Dougherty Leads Monty Bjorn by Two

By Sports NetworkJanuary 29, 2005, 5:00 pm
European TourCHANGI, Singapore -- Nick Dougherty posted a 4-under 68 Saturday to extend his lead to two strokes through three rounds of the Caltex Masters. Dougherty completed 54 holes at 13-under-par 203.
 
Thomas Bjorn moved into a share of second place with a 5-under 67. He was joined at 11-under-par 205 by defending champion Colin Montgomerie (69). Peter Hedblom (66) and Maarten Lafeber (67) were one stroke further back at minus-10.
 
Dougherty fell out of the lead during the middle part of the round, but a late rally gave him the third-round lead. He opened his third round with a birdie at the par-5 second on the Masters Course at Laguna National Golf & Country Club.
 
The Englishman stumbled to a bogey at the par-4 sixth. Dougherty erased that mistake with a birdie at the par-3 eighth. He moved to minus-11 with a birdie at the par-5 11th.
 
Dougherty faltered to a bogey at the next that dropped him out of the lead. He parred his next three holes before turning it on. The 22-year-old drained a 30-foot birdie putt at the par-4 16th to move back to 11 under.
 
Dougherty made it two straight as he birdied the par-3 17th from 6 feet out. The Liverpool native made it three in a row to close his round as he sank a 10-foot birdie putt the par-4 closing hole. He will go for his first European Tour title on Sunday.
 
'I was a bit shaky out there at the start, it is a lot of pressure because they are guys that I grew up watching on television and I admire both players tremendously,' Dougherty noted of his playing partners Bjorn and Montgomerie. 'But I am playing well at the moment and I felt like I held my own from tee to green and I was definitely as strong as them from tee to green.
 
'It was great fun and I cherish the fact that if I am going to win this I have to beat two of golf's great players. I would take a win however it comes, but to have a chance to win a golf tournament having those two guys on my tail is fantastic.'
 
Bjorn, who opened the event with an even-par 72, moved into contention with his third-round 67. He opened the third round with back-to-back birdies from the first.
 
 
Bjorn came back with a birdie at the eighth. He converted birdie opportunities at the 10th and 11th to climb to 10 under.
 
The seven-time winner on the European Tour jumped into a share lead with Montgomerie at 12-under when he eagled the par-5 15th. However, he bogeyed the 17th to drop out of the lead. He closed with a par at the last.
 
'My round had everything,' said Bjorn. 'There was a lot of good stuff in there, but there were a couple of mistakes as well. But it's always nice when you have seven birdies and an eagle because you know you are doing the right things.'
 
Montgomerie opened his round by birdieing the par-5 third for the third straight round. He stumbled to a bogey at the fifth, but came right back to birdie No. 6. Monty tripped to another bogey at seven.
 
The Scotsman turned it on around the turn. He picked up a birdie at the ninth and came right back to birdie No. 10. Montgomerie climbed into the lead at minus-11 with a birdie at the par-3 12th.
 
Montgomerie moved to 12 under with a birdie at the par-5 15th where he was joined atop the leaderboard by Bjorn. Montgomerie fell out of the lead when he bogeyed the 17th. He closed with a par on No. 18.
 
'I'm still very much in the tournament,' Montgomerie said. 'There is nothing wrong with my golf, it's just that I haven't holed enough birdies. But there is all to play for tomorrow and I am out again with Nick and Thomas and that is nice and they are good to play with.'
 
Soren Hansen posted a 3-under 69 to move into sixth place at 8-under-par 208. Gregory Havret and Wen-Chong Liang stand one stroke further back at minus-7.
 
Angelo Que and Jason Knutzon each posted rounds of 2-under 70. They were joined in a tie for ninth place at 6-under-par 210 by Jamie Donaldson (72).
 
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    Weather extends Barbasol to Monday finish

    By Associated PressJuly 23, 2018, 12:25 am

    NICHOLASVILLE, Ky. - A thunderstorm has suspended the fourth round of the PGA Tour's Barbasol Championship until Monday morning.

