Armour fires 63 for Champions Tour lead

By Associated PressJune 5, 2010, 2:17 am

Champions TourWEST DES MOINES, Iowa –Tommy Armour III matched the course record with an 8-under 63 to take a three-stroke lead Friday in the Principal Charity Classic.

Dan Forsman and Russ Cochran opened the Champions Tour event with 66s, and Bernhard Langer and Nick Price topped a group at 67. Forsman, seeking his second win in three starts, got as far as 7 under before a double bogey on No. 18.

Fred Couples, making his first appearance in Iowa since missing the cut at the PGA Tour’s Quad Cities Open in 1981, opened with a 70.

Armour has finished second twice in his rookie season on the senior circuit; at the ACE Group Classic – closing with a 61 – in February and in the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic last month. But he has also been inconsistent, notching a final-round 78 to finish at 12-over 300 and tie for 61st at the Senior PGA Championship last week.

Not on Friday, though. Armour shot a 31 on the front nine and finished with by far his best opening round of the year. It also gives him the largest lead heading into the second round at Glen Oaks – a course Armour played for the first time Friday.

Forsman kicked off his back nine with a flourish, hitting a 7-iron from 149 yards out for an eagle on the par-4 10th hole. Forsman then birdied three of the next four holes to move to 7 under, but he put his tee shot on No. 18 in a bunker and three-putted en route to a double bogey.

Cochran, who entered play 21st on the senior circuit money list, birdied No. 18 to move into a tie for second with Forsman.

Langer had his own adventure on the 18th hole, but his worked out beautifully in the end.

Langer hit a 60-yard sand wedge over the hole, but it spun back, smacked Mike Reid’s ball and dropped in the cup for birdie that put him four shots off the lead. Langer and Price, who both entered play among the top four on the money list with Couples, are in strong shape to make a run at Armour on Saturday.

Couples, a crowd favorite on Friday, rallied from a sluggish start with birdies on three of the final eight holes. Couples, who leads the Champions Tour money list, lost in a playoff to Tom Lehman at the Senior PGA last week.

The course was a bit soggy when the first players teed off in the morning. Roughly three-tenths of an inch of rain fell overnight, adding to what had been a relatively wet week at Glen Oaks.

Though the sun helped dry out the course while leaving greens soft, the moisture kept the players from getting much run on the fairways and made for some murky lies.

Heavy rain is forecast Friday night, though, which could delay second-round play.

Defending champion Mark McNulty, who survived a three-man playoff by sinking a 30-foot birdie putt on the fourth extra hole, is skipping the tournament after having knee surgery last month.

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Rose leads Koepka, Grillo by four at Colonial

By Nick MentaMay 26, 2018, 9:06 pm

On the strength of a 4-under 66 Saturday, Justin Rose will take an four-shot lead over Brooks Koepka and Emiliano Grillo into the final round of the Fort Worth Invitational. Here's where things stand through 54 holes at Colonial Country Club.

Leaderboard: Rose (-14), Koepka (-10), Grillo (-10), Corey Conners (-8), Jon Rahm (-8), Louis Oosthuizen (-8), J.T. Poston (-8), Ryan Armour (-8)

What it means: The fifth-ranked player in the world is 18 holes from his ninth PGA Tour victory and his second this season. Up once to start the third round, Rose extended his lead to as much as five with birdies on four of his first six holes. Through 54 holes, Rose has made XX birdies and just XX bogeys. The 2013 U.S. Open winner and 2016 Olympic gold medalist has a history of winning at iconic venues - Muirfield Village, Aronimink, Cog Hill, Doral, Merion and Congressional - and now looks to add Colonial to the list. He'll be chased on Sunday by Grillo, the young Argentianian who won his first Tour start as a member in 2015, and Koepka, last year's U.S. Open winner who continues to impress in his injury comeback despite ongoing wrist issues.  

Round of the day: Corey Conners and Ted Potter both turned in 8-under 63. Potter was bogey-free and Conners came home in 6-under 29 on the back nine.

Best of the rest: Jon Rahm, Louis Oosthuizen, Brian Harman, and Michael Thompson all signed for 64. Rahm called his six-birdie start the best 10 holes he's played so far this year. 

Biggest disappointment: Jordan Spieth has finished second-first-second in the last three years at this event, but he's yet to find his normal Colonial form through three rounds. Spieth, who said Friday he was capable of shooting "10 or 12 under" over the weekend, shot even-par 70 Saturday. He sits in T-38 at 3 under for the week, 11 back.

Shot of the day: Rory Sabbatini closed out his third round Saturday with this eagle holeout from 134 yards at the 18th. 

His colorful scorecard featured three bogeys, two birdies, a double bogey and that eagle. It added up to a 1-over 71. 

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McCarron closes with only bogey, shares lead

By Associated PressMay 26, 2018, 8:49 pm

BENTON HARBOR, Mich. - Scott McCarron, seeking a second senior major title to go with his 2017 Senior Players Championship, made his only bogey of the third round on the final hole to slip into a tie for the lead Saturday with Tim Petrovic in the Senior PGA Championship.

They were at 13 under par after Petrovic, seeking his first major, shot 65. McCarron has shared the lead through three rounds.

England's Paul Broadhurst, the 2016 British Senior Open winner, matched the best third-round score in tournament history with a 64. He was at 11 under.

Miguel Angel Jimenez, coming off his first major championship last week at the Regions Tradition, shot 65 and was 9 under.

Tom Byrum, who made a hole-in-one in shooting a 67, was in a group at 8 under.

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Watch: Rose one-arms approach, makes birdie

By Golf Channel DigitalMay 26, 2018, 7:25 pm

Justin Rose appears to have taken a course in Hideki Matsuyama-ing.

Already 3 under on his round through five thanks to a birdie-birdie-birdie start, Rose played this approach from 143 yards at the par-4 sixth.

That one-armed approach set up a 6-foot birdie putt he rolled in to move to 4 under on his round and 14 under for the week, five clear of the field.

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McIlroy battles back into tie for BMW PGA lead

By Golf Channel DigitalMay 26, 2018, 4:09 pm

Rory McIlroy got off to a rocky start on Saturday in the third round of the BMW PGA Championship, including hitting a spectator and making a double bogey. But after that incident on the sixth hole, he didn't drop another shot, birdieing the final hole to shoot a 1-under 71 and tie for the lead.

McIlroy had gone into Moving Day with a three-shot lead, but Francesco Molinari had the round of the day, a 6-under 66. "It was nice keep a clean scorecard," said Molinari, who hasn't made a bogey since the 10th hole on Friday.


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McIlroy and Molinari will be paired in Sunday's final round. They are tied at 13 under par, four shots clear of Ross Fisher, Branden Grace, Sam Horsfield and Alexander Noren.

The Wentworth course ends with back-to-back par-5s, and McIlroy birdied both of them. He got a break on the 18th hole as his drive hit a spectator and bounced into light rough.

"It was a struggle out there today," McIlroy said. "I think when you're working on a few things in your swing and the wind is up and you're stuck between trying to play different shots, but also try to play - you know, make good swings at it, I just hit some loose tee balls on the first few holes. But I'm proud of myself. I stayed patient. I actually - I'm feeling a bit better about myself after today than I was even walking off the course yesterday."