Woods grouped with Kuchar, Snedeker at Sawgrass

By Will GrayMay 7, 2013, 5:15 pm

A full field of 145 players have descended upon the Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass for one of the season's biggest events, The Players Championship. Here are some featured groups to keep an eye on during Thursday's first-round action in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. (all times EDT; click here for full-field tee times):


8:08 a.m. (10th tee): Rickie Fowler, Hunter Mahan, Jim Furyk

Fowler was a runner-up here a year ago on the heels of his win at Quail Hollow, and this week he'll be joined by Furyk, a Ponte Vedra Beach resident who has one of the more consistent track records in this event of any player in the field. Their early-round group will be rounded out by Mahan, who has struggled to find his footing since a runner-up showing at the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship.


8:18 a.m. (10th tee): Graeme McDowell, Keegan Bradley, Bubba Watson

McDowell is making his first start since his playoff win at Harbour Town, and he'll be joined Thursday and Friday by a pair of fellow major champions. Bradley finished inside the top 10 in each of his three previous starts in the state of Florida this year, while Watson will look to continue a successful season that has netted six top-20 finishes in nine starts.


8:39 a.m. (10th tee): Adam Scott, Rory McIlroy, Steve Stricker

The world's newest major champion will make his first appearance since holing the winning putt at Augusta, as Scott will play alongside McIlroy and Stricker for the first two rounds. Coming off a top-10 finish in Charlotte, McIlroy will hope to make the cut at TPC Sawgrass for the first time in his career, while Stricker will continue a light playing schedule that has already yielded a trio of top-five finishes.


1:18 p.m. (1st tee): Ian Poulter, Nick Watney, Lee Westwood

A runner-up here in 2009, Poulter finds himself grouped with a pair of players who both appear to be rounding into form after coming close to victory last week at Quail Hollow. Watney was in the final group Sunday before fading into a tie for 10th, his third consecutive top-15 finish, while Westwood finished tied for fourth, marking the third consecutive event in which he finished inside the top 10.


1:28 p.m. (1st tee): Phil Mickelson, Webb Simpson, Justin Rose

After letting the trophy slip through his fingers in Charlotte, Mickelson returns to a venue where he won in 2007 and has notched three top-25 finishes since then. He'll be joined in the first two rounds by Simpson, the reigning U.S. Open champion who lost in a playoff at Harbour Town in his last start, and Rose, who has finished inside the top 25 in each of six PGA Tour starts this season.


1:49 p.m. (1st tee): Tiger Woods, Matt Kuchar, Brandt Snedeker

Making his first start since tying for fourth at Augusta National, Woods will attempt this week to tame one of the few courses that has had his number over the last decade. He'll be joined by Kuchar, the defending champion, and Snedeker, who after returning from a rib injury has yet to regain the consistency that led him to three consecutive top-two finishes earlier this season.

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Rose leads Koepka, Grillo by four at Colonial

By Nick MentaMay 26, 2018, 9:06 pm

On the strength of a 4-under 66 Saturday, Justin Rose will take an four-shot lead over Brooks Koepka and Emiliano Grillo into the final round of the Fort Worth Invitational. Here's where things stand through 54 holes at Colonial Country Club.

Leaderboard: Rose (-14), Koepka (-10), Grillo (-10), Corey Conners (-8), Jon Rahm (-8), Louis Oosthuizen (-8), J.T. Poston (-8), Ryan Armour (-8)

What it means: The fifth-ranked player in the world is 18 holes from his ninth PGA Tour victory and his second this season. Up once to start the third round, Rose extended his lead to as much as five with birdies on four of his first six holes. Through 54 holes, Rose has made XX birdies and just XX bogeys. The 2013 U.S. Open winner and 2016 Olympic gold medalist has a history of winning at iconic venues - Muirfield Village, Aronimink, Cog Hill, Doral, Merion and Congressional - and now looks to add Colonial to the list. He'll be chased on Sunday by Grillo, the young Argentianian who won his first Tour start as a member in 2015, and Koepka, last year's U.S. Open winner who continues to impress in his injury comeback despite ongoing wrist issues.  

Round of the day: Corey Conners and Ted Potter both turned in 8-under 63. Potter was bogey-free and Conners came home in 6-under 29 on the back nine.

Best of the rest: Jon Rahm, Louis Oosthuizen, Brian Harman, and Michael Thompson all signed for 64. Rahm called his six-birdie start the best 10 holes he's played so far this year. 

Biggest disappointment: Jordan Spieth has finished second-first-second in the last three years at this event, but he's yet to find his normal Colonial form through three rounds. Spieth, who said Friday he was capable of shooting "10 or 12 under" over the weekend, shot even-par 70 Saturday. He sits in T-38 at 3 under for the week, 11 back.

Shot of the day: Rory Sabbatini closed out his third round Saturday with this eagle holeout from 134 yards at the 18th. 

His colorful scorecard featured three bogeys, two birdies, a double bogey and that eagle. It added up to a 1-over 71. 

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McCarron closes with only bogey, shares lead

By Associated PressMay 26, 2018, 8:49 pm

BENTON HARBOR, Mich. - Scott McCarron, seeking a second senior major title to go with his 2017 Senior Players Championship, made his only bogey of the third round on the final hole to slip into a tie for the lead Saturday with Tim Petrovic in the Senior PGA Championship.

They were at 13 under par after Petrovic, seeking his first major, shot 65. McCarron has shared the lead through three rounds.

England's Paul Broadhurst, the 2016 British Senior Open winner, matched the best third-round score in tournament history with a 64. He was at 11 under.

Miguel Angel Jimenez, coming off his first major championship last week at the Regions Tradition, shot 65 and was 9 under.

Tom Byrum, who made a hole-in-one in shooting a 67, was in a group at 8 under.

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Watch: Rose one-arms approach, makes birdie

By Golf Channel DigitalMay 26, 2018, 7:25 pm

Justin Rose appears to have taken a course in Hideki Matsuyama-ing.

Already 3 under on his round through five thanks to a birdie-birdie-birdie start, Rose played this approach from 143 yards at the par-4 sixth.

That one-armed approach set up a 6-foot birdie putt he rolled in to move to 4 under on his round and 14 under for the week, five clear of the field.

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McIlroy battles back into tie for BMW PGA lead

By Golf Channel DigitalMay 26, 2018, 4:09 pm

Rory McIlroy got off to a rocky start on Saturday in the third round of the BMW PGA Championship, including hitting a spectator and making a double bogey. But after that incident on the sixth hole, he didn't drop another shot, birdieing the final hole to shoot a 1-under 71 and tie for the lead.

McIlroy had gone into Moving Day with a three-shot lead, but Francesco Molinari had the round of the day, a 6-under 66. "It was nice keep a clean scorecard," said Molinari, who hasn't made a bogey since the 10th hole on Friday.


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McIlroy and Molinari will be paired in Sunday's final round. They are tied at 13 under par, four shots clear of Ross Fisher, Branden Grace, Sam Horsfield and Alexander Noren.

The Wentworth course ends with back-to-back par-5s, and McIlroy birdied both of them. He got a break on the 18th hole as his drive hit a spectator and bounced into light rough.

"It was a struggle out there today," McIlroy said. "I think when you're working on a few things in your swing and the wind is up and you're stuck between trying to play different shots, but also try to play - you know, make good swings at it, I just hit some loose tee balls on the first few holes. But I'm proud of myself. I stayed patient. I actually - I'm feeling a bit better about myself after today than I was even walking off the course yesterday."