Lawrie Leads After Completion Of Second Round
Rain and lightening had forced tournament officials to suspend play on Friday, with many players having not played a single hole. They resumed early this morning, and Lawrie was faced with a eight-footer for birdie on the 12th, where he had marked his ball on Friday as the horn sounded.
Ironically, it was the 12th green last year where Lawrie three-putted to drop out of the sudden-death playoff, won eventually by Paul McGinley. This time, however, Lawrie rolled in the birdie to go to 10-under.
'I thought I was facing a six-footer at the 12th, but on closer inspection it was closer to eight feet, a little bit right to left, and it went straight in the middle. Just the sort of start I was looking for, said Lawrie.
The former British Open champion then stuck a sand wedge to within inches on 16 for a tap-in birdie. He finished up his second round with a chip to four feet on the par-5 18th and knocked in the birdie for a course record-tying 65, and a tournament leading 12-under-par.
I played lovely again this morning,' mused Lawrie. A satisfactory mornings work,' he said, before relaxing for a while and getting ready to play his third round in the afternoon.
Lawrie's closest pursuers are Australian left-hander Richard Green and England's John Bickerton, who both stand at 10-under-par.
Green, the first-round leader and a one-time winner on the European Tour, didn't enjoy his early morning wake-up call but managed to shoot a 69 with five birdies on two bogeys.
Im happy with my form. I am striking the ball nicely and Claude Harmon, my coach, is definitely helping me get back on track, commented Green, who like Lawrie shot a record-tying 65 in his opening round.
Bickerton, who has never won on tour, posted his second straight 67 that included five birdies on the back nine.
It would be lovely to go on from here but I am not going to pressure myself into thinking I am going to win, admitted Bickerton.
Three other players, Robert Karlsson of Sweden, England's Jeremy Robinson and South African Roger Wessels, are five shots off the pace at minus 7.
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Stricker, Jobe share lead in Sioux Falls
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Steve Stricker and Brandt Jobe topped the Sanford International leaderboard again Saturday after another cool and breezy day in the inaugural PGA Tour Champions event.
After matching Jerry Smith and David McKenzie with first-round 7-under 63s, Striker and Jobe each shot 67 to get to 10-under 130 at Minnehaha Country Club.
''It was a challenge out there today,'' Stricker said. ''It was gusty, the wind came out of the south, where we played yesterday it was out of the north, so it was a totally different golf course.''
Jobe made an 18-foot birdie putt on the par-4 18th, and Stricker missed a 6-footer to leave them tied.
''It's pretty straightforward off the tee and the greens are what make it difficult at times and you've just got to be in the right spot to have good birdie putts at it,'' Stricker said. ''If not, then you've got to play pretty defensive at times. ... It's a simple game plan, but try to stay out of trouble and keep trying to put pressure on everybody.''
Stricker won in Arizona and Mississippi in consecutive starts in May for his first senior victories. Next week in France, he will be one of U.S. Ryder Cup captain Jim Furyk's assistants.
Jobe birdied four of the last five holes. He won last year in Iowa for his lone senior title
''I think we kind of got used to what the wind was,'' Jobe said. ''Of course, there's some scoring holes on the back. The front played very difficult. It was just kind of try not to screw up for a while there.''
Smith was a stroke back after a 68.
Scott McCarron also had a 68 to get to 8 under. Woody Austin was 7 under after a 64.
McKenzie had a 77 to drop into a tie for 43rd at even par.
Final-round tee times: Tiger, Rory in last pairing
It's Tiger Woods. It's Rory McIlroy. It's the final pairing in the final round of the Tour Championship.
Here's a look at tee times for Sunday at East Lake Golf Club.
