Harrington Romero Lead at Dunhill Links

By Golf Channel NewsroomOctober 5, 2002, 4:00 pm
Padraig Harrington overcame a double bogey at the 17th to birdie the last and take a share of the lead into the final round of the Dunhill Links Championship.
Harrington shot 4-under 68 at St. Andrews, one of three different courses used over the first three days of competition, to finish 54 holes at 16-under-par 200. The Irishman is tied with Argentine Eduardo Romero, who shot 67.
'I missed only one drive out there today and that was the key,' said Romero. 'This is one of the best courses in Europe - its very similar to my home course in Argentina, no trees and plenty of wind.
Vijay Singh (64) is one back after making an eagle-2 at the 18th at St. Andrews. Sandy Lyle (67) and Ignacio Garrido (67), both of who also played St. Andrews, are tied for fourth at 13-under.
Harrington, who hasnt won since the 2001 Volvo Masters, started the day with a one-shot lead, and was leading by that same count when he made 6 on the par-4 penultimate hole.
The Dubliner pulled his sand wedge approach shot from 105 yards just short of the greenside bunker. He then duffed his chip and three-putted.
But at the 18th, Harrington drove his tee ball into the Valley of Sin, just short of the green, and rolled up his second shot to four feet.
It was important to birdie 18 and that meant quite a lot to me, Harrington said.
A 68 is a good score and Im quite happy with it. But the reality is that 6-under ' or even better ' would have put distance between myself and the rest of the field.
Singh, like Harrington, drove his ball some 40 yards from the hole at 18. The Fijian, however, hit a bump-and-run that clipped the flagstick and fell into the cup.
Seventy-two players made the cut, which fell at 2-under 214. Those 72, along with 20 amateur teams, will play the final 18 holes Sunday at St. Andrews.
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Romo turns in even in PGA Tour debut

By Will GrayMarch 22, 2018, 3:00 pm

After stumbling out of the gates, Tony Romo has found his footing in his PGA Tour debut.

Playing in the Corales Punta Cana Resort & Club Championship on a sponsor exemption, Romo shot an even-par 36 for his opening nine holes in the Dominican Republic. The former NFL quarterback bogeyed his first two holes, but steadied the ship with three birdies from Nos. 4-8 while playing alongside Dru Love and Denny McCarthy.

The early highlight of the round came at the par-4 fifth hole, where Romo drained a putt from across the green for his second straight birdie:

Romo has played as an amateur partner in the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, and has played individually in U.S. Open local qualifiers and mini-tour events as an amateur. But this marks his first attempt to gauge his game against the best players in the world who are not in Austin for the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play.

Romo, who plays to a plus-0.3 handicap, said earlier in the week that he expected some jitters once it came time to put a tee in the ground.

"You'll be nervous on Thursday on the first tee. Just going to be," Romo said. "I've got to get through the first three or four holes. If I can handle the nerves on the first three or four holes, I think that I'll settle in and hopefully just play the way I've been playing."

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Kim's missing clubs show up at sporting goods store

By Will GrayMarch 22, 2018, 1:58 pm

More than a month after they were lost on an American Airlines flight, the clubs I.K. Kim used to win last year's Ricoh Women's British Open turned up on the sale rack of a California sporting goods store.

Kim's clubs became lost in late January when she flew from Miami to San Diego, with the airline suggesting she simply rent a new set. A few weeks later, Kim shot a "What's in the bag" television segment which according to a Golfweek report caught the eye of three good samaritans in the San Diego area.

The three men recognized Kim's clubs for sale at a local Play It Again Sports, with the major winner's tools listed at $60 each. The store even had Kim's tour bag, complete with her LPGA player badge. Kim filmed the reunion with her bag - containing wedges and a few hybrids, minus the head covers - at the Carlsbad police station:

Kim was back in southern California this week for the Kia Classic, where she'll begin play Thursday morning at Aviara Golf Club in Carlsbad.

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New dad Garcia removes shoes, wins match

By Rex HoggardMarch 22, 2018, 12:48 am

AUSTIN, Texas – In one of the day’s most explosive matches, Sergio Garcia rolled in an 8-footer for birdie at the 18th hole to defeat Shubhankar Sharma, 1 up, at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play.

The duo halved just nine holes on Day 1 at Austin Country Club, with Garcia going from 2 up through four holes to 1 down with five holes to play.

But the Spaniard rallied with five birdies over his final eight holes and pushed his record to 20-17-1 in the Match Play. He also gave himself his best chance to advance out of pool play since the format began in 2015.

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The victory continued what has already been a memorable week for Garcia, whose wife, Angela, gave birth to the couple’s first child last Wednesday.

“I already feel like I’m a winner after what happened on Wednesday,” Garcia said. “Obviously, it's something that we're so, so happy and proud of and enjoying it as much as possible.”

The highlight of Garcia’s round on Wednesday came at the 12th hole when he took a drop on a cart path. After considering his options, he removed his shoes and hit his approach from 212 yards to 29 feet for a two-putt birdie to halve the hole.

“I have spikes. So if I don't take my shoes off, I'm going to slip. It's not the kind of shot that you want to slip,” Garcia said. “I had tried it a couple of times on practice swings and I was already slipping a little bit. So I thought I would just take my shoes off, try to get a little bit in front of the hole and it came out great.”