Rookie OHair Leads Byron Nelson

By Sports NetworkMay 14, 2005, 4:00 pm
IRVING, Texas -- PGA Tour rookie Sean O'Hair carded a 3-under 67 on Saturday to take the outright lead through three rounds of the EDS Byron Nelson Championship. O'Hair finished 54 holes at 12-under-par 198.
Todd Hamilton
Todd Hamilton is in search of his first tour win since the 2004 British Open.
Reigning British Open champion Todd Hamilton shot a 65 to finish one shot back at 11-under-par 199. Scott Verplank, Ted Purdy and Doug Barron are knotted at 10-under-par 200.
O'Hair has enjoyed a solid start to his career on the PGA Tour and has come on in recent weeks with seven straight cuts made. O'Hair is still seeking his first top-10 finish, but a strong third round has left him in position for much more than that.
'I am very excited,' said O'Hair. 'Just going to try to play like I've been playing, and that's been just play for pars and let the birdies come my way. I'm pretty happy with the way I handled myself.'
The 22-year-old parred his first three holes of the day at the TPC at Four Seasons Resort until a birdie at the par-4 fourth lifted him to 10 under par. He gave that shot back with a bogey at the par-5 seventh but maintained his composure and made a move on the inward half.
'I really struggled at the beginning of the day,' he said. 'I was nervous, but I definitely wasn't feeling well.'
O'Hair hit his second shot to the back fringe at the par-4 11th but rolled in a 16-foot putt from off the green for a birdie. O'Hair then played his second shot inside 18 feet at the par-4 12th and drained the birdie try to jump to minus-11.
He hit an errant drive at the 13th that almost found the water but he steadied himself to par the hole. O'Hair followed with pars on each of the next two holes and stayed ahead of his challengers with a birdie at the par-5 16th.
O'Hair hit his tee shot to 15 feet at the par-3 17th but was unable to convert. He added a par at the closing hole to secure a one-stroke lead with one round to play.
'I think eventually I was going to be in this situation, at least that's the goal for everybody who plays out here,' said O'Hair. 'I thought eventually I'd be contending at least for an event. So it's nice to be in this situation, especially this event.'
Hamilton jumped out of the gate with three birdies over his first four holes. He stumbled to a bogey at the par-3 fifth but responded with a birdie at the par-5 seventh.
The 39-year-old hit his second shot to 10 feet for a birdie at the par-4 10th and added a birdie at the par-5 16th to finish alone in second place.
'I haven't played well lately,' said Hamilton. 'I've been doing some things this week that I haven't really been doing this year. I've been making some putts here and there, saving pars when I need to for the most part. Hopefully I can continue one more day.'
Jaxon Brigman fired a 64 to join Shigeki Maruyama and Bob Tway at 8-under-par 202. Nick Price, John Rollins, Jay Williamson and J.J. Henry were one shot further back at 7-under-par 203.
Vijay Singh managed a one-under 69 on Saturday to move to 6-under-par 204 along with Luke Donald, Brett Wetterich, Jesper Parnevik, Stuart Appleby, Bo Van Pelt, Ben Crane, Omar Uresti and Heath Slocum.
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    Woods, McIlroy in Sunday super group in finale

    By Mercer BaggsSeptember 23, 2018, 12:12 am

    ATLANTA – Rory McIlroy has made known his disdain for “super groups” in early tournament rounds.

    Well, he’s now got one on Sunday at the Tour Championship. And it doesn’t get more super than this.

    McIlroy will play alongside Tiger Woods in the final pairing, in the final round at East Lake Golf Club. Woods leads McIlroy – and Justin Rose – by three shots.

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    “All I can do is worry about myself,” McIlroy said. “It doesn't matter who it is I'm playing with. It's obviously exciting for the golf tournament. It's exciting for golf, in general, that he's up there. But for me, all I can do is concentrate on myself. The game is hard enough without having to – without looking at other people. Go out there, take care of my business, and hopefully that's good enough.”

    This is the fifth time that McIlroy and Woods have been grouped this year. They were alongside one another in the first two rounds of the Genesis Open and the first two rounds of the PGA Championship.

    In the four previous rounds, McIlroy finished better twice, Woods once, and they tied once.

    “It's going to be fun. We haven't done that much of late, because I've not been there,” Woods said. “He has been there, and he's won a bunch of tournaments. So it's nice for us to go back out and play against one another, be in the mix.”

    We know Woods will be wearing his traditional red in the final round. As for McIlroy?

    "I think I'll wear red," McIlroy joke. "No, geez, I've regretted wearing black out here today. It was hot."

    They go out at 2:05 p.m. ET.

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    Stricker, Jobe share lead in Sioux Falls

    By Associated PressSeptember 22, 2018, 11:57 pm

    SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Steve Stricker and Brandt Jobe topped the Sanford International leaderboard again Saturday after another cool and breezy day in the inaugural PGA Tour Champions event.

