Day 54-hole leader at Byron Nelson

By Sports NetworkMay 23, 2010, 2:44 am

HP Byron Nelson ChampionshipIRVING, Texas – Australian Jason Day posted a 3-under 67 on Saturday to move atop the leaderboard after the third round of the Byron Nelson Championship.

Day finished at 12-under 198 and is two strokes clear at the TPC Four Seasons Resort Las Colinas.

Second-round co-leader Blake Adams had an even-par 70 on Saturday and is alone in second place at 10-under 200.

Jeff Overton carded a 1-under 69 and is third at minus-9. Kenny Perry (66), Tom Pernice, Jr. (66) and Mark Hensby (64) share fourth place at 7-under 203.

Jordan Spieth, the 16-year-old amateur who became the sixth-youngest player to make the cut in a PGA Tour event, had a 3-under 67 on Saturday and moved into a group tied for seventh at 6-under 204.

Jason Day swings golf club'I'm getting a little jumpy in between shots, I'm walking really fast, and I realize that,' said Spieth, the reigning U.S. Junior Amateur champion. 'I just can't help it.'

If the youngster can throw a number on the board Sunday afternoon, he could become the first amateur to win a PGA Tour event since Phil Mickelson at the 1991 Northern Telecom Open.

To do that, Spieth will have to get past another relative youngster in Day.

The 22-year-old Australian was a stroke behind at the start of the third round and immediately bogeyed the first hole. The second-round co-leaders came back to the pack so when Day made a nine-foot birdie putt at the par-3 fifth, he was tied for the lead at 9-under par.

Steve Elkington holed out from a bunker for an eagle and when Day made another nine-foot birdie putt, this time at No. 7, he was once again tied atop the leaderboard.

Day remained tied for the lead after three straight pars around the turn. At the short par-4 11th, Day knocked his drive up near the green and made birdie. He was alone in first at 11-under par, then saved some spectacular pars.

At the par-4 14th, Day drove into the right rough and didn't get to the green with his second. He hit an average third shot that stopped 20 feet from the hole, but he stepped up and sank the par save to stay atop the leaderboard.

Day kicked in a short birdie putt at the par-4 16th hole. That got him to 12-under par and gave him a two-shot advantage, and it looked like he would need it at the par-4 closing hole.

Day pulled his tee shot into water on the left side. He took a penalty drop and knocked his third shot to 18 feet. Day rolled in the tough par save to stay two clear.

'My chipping and my putting saved me a lot of mistakes out there,' said Day.

Day is winless on the PGA Tour, but this is the second time in two years he's held a piece of the 54-hole lead on tour. He shared top honors after three rounds of last year's Puerto Rico Open but missed a seven-foot birdie putt on the last hole to miss out on a possible playoff.

The shared second in Puerto Rico was his best finish on the PGA Tour, but he has won in a PGA Tour sanctioned event. Day captured the 2007 Legend Financial Group Classic on the Nationwide Tour.

Spieth was joined in a tie for seventh place by American Ryder Cup captain Corey Pavin (69), Arjun Atwal (64), Heath Slocum (65), Sean O'Hair (69) and D.A. Points (70).

NOTES: In honor of the 16-year-old Spieth's performance this week, officials announced that anyone 16 or under will be allowed into the tournament for free on Sunday...Defending champion Rory Sabbatini struggled to a 3-over 73 on Saturday and fell into a tie for 29th at 2-under par.

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Storms halt Barbasol before Lincicome tees off

By Associated PressJuly 20, 2018, 11:29 pm

NICHOLASVILLE, Ky. - Brittany Lincicome will have to wait until the weekend to resume her bid to make the cut in a PGA Tour event.

Overnight storms delayed the start of the second round Friday in the Barbasol Championship, and an afternoon thunderstorm suspended competition for good. The round will resume Saturday morning with much of the field still to play.

The second stoppage at Champions Trace at Keene Trace Golf Club came 20 minutes before Lincicome's scheduled tee time.

Lincicome was near the bottom of the field after opening with a 6-over 78 on Thursday. The first LPGA player since Michelle Wie in 2008 to start a PGA Tour event, she needs a huge rebound to join Babe Zaharias (1945) as the only female players to make the cut.

Troy Merritt had the clubhouse lead at 15 under, following an opening 62 with a 67.

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Third-round tee times for the 147th Open

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 20, 2018, 9:05 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Eighteen major champions made the cut at The Open and will be playing the weekend at Carnoustie, including 60-year-old ageless wonder Bernhard Langer, and both major champs so far this year, Patrick Reed and Brooks Koepka.

Twenty-four-year-old Gavin Green will be first off solo Saturday at 4:15 a.m. ET. Reed and Rhys Enoch will follow along 10 minutes later.

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Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods, both at even par for the tournament, six shots behind leaders Zach Johnson and Kevin Kisner, are in consecutive groups. Mickelson is playing with Austin Cook at 8:05 a.m. and Woods is with South Africa’s Shaun Norris at 8:15 a.m.

Jordan Spieth and Rickie Fowler, both three shots off the lead, are also in consecutive groups. Fowler is at 10 a.m. with Thorbjorn Olesen and Spieth is 10 minutes later with Kevin Chappell. Rory McIlroy, looking to win his first major since the 2014 PGA Championship, is at 10:40 a.m. with Xander Schauffele. McIlroy is two shots behind.

