UCLA Takes Lead at NCAA Championship

By Associated PressJune 3, 2004, 4:00 pm
College CentralRoy Moon and Travis Johnson helped UCLA take a five-shot lead Thursday through three rounds of the NCAA men's golf championships.
Moon shot a 65 and Johnson a 68, and the Bruins combined for a 5 under in the third round. They are at 7-over 847 for the tournament. Kentucky was second at 852, and overnight leader California dropped to third at 855 with a 7-over round.
Washington and Arizona (856) rounded out the top five.
'Were just going to be real patient and try to get off to a good start tomorrow,' UCLA coach O.D. Vincent said. 'We're not getting too excited about our position. We're just happy with our goal of being in contention when it matters.'
The rest of the top 10 were Florida (858), Pepperdine (860), Brigham Young (861), Georgia Tech (861) and Texas (863).
The top 15 teams in the championship advanced to the final round Friday.
UNLV's Ryan Moore shot a 6-under 64 - the best round so far in the tournament and two strokes off the course record - to take the individual lead at 9 under.
Moore, from Puyallup, Wash., finished with five birdies and an eagle on the par-70, 6,679-yard Cascades Golf Course. His lone bogey came when he three-putted on the course's shortest hole - the 153-yard, par-3 No. 8.
Moore goes into the final round with a two-stroke lead over Arizona All-American Chris Nallen, who shot a 67 Thursday.
'I had it going yesterday and then I got a little tentative when I made the turn,' Moore said. 'Today, I got it going again and I told myself I was going to keep attacking it and that's what I did.'
Kentucky's Matt Wells - who came into the tournament ranked No. 349 in the nation - continued to surprise, shooting a 68 to take third place, three shots behind Moore. Bill Haas of Wake Forest and Johnson were both at four shots back at 5 under.
Team Leaders
UCLA 289 283 275 847
Kentucky 283 286 283 852
California 279 289 287 855
Washington 289 282 285 856
Arizona 292 281 283 856
Florida 285 289 284 858
Pepperdine 295 276 289 860
Brigham Young 280 290 291 861
Georgia Tech 289 285 287 861
Texas 288 286 289 863
Texas A&M 291 292 284 867
Georgia State 292 280 297 869
Penn State 289 291 290 870
Oklahoma State 292 289 289 870
Georgia 285 302 284 871
Purdue 292 285 294 871
Southern Cal 284 298 289 871
Clemson 285 290 297 872
New Mexico 291 291 294 876
TCU 281 292 304 877
Auburn 283 298 298 879
Arizona State U. 292 304 283 879
Oklahoma 286 295 298 879
Kent State 294 288 299 881
Toledo 294 292 298 884
SMU 297 288 302 887
Wichita State 298 304 285 887
Vanderbilt 294 303 294 891
North Carolina 294 291 307 892
Rhode Island 299 311 302 912

Individual Leaders
Ryan Moore, UNLV 67 70 64 201
Chris Nallen, Arizona 69 67 67 203
Matt Wells, Kentucky 68 68 68 204
Bill Haas, Wake Forest 70 68 67 205
Travis Johnson, UCLA 69 68 68 205
Michael Putnam, Pepperdine 74 65 67 206
John Holmes, Kentucky 71 69 67 207
Mark Leon, Penn State 69 69 70 208
Jeff Overton, Indiana 67 72 69 208
Jason Hartwick, Texas 70 68 72 210
Shiv Kapur, Purdue 72 68 70 210
Roy Moon, UCLA 71 74 65 210
Brock Mackenzie, Washington 71 71 69 211
Matthew Rosenfeld, Texas 69 71 71 211
Nicholas Thompson, Georgia Tech 70 73 68 211
Camilo Villegas, Florida 72 72 67 211
Oscar Alvarez, Brigham Young 70 72 70 212
Judd Easterling, Wichita State 72 74 66 212
A.J. Elgert, Kansas State 68 69 75 212
Tyler Leon, Oklahoma State 70 72 70 212
Ben Hayes, Southern Cal 69 71 73 213
Jeff Hood, California 65 71 77 213
Brian O'Flaherty, Pepperdine 73 69 71 213
Jake Ellison, Brigham Young 70 72 72 214
Mark Lamb, Arizona 72 69 73 214
Alex Prugh, Washington 71 70 73 214

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Romo turns in even in PGA Tour debut

By Will GrayMarch 22, 2018, 3:00 pm

After stumbling out of the gates, Tony Romo has found his footing in his PGA Tour debut.