    Sunday's third stoppage of play at Champions Trace at Keene Trace Golf Club came with the four leaders - Hunter Mahan, Robert Streb, Tom Lovelady and Troy Merritt at 18 under par - and four other contenders waiting to begin the round.

    The tournament will resume at 7:30 a.m. on Monday. Lightning caused one delay, and play was stopped earlier in the afternoon to clear water that accumulated on the course following a morning of steady and sometimes-heavy rain.

    Inclement weather has plagued the tournament throughout the weekend. The second round was completed Saturday morning after being suspended by thunderstorms late Friday afternoon.

    The resumption will mark the PGA Tour's second Monday finish this season. Jason Day won the Farmers Insurance Open in January after darkness delayed the sixth playoff hole, and he needed just 13 minutes to claim the victory.

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    Watch: Spectator films as Woods' shot hits him

    By Will GrayJuly 23, 2018, 12:07 am

    It was a collision watched by millions of fans on television, and one that came at a pivotal juncture as Tiger Woods sought to win The Open. It also gave Colin Hauck the story of a lifetime.

    Hauck was among dozens of fans situated along the left side of the 11th hole during the final round at Carnoustie as the pairing of Woods and Francesco Molinari hit their approach shots. After 10 holes of nearly flawless golf, Woods missed the fairway off the tee and then pulled his iron well left of the target.

    The ball made square contact with Hauck, who hours later tweeted a video showing the entire sequence - even as he continued to record after Woods' shot sent him tumbling to the ground:

    The bounce initially appeared fortuitous for Woods, as his ball bounded away from thicker rough and back toward the green. But an ambitious flop shot came up short, and he eventually made a double bogey to go from leading by a shot to trailing by one. He ultimately shot an even-par 71, tying for sixth two shots behind Molinari.

    For his efforts as a human shield, Hauck received a signed glove and a handshake from Woods - not to mention a firsthand video account that will be sure to spark plenty of conversations in the coming years.

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    Molinari retirement plan: coffee, books and Twitter

    By Will GrayJuly 22, 2018, 9:35 pm

    After breaking through for his first career major, Francesco Molinari now has a five-year exemption on the PGA Tour, a 10-year exemption in Europe and has solidified his standing as one of the best players in the world.

    But not too long ago, the 35-year-old Italian was apparently thinking about life after golf.

    Shortly after Molinari rolled in a final birdie putt to close out a two-shot victory at The Open, fellow Tour player Wesley Bryan tweeted a picture of a note that he wrote after the two played together during the third round of the WGC-HSBC Champions in China in October. In it, Bryan shared Molinari's plans to retire as early as 2020 to hang out at cafes and "become a Twitter troll":

    Molinari is active on the social media platform, with more than 5,600 tweets sent out to nearly 150,000 followers since joining in 2010. But after lifting the claret jug at Carnoustie, it appears one of the few downsides of Molinari's victory is that the golf world won't get to see the veteran turn into a caffeinated, well-read troll anytime soon.

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    Molinari had previously avoided Carnoustie on purpose

    By Rex HoggardJuly 22, 2018, 9:17 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Sometimes a course just fits a player’s eye. They can’t really describe why, but more often than not it leads to solid finishes.

    Francesco Molinari’s relationship with Carnoustie isn’t like that.

    The Italian played his first major at Carnoustie, widely considered the toughest of all The Open venues, in 2007, and his first impression hasn’t really changed.

    “There was nothing comforting about it,” he said on Sunday following a final-round 69 that lifted him to a two-stroke victory.


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    In fact, following that first exposure to the Angus coast brute, Molinari has tried to avoid Carnoustie, largely skipping the Dunhill Links Championship, one of the European Tour’s marquee events, throughout his career.

    “To be completely honest, it's one of the reasons why I didn't play the Dunhill Links in the last few years, because I got beaten up around here a few times in the past,” he said. “I didn't particularly enjoy that feeling. It's a really tough course. You can try and play smart golf, but some shots, you just have to hit it straight. There's no way around it. You can't really hide.”

    Molinari’s relative dislike for the layout makes his performance this week even more impressive considering he played his last 37 holes bogey-free.

    “To play the weekend bogey-free, it's unthinkable, to be honest. So very proud of today,” he said.