Goosen Stalls Drops Five Back in Thailand

By Sports NetworkMarch 3, 2007, 5:00 pm
European TourPHUKET, Thailand -- For the second straight day, Richard Sterne fired a course record tying 8-under 64 Saturday to grab a one- stroke lead after three rounds of the Johnnie Walker Classic.
 
Sterne completed 54 holes at 13-under-par 203. He is one clear of second-round leader Oliver Wilson, who stands at minus-12 after a third-round 70.
 
South African Anton Haig carded a 2-under 70 Saturday and is alone in third at 11-under-par 205, while Richard Lee is two strokes further back after a 70 of his own.
 
Retief Goosen, the 2002 champion, moved into a share of the lead after three straight birdies from the second, but followed that with three consecutive bogeys. The South African went on to shoot even-par 72 after a closing bogey. He dropped from a share of third to fifth at 8-under-par 208.
 
Sterne, who along with Haig matched Greg Norman's course record of 64 on Friday, opened round three tied for 11th. Sterne started with three pars before posting his first birdie at the fourth.
 
The 25 year old made it two straight as he birdied the par-4 fifth. Sterne birdied the par-5 sixth to make it three in a row and get to minus-8.
 
Sterne birdied the ninth at Blue Canyon Country Club for the second day in a row. He got to 10 under with a birdie on 12. Sterne moved within one of the lead as he birdied 15 and 16, each for the third day in a row.
 
For the second time on the day, Sterne made it three straight birdies as he birdied the par-3 17th to move to minus-13. That gave him a share of the lead. Sterne parred the last to close his second straight bogey-free round.
 
'This year my goal is to get into the top 50 in the world and hopefully get to the United States,' said Sterne of his goals for this year. 'I've never played there professionally. I need to learn how to win, especially in tough fields.'
 
Sterne admitted afterwards that he had checked out of his hotel on Friday before his first 64 helped him make the cut.
 
'I checked out of my hotel and took my bags to the course,' Sterne admitted. 'I had a flight home at 8:00 p.m. that I fully expected to be on. Luckily I played well to shoot 64 and was able to check back into the same hotel.'
 
Early on, Wilson and Haig shared the lead at minus-10 after Haig birdied the first. However, Haig bogeyed the second to fall from the lead.
 
Wilson birdied the third, but was joined in the lead by Goosen, who had run off three straight birdies from the second. Goosen fell off the pace as he bogeyed the following three holes.
 
The 26-year-old Wilson birdied five and six to move three clear of Haig at 13 under. From there, Wilson parred his next 10 holes. Sterne, playing eight groups ahead of the leader, caught Wilson during his par run.
 
Wilson stumbled to a bogey on 17 to slip back to minus-12 and a par at the last meant he finished the round one shot behind Sterne.
 
'It was a shame about the 17th, but I just can't see the shot in there,' said Wilson, whose tee ball at the par 3 came up short, right of the green. 'I tried to cut in a four iron, but it came out a bit thin. I did lose a bit of concentration, but managed to regroup and had a solid par at the last.'
 
Wen-Chong Liang and Aron Price each posted rounds of 5-under 67 to move from a share of 32nd into a tie for sixth at 7-under-par 209. They were joined there by eight-time Order of Merit winner Colin Montgomerie (70), Graeme Storm (70) and Ter-Chang Wang (71).
 
Ernie Els and Phillip Archer each shot 67 to jump from a share of 51st into a share of 11th at minus-6. Also vaulting to minus-6 was Simon Hurd, who fired a 66 to climb 50 places in the standings. Those three were joined at 6-under-par 210 by Richard Bland, Stephen Gallacher, James Nitties and Jeev Milkha Singh.
 
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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.