Calcavecchias Lead Down to One

By Sports NetworkSeptember 10, 2005, 4:00 pm
2005 Bell Canadian OpenVANCOUVER, British Columbia -- Mark Calcavecchia struggled to a 2-over 72 Saturday and saw his lead drop to one stroke after three rounds of the Bell Canadian Open. Calcavecchia completed 54 holes at 6-under-par 204.
Craig Barlow flew up the leaderboard with a 5-under 65, that included a hole-in-one on the back nine, to move into a share of second place. He was joined at 5-under-par 205 by Jesper Parnevik (67). Ryan Moore, the 2004 NCAA champion, posted a 3-under 67 and is alone in fourth at minus-4.
Mark Calcavecchia
Mark Calcavecchia watched his huge lead shrink in the third round.
Vijay Singh, the defending champion, continued to climb back into contention after opening with a 3-over 73. After a 66 on Friday, the Fijian posted a 2-under 68 Saturday and is tied for fifth place at 3-under-par 207.
He was joined there by Brian Davis, Jerry Kelly and Stephen Ames. Ames posted the low round of the week with a 6-under 64.
Calcavecchia opened the round with a five-stroke cushion and it remained that way for most of the front nine. He parred his first eight holes at Shaughnessy Golf & Country Club to remain at minus-8.
The 45-year-old tripped to a three-putt bogey on the par-4 ninth. Calcavecchia stumbled to another bogey on the 10 as his lead began to slip away. However, the 1989 British Open champion closed with eight more pars to remain at minus-6.
'I am excited about tomorrow. I didn't hit my driver quite as well today, but I made no birdies and I'm in half a state of shock about that,' said Calcavecchia, whose last tour win came at the 2001 Phoenix Open. 'That just never happens to me. I can usually scrape one or two in somewhere. The good news is I hit a lot of good putts. I just didn't read them right or my speed wasn't right or a combination of both.'
That string on the back nine was severely tested at the 13th hole. His drive found the left trees and he pitched into the adjoining fairway. Calcavecchia flew a wedge over the trees on to the putting surface. He rolled in the 18-footer to save par.
Barlow posted back-to-back, even-par 70s in the first two rounds. He started the third round with a bogey on the first and tripped to another on No. 2. After a par on the third, Barlow got one stroke back with a birdie at the par-4 fourth.
The 33-year-old climbed back to even par for the tournament when he birdied the par-5 seventh. Barlow moved into red figures with a birdie on nine, but he stumbled to his third bogey of the day at the 13th.
Barlow eagled the short par-4 14th to jump to minus-2. He then birdied the par-5 15th. After a par on 16, Barlow aced the par-3 17th to move into second place at minus-5.
'It was obviously a good day. I started off terrible,' Barlow said. 'On 17, obviously I hit a perfect shot. I'm thrilled to death it went in. When it left the club I knew it was going to be a good shot.'
Parnevik posted a 5-over 40 on the back nine of his second round to fall to minus-2 for the tournament. His struggles continued early Saturday as he bogeyed one, three and five to slide to plus-1.
The Swede began to fight back into the thick of things with birdies on six and seven. Parnevik parred three straight holes around the turn, then birdied the par-4 11th to move to minus-2.
Parnevik picked up another birdie on the par-4 13th. After parring 14, the 40-year-old eagled the par-5 15th to get to minus-5. He parred his final three holes to remain there.
Carlos Franco and Bob Heintz share ninth place at 2-under-par 208. They have carded matching rounds of 68-70-70 through three rounds. Michael Harris, Kevin Na and Trevor Immelman are the final players in red figures at minus-1.
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    U.S. Amateur playoff: 24 players for 1 spot in match play

    By Associated PressAugust 15, 2018, 1:21 pm

    PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. – Cole Hammer and Daniel Hillier were tied at the top after two rounds of the U.S. Amateur, but the more compelling action on Tuesday was further down the leaderboard.

    Two dozen players were tied for 64th place after two rounds of stroke play at Pebble Beach and Spyglass Hill. With the top 64 advancing to match play, that means all 24 will compete in a sudden-death playoff Wednesday morning for the last spot in the knockout rounds.

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    They'll be divided into six foursomes and start the playoff at 7:30 a.m. on the par-3 17th at Pebble Beach, where Tom Watson chipped in during the 1982 U.S. Open and went on to win.

    The survivor of the playoff will face the 19-year-old Hillier in match play. The New Zealander shot a 2-under 70 at Spyglass Hill to share medalist honors with the 18-year-old Hammer at 6 under. Hammer, an incoming freshman at Texas who played in the 2015 U.S. Open at age 15, shot 68 at Spyglass Hill.

    Stewart Hagestad had the low round of the day, a 5-under 66 at Pebble Beach, to move into a tie for 10th after opening with a 76 at Spyglass Hill. The 27-year-old Hagestad won the 2016 U.S. Mid-Amateur and earned low amateur honors at the 2017 Masters.

