Garcia one off pace at Byron Nelson

By Associated PressMay 29, 2011, 2:16 am
IRVING, Texas – Ryan Palmer fought through a breezy day for a 3-over 73 on Saturday at the Byron Nelson Championship. That was good enough to top the leaderboard at 5 under after three rounds.

Even with two bogeys the last three holes, Palmer finished a stroke ahead of playing partner Sergio Garcia after the two started the day tied for the lead.

Garcia shot a 74 while also making bogeys at the 16th and 18th holes, where he missed makeable putts.

“It was the kind of day if you let yourself go, it could go very wrong,” said Garcia, the 2004 Nelson champion who hasn’t won since 2008. “We grinded it out the best we could.”

The last three holes at TPC Four Seasons played into the wind, sustained all day at 25 mph with gusts near 40.

Garcia missed a 5-foot par putt on the 535-yard 16th hole, where Palmer also bogeyed after missing the fairway with his tee shot.

Palmer, who is letting caddie James Edmondson call the shots this week, missed the fairway again at No. 18 and two-putted from 27 feet once he got on the green. Garcia hit his drive way right and still had a chance to convert an 8 1/2-foot par saver that would have put him back in a share for the lead.

Only eight of 74 players shot under par Saturday. The best was a 67 by Arjun Atwal that tied him with Ryuji Imanda (70) for third place at 3 under.

“Obviously, the scores show how hard it was,” Palmer said.

Gary Woodland and Matt Kuchar shot 68s and were tied with Joe Ogilvie (72) for fifth at 2 under.

Local amateur Jordan Spieth opened with consecutive birdies before going on to a 72. He was among eight players tied for eighth place, only four strokes behind Palmer.

Spieth’s round ended about 4 p.m. local time, the same time the other 245 boys in his senior class at Dallas Jesuit Prep were beginning their graduation ceremony on the SMU campus about 20 miles away. Spieth didn’t try to make it to the ceremony, also near where Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo was getting married.

Palmer had a bogey at No. 6 where his first two shots found the rough before a two-putt from 19 feet, but got that stroke back with his only birdie, a 9-footer at No. 10.

“The front nine, I was actually kind of cruising along, not letting the wind bother me,” Palmer said. “It got tougher and tougher. … The last five holes are tough enough on a calm day. I don’t feel like I played that bad. It was a hard day of golf.”

Before this week, Palmer had made the cut only once in his seven previous appearances at the Nelson with nine consecutive rounds over par. Now he’s going into the final round at Lord Byron’s tournament with the lead.

“If you would have told me Thursday I’d have a one-shot lead, I would have called you a liar,” Palmer said. “We didn’t expect to be in this position at the beginning of the week.”

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Molinari holds off McIlroy to win BMW PGA

By Associated PressMay 27, 2018, 3:20 pm

VIRGINIA WATER, England - Rory McIlroy left his victory charge too late at Wentworth as Francesco Molinari delivered a clinic in front-running to win the BMW PGA Championship by two shots with a 4-under 68 on Sunday.

McIlroy, who led by three shots at halfway, entered the final round tied for the lead with Molinari on 13 under par but a Sunday shootout at the European Tour's flagship event never really materialized.

Instead, as McIlroy toiled to a 70 that was propped up by birdies on the par fives at Nos. 17 and 18, Molinari went bogey-free for a second straight day to claim the fifth victory of his career and the biggest since a World Golf Championship in Shanghai in 2010.


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The Italian only dropped two shots all week and finished on 17-under 271, with McIlroy alone in second place. Alex Noren (67) and Lucas Bjerregaard (65) were tied for third place a stroke further back.

Molinari moved into the automatic qualifying places for the Ryder Cup, which he hasn't played since 2012 when Europe beat the United States in the so-called ''Miracle at Medinah.''

He'd previously had five top-10 finishes in the last six years at Wentworth, including being runner-up to Noren last year.

