Soren Kjeldsen shoots 62 to take lead in Spain

By Sports NetworkMarch 28, 2009, 4:00 pm
2009 European TourSEVILLE, Spain ' Soren Kjeldsen fired a 10-under 62 on Saturday to set a new course record and jumped to the top the leaderboard after the third round of the Open de Andalucia.
 
He finished 54 holes at 14-under 202 and is one clear of David Drysdale, who finished with an eagle and two birdies for a round of 6-under-par 66.
 
Kjeldsen's 62 topped Ignacio Garrido's course record at Real Club de Golf de Sevilla by a single stroke. That 62 matched the 18-hole tournament record originally set by Miguel Angel Jimenez in 1999 at a different venue.
 
Needless to say, this was also a career best on the European Tour for Kjeldsen.
 
'Today was fantastic,' said Kjeldsen. 'I came out today with no pressure on myself. I knew I had to play well today. As a round goes, I probably played as good as I ever have.'
 
Kjeldsen plodded along at 1 under through six holes, but then rattled off seven consecutive birdies. The streak was nearly snapped when Kjeldsen almost sank a 30-foot eagle putt at 13. He tapped in for birdie and needed a birdie at 14 to match the European Tour record for consecutive birdies.
 
The Dane gave himself a decent look from 25 feet to put his name in the record book. Unfortunately for Kjeldsen, his bid for history was no where close. He missed the birdie putt by four feet and holed the putt for par.
 
'Seven birdies in a row, how can you do that? It was fantastic. You just go with the flow,' Kjeldsen exclaimed.
 
Kjeldsen parred the 14th and 15th holes, then faced a decision at the par-5 16th. He hammered a drive down the fairway, then elected to hit a soft 7-iron for his second. Kjeldsen's ball stopped 45 feet past the stick.
 
He rolled in the long eagle putt to reach 14 under par. Kjeldsen was six clear of his closest competitors and needed a pair of birdies on his way into the clubhouse for a magical 59.
 
'It's just one of those things where things had been going so well,' said Kjeldsen of his long eagle putt at 16. 'I didn't really expect that. I was just trying to hit a nice putt and it went in again.'
 
Kjeldsen made a par at the 17th and came up just right of the putting surface with his second at the last. He chipped five feet short, but drained the putt, which turned out to be for sole possession of the lead.
 
Kjeldsen is a two-time winner on the European Tour, including last year's Volvo Masters. He knows a 62 one day doesn't guarantee a trip to the winner's circle.
 
'Tomorrow is a new day,' said Kjeldsen. 'I'm going into tomorrow with a good frame of mind. It's going to be exciting. After today, it just shows what a day can do for you.'
 
When Kjeldsen signed his card, he was well ahead of the field, taking questions about whether victory was a formality. Then Drysdale played his final three holes in 4 under par and will join Kjeldsen in Sunday's final pairing. Drysdale posted a six-under 66 to finish at 13-under-par 203.
 
Colin Montgomerie, who celebrated his 500th appearance on the European Tour this week, struggled to a 3-over 75 on Saturday. The European Ryder Cup captain fell into a tie for 35th at 2-under 214.
 
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    Haas nearly shoots age in taking Champions playoff opener lead

    By Associated PressOctober 20, 2018, 10:05 pm

    RICHMOND, Va.  -- Jay Haas shot a 7-under 65 - missing his age by a stroke - to take a two-shot lead Saturday in the PGA Tour Champions' playoff-opening Dominion Energy Charity Classic.

    Trying to become the oldest winner in tour history, the 64-year-old Haas birdied the par-5 16th and 18th holes to get to 11-under 133 on The Country Club of Virginia's James River Course.

    ''I've been out here too long to know that I can learn to expect anything,'' Haas said. ''While I'm hopeful every day and I've been playing OK, the last couple weeks have not been very good, but this week has been much better. I love this golf course and it looks good to my eye. Most of the holes look like I'm going to hit a good shot, so I enjoy playing here.''

    Mike Fetchick set the age record of 63 years to the day in the 1985 Hilton Head event. Haas is second on the list, taking the 2016 Toshiba Classic at 62 years, 10 months, 7 days for his 18th senior title.

    ''That's a good way to say I'm old, 'experience,''' Haas said. ''I think I'm very nervous most of the time when I play and today was no exception, but I continued to hit good shots and, hopefully, I can put one foot in front of the other, one shot at a time, do what I tell my son to do every time, you know? See if I can put some of those adages to work tomorrow.''


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    Stephen Ames and Scott Dunlap were tied for second after the round that started in light rain. Ames had a 67, and Dunlap shot 68.

    Defending champion Bernhard Langer had a 66 to join Billy Mayfair (67) and Woody Austin (68) at 9 under. Langer won the SAS Championship last week in North Carolina to take the season points lead. The 61-year-old German star has two victories this year and 38 overall on the 50-and-over tour.