Playing in the Corales Punta Cana Resort & Club Championship on a sponsor exemption, Romo shot an even-par 36 for his opening nine holes in the Dominican Republic. The former NFL quarterback bogeyed his first two holes, but steadied the ship with three birdies from Nos. 4-8 while playing alongside Dru Love and Denny McCarthy.

The early highlight of the round came at the par-4 fifth hole, where Romo drained a putt from across the green for his second straight birdie:

Romo has played as an amateur partner in the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, and has played individually in U.S. Open local qualifiers and mini-tour events as an amateur. But this marks his first attempt to gauge his game against the best players in the world who are not in Austin for the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play.

Romo, who plays to a plus-0.3 handicap, said earlier in the week that he expected some jitters once it came time to put a tee in the ground.

"You'll be nervous on Thursday on the first tee. Just going to be," Romo said. "I've got to get through the first three or four holes. If I can handle the nerves on the first three or four holes, I think that I'll settle in and hopefully just play the way I've been playing."

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Kim's missing clubs show up at sporting goods store

By Will GrayMarch 22, 2018, 1:58 pm

More than a month after they were lost on an American Airlines flight, the clubs I.K. Kim used to win last year's Ricoh Women's British Open turned up on the sale rack of a California sporting goods store.

Kim's clubs became lost in late January when she flew from Miami to San Diego, with the airline suggesting she simply rent a new set. A few weeks later, Kim shot a "What's in the bag" television segment which according to a Golfweek report caught the eye of three good samaritans in the San Diego area.

The three men recognized Kim's clubs for sale at a local Play It Again Sports, with the major winner's tools listed at $60 each. The store even had Kim's tour bag, complete with her LPGA player badge. Kim filmed the reunion with her bag - containing wedges and a few hybrids, minus the head covers - at the Carlsbad police station:

Kim was back in southern California this week for the Kia Classic, where she'll begin play Thursday morning at Aviara Golf Club in Carlsbad.

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New dad Garcia removes shoes, wins match

By Rex HoggardMarch 22, 2018, 12:48 am

AUSTIN, Texas – In one of the day’s most explosive matches, Sergio Garcia rolled in an 8-footer for birdie at the 18th hole to defeat Shubhankar Sharma, 1 up, at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play.

The duo halved just nine holes on Day 1 at Austin Country Club, with Garcia going from 2 up through four holes to 1 down with five holes to play.

But the Spaniard rallied with five birdies over his final eight holes and pushed his record to 20-17-1 in the Match Play. He also gave himself his best chance to advance out of pool play since the format began in 2015.

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The victory continued what has already been a memorable week for Garcia, whose wife, Angela, gave birth to the couple’s first child last Wednesday.

“I already feel like I’m a winner after what happened on Wednesday,” Garcia said. “Obviously, it's something that we're so, so happy and proud of and enjoying it as much as possible.”

The highlight of Garcia’s round on Wednesday came at the 12th hole when he took a drop on a cart path. After considering his options, he removed his shoes and hit his approach from 212 yards to 29 feet for a two-putt birdie to halve the hole.

“I have spikes. So if I don't take my shoes off, I'm going to slip. It's not the kind of shot that you want to slip,” Garcia said. “I had tried it a couple of times on practice swings and I was already slipping a little bit. So I thought I would just take my shoes off, try to get a little bit in front of the hole and it came out great.”