Lehman takes 2-shot lead in Tradition

By Associated PressJune 9, 2012, 10:49 pm

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Defending champion Tom Lehman shot a 4-under 68 on Saturday to take a two-stroke lead after the third round of the Regions Tradition, a Champions Tour major.

Lehman had a 10-under 206 total at Shoal Creek. Peter Senior, a playoff loser to Lehman last year, and Jeff Sluman were tied for second. Senior shot 66, and Sluman 70 on an overcast, gusty and sometimes drizzly day.

Lehman said he'll stick to a similar plan on the final day.

''If I go play my game and play the way I've been playing, it's going to take a good round to catch me,'' he said. ''But likewise, if I don't, if I slip up some, there's a lot of guys close by. Two shots is nice, but it's not over by any means, not even close.''

Lehman opened with consecutive rounds of 69. His only bogey Saturday came on the 16th and he described that as poor luck not poor play.

''It was a beautiful putt that missed. Looked like it couldn't miss, but did,'' he said.

Bill Glasson held the lead for all but the tournament's first hole coming into the day, but fell three shots back with a 74. He was tied with Russ Cochran, Brad Bryant and Fred Funk. Bryant and Funk shot 71, and Cochran had a 72.

Glasson had a double bogey on the par-5 11th hole, when he got stuck on the lip of a bunker, and he also bogeyed No. 15. He remains in contention for his first win since the PGA Tour's 1997 Las Vegas Invitational.

''It was a tough day,'' Glasson said. ''I was too amped-up early and just kind of hit over every green. My short game's so bad. I made a double and two bogeys with wedges.

''I'm three back. Somebody else will have to sleep on the lead and maybe I'll get back to the way I played the first couple of days.''

With stormy weather expected Sunday, the final round is scheduled for an early two-tee start.

Then maybe another Lehman-Senior showdown.

Senior, from Australia, lost to Lehman on the second hole of a playoff last year when his 5-foot par putt lipped out.

Senior shot a 30 on the first nine holes, with four birdies plus an eagle on the par-4 seventh.

His first misstep was a bogey on No. 12 that cost him a share of the lead with Lehman and Glasson at the time.

''At the outset, I needed to shoot around this score that I shot, so I was pretty happy with it,'' Senior said. ''When I was 6-under after seven, I sort of looked to get a little bit greedy. But a couple more would have been nice.''

The last Champions Tour player to lose in a playoff and then win the same tournament the next year was Nick Price in the 2010 Principal Charity Classic.

Senior is still seeking his first Champions Tour victory but has been second five times.

''I would dearly love to win,'' he said. ''I've had plenty of opportunities, but that's probably the only thing that I'm looking forward to now is winning.''

Even the contenders took a few lumps from Shoal Creek.

Cochran, who opened two shots behind Glasson, lost ground with a bogey on No. 4. He had to split two pine trees after his drive sailed left but three-putted from the top of the green.

Chien Soon Lu, from Taiwan, was within a shot of the lead until the final hole. He triple bogeyed for a 69, when he overshot the green and had his chip shot roll off the front. He was 3 under for the tournament and four shots back.

Brad Bryant was still within a stroke of the lead before double bogeying No. 8, getting caught first in the water and then the bunker behind the green.

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Schauffele just fine being the underdog

By Rex HoggardJuly 21, 2018, 8:06 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Following a breakthough season during which he won twice and collected the PGA Tour Rookie of the Year Award, Xander Schauffele concedes his sophomore campaign has been less than stellar, but that could all change on Sunday at The Open.

Schauffele followed a second-round 66 with a 67 on Saturday to take a share of the 9-under-par lead with Jordan Spieth and Kevin Kisner.

Although he hasn’t won in 2018, he did finish runner-up at The Players and tied for sixth at the U.S. Open, two of the year’s toughest tests.

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“Growing up, I always hit it well and played well in tough conditions,” Schauffele said. “I wasn't the guy to shoot 61. I was the guy to shoot like 70 when it was playing really hard.”

Sunday’s pairing could make things even more challenging when he’ll head out in the day’s final tee time with Spieth, the defending champion. But being the underdog in a pairing, like he was on Saturday alongside Rory McIlroy, is not a problem.

