Hughes Still on Top at Legend Financial

By Sports NetworkSeptember 2, 2006, 4:00 pm
CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Bradley Hughes posted a 1-under 70 on Saturday and he leads by two after three rounds of the Legend Financial Group Classic. Hughes played the opening 54 holes at 10-under-par 203.
 
The third round was played in a steady rain. However, lift-clean-and-place rules were not in effect. Action was halted for 30 minutes late in the round due to water puddling on the greens.
 
'I'll take under-par on a day like this,' Hughes stated. 'You just have to be patient because you know it is going to be the same for everyone. I've had a bit of experience playing in conditions like this.'
 
Chris Baryla (67) and 2000 U.S. Amateur champion Jeff Quinney (69) are tied for second place at 8-under-par 205. Gavin Coles, who briefly held the lead early in round three, carded a 3-under 68 and is alone in fourth at minus-7.
 
Boo Weekley shot 69 for the second straight round and is in fifth at 5-under-par 208.
 
Hughes, who owns four straight top-25 finishes since missing the cut at the British Open, stumbled to a double-bogey on the first. That dropped him to minus-7.
 
Coles birdied the first, then ran off three straight birdies from the fourth to jump to minus-8 and into the lead at StoneWater Golf Club.
 
The 39-year-old Hughes got one of those strokes back with a birdie on the fourth. He got back to minus-9 thanks to a birdie on the par-3 sixth. That gave him the lead as Coles had dropped a stroke on No. 9.
 
Hughes parred four straight from the seventh before a bogey on the 11th dropped him to minus-8 and into a share of the lead with Quinney. Hughes birdied the 13th to regain the outright lead.
 
Before Hughes' group putted on the 15th, the weather delay halted action. The last few greens were gathering plenty of water from the rain and puddles were making some of the greens unplayable.
 
When players returned to the course, Hughes pushed his lead to two shots with a birdie on 17 and he parred the last to remain two ahead.
 
'I didn't really have any close putts today,' admitted Hughes, whose lone tour win came at the 2004 Wichita Open. 'But I was happy with my long approach putts.'
 
Quinney dropped in a 14-foot birdie putt on eight and gained a share of the lead with his birdie effort on 11. He parred his next three then birdied the 15th to briefly tie Hughes for the lead.
 
The former U.S. Amateur champion stumbled to a bogey on the 16th before carding pars on the final two holes.
 
'It was a long day. The weather was tough with the wind and the rain,' Quinney explained. 'I wasn't swinging it great, but I'm happy with the end result.'
 
Baryla, a Monday qualifier, flew up the leaderboard with three birdies over a four-hole span from the fourth. He dropped a stroke on eight, but atoned for the mistake with a birdie on 10. Baryla bogeyed the 11th to slip to minus-6. He climbed into a share of second with birdies on 16 and 17.
 
Cameron Beckman is alone in sixth place at 4-under-par 209 after a 72 on Saturday. Ricky Barnes, the 2002 U.S. Amateur champion, was joined in a share of seventh place by Josh Broadaway, Akio Sadakata, Scott Gardiner, Craig Lile and Jarrod Lyle.
 
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    Casey (62) opens up four-shot lead at Travelers

    By Nick MentaJune 23, 2018, 9:48 pm

    On the strength of an 8-under 62, Paul Casey will take a four-shot lead into the final round of the Travelers Championship. Here’s where things stand through three rounds outside Hartford.

    Leaderboard: Casey (-16), Russell Henley (-12), J.B. Holmes (-11), Anirban Lahiri (-11), Brian Harman (-11)

    What it means: Casey is hunting his third PGA Tour victory and his second this season. The Englishman went nine years between Tour titles and racked up a number of near-misses after dedicating himself to a full-time U.S. schedule in 2015. He finally broke through earlier this year at the Valspar, edging a resurgent Tiger Woods, and now looks to further kick down a finally open door. TPC River Highlands is a gettable golf course, and notable names like Day, Watson and DeChambeau lurk at 10 under, but the field may need some help from Casey, who has separated himself through 54 holes.  

    Round of the day: Casey fired the round of the week with six birdies and an eagle at the short par-4 15th. He leads the tournament in birdies made with six in each round for 18 total. He has hit each of his last 23 greens in regulation.

    Best of the rest: Jaime Lovemark signed for a 6-under 64 highlighted by an eagle at 15. He enters Sunday tied for 11th, hunting his fourth top-10 finish of the season.

    Biggest disappointment: While Casey was ripping up the course, four of the top seven players in the Official World Golf Ranking - Rory McIlroy (69), Brooks Koepka (69), Justin Thomas (70) and Jordan Spieth (71) - combined to shoot 1 under par Saturday. .

    Shot of the day: James Hahn’s slam-dunk ace from 154 yards at the par-3 11th.

    After a 3-over front nine, Hahn closed in 29 on the back for a ho-hum 67.

    Quote of the day: "That's something I rarely see from me, 18 greens in regulation. So whatever he told me worked" - Casey on his work with his swing coach, Peter Kostis

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    Watch: Hahn slam-dunks ace on 11th hole

    By Golf Channel DigitalJune 23, 2018, 7:20 pm

    There are aces, and there are slam-dunk aces. No question which one this one by James Hahn on the 154-yard 11th hole was.

    It was Hahn's first ace on the PGA Tour.

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    Els' nephew Rebula wins Amateur Championship

    By Golf Channel DigitalJune 23, 2018, 7:05 pm

    Ernie Els is one proud uncle.

    His nephew, Jovan Rebula, won the Amateur Championship on Saturday at Royal Aberdeen to become the first South African to capture the title since Bobby Cole in 1966.

    Rebula, a junior at Auburn, will join his famous uncle in Carnoustie next month for The Open. He also will get invites to the 2019 Masters and the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach.

    Rebula defeated Ireland's Robin Dawson, 3 and 2, in the 36-hole final.

    "It’s unreal," Rebula said. "It’s really something that is hard to describe. I feel like many have been in this position before but it’s an unreal feeling. It hasn’t sunk in quite yet but hopefully tomorrow morning I can wake up and I will feel a little different."

    Rebula received plenty of texts from Els throughout the week, and the encouragement paid off. Rebula opened a 1-up lead after 18 holes, and he extended his advantage by winning the 26th and 27th holes. He was 5 up with six to play before finally closing out Dawson on the 16th hole with an up-and-down from the bunker.

    "It’s been a long week and especially today," Rebula said. "I should have finished maybe a couple of holes earlier, but it’s been awesome. A very tiring week. I’m standing here right now and there’s so much adrenaline pumping through me."

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    Squirrel gets Rory's round off to a rocky start

    By Will GrayJune 23, 2018, 6:42 pm

    CROMWELL, Conn. – Rory McIlroy’s third round at the Travelers Championship got off to a peculiar start before he even hit a shot.

    McIlroy had just been introduced on the first tee at TPC River Highlands and was ready to unload on his opening drive of the day when a squirrel ran across the tee box a few feet in front of him.

    McIlroy stopped his swing and laughed it off, but the squirrel continued to linger for several seconds, criss-crossing from one side of the packed tee box to the other. And while this was no black cat, the pump-fake to start his round didn’t exactly help the Ulsterman.

    McIlroy ultimately blocked his drive into the right rough after enduring his brief rodent delay en route to an opening bogey, and amid soft conditions at TPC River Highlands he played his first five holes in 2 over. McIlroy started the day at 7 under, three shots behind leader Brian Harman.