.

Jordan pledges to Zach's charity event

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Zach Johnson and Jordan Spieth (pictured on either side of Captain Tom Watson) were teammates on the 2014 U.S. Ryder Cup Team.

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa -- The easier decision Jordan Spieth could have made would have been this:

"I'm really sorry, Zach. My life's become so chaotic, and I'm under so much scrutiny everywhere I go now. I really need to channel my time and focus toward getting ready for the British Open. It's best for me if I pass on coming back to your event in Iowa."

Many in Spieth's position would have made that call, and you really couldn't have blamed them. When someone wins the Masters and the U.S. Open in the same year, they're breathing rarefied air and a lot of people want to share that airspace.

But Spieth, who appeared at last year's Zach Johnson Foundation Classic, approached Johnson in April to say he'd like to make another swing through Elmcrest Country Club for this year's ZJFC. He never wavered on that pledge.

"Jordan actually mentioned that he wanted to come back to my event," Johnson said. "I truly didn't have to ask or urge him to play. This was all just after the Masters. He has stayed committed since. He mentioned how much fun he had last year and cannot wait to come back to Iowa."

In its five-year history, the ZJFC has done a good job of getting top professional golfers with sterling resumes, starting with the host himself and his 11 PGA Tour victories that include a Masters triumph. This year's field is easily its deepest and best, with world-class players that include Jason Day, Billy Horschel and Jason Dufner.

But to have the reigning Masters and U.S. Open champion, the man who has been on two Sports Illustrated covers in the last three months, the talk of golf? That doesn't require a lot of selling for Johnson's event. Jordan Spieth's here. Enough said.

Yes, it's taken this long into the story to mention Spieth is 21 years old. And you can't read a story about him without seeing references to his unusual maturity and poise for his age, on and off the course. So that's duly noted here, now.

Maybe it's that maturity that has him coming to Cedar Rapids and then the Quad Cities for the John Deere Classic when many would suggest he should instead get over to Scotland early to prepare for the British Open at St. Andrews next week, the third leg of golf's Grand Slam.

But Spieth didn't get to Augusta National for the Masters or Chambers Bay for the U.S. Open much earlier than he'll be arriving at St. Andrews. He seems to know what works for him.

Had Spieth not won either major, he would still be having a sensational year. In 17 PGA Tour events this season, he has three wins, three second-places, a third-place, a fourth-place and two ties for seventh. He has 3,128 FedExCup points. That's almost as many as any two players on the Tour combined.

So, yes. Phenom. Here. Today.

This article was written by Mike Hlas from The Gazette, Cedar Rapids, Iowa and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

By
Mike Hlas

Series: PGA Tour

Published: Monday, July 06, 2015 | 2:44 p.m.

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa -- The easier decision Jordan Spieth could have made would have been this:

"I'm really sorry, Zach. My life's become so chaotic, and I'm under so much scrutiny everywhere I go now. I really need to channel my time and focus toward getting ready for the British Open. It's best for me if I pass on coming back to your event in Iowa."

Many in Spieth's position would have made that call, and you really couldn't have blamed them. When someone wins the Masters and the U.S. Open in the same year, they're breathing rarefied air and a lot of people want to share that airspace.

But Spieth, who appeared at last year's Zach Johnson Foundation Classic, approached Johnson in April to say he'd like to make another swing through Elmcrest Country Club for this year's ZJFC. He never wavered on that pledge.

"Jordan actually mentioned that he wanted to come back to my event," Johnson said. "I truly didn't have to ask or urge him to play. This was all just after the Masters. He has stayed committed since. He mentioned how much fun he had last year and cannot wait to come back to Iowa."

In its five-year history, the ZJFC has done a good job of getting top professional golfers with sterling resumes, starting with the host himself and his 11 PGA Tour victories that include a Masters triumph. This year's field is easily its deepest and best, with world-class players that include Jason Day, Billy Horschel and Jason Dufner.

But to have the reigning Masters and U.S. Open champion, the man who has been on two Sports Illustrated covers in the last three months, the talk of golf? That doesn't require a lot of selling for Johnson's event. Jordan Spieth's here. Enough said.

Yes, it's taken this long into the story to mention Spieth is 21 years old. And you can't read a story about him without seeing references to his unusual maturity and poise for his age, on and off the course. So that's duly noted here, now.

