World Leader Argentina by Three

By Sports NetworkDecember 8, 2006, 5:00 pm
2006 WGC - Barbedos World Cup ST. JAMES, Barbados -- Angel Cabrera and Andres Romero of Argentina combined to shoot a 4-under 67 on Friday to move their country to the top of the leaderboard after two rounds of the WGC-Barbados World Cup.
 
Argentina stands at 11-under-par 131 at the Country Club Course at Sandy Lane Resort. It is three shots clear of the field after Friday's foursomes, or alternate-shot, format.
 
Stewart Cink and J.J. Henry
Stewart Cink and J.J. Henry couldn't take the heat on Day 2, falling eight back.
Colin Montgomerie and Marc Warren got Scotland into a share of second place after a 4-under 67. The German pair of Bernhard Langer and Marcel Siem posted a 2-under 69 and joined Scotland and Sweden, represented by Carl Petterssen and Henrik Stenson, which shot a 1-under 70 on Friday.
 
South Africa, anchored by Rory Sabbatini and Richard Sterne, shared the opening-round lead with Argentina and Sweden, but only managed an even-par 71 on Friday. It is tied for fifth place with Spain. Miguel Angel Jimenez and Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano teamed for a 5-under 66 in the second round.
 
Much like Thursday's first round of four-balls, or better-ball, 30 mile-per-hour winds greeted the players at the Country Club Course. Ten of the 24 teams managed to break par, but it was the pair from Argentina that survived best on Friday.
 
Argentina got to 8 under par for the championship with a birdie at the par-4 third. The duo combined to birdie the par-5 sixth, then Cabrera sank a 30-foot birdie putt at the seventh to reach 10 under par and move one clear of the field.
 
Argentina parred the next two holes, then Romero tapped in a short birdie putt at the 10th to get to minus-11. The tandem played steady golf the rest of the way, but did have some chances coming into the clubhouse.
 
The team had an 18-foot birdie putt at 13, but Cabrera came up short. Romero reached the green in two at the par-5 15th, but the duo three-putted for a par.
 
Argentina's next great look at birdie came at the par-3 closing hole at the Country Club Course. Romero hit a beautiful tee ball to 25 feet, but Cabrera missed the birdie putt.
 
Despite eight consecutive pars to close the round, Argentina managed to grab a comfortable cushion. Its solid play, coupled with some back-nine errors by its closest competitors, allowed for the three-shot lead.
 
Sweden held the lead, but fell at seven when Petterssen missed an 8-foot par putt. Stenson and Petterssen birdied No. 9, but bogeyed the 10th, then things went downhill further.
 
The pair bogeyed 13, got one back at the 16th, but bogeyed the last when Petterssen hit the team's tee ball 65 feet past the hole. Sweden three-putted from there for a bogey.
 
Germany collected four birdies on the front side, but bogeyed 14 and 17.
 
South Africa tallied a pair of birdies at one and six, but parred the next five around the turn. Back-to-back bogeys at 12 and 13, and another at the last halted South Africa's charge.
 
That left Argentina, with its back-nine pars atop the leaderboard by three.
 
If Argentina goes to the winner's circle on Sunday afternoon, it will mark the first win for the country since the inaugural World Cup in 1953.
 
Cabrera was involved with Argentina's best finish in recent memory in 2000. At Buenos Aires Golf Club in Argentina, he and Eduardo Romero went toe-to-toe with the top-ranked American pair of Tiger Woods and David Duval before ultimately losing by three.
 
'Am I surprised to be leading? No, why? We are not surprised to be there,' said Cabrera.
 
'I wasn't surprised because I knew we were playing very solid and things were going okay,' said Romero. 'It's a pity we made a three-putt on the 15th and only made par but it was a bogey-free round and that is good when you play this format.'
 
The English pair of Luke Donald and David Howell teamed for a 1-under 70 on Friday. England is alone in seventh place at minus-6, one shot better than Mexico, which shot a 3-under 68,
 
Italy (70) and South Korea (72) are knotted in ninth place at 4-under-par 138.
 
The United States of America team of Stewart Cink and J.J. Henry, a duo that went undefeated at this year's Ryder Cup, struggled on Friday. The tandem only managed a 2-over 73 and is alone in 11th at minus-3.
 
Defending champion Wales, represented once again by Stephen Dodd and Bradley Dredge, was even worse than the Americans on Friday. Dodd and Dredge combined for a 4-over 75 and are part of a group tied for 12th place at 2-under-par 140.
 
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    Grillo still hunting follow-up to debut win

    By Nick MentaMay 26, 2018, 10:53 pm

    Following a round of 1-under 69 Saturday, Emiliano Grillo will enter Sunday's final round at Colonial four shots behind leader Justin Rose.

    Grillo is hunting his first win since he took the 2015 Safeway Open in his rookie debut as a PGA Tour member. 

    The young Argentinian finished 11th in the FedExCup points race that season, contending in big events and finishing runner-up at the 2016 Barclays.

    In the process, Grillo had to learn to pace himself and that it can be fruitless to chase after success week to week.

    "That was a hot run in there," Grillo said Saturday, referring to his rookie year. "I played, in 2016, I played the majors very well. I played the big tournaments very well. I was in contention after two, three days in most of the big events.


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    "I think, you know, I wanted to do better. I pushed for it. Some of the tournaments I ended up being 50th or 60th just because I wanted to play. I wanted to play well so badly. That played against me, so I learned from that. In that rookie year, I learned that."

