One Final Charge to the Ryder Cup
Ten of the 12 U.S. team members are competing in the World Golf Championships-American Express Championship at the Mount Juliet Estate in Kilkenny, Ireland, as are seven players on the European team.
Stewart Cink and Hal Sutton didnt qualify for the $5 million event, but are playing Stateside in the Tampa Bay Classic. Jesper Parnevik, Paul McGinley, Pierre Fulke, Phillip Price and Lee Westwood didnt earn a spot in the field either.
The top 50 players from the Official World Golf Ranking as of Sept. 9, are joined in the field by leading money winners from the six Tours that make up the International Federation of PGA Tours.
This is the third playing of the American Express, but the first since 2000. Last years event was canceled in the wake of the terrorist attacks on the United States.
The 2001 version was to be contested at Bellerive Country Club in St. Louis, Mo. Due to the cancellation, Mike Weir is technically the defending champion, having won the 2000 event at Valderrama Country Club in Andalucia, Spain.
Tiger Woods won the inaugural AmEx at Valderrama in 1999. The world's No. 1 will be making his first start since the last WGC event, the NEC Invitational, where he finished in fourth place.
This is the final tune-up before players travel to The Belfry for the 34th Ryder Cup, which was postponed a year after the attacks.
Like The Belfry, Mount Juliet is not a traditional links course. It is a 7,246-yard Jack Nicklaus design, complete with rolling terrain and lush fairways. It has hosted the Irish Open on three occasions, as well as the Irish Senior Open and Shell's Wonderful World of Golf.
The estate offers equestrian riding, hunting and fishing ' the latter of which should appeal to many of the games wannabe anglers.
It also offers a $1 million first-place prize.
If this year is any indicator, a surprise winner should be in store. Kevin Sutherland won his first-ever PGA Tour-sanctioned event at the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship. Craig Parry then did the same at the NEC.
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DEFCON Tiger: Athletes tweet while watching Tiger
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.
.@TigerWoods I want whatever you had for breakfast this morning! This is insane— Stephen Curry (@StephenCurry30) September 22, 2018
Tiggggeerrrrrrrr— Mark Ingram II (@MarkIngram22) September 22, 2018
Wow @TigerWoods is ready to go today!— Harry Kane (@HKane) September 22, 2018
Tiger just had his 6th birdie of the day on the 7th hole! pic.twitter.com/eqLFbpEbbG— Doug Gottlieb (@GottliebShow) September 22, 2018
Tv on Airplane. Oh boy !!!!— Ricky Barnes (@RealRickyBarnes) September 22, 2018
Tiger is going to win— Paige Spiranac (@PaigeSpiranac) September 22, 2018
Tiger on the loose let’s go! pic.twitter.com/AjMi5p7yym— Evander Kane (@evanderkane_9) September 22, 2018
Lewis fires 61, two behind Herbert in Portugal
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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Highlights: Tiger birdies six of his first seven
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.