Sights Set Mickelson Eyes Second Straight

By Associated PressFebruary 17, 2007, 5:00 pm
2007 Nissan OpenLOS ANGELES -- Masters champion Phil Mickelson dropped three shots on the back nine Saturday, but a birdie at the 17th gave him a one-stroke lead after three rounds of the Nissan Open.
Mickelson carded a 2-under 69 and completed 54 holes at 13-under-par 200. He is one stroke clear of fellow second-round leader Padraig Harrington, who shot 70 in round three.
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Padraig Harrington enters the final round one back of Phil Mickelson. (WireImage)
Mickelson, who earned his 30th PGA TOUR crown at Pebble Beach last week, and Harrington are both looking for their first win at this event.
Former PGA champion Rich Beem had the shot of the day as he aced the par-3 14th at Riviera Country Club. That helped him card the low round of the day, a 6-under 65, which moved him from a tie for eighth to solo third.
'I stole my reaction from Peter Jacobsen. He made one I don't know how many years ago, but he hopped into the convertible and acted like he was driving,' said Beem, who jumped on top of a nearby Nissan that he won for the hole-in-one. 'I've been working really hard on my game. I've been swinging at it great so it is nice to see the work payoff.'
Beem stands at 11-under-par 202. He is searching for his first PGA TOUR win since the 2002 PGA Championship. Robert Allenby, the 2001 winner here, and Charles Howell III share fourth place minus-10.
Mickelson looked like he was going to run away from the field early. He converted back-to-back birdie chances from the first to pull two clear of Harrington.
The Irishman responded with a birdie of his own at the third. However, Harrington gave that stroke back when he was unable to get up and down for par after missing the green at the par-3 sixth.
Mickelson parred seven straight from the third, six of those were two-putt pars. He dropped his approach within 3 feet at the 10th to set up his third birdie of the round.
The 36-year-old Mickelson came right back with an up-and-down birdie on the par-5 11th. Harrington matched that birdie to remain three back.
Things took a turn for the worse for Mickelson. He knocked his second shot to the back fringe on 12 and three-putted for bogey from there.
Mickelson missed a 6-foot par putt at the next to slide back to 13 under.
After a pair of pars, he missed the green at the par-3 16th and again could not save par. That bogey dropped Mickelson into a share of the lead with Harrington at 12 under.
Mickelson steadied himself with a 4-foot birdie putt on 17. He nearly chipped in for birdie on 18, but settled for a tap-in par and a one-stroke lead.
'I fought my swing a little bit all day even though I was 4 under through 11,' said Mickelson. 'Those three bogeys let a lot of people back into it. A lot of people have a chance tomorrow. On the other hand, I am leading going into the final round, which is a good thing.'
Harrington, after his birdie on 12, parred the final seven holes to finish one back.
'I had a few chances there in the end, some 6-foot putts, that didn't go in, but I'm not too worried about that,' Harrington stated. 'It would have been nice to get a few birdies out there and get to 15 or 16 under par and take a few of the guys out of it. Of course, we still have to play the last day anyway.'
Former major championship winners Ernie Els and Jim Furyk each shot 67 on Saturday. They stand alongside Sergio Garcia (69) at 9-under-par 204. K.J. Choi and U.S. Open winner Geoff Ogilvy are one stroke further back at minus- eight.
Defending champion Rory Sabbatini is tied for 11th at 7-under-par 206.
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    Storms halt Barbasol before Lincicome tees off

    By Associated PressJuly 20, 2018, 11:29 pm

    NICHOLASVILLE, Ky. - Brittany Lincicome will have to wait until the weekend to resume her bid to make the cut in a PGA Tour event.

    Overnight storms delayed the start of the second round Friday in the Barbasol Championship, and an afternoon thunderstorm suspended competition for good. The round will resume Saturday morning with much of the field still to play.

    The second stoppage at Champions Trace at Keene Trace Golf Club came 20 minutes before Lincicome's scheduled tee time.

    Lincicome was near the bottom of the field after opening with a 6-over 78 on Thursday. The first LPGA player since Michelle Wie in 2008 to start a PGA Tour event, she needs a huge rebound to join Babe Zaharias (1945) as the only female players to make the cut.

    Troy Merritt had the clubhouse lead at 15 under, following an opening 62 with a 67.

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    Third-round tee times for the 147th Open

    By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 20, 2018, 9:05 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Eighteen major champions made the cut at The Open and will be playing the weekend at Carnoustie, including 60-year-old ageless wonder Bernhard Langer, and both major champs so far this year, Patrick Reed and Brooks Koepka.

    Twenty-four-year-old Gavin Green will be first off solo Saturday at 4:15 a.m. ET. Reed and Rhys Enoch will follow along 10 minutes later.

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    Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods, both at even par for the tournament, six shots behind leaders Zach Johnson and Kevin Kisner, are in consecutive groups. Mickelson is playing with Austin Cook at 8:05 a.m. and Woods is with South Africa’s Shaun Norris at 8:15 a.m.

    Jordan Spieth and Rickie Fowler, both three shots off the lead, are also in consecutive groups. Fowler is at 10 a.m. with Thorbjorn Olesen and Spieth is 10 minutes later with Kevin Chappell. Rory McIlroy, looking to win his first major since the 2014 PGA Championship, is at 10:40 a.m. with Xander Schauffele. McIlroy is two shots behind.