Johnson and Kisner are last off at 11 a.m.

4:15AM ET: Gavin Green

4:25AM ET: Rhys Enoch, Patrick Reed

4:35AM ET: Kiradech Aphibarnrat, Justin Rose

4:45AM ET: Yusaku Miyazato, Tyrrell Hatton

4:55AM ET: Ross Fisher, Keegan Bradley

5:05AM ET: Ryan Fox, Jason Dufner

5:15AM ET: Bryson DeChambeau, Henrik Stenson

5:25AM ET: Tom Lewis, Sam Locke (a)

5:35AM ET: Paul Casey, Chris Wood

5:45AM ET: Bernhard Langer, Rafa Cabrera Bello

6:00AM ET: Paul Dunne, Brett Rumford

6:10AM ET: Masahiro Kawamura, Shubhankar Sharma

6:20AM ET: Cameron Smith, Brendan Steele

6:30AM ET: Marc Leishman, Lee Westwood

6:40AM ET: Byeong Hun An, Kevin Na

6:50AM ET: Julian Suri, Adam Hadwin

7:00AM ET: Gary Woodland, Si-Woo Kim

7:10AM ET: Yuta Ikeda, Satoshi Kodaira

7:20AM ET: Marcus Kinhult, Thomas Pieters

7:30AM ET: Beau Hossler, Haotong Li

7:45AM ET: Cameron Davis, Sean Crocker

7:55AM ET: Louis Oosthuizen, Stewart Cink

8:05AM ET: Phil Mickeslon, Austin Cook

8:15AM ET: Tiger Woods, Shaun Norris

8:25AM ET: Lucas Herbert, Michael Kim

8:35AM ET: Jason Day, Francesco Molinari

8:45AM ET: Sung Kang, Webb Simpson

8:55AM ET: Patrick Cantlay, Eddie Pepperell

9:05AM ET: Matthew Southgate, Brooks Koepka

9:15AM ET: Kyle Stanley, Adam Scott

9:30AM ET: Charley Hoffman, Alex Noren

9:40AM ET: Ryan Moore, Brandon Stone

9:50AM ET: Luke List, Danny Willett

10:00AM ET: Thorbjorn Olesen, Rickie Fowler

10:10AM ET: Jordan Spieth, Kevin Chappell

10:20AM ET: Zander Lombard, Tony Finau

10:30AM ET: Matt Kuchar, Erik Van Rooyen

10:40AM ET: Rory McIlroy, Xander Schauffele

10:50AM ET: Pat Perez, Tommy Fleetwood

11:00AM ET: Kevin Kisner, Zach Johnson

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Facial hair Fowler's new good-luck charm

By Rex HoggardJuly 20, 2018, 8:12 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Before, during and after the Fourth of July, Rickie Fowler missed a few appointments with his razor.

He arrived in the United Kingdom for last week’s Scottish Open still unshaved and he tied for sixth place. Fowler, like most golfers, can give in to superstition, so he's decided to keep the caveman look going for this week’s Open Championship.

“There could be some variations,” he smiled following his round on Friday at Carnoustie.

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At this rate, he may never shave again. Fowler followed an opening 70 with a 69 on Friday to move into a tie for 11th place, just three strokes off the lead.

Fowler also has some friendly competition in the beard department, with his roommate this week Justin Thomas also going for the rugged look.

“I think he kind of followed my lead in a way. I think he ended up at home, and he had a little bit of scruff going. It's just fun,” Fowler said. “We mess around with it. Obviously, not taking it too seriously. But like I said, ended up playing halfway decent last week, so I couldn't really shave it off going into this week.”

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Spieth (67) rebounds from tough Round 1 finish

By Ryan LavnerJuly 20, 2018, 7:55 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Guess whose putter is starting to heat up again at a major?

Even with a few wayward shots Friday at Carnoustie, Jordan Spieth made a significant climb up the leaderboard in the second round, firing a 4-under 67 to move just three shots off the lead.

Spieth showed his trademark grit in bouncing back from a rough finish Thursday, when he mis-clubbed on the 15th hole, leading to a double bogey, and ended up playing the last four holes in 4 over.

“I don’t know if I actually regrouped,” he said. “It more kind of fires me up a little.”

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Spieth missed more than half of his fairways in the second round, but he was able to play his approach shots from the proper side of the hole. Sure, he “stole a few,” particularly with unlikely birdies on Nos. 10 and 11 after errant drives, but he took advantage and put himself in position to defend his claret jug.

Spieth needed only 25 putts in the second round, and he credited a post-round adjustment Thursday for the improvement. The tweak allows his arms to do more of the work in his stroke, and he said he felt more confident on the greens.

“It’s come a long way in the last few months, no doubt,” he said.

More than anything, Spieth was relieved not to have to play “cut-line golf” on Friday, like he’s done each start since his spirited run at the Masters.

“I know that my swing isn’t exactly where I want it to be; it’s nowhere near where it was at Birkdale,” he said. “But the short game is on point, and the swing is working in the right direction to get the confidence back.”