Rose in Command at Delayed Disney

By Sports NetworkOctober 20, 2006, 4:00 pm
2005 Funai Classic at the Walt Disney World ResortLAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Justin Rose has a four-stroke lead during the suspended second round of the Funai Classic at Walt Disney World Resort.
 
Rose, who started on the back nine, is 5 under par through 16 holes of his second round and has a 7-foot birdie putt at the par-5 eighth hole. The Englishman stands at 17 under par, thanks in part to his 12-under-par 60 on Thursday, and is four clear of Tag Ridings.
 
The horn sounded Friday evening to suspend play for darkness, but it was a fog delay at the start of play on Friday that went over an hour and set the tournament back.
 
The remaining players will return to both the Palm and Magnolia Courses at Walt Disney World Resort at 9:00 a.m. ET Saturday morning to finish the round.
 
The plan is for the second round to be completed, then make the 36-hole cut and bring the players out in threesomes off both the first and 10th tees starting at 11:00 a.m.
 
Ridings shot a 6-under 66 at the Magnolia Course and is in at 13-under-par 131. Troy Matteson, who earned his first PGA TOUR victory last week in Las Vegas, fired a 7-under 65 at the Palm course and is in third place at minus-12.
 
Robert Damron posted a 7-under 65 at the Palm course and is tied for fourth place with Marco Dawson, who carded a 66 at the same venue. The pair is knotted at 11-under-par 133.
 
One day removed from having a 15-foot chance to become the fourth player in PGA TOUR history to shoot a 59, Rose took to the Magnolia Course with hopes of trying to pad his five-shot lead.
 
Rose began his second round on the back nine and wasted little time in extending his cushion. He two-putted from 45 feet for a birdie at 10, then ran home a 12-foot birdie putt at the 11th to reach 14 under par for the championship.
 
The Englishman parred his next four holes but returned to his birdie ways at the par-4 16th. Rose knocked his approach inside 3 feet and kicked in the short birdie putt. He made it two in a row at the 17th when his 12-footer found the bottom of the cup.
 
Rose parred 18 to make the turn at 4 under par for the round, but 16 under par for the tournament. He built himself a five-shot lead and the history books looked ready for some adjusting.
 
Rose found a fairway bunker off the tee at the first, but hit his second to 14 feet. He sank that birdie try and holed a 12-footer for birdie at the second to extend his lead to seven strokes.
 
At the par-5 fourth, Rose drove into the right rough and elected to lay up instead of trying to hit a 5-wood and possibly bringing a lot of trouble into the equation.
 
Rose played an 8-iron down the fairway, then hit a wedge too hard and landed in the back bunker. He had a difficult sand shot and blasted out to 30 feet. Rose missed the par putt for his first bogey of the tournament.
 
'I was feeling good and making birdies and possibly got a little too aggressive on that one,' admitted Rose, referring to his third shot. 'I could well have just hit the sand-wedge 10 feet short of the hole, but I just kept seeing the flag. Sometimes it happens.'
 
Rose missed the green at five, but got up and down for par. He parred six and seven and has 7 feet for birdie on the par-5 eighth.
 
'You have to come back with a completely fresh mindset, almost forget about the day before. That's what I try to do,' said Rose. 'I try to approach it with the same attitude I had the day before, which is go out there and obviously play one shot a time and just know I was playing well.'
 
Jerry Kelly (68), Richard S. Johnson (70), Woody Austin (66), Joe Durant (65) and Bubba Dickerson (68) are knotted in sixth place at 10-under-par 134. Johnson was the only player of the group who played his second round on the Magnolia Course.
 
Defending champion Lucas Glover is on the course at 9 under par for the championship.
 
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    Minjee Lee co-leads Walmart NW Arkansas Championship

    By Associated PressJune 24, 2018, 12:25 am

    ROGERS, Ark. - Minjee Lee wasn't all that concerned when she missed her first cut of the year this month at the ShopRite LPGA Classic.

    The ninth-ranked Australian has certainly looked at ease and back in form at Pinnacle Country Club in her first event since then.

    Lee and Japan's Nasa Hataoka each shot 6-under 65 on Saturday to share the second-round lead in the NW Arkansas Championship 13-under 129. Lee is chasing her fifth victory since turning pro three years ago. It's also an opportunity to put any lingering frustration over that missed cut two weeks ago behind her for good.

    ''I didn't particularly hit it bad, even though I missed the cut at ShopRite, I just didn't really hole any putts,'' Lee said. ''I'd been hitting it pretty solid going into that tournament and even into this tournament, too. Just to see a couple putts roll in has been nice.''

    The 22-year-old Lee needed only 24 putts during her opening 64 on Friday, helping her to match the low round of her career. Despite needing 28 putts Saturday, she still briefly took the outright lead after reaching as low as 14 under after a birdie on the par-5 seventh.


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    Lee missed the green on the par-4 ninth soon thereafter to lead to her only bogey of the day and a tie with the 19-year-old Hataoka, who is in pursuit of her first career win.

    Hataoka birdied six of eight holes midway through her bogey-free round on Saturday. It was yet another stellar performance from the Japanese teenager, who has finished in the top 10 in four of her last five tournaments and will be a part of Sunday's final pairing.