“All the guys I've talked to said, 'Live it up while you can, fly under the radar,'” he said. “Today I played in front of what you call Rory's crowd and guys were just yelling all the time, even while he's trying to putt, and he had to step off a few times. No one was yelling at me while I was putting. So I kind of enjoy just hanging back and relaxing.”

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Open odds: Spieth 7/1 to win; Tiger, Rory 14/1

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 21, 2018, 7:54 pm

Only 18 holes remain in the 147th Open Championship at Carnoustie, and the man tied atop the leaderboard is the same man who captured the claret jug last year at Royal Birkdale.

So it’s little surprise that Jordan Spieth is the odds-on favorite (7/4) to win his fourth major entering Sunday’s final round.

Xander Schauffele and Kevin Kisner, both tied with Spieth at 9 under par, are next in line at 5/1 and 11/2 respectively. Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy, both four shots behind the leaders, are listed at 14/1.

Click here for the leaderboard and take a look below at the odds, courtesy Jeff Sherman at golfodds.com.

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Jordan Spieth: 7/4

Xander Schauffele: 5/1

Kevin Kisner: 11/2

Tiger Woods: 14/1

Francesco Molinari: 14/1

Rory McIlroy: 14/1

Kevin Chappell: 20/1

Tommy Fleetwood: 20/1

Alex Noren: 25/1

Zach Johnson: 30/1

Justin Rose: 30/1

Matt Kuchar: 40/1

Webb Simpson: 50/1

Adam Scott: 80/1

Tony Finau: 80/1

Charley Hoffman: 100/1

Austin Cook: 100/1

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Wandering photographer costs McIlroy on 16

By Ryan LavnerJuly 21, 2018, 7:44 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Rory McIlroy bogeyed two of his last four holes Saturday to fall four shots off the lead at The Open.

One of those mistakes might not have entirely been his fault.

McIlroy missed a short putt on the par-3 16th after a photographer was “in a world all his own,” wandering around near the green, taking photos of the crowd and not paying attention to the action on the green.

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“It’s fine,” McIlroy said after a third-round 70 put him at 5-under 208, four shots off the lead. “It’s one of those things that happens. There’s a lot of people out there, and it is what it is. It’s probably my fault, but I just didn’t regroup well after it happened.”

McIlroy also bogeyed the home hole, after driving into a fairway bunker, sending his second shot right of the green and failing to get up and down.

“I putted well,” he said. “I holed out when I needed to. I just need to make the birdies and try to limit the damage tomorrow.”

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Kisner not expecting awkward night with Spieth

By Ryan LavnerJuly 21, 2018, 7:33 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – It might get awkward in that star-studded rental house Saturday night.

Two of the three Open co-leaders, Jordan Spieth and Kevin Kisner, are sharing a house this week near Carnoustie. Though it’ll be late by the time they both get back to the house Saturday night, they’ll have plenty of time to kill Sunday morning, with their tee times not until nearly 3 p.m. local time.

“Everybody is probably going to get treatment and eating and trying to find a bed,” Kisner said. “I’m sure there’ll be some conversations. There always are. Everybody has a few horror stories or good laughs over something that happened out there. That will probably be the end of it.”

One thing they’re almost certain to discuss is the weather.

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After three days of mostly benign conditions, Sunday’s forecast calls for warm temperatures and wind gusts up to 25 mph.

“When you watch any TV, that’s all they talk about – how Sunday’s coming,” Kisner said. “It’s going to be a true test, and we’ll get to see really who’s hitting it the best and playing the best.”

Zach Johnson is also in the house – along with Rickie Fowler, Justin Thomas, Jimmy Walker and Jason Dufner – and he rode to the course Saturday with Kisner, with whom he played in the final group, at 4 p.m. It’s unclear whether the co-leaders Sunday will have a similar arrangement.

This is the third year that Spieth and Co. have shared a house at The Open, though Kisner is a new addition to the group.

“It’s the end of the week,” Kisner said. “Everybody’s got a lot of stuff going on. Everybody’s going their separate ways tomorrow. Tomorrow morning we’ll all sit around and laugh on the couch and talk about why that guy’s making so many birdies.”