Hanson nabs top spot at SAS Masters

By Associated PressAugust 16, 2008, 4:00 pm
European TourSTOCKHOLM, Sweden ' Peter Hanson shot a 2-under 68 Saturday and took a two-stroke lead going into the final round of the SAS Masters.
 
Hanson, who has won only once in 174 European Tour starts, bogeyed the third hole but posted birdies on Nos. 5, 7 and 16.
 
I played well on the first nine holes, but I missed a few fairways on the last nine, said Hanson, whose only win was the 2005 Spanish Open. I must drive the ball better (Sunday).
 
Hanson, trying to become the first Swede to win this event since Jesper Parnevik 10 years ago, has a 54-hole total of 10-under 200 on the Arlandastad course north of Stockholm.
 
Hanson is 23rd in the European Ryder Cup standings but could still qualify for the team that will defend the trophy next month against the United States at Valhalla in Louisville, Ky.
 
I think Ive put myself a little bit too far back, but if I win tomorrow Ill change my mind about taking next week off, he said. I want to give myself every chance. Of course you can feel pressure playing at home, but I think its more inspirational.
 
Nick Dougherty of England (70), Swedes Daniel Chopra (67) and Pelle Edberg (66), Soren Kjeldsen of Denmark (68) and Gary Orr of Scotland (67) were tied for second.
 
Dougherty, last years runner-up, had two birdies and two bogeys on his card.
 
Im still in pretty good shape for tomorrow, he said. Six guys could win it. Its just lovely to be in contention going into the final round.
 
Dougherty shared the overnight lead with Hanson and they were atop the leaderboard heading to the 16th hole. Dougherty missed his short par putt, and Hanson birdied the hole to take control.
 
Dougherty is a two-time winner on the European tour. His last win came in the Dunhill Links Championship in Scotland last year, but he has not had a top-50 finish in seven starts following the death of his mother in April.
 
Patrik Sjoland (70) of Sweden and Sam Walker of England (64) were tied for seventh at 204.
 
Parnevik, the tournaments player-manager, shared 26th place at 208. Defending champion Mikko Ilonen of Finland was another shot back and in a tie for 40th.
 
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    Bubba gets inked by Brooks, meets Tebow

    By Grill Room TeamJune 18, 2018, 5:40 pm

    Bubba Watson missed the cut at Shinnecock Hills following rounds of 77-74, but that didn't stop him from enjoying his weekend.

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    Got autographed by defending @usopengolf Champ @bkoepka!! #NeverShoweringAgain

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    And while we're sure Bubba would have rather been in contention over the weekend, we're also sure that taking your son to meet the second most famous minor-league baseball player who ever lived was a lot more fun than getting your teeth kicked in by Shinnecock Hills over the weekend, as just about everyone not named Brooks Koepka and Tommy Fleetwood did.

    Already in Hartford, Watson will be going for his third Travelers Championship trophy this week, following wins in 2010 and 2015.

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    Phil rubs fan's Donald Duck hat seven times, signs it

    By Nick MentaJune 18, 2018, 3:09 pm

    There is a case to be made that what Phil Mickelson did on Saturday made a mockery of a major championship and was worthy of derision.

    There is also a case to be made that the USGA's setup of Shinnecock Hills made a mockery of a major championship and was worthy of derision.

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    The next time you hear someone say, "If anybody else had putted a moving ball on purpose and not apologized for it, it would get a different reaction," you can point to this video and say, "Yeah, here's why."

    Here's what happened once a still-strident Mickelson was done rubbing Donald Duck hats on Sunday, per Ryan Lavner:

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    8. Webb Simpson

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    2. Justin Rose

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    5. Ian Poulter

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