Forsyth Overtakes Garcia in Spain

By Sports NetworkOctober 30, 2004, 4:00 pm
SOTOGRANDE, Spain -- Alastair Forsyth shot a 4-under 67 on Saturday to grab the lead after the third round of the Volvo Masters Andalucia. Forsyth finished 54 holes at 9-under-par 204 for a three-shot lead heading into Sunday.
 
'Three shots is certainly not enough around this golf course,' Forsyth said. 'Hopefully I can keep playing good solid golf and if its not good enough, so be it.'
 
Sergio Garcia, who held at least a share of the lead throughout the first two rounds, carded an even-par 71 to join Ian Poulter at 6-under-par 207. Christian Cevaer was two shots further back at 4-under-par 209.
 
Forsyth trailed Garcia by one to start the day at Valderrama and dropped a shot off the bat with a bogey at the opening hole. Garcia struggled early as well with a bogey at the second, but the Spaniard hit his third shot to 6 feet for a birdie at the par-5 fourth to get back to 4 under.
 
Forsyth persisted and drained a long birdie putt at the seventh to get within one of the Garcia. At the very next hole, Forsyth played his approach inside 14 feet and converted the birdie putt to grab a share of the lead.
 
Garcia, fueled by the Spanish galleries, knocked his second within 5 feet for a birdie at the ninth to regain the advantage. Forsyth hung around, however, and pitched his third shot to 5 feet for a birdie at the par-5 11th.
 
Forsyth found himself alone atop the leaderboard after Garcia bogeyed the 12th. At the very next hole, Forsyth landed his second shot inside 25 feet as an unexpected thunderstorm was approaching Valderrama. Forsyth ran home the putt to reach minus-8 moments before the horn sounded signaling a suspension of play.
 
Garcia had 6 feet left for par at the 13th, and after waiting for over an hour, the 24-year-old returned to the course and missed the putt to fall three shots back.
 
Forsyth let Garcia climb back, however. After the Scot bogeyed the 14th, Garcia hit his tee shot to 30 feet at the par-3 15th and drained the birdie putt to get within one of the lead.
 
Forsyth responded with a birdie at the 16th and played a wedge inside 8 feet at the difficult par-5 17th. Forsyth sank the birdie putt to give himself some breathing room with one round to play.
 
'It would have been a pain to come back tomorrow morning so I was glad to finish, especially with a three-shot lead,' said Forsyth, who last won on the European Tour at the 2002 Malaysian Open. 'I've certainly not been in this positioning a tournament of this stature and I am sure I will be nervous tomorrow.'
 
Garcia seemed to hit a great third shot to the 17th, but the ball spun away from the flag stopping a good distance away from the cup. He two-putted for par and managed a par at the last as daylight faded.
 
Peter Hanson posted his third straight round of 70 stand alone in fifth place at 3-under-par 210. Trevor Immelman followed at 2-under-par 211 while Stephen Dodd finished alone in seventh place at 1-under-par 212.
 
Darren Clarke recovered from a disheartening second round that saw him take an 11 at the 17th with a 68 on Saturday to join Padraig Harrington and Scott Drummond in a tie for eighth at even-par 213.
 
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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.