Three Tied with One to Go

By Sports NetworkJuly 24, 2004, 4:00 pm
US Bank Championship in MilwaukeeMILWAUKEE, Wis. -- Carlos Franco, the overnight leader and 1999 champion, struggled Saturday but managed a 1-under 69 and a share of the lead through 54 holes of the U.S. Bank Championship in Milwaukee.
Brett Quigley fired a 6-under 64 and Patrick Sheehan posted a 3-under 67 to match Franco at 10-under-par 200.
Defending champion Kenny Perry got in the hunt on Saturday at Brown Deer Park Golf Club. He is alone in third place at 9-under-par 201, one ahead of Jason Dufner (68) and Scott Verplank (67).
Franco held the lead throughout much of Saturday's third round, but did not play particularly well. He drained a 3-footer for birdie at the sixth, then chipped in from the fringe behind the green at the eighth.
Franco three-putted for bogey at the 11th, but had a good look at birdie at 13 after driving into the rough. He missed the 5-footer for birdie, but made a couple of pars at 14 and 15, including a save from the right trees at the par-5 15th.
The 39-year-old from Paraguay hit an iron off the tee at 16, but found the left side of the fairway, bringing a tree into play. He wedged his shot over the tree and stopped it 15 feet from the hole, where he converted the birdie try.
Franco was 11 under par when he drove way left into trees. He pitched back into the fairway and played his third to 25 feet. Franco made the putt for par, but had no such luck at 18.
This drive went right into trees, but he had an opening. Franco tried to run a 2-iron up the fairway, but settled in thick rough short and left of the green. Franco's pitch went only a few yards and his fourth went 25 feet past the hole.
Franco missed the par-saving putt and found himself in a tie for the lead.
'That's unbelievable,' said Franco, a three-time winner on the PGA Tour. 'I forgot about my focus, but still, 10 under is not bad. I need to shoot a low score tomorrow if I want a chance to win.'
Franco might have the edge come Sunday thanks to his success here in 1999, but the very fact that he has won on tour gives him an advantage over his fellow co-leaders.
Quigley, whose best finish on tour was a tie for second in Greensboro three years ago, tallied three birdies on his front nine. He hit a 7-iron to 10 feet from 198 yards at the par-3 14th which set up his fourth birdie of the round.
At the 15th, Quigley drove into the rough and was forced to lay up short of the putting surface. His third rolled 2 feet from the hole, where he tapped in for birdie to go to minus-9.
Quigley played a spectacular second to the 18th that left him with 15 feet for eagle. His putt broke toward the hole, but he tapped in for birdie and his second career piece of the 54-hole lead.
'Today, I tried to take the weekend like I did the first two rounds, be really patient with myself and just go play golf,' said Quigley, who shared the third-round lead at the 2001 Colonial en route to tying for fifth.
Sheehan made his move up the leaderboard with Quigley in the clubhouse and Franco in the final pairing. Sheehan made the turn at even-par 34, but got going with a 25-foot birdie putt at the 12th. He birdied 13 for two in a row and nearly took the outright lead at the par-5 closing hole.
Sheehan, 34, nearly pitched in from off the green, but settled for birdie and a share of the lead.
'I grew up on courses like this in Rhode Island,' said Sheehan, whose best finish this season was a tie for third at the Heritage. 'They're not very long. Fairways and greens, that's the trick out here.'
Scott Hoch, a two-time champion, managed an even-par 70 and is tied for seventh place with Billy Andrade (67), Brian Gay (67), Fred Funk (67), Jay Williamson (68), Danny Briggs (68) and Olin Browne (68). That group is knotted at 7-under-par 203.
Rich Beem, the 2002 PGA Champion, was in second place at the start of Saturday's third round. He struggled to a 6-over 76 and is tied for 33rd place at minus-2.
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    Open odds: Spieth 7/1 to win; Tiger, Rory 14/1

    By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 21, 2018, 7:54 pm

    Only 18 holes remain in the 147th Open Championship at Carnoustie, and the man tied atop the leaderboard is the same man who captured the claret jug last year at Royal Birkdale.

    So it’s little surprise that Jordan Spieth is the odds-on favorite (7/4) to win his fourth major entering Sunday’s final round.

    Xander Schauffele and Kevin Kisner, both tied with Spieth at 9 under par, are next in line at 5/1 and 11/2 respectively. Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy, both four shots behind the leaders, are listed at 14/1.

