Maruyama Maintains Sony Lead

By Sports NetworkJanuary 15, 2005, 5:00 pm
04 Sony OpenHONOLULU -- Shigeki Maruyama of Japan used an ace at the fourth hole and a birdie at the last on Saturday to maintain his one-shot lead after three rounds of the Sony Open in Hawaii. He posted a 2-under 68 and stands at 10-under-par 200 at Waialae Country Club.
Brett Quigley also shot a 2-under 68 on Saturday and is alone in second place at minus-9. Paul Azinger, who made this his first win on tour after fighting cancer in 2000, shot a 3-under 67 in the third round and is in third at 8-under-par 202.
Larry Mize matched the low round of the day with a 6-under 64. He is tied for fourth place with Robert Gamez (68) at 7-under-par 203.
One day after 15-year-old Michelle Wie missed the cut, golf was the main focus and Maruyama, who led by one shot at the start of the third round, did not get off to a great start.
He drove into the rough on the right and was forced to lay up short of the putting surface. Maruyama's third missed the green and when it was all added up, he left with double bogey and lost his lead.
Maruyama atoned for the mistake at the par-3 fourth. He used a 6-iron at the 202-yard hole and landed 20 feet short of the hole. The ball rolled directly into the cup and Maruyama was back into the tournament.
'That saved my game,' said Maruyama. 'I knew that was a good ball after I hit the ball, but no one, not even me, I wasn't expecting the ball to go into the hole.'
Maruyama made only one birdie around the turn so Quigley took his spot atop the leaderboard. Quigley collected three birdies in a row, starting at the ninth and all from inside 10 feet.
Things fell apart for Quigley at the 15th. The wind was strong on Saturday and Quigley had trouble picking a club. His approach came up short of the green and he made bogey to fall out of the lead. Quigley's play did not get better on 16 as he drove right into the television area. He somehow ran home a 12-footer to save par, but Maruyama was coming back to reclaim first place.
At the 13th, Maruyama missed a 20-foot par putt and fell two behind Quigley. Maruyama, a three-time winner on the PGA Tour, rebounded at the 14th when he sank an 18-footer for birdie. He was only one back of Quigley, but the two were even after Quigley's bogey at the 15th.
The par-five closing hole proved to be the reason that Maruyama maintained his lead. Azinger and Quigley played the hole first and Quigley found trouble with a drive that landed in a fairway bunker. He laid up in the rough, hit his third 25 feet short of the flag and missed the birdie putt.
Azinger hit two strong shots to come up just short of the green, but hit a poor chip. He left with par and walked off to the clubhouse at 8-under-par 202.
Maruyama found the fairway off the tee and had 251 yards to the flag. His second made it to the green and his eagle try nearly fell into the cup. Maruyama tapped in for birdie and took the 54-hole lead in a PGA Tour event for the third time. The last two times (2002 Byron Nelson & 2003 Chrysler Classic of Greensboro) Maruyama marched on to the winner's circle.
Quigley will have a good chance at getting win No. 1 on the PGA Tour.
'I'm having fun,' said Quigley, who played with Azinger in the third round. 'We talked cars and just goofed around and took our mind of the wind.'
World No. 1 Vijay Singh shot a 67 on Saturday and is tied for sixth place with Charles Howell III, who fired a 64 in the third round. The duo is knotted at 6-under-par 204.
American Ryder Cup captain Tom Lehman (70), Justin Rose (72), Bart Bryant (66) and Adam Scott (69) share eighth place at 5-under-par 205.
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    Garcia among bubble boys keeping playoff hopes alive

    By Randall MellAugust 18, 2018, 12:34 am

    Sergio Garcia gave himself a chance to keep his perfect FedExCup Playoffs record going with his rally Friday at the Wyndham Championship.

    D.A. Points moved into position to make a historic leap into the postseason.

    And Johnson Wagner dunked his last shot of the day from long range to keep his hopes of making the playoffs alive.

    But the day didn’t end nearly as well for Tyrone Van Aswegen’s FedExCup hopes.

    Van Aswegen didn’t do himself any favors trying to hold on to the 125th spot on the FedExCup points list. He missed the cut by a shot.

    Only the top 125 advance to The Northern Trust and next week’s start to the playoffs.

    Van Aswegen wasn’t alone among “bubble boys” missing the cut. No. 122 Jhonattan Vegas, No. 123 Seamus Power, No. 124 Martin Piller, No. 126 Chad Campbell and No. 127 Robert Garrigus all failed to make the weekend.

    Garcia is among 13 players who have advanced to the FedExCup Playoffs every year since they began in 2007, but his run was in jeopardy of ending starting the week. He’s 131st on the FedExCup points list

    With a 65 Friday following his opening round 66, Garcia is in more than a great position to advance. He’s in position to win the Wyndham. He is tied for fourth, five shots off the lead. The day ended with Garcia projected to move up to 118th on the FedExCup points list.

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    “I'm just going to try to keep building on the things that I did well these first two days,” Garcia said. “Whatever happens, happens. Like I said at the beginning of the week, if I have a great weekend, then it will be great. If I don't have a great weekend, it will still be great because

    I'll get to rest.”

