Daly Leads Monty Tiger Sergio

By Sports NetworkOctober 8, 2005, 4:00 pm
SAN FRANCISCO -- John Daly overcame a shaky start on Saturday to shoot a 3-under 67 and take the third-round lead of the WGC- American Express Championship. He stands at 9-under-par 201 and is one ahead of overnight leader Colin Montgomerie.
 
Montgomerie, who led after the first round as well, only managed a 1-under 69 on Saturday, but is one back at minus-8. He will be in search of his first official win in the United States.
 
Daly has more than Monty to worry about come Sunday.
 
Tiger Woods shot a 2-under 68 and is tied for third place with Sergio Garcia, who posted a 67 on Saturday. The pair is knotted at 7-under-par 203.
 
Woods, who shared the lead during the round until a bogey at 11, had some trouble with the driver in round three. At the 14th, his drive landed under the wheel of a van that is used to cart players back to the clubhouse in the event of a weather stoppage.
 
On Harding Park's closing hole, Woods lost his tee ball right and it bounced on the cart path and into a hospitality tent. It came to rest on a step, but after a drop, he nearly made birdie and is in the hunt for his fourth title at this tournament.
 
'It was an eventful day,' said Woods. 'A couple par-4s I drove it on, put the ball under a car and balls in trees and made some putts, hit a couple bunkers, so pretty much saw most of Harding Park.'
 
Garcia had a chance to join Montgomerie in second. All he had to do was become only the second player to birdie No. 18 on Saturday and the other by Fred Couples, was a chip-in.
 
His putt from 25 feet lipped out of the hole and now the Spaniard will have to overcome a two-shot deficit if he is to claim his first victory in a World Golf Championship event.
 
'I'm looking forward to tomorrow,' said Garcia. 'I think I've been playing very well all year. Finally I'm starting to play a little bit better, so I think it's going to be fun.'
 
Daly has the lead with a round to go, but it certainly did not look like his name would be atop the leaderboard with his start. He collected a bogey at one and a double bogey at three, but the two-time major winner rebounded.
 
He birdied four and seven and his length once again worked out for him at the par-5 10th. Daly, who has driven several par-4s all week, reached the 10th in two and rolled in the 25-footer for eagle to get within one of Montgomerie's lead.
 
Daly, who won the 1991 PGA Championship and the 1995 British Open, matched the Scotsman in first with a 15-footer for birdie at the 14th. He nearly drove the green at the par-4 16th, but came up just short. Daly pitched to a foot and tapped in the birdie putt to move one clear.
 
Daly made a pair of pars coming in and has a chance at his sixth PGA Tour victory. He won last year's Buick Invitational, but he conceded he will have some jitters.
 
'It would be a nice thing to be in this position a lot, and on a great golf course and at a great event,' admitted Daly. 'I am nervous, yeah, which is good. It's good to have the butterflies. If you don't, you shouldn't be out here.'
 
Montgomerie ran home a 25-footer for birdie at the eighth that gave him a one- shot lead at minus-8. He calmly made pars around Harding Park, but looked to be in trouble at the 15th. Montgomerie's drive landed in a bunker, then his approach went through the green. The Scotsman chipped to 15 feet and rolled in the par save.
 
Montgomerie, who won last week's dunhill links championship on the European Tour, is playing with confidence and is in position for an important victory in America.
 
'That's what one always does come Saturday night, is to give oneself an opportunity to win, and I've done that, and we'll see what happens tomorrow,' said Montgomerie. 'It's very noisy out there, very noisy, but it's all good fun and it's good to see their heroes. We'll see what happens.'
 
Henrik Stenson shot a 3-under 67 and is alone in fifth place at 6-under-par 204. Stuart Appleby carded a 1-under 69 and has sole possession of sixth at minus-5.
 
Vijay Singh (69), David Toms (70), Sean O'Hair (71) and Jim Furyk (71) are knotted in seventh place at 4-under-par 206.
 
Graeme McDowell reached 7-under par, but fell victim to the par-4 18th. McDowell left the hole with a quadruple-bogey eight, but still shot a 3-under 67. He is part of a group tied for 11th place at minus-3.
 
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    Suwannapura beats Lincicome in playoff for first win

    By Associated PressJuly 15, 2018, 10:49 pm

    SYLVANIA, Ohio - Thidapa Suwannapura won her first LPGA event on Sunday, closing with a 6-under 65 and birdieing the first playoff hole to defeat Brittany Lincicome at the Marathon Classic.

    The 25-year-old Thai player is the sixth first-time winner on tour this year. Her previous best finish in 120 starts was seventh at the 2014 Kingsmill Championship.

    Suwannapura picked up three strokes over her final two holes, making eagle on the par-5 17th and closing with a birdie on the par-5 18th at Highland Meadows to finish at 14-under 270.

    In the playoff, Suwannapura converted a short birdie putt after Lincicome hit her second shot into a water hazard and scrambled for par.

    Lincicome shot 67. She had a chance to win in regulation, but her birdie putt from about 10 feet did a nearly 360-degree turn around the edge of the cup and stayed out. Next up for the big-hitting Lincicome: a start against the men at the PGA Tour's Barbasol Championship.

