Young Stadler One Back at Nationwide Event

By Sports NetworkSeptember 16, 2006, 4:00 pm
Nationwide TourBOISE, Idaho -- Maria Tiziani fired a 6-under 65 Saturday to move two strokes clear of the field after three rounds of the Boise Open. Tiziani completed 54 holes at 17-under-par 196.
Tiziani's total of 196 matched the 54-hole record that Rick Cramer set in 1996. Tiziani will go for his first tour win on Sunday. Not only will he have that pressure, but of the last 11 54-hole leaders on the Nationwide Tour none have held on for the win.
'It's unchartered waters for me. I have not been in this position very much this year, maybe a couple times after round two,' admitted Tiziani, who holds the 54-hole lead for the first time in his career. 'This is what we play for though. I know there will be some nerves. The tough part will be trying to do the same things I've been doing.'
Second-round leader Kevin Stadler managed a 1-under 70 and is alone in second place at minus-15. Glen Day stands in third place at 13-under-par 200 after a 5-under 66.
Former U.S. Amateur champion Jeff Quinney posted a 67 and was joined in fourth place at minus-12 by Jason Allred and Scott Dunlap.
Tiziani got off to a hot start and that carried him past Stadler for the lead. Tiziani birdied the first, then eagled the par-5 second to join Stadler in the lead at minus-14.
The 36-year-old Tiziani then birdied the third at Hillcrest Country Club, but trailed by one as Stadler birdied two and three. He settled in with seven consecutive pars, but he remained one up on Stadler.
Tiziani ran home a long birdie putt on the 11th and came right back with an 18-footer for birdie on 12 to get to 17 under, three clear of Stadler. Tiziani was unable to save par from a bunker on 13. He recovered that stroke with a two-putt birdie on the par-5 16th before carding pars on 17 and 18.
'I feel like I've been close all year even though I haven't played remotely well,' said Tiziani, who has just one top-10 this season and has made just seven of 19 cuts. 'Everything is coming together right now though.'
The bogey Tiziani made on No. 13 was his first since his fourth hole on Thursday. He admitted afterwards his confidence has not been where it should be this year.
'Confidence has been the big thing. It has kind of been getting eaten away as the year has gone on,' Tiziani stated. 'It seems to come back so quick when you hit a lot of good shots and I feel like it's coming back.'
Stadler, who played right behind Tiziani, opened with birdies on two and three to lead by one. He tumbled out of the top spot with bogeys on four and six.
The 26-year-old parred five straight, then sank an 18-footer for birdie on 12. Stadler bogeyed 13 and 14 to slip to 13 under par, three behind Tiziani.
Stadler caught fire late though. Like Tiziani, Stadler two-putted for birdie on 16. Then he dropped in an 8-footer for birdie at 17 to get within two.
'That was very frustrating, but I'm happy to shoot under par,' admitted Stadler. 'I didn't hit many solid shots. I started out poorly and I let it get to me. Under par was a good score for me today.'
Ricky Barnes carded a 4-under 67 to move into a share of seventh at 11-under-par 202. He stands alongside Tripp Isenhour and Jay Williamson. Australians Jarrod Lyle and Andrew Buckle share 10th place at minus-10.
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    Casey (62) opens up four-shot lead at Travelers

    By Nick MentaJune 23, 2018, 9:48 pm

    On the strength of an 8-under 62, Paul Casey will take a four-shot lead into the final round of the Travelers Championship. Here’s where things stand through three rounds outside Hartford.

    Leaderboard: Casey (-16), Russell Henley (-12), J.B. Holmes (-11), Anirban Lahiri (-11), Brian Harman (-11)

    What it means: Casey is hunting his third PGA Tour victory and his second this season. The Englishman went nine years between Tour titles and racked up a number of near-misses after dedicating himself to a full-time U.S. schedule in 2015. He finally broke through earlier this year at the Valspar, edging a resurgent Tiger Woods, and now looks to further kick down a finally open door. TPC River Highlands is a gettable golf course, and notable names like Day, Watson and DeChambeau lurk at 10 under, but the field may need some help from Casey, who has separated himself through 54 holes.  

    Round of the day: Casey fired the round of the week with six birdies and an eagle at the short par-4 15th. He leads the tournament in birdies made with six in each round for 18 total. He has hit each of his last 23 greens in regulation.

    Best of the rest: Jaime Lovemark signed for a 6-under 64 highlighted by an eagle at 15. He enters Sunday tied for 11th, hunting his fourth top-10 finish of the season.

    Biggest disappointment: While Casey was ripping up the course, four of the top seven players in the Official World Golf Ranking - Rory McIlroy (69), Brooks Koepka (69), Justin Thomas (70) and Jordan Spieth (71) - combined to shoot 1 under par Saturday. .

    Shot of the day: James Hahn’s slam-dunk ace from 154 yards at the par-3 11th.

    After a 3-over front nine, Hahn closed in 29 on the back for a ho-hum 67.

    Quote of the day: "That's something I rarely see from me, 18 greens in regulation. So whatever he told me worked" - Casey on his work with his swing coach, Peter Kostis

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    Watch: Hahn slam-dunks ace on 11th hole

    By Golf Channel DigitalJune 23, 2018, 7:20 pm

    There are aces, and there are slam-dunk aces. No question which one this one by James Hahn on the 154-yard 11th hole was.

    It was Hahn's first ace on the PGA Tour.

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    Els' nephew Rebula wins Amateur Championship

    By Golf Channel DigitalJune 23, 2018, 7:05 pm

    Ernie Els is one proud uncle.

    His nephew, Jovan Rebula, won the Amateur Championship on Saturday at Royal Aberdeen to become the first South African to capture the title since Bobby Cole in 1966.

    Rebula, a junior at Auburn, will join his famous uncle in Carnoustie next month for The Open. He also will get invites to the 2019 Masters and the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach.

    Rebula defeated Ireland's Robin Dawson, 3 and 2, in the 36-hole final.

    "It’s unreal," Rebula said. "It’s really something that is hard to describe. I feel like many have been in this position before but it’s an unreal feeling. It hasn’t sunk in quite yet but hopefully tomorrow morning I can wake up and I will feel a little different."

    Rebula received plenty of texts from Els throughout the week, and the encouragement paid off. Rebula opened a 1-up lead after 18 holes, and he extended his advantage by winning the 26th and 27th holes. He was 5 up with six to play before finally closing out Dawson on the 16th hole with an up-and-down from the bunker.

    "It’s been a long week and especially today," Rebula said. "I should have finished maybe a couple of holes earlier, but it’s been awesome. A very tiring week. I’m standing here right now and there’s so much adrenaline pumping through me."

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    Squirrel gets Rory's round off to a rocky start

    By Will GrayJune 23, 2018, 6:42 pm

    CROMWELL, Conn. – Rory McIlroy’s third round at the Travelers Championship got off to a peculiar start before he even hit a shot.

    McIlroy had just been introduced on the first tee at TPC River Highlands and was ready to unload on his opening drive of the day when a squirrel ran across the tee box a few feet in front of him.

    McIlroy stopped his swing and laughed it off, but the squirrel continued to linger for several seconds, criss-crossing from one side of the packed tee box to the other. And while this was no black cat, the pump-fake to start his round didn’t exactly help the Ulsterman.

    McIlroy ultimately blocked his drive into the right rough after enduring his brief rodent delay en route to an opening bogey, and amid soft conditions at TPC River Highlands he played his first five holes in 2 over. McIlroy started the day at 7 under, three shots behind leader Brian Harman.