Monty on Target on Top of the World

By Sports NetworkDecember 11, 2004, 5:00 pm
04 Target World ChallengeTHOUSAND OAKS, Calif. -- Colin Montgomerie eagled the 16th and birdied the 17th Saturday en route to a 4-under 67 and a two-stroke lead after three rounds of the Target World Challenge. Montgomerie completed 54 holes at 13-under-par 200.
Jay Haas, who held the lead through a good portion of the third round, matched Montgomerie's 67 and stands at 11-under-par 202. Jim Furyk also posted a 67 to join Haas in second place, while tournament host Tiger Woods recovered from a tough start to card a 69 to also finish at minus-11.
Miguel Angel Jimenez, who posted five worldwide wins in 2004, fired a third-round best 5-under 66. He stands alone in fifth place at 10-under-par 203, while Irishman Padraig Harrington is one stroke further back at minus-9.
Haas began the round two strokes behind Montgomerie. The 51-year-old Haas closed the gap with birdies at the second and third. Monty however remained one stroke ahead of Haas as he birdied the second.
Haas briefly tied Montgomerie in the lead when he birdied the par-5 fifth. Montgomerie also birdied the hole to move one shot clear of Haas. But, Haas showed his determination as he came right back with a birdie at the sixth to tie Monty in the lead at minus-11.
Montgomerie hit a poor tee shot at the ninth and it led to his only bogey of the round. That dropped in him one behind Haas.
Haas, whose last win came at the 1993 Texas Open, moved two strokes ahead of Montgomerie when he two-putted for birdie at the par-5 13th at Sherwood Country Club. However, Haas hit a poor bunker shot at the next and that led to a bogey, which drooped him back to minus-11.
Meanwhile, Montgomerie was biding his time with six consecutive pars from the 10th. That run included a solid par at 11. He had to punch his second shot out from underneath a tree. He then stuck his third shot from 210 yards out to 3 feet and rolled home the par putt.
At the par-5 16th, the Scotsman dropped his second shot nine feet from the cup. He sank that eagle putt to move one stroke ahead of Haas at minus-12.
Montgomerie, who was one of four sponsor's exemptions, then drained a 7-foot birdie putt at the 17th to climb to 13 under. He parred the last.
'It's all on tomorrow. Tiger's birdie at the last sets up a very good finish tomorrow,' said Montgomerie, whose only win in the United States came at the 2000 Skins Game. 'There's only two shots between the first four guys and that's nothing around here. Sunday will be a good challenge for me.'
Haas parred his final four holes to remain at 11 under.
Woods got off to a rough start as he bogeyed the first, but bounced back with a birdie at No. 2. He then stumbled to a double bogey at the third and a three-putt bogey at the fourth to fall back to minus-6.
The tournament host recovered with birdies at five and nine to move back into contention. Woods kicked in a 3-foot birdie putt at 13 and came back with a two-putt birdie at the 16th. Woods closed with a 9-foot birdie at the last to share second place.
'I missed a couple short putts early on, but I figured there were a lot of holes to play,' Woods said. 'I had been playing well all week, so I figured I'd keep doing what I had been doing and try not to play hockey on the greens. It's going to take a good number to win tomorrow and I need to get off to a better start for that to happen.'
Furyk closed with a strong rally after a tough front nine. The 2003 U.S. Open champion birdied the par-5 second for the third straight round. His troubles began at the next as he double bogeyed the third.
Furyk faltered to a bogey at the fourth to drop back to 5 under. He rallied with birdie on five and seven, but tripped to another bogey at the ninth.
The 34-year-old settled down with three straight pars. Furyk then caught fire as he ran off three consecutive birdies from the par-5 13th.
Furyk moved to 10 under with a birdie on 17 and joined the crowd in second place with a 10-foot birdie putt at the last.
'I hit the ball well on the front, but just got some bad breaks,' said Furyk. 'The back nine was the exact opposite as I took advantage of all of my opportunities and got a few very fortunate bounces that helped me out.'
Chris DiMarco posted a 1-under 70 and is alone in seventh place at 7-under-par 206. Chad Campbell, the 2003 Tour Championship winner, stands one stroke further back at minus-6.
Stewart Cink is alone in ninth place at 5-under-par 208 with Fred Couples one shot behind him. Defending champion Davis Love III stumbled to a 3-over 74. He fell into 11th place at 3-under-par 210 with world No. 1 Vijay Singh one stroke back at 2 under.
Kenny Perry is in 13th at 2-over-par 215 with British Open champion Todd Hamilton one stroke behind him at plus-3. Stephen Ames and John Daly share last place in the 16-player field at 4-over-par 217.
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    Group standings at WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play

