Schwartzel Keeps Lead Over Westwood

By Sports NetworkDecember 9, 2006, 5:00 pm
2006 Alfred Dunhill ChampionshipMPUMALANGA, South Africa - Charl Schwartzel posted his third straight 4-under 68 Saturday to maintain a two-stroke lead after three rounds of the Alfred Dunhill Championship.
Schwartzel, who hails from South Africa, stands at 12-under-par 204. He kept the lead, but those directly behind him changed drastically.
Mark Pilkington was one of two players to fire a 7-under 65 in round three. He jumped from a tie for 11th to a share of second at minus-10. He stands alongside Lee Westwood, who inched from fourth to second with a 67.
Des Terblanche matched the 65 of Pilkington to climb into fourth at 9-under-par 207. Alvaro Quiros, tied for fifth entering round three, is now alone in fifth at minus-8 thanks to a 68 Saturday.
Schwartzel, who won this event two years ago, looked as though he would run away with the title early in the third round. He birdied two of the first four holes at Leopard Creek to move to 10 under.
The 22-year-old rolled in a 12-footer for birdie at the fifth, then chipped in for eagle on the short par-4 sixth.
Schwartzel cooled off quickly however. He bogeyed three of the next four holes to tumble back to minus-10, where he was one clear of Pilkington and Terblanche.
As Schwartzel parred his next three holes, Pilkington completed his round at minus-10 thanks to a birdie at the closing hole. Schwartzel had plenty of golf left to regain the lead. He did exactly that thanks to a birdie at 14th.
Westwood jumped into a tie for the lead with and eagle on the 15th. Schwartzel responded with a birdie at 15 to move out in front at 12 under.
Schwartzel parred the final three holes to finish two clear of the field as Westwood closed with a bogey to share second at minus-10.
Pilkington got off to a hot start, but it was his even stronger back nine that got him into the mix. The Welshman birdied the first two holes before parring the next seven.
Around the turn, he dropped in a birdie putt at the 10th to get to minus-6. Pilkington ran off three straight birdies from the 13th and closed with his third birdie in three days at the 18th.
Westwood had a streaky front nine before climbing the leaderboard on the back. He birdied two and three, but bogeyed the following two holes.
The Englishman came right back with birdies on the sixth and seventh. Westwood birdied the 12th for the third consecutive round before a birdie on 14 got him to minus-9.
Westwood eagled the par-5 15th to jump into a share of the lead. However, his closing bogey left him two back with one round to go.
Hennie Otto carded a 3-under 69 and is alone in sixth at 7-under-par 209. Oliver Wilson, who shared second place after two rounds, managed an even-par 72 in round three. He is tied for seventh at minus-6 with Ross Fisher (68) and Mattias Eliasson (68).
Ernie Els, who won this title for the fourth time last year, carded a 3-under 69 to move into a share of 16th at minus-3. Rafael Cabrera Bello, who shared second with Wilson entering round three, faltered to a 5-over 77 to fall into a tie for 31st.
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    By Associated PressJuly 23, 2018, 12:25 am

    NICHOLASVILLE, Ky. - A thunderstorm has suspended the fourth round of the PGA Tour's Barbasol Championship until Monday morning.

    Sunday's third stoppage of play at Champions Trace at Keene Trace Golf Club came with the four leaders - Hunter Mahan, Robert Streb, Tom Lovelady and Troy Merritt at 18 under par - and four other contenders waiting to begin the round.

    The tournament will resume at 7:30 a.m. on Monday. Lightning caused one delay, and play was stopped earlier in the afternoon to clear water that accumulated on the course following a morning of steady and sometimes-heavy rain.

    Inclement weather has plagued the tournament throughout the weekend. The second round was completed Saturday morning after being suspended by thunderstorms late Friday afternoon.

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    By Will GrayJuly 23, 2018, 12:07 am

    It was a collision watched by millions of fans on television, and one that came at a pivotal juncture as Tiger Woods sought to win The Open. It also gave Colin Hauck the story of a lifetime.

    Hauck was among dozens of fans situated along the left side of the 11th hole during the final round at Carnoustie as the pairing of Woods and Francesco Molinari hit their approach shots. After 10 holes of nearly flawless golf, Woods missed the fairway off the tee and then pulled his iron well left of the target.

    The ball made square contact with Hauck, who hours later tweeted a video showing the entire sequence - even as he continued to record after Woods' shot sent him tumbling to the ground:

    The bounce initially appeared fortuitous for Woods, as his ball bounded away from thicker rough and back toward the green. But an ambitious flop shot came up short, and he eventually made a double bogey to go from leading by a shot to trailing by one. He ultimately shot an even-par 71, tying for sixth two shots behind Molinari.

    For his efforts as a human shield, Hauck received a signed glove and a handshake from Woods - not to mention a firsthand video account that will be sure to spark plenty of conversations in the coming years.

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    Molinari retirement plan: coffee, books and Twitter

    By Will GrayJuly 22, 2018, 9:35 pm

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    But not too long ago, the 35-year-old Italian was apparently thinking about life after golf.

    Shortly after Molinari rolled in a final birdie putt to close out a two-shot victory at The Open, fellow Tour player Wesley Bryan tweeted a picture of a note that he wrote after the two played together during the third round of the WGC-HSBC Champions in China in October. In it, Bryan shared Molinari's plans to retire as early as 2020 to hang out at cafes and "become a Twitter troll":

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    Molinari had previously avoided Carnoustie on purpose

    By Rex HoggardJuly 22, 2018, 9:17 pm

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    Francesco Molinari’s relationship with Carnoustie isn’t like that.

    The Italian played his first major at Carnoustie, widely considered the toughest of all The Open venues, in 2007, and his first impression hasn’t really changed.

    “There was nothing comforting about it,” he said on Sunday following a final-round 69 that lifted him to a two-stroke victory.

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    In fact, following that first exposure to the Angus coast brute, Molinari has tried to avoid Carnoustie, largely skipping the Dunhill Links Championship, one of the European Tour’s marquee events, throughout his career.

    “To be completely honest, it's one of the reasons why I didn't play the Dunhill Links in the last few years, because I got beaten up around here a few times in the past,” he said. “I didn't particularly enjoy that feeling. It's a really tough course. You can try and play smart golf, but some shots, you just have to hit it straight. There's no way around it. You can't really hide.”

    Molinari’s relative dislike for the layout makes his performance this week even more impressive considering he played his last 37 holes bogey-free.

    “To play the weekend bogey-free, it's unthinkable, to be honest. So very proud of today,” he said.