Gritty Faldo Hangs In for Third Open in 92
On that first day, Faldo was two off the lead of 64, shot by Ray Floyd and Steve Pate. But that wasnt where the real threat would be from in this Open. The real threat would be an American who has always played in streaks ' John Cook.
Faldo held a three-shot lead over runner-up Cook the second round and a four-shot lead after the third. Cook was foretelling the future when he said before the final round, Nick can be beaten because golf is such a crazy game, but if there is anybody who doesnt beat himself, it is Nick Faldo. Hes playing so well you just cannot see him making bogeys. That was correct ' except the part about Nick not making bogeys.
Cook, Pate and Jose Maria Olazabal all would make runs at Faldo before the end would finally come. And Faldo began the round as he had on Day 1 ' driving into the lone bunker on No. 1.
Rains interrupted play early in Faldos round. And he didnt hit a fairway the first three holes. Even though he eagled the fifth with a 5-iron second shot, then sunk the putt, he obviously was struggling. And Cook was making shot after shot after shot.
The par-3 13th was difficult for Faldo, who made bogey after three-putting from 30 feet. That was a loss of two strokes in three holes to the gritty Cook, and more problems were in store on the 14th for Faldo, who buried a drive in a bunker, made bogey, and lost another stroke.
Cook, meanwhile, had found his game. He birdied No. 15 while Faldo was making bogey on the 13th, and then followed with another birdie on No. 16 with a 20-foot putt. Suddenly Cook had a two-shot lead. Faldo had held a four-up lead but had lost six shots to the American in seven holes. Cook had only the 17th and 18th holes to play.
Faldo, about to tee off on the 15th, looked at the scoreboard and told himself, You had better play the best four holes of your life! And he did.
On the 15th, Faldo played a beautiful approach that stopped just three feet away, then made birdie to come within one stroke. Just then, however, Cook had ripped a 3-iron second shot to the par-5 17th, the ball making the green coming to rest 30 feet from the flag.
Cook, though, would three-putt the 17th for par, the second miss coming from just two feet. And then, to compound his bad timing, he missed the green at 18 and bogeyed there.
Faldo was too good a golfer to allow a gift like this to pass. He birdied the par-5 17th, knocking the 4-iron second shot to within 20 feet and two-putting. He wrapped up the victory at the 18th, holing a tense five-footer and making par. He had won a victory which he had almost lost.
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Salas (62) leads LPGA's Indy Women in Tech
INDIANAPOLIS - Lizette Salas matched the Brickyard Crossing record with a 10-under 62 on Thursday in the Indy Women in Tech Championship, making birdie on the final three holes for a two-stroke lead over fast-starting Angel Yin and Japan's Nasa Hataoka.
Yin birdied eight of the first nine holes in her morning round for a front-nine 8-under 28 - one short of the LPGA Tour's nine-hole record. It matched the third-lowest nine-hole score in relation to par in tour history.
Salas eagled the par-5 second in the afternoon and added three straight birdies on Nos. 4-6. She birdied Nos. 12 and 14 before reeling off three more in a row to close, waiting out a late 77-minute suspension for an approaching storm.
Salas matched the course record set by Mike McCullough in the PGA Tour Champions' 1999 Comfort Classic.
Sordet opens with 62 to grab lead at Nordea Masters
GOTHENBURG, Sweden - Clement Sordet opened with four straight birdies to shoot 8-under 62 and take the first-round lead of the Nordea Masters on Thursday.
Sordet says ''I wasn't really focusing on the score, I was just enjoying it.''
The Frenchman, who shot his lowest European Tour round, has a two-stroke lead over Scott Jamieson of Scotland and Lee Slattery of England.
Hunter Stewart is the highest-placed American after a 5-under 65 left him on a four-way tie for fourth with Christofer Blomstrand, Tapio Pulkkanen and Richard Green.
Defending champion Renato Paratore's hopes of becoming the first player to successfully retain the title look in doubt after the Italian shot 9-over 79 at Hills Golf Club.
Peterson confirms plans to play Web.com Finals
After flirting with retirement for much of the summer, John Peterson confirmed that he will give it one more shot in the upcoming Web.com Tour Finals.
Peterson, 29, had planned to walk away from the game and begin a career in real estate in his native Texas if he failed to secure PGA Tour status before his medical extension expired. His T-13 finish last month at The Greenbrier appeared to be enough to net the former NCAA champ at least conditional status, but a closer look at the numbers revealed he missed out by 0.58 points in his last available start.
But Peterson was buoyed by the support he received from his peers at The Greenbrier, and when he got into the Barbasol Championship as a late alternate he decided to make the trip to the tournament. He tied for 21st that week in Kentucky, clinching enough non-member FedExCup points to grant him a spot in the four-event Finals.
Last month Peterson hinted that he would consider playing in the Finals, where 25 PGA Tour cards for the 2018-19 season will be up for grabs, and Thursday he confirmed in an Instagram post that he will give his pro career "one last push."
The Finals kick off next week in Ohio with the Nationwide Children's Hospital Championship and will conclude Sept. 20-23 with the Web.com Tour Championship. Peterson will be looking to rekindle his results from 2013, when he finished T-5 or better at each of the four Finals events while earning fully-exempt status as the top money earner.
Lyle honored with sand sculpture at Wyndham
Jarrod Lyle passed away last week at the age of 36 after losing his third battle with cancer.
And after a PGA Championship filled with tributes to the Australian, the Wyndham Championship found its own way to keep his legacy alive at the North Carolina Tour stop.
Next to the Wyndham Championship and PGA Tour logos carved into the sand on site at Sedgefield Country Club is Lyle's name and the "Leuk the Duck" mascot. The duck has become synonymous with Challenge, an organization that supports kids with cancer.
Fellow Aussie Stuart Appleby posted the display on social media:
Lyle was also remembered in a more traditional manner on the first tee, where his bag and trademark yellow bucket hat were prominently displayed.