Maybe it's that maturity that has him coming to Cedar Rapids and then the Quad Cities for the John Deere Classic when many would suggest he should instead get over to Scotland early to prepare for the British Open at St. Andrews next week, the third leg of golf's Grand Slam.

But Spieth didn't get to Augusta National for the Masters or Chambers Bay for the U.S. Open much earlier than he'll be arriving at St. Andrews. He seems to know what works for him.

Had Spieth not won either major, he would still be having a sensational year. In 17 PGA Tour events this season, he has three wins, three second-places, a third-place, a fourth-place and two ties for seventh. He has 3,128 FedExCup points. That's almost as many as any two players on the Tour combined.

So, yes. Phenom. Here. Today.

This article was written by Mike Hlas from The Gazette, Cedar Rapids, Iowa and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.


Tiger's bogey-free 67 'a great sign'

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Tiger Woods saw positive signs in his 3-under par 67 in Sunday's final round of the Greenbrier Classic.

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. -- Tiger Woods was not the winner of the 2015 Greenbrier Classic.

In your mind.

In his mind, the week was a complete success. And he indeed was a winner.

On Sunday, Woods put together his first outing without a bogey in his last 56 rounds. He was minus-3 in the final round and finished minus-7 for the tournament.

"Today was a good day," Woods said. "I played really well. I hit the ball the best I've hit in a long, long, long time -- and made absolutely nothing.

"We were counting it up and I had six lip-outs for birdie. So this could have been one of those special rounds when I really could have gone low."

As Woods works on rebuilding his game to championship form, however, ball striking is an emphasis. That's why he smiled so after Sunday's round.

"It's a great sign," Woods said. "I feel control over all clubs. The only hole I struggled with the last couple times I played here was No. 17. It was the only fairway I missed all day."

It's called progress, he said.

"Absolutely," Woods said. "I felt I made a big, giant step at the Memorial. I shot those [plus-14] numbers, but the pattern was set. I just had to refine it. This week was definitely about refining it. If I'd just made a couple putts, this week could have been completely different."

Woods recorded two rounds in the 60s this week. He's had only two the rest of this season. Also, his minus-7 was his best score to par since the 2013 BMW Championship.

He claims momentum is being built.

"I was excited about what I was able to do at the Memorial," Woods said. "I shifted the baseline. Consequently, I'm here now in this position. Very excited about that. Obviously, I need to make some putts."

Woods has been working on a new swing technique taught by coach Chris Como.

"I just have to get used to the feel," he said. "It's a completely different motion. That's why I did what I did at the Memorial, to get into this position now. It's not a short-term fix. People looking for the one quick fix and the very next day go out and play great golf ... it doesn't work that way. It takes time. It takes time to build it. I'm very pleased with what I've been able to do."

As always, Woods was a big draw on the course. Thousands of fans followed him through the week. But he's also followed off the course. Some online reports, for instance, have Woods linked romantically to Amanda Boyd, golfer Jason Dufner's ex-wife. Woods explained how he deals with such scrutiny.

"One, you don't go online," he said. "Social media certainly has changed the world in which we know it. So many different things can happen and do happen on there. I just stay away from it.

"I understand everyone has an opinion -- just like everyone has something else. So it's just one of those things. It's changed the landscape for everyone out here and for all athletes.

"I remember talking to [Wayne] Gretzky one time. He grew up in an era when he first played hockey and was winning the [Stanley] Cups. There was no 24-hour news cycle. It was a big deal going to the 24-hour news cycle. And now here we are with instant news with a click of a button. That has changed the landscape again."

The current golf landscape, however, looks better to Woods.

"It was a very positive week," he said. "I made some nice strides heading into the British Open and I'll do some good work next week and be ready come Thursday."

This article was written by Mitch Vingle from The Charleston Gazette, W.Va. and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

By
Mitch Vingle

Series: PGA Tour

Published: Monday, July 06, 2015 | 1:47 p.m.

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. -- Tiger Woods was not the winner of the 2015 Greenbrier Classic.

In your mind.

In his mind, the week was a complete success. And he indeed was a winner.

On Sunday, Woods put together his first outing without a bogey in his last 56 rounds. He was minus-3 in the final round and finished minus-7 for the tournament.

"Today was a good day," Woods said. "I played really well. I hit the ball the best I've hit in a long, long, long time -- and made absolutely nothing.

"We were counting it up and I had six lip-outs for birdie. So this could have been one of those special rounds when I really could have gone low."