(All times ET)
11:45AM: Patrick Reed (+8), Phil Mickelson (+11)
11:55AM: Keegan Bradley (+5), Bubba Watson (+5)
12:05PM: Brooks Koepka (+4), Francesco Molinari (+4)
12:15PM: Kevin Na (+2), Patrick Cantlay (+2)
12:25PM: Bryson DeChambeau (+2), Cameron Smith (+2)
12:35PM: Jason Day (E), Rickie Fowler (E)
12:45PM: Marc Leishman (E), Patton Kizzire (E)
12:55PM: Tommy Fleetwood (-2), Hideki Matsuyama (-1)
1:05PM: Justin Thomas (-4), Webb Simpson (-3)
1:15PM: Gary Woodland (-4), Xander Schauffele (-4)
1:25PM: Aaron Wise (-4), Dustin Johnson (-4)
1:35PM: Tony Finau (-5), Billy Horschel (-5)
1:45PM: Jon Rahm (-6), Paul Casey (-5)
1:55PM: Justin Rose (-9), Kyle Stanley (-6)
2:05PM: Tiger Woods (-12), Rory McIlroy (-9)
FedExCup projections through Rd. 3 of the Tour Championship
Justin Rose remains the man to beat for the FedExCup title. Though he trails Tiger Woods by three shots through three rounds of the Tour Championship, he's still the projected winner of the $10 million bonus.
Woods can still win the cup if he wins the Tour Championship and Rose finishes in a three-way tie for fifth or worse. He also needs Bryson DeChambeau [currently T-21] to finish in a two-way tie for 15th or worse and Tony Finau [T-6] to finish in a two-way tie for third or worse.
Here are the FedExCup projections with 18 holes to play at East Lake Golf Club.
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TT postscript: 'Good Lord' what a start to Rd. 3
ATLANTA – Sweet fancy Moses! That might be southern slang or just something heard on “Seinfeld,” but, holy moly does it apply to what we witnessed from Tiger Woods early Saturday afternoon. Here are some things I think I think after Round 3 of the Tour Championship.
• I don’t just think that Tiger has a three-shot lead with one round to play. That’s a cold, hard fact. His 5-under 65 at East Lake could have been much lower, but it’s hard to complain when you go from co-leader to 3 up by day’s end. Take a look at this start:
Six birdies in his first seven holes. That’s prettier than a peach in June [definitely southern slang, and just terrible]. He couldn’t keep the pace, and played his final 11 holes in 1 over. But that start was a work of art. Take it to France next week and hang it in the Louvre.
"Yeah, I got off to a nice start there. I made some nice putts," Woods said in near disbelief. "Good Lord."
• It felt like old times out there today. The crowd was roaring. Our man couldn’t miss. And it didn’t look like anyone could step up to his challenge. Ultimately, his tepid finish allowed Justin Rose and Rory McIlroy to stay within shouting distance. Thanks to a McIlroy birdie and a Rose par at the last, it’s Rory who gets to play alongside Tiger on Sunday.
• Can Tiger skip the ninth and 16th holes tomorrow? He’s played those two in a combined 5 over par this week, making bogey on both in the third round. He was fortunate to only drop one shot on 16, thanks to an incredible fourth shot.
Said Tiger: "The fourth shot was money, because I was practicing that in the practice round, hitting a 56 or a 60 [degree wedge], and I couldn't quite get it right. So I went with a 60 today, and I made sure I hooked it in there with a little bit of hook spin so that first hop kicked through the grain, and it came out nicely."
• Many of you noticed Tiger’s feet kept slipping on tee shots. I’d love to give you an explanation, but even Tiger doesn’t know why.
"My foot slipped a lot today. I don't know why," he said. "I'll analyze some of the video and some of the stuff, and we'll figure it out for tomorrow."
• Can Tiger win the FedExCup? He sure can. He needs to win tomorrow and then have Rose finish in a three-way tie for fifth or worse. He also needs Bryson DeChambeau [currently T-21] to finish in a two-way tie for 15th or worse and Tony Finau [T-6] to finish in a two-way tie for third or worse. But while the $10 million bonus would be nice, it’s just that: a bonus. Let’s end this five-year winless drought and get No. 80!