Chopra Clubhouse Leader in Las Vegas

By Sports NetworkOctober 14, 2006, 4:00 pm
PGA Tour (75x100)LAS VEGAS -- Charley Hoffman was 6-under par through 14 holes of his third round Saturday when play was suspended for darkness at the Open. He is 17 under par and one ahead of Troy Matteson at the TPC at Summerlin.
The tournament has been out of schedule since Friday when a weather delay forced the day's action to be suspended due to darkness. The second round was scheduled to resume Saturday morning, but another heavy rain shower forced the re-start to be pushed back several times.
The plan now is to have the remaining golfers come back at 10:15 a.m. ET Sunday to finish the third round. The final round is tentatively planned for 12:15 p.m.
Daniel Chopra, who nearly missed his third-round tee time, fired an 8-under-par 64 on Saturday. He is the leader in the clubhouse at 15-under-par 200.
'The road everybody drives up to the golf course today was flooded,' said Chopra. 'I was caught in a 45-minute traffic jam. I nearly missed my tee time.'
The traffic jam cost Ryuji Imada as he failed to make it within the five-minute period and was disqualified.
Bill Haas is 5-under par through 14 holes and Shigeki Maruyama is 4-under par through 13, but the pair is knotted at 15-under par.
Hoffman began his third round on the back nine and did not get off to an ideal start. He bogeyed his first two holes Saturday, but immediately atoned for the errors with back-to-back birdies at 12 and 13 and his play at the end of the opening nine vaulted him up the leaderboard.
The 29-year-old who lives in Las Vegas rattled off three consecutive birdies from the 15th, but that only moved him within one of the lead. Hoffman parred the 18th to make the turn in 3-under 33.
Hoffman's second nine was similar to his first nine as he birdied the first to join Chopra in the lead at minus-15. Hoffman tallied another birdie at the par-5 third to move into sole possession of the lead.
Hoffman birdied the par-3 fifth hole to move to 17 under par when the horn sounded to suspend play. He needed the extra birdie to sleep on the lead because Matteson was charging.
Matteson traded a birdie and a bogey at his first two holes, 10 and 11, but collected three birdies in a four-hole span from the 13th to reach 14 under par.
After Matteson made the turn, the 24-year-old from Georgia Tech parred the first, but recorded back-to-back birdies from the second to get within one of the lead.
Ben Crane (64) and Kevin Sutherland (65) are knotted in the clubhouse at 14- under-par 201. Duffy Waldorf is 4 under par through 15 holes and Tom Pernice, Jr. is 2-under through 11 and joined the duo at minus-14.
D.A. Points, the second-round leader, struggled in Saturday's third round. He mixed two birdies and two bogeys over his first-nine holes and is part of that group tied for sixth at 14 under par.
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    Ball headed O.B., Stone (68) gets huge break

    By Mercer BaggsJuly 19, 2018, 2:14 pm

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    “I knew I hit it out of bounds,” the South African said following his opening round in the 147th Open Championship.

    Stone’s second shot on the par-4 18th, from the left fescue, was pulled into the grandstands, which are marked as O.B. But instead of settling in with the crowd, the ball ricocheted back towards the green and nearly onto the putting surface.

    Stone made his par and walked away with a 3-under 68, two shots off the early lead.

    “I really didn’t put a good swing on it, bad contact and it just came out way left,” Stone said. “I feel so sorry for the person I managed to catch on the forehead there, but got a lucky break.

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    “When you get breaks like that you know you’re going to have good weeks.”

    It’s been more than just good luck recently for Stone. He shot 60 in the final round – missing a 9-foot birdie putt for the first 59 in European Tour history – to win last week’s Scottish Open. It was his third career win on the circuit and first since 2016. It was also just his first top-10 of the season.

    “A testament to a different mental approach and probably the change in putter,” said Stone, who added that he switched to a new Ping Anser blade model last week.

    “I’ve been putting, probably, the best I have in my entire life.”

    This marks Stone’s sixth start in a major championship, with his best finish a tie for 35th in last year’s U.S. Open. He has a missed cut and a T-70 in two prior Open Championships.

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    By Ryan LavnerJuly 19, 2018, 1:26 pm

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    Joel Dahmen tweeted that Kang cheated after a lengthy dispute about where his ball had last crossed the line of a hazard. A PGA Tour official ruled in Kang’s favor. Kang made par on the hole, shot 64 and earned one of the available spots in the Open Championship.

    Kang didn’t learn of the controversy until the next day, when he received an email from a PGA Tour communications official seeking comment. He researched online what the furor was about, then issued a brief statement through the Tour (which added its own statement, saying that there was “no clear evidence” to suggest that Kang dropped incorrectly).

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    Kang said he tried to clear the air with Dahmen before the first round of last week’s John Deere Classic, but they never had the opportunity to discuss their differences.

    “I followed the rules official and I think I did the right thing,” Kang told a handful of reporters Thursday following his opening round at Carnoustie, where he shot a 2-under 69 to sit three shots off the early lead.

    Kang said he was hesitant to discuss the incident with reporters, because he said there clearly was a difference in opinions. He said he’d already told his side to South Korean news outlets but that “whatever I say, some people are going to trust it and some people are not going to trust it. Then I’ve got to think about it more and more when it’s not going to help my golf game.”

    “I really want to say a lot of things about it, the truth about what happened,” he added, “but I’m not going to say anything.”

    Kang said that he wouldn’t alter his approach when dealing with rulings in the future.

    “No. Why?” he said. “I did the right thing. There’s no point in changing.”

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    By Rex HoggardJuly 19, 2018, 12:49 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – The frat house tradition continued this year at The Open, with a group of seven high-profile Americans rooming together for the week, including early first-round leader Kevin Kisner.

    Kisner explained after his opening 5-under 66 that the group – which includes Jordan Spieth, Jason Dufner, Zach Johnson, Jimmy Walker, Justin Thomas and Rickie Fowler – has spent the week talking about how demanding Carnoustie is playing and enjoying the summer weather.

    “We're out there playing soccer at night and hanging out,” he said.

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    To be clear, this isn’t a proper soccer match, but instead a penalty-kick situation with all but one player taking turns trying to score.

    “I just try to smash [Dufner] in the face,” Kisner laughed. “He's the all-time goalie.”

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    “Jordan scored when Duf tripped, it was hilarious,” Kisner smiled. “[Spieth] is good until he sends it over the goal four houses over, and we've got to go knock on a neighbor’s door for the soccer ball.”

    The group is actually staying in two local houses that are next to each other, one with a large enough back yard and a soccer net, but perhaps not enough soccer balls.

    “We’re going to have to Amazon Prime a couple new balls to replace the ones we lost,” Kisner said.