    By Golf Channel DigitalMarch 22, 2018, 7:20 pm

    Here are the group standings for pool play at the 2018 WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play Championship in Austin, Texas. The player with the most points in each pool advanced to Saturday's Round of 16 in Austin, Texas. Click here for scoring and click here for the bracket.

    Group 1 Group 2 Group 3 Group 4
    (1) D. Johnson: 0-1-0 (2) J. Thomas: 1-0-0 (3) J. Rahm: 0-0-1 (4) J. Spieth: 2-0-0
    (32) K. Kisner: 0-0-1 (21) F. Molinari: 1-0-0 (28) K. Aphibarnrat: 1-0-0 (19) P. Reed: 2-0-0
    (38) A. Hadwin: 0-0-1
    (48) P. Kizzire: 0-1-0 (43) C. Reavie: 0-1-0 (34) H. Li: 0-2-0
    (52) B. Wiesberger: 1-0-0
    (60) L. List: 0-1-0 (63) K. Bradley: 0-0-1 (49) C. Schwartzel: 0-2-0
    Group 5 Group 6 Group 7 Group 8
    (5) H. Matsuyama: 1-0-0 (6) R. McIlroy: 0-1-0 (7) S. Garcia: 1-0-0 (8) J. Day: 1-0-0
    (30) P. Cantlay: 0-1-0
    (18) B. Harman: 0-0-1 (20) X. Schauffele: 1-0-0 (25) L. Oosthuizen: 1-0-0
    (46) C. Smith: 1-0-0 (44) J. Vegas: 0-0-1 (41) D. Frittelli: 0-1-0 (42) J. Dufner: 0-1-0
    (53) Y. Miyazato: 0-1-0 (51) P. Uihlein: 1-0-0 (62) S. Sharma: 0-1-0 (56) J. Hahn: 0-1-0
    Group 9 Group 10 Group 11 Group 12
    (9) T. Fleetwood: 1-1-0 (10) P. Casey: 1-0-0 (11) M. Leishman: 0-1-0 (12) T. Hatton: 1-0-0
    (26) D. Berger: 0-2-0 (31) M. Fitzpatrick: 0-1-0 (23) B. Grace: 0-1-0 (22) C. Hoffman: 0-1-0
    (33) K. Chappell: 1-1-0 (45) K. Stanley: 1-0-0 (35) B. Watson: 1-0-0 (36) B. Steele: 1-0-0
    (58) I. Poulter: 2-0-0 (51) R. Henley: 0-1-0 (64) J. Suri: 1-0-0 (55) A. Levy: 0-1-0
    Group 13 Group 14 Group 15 Group 16
    (13) A. Noren: 2-0-0 (14) P. Mickelson: 0-1-0 (15) P. Perez: 0-0-1 (16) M. Kuchar: 0-0-1
    (29) T. Finau: 2-0-0 (17) R. Cabrera Bello: 1-0-0 (24) G. Woodland: 0-0-1 (27) R. Fisher: 0-1-0
    (39) T. Pieters: 0-2-0 (40) S. Kodaira: 0-1-0 (37) W. Simpson: 0-0-1 (47) Y. Ikeda: 1-0-0
    (61) K. Na: 0-2-0 (59) C. Howell III: 1-0-0 (50) S.W. Kim: 0-0-1 (54) Z. Johnson: 0-0-1
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    Watch: Bubba hits 366-yard tee shot ... with an iron

    By Golf Channel DigitalMarch 22, 2018, 6:47 pm

    You know Bubba Watson is plenty long off the tee. And when you put a little wind to his back and let him hit downhill, the ball is bound to travel a great distance.