As Woods works on rebuilding his game to championship form, however, ball striking is an emphasis. That's why he smiled so after Sunday's round.

"It's a great sign," Woods said. "I feel control over all clubs. The only hole I struggled with the last couple times I played here was No. 17. It was the only fairway I missed all day."

It's called progress, he said.

"Absolutely," Woods said. "I felt I made a big, giant step at the Memorial. I shot those [plus-14] numbers, but the pattern was set. I just had to refine it. This week was definitely about refining it. If I'd just made a couple putts, this week could have been completely different."

Woods recorded two rounds in the 60s this week. He's had only two the rest of this season. Also, his minus-7 was his best score to par since the 2013 BMW Championship.

He claims momentum is being built.

"I was excited about what I was able to do at the Memorial," Woods said. "I shifted the baseline. Consequently, I'm here now in this position. Very excited about that. Obviously, I need to make some putts."

Woods has been working on a new swing technique taught by coach Chris Como.

"I just have to get used to the feel," he said. "It's a completely different motion. That's why I did what I did at the Memorial, to get into this position now. It's not a short-term fix. People looking for the one quick fix and the very next day go out and play great golf ... it doesn't work that way. It takes time. It takes time to build it. I'm very pleased with what I've been able to do."

As always, Woods was a big draw on the course. Thousands of fans followed him through the week. But he's also followed off the course. Some online reports, for instance, have Woods linked romantically to Amanda Boyd, golfer Jason Dufner's ex-wife. Woods explained how he deals with such scrutiny.

"One, you don't go online," he said. "Social media certainly has changed the world in which we know it. So many different things can happen and do happen on there. I just stay away from it.

"I understand everyone has an opinion -- just like everyone has something else. So it's just one of those things. It's changed the landscape for everyone out here and for all athletes.

"I remember talking to Gretzky one time. He grew up in an era when he first played hockey and was winning the Cups. There was no 24-hour news cycle. It was a big deal going to the 24-hour news cycle. And now here we are with instant news with a click of a button. That has changed the landscape again."

The current golf landscape, however, looks better to Woods.

"It was a very positive week," he said. "I made some nice strides heading into the British Open and I'll do some good work next week and be ready come Thursday."

This article was written by Mitch Vingle from The Charleston Gazette, W.Va. and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.


McIlroy ruptures ligament in ankle

Rory McIlroy
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Rory McIlroy posted a photo to Instagram of himself with crutches and a boot on his left ankle.

LONDON (AP) -- Rory McIlroy injured his left ankle while playing soccer, leaving the world's No. 1 player in doubt of defending his British Open title next week at St. Andrews.

In a shocking start to the week, McIlroy posted a photo on Instagram showing him on crutches with a walking boot on his left ankle. He said it was a "total rupture" of an ankle ligament and the joint capsule from kicking around a soccer ball with friends in Northern Ireland.

"Continuing to assess extent of injury and treatment plan day by day," McIlroy said on the post. "Rehab already started.... Working hard to get back as soon as I can."

RORY VS. JORDAN: Who's No. 1?

His spokeman, Sean O'Flaherty, said he was definitely out of the Scottish Open, which starts Thursday at Gullane. O'Flaherty said they would not know until the end of the week the prospects of McIlroy teeing it up at St. Andrews on July 16.

McIlroy was the joint favorite at St. Andrews with Jordan Spieth, the 21-year-old Texan who has won the Masters and U.S. Open and goes to the British Open as only the fourth player with a shot at the modern Grand Slam.

McIlroy referred to his ATFL, which is the anterior talofibular ligament and the one most commonly sprained. The left ankle is crucial in a golf swing as weight shifts to that side while generating power.

"That's a big blow to the Open if he misses it," former Ryder Cup captain Sam Torrance said from Wimbledon.

FULL SCHEDULE: Rory McIlroy planned a busy summer of golf

McIlroy won the Open last year at Royal Liverpool by going wire-to-wire and taking a six-shot lead into the final round. He also won the PGA Championship, joining Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods and Bobby Jones as the only players in the last century with four majors at age 25 or younger.

Still to be determined is whether McIlroy can do the same as Woods, who played through a stress fracture and torn knee ligaments when he won the 2008 U.S. Open in a playoff that lasted 19 holes.

Woods was determined to play in that major because it was at Torrey Pines, one of his favorite courses on tour.

