Young and Old in Reno Battle

By Sports NetworkAugust 26, 2006, 4:00 pm
PGA Tour (75x100)RENO, Nev. -- Will Mackenzie carded his second straight 5-under 67 Saturday to move into a share of the lead after three rounds of the Reno-Tahoe Open.
Mackenzie, who led after round one, completed 54 holes at 19-under-par 197 to join second-round leader Bob Estes atop the leaderboard. Estes posted a 4-under 68 in round three to end at minus-19.
Estes will be going for his fifth PGA TOUR crown, but his first since the 2002 Kemper Insurance Open. Mackenzie on the other hand will be searching for his first tour title on Sunday.
John Cook, the 2001 winner here, stands alone in third place at minus-15 after a third-round 69. Daniel Chopra is one stroke further back at 14-under-par 202 thanks to an 8-under 64 in Saturday.
Estes and Mackenzie were paired together in the third round and will be again in Sunday's final round. Both players got on the board with birdies on the par-5 fourth.
Mackenzie came right back with a birdie on the fifth to move into a share of the lead with Estes at 16 under at Montreux Golf and Country Club.
The 30-year-old Mackenzie made it three straight as he birdied the sixth to grab the outright lead by one.
Estes parred three in a row, but matched Mackenzie's birdie on eight to remain one down. They each birdied the par-5 ninth as Mackenzie led by one around the turn.
The 40-year-old Estes grabbed a share of the lead at minus-19 with a birdie on the par-5 11th. He parred his next five as neither player made a move on the back nine.
Mackenzie parred the final nine holes to remain at 19 under.
'I stalled towards the end, I had two real good looks and I had some putts I really didn't understand how to read,' Mackenzie admitted. 'I want to go out and play well Sunday. Regardless I'm going to walk out of here feeling solid and ready for my next tournament.'
He is in the top-15 heading into the final round for the first time in his brief tour career. Mackenzie's best career finish came last year, his rookie year on the PGA TOUR, at the Michelin Championship at Las Vegas, where he shared eighth place.
Estes gave a stroke back to par on the 17th, but atoned for that error at the last where his 17-foot birdie putt gave him a share of the third-round lead.
'Well, I am pretty much where I want to be,' Estes said. 'I was hoping to play a little better than I did today and have a two- or three-shot lead, but I made a few mental mistakes as a lot of people saw on 17. I knew what the play was and didn't do it.'
He leads after three rounds for the ninth time in his TOUR career. Estes won each of the last two times he owned a share of the 54-hole lead. Those wins were at the '02 Kemper and the 2001 FedEx St. Jude Classic.
'You know Will is playing well right now, but neither of us played perfect golf,' admitted Estes. 'Hopefully my experience gives me a little bit of an advantage on Sunday.'
Jeff Brehaut fired a 7-under 65 Saturday to jump to 13-under-par 203. He shares fifth place with Jason Day (67) and 2002 WGC-Accenture Match Play champion Kevin Sutherland (66). Alex Cejka and Shigeki Maruyama are tied for eighth at minus-12.
Yusaku Miyazato, who recorded two holes-in-one on Friday, managed a 2-under 70 in round three. He was joined in 10th place by four others.
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    Chamblee comments on Choi's unique step-through swing

    By Golf Channel DigitalJune 24, 2018, 3:55 pm

    The golf world found itself enamored with a largely unknown journeyman this weekend.

    Ho-sung Choi went from 554th in the world to No. 1 in the hearts of all those who swing the golf club just a little bit differently thanks to his run at the Korean Open.

    The 44-year-old with the exaggerated step through impact found himself two off the pace through 54 holes and in contention for one of two available invitations to this year's Open Championship at Carnoustie.

    Choi fell out of the hunt for tournament title and the Open exemption with a final-round 74, but nonetheless left an impression with his tie for fifth.

    Asked about Choi's swing Saturday night, Golf Channel analyst Brandel Chamblee offered the following:

    "If Chi Chi Rodriguez and Gary Player had a golf school, what would their first professional golfer swing like? Voila," Chamblee said.

    "Both those legends had walk through finishes, but Ho Sung has taken this move to a new level with a borderline pirouette to keep from hanging back.

    "In an era when professional golfers get accused of having golf swings that all look alike, I’ve never seen anyone swing quite like Ho Sung Choi.

    "I can’t wait to try this on the range tomorrow."

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    Wallace holds off Olesen to win BMW International

    By Associated PressJune 24, 2018, 3:43 pm

    PULHEIM, Germany - England's Matt Wallace shot a 7-under 65 to hold off a record-breaking charge from Thorbjorn Olesen and win the BMW International Open on Sunday.

