Irwin Wins Third 3M Championship

By Sports NetworkAugust 11, 2002, 4:00 pm
Blaine, MN -- Hale Irwin posted a bogey-free round of 4-under-par 68 to win the 3M Championship Sunday at the TPC of the Twin Cities. He finished with a 54-hole total of 12-under-par 204 and won by three shots over Hubert Green.
Irwin won for the third time in 2002 but for the first time since the Toshiba Senior Classic in March. He extended his Senior Tour record for all-time wins to 35 and gained some redemption from previous weeks.
Irwin lost in a playoff three weeks ago to Bob Gilder at the SBC Senior Open and last week dropped another playoff - a seven-hole marathon against Green.
'I'm excited and I take great pride in my accomplishments,' said Irwin, who earned $262,500 for the victory. 'The big difference this week and last was putting came around this week.'
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James Mason shared the overnight lead with Irwin, but managed only an even-par 72 Sunday and shared third place with Doug Tewell, who carded a 67 in the final round. The duo came in at eight-under-par 208.
Allen Doyle and Gilder tied for fifth place at minus-7.
Irwin jumped out to the early lead when he holed a 25-foot birdie putt at the second and made it two in a row with a two-putt birdie at the par-five third hole.
Mason answered with a birdie of his own at the third and drew even with Irwin after a birdie at No. 5.
Mason ran into big trouble from there. He dropped shots at the seventh and the eighth holes and Irwin made Mason pay for his mistakes. Irwin knocked an 8-iron to 18 feet for birdie at the 10th and drained a six-footer for birdie at 12. Mason bogeyed the 13th hole and the tournament was Irwin's to lose.
While Irwin was playing smart golf, Green was moving up the leaderboard. Green bogeyed the 14th hole, but rebounded with an 18-foot birdie putt at the par-4 15th and closed with two short birdie putts to reach nine-under par.
Irwin sealed the victory with some strong par saves down the stretch. He ran home a nine-foot par try at the 15th and an eight-foot par putt at the last to earn his third win of the 2002 season.
'This is certainly one of the events you really want to win,' said Irwin, now a three-time winner of this championship. 'You get great support by fans and the community. That means a lot. It's always been a great event.'
For Green, the winner of the Long Island Classic last week, the hot streak continues. Since the Senior Players Championship in the middle of July, Green has one victory, two second-place finishes and a tie for 19th.
'I can't complain about how I played,' said Green, who shot a final-round 67. 'I didn't start off well today. I played pretty well except a couple of holes. Hale doesn't have reverse in his machine.'
Walter Morgan shot a five-under 67 Sunday to share seventh place with Andy North (69), Jerry McGee (70) and Bruce Fleisher (71). The group finished three days at six-under-par 210.
Final results from the 3M Championship
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Romo turns in even in PGA Tour debut

By Will GrayMarch 22, 2018, 3:00 pm

After stumbling out of the gates, Tony Romo has found his footing in his PGA Tour debut.

Playing in the Corales Punta Cana Resort & Club Championship on a sponsor exemption, Romo shot an even-par 36 for his opening nine holes in the Dominican Republic. The former NFL quarterback bogeyed his first two holes, but steadied the ship with three birdies from Nos. 4-8 while playing alongside Dru Love and Denny McCarthy.

The early highlight of the round came at the par-4 fifth hole, where Romo drained a putt from across the green for his second straight birdie:

Romo has played as an amateur partner in the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, and has played individually in U.S. Open local qualifiers and mini-tour events as an amateur. But this marks his first attempt to gauge his game against the best players in the world who are not in Austin for the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play.

Romo, who plays to a plus-0.3 handicap, said earlier in the week that he expected some jitters once it came time to put a tee in the ground.

"You'll be nervous on Thursday on the first tee. Just going to be," Romo said. "I've got to get through the first three or four holes. If I can handle the nerves on the first three or four holes, I think that I'll settle in and hopefully just play the way I've been playing."

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Kim's missing clubs show up at sporting goods store

By Will GrayMarch 22, 2018, 1:58 pm

More than a month after they were lost on an American Airlines flight, the clubs I.K. Kim used to win last year's Ricoh Women's British Open turned up on the sale rack of a California sporting goods store.

Kim's clubs became lost in late January when she flew from Miami to San Diego, with the airline suggesting she simply rent a new set. A few weeks later, Kim shot a "What's in the bag" television segment which according to a Golfweek report caught the eye of three good samaritans in the San Diego area.

The three men recognized Kim's clubs for sale at a local Play It Again Sports, with the major winner's tools listed at $60 each. The store even had Kim's tour bag, complete with her LPGA player badge. Kim filmed the reunion with her bag - containing wedges and a few hybrids, minus the head covers - at the Carlsbad police station:

Kim was back in southern California this week for the Kia Classic, where she'll begin play Thursday morning at Aviara Golf Club in Carlsbad.

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New dad Garcia removes shoes, wins match

By Rex HoggardMarch 22, 2018, 12:48 am

AUSTIN, Texas – In one of the day’s most explosive matches, Sergio Garcia rolled in an 8-footer for birdie at the 18th hole to defeat Shubhankar Sharma, 1 up, at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play.

The duo halved just nine holes on Day 1 at Austin Country Club, with Garcia going from 2 up through four holes to 1 down with five holes to play.

But the Spaniard rallied with five birdies over his final eight holes and pushed his record to 20-17-1 in the Match Play. He also gave himself his best chance to advance out of pool play since the format began in 2015.

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The victory continued what has already been a memorable week for Garcia, whose wife, Angela, gave birth to the couple’s first child last Wednesday.

“I already feel like I’m a winner after what happened on Wednesday,” Garcia said. “Obviously, it's something that we're so, so happy and proud of and enjoying it as much as possible.”

The highlight of Garcia’s round on Wednesday came at the 12th hole when he took a drop on a cart path. After considering his options, he removed his shoes and hit his approach from 212 yards to 29 feet for a two-putt birdie to halve the hole.

“I have spikes. So if I don't take my shoes off, I'm going to slip. It's not the kind of shot that you want to slip,” Garcia said. “I had tried it a couple of times on practice swings and I was already slipping a little bit. So I thought I would just take my shoes off, try to get a little bit in front of the hole and it came out great.”