McIlroy already has a reasonable connection with the Old Course, where he secured his European Tour card in 2007 as an 18-year-old at the Dunhill Links with a third-place finish. He also tied the major championship record of 63 when the British Open was held at St. Andrews in 2010, though McIlroy followed with an 80 in the wind. He tied for third at St. Andrews five years ago.

 

 

 


Series: European Tour

Published: Monday, July 06, 2015 | 6:54 a.m.

LONDON (AP) -- Rory McIlroy injured his left ankle while playing soccer, leaving the world's No. 1 player in doubt of defending his British Open title next week at St. Andrews.

In a shocking start to the week, McIlroy posted a photo on Instagram showing him on crutches with a walking boot on his left ankle. He said it was a "total rupture" of an ankle ligament and the joint capsule from kicking around a soccer ball with friends in Northern Ireland.

"Continuing to assess extent of injury and treatment plan day by day," McIlroy said on the post. "Rehab already started.... Working hard to get back as soon as I can."

RORY VS. JORDAN: Who's No. 1?

His spokeman, Sean O'Flaherty, said he was definitely out of the Scottish Open, which starts Thursday at Gullane. O'Flaherty said they would not know until the end of the week the prospects of McIlroy teeing it up at St. Andrews on July 16.

McIlroy was the joint favorite at St. Andrews with Jordan Spieth, the 21-year-old Texan who has won the Masters and U.S. Open and goes to the British Open as only the fourth player with a shot at the modern Grand Slam.

McIlroy referred to his ATFL, which is the anterior talofibular ligament and the one most commonly sprained. The left ankle is crucial in a golf swing as weight shifts to that side while generating power.

"That's a big blow to the Open if he misses it," former Ryder Cup captain Sam Torrance said from Wimbledon.

FULL SCHEDULE: Rory McIlroy planned a busy summer of golf

McIlroy won the Open last year at Royal Liverpool by going wire-to-wire and taking a six-shot lead into the final round. He also won the PGA Championship, joining Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods and Bobby Jones as the only players in the last century with four majors at age 25 or younger.

Still to be determined is whether McIlroy can do the same as Woods, who played through a stress fracture and torn knee ligaments when he won the 2008 U.S. Open in a playoff that lasted 19 holes.

Woods was determined to play in that major because it was at Torrey Pines, one of his favorite courses on tour.

McIlroy already has a reasonable connection with the Old Course, where he secured his European Tour card in 2007 as an 18-year-old at the Dunhill Links with a third-place finish. He also tied the major championship record of 63 when the British Open was held at St. Andrews in 2010, though McIlroy followed with an 80 in the wind. He tied for third at St. Andrews five years ago.

 

 

 


Web.com: Ancer wins Nova Scotia Open

HALIFAX, Nova Scotia (AP) — Abraham Ancer won the Nova Scotia Open on Sunday for his first Web.com Tour title, beating Bronson Burgoon with a birdie on the first hole of a playoff.

The 24-year-old Ancer became the tour's fifth Mexican winner, following Keoke Cotner, Esteban Toledo, Alex Aragon and Carlos Ortiz. Ancer was born in Texas and has dual citizenship.

Ancer and Burgoon each birdied the par-4 18th in regulation to finish at 13-under 271 on Ashburn's New Course.

Ancer earned $117,000 to jump from 39th to fourth on the money list with $192,945. The former University of Oklahoma player tied for second in the Brazil Champions in March.

Burgoon is winless on the tour. The 28-year-old former Texas A&M player made $$70,200 to go from 43rd to 17th with $142,575.

Jason Allred, Travis Bertoni and D.H. Lee tied for third at 12 under. Allred shot a 64, Bertoni had a 68, and Lee a 69.

Stuart Appleby closed with a 68 to tie for 36th at 6 under in his first start since surgery to repair a herniated disk. The nine-time PGA Tour winner made his first appearance on the second-tier tour since 1995.


Series: Web.com Tour

Published: Sunday, July 05, 2015 | 11:59 p.m.

HALIFAX, Nova Scotia (AP) — Abraham Ancer won the Nova Scotia Open on Sunday for his first Web.com Tour title, beating Bronson Burgoon with a birdie on the first hole of a playoff.

The 24-year-old Ancer became the tour's fifth Mexican winner, following Keoke Cotner, Esteban Toledo, Alex Aragon and Carlos Ortiz. Ancer was born in Texas and has dual citizenship.

Ancer and Burgoon each birdied the par-4 18th in regulation to finish at 13-under 271 on Ashburn's New Course.

