Defending champ Lahiri 4 back at Indian Open

By Associated PressMarch 19, 2016, 2:18 pm

NEW DELHI - Just like last year, SSP Chawrasia leads the Indian Open after a flawless third-round 68 on Saturday.

The 37-year-old, who won the 2008 Indian Masters over the same tree-lined layout, has a two-shot lead over Terry Pilkadaris (73) of Australia.

Chawrasia went four under for the first eight holes. There were no birdies afterward but Chawrasia scrambled from extremely difficult positions to register 10 straight pars from the ninth to the 18th.

''I want to win it because I have finished second over here four times,'' said Chawrasia, who is 14 under overall.

Chawrasia holed a 10-footer at the first, almost chipped in from the bunker on the third, and then reeled off three birdies from Nos. 6 to 8, including a 20-foot putt on the seventh.

He had to hole difficult par putts on the 10th and 17th, including a chip-in from a grassy hollow after being stuck in thorny bushes on the par-3 12th.

Chawrasia has been here before. In 2015 he led by two over Siddikur Rahman of Bangladesh, before Anirban Lahiri took the title in a playoff against Chawrasia.

Pilkadaris, winless since 2005, is at 12 under, while defending champion Lahiri (67) and Rashid Khan (69) are two shots behind the Australian.

''If I get a fast start and am only three or so behind, I could have a shot,'' said Lahiri.

Rahil Gangjee (66), Jeunghun Wang (66), Sebastien Gros (68) and Adilson Da Silva (69) are at nine under.

The 42-year-old Pilkadaris had birdies on the first and fourth but missed clutch putts for par on Nos. 2 and 3. A wayward drive into trees down the ninth led to another dropped shot.

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Watch: Hahn slam-dunks ace on 11th hole

By Golf Channel DigitalJune 23, 2018, 7:20 pm

There are aces, and there are slam-dunk aces. No question which one this one by James Hahn on the 154-yard 11th hole was.

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Els' nephew Rebula wins Amateur Championship

By Golf Channel DigitalJune 23, 2018, 7:05 pm

Ernie Els is one proud uncle.

His nephew, Jovan Rebula, won the Amateur Championship on Saturday at Royal Aberdeen to become the first South African to capture the title since Bobby Cole in 1966.

Rebula, a junior at Auburn, will join his famous uncle in Carnoustie next month for The Open. He also will get invites to the 2019 Masters and the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach.

Rebula defeated Ireland's Robin Dawson, 3 and 2, in the 36-hole final.

"It’s unreal," Rebula said. "It’s really something that is hard to describe. I feel like many have been in this position before but it’s an unreal feeling. It hasn’t sunk in quite yet but hopefully tomorrow morning I can wake up and I will feel a little different."

Rebula received plenty of texts from Els throughout the week, and the encouragement paid off. Rebula opened a 1-up lead after 18 holes, and he extended his advantage by winning the 26th and 27th holes. He was 5 up with six to play before finally closing out Dawson on the 16th hole with an up-and-down from the bunker.

"It’s been a long week and especially today," Rebula said. "I should have finished maybe a couple of holes earlier, but it’s been awesome. A very tiring week. I’m standing here right now and there’s so much adrenaline pumping through me."

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Squirrel gets Rory's round off to a rocky start

By Will GrayJune 23, 2018, 6:42 pm

CROMWELL, Conn. – Rory McIlroy’s third round at the Travelers Championship got off to a peculiar start before he even hit a shot.

McIlroy had just been introduced on the first tee at TPC River Highlands and was ready to unload on his opening drive of the day when a squirrel ran across the tee box a few feet in front of him.

McIlroy stopped his swing and laughed it off, but the squirrel continued to linger for several seconds, criss-crossing from one side of the packed tee box to the other. And while this was no black cat, the pump-fake to start his round didn’t exactly help the Ulsterman.

McIlroy ultimately blocked his drive into the right rough after enduring his brief rodent delay en route to an opening bogey, and amid soft conditions at TPC River Highlands he played his first five holes in 2 over. McIlroy started the day at 7 under, three shots behind leader Brian Harman.

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Kaymer in six-way tie for BMW International lead

By Associated PressJune 23, 2018, 5:29 pm

PULHEIM, Germany - Danish golfer Lucas Bjerregaard shot a 5-under 67 to equal the week's lowest round for a six-way share of the lead after the third round of the BMW International Open on Saturday.

Bjerregaard had eight birdies, a double bogey and a bogey to finish on 5-under 211 - jumping 23 places and joining local favorites Martin Kaymer and Maximilian Kieffer, England's Chris Paisley and Aaron Rai, and Australia's Scott Hend at the top of the leaderboard.

Bjerregaard was fortunate to play before the wind picked up again later in the afternoon.


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Kaymer, the 2008 champion, delighted the home supporters with two birdies in his last three holes for a 71.

Finland's Mikko Korhonen and Chile's Nico Geyger were one shot off the lead after rounds of 69 and 73, respectively.

Defending champion Andres Romero equaled the week's best round (67) to be among a large group two shots off the lead going into Sunday, including three-time European Tour winner Andy Sullivan.

Romero is bidding to be the first player to retain the title.