    Third-round leader Brooke Henderson led by two shots after six holes, but struggled the rest of the way. Back-to-back bogeys on the 14th and 15th holes dropped her out of the lead. The 20-year-old Canadian finished with a 2-under 69, one shot out of the playoff.

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    Kim cruises to first win, final Open invite at Deere

    By Will GrayJuly 15, 2018, 9:38 pm

    Following the best week of his professional career, Michael Kim is both a winner on the PGA Tour and the 156th and final player to earn a tee time next week at The Open.

    Kim entered the final round of the John Deere Classic with a five-shot lead, and the former Cal standout removed any lingering doubt about the tournament's outcome with birdies on each of his first three holes. He cruised from there, shooting a bogey-free 66 to finish the week at 27 under and win by eight shots over Francesco Molinari, Joel Dahmen, Sam Ryder and Bronson Burgoon.

    It equals the tournament scoring record and ties for the largest margin of victory on Tour this season, matching Dustin Johnson's eight-shot romp at Kapalua in January and Molinari's margin two weeks ago at the Quicken Loans National.

    "Just super thankful," Kim said. "It's been a tough first half of the year. But to be able to finish it out in style like this means a lot."

    Kim, 25, received the Haskins Award as the nation's top collegiate player back in 2013, but his ascent to the professional ranks has been slow. He had only one top-10 finish in 83 starts on Tour entering the week, tying for third at the Safeway Open in October 2016, and had missed the cut each of the last three weeks.

    But the pieces all came together at TPC Deere Run, where Kim opened with 63 and held a three-shot lead after 36 holes. His advantage was trimmed to a single shot during a rain-delayed third round, but Kim returned to the course late Saturday and closed with four straight birdies on Nos. 15-18 to build a five-shot cushion and inch closer to his maiden victory.

    As the top finisher among the top five not otherwise exempt, Kim earned the final spot at Carnoustie as part of the Open Qualifying Series. It will be his first major championship appearance since earning low amateur honors with a T-17 finish at the 2013 U.S. Open at Merion, and he is also now exempt for the PGA Championship and next year's Masters.

    The last player to earn the final Open spot at the Deere and make the cut the following week was Brian Harman, who captured his first career win at TPC Deere Run in 2014 and went on to tie for 26th at Royal Liverpool.

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    Poulter offers explanation in dispute with marshal

    By Will GrayJuly 15, 2018, 6:47 pm

    Ian Poulter took to Twitter to offer an explanation after the Englishman was accused of verbally abusing a volunteer during the third round of the Scottish Open.

    Poulter hooked his drive on the opening hole at Gullane Golf Club into a bush, where Quintin Jardine was working as a marshal. Poulter went on to find the ball, wedge out and make bogey, but the details of the moments leading up to his second shot differ depending on who you ask.

    Jardine wrote a letter to the tournament director that he also turned into a colorfully-titled blog post, accusing Poulter of berating him for not going into the bush "feet first" in search of the ball since Poulter would have received a free drop had his ball been stepped on by an official.


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    "I stood and waited for the player. It turned out to be Mr. Poulter, who arrived in a shower of expletives and asked me where his ball was," Jardine wrote. "I told him and said that I had not ventured into the bush for fear of standing on it. I wasn't expecting thanks, but I wasn't expecting aggression, either."

    Jardine added that Poulter stayed to exchange heated words with the volunteer even after wedging his ball back into the fairway. After shooting a final-round 69 to finish in a tie for 30th, Poulter tweeted his side of the story to his more than 2.3 million followers:

    Poulter, 42, won earlier this year on the PGA Tour at the Houston Open and is exempt into The Open at Carnoustie, where he will make his 17th Open appearance. His record includes a runner-up at Royal Birkdale in 2008 and a T-3 finish at Muirfield in 2013.

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    Immelman misses Open bid via OWGR tiebreaker

    By Will GrayJuly 15, 2018, 6:25 pm

    A resurgent performance at the Scottish Open gave Trevor Immelman his first top-10 finish in more than four years, but it left him short of a return to The Open by the slimmest of margins.

    The former Masters champ turned back the clock this week at Gullane Golf Club, carding four straight rounds of 68 or better. That run included a 5-under 65 in the final round, which gave him a tie for third and left him five shots behind winner Brandon Stone. It was his first worldwide top-10 since a T-10 finish at the 2014 Farmers Insurance Open.

    There were three spots available into The Open for players not otherwise exempt, and for a brief moment it appeared Immelman, 38, might sneak the third and final invite.


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    But with Stone and runner-up Eddie Pepperell both not qualified, that left the final spot to be decided between Immelman and Sweden's Jens Dantorp who, like Immelman, tied for third at 15 under.

    As has been the case with other stops along the Open Qualifying Series, the tiebreaker to determine invites is the players' standing in the Official World Golf Rankings entering the week. Dantorp is currently No. 322 in the world, but with Immelman ranked No. 1380 the Swede got the nod.

    This will mark Dantorp's first-ever major championship appearance. Immelman, who hasn't made the cut in a major since the 2013 Masters, was looking to return to The Open for 10th time and first since a missed cut at Royal Lytham six years ago. He will instead work the week at Carnoustie as part of Golf Channel and NBC's coverage of The Open.