Ancer earned $117,000 to jump from 39th to fourth on the money list with $192,945. The former University of Oklahoma player tied for second in the Brazil Champions in March.

Burgoon is winless on the tour. The 28-year-old former Texas A&M player made $$70,200 to go from 43rd to 17th with $142,575.

Jason Allred, Travis Bertoni and D.H. Lee tied for third at 12 under. Allred shot a 64, Bertoni had a 68, and Lee a 69.

Stuart Appleby closed with a 68 to tie for 36th at 6 under in his first start since surgery to repair a herniated disk. The nine-time PGA Tour winner made his first appearance on the second-tier tour since 1995.


Danny Lee wins Greenbrier playoff

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Danny Lee won the Greenbrier Classic with a par on the second playoff hole.

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. (AP) -- Danny Lee parred the second hole of a four-man playoff to win The Greenbrier Classic on Sunday for his first PGA Tour victory.

The South Korean-born New Zealander earned $1.2 million and became the ninth first-time winner on the tour this season.

Lee, David Hearn, Kevin Kisner and Robert Streb were tied at 13 under after four rounds on the Old White TPC course in West Virginia.

GREENBRIER CLASSIC: Results | Photos

Streb shot a 5-under 65 in the final round by making five birdie putts on the back nine with a 56-degree wedge after breaking his putter on the ninth hole. The putter broke when Streb tossed it at his bag next to the green.

He was allowed a replacement putter for the playoff, but he never got to use it after missing the green at the par-3 No. 18. Lee and Hearn made birdie putts on the first playoff hole, also eliminating Kisner.

Hearn then drove behind a tree on the par-5 17th and made bogey. Lee reached the green in three shots and two-putted from across the green for par.

It marked the third playoff in the tournament's six-year history. A week ago, Bubba Watson won the Travelers Championship in a playoff.

SAND SAVE: Streb uses sand wedge as putter to make playoff

Tiger Woods started the day seven shots behind the leaders, shot a bogey-free 67 and said he made some "nice strides" heading into next week's British Open.

Woods broke a streak of 55 consecutive rounds with at least one bogey. It was his first time under par in a final round since the 2013 Tour Championship.

Lee, Hearn, James Hahn and Greg Owen earned spots at St. Andrews. There also were four spots handed out a week ago at the Travelers and one more is available this week at the John Deere Classic.

EAGLE LOCATOR: Bubba Watson's hole-out from 121 yards

Kisner shot a 6-under 64 to get to the clubhouse at 13 under. But he had to sweat it out with eight golfers within two shots of the lead still on the course.

Kisner lost in a playoff for the third time this season. The others were at the RBC Heritage and the Players Championship.

Kisner birdied the 18th three times in the first four rounds, but he went over the green in the playoff and left his approach shot in the rough.

Hearn (67) and Lee (67) birdied No. 17 to join the playoff. Both had chances to take the lead on the final hole in regulation, but Lee missed an 18-footer for birdie and Hearn left a 12-footer just short of the cup.

DRIVER GIVEAWAY: Danny Lee hands club to fan at Travelers

Russell Henley shot 63 and finished fifth at 12 under. Seven others were at 11 under, including Chad Collins (69), who was tied for the lead before bogeying the final two holes.

Jason Bohn, Sean O'Hair, Sun Joon Park and Bryce Molder shared the third-round lead at 11 under, but couldn't keep the momentum going Sunday. Molder shot 70 and the others had over-par rounds.

By
John Raby

Series: PGA Tour

Published: Sunday, July 05, 2015 | 6:40 p.m.

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. (AP) -- Danny Lee parred the second hole of a four-man playoff to win The Greenbrier Classic on Sunday for his first PGA Tour victory.

The South Korean-born New Zealander earned $1.2 million and became the ninth first-time winner on the tour this season.

Lee, David Hearn, Kevin Kisner and Robert Streb were tied at 13 under after four rounds on the Old White TPC course in West Virginia.

GREENBRIER CLASSIC: Results | Photos

Streb shot a 5-under 65 in the final round by making five birdie putts on the back nine with a 56-degree wedge after breaking his putter on the ninth hole. The putter broke when Streb tossed it at his bag next to the green.

He was allowed a replacement putter for the playoff, but he never got to use it after missing the green at the par-3 No. 18. Lee and Hearn made birdie putts on the first playoff hole, also eliminating Kisner.