    But, still, this is a 366-yard tee shot at the par-4 ninth hole at Austin C.C. ... with an iron. Yeah, it runs for a long time. But, again, 366 ... with an iron.

    Watson won the hole with a par and made the turn, 2 up, in his Day 2 match against Marc Leishman at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play.

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    Romo starts hot, stumbles to 77 in PGA Tour debut

    By Will GrayMarch 22, 2018, 5:14 pm

    There was plenty of good, but also plenty of bad for Tony Romo 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 in a five-hole stretch from Nos. 4-8.

    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:

    But the back nine wasn't as kind for the 37-year-old, who dropped five shots in a four-hole stretch from Nos. 13-16. It added up to a 5-over 77 in the opening round, which left Romo ahead of only Guy Boros among the players who had finished in the morning wave.

    "I hit two poor tee balls. Just didn't commit to it, and ultimately just got put in a tough spot where you're just trying to make par," Romo said. "I hit a lot of good shots, and they ended up a couple times in some poor spots. But you learn the golf course as you play it throughout the week."

    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 was even par through 12 holes before a three-putt bogey from the fringe on No. 13. A nasty lie in the rough led to a double bogey on the par-5 14th, and Romo had to hit provisional tee shots on both Nos. 15 and 16. While he ultimately found his original ball on both holes, he left with a pair of bogeys.

    "I really hit some good shots, and I'm close," Romo said. "I had a chance to be under par pretty easily there for a while, and then two or three shots on the back nine cost me. But that's golf."

    Romo will tee off at 1 p.m. ET Friday in the second round alongside Dru Love and Denny McCarthy.

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    Horschel, Kisner & Perez join "Feherty," Monday, March 26 at 9 p.m. ET

    By Golf Channel Public RelationsMarch 22, 2018, 5:10 pm

    PREVIEW: Perez details rocky collegiate golf experience at Arizona State

    Billy Horschel, Kevin Kisner and Pat Perez – each winners of multiple events on the PGA TOUR – will join David Feherty on his self-titled, Emmy-nominated series Feherty presented by Farmers Insurance®, Monday at 9 p.m. ET on Golf Channel.

    “This might be the biggest group of benign social deviants I’ve ever had the privilege of speaking to,” said Feherty. “They’ve been responsible for nine career wins on TOUR collectively, but they’re each also capable of getting into some mischief.”

    The episode – filmed in Naples, Fla. – will touch upon several topics, including:

    • Their respective upbringings and corresponding introductions to golf.
    • Reflections on their junior golf and collegiate playing days, and how it helped prepare them to compete as a professional.
    • Contemplating which mulligan(s) they’d take in their life if given the opportunity.

    Future guests on Feherty this year include Paul Azinger, Stewart Cink, Boo Weekley and Paul Goydos, among others.

    A two-time Emmy-nominated host (Outstanding Sports Personality – Studio Host) Feherty has been described as “golf’s iconoclast,” by Rolling Stone, and “the last unscripted man on TV,” by Men’s Journal. His all-star lineup of golf-enthused and culturally relevant guests feature celebrities from across entertainment, sports and politics. To date, Feherty has sat down with four U.S. Presidents (Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, Barack Obama and Donald Trump); sports legends Charles Barkley, Nick Saban, Stephen Curry and Bobby Knight; Hollywood icons Matthew McConaughey, Larry David and Samuel L. Jackson; World Golf of Fame members Nancy Lopez, Jack Nicklaus, Annika Sorenstam, Lee Trevino and Tom Watson; and a host of current golf superstars including Paula Creamer, Jason Day, Rickie Fowler, Rory McIlroy, Phil Mickelson, Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas and Michelle Wie. Feherty is produced by Golf Channel’s original productions group, which also oversees production for Driver vs. Driver and Golf Films.