    Johnson and Kisner are last off at 11 a.m.

    4:15AM ET: Gavin Green

    4:25AM ET: Rhys Enoch, Patrick Reed

    4:35AM ET: Kiradech Aphibarnrat, Justin Rose

    4:45AM ET: Yusaku Miyazato, Tyrrell Hatton

    4:55AM ET: Ross Fisher, Keegan Bradley

    5:05AM ET: Ryan Fox, Jason Dufner

    5:15AM ET: Bryson DeChambeau, Henrik Stenson

    5:25AM ET: Tom Lewis, Sam Locke (a)

    5:35AM ET: Paul Casey, Chris Wood

    5:45AM ET: Bernhard Langer, Rafa Cabrera Bello

    6:00AM ET: Paul Dunne, Brett Rumford

    6:10AM ET: Masahiro Kawamura, Shubhankar Sharma

    6:20AM ET: Cameron Smith, Brendan Steele

    6:30AM ET: Marc Leishman, Lee Westwood

    6:40AM ET: Byeong Hun An, Kevin Na

    6:50AM ET: Julian Suri, Adam Hadwin

    7:00AM ET: Gary Woodland, Si-Woo Kim

    7:10AM ET: Yuta Ikeda, Satoshi Kodaira

    7:20AM ET: Marcus Kinhult, Thomas Pieters

    7:30AM ET: Beau Hossler, Haotong Li

    7:45AM ET: Cameron Davis, Sean Crocker

    7:55AM ET: Louis Oosthuizen, Stewart Cink

    8:05AM ET: Phil Mickeslon, Austin Cook

    8:15AM ET: Tiger Woods, Shaun Norris

    8:25AM ET: Lucas Herbert, Michael Kim

    8:35AM ET: Jason Day, Francesco Molinari

    8:45AM ET: Sung Kang, Webb Simpson

    8:55AM ET: Patrick Cantlay, Eddie Pepperell

    9:05AM ET: Matthew Southgate, Brooks Koepka

    9:15AM ET: Kyle Stanley, Adam Scott

    9:30AM ET: Charley Hoffman, Alex Noren

    9:40AM ET: Ryan Moore, Brandon Stone

    9:50AM ET: Luke List, Danny Willett

    10:00AM ET: Thorbjorn Olesen, Rickie Fowler

    10:10AM ET: Jordan Spieth, Kevin Chappell

    10:20AM ET: Zander Lombard, Tony Finau

    10:30AM ET: Matt Kuchar, Erik Van Rooyen

    10:40AM ET: Rory McIlroy, Xander Schauffele

    10:50AM ET: Pat Perez, Tommy Fleetwood

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    Facial hair Fowler's new good-luck charm

    By Rex HoggardJuly 20, 2018, 8:12 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Before, during and after the Fourth of July, Rickie Fowler missed a few appointments with his razor.

    He arrived in the United Kingdom for last week’s Scottish Open still unshaved and he tied for sixth place. Fowler, like most golfers, can give in to superstition, so he's decided to keep the caveman look going for this week’s Open Championship.

    “There could be some variations,” he smiled following his round on Friday at Carnoustie.

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    At this rate, he may never shave again. Fowler followed an opening 70 with a 69 on Friday to move into a tie for 11th place, just three strokes off the lead.

    Fowler also has some friendly competition in the beard department, with his roommate this week Justin Thomas also going for the rugged look.

    “I think he kind of followed my lead in a way. I think he ended up at home, and he had a little bit of scruff going. It's just fun,” Fowler said. “We mess around with it. Obviously, not taking it too seriously. But like I said, ended up playing halfway decent last week, so I couldn't really shave it off going into this week.”

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    Spieth (67) rebounds from tough Round 1 finish

    By Ryan LavnerJuly 20, 2018, 7:55 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Guess whose putter is starting to heat up again at a major?

    Even with a few wayward shots Friday at Carnoustie, Jordan Spieth made a significant climb up the leaderboard in the second round, firing a 4-under 67 to move just three shots off the lead.

    Spieth showed his trademark grit in bouncing back from a rough finish Thursday, when he mis-clubbed on the 15th hole, leading to a double bogey, and ended up playing the last four holes in 4 over.

    “I don’t know if I actually regrouped,” he said. “It more kind of fires me up a little.”

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    Spieth missed more than half of his fairways in the second round, but he was able to play his approach shots from the proper side of the hole. Sure, he “stole a few,” particularly with unlikely birdies on Nos. 10 and 11 after errant drives, but he took advantage and put himself in position to defend his claret jug.

    Spieth needed only 25 putts in the second round, and he credited a post-round adjustment Thursday for the improvement. The tweak allows his arms to do more of the work in his stroke, and he said he felt more confident on the greens.

    “It’s come a long way in the last few months, no doubt,” he said.

    More than anything, Spieth was relieved not to have to play “cut-line golf” on Friday, like he’s done each start since his spirited run at the Masters.

    “I know that my swing isn’t exactly where I want it to be; it’s nowhere near where it was at Birkdale,” he said. “But the short game is on point, and the swing is working in the right direction to get the confidence back.”