Hearn then drove behind a tree on the par-5 17th and made bogey. Lee reached the green in three shots and two-putted from across the green for par.

It marked the third playoff in the tournament's six-year history. A week ago, Bubba Watson won the Travelers Championship in a playoff.

SAND SAVE: Streb uses sand wedge as putter to make playoff

Tiger Woods started the day seven shots behind the leaders, shot a bogey-free 67 and said he made some "nice strides" heading into next week's British Open.

Woods broke a streak of 55 consecutive rounds with at least one bogey. It was his first time under par in a final round since the 2013 Tour Championship.

Lee, Hearn, James Hahn and Greg Owen earned spots at St. Andrews. There also were four spots handed out a week ago at the Travelers and one more is available this week at the John Deere Classic.

EAGLE LOCATOR: Bubba Watson's hole-out from 121 yards

Kisner shot a 6-under 64 to get to the clubhouse at 13 under. But he had to sweat it out with eight golfers within two shots of the lead still on the course.

Kisner lost in a playoff for the third time this season. The others were at the RBC Heritage and the Players Championship.

Kisner birdied the 18th three times in the first four rounds, but he went over the green in the playoff and left his approach shot in the rough.

Hearn (67) and Lee (67) birdied No. 17 to join the playoff. Both had chances to take the lead on the final hole in regulation, but Lee missed an 18-footer for birdie and Hearn left a 12-footer just short of the cup.

DRIVER GIVEAWAY: Danny Lee hands club to fan at Travelers

Russell Henley shot 63 and finished fifth at 12 under. Seven others were at 11 under, including Chad Collins (69), who was tied for the lead before bogeying the final two holes.

Jason Bohn, Sean O'Hair, Sun Joon Park and Bryce Molder shared the third-round lead at 11 under, but couldn't keep the momentum going Sunday. Molder shot 70 and the others had over-par rounds.


Wiesberger rallies to win French Open

PARIS (AP) -- Bernd Wiesberger of Austria came from three shots back to win the French Open on Sunday, making five birdies on the front nine to take command as overnight leader Jaco Van Zyl faltered.

Wiesberger finished with a 6-under 65 to win by three shots ahead of James Morrison of England, who shot a 67. Van Zyl only managed a 73 to finish five shots behind Wiesberger's total of 13-under 271.

Wiesberger found himself in the lead after four straight birdies from the fourth hole, and picked up another shot on the ninth. After eight straight pars, he finished with another birdie on the 18th.

Martin Kaymer, the 2009 champion, finished fourth after a 70.

It was Wiesberger's third European Tour title.


Series: European Tour

Published: Sunday, July 05, 2015 | 4:20 p.m.

PARIS (AP) -- Bernd Wiesberger of Austria came from three shots back to win the French Open on Sunday, making five birdies on the front nine to take command as overnight leader Jaco Van Zyl faltered.

Wiesberger finished with a 6-under 65 to win by three shots ahead of James Morrison of England, who shot a 67. Van Zyl only managed a 73 to finish five shots behind Wiesberger's total of 13-under 271.

Wiesberger found himself in the lead after four straight birdies from the fourth hole, and picked up another shot on the ninth. After eight straight pars, he finished with another birdie on the 18th.

Martin Kaymer, the 2009 champion, finished fourth after a 70.

It was Wiesberger's third European Tour title.


Bubba Watson holes out for eagle at Greenbrier Classic

Bubba Watson
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Bubba Watson got his first eagle of the week on No. 16.
By Andrew Prezioso
PGA.com

Series: Golf Buzz

Published: Sunday, July 05, 2015 | 3:40 p.m.

Andrew Prezioso is a contributor for PGA.com. Have a good golf story? Send him an email at andrew.prezioso@turner.com.


Drone's view of the Old Course

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A bird's eye view of St. Andrews, courtesy of the Open Championship and a remote-controlled drone.
By Mark Aumann
PGA.com

Series: Golf Buzz

Published: Sunday, July 05, 2015 | 2:52 p.m.

French Open: Van Zyl cards 64, leads by 2

PARIS (AP) — Jaco Van Zyl will take a two-stroke lead into the final round of the French Open and a shot at a maiden European Tour title after carding a 7-under-par 64 on Saturday.

Van Zyl has won 13 times on the Sunshine Tour, and has 17 top-10 finishes on the European Tour, including two this season while playing on a medical exemption with a brace on his leg.

