Hurley takes 2-shot lead into final round at Greenbrier

By Al TaysJuly 5, 2014, 9:59 pm

Billy Hurley III continued his march toward his first PGA Tour win on Saturday, shooting a 3-under 67 to take a two-shot lead over Angel Cabrera into the final round of The Greenbrier Classic. Here's how things look after three rounds in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va.:

Leaderboard: Billy Hurley III (-12), Angel Cabrera (-10), Kevin Chappell (-9), Michael Thompson (-8), Cameron Tringale (-8), Will Wilcox (-8), Joe Durant (-6), Camilo Villegas (-8), Steve Stricker (-8), Chris Stroud (-8).

What it means: Former U.S. Navy lieutenant Hurley has not won on the PGA Tour, but he was fifth at the Honda Classic earlier this year and tied for eighth last week at Congressional.

Round of the day: Cabrera, Thompson and Tringale all shot matching 6-under 64s. Cabrera hit 12 of 14 fairways and 14 of 18 greens in a seven-birdie, one-bogey round. Thompson bogeyed his first hole, but didn't drop another shot, birdieing three holes on the front nine, eagling the par-5 12th and birdieing Nos. 13 and 18. Tringale did most of his damage on the front, making five birdies against one bogey to turn in 30, then adding two birdies on the back.

Best of the rest: Will Wilcox, Bill Haas and Hudson Swafford all shot 65 on a day that yielded plenty of low scores.

Biggest disappointment: Chris Kirk was just three shots off the lead after 36 holes, but a third-round 75 sent him plummeting out of contention. Ditto for Pat Perez, who matched Kirk's 75 after being just four shots back on Friday.

Shot of the day: The Greenbrier's The Old White TPC is unusual in that it ends with a par-3 hole. Oliver Goss nearly put a huge exclamation point on his round of 68, leaving his tee shot on the 175-yard hole hanging on the lip for a tap-in birdie.

Main storyline heading into Sunday: Hurley, the ex-Naval officer, has been the story from the start of this Fourth of July weekend. He's never held a 54-hole lead on the PGA Tour, and his previous best finish was a T-4 in the 2012 Quicken Loans. Argentina's Cabrera has won a Masters and a U.S. Open, but has yet to win a regular PGA Tour event.

Quote of the day: "Played nicely today and look forward to doing it again tomorrow." - Hurley

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Watch: Hahn slam-dunks ace on 11th hole

By Golf Channel DigitalJune 23, 2018, 7:20 pm

There are aces, and there are slam-dunk aces. No question which one this one by James Hahn on the 154-yard 11th hole was.

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Els' nephew Rebula wins Amateur Championship

By Golf Channel DigitalJune 23, 2018, 7:05 pm

Ernie Els is one proud uncle.

His nephew, Jovan Rebula, won the Amateur Championship on Saturday at Royal Aberdeen to become the first South African to capture the title since Bobby Cole in 1966.

Rebula, a junior at Auburn, will join his famous uncle in Carnoustie next month for The Open. He also will get invites to the 2019 Masters and the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach.

Rebula defeated Ireland's Robin Dawson, 3 and 2, in the 36-hole final.

"It’s unreal," Rebula said. "It’s really something that is hard to describe. I feel like many have been in this position before but it’s an unreal feeling. It hasn’t sunk in quite yet but hopefully tomorrow morning I can wake up and I will feel a little different."

Rebula received plenty of texts from Els throughout the week, and the encouragement paid off. Rebula opened a 1-up lead after 18 holes, and he extended his advantage by winning the 26th and 27th holes. He was 5 up with six to play before finally closing out Dawson on the 16th hole with an up-and-down from the bunker.

"It’s been a long week and especially today," Rebula said. "I should have finished maybe a couple of holes earlier, but it’s been awesome. A very tiring week. I’m standing here right now and there’s so much adrenaline pumping through me."

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Squirrel gets Rory's round off to a rocky start

By Will GrayJune 23, 2018, 6:42 pm

CROMWELL, Conn. – Rory McIlroy’s third round at the Travelers Championship got off to a peculiar start before he even hit a shot.

McIlroy had just been introduced on the first tee at TPC River Highlands and was ready to unload on his opening drive of the day when a squirrel ran across the tee box a few feet in front of him.

McIlroy stopped his swing and laughed it off, but the squirrel continued to linger for several seconds, criss-crossing from one side of the packed tee box to the other. And while this was no black cat, the pump-fake to start his round didn’t exactly help the Ulsterman.

McIlroy ultimately blocked his drive into the right rough after enduring his brief rodent delay en route to an opening bogey, and amid soft conditions at TPC River Highlands he played his first five holes in 2 over. McIlroy started the day at 7 under, three shots behind leader Brian Harman.

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Kaymer in six-way tie for BMW International lead

By Associated PressJune 23, 2018, 5:29 pm

PULHEIM, Germany - Danish golfer Lucas Bjerregaard shot a 5-under 67 to equal the week's lowest round for a six-way share of the lead after the third round of the BMW International Open on Saturday.

Bjerregaard had eight birdies, a double bogey and a bogey to finish on 5-under 211 - jumping 23 places and joining local favorites Martin Kaymer and Maximilian Kieffer, England's Chris Paisley and Aaron Rai, and Australia's Scott Hend at the top of the leaderboard.

Bjerregaard was fortunate to play before the wind picked up again later in the afternoon.

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Kaymer, the 2008 champion, delighted the home supporters with two birdies in his last three holes for a 71.

Finland's Mikko Korhonen and Chile's Nico Geyger were one shot off the lead after rounds of 69 and 73, respectively.

Defending champion Andres Romero equaled the week's best round (67) to be among a large group two shots off the lead going into Sunday, including three-time European Tour winner Andy Sullivan.

Romero is bidding to be the first player to retain the title.