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Four top finishers in Japan qualify for The Open

By Associated PressMay 27, 2018, 10:19 am

IBARAKI, Japan – Shota Akiyoshi of Japan shot a 2-under-par 70 on Sunday to win the Mizuno Open and qualify for The 147th Open.

Akiyoshi offset three bogeys with five birdies at the Royal Golf Club in Ibaraki, Japan, to finish 1 under overall and secure his first ever tournament win on the Japan Golf Tour.

Michael Hendry of New Zealand and Japanese golfers Masahiro Kawamura and Masanori Kobayashi were tied for second one stroke off the pace to also qualify for The Open at Carnoustie, Scotland, from July 19-22.

Hendry, who led the tournament coming into the final round, came close to forcing a playoff with Akiyoshi but dropped a shot with a bogey on the final hole when he needed a par to draw level.

Hendry will make his second appearance at The Open after qualifying at the Mizuno Open for the second year in a row.

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Lewis hopes to win at Volvik with baby on the way

By Randall MellMay 27, 2018, 12:55 am

Stacy Lewis was listening to more than her caddie on her march up the leaderboard Saturday at the Volvik Championship.

Pregnant with her first child, she is listening to her body in a new way these days.

And she could hear a message coming through loud and clear toward the end of her round at Travis Point Country Club in Ann Arbor, Mich.

“The little one was telling me it’s dinnertime,” Lewis said.

Lewis birdied five of the last six holes to shoot 5-under-par 67 and move into position to make a Sunday run at winning her 13th LPGA title. She is two shots behind the leader, Minjee Lee, whose 68 moved her to 12 under overall.

Sunday has the makings of a free for all with 10 players within three shots of the lead.


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Lewis, 33, is four months pregnant, with her due date Nov. 3. She’s expecting to play just a few more times before putting the clubs away to get ready for the birth. She said she’s likely to make the Marathon Classic in mid-July her last start of the season before returning next year.

Of course, Lewis would relish winning with child.

“I don’t care what limitations I have or what is going on with my body, I want to give myself a chance to win,” she told LPGA.com at the Kingsmill Championship last week.

Lewis claimed an emotional victory with her last title, taking the Cambia Portland Classic late last summer after announcing earlier in the week that she would donate her entire winnings to the Hurricane Harvey relief efforts in her Houston hometown.

A victory Sunday would also come with a lot of emotion.

It’s been an interesting year for Lewis.

There’s been the joy of learning she’s ready to begin the family she has been yearning for, and the struggle to play well after bouncing back from injury.

Lewis missed three cuts in a row before making it into the weekend at the Kingsmill Championship last week. That’s one more cut than she missed cumulatively in the previous six years. In six starts this year, Lewis hasn’t finished among the top 50 yet, but she hasn’t felt right, either.

The former world No. 1 didn’t make her second start of 2018 until April, at the year’s first major, the ANA Inspiration. She withdrew from the HSBC Women’s World Championship in late February with a strained right oblique muscle and didn’t play again for a month.

Still, Lewis is finding plenty to get excited about with the baby on the way.

“I kind of had my first Mother’s Day,” Lewis told LPGA.com last week. “It puts golf into perspective. It makes those bad days not seem so bad. It helps me sleep better at night. We are just really excited.”

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Rose hasn't visited restroom at Colonial - here's why

By Nick MentaMay 27, 2018, 12:20 am

In case you're unaware, it's pretty hot in Texas.

Temperatures at Colonial Country Club have approached 100 degrees this week, leaving players to battle both the golf course and potential dehydration.

With the help of his caddie Mark Fulcher, Fort Worth Invitational leader Justin Rose has been plenty hot himself, staking himself to a four-shot lead.


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"Yeah, Fulch has done a great job of just literally handing me water bottle after water bottle. It seems relentless, to be honest with you," Rose said Saturday.

So just how much are players sweating the heat at Colonial? Well, it doesn't sound like all that water is making it all the way through Rose.

"I haven't even seen the inside of a restroom yet, so you can't even drink quick enough out there," he shared.