    After matching Jerry Smith and David McKenzie with first-round 7-under 63s, Striker and Jobe each shot 67 to get to 10-under 130 at Minnehaha Country Club.

    ''It was a challenge out there today,'' Stricker said. ''It was gusty, the wind came out of the south, where we played yesterday it was out of the north, so it was a totally different golf course.''

    Jobe made an 18-foot birdie putt on the par-4 18th, and Stricker missed a 6-footer to leave them tied.

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    ''It's pretty straightforward off the tee and the greens are what make it difficult at times and you've just got to be in the right spot to have good birdie putts at it,'' Stricker said. ''If not, then you've got to play pretty defensive at times. ... It's a simple game plan, but try to stay out of trouble and keep trying to put pressure on everybody.''

    Stricker won in Arizona and Mississippi in consecutive starts in May for his first senior victories. Next week in France, he will be one of U.S. Ryder Cup captain Jim Furyk's assistants.

    Jobe birdied four of the last five holes. He won last year in Iowa for his lone senior title

    ''I think we kind of got used to what the wind was,'' Jobe said. ''Of course, there's some scoring holes on the back. The front played very difficult. It was just kind of try not to screw up for a while there.''

    Smith was a stroke back after a 68.

    Scott McCarron also had a 68 to get to 8 under. Woody Austin was 7 under after a 64.

    McKenzie had a 77 to drop into a tie for 43rd at even par.

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    Final-round tee times: Tiger, Rory in last pairing

    By Golf Channel DigitalSeptember 22, 2018, 11:40 pm

    It's Tiger Woods. It's Rory McIlroy. It's the final pairing in the final round of the Tour Championship.

    Here's a look at tee times for Sunday at East Lake Golf Club.

    (All times ET)

    11:45AM: Patrick Reed (+8), Phil Mickelson (+11)

    11:55AM: Keegan Bradley (+5), Bubba Watson (+5)

    12:05PM: Brooks Koepka (+4), Francesco Molinari (+4)

    12:15PM: Kevin Na (+2), Patrick Cantlay (+2)

    12:25PM: Bryson DeChambeau (+2), Cameron Smith (+2)

    12:35PM: Jason Day (E), Rickie Fowler (E)

    12:45PM: Marc Leishman (E), Patton Kizzire (E)

    12:55PM: Tommy Fleetwood (-2), Hideki Matsuyama (-1)

    1:05PM: Justin Thomas (-4), Webb Simpson (-3)

    1:15PM: Gary Woodland (-4), Xander Schauffele (-4)

    1:25PM: Aaron Wise (-4), Dustin Johnson (-4)

    1:35PM: Tony Finau (-5), Billy Horschel (-5)

    1:45PM: Jon Rahm (-6), Paul Casey (-5)

    1:55PM: Justin Rose (-9), Kyle Stanley (-6)

    2:05PM: Tiger Woods (-12), Rory McIlroy (-9)

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    FedExCup projections through Rd. 3 of the Tour Championship

    By Golf Channel DigitalSeptember 22, 2018, 11:26 pm

    Justin Rose remains the man to beat for the FedExCup title. Though he trails Tiger Woods by three shots through three rounds of the Tour Championship, he's still the projected winner of the $10 million bonus.

    Woods can still win the cup if he wins the Tour Championship and Rose finishes in a three-way tie for fifth or worse. He also needs Bryson DeChambeau [currently T-21] to finish in a two-way tie for 15th or worse and Tony Finau [T-6] to finish in a two-way tie for third or worse.

    Here are the FedExCup projections with 18 holes to play at East Lake Golf Club.

    FedExCup Rank PLAYER NAME FedExCup Points
    1 2 Justin Rose 2780
    2 20 Tiger Woods 2219
    3 1 Bryson DeChambeau 2160
    4 3 Tony Finau 1887
    5 4 Dustin Johnson 1576
    6 5 Justin Thomas 1560
    7 17 Rory McIlroy 1252
    8 6 Keegan Bradley 1247
    9 7 Brooks Koepka 1099
    10 9 Billy Horschel 1007
    11 8 Bubba Watson 927
    12 24 Jon Rahm 660
    13 25 Kyle Stanley 651
    14 10 Cameron Smith 640
    15 11 Webb Simpson 612
    16 12 Jason Day 560
    17 18 Xander Schauffele 531
    18 26 Paul Casey 518
    19 13 Francesco Molinari 491
    20 21 Aaron Wise 486
    21 16 Patrick Cantlay 453
    22 19 Tommy Fleetwood 451
    23 14 Phil Mickelson 448
    24 15 Patrick Reed 432
    25 28 Gary Woodland 413
    26 23 Rickie Fowler 374
    27 27 Hideki Matsuyama 354
    27 22 Kevin Na 354
    29 29 Marc Leishman 316
    30 30 Patton Kizzire 307