    Grillo was still plenty successful in his sophomore season, advancing to the BMW Championship last fall.

    But now he's beginning to regain some of that form that made him such an immediate success on Tour. Grillo has recorded four top-10 finishes year - a T-9 at Mayakoba, a T-8 at Honda, a T-3 at Houston, and a T-9 at Wells Fargo - and will now look to outduel to U.S. Open champs in Rose and Brooks Koepka on Sunday at Colonial.

    "Well, he's top 10 in the world, so everything he does he does it pretty well," Grillo said of Rose. "You know, he does his own thing. Like I say, he's top 10 in the world. Nothing wrong with his game. ...

    "He's in the lead on a Sunday. Doesn't matter where you're playing, he's got to go out and shoot under par. He's got 50 guys behind him trying to reach him, and I'm one of those. I've just got to go out and do what he did today on those first five or six holes and try to get him in the early holes."

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    Koepka looking to make hay on Horrible Horseshoe

    By Nick MentaMay 26, 2018, 10:26 pm

    The Horrible Horseshoe - Nos. 3, 4 and 5 at Colonial Country Club - annually ranks as one of the toughest three-hole stretches on the PGA Tour.

    Consider Brooks Koepka undeterred.

    Last year's U.S. Open champ has played the stretch 2 over this week but knows that if he's going to have any chance at catching Justin Rose on Sunday, he's going to need take advantage of the par-5 first and then find a way to pick up shots on the Horseshoe.

    "I feel like just need to get off to a good start on this golf course," Koepka said after a third-round 67 Saturday. "If you can get 2 or 3 under through six holes, I think you'll be right there."

    Koepka will start the final round four behind Rose, as he looks to win for the first time since his maiden major victory last year.


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    The big-hitter missed nearly four months this year with a wrist injury and is progressing quickly in his comeback despite dislocating his wrist on two different occasions over the last two months.

    Koepka missed the cut with partner Marc Turnesa at the Zurich Classic in his competitive return before following up with a tie for 42nd at the Wells Fargo Championship and a tie for 11th at The Players Championship.

    Now, thanks to a closing birdie Sunday, he finds himself playing alongside Rose in the final group on Sunday.

    "I feel like my game is coming around," he said. "[At Zurich], I was five days into touching clubs. I am finally finding a rhythm and feel like I'm getting really close. ...

    "Just want to get off to a good start [tomorrow]. That's really all I am trying to do. You put together a good solid round tomorrow, you never know what can happen. The important thing is we were just trying to get in that final group. I thought the putt on 18 was kind of big to get in that final group and play with Rosey."

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    Rose leads Koepka, Grillo by four at Colonial

    By Nick MentaMay 26, 2018, 9:06 pm

    On the strength of a 4-under 66 Saturday, Justin Rose will take a four-shot lead over Brooks Koepka and Emiliano Grillo into the final round of the Fort Worth Invitational. Here's where things stand through 54 holes at Colonial Country Club.

    Leaderboard: Rose (-14), Koepka (-10), Grillo (-10), Corey Conners (-8), Jon Rahm (-8), Louis Oosthuizen (-8), J.T. Poston (-8), Ryan Armour (-8)

    What it means: The fifth-ranked player in the world is 18 holes from his ninth PGA Tour victory and his second this season. Up one to start the third round, Rose extended his lead to as much as five with birdies on four of his first six holes. Through 54 holes, Rose has made 17 birdies and just three bogeys. The 2013 U.S. Open winner and 2016 Olympic gold medalist has a history of winning at iconic venues - Muirfield Village, Aronimink, Cog Hill, Doral, Merion and Congressional - and now looks to add Colonial to the list. He'll be chased on Sunday by Grillo, the young Argentinian who won his first Tour start as a member in 2015, and Koepka, last year's U.S. Open winner who continues to impress in his injury comeback despite ongoing wrist issues.

    Round of the day: Corey Conners and Ted Potter both turned in 7-under 63. Potter was bogey-free and Conners came home in 6-under 29 on the back nine.

    Best of the rest: Jon Rahm, Louis Oosthuizen, Brian Harman and Michael Thompson all signed for 64. Rahm called his six-birdie start the best 10 holes he's played so far this year.

    Biggest disappointment: Jordan Spieth has finished second-first-second in the last three years at this event, but he's yet to find his normal Colonial form through three rounds. Spieth, who said Friday he was capable of shooting "10 or 12 under" over the weekend, shot even-par 70 Saturday. He sits in T-38 at 3 under for the week, 11 back.

    Shot of the day: Rory Sabbatini closed out his third round Saturday with this eagle holeout from 134 yards at the 18th.

    His colorful scorecard featured three bogeys, two birdies, a double bogey and that eagle. It added up to a 1-over 71. 

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    McCarron closes with only bogey, shares lead

    By Associated PressMay 26, 2018, 8:49 pm

    BENTON HARBOR, Mich. - Scott McCarron, seeking a second senior major title to go with his 2017 Senior Players Championship, made his only bogey of the third round on the final hole to slip into a tie for the lead Saturday with Tim Petrovic in the Senior PGA Championship.

    They were at 13 under par after Petrovic, seeking his first major, shot 65. McCarron has shared the lead through three rounds.

    England's Paul Broadhurst, the 2016 British Senior Open winner, matched the best third-round score in tournament history with a 64. He was at 11 under.

    Miguel Angel Jimenez, coming off his first major championship last week at the Regions Tradition, shot 65 and was 9 under.

    Tom Byrum, who made a hole-in-one in shooting a 67, was in a group at 8 under.