Rose Moves Out Front Down Under

By Sports NetworkNovember 25, 2006, 5:00 pm
2006 MasterCard MastersMELBOURNE, Australia - Justin Rose fired his third consecutive round in the 60s on Saturday to snatch the lead heading into the final round of the MasterCard Masters.
 
Rose had a 4-under 68 in the third round and is 13-under-par 203, two shots ahead of Greg Chalmers, Raphael Jacquelin and surprising amateur Aaron Pike, who led after the first two rounds.
 
Pike was done in by a double-bogey at No. 1 and two subsequent bogeys on the remaining holes at Huntingdale Golf Club. He managed an even-par 72 to share second place with Chalmers (68) and Jacquelin (67) at 11-under 205.
 
Paul Casey, a three-time winner last season, shot a 67 and is tied for fifth place with Peter Lonard (69) and Carl Suneson (69) at 8-under 208. Eight players are knotted one shot further back at 209.
 
Rose, 26, started slowly with four straight pars and a bogey at the fifth. But he made back-to-back birdies at the sixth and seventh and was 10 under around the turn.
 
Birdies at the 10th and 12th were followed by an eagle at the par-5 14th, where Rose knocked a 2-iron within 2 feet and tapped in to lead comfortably at 14 under.
 
'That shot on the 14th really was my shot of the day, my shot of the week, maybe even my shot of the year,' said Rose, who is playing on a sponsor's exemption.
 
'I usually have a 5-wood, but this week went for the 2-iron and I hit a raking draw and it came off perfectly.'
 
Rose gave one shot back with a bogey at the 17th -- his fifth bogey of the week on Huntingdale's final three holes -- but it mattered little.
 
He is sitting in good position for his first title since 2002, when he claimed two European Tour wins. They remain the only two victories of his career.
 
'There are a lot of hungry guys behind me on 11 under and I thought at the start of this week that 15 under would have a chance of winning,' said Rose, who burst onto the international scene at the 1998 British Open.
 
'There are still plenty of guys who can do that, so I'll need to play well still.'
 
Rose was paired with the amateur Pike, who was a surprising leader through the first two rounds. Pike began his Saturday with an errant drive and a double-bogey at the first hole, then compounded his trouble with a bogey at the third.
 
But one day after he finished bogey-bogey Pike ended his third round with consecutive birdies, impressing Rose.
 
'He putted confidently today and it could have been a couple better,' said Rose, 'but it was a great way for him to finish.'
 
Sharing eighth place at 7 under are Aaron Baddeley, Adam Bland, Tony Carolan, Marcus Fraser, Richard Green, Simon Khan, Craig Parry and Peter Senior.
 
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    Bubba gets inked by Brooks, meets Tebow

    By Grill Room TeamJune 18, 2018, 5:40 pm

    Bubba Watson missed the cut at Shinnecock Hills following rounds of 77-74, but that didn't stop him from enjoying his weekend.

    Watson played alongside Jason Day and eventual champion Brooks Koepka in Rounds 1 and 2, and somehow this body ink slipped by us on Thursday.

    Got autographed by defending @usopengolf Champ @bkoepka!! #NeverShoweringAgain

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    And while we're sure Bubba would have rather been in contention over the weekend, we're also sure that taking your son to meet the second most famous minor-league baseball player who ever lived was a lot more fun than getting your teeth kicked in by Shinnecock Hills over the weekend, as just about everyone not named Brooks Koepka and Tommy Fleetwood did.

    Already in Hartford, Watson will be going for his third Travelers Championship trophy this week, following wins in 2010 and 2015.

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    Phil rubs fan's Donald Duck hat seven times, signs it

    By Nick MentaJune 18, 2018, 3:09 pm

    There is a case to be made that what Phil Mickelson did on Saturday made a mockery of a major championship and was worthy of derision.

    There is also a case to be made that the USGA's setup of Shinnecock Hills made a mockery of a major championship and was worthy of derision.

    Whatever you think about what Mickelson did on Saturday - and how he attempted to justify it after the fact without even a hint of remorse - watch this video.

    The next time you hear someone say, "If anybody else had putted a moving ball on purpose and not apologized for it, it would get a different reaction," you can point to this video and say, "Yeah, here's why."

    Here's what happened once a still-strident Mickelson was done rubbing Donald Duck hats on Sunday, per Ryan Lavner:

    If you’re wondering whether Mickelson would be defiant or contrite on Sunday, we don’t know the answer. He declined to stop and speak with the media, deciding instead to sign autographs for more than a half hour and then offering a few short answers before ducking into player hospitality.

    “The real question is, ‘What am I going to do next?’” he said. “I don’t know.”

    The 2024 Ryder Cup at Bethpage is going to be a three-ring circus, and Mickelson, a likely choice to captain the U.S. team, will be the ringmaster.

    Separately, shoutout to 2017 Latin Am champ Toto Gana, who does a terrific Donald Duck (skip to end).

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    Ryder Cup race: Mickelson out, Simpson in

    By Will GrayJune 18, 2018, 2:34 pm

    There's a new man at the top of the U.S. Ryder Cup race following the U.S. Open, and there's also a familiar name now on the outside looking in.

    Brooks Koepka's successful title defense vaulted him to the top of the American points race, up four spots and ensuring he'll be on the team Jim Furyk takes to Paris in September. Dustin Johnson's third-place finish moved him past Patrick Reed at No. 2, while Webb Simpson entered the top eight after a a tie for 10th.

    While Bryson DeChambeau remained at No. 9, Phil Mickelson dropped two spots to No. 10. Tony Finau, who finished alone in fifth, went from 16th to 13th, while Tiger Woods fell two spots to No. 37.

    Here's a look at the latest U.S. standings, with the top eight after the PGA Championship qualifying automatically:

    1. Brooks Koepka

    2. Dustin Johnson

    3. Patrick Reed

    4. Justin Thomas

    5. Jordan Spieth

    6. Rickie Fowler

    7. Bubba Watson

    8. Webb Simpson

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    9. Bryson DeChambeau

    10. Phil Mickelson

    11. Matt Kuchar

    12. Brian Harman

    On the European side, England's Tommy Fleetwood took a big stride toward securing his first Ryder Cup appearance with a runner-up finish that included a Sunday 63 while countryman Matthew Fitzpatrick snuck into a qualifying spot after tying for 12th.

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    European Points

    1. Tyrrell Hatton

    2. Justin Rose

    3. Tommy Fleetwood

    4. Francesco Molinari

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    5. Thorbjorn Olesen

    6. Ross Fisher

    World Points

    1. Jon Rahm

    2. Rory McIlroy

    3. Alex Noren

    4. Matthew Fitzpatrick

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    5. Ian Poulter

    6. Rafael Cabrera-Bello

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    By Grill Room TeamJune 18, 2018, 2:30 pm

    Brooks Koepka is a two-time U.S. Open winner, but that doesn't mean he's now too big to go sign a couple pieces of cardboard in somebody's front yard in the middle of the night.

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    The first is dated prior to Koepka's final-round tee time.



    The second is from Sunday night.



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    Speaking of kids, just feels those two are gonna make it.