Hansen Again 54-Hole Lead in Europe

By Sports NetworkJuly 7, 2007, 4:00 pm
European TourSTRAFFAN, Ireland -- Still looking for his second career win after coughing up a 54-hole lead last week, Denmark's Soren Hansen will have another go at it Sunday when he carries a two-shot lead into the final round of the Smurfit Kappa European Open.
Hansen fired a 7-under 63 Saturday for his second third-round lead in as many weeks, moving two strokes in front of Robert Rock at 10-under-par 200 overall.
Last week, Hansen was beaten by Graeme Storm at the Open de France after shooting a 72 in the final round.
He hasn't won since the 2002 Irish Open.
'Without a win for five years is a long time,' said Hanson, 33.
Rock had a 4-under 66 Saturday to climb from a tie for 10th place overnight into solo second place at 8-under 202. Looking for his first win, the Englishman is enjoying his highest career position after 54 holes.
He is currently 134th on the Order of Merit.
'It is not much fun being at the bottom end of the Order of Merit, so I will just try and ignore that and enjoy the fact I am in contention,' Rock said. 'If I play like I did today, then I won't be too far away.'
Niclas Fasth shot a 70 to lead a group of four players who were tied for third place at 7-under 203. He was joined by Peter Hanson, who made a hole-in-one at the shortened 18th for a 66, as well as Gregory Havret (68) and Peter O'Malley (63).
Hansen birdied each of his last three holes at the K Club -- from putts of 15, 40 and 12 feet -- to shoot a 30 on the back nine, vaulting past a slew of players on his way to the top of the leaderboard.
He is 1-4 in his previous five tries with the 54-hole lead, the only win coming five years ago in Ireland.
'I will take it one step at a time because last week I was sitting here saying the same thing,' said Hansen. 'I have come off a terrible season, but now I am playing good golf and putting myself in contention -- and that's what it is all about.'
Colin Montgomerie (71) sits four strokes off the lead at 6-under 204, one of 18 players who stood within five shots of Hansen heading into the final round.
That group did not include Irishman Padraig Harrington or U.S. Open winner Angel Cabrera, who were both well back.
Surprising second-round leader Pelle Edberg had a disastrous finish Saturday, posting two double-bogeys and a bogey in his last six holes to shoot a 73. On a day when players were going low at a shortened course, that wasn't nearly good enough.
Edberg tumbled into a tie for 14th place at 5-under 205 -- five shots off the lead.
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    'Hungover' Pepperell improbably in mix after 67

    By Rex HoggardJuly 22, 2018, 4:20 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Eddie Pepperell’s 11:40 a.m. tee time on Sunday at The Open was a tad early, and not just because the Englishman was heading out more than three hours before the leaders.

    Following a third-round 71 that dropped him eight strokes off the lead, Pepperell did what many golfers do after a less-than-stellar round – he drank.

    “Honestly, I was a little hungover. I won't lie. I had too much to drink last night,” said Pepperell, who said he went to bed on Friday at around 11:30 p.m. “I was so frustrated yesterday, that today was really, I wouldn't say a write-off, but I didn't feel I was in the golf tournament. Whether I shot 69 or 73 today, it wouldn't have been heartbreaking.”

    Pepperell was much closer to the former on Sunday, posting a round-of-the-day 67 to move to within one stroke of the lead held by multiple players as the leaders made the turn.

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    Pepperell had just a single bogey on a blustery day at Carnoustie and closed his round with birdies at Nos. 14 and 17. It was one of just four rounds in the 60s on a course that had become increasingly difficult with each gust.

    With six players tied for the lead at 6 under par, including defending champion Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy, Pepperell planned to wait and see how the afternoon progressed.

    “The only hope I have is that it's Carnoustie, and the last three, four holes, even though they're downwind, still anything can happen with obviously pressure and all that sort of stuff out here,” he said. “So I'll have to hang around.”

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    Watch: Full replays of The Open coverage

    By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 22, 2018, 11:00 am

    NBC Sports and Golf Channel are showcasing nearly 50 hours of live coverage of the 147th Open. Missed anything? Well, you can catch up right here. Click on the links below for replays from Carnoustie, broken down into daily segments:

    Saturday, Day 3 (Times ET)

    7AM-3PM (Watch): Jordan Spieth fired 65 to move into a three-way share of the 54-hole lead, while Tiger Woods (66) played his way into contention. Click here or on the image below to watch. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the marquee group: Rickie Fowler and Thorbjorn Olesen.

    4:30-7AM (Watch): Sunny skies and birdies were on the menu early in Round 3, as Justin Rose made his way around Carnoustie in 64 strokes. Click here or on the image below to watch. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the marquee group: Henrik Stenson and Bryson DeChambeau.

    Friday, Day 2 (Times ET)

    8:20AM-3PM (Watch): As the skies cleared on Friday afternoon, defending champion Jordan Spieth made a run to try and regain the claret jug. Click here or on the image below to watch. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the marquee group: Jordan Spieth, Justin Rose and Kiradech Aphibarnrat.

    1:30-8:20AM (Watch): On a rainy Friday morning at Carnoustie, Rory McIlroy shot 69 to reach 4 under, while Zach Johnson fired a 67 for the early lead. Click here or on the image below to watch. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the marquee group: Brooks Koepka, Ian Poulter and Cameron Smith.

    Thursday, Day 1 (Times ET)

    Noon-4PM (Watch): Tiger Woods was up and down in the afternoon, as winds picked up a little and no one could catch Kevin Kisner. Click here or on the image below to watch. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the marquee group: Woods, Russell Knox and Hideki Matsuyama.

    1:30-8:25AM (Watch): Defending champion Jordan Spieth got off to a good start, while Kevin Kisner (66) set the early pace. Click here or on the image below to watch. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the marquee group: Rickie Fowler, Jon Rahm and Chris Wood.