    The top 72 players qualified for the Charles Schwab Cup Playoffs opener. The top 54 on Sunday will get spots next week in the Invesco QQQ Championship in Thousand Oaks, California, and the top 36 after that will advance to the season-ending Charles Schwab Cup Championship in Phoenix.

    Miguel Angel Jimenez, second in the standings, was tied for 23rd at 4 under after a 71.

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    Sergio leads by 4 entering final round at Valderrama

    By Golf Channel DigitalOctober 20, 2018, 9:26 pm

    Sergio Garcia closed with three straight birdies to shoot a 7-under 64 on Saturday, taking a four-shot lead into the third and final round of the Andalusia Valderrama Masters.

    The tournament, which Garcia has won  twice (2017, 2011), was reduced to 54 holes because of numerous weather-related delays.

    With his bogey-free round, Garcia moved to 10 under, four shots clear of Englishman Ashley Chesters, who shot a 1-under 70.


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    "Hopefully we'll be able to play well tomorrow and get another win at Valderrama," Garcia said. "Hopefully I can finish it in style."

    Chesters, however, is conceding nothing. "There's always a chance," he said. "There's not a lot of pressure on me."

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    Ciganda, S.Y. Kim share lead in Shanghai

    By Associated PressOctober 20, 2018, 9:28 am

    SHANGHAI - Carlota Ciganda of Spain shot a 5-under 67 Saturday to share the lead with Sei Young Kim after the third round of the LPGA Shanghai.

    Ciganda carded her fifth birdie of the day on the par-4 18th to finish tied with overnight leader Kim at 11-under 205. Kim shot a 71 with four bogeys and five birdies.

    Ciganda is attempting to win her third LPGA title and first since the 2016 season, when she won two tournaments in a one-month span. Kim is chasing her eighth career LPGA win and second title of the 2018 season.

    ''I want to win because I didn't win last year,'' Ciganda said. ''I love playing in Asia. It's good for long hitters, playing quite long, so I'm quite comfortable.''


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    Angel Yin also birdied the final hole for a 68 and was a further stroke back with Brittany Altomare (69), Danielle Kang (71) and Ariya Jutanugarn (71).

    Yin and Altomare have yet to break through for their first LPGA win. A win in Shanghai would make either player the ninth first-time winner of the 2018 season, which would tie 2016 for the third highest number of first-time winners in a season in LPGA history.

    ''I love competing,'' Yin said. ''That's why I'm playing, right? I'm excited to be in contention again going into Sunday.''

    Local favorite Yu Liu was seventh after offsetting a lone bogey with four birdies for a 69.

    Paula Creamer also shot a 69 and shared eighth at 8 under with Minjee Lee (70) and Bronte Law (71).

    The tournament is the second of five being played in South Korea, Japan, China and Taiwan in the LPGA's annual Asian swing.

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    Koepka's pursuers have no illusions about catching him

    By Nick MentaOctober 20, 2018, 8:50 am

    Ahead by four, wielding his driver like Thor's hammer, Brooks Koepka is 18 holes from his third victory in five months and his first ascent to the top of the Official World Golf Ranking.

    The tournament isn't over. No one is handing him the trophy and updating the OWGR website just yet. But it will likely take some combination of a meltdown and low round from someone in the chase pack to prevent a Koepka coronation Sunday in South Korea.

    Thirteen under for the week, the three-time major champion will start the final round four shots ahead of his playing partners, Ian Poulter and Scott Piercy, and five ahead of six more players at minus-8.

    As is his nature, Poulter figures to be undaunted. The 42-year-old is fresh off a Sunday singles victory over Dustin Johnson at the Ryder Cup and in the midst of a career renaissance, having broken a five-year winless drought earlier this year. In one sense, it's Europe vs. the United States again, but this isn't match play, and Koepka, a guy who doesn't need a head start, has spotted himself a four-shot advantage.


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    "Tomorrow I'm going to need to make a few birdies. Obviously Brooks is in cruise control right now and obviously going to need a shoot a low one," Poulter conceded. "Do what I'm doing, just enjoy [it]. Obviously try and make as many birdies as I can and see how close we get."

    Perez, in the group at 8 under par, isn't giving up, but like Poulter, he's aware of the reality of his situation.

    "We're chasing Brooks, who of course obviously is playing phenomenally," he said. "A lot of the long hitters now when they get in contention, they hit that driver and they're really hard to catch. I'm not worried about it too much. It's going to be harder for me tomorrow than him, so I'm going to try and go out and just do my thing, hit some shots, hopefully hit some close and make some putts and we'll see. I don't expect him to come backwards, but hopefully I can try to go catch him."

    Gary Woodland, also 8 under par, summed up the predicament best when he alluded to Koepka's perhaps advantageously aloof demeanor.

    "You obviously want to get off to a good start and put pressure on him as soon as you can," he said. "You know, Brooks doesn't seem like he cares too much, and he's playing so good, so you're going to have to go out and post a number."