His bogey-free round included a tap-in seventh and final birdie on his last hole.

"Today was really a phenomenal round," he said after reaching a 10-under total of 203.

Maximilian Kieffer of Germany, also chasing his first European Tour title, was two back after shooting a bogey-free 65 and rising seven places.

Bernd Wiesberger of Austria was alone in third at 7 under thanks to a 66.

In a three-way tie for fourth were 2009 champion Martin Kaymer (69), home favorite Victor Dubuisson (69), and Spanish Open champ James Morrison of England (68).


Series: European Tour

Published: Saturday, July 04, 2015 | 6:31 p.m.

PARIS (AP) — Jaco Van Zyl will take a two-stroke lead into the final round of the French Open and a shot at a maiden European Tour title after carding a 7-under-par 64 on Saturday.

Van Zyl has won 13 times on the Sunshine Tour, and has 17 top-10 finishes on the European Tour, including two this season while playing on a medical exemption with a brace on his leg.

His bogey-free round included a tap-in seventh and final birdie on his last hole.

"Today was really a phenomenal round," he said after reaching a 10-under total of 203.

Maximilian Kieffer of Germany, also chasing his first European Tour title, was two back after shooting a bogey-free 65 and rising seven places.

Bernd Wiesberger of Austria was alone in third at 7 under thanks to a 66.

In a three-way tie for fourth were 2009 champion Martin Kaymer (69), home favorite Victor Dubuisson (69), and Spanish Open champ James Morrison of England (68).


Four tied at 11-under at Greenbrier

Jason Bohn
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Jason Bohn shot a blistering 61 Saturday morning and still held a share of the lead at the end of the third round.

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. (AP) -- Jason Bohn's main goal after barely making the cut at The Greenbrier Classic was to get some extra rest before the final round.

Sweet dreams. And try not to think about being the co-leader heading into Sunday.

Bohn shot a 9-under 61 Saturday and was at 11-under 199, tied with Sean O'Hair, Sung Joon Park and Bryce Molder on the Old White TPC course. O'Hair and Park both shot 66. Molder had a 67.

GREENBRIER CLASSIC: Leaderboard | Photos

Bohn started strong with six birdies on the first 10 holes. After a bogey at No. 11, he regrouped with four more birdies over the final five holes

It's setting up to be another close finish at the tournament, which debuted in 2010. Two were decided in playoffs and the largest margin was two shots twice.

A crowded leaderboard has 27 players within four shots of the lead. Tiger Woods wasn't among them.

Woods struggled on the back nine, shot 71 and was seven strokes back.

Bohn's round was his best on the PGA Tour and included 14 one-putt greens. He shot 58 in a 2001 Canadian Tour event, the Bayer Championship.

A two-time winner on the PGA Tour, Bohn has two runner-up finishes this season. On Saturday, he was just hoping to play well enough to avoid an early tee time in the final round.

"I just wanted to sleep in to be honest, so now I don't have to get up early in the morning," Bohn said.

Bohn had birdied the final hole in the second round Friday to make the cut on the number at 2 under. He said he'll need a similar round on Sunday to have a chance at winning.

"You've just got to play very aggressive and play smart when you're out of position -- and aggressive when you're in position," Bohn said.

O'Hair lost to Jordan Spieth in a playoff at the Valspar Championship in March, but had missed cuts in four of his last five events.

Seeking his fifth PGA Tour win and first since 2011, O'Hair had four back-nine birdies Saturday.

"I don't feel any pressure," O'Hair said. "I actually feel like a weight's been lifted off a little bit. I'm just happy to be in this situation again. This definitely beats struggling, I can promise you."

Molder reached 11 under with a birdie at No. 9 before stringing together nine straight pars.

"Somewhere midway through the back nine I just kind of lost rhythm," Molder said. "But my short game hung in there and kept me in it."

Molder's lone tour win came in a playoff at the 2011 Frys.com Open.

Park scattered four birdies in his bogey-free round. The South Korean has a runner-up finish at the Humana Challenge in his rookie season.

He doesn't expect to be nervous Sunday as he seeks his first tour victory.

"I've been in this situation before," Park said. "It's going to be the same -- another round for me."

Justin Thomas (66), David Hearn (68), Danny Lee (68) and Chad Collins (68) were at 10 under.

Woods hasn't been the same since shooting 66 in the first round, his lowest score of the season and matching his best in relation to par.

