Reno Gazette Journal http://rgj.sportstonews.com Golf Video, News, Scores and Updates Sun, 18 Nov 2018 14:40:57 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.11 Lexi Thompson looking for CME Championship redemption in final round http://rgj.sportstonews.com/2018/11/17/lexi-thompson-looking-for-cme-championship-redemption-in-final-round/ http://rgj.sportstonews.com/2018/11/17/lexi-thompson-looking-for-cme-championship-redemption-in-final-round/#respond Sat, 17 Nov 2018 23:46:30 +0000 http://rgj.sportstonews.com/2018/11/17/lexi-thompson-looking-for-cme-championship-redemption-in-final-round/ Lexi Thompson is looking to finish a year filled with personal struggles in winning fashion Sunday at the CME Group Tour Championship.

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NAPLES, Fla. – Lexi Thompson cradled her new Havapoo puppy, Leo, while fielding questions about a third consecutive round in the 60s. The cuddly Leo looked at ease in front of the cameras, staying remarkably calm and quiet while Thompson talked about trying to keep it light with brother Curtis on the bag. 

Leo should’ve been on the scene a year ago at the CME Group Tour Championship when Thompson missed a two-foot par putt on the 72nd hole that would’ve given her the chance at a clean sweep at Tiburon, including LPGA Player of the Year honors and a No. 1 ranking. 

Thompson left Naples last year with the CME Race to the Globe $1 million bonus check and an LPGA Hall of Fame point for clinching the Vare Trophy, but it was still a crushing end to a trying season. 

The road back to the CME has been anything but smooth for Thompson, who took time off the from the LPGA midseason and only recently began opening up about how much she has struggled emotionally. 

“I’ve been working on myself a lot with just going to therapists or just trying to figure myself out off the golf course,” said Thompson, “because I’m not just the golfer Lexi. That’s what I want people to know, and not expect so much out of me.” 

Thompson’s victory streak on the LPGA dates back to 2013. Winless so far in 2018, the 23-year-old has won at least once for the past five seasons and has one round left to try and keep that record intact. 

America’s top-ranked player looks awfully strong so far. Through 54 holes at Tiburon, Thompson has missed a total of three greens and four fairways. Her third-round 68 included her first bogey of the tournament. A nine-time winner on the LPGA, Thompson holds a three-stroke lead over Nelly Korda, who won for the first time three weeks ago in Taiwan.

“Singapore kind of taught me a lot, just coming up one short,” said Korda, who lost to Michelle Wie on the 72nd hole at the HSBC Women’s Champions in March. “Took me a while to kind of bounce back from that.” 

Now, with her confidence riding high, Korda has the chance to not only claim her second title, but also win a season-long bet with big sister Jessica over who makes the most money. Jessica ranked 16th on the money list heading into the final event with $846,179, a mere $2,202 ahead of Nelly, who is 17th. 

At the CME, Jessica sits in a share of 16th at 5 under while Nelly is solo second at 13 under.

The LPGA’s sister acts have provided compelling storylines this season. And with Ariya Jutanugarn on the verge of winning the Vare Trophy and the CME $1 million bonus for a second time and Nelly in contention, the talented foursome are hardly finished yet. 

It has been another season of storybook, Hollywood-style endings on the LPGA, and Thompson might provide a compelling final act. 

Though winless thus far, the fact that she has opened the door, if only a little, to reveal some of what’s going on inside her head and her heart is meaningful to those who have followed along on this journey from prodigy to world-beater. 

There has been a genuine and heartfelt question from many on tour this year: Is Lexi OK? 

“I’m doing a lot better,” she said earlier in the week. “Just being home has made a huge difference. Just being around my family and friends makes a tremendous difference.” 

That’s what this week is about for Thompson. It’s about the close circle of supporters who come out to this event every year. It’s about the softest ball of fur waiting to shower her with kisses after the round. It’s about personal growth. 

Maybe a little redemption too.

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Following the third round of The RSM Classic 2018, Fred Albers and Mark Immelman from PGA TOUR Radio provide their top three observations, including the play of leader Charles Howell III and the two tied for second in Jason Gore and Cameron Champ.

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NAPLES, Fla. – Ariya Jutanugarn moved one day closer to sweeping the postseason awards after a third-round 69 at the CME Group Tour Championship. Barring something catastrophic happening, she’s a lock for the Vare Trophy, sitting nine shots ahead of Minjee Lee with one round remaining. Lee needed to beat Jutanugarn by 20-plus over the weekend to have a chance at upsetting her. 

Winning the Vare Trophy, given to the player with the lowest scoring average on the season, would move Jutanugarn one point close to the LPGA Hall of Fame. She needs 27 to get in and currently has 14.

Also on the line Sunday: a cool $1 million bonus in the CME Race to the Globe finale. Jutanuguarn first won the $1 million prize in 2016, when she won five times. 

“Actually, today I think I did pretty good job,” said Jutanugarn, when asked how much she let what’s on the line get in her head. “I didn’t think about that at all. Yesterday I think I was thinking about that too much, worrying about that.” 

Jutanugarn, 22, won three times in 2018 and already has locked up the Rolex Player of the Year Award for a second time and the money title. She’s currently in a tie for 12th at Tiburon Golf Club.

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Jason Gore Round 3 highlights from The RSM Classic http://rgj.sportstonews.com/2018/11/17/jason-gore-round-3-highlights-from-the-rsm-classic/ http://rgj.sportstonews.com/2018/11/17/jason-gore-round-3-highlights-from-the-rsm-classic/#respond Sat, 17 Nov 2018 23:07:02 +0000 http://rgj.sportstonews.com/2018/11/17/jason-gore-round-3-highlights-from-the-rsm-classic/ In the third round of The RSM Classic 2018, Jason Gore registered three birdies and an eagle on the back nine on his way to carding a 4-under 66, placing him in a tie for second with Cameron Champ at

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In the third round of The RSM Classic 2018, Jason Gore registered three birdies and an eagle on the back nine on his way to carding a 4-under 66, placing him in a tie for second with Cameron Champ at 15-under and just one stroke behind leader Charles Howell III heading into Sunday.

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In the third round of The RSM Classic 2018, Cameron Champ carded a 4-under 66 to get to 15-under for the tournament, tied with Jason Gore for second and one stroke back of leader Charles Howell III heading into Sunday.

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In the third round of The RSM Classic 2018, Charles Howell III carded a 2-under 68, good enough for 16-under for the tournament and a one-stroke lead over Jason Gore and Cameron Champ heading into the final round.

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In the third round of The RSM Classic 2018, Webb Simpson holes out from 127 yards to eagle the par-4 10th hole.

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Charles Howell III holds a one-shot lead and is looking to cap the wire-to-wire victory in the final round of the 2018 RSM Classic, which would snap an 11-year victory drought.

Here are the tee times, pairings and TV info for Sunday’s final round.

Round 4 Tee Times – Sunday

1st Tee

9:30 a.m.: Sungjae Im, Scott Brown, Tom Hoge
9:40 a.m.: Joel Dahmen, Hunter Mahan, Jonathan Byrd
9:50 a.m.: Dru Love, Adam Schenk, Ryan Armour
10:00 a.m.: Scott Langley, Austin Cook, Aaron Baddeley
10:10 a.m.: Peter Uihlein, Stuart Appleby, Johnson Wagner
10