    Points started the week 214th on the FedExCup points list. With back-to-back 64s, he trails only Brandt Snedeker going into the weekend. He’s projected to move to 81st in points. Nobody has ever started the Wyndham Championship that far back in points and qualified for the playoffs. Davis Love III was 186th when he won and advanced in 2015.

    Wagner, 136th on the FedExCup points list, went to spectacular lengths Friday to keep his playoff hopes alive. He was outside the cut line until holing his 153-yard approach at the last.

    Bill Haas, who is among those 13 players to have qualified for the playoffs every year, started the week 150th in points. He can keep his perfect playoff record going with a big weekend. He shot 68 Friday to make the cut. He’s tied for 52nd in the tournament.

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    Points two back after missing 16 of 17 cuts

    By Randall MellAugust 17, 2018, 11:54 pm

    What’s the better story come Sunday?

    Brandt Snedeker turning his 59 in the opening round into a victory at the Wyndham Championship?

    Or D.A. Points winning after missing 16 cuts in his last 17 starts?

    They’re both scripts in the works at Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro, N.C.

    Points, who has been struggling this season with a herniated disc that causes numbness in his fingers, has broken through his season-long funk to shoot back-to-back 64s. He starts the weekend in second place, two shots behind Snedeker.

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    “It's been difficult,” Points said of his slump. “It's been hard on my family. I was in this position a couple years ago, and I clawed my way back and won in Puerto Rico.

    “I had that big downturn, and I clawed my way out of it just to find myself way back down in another deep hole again.”

    Points, 41, is a three-time PGA Tour winner. He won his first title playing alongside Bill Murray at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am in 2011 and two years later won the Shell Houston Open. He slipped into a three-year funk after that, before rebuilding his game and winning the Puerto Rico Open last year.

    “Hopefully, this is my way of starting to claw back out,” Points said.

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    New 'Mr. 59' Snedeker needs Day 2 rally to keep Wyndham lead

    By Randall MellAugust 17, 2018, 11:24 pm

    Brandt Snedeker struggled coming off the emotional high that comes with shooting 59, but it didn’t stop him from rallying Friday to try to turn his historic round into a victory at the Wyndham Championship.

    After a sluggish start to the second round, Snedeker caught fire on the back nine at Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro, N.C., to take the lead going into the weekend.

    With a 3-under 67, Snedeker moved to 14 under overall, two shots ahead of D.A. Points (64).

    “I knew it was going to be tough” Snedeker said. “It wasn't going to be the same way it was yesterday. Kind of battling the emotion of everybody pulling hard for you, wanting to see you do it again. So the front nine was disappointing.”

    A day after becoming the ninth player in PGA Tour history to post a sub-60 tournament round, Snedeker opened with three bogeys and two birdies on the front nine. He said it was a struggle to begin anew.

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    “You hear people telling you every two seconds, `Mr. 59,’ or saying how cool it was to watch it,” Snedeker said. “Phone's still blowing up this morning, guys in the locker room are still talking to me about it. So, yes, totally on your mind. You can't ignore it. You can't try to forget about it. Hardest thing is trying to get back into a rhythm.”

    Snedeker did with an eagle and two birdies on the back nine. Rolling in a 30-foot eagle putt at the 15th gave him back the lead he lost earlier in the round.

    “To see that go in was huge,” Snedeker said.

    Not every player to break 60 on the PGA Tour has gone on to win. In fact, Snedeker is looking to become just the fifth player to do so.

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    Garwood (64) leads Dick's Sporting Goods Open

    By Associated PressAugust 17, 2018, 9:53 pm

    ENDICOTT, N.Y. - Doug Garwood birdied the final three holes for an 8-under 64 and the first-round lead Friday in the Dick's Sporting Goods Open.

    The 55-year-old Garwood had nine birdies and a bogey, playing his final nine holes - the front nine at En-Joie Golf Club - in 6-under 31.

    ''Drove it well, hit the irons well, pitched well, putted well, thought well,'' Garwood said. ''I got to a point I was just making birdies and I kind of lost track of how it was going,'' Garwood said. ''That's always a good thing.''

    He won the 2016 SAS Championship for his lone PGA Tour Champions title.

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    "I haven't been playing great this year, but I've been working hard on my game and things I've been working on are paying off,'' Garwood said. ''My golf, I take it a shot at a time, don't think about too far in advance because you really can't control, you know, the 13th hole tomorrow. It's just about the tee shot on No. 1.''

    Michael Bradley and Marco Dawson shot 65, Woody Austin and Clark Dennis followed at 66, and Bob Estes and Tom Gillis were at 67.

    ''It was a good day,'' Bradley said. ''I've traditionally not driven the ball well here and you've got to drive the ball good here to shoot a good score. I drove the ball well and made a few putts, so that was that.''

    Kenny Perry, the 3M Championship winner two weeks ago in Minnesota, had a 68. Bernard Langer and Miguel Angel Jimenez each shot 70. Langer won the 2014 tournament. Jimenez is coming off a victory at St. Andrews in the British Senior Open.

    Defending champion Scott McCarron had a 72. Kevin Sutherland also had a 72. He shot the only 59 in PGA Tour Champions history in the 2014 event. John Daly, the winner of the PGA Tour's 1992 B.C. Open at En-Joie, opened with a 73.