    Click here for the leaderboard and take a look below at the odds, courtesy Jeff Sherman at

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    Jordan Spieth: 7/4

    Xander Schauffele: 5/1

    Kevin Kisner: 11/2

    Tiger Woods: 14/1

    Francesco Molinari: 14/1

    Rory McIlroy: 14/1

    Kevin Chappell: 20/1

    Tommy Fleetwood: 20/1

    Alex Noren: 25/1

    Zach Johnson: 30/1

    Justin Rose: 30/1

    Matt Kuchar: 40/1

    Webb Simpson: 50/1

    Adam Scott: 80/1

    Tony Finau: 80/1

    Charley Hoffman: 100/1

    Austin Cook: 100/1

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    Wandering photographer costs McIlroy on 16

    By Ryan LavnerJuly 21, 2018, 7:44 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Rory McIlroy bogeyed two of his last four holes Saturday to fall four shots off the lead at The Open.

    One of those mistakes might not have entirely been his fault.

    McIlroy missed a short putt on the par-3 16th after a photographer was “in a world all his own,” wandering around near the green, taking photos of the crowd and not paying attention to the action on the green.

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    “It’s fine,” McIlroy said after a third-round 70 put him at 5-under 208, four shots off the lead. “It’s one of those things that happens. There’s a lot of people out there, and it is what it is. It’s probably my fault, but I just didn’t regroup well after it happened.”

    McIlroy also bogeyed the home hole, after driving into a fairway bunker, sending his second shot right of the green and failing to get up and down.

    “I putted well,” he said. “I holed out when I needed to. I just need to make the birdies and try to limit the damage tomorrow.”

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    Kisner not expecting awkward night with Spieth

    By Ryan LavnerJuly 21, 2018, 7:33 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – It might get awkward in that star-studded rental house Saturday night.

    Two of the three Open co-leaders, Jordan Spieth and Kevin Kisner, are sharing a house this week near Carnoustie. Though it’ll be late by the time they both get back to the house Saturday night, they’ll have plenty of time to kill Sunday morning, with their tee times not until nearly 3 p.m. local time.

    “Everybody is probably going to get treatment and eating and trying to find a bed,” Kisner said. “I’m sure there’ll be some conversations. There always are. Everybody has a few horror stories or good laughs over something that happened out there. That will probably be the end of it.”

    One thing they’re almost certain to discuss is the weather.

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    After three days of mostly benign conditions, Sunday’s forecast calls for warm temperatures and wind gusts up to 25 mph.

    “When you watch any TV, that’s all they talk about – how Sunday’s coming,” Kisner said. “It’s going to be a true test, and we’ll get to see really who’s hitting it the best and playing the best.”

    Zach Johnson is also in the house – along with Rickie Fowler, Justin Thomas, Jimmy Walker and Jason Dufner – and he rode to the course Saturday with Kisner, with whom he played in the final group, at 4 p.m. It’s unclear whether the co-leaders Sunday will have a similar arrangement.

    This is the third year that Spieth and Co. have shared a house at The Open, though Kisner is a new addition to the group.

    “It’s the end of the week,” Kisner said. “Everybody’s got a lot of stuff going on. Everybody’s going their separate ways tomorrow. Tomorrow morning we’ll all sit around and laugh on the couch and talk about why that guy’s making so many birdies.”

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    Final-round tee times for the 147th Open Championship

    By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 21, 2018, 7:26 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Jordan Spieth begins his quest for a second consecutive claret jug and fourth major overall at 9:45 a.m. ET Sunday at Carnoustie, playing alongside Xander Schauffele. This marks the first time Schauffele has ever held a 54-hole lead in his career.

    The Kevins – Kisner and Chappell – are in the penultimate group, 10 minutes earlier at 9:35 a.m. Kisner is tied with Spieth and Schauffele at 9 under par. Chappell is two shots back at 7 under.

    But it’s the next group that has people interested the most. Tiger Woods is paired with Francesco Molinari at 9:25 a.m. Woods, in search of his 15th major championship and first in 10 years, shot a third-round 66 to vault into a tie for sixth place, four shots behind the lead. He began the day six shots behind. Molinari has two wins and two second-place finishes in his last four events.

    Rory McIlroy was within striking distance of the lead but bogeyed two of the last three holes to drop into a sixth-place tie. He is paired with 2017 Open runner-up Matt Kuchar at 9:05 a.m.

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