Lehman in holiday spirit at Montreal Championship

By Associated PressJuly 1, 2011, 2:40 am

BLAINVILLE, Quebec – With the Montreal Championship set to begin on Canada Day, Champions Tour leader Tom Lehman didn’t miss the occasion to get into the holiday spirit.

“Does that mean we take the day off and sit at the range and drink beer?” Lehman joked on Thursday after his pro-am round at Fontainebleau Golf Club.

Lehman and defending champion Larry Mize will tee off on Friday in the second edition of the event.

Mize’s victory last year was his first in an official tournament in 17 years, dating to the 1993 Buick Open.

 “The nice thing is I’m the only one that has won here before so you’ve got to use that as a positive to your advantage,” said Mize, the 1987 Masters winner. “It’s just great to be back and playing here and I’m just looking forward to getting back out and playing in front of these great crowds.”

The 52-year-old Georgian will be hard-pressed to defend his title against a field headed up by Lehman, a three-time winner this year who leads the Schwab Cup standings.

“I’ve had good momentum throughout the year,” said Lehman, who has six top-10 finishes in 10 events. “My game is good but there are a lot of other players who are playing very well, so it should be a very competitive tournament. But I have high expectations, obviously.”

Lehman, the 1996 British Open winner, can only add to his points lead. His nearest competition, No. 2 Nick Price and No. 3 Tom Watson, are taking the week off.

“The fact that they are not here, during the course of the year it balances out,” Lehman said. “I play some events that they don’t and they play some events that I don’t, so typically I don’t worry about it. I just try to get a good game plan for this week and do the best I can this week, and then I’ll take what I get.”

Hale Irwin, the Champions Tour’s career leader with 45 wins, had his 203rd top-10 finish Sunday in the Dick’s Sporting Goods Open in Endicott, N.Y., tying Bob Charles’ tour record.

The 66-year-old Irwin has finished in the top-10 five times in 11 events this year, including a fourth-place finish at the Senior PGA Championship in Louisville in late May, after accomplishing the feat just three times over the course of the three previous years combined.

“I feel like I’m in a re-learning curve, sort of, and that’s kind of exciting,” said Irwin, a three-time U.S. Open champion. “Not that I got bored, I never got bored, but I think there’s a point in time where the status quo changes almost every day.

“I think I’ve needed challenges and this is definitely a challenge now.”

Fred Couples, the anchor of the 2011 Montreal Championship’s marketing campaign, advised tournament organizers last weekend that he had to withdraw because of a back injury. Loren Roberts and Fred Funk are also sidelined by injuries.

“Those things happen,” Irwin said.

John Huston, a Champions Tour rookie who claimed his first win Sunday, is in the field that includes Tom KiteCorey PavinJohn CookJeff Sluman, Jeff Haas, Hal Sutton and Larry Nelson.

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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."