Woods was within four shots of the lead at the start of Saturday's round and kept pace with two front-nine birdies.

Then all parts of his game came unraveled. He surpassed 30 putts for the second straight day.

Woods drove out-of-bounds on the par-4 11th and made double bogey. He three-putted the par-4 13th from 30 feet for bogey.

On the par-5 17th, where he had driven into water to the right in the first two rounds, his drive went 190 yards far to the left of the fairway and he made another bogey.

"I started pressing at the end trying to make some birdies and really got aggressive," Woods said. "I hit a lot of shots close. I just need to convert on those and get some kind of string going in a positive way."

Third round co-leaders Jhonattan Vegas (76) and Scott Langley (74) both shot 2 over on the front nine and were far back in the field.

This article was written by John Raby from The Associated Press and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

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John Raby

Series: PGA Tour

Published: Saturday, July 04, 2015 | 6:13 p.m.

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. (AP) -- Jason Bohn's main goal after barely making the cut at The Greenbrier Classic was to get some extra rest before the final round.

Sweet dreams. And try not to think about being the co-leader heading into Sunday.

Bohn shot a 9-under 61 Saturday and was at 11-under 199, tied with Sean O'Hair, Sung Joon Park and Bryce Molder on the Old White TPC course. O'Hair and Park both shot 66. Molder had a 67.

GREENBRIER CLASSIC: Leaderboard | Photos

Bohn started strong with six birdies on the first 10 holes. After a bogey at No. 11, he regrouped with four more birdies over the final five holes

It's setting up to be another close finish at the tournament, which debuted in 2010. Two were decided in playoffs and the largest margin was two shots twice.

A crowded leaderboard has 27 players within four shots of the lead. Tiger Woods wasn't among them.

Woods struggled on the back nine, shot 71 and was seven strokes back.

Bohn's round was his best on the PGA Tour and included 14 one-putt greens. He shot 58 in a 2001 Canadian Tour event, the Bayer Championship.

A two-time winner on the PGA Tour, Bohn has two runner-up finishes this season. On Saturday, he was just hoping to play well enough to avoid an early tee time in the final round.

"I just wanted to sleep in to be honest, so now I don't have to get up early in the morning," Bohn said.

Bohn had birdied the final hole in the second round Friday to make the cut on the number at 2 under. He said he'll need a similar round on Sunday to have a chance at winning.

"You've just got to play very aggressive and play smart when you're out of position -- and aggressive when you're in position," Bohn said.

O'Hair lost to Jordan Spieth in a playoff at the Valspar Championship in March, but had missed cuts in four of his last five events.

Seeking his fifth PGA Tour win and first since 2011, O'Hair had four back-nine birdies Saturday.

"I don't feel any pressure," O'Hair said. "I actually feel like a weight's been lifted off a little bit. I'm just happy to be in this situation again. This definitely beats struggling, I can promise you."

Molder reached 11 under with a birdie at No. 9 before stringing together nine straight pars.

"Somewhere midway through the back nine I just kind of lost rhythm," Molder said. "But my short game hung in there and kept me in it."

Molder's lone tour win came in a playoff at the 2011 Frys.com Open.

Park scattered four birdies in his bogey-free round. The South Korean has a runner-up finish at the Humana Challenge in his rookie season.

He doesn't expect to be nervous Sunday as he seeks his first tour victory.

"I've been in this situation before," Park said. "It's going to be the same -- another round for me."

Justin Thomas (66), David Hearn (68), Danny Lee (68) and Chad Collins (68) were at 10 under.

Woods hasn't been the same since shooting 66 in the first round, his lowest score of the season and matching his best in relation to par.

Woods was within four shots of the lead at the start of Saturday's round and kept pace with two front-nine birdies.

Then all parts of his game came unraveled. He surpassed 30 putts for the second straight day.

Woods drove out-of-bounds on the par-4 11th and made double bogey. He three-putted the par-4 13th from 30 feet for bogey.

On the par-5 17th, where he had driven into water to the right in the first two rounds, his drive went 190 yards far to the left of the fairway and he made another bogey.

"I started pressing at the end trying to make some birdies and really got aggressive," Woods said. "I hit a lot of shots close. I just need to convert on those and get some kind of string going in a positive way."

Third round co-leaders Jhonattan Vegas (76) and Scott Langley (74) both shot 2 over on the front nine and were far back in the field.

This article was written by John Raby from The Associated Press and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.


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