Points McGovern Battle on NWide

By Sports NetworkSeptember 22, 2007, 4:00 pm
2006 Albertsons Boise OpenBoise, Idaho -- Overnight leader Jim McGovern has some company atop the leaderboard. D.A. Points joined him in first after the third round of the Boise Open.
McGovern birdied three of his last four for a 3-under 68, while Points posted two eagles and four birdies for an impressive round of 8-under-par 63 on Saturday.
The pair is knotted at 17-under-par 196, which matched the 54-hole tournament record. Rick Cramer established the mark in 1996 and Mario Tiziani matched it last year.
Aron Price carded a 6-under 65 on Saturday and is tied for third place with Brenden Pappas, who shot a 3-under 68 in round three. They are knotted at minus-15.
McGovern rolled in a 40-foot birdie putt at the fifth, but fell behind due to Points. At the par-4 12th, McGovern missed the green with his approach and chipped 12 feet past the hole. He missed the putt for his first bogey of the week, but his finish would get back to the top of the leaderboard.
At the 15th, McGovern's approach bounced off the green, but he putted it in for a birdie. He added birdies at 16 and 18 to join Points in a tie for first place.
McGovern will be in search of his fourth Nationwide Tour win. All of his victories on this circuit came in 1990 when it was called the Ben Hogan Tour. McGovern won the 1993 Houston Open on the PGA TOUR.
Points made it clear from the beginning he was making a charge. He eagled both the second and third, both par fives, then caught fire again around the turn.
At the ninth, Points ran home a 15-foot birdie putt to tie McGovern at 14-under par. He sank a 25-footer for birdie at the 10th, then converted a 7-footer at the 11th for his third birdie in a row.
He parred his next five holes, but Points hit his tee ball nine feet from the hole at the par-3 17th. He drained the birdie putt and parred the 18th to put himself in position for his fourth Nationwide Tour victory and first since 2004.
'I played really solid the entire day,' said Points, who only took 24 putts on Saturday. 'I had a lot of looks. It was really an easy, fun day. It was one of those days.'
Peter Tomasulo (64), Boyd Summerhays (65), Matthew Jones (67), Jon Mills (66) and Todd Demsey (68) are tied for fifth place at 14-under-par 199.
Brock Mackenzie (65) and Garth Mulroy (68) share 10th at minus-13.
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    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.”

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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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    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.