Tigers unlucky number 11 at Congressional

By Doug FergusonJuly 4, 2009, 4:00 pm
AT&T NationalBETHESDA, Md. ' If it werent for the 11th hole, Tiger Woods would have a comfortable lead at his own tournament.
Woods is 4 over at the 489-yard, par-4 hole through the first three rounds, the victim of all sorts of calamities. On Friday, his sand shot hit the lip of the bunker on the way out, and on Saturday he found himself in two different traps on the left side of the green.
The first day I drove it right in the middle of the fairway and made bogey, Woods said. Yesterday I drove it in the right bunker and made bogey, and today I drove it from the left hill and made double.
So whats in store for Sunday?
'Tomorrow Ill probably hit wedge off the tee, Woods said with a laugh. And then Ill hit 3-wood and then hit a 5-iron on there, whatever.

STAR-SPANGLED PINS: The American flag, as most everyone knows, should never touch the ground. That made things a bit tricky for the caddies Saturday.
For the Fourth of July, the Blue Course at Congressional replaced the usual flag with the holes number with a miniature Old Glory atop the pin at every hole.
I was definitely more careful, said Mark Carens, who carried the bag for James Driscoll. You definitely thought about it more than you normally do.
Inevitably, there were going to be mishaps. Bill Harke, the caddie for Peter Lonard, reacted quickly when he accidentally dropped the pin on the 15th green.
It just slipped out of my hand and hit the ground, Harke said. It wasnt on the ground long. I knew it was bound to happen ' I was going to let one hit the ground.

NOT YOUR EVERYDAY DUO: The 1:10 p.m. pairing featured the U.S. Open champion and the U.S. Amateur champion, and they nearly matched each other stroke-for-stroke.
Lucas Glover, who took the Open title this month at Bethpage, finally pulled ahead of Amateur winner Danny Lee with a 19-foot birdie putt at No. 17. Glovers 68 and Lees 69 kept them both in the top 10 on a tight leaderboard.
Lucas is such a great guy and really nice and really relaxed, and he just talked like my friend and was really nice to me, Lee said. He played awesome, too. I think we both played awesome today.
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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."