    ''I try to make birdies and try to be under par, that's really the key for me to get a top ten,'' Hataoka said. ''Golf is just trying to be in the top 10 every single week, so that's the key.''

    Third-ranked Lexi Thompson matched the low round of the day with a 64 to get to 11 under. She hit 17 of 18 fairways and shot a 5-under 30 on her opening nine, The American is in search of her first win since September in the Indy Women in Tech Championship.

    Ariya Jutanugarn and Celine Boutier were 10 under.

    First-round leader Gaby Lopez followed her opening 63 with a 75 to drop to 4 under. Fellow former Arkansas star Stacy Lewis also was 4 under after a 72.

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    Henley will try to put heat on Casey in final round

    By Will GrayJune 23, 2018, 11:55 pm

    CROMWELL, Conn. – While it will be a tall task for anyone to catch Paul Casey at the Travelers Championship, the man who will start the round most within reach of the Englishman is Russell Henley.

    Henley was in the penultimate group at TPC River Highlands on Saturday, but he’ll now anchor things during the final round as he looks to overcome a four-shot deficit behind Casey. After a 3-under 67, Henley sits at 12 under through 54 holes and one shot clear of the three players tied for third.

    Henley closed his third round with a run of five straight pars, then became the beneficiary of a pair of late bogeys from Brian Harman that left Henley alone in second place.


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    “Could have made a couple more putts, but to end with two up-and-downs like that was nice,” Henley said. “I felt a little bit weird over the shots coming in, put me in some bad spots. But it was nice to have the short game to back me up.”

    Henley has won three times on Tour, most recently at the 2017 Houston Open, and he cracked the top 25 at both the Masters and U.S. Open. But with Casey riding a wave of confidence and coming off an 8-under 62 that marked the best round of the week, he knows he’ll have his work cut out for him in order to nab trophy No. 4.

    “I think I can shoot a low number on this course. You’ve got to make the putts,” Henley said. “I’m definitely hitting it well enough, and if I can get a couple putts to fall, that would be good. But I can’t control what he’s doing. I can just try to keep playing solid.”

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    Back from back injury, Casey eyeing another win

    By Will GrayJune 23, 2018, 11:36 pm

    CROMWELL, Conn. – Given his four-shot cushion at the Travelers Championship and his recent victory at the Valspar Championship, it’s easy to forget that Paul Casey hit the disabled list in between.

    Casey had to withdraw from The Players Championship because of a bad back, becoming the only player in the top 50 in the world rankings to miss the PGA Tour’s flagship event. He flew back to England to get treatment, and Casey admitted that his T-20 finish at last month’s BMW PGA Championship came while he was still on the mend.

    “I wasn’t 100 percent fit with the back injury, which was L-4, L-5, S-1 (vertebrae) all out of place,” Casey said. “Big inflammation, nerve pain down the leg and up the back. I didn’t know what was going on.”


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    Thanks in large part to a combination of MRIs, back adjustments and anti-inflammatories, Casey finally turned the corner. His T-16 finish at last week’s U.S. Open was the first event for which he felt fully healthy since before the Players, and he’s on the cusp of a second title since March after successfully battling through the injury.

    “We thought we were fixing it, but we weren’t. We were kind of hitting the effects rather than the cause,” Casey said. “Eventually we figured out the cause, which was structural.”

    Casey started the third round at TPC River Highlands two shots off the lead, but he’s now four clear of Russell Henley after firing an 8-under 62 that marked the low round of the week.

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    Bubba thinks he'll need a Sunday 60 to scare Casey

    By Will GrayJune 23, 2018, 11:15 pm

    CROMWELL, Conn. – Perhaps moreso than at most PGA Tour venues, a low score is never really out of reach at TPC River Highlands. Positioned as a welcome change of pace after the U.S. Open, the Travelers Championship offers a lush layout that often pushes the balance much closer to reward than risk.

    This is where Jim Furyk shot a 58 on the par-70 layout two years ago – and he didn’t even win that week. So even though Paul Casey enters the final round with a commanding four-shot lead, there’s still plenty of hope for the chase pack that something special could be in store.

    Count Bubba Watson among the group who still believe the title is up for grabs – even if it might require a Herculean effort, even by his standards.


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    Watson has won the Travelers twice, including in a 2015 playoff over Casey. But starting the final round in a large tie for sixth at 10 under, six shots behind Casey, he estimates that he’ll need to flirt with golf’s magic number to give the Englishman something to worry about.

    “My 7 under yesterday, I need to do better than that. I’m going to have to get to like 10 [under],” Watson said. “The only beauty is, getting out in front, you have a chance to put a number up and maybe scare them. But to scare them, you’re going to have to shoot 10 under at worst, where I’m at anyway.”

    Watson started the third round three shots off the lead, and he made an early move with birdies on Nos. 1 and 2 en route to an outward 32. The southpaw couldn’t sustain that momentum, as bogeys on Nos. 16 and 17 turned a potential 65 into a relatively disappointing 67.

    “Bad decision on the par-3, and then a very tough tee shot for me on 17, and it just creeped into the bunker,” Watson said. “Just, that’s golf. You have mistakes every once in a while.”