    Wallace finished on 10-under 278 - just ahead of Olesen, Mikko Korhonen and 2008 winner Martin Kaymer, whose chances took a blow with a bogey on the 17th hole.

    ''I want to keep building on this,'' Wallace said after his third European Tour win. ''Obviously this gives me a lot of confidence to go on and play well and I want to kick on and hopefully do this in the bigger events from now on.''

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    Olesen had played himself into contention with the lowest round in tournament history, with nine birdies and an eagle for an 11-under 61. It was the lowest round of his European Tour career and it gave the Dane a three-shot lead before the final group had even teed off.

    ''I was just trying today to go out there and build on my game, see if I could shoot a low score,'' Olesen said. ''Obviously as the round progressed I kept on thinking birdies and trying to make the round better. Finishing with four birdies was pretty nice.''

    Wallace turned in 34 but then made five birdies in seven holes from the turn to edge a shot past Olesen. He waited as Kaymer and Korhonen went close with rounds of 68 and 67, respectively.

    England's Aaron Rai and Denmark's Lucas Bjerregaard finished joint-fifth with rounds of 69.

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    Choi, Park qualify for Carnoustie from Korean Open

    By Nick MentaJune 24, 2018, 2:54 pm

    Two players - Minchel Choi and Sanghyun Park - qualified for next month's Open Championship at Carnoustie via the Open Qualifying Series on Sunday.

    Choi (69) held off Park (66) to win the Korean Open by two shots.

    This was the Qualifying Series debut for the Korean Open, whiched awarded Open Championship exemptions to the tournament's top two finishers inside the top eight and ties who were not already qualified.

    Choi, the 532nd-ranked player in the Official World Golf Ranking, punched his ticket in his first professional win.

    Park, the 146th in the world, is a six-time Korean Tour champion who has already won twice this season. 

    Both players will be making their first ever major starts.

    “I am absolutely honored to be playing in The Open and I wanted to win this championship to give me [that] opportunity," Choi said. "I cannot believe that I have won today. I am so happy and excited."

    “It is a great honor to have qualified for The Open and make my first appearance in the championship," Park added. "I’ve watched The Open on television every single year and I can’t really believe that I have qualified, it is amazing."

    The Open Qualifying Series continues next week at the Open de France, where as many as three exemptions will be awarded to the three leading players inside the top 10 and ties who are not already qualified.

    The 147th Open will be held at Carnoustie from July 19-22.

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    Minjee Lee co-leads Walmart NW Arkansas Championship

    By Associated PressJune 24, 2018, 12:25 am

    ROGERS, Ark. - Minjee Lee wasn't all that concerned when she missed her first cut of the year this month at the ShopRite LPGA Classic.

    The ninth-ranked Australian has certainly looked at ease and back in form at Pinnacle Country Club in her first event since then.

    Lee and Japan's Nasa Hataoka each shot 6-under 65 on Saturday to share the second-round lead in the NW Arkansas Championship 13-under 129. Lee is chasing her fifth victory since turning pro three years ago. It's also an opportunity to put any lingering frustration over that missed cut two weeks ago behind her for good.

    ''I didn't particularly hit it bad, even though I missed the cut at ShopRite, I just didn't really hole any putts,'' Lee said. ''I'd been hitting it pretty solid going into that tournament and even into this tournament, too. Just to see a couple putts roll in has been nice.''

    The 22-year-old Lee needed only 24 putts during her opening 64 on Friday, helping her to match the low round of her career. Despite needing 28 putts Saturday, she still briefly took the outright lead after reaching as low as 14 under after a birdie on the par-5 seventh.

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    Lee missed the green on the par-4 ninth soon thereafter to lead to her only bogey of the day and a tie with the 19-year-old Hataoka, who is in pursuit of her first career win.

    Hataoka birdied six of eight holes midway through her bogey-free round on Saturday. It was yet another stellar performance from the Japanese teenager, who has finished in the top 10 in four of her last five tournaments and will be a part of Sunday's final pairing.

    ''I try to make birdies and try to be under par, that's really the key for me to get a top ten,'' Hataoka said. ''Golf is just trying to be in the top 10 every single week, so that's the key.''

    Third-ranked Lexi Thompson matched the low round of the day with a 64 to get to 11 under. She hit 17 of 18 fairways and shot a 5-under 30 on her opening nine, The American is in search of her first win since September in the Indy Women in Tech Championship.

    Ariya Jutanugarn and Celine Boutier were 10 under.

    First-round leader Gaby Lopez followed her opening 63 with a 75 to drop to 4 under. Fellow former Arkansas star Stacy Lewis also was 4 under after a 72.