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    Hammer in position (again) to co-medal at U.S. Am

    By Ryan LavnerAugust 14, 2018, 10:37 pm

    PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. – Cole Hammer is in position to go for a rare sweep in this summer’s biggest events.

    Two weeks ago, Hammer, an incoming freshman at Texas, was the co-medalist at the Western Amateur and went on to take the match-play portion, as well.

    Here at the U.S. Amateur, Hammer shot rounds of 69-68 and was once again in position to earn co-medalist honors. At 6-under 137, he was tied with 19-year-old Daniel Hillier of New Zealand.

    “It would mean a lot, especially after being medalist at the Western Am,” Hammer said afterward. “It’s pretty special.”

    No stroke-play medalist has prevailed in the 64-man match-play bracket since Ryan Moore in 2004. Before that, Tiger Woods (1996) was the most recent medalist champion.  

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    On the strength of his Western Am title, Hammer, 18, has soared to No. 18 in the World Amateur Golf Ranking. He credited his work with swing coach Cameron McCormick and mental coach Bob Rotella.

    “Just really started controlling my iron shots really well,” said Hammer, who has worked with McCormick since 2015, when he qualified for the U.S. Open at Chambers Bay as a 15-year-old.

    “Distance control with my wedges and all my iron shots, playing different shots, has become really a strength in my game. I’ve really turned the putter on this year, and I’m seeing the lines and matching the line with the speed really well. I think that’s been the key to my summer.”

    A two-time New Zealand Amateur champion, Hillier is ranked 27th in the world. He said that, entering the tournament, he would have been pleased just to make it to match play.

    “But to come out on top, it’s amazing,” Hillier said. “Cole is a really good golfer and has been playing well lately. So, yeah, I’m in good company.”

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    Tee times, TV schedule, stats for Wyndham Championship

    By Golf Channel DigitalAugust 14, 2018, 9:55 pm

    It's the last tournament of the PGA Tour's regular season as the top 125 in the FedExCup points list advance to next week's playoff event. Here's the key info for the Wyndham Championship. (Click here for tee times)

    How to watch:

    Thursday, Rd. 1: Golf Channel, 3-6PM ET; live stream:

    Friday, Rd. 2: Golf Channel, 3-6PM ET; live stream:

    Saturday, Rd. 3: Golf Channel, 1-2:45PM ET; live stream:; CBS, 3-6 p.m.

    Sunday, Rd. 4: Golf Channel, 1-2:45PM ET; live stream:; CBS, 3-6 p.m.

    Purse: $6 million

    Course: Sedgefield Country Club (par 70, 7,127 yards)

    Defending champion: Henrik Stenson. Last year he defeated Ollie Schniederjans by one stroke to earn his sixth career PGA Tour win.

    Notables in the field

    Henrik Stenson at the 2018 Arnold Palmer Invitational.

    Henrik Stenson

    • Missed the cut last week at the PGA Championship

    • Six top-10 finishes this year, including T-5 at the Masters and T-6 at the U.S. Open

    Sergio Garcia

    • Eight missed cuts in last 10 PGA Tour starts

    • Currently 131 in FedExCup standings (33 points back of 125th)

    Webb Simpson

    • Five top-10 finishes in this event since 2010 (won in 2011)

    • 56 under par in last five years in this event (best of any player in that span)

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    Faldo: Woods told fellow Masters champ 'I'm done' in '17

    By Will GrayAugust 14, 2018, 7:42 pm

    Fresh off his runner-up finish at the PGA Championship, it's easy to get caught up in the recent success and ebullient optimism surrounding Tiger Woods. But it was not that long ago that Woods even hitting another competitive shot was very much in doubt.

    Six-time major champ Sir Nick Faldo shed light on those darker times during a recent appearance on the Dan Patrick Show when he relayed a story from the 2017 Masters champions' dinner. The annual meal is one of golf's most exclusive fraternities, as only the chairman of Augusta National Golf Club is allowed to dine with the men who have each donned a green jacket.

    Last spring Woods had not yet undergone spinal fusion surgery, and Faldo explained that Woods at one point turned to an unnamed Masters champ and grimly assessed his future playing chances.

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    "I know he whispered to another Masters champion, two Masters dinners ago, 'I'm done. I won't play golf again,'" Faldo said. "He said, 'I'm done. I'm done, my back is done.' He was in agony. He was in pain. His leg, the pain down his legs, there was nothing enjoyable. He couldn't move. If you watched footage of him, he couldn't even get in and out of the golf cart at the (2016) Ryder Cup when he was a vice captain."

    But Woods opted for fusion surgery a few weeks later, and after a lengthy rehab process he returned to competition in December. His 2018 campaign has been nothing short of remarkable, with a pair of runner-up finishes to go along with a T-6 result at The Open when he held the outright lead on the back nine on Sunday.

    After apparently even counting himself out, Woods is back up to 26th in the latest world rankings and appears in line to be added as a captain's pick for the Ryder Cup next month.

    "What he's been able to do is unbelievable," Faldo said. "To turn this aruond, to get this spine fusion, it's completely taken away the pain. To have this mobility is absolutely amazing. Great on him, and great for golf."