winning the Rolex Rookie of the Year award would be two of the biggest goals I would like to achieve next year."