Bickerton Sole Leader in Canary Islands

By Sports NetworkOctober 8, 2005, 4:00 pm
European TourTENERIFE, Canary Islands -- England's John Bickerton put himself in good position for his first European Tour victory with a 2-under 69 at the Abama Open de Canarias on Saturday.
 
Bickerton holds the lead after three rounds at 7-under-par 206, one stroke clear of countryman and co-overnight leader Stuart Little, who stumbled to a 1-over 72 to fall into second place.
 
Two more Englishmen -- Simon Hurd (67) and Mark Roe (71) -- are tied with Spain's Jose Manuel Carriles (66) for third place at minus-5.
 
Five players are knotted one stroke further back in sixth place.
 
Bickerton began his third round in a tie for fifth place at 5 under. He played steadily over the front nine with one birdie and eight pars to make the turn at minus-6.
 
The 35-year-old quickly moved further into red numbers with consecutive birdies at 10 and 11 before dropping a shot at the 13th -- his first bogey in 20 holes.
 
That stroke was made up with a birdie at the 15th, but Bickerton fell back to 7 under with a bogey at the par-5 17th before ending his round by parring 18 for the third straight day.
 
Bickerton owns one title on the Challenge Tour -- won in 1994 -- but has no victories on the European Tour. He needs a good finish to move into the top-115 on the Order of Merit so he can secure his tour card for next season.
 
'Hopefully I'll just be able to focus on trying to win,' said Bickerton, who currently ranks 118th. 'It would be so nice to break the mold.'
 
Little imploded with double-bogeys on two of his final five holes, including one at the 18th while he held the lead. The 38-year-old, who currently sits 74th on the Order of Merit, has never finished higher than sixth on the European Tour.
 
Tied for sixth place at 4-under-par 209 are England's Peter Baker (72), Germany's Kariem Baraka (70), Finland's Mikko Ilonen (68), Stephen Scahill (73) of New Zealand and Argentine Daniel Vancsik (70).
 
This tournament is the fourth and final dual-ranking event for the European and Challenge Tours this year. The field is watered-down with most of the world's top players competing at the WGC-American Express Championship in the United States.
 
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    McIlroy 'committed to everything ... ran out of holes'

    By Jay CoffinJuly 22, 2018, 7:08 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Rory McIlroy summed it up: “I don’t really feel like it’s a defeat. I feel like it’s a good week.”

    McIlroy, in search of his fifth major, tied for the lead at The Open late on Sunday at Carnoustie when he made eagle on the par-5 14th hole. An hour later, he had made five consecutive pars to close out a 1-under 70 and tie for second place with Justin Rose, Kevin Kisner and Xander Schauffele.

    That group ended two shots behind winner Francesco Molinari. McIlroy thought it was realistic to squeeze one more shot out of his round, but he never though it was possible to squeeze out two.

    “I committed to everything,” he said. “I hit the shots when I needed to. I made good swings on 17 and on 18. I just ran out of holes.”


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    McIlroy hasn’t played poorly this year, but this hasn't been a year that would rank as a total success. He took the Arnold Palmer Invitational in March and collected a second-place finish at the BMW PGA Championship. He had a legitimate chance to win the Masters before a terrible Sunday round, and then missed the cut at the U.S. Open last month at Shinnecock Hills.

    Sunday at Carnoustie, McIlroy bogeyed two of his first five holes and quickly became an afterthought. When others faltered, McIlroy birdies Nos. 9 and 11, then eagled 14 to vault back into the picture.

    “I’m happy with how I played,” he said. “I didn’t get off to a great start, but I hung in there, and I battled back.

    “So I’ll look back at this week and be very encouraged about what I’ve done and the golf that I played. I feel like that will stand me in good stead for what’s coming up.”

    McIlroy is scheduled to play the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational in two weeks, followed by the PGA Championship and the FedExCup Playoffs.

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    Edoardo, other pros congratulate Francesco on Twitter

    By Grill Room TeamJuly 22, 2018, 6:54 pm

    Francesco Molinari played a bogey-free weekend at Carnoustie to claim Italy's first claret jug.

    His rock-solid performance in the final round earned him his share of social media plaudits.

    Here's a collection of Twitter hat-tips, and we start off with Frankie's brother, Dodo.

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    Woods: Fan who yelled had 'tipped back a few'

    By Jay CoffinJuly 22, 2018, 6:37 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Tiger Woods stood on the 18th tee and thought he needed birdie to have a chance to win The Open. He pulled driver out of his bag, a sign he wanted to boot the ball as far down the fairway as possible.

    Woods took a mighty swat and - right in the middle of his downswing - someone yelled. Woods flinched.

    Luckily his ball still found a decent spot just off the right of the fairway.


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    “I’ve had things like that happen a lot in my career with people who just tried to time it,” Woods said Sunday at Carnoustie after shooting 71 to tie for sixth place. “They tipped back a few, and it’s late in the day.

    “Unfortunately, that’s part of what we have to deal with in today’s game. People are trying to yell out things to try to be on TV or be in social media or whatever it may be. That was too close to the game of play.”

    Woods hit his approach to 6 feet and missed the birdie putt. He tapped in for par to shoot even par and finish 5 under for the week, in a tie for sixth.

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    Pros melt down on Twitter as they watch Tiger

    By Grill Room TeamJuly 22, 2018, 6:30 pm

    Tiger Woods mounted a final-round charge and, for a little while, took the outright lead at Carnoustie on Sunday.

    His fellow pros were watching and tweeting like your average fans.

    We compiled some of their missives below:

    Woods would go on to finish in a tie for sixth at 5 under par for the week.