Rose Holds Slim Lead in Canada

By Sports NetworkSeptember 9, 2006, 4:00 pm
PGA Tour (75x100)ANCASTER, Ontario -- All of a sudden, Justin Rose looks like he might finally break through.
One week after posting his best finish in nearly a year, Rose is clinging to a slim lead heading into the final round of the Canadian Open after shooting a 5-under 65 on Saturday.
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Justin Rose holds a one stroke lead over a large group of players going into the fourth and final round.
Rose is at 11-under-par 199 with Sean O'Hair, Trevor Immelman, Bart Bryant and Jonathan Byrd all sitting just one shot back at Hamilton Golf & Country Club.
Following a two-hour rain delay, it was a day-long battle for the lead, and Rose came out on top following a bogey-free effort.
Sunday, he will be seeking his first PGA Tour win.
'For me, it's still like that good fresh feeling,' Rose said of his lead. 'I'm not getting frustrated by [not winning] yet. I'd like to think of it like riding a bike. Once you've done it, you never really forget.'
Rose tied for fourth last week at the Deutsche Bank Championship, his best finish since last October. He has only held one other 54-hole on the PGA TOUR, at last year's Buick Championship, where he finished third.
Though he has never won on the PGA TOUR, Rose owns four international victories with all of them coming in 2002.
But a stateside win has been a long time coming for the player who tied for fourth at the 1998 British Open as a 17-year-old amateur.
'I'd like just to give myself more and more legitimate chances,' Rose said. 'Obviously the more you knock on the door, eventually it's going to open.'
Among the players tied for second place, O'Hair, having an up-and-down season after claiming Rookie of the Year honors in 2005, turned out to be Rose's toughest challenger.
O'Hair shot a 4-under 66 and was tied for the lead following a 3-foot birdie putt at the seventh hole. But Rose took the lead for good with a 4- foot birdie at the 10th.
O'Hair fell behind by as many as three shots after that, but collected back- to-back birdies at the 13th and 14th holes to get within one.
Immelman was also tied for the lead following a 9-foot birdie putt at the ninth. He had two bogeys on the back nine, though, then made up two shots when he eagled the 17th to get to 10 under.
A first-time winner at the Western Open in July, Immelman had his second consecutive 4-under 66 on Saturday.
'That eagle on 17 really helped my cause,' said Immelman, who claimed his first PGA win at the Western Open in July.
'I was struggling on the back nine, especially with the putting. Pretty much all day just wasn't really striking the putts solidly, wasn't judging the speed properly. That eagle on 17 really helped my cause quite a bit.'
Bryant, a two-time winner last year, earned his share of second place by finishing with three straight birdies. He capped the run by knocking his approach within 5 feet at the 18th, setting up the last birdie to finish off a round of 6-under 64.
'It definitely put me in position where if I go out and shoot a real low round tomorrow I might have a chance to win,' Bryant said.
Byrd, who was tied for second place on Friday night as well, shot a 3-under 67 to remain in that position. He had four birdies and one bogey on Saturday.
Not to be ignored, world No. 3 Jim Furyk lies two shots off the lead at 9-under 201 following a 3-under 67 in the third round.
Joining Furyk in sixth place were Brett Quigley (67) and Steve Lowery (65).
Camilo Villegas and Arron Oberholser, who shared the third-round lead with Jesper Parnevik, are knotted in ninth place at 8-under 202 after shooting 69 Saturday.
Parnevik had a 70 and leads a group of three players who sit one shot further back at 203.
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    Ball headed O.B., Stone (68) gets huge break

    By Mercer BaggsJuly 19, 2018, 2:14 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Brandon Stone knew it when he hit it.

    “I knew I hit it out of bounds,” the South African said following his opening round in the 147th Open Championship.

    Stone’s second shot on the par-4 18th, from the left fescue, was pulled into the grandstands, which are marked as O.B. But instead of settling in with the crowd, the ball ricocheted back towards the green and nearly onto the putting surface.

    Stone made his par and walked away with a 3-under 68, two shots off the early lead.

    “I really didn’t put a good swing on it, bad contact and it just came out way left,” Stone said. “I feel so sorry for the person I managed to catch on the forehead there, but got a lucky break.

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    “When you get breaks like that you know you’re going to have good weeks.”

    It’s been more than just good luck recently for Stone. He shot 60 in the final round – missing a 9-foot birdie putt for the first 59 in European Tour history – to win last week’s Scottish Open. It was his third career win on the circuit and first since 2016. It was also just his first top-10 of the season.

    “A testament to a different mental approach and probably the change in putter,” said Stone, who added that he switched to a new Ping Anser blade model last week.

    “I’ve been putting, probably, the best I have in my entire life.”

    This marks Stone’s sixth start in a major championship, with his best finish a tie for 35th in last year’s U.S. Open. He has a missed cut and a T-70 in two prior Open Championships.

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    Kang on cheating allegation: 'I did the right thing'

    By Ryan LavnerJuly 19, 2018, 1:26 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Three weeks after his playing partner claimed that he “cheated,” taking an improper drop at the Quicken Loans National, Sung Kang insisted Thursday that he did nothing wrong.

    Joel Dahmen tweeted that Kang cheated after a lengthy dispute about where his ball had last crossed the line of a hazard. A PGA Tour official ruled in Kang’s favor. Kang made par on the hole, shot 64 and earned one of the available spots in the Open Championship.

    Kang didn’t learn of the controversy until the next day, when he received an email from a PGA Tour communications official seeking comment. He researched online what the furor was about, then issued a brief statement through the Tour (which added its own statement, saying that there was “no clear evidence” to suggest that Kang dropped incorrectly).

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    Kang said he tried to clear the air with Dahmen before the first round of last week’s John Deere Classic, but they never had the opportunity to discuss their differences.

    “I followed the rules official and I think I did the right thing,” Kang told a handful of reporters Thursday following his opening round at Carnoustie, where he shot a 2-under 69 to sit three shots off the early lead.

    Kang said he was hesitant to discuss the incident with reporters, because he said there clearly was a difference in opinions. He said he’d already told his side to South Korean news outlets but that “whatever I say, some people are going to trust it and some people are not going to trust it. Then I’ve got to think about it more and more when it’s not going to help my golf game.”

    “I really want to say a lot of things about it, the truth about what happened,” he added, “but I’m not going to say anything.”

    Kang said that he wouldn’t alter his approach when dealing with rulings in the future.

    “No. Why?” he said. “I did the right thing. There’s no point in changing.”

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    Kisner (67) enjoying 'frat' life, soccer matches with Jordan and Co.

    By Rex HoggardJuly 19, 2018, 12:49 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – The frat house tradition continued this year at The Open, with a group of seven high-profile Americans rooming together for the week, including early first-round leader Kevin Kisner.

    Kisner explained after his opening 5-under 66 that the group – which includes Jordan Spieth, Jason Dufner, Zach Johnson, Jimmy Walker, Justin Thomas and Rickie Fowler – has spent the week talking about how demanding Carnoustie is playing and enjoying the summer weather.

    “We're out there playing soccer at night and hanging out,” he said.

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    To be clear, this isn’t a proper soccer match, but instead a penalty-kick situation with all but one player taking turns trying to score.

    “I just try to smash [Dufner] in the face,” Kisner laughed. “He's the all-time goalie.”

    Although Kisner said he’s always impressed with the athletic prowess of other players, Spieth has proven himself particularly adept on the impromptu pitch.

    “Jordan scored when Duf tripped, it was hilarious,” Kisner smiled. “[Spieth] is good until he sends it over the goal four houses over, and we've got to go knock on a neighbor’s door for the soccer ball.”

    The group is actually staying in two local houses that are next to each other, one with a large enough back yard and a soccer net, but perhaps not enough soccer balls.

    “We’re going to have to Amazon Prime a couple new balls to replace the ones we lost,” Kisner said.