Harman birdies 18 to edge DJ, Perez at Wells Fargo

By Nick MentaMay 7, 2017, 9:58 pm

Brian Harman birdied the 72nd hole Sunday to shoot 4-under 68 and win the Wells Fargo Championship by one shot over Dustin Johnson and Pat Perez. Here’s how things played out down the stretch at Eagle Point:

Leaderboard: Harman (-10), Johnson (-9), Perez (-9), Jon Rahm (-8)

What it means: This is Harman’s second PGA Tour victory after breaking through at the 2014 John Deere Classic. Two back to start the final round, Harman was one of a host of players to pass struggling overnight leader Patrick Reed on Sunday. Harman made four birdies and two bogeys across his first 16 holes and arrived at the 17th hole one shot behind Johnson, who had already posted 9 under. Harman flagged his approach at 17 and rolled in a 4-footer to work his way into a tie at 9 under with Johnson and Perez. Rather than join them in a playoff, Harman blasted his second shot to the par-5 home hole well left of the green, took relief from the grandstand, wedged his way onto the putting surface and poured in a 28-foot putt to take the lead by himself. The victory was cemented when Rahm, two back, flew his approach long of the green at 18 and failed to hole his pitch for eagle.

Round of the day: Johnson made three birdies on each nine, dropping his only shot of the weekend when he failed to get up and down from over the back of the eighth green. He appeared headed for a playoff and a chance to win his fourth straight start, but had to settle for runner-up. Had he pulled it off, DJ would have joined Tiger Woods as the only players to win four consecutive PGA Tour events since Ben Hogan in 1953. Johnson was matched on Sunday by Jonathan Randolph, who used a final-round 67 to record his best finish on Tour, a tie for eighth.

Best of the rest: Perez fought his way to T-2 with eight birdies, two bogeys and a double for a round of 4-under 68. A winner already this year in Mexico, Perez, currently 58th in the Official World Golf Ranking, is now likely to qualify for both the U.S. Open and the Open Championship.

Biggest disappointments: The 54-hole leader, Reed made the turn in 1 under par but was unable to scramble his way through the back nine. Wayward off the tee all day, Reed bogeyed four of his last nine holes to shoot 75 and tie for 12th. His playing partner, Alex Noren, started Sunday in search of his first U.S. victory but limped in with 77.

Shot of the day: Harman’s birdie putt to win at the 72nd hole:

Quote of the day: “It’s a lot of emotion for sure. I’ve been fighting really hard. … This feels really good.” - Harman

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DEFCON Tiger: Athletes tweet while watching Tiger

By Golf Channel DigitalSeptember 22, 2018, 8:15 pm

Tiger Woods grabbed the Tour Championship lead and the sports world by the throat Saturday, making birdie on six of his first seven holes in his third round and sending social media into a frenzy.

Here's a sampling, and we'll start with two-time NBA MVP Steph Curry.

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Lewis fires 61, two behind Herbert in Portugal

By Associated PressSeptember 22, 2018, 8:13 pm

VILAMOURA, Portugal – Tom Lewis came within two shots of tying English countryman Oliver Fisher's European Tour record on another day of low scoring at the Portugal Masters on Saturday.

Lewis returned a 10-under 61 in the third round, just 24 hours after Fisher carded the first 59 on the circuit. Lewis moved to two strokes behind leader Lucas Herbert of Australia.

Lewis acknowledged the thought of another 59 crept into his mind: ''It's something I noticed with three holes to go. I wasn't that bothered at the end of the day.

''I'm pleased that I shot 10 under par. I can only continue to make birdies and see what happens tomorrow.''

Herbert, who is playing off invites this season as he looks to earn his full tour playing privileges, shot a 64 for a 19-under total of 194.

Fisher took 10 more strokes than he did on Friday and was in a group on 14-under 199.

Sergio Garcia of Spain, trying to find form ahead of next week's Ryder Cup, was on 204 after a 68.

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Tiger Tracker: Tour Championship

By Tiger TrackerSeptember 22, 2018, 7:25 pm

After grinding out a 68 on Friday, Tiger Woods is trying to get the lead all to himself in Round 3 at the Tour Championship. We're tracking him.


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Highlights: Tiger birdies six of his first seven

By Nick MentaSeptember 22, 2018, 7:08 pm

Tiger Woods entered Saturday tied atop the board and wasted little time taking the outright lead at East Lake.

Woods moved clear of the field with this birdie at No. 1, whipping the Atlanta crowd into an early frenzy.

Following a 4-foot par save at the second, Woods moved ahead by two and reached 9 under par when he played this approach from 144 and sank this 8-footer for birdie at the third.

One hole later, Woods reached double digits at 10 under par when he poured in a bending 21-footer that just crept over the lip.

He made it four birdies in his first five holes when he bombed a 320-yard drive, wedged to 7 feet, and converted again.

He looked in danger of not capitalizing on his first crack at a par-5 after he came out of a fairway wood on his second shot, but a splash from the bunker and a make from 6 feet gave him his fifth circle in six holes.

He went Vintage Tiger at the seventh, playing this fairway bunker shot from 172 yards to 5 feet, setting up his sixth birdie in his first seven holes and advancing him to 13 under, five clear.

Looking to make the turn in 29, Woods instead missed the green at the par-3 ninth, failed to get up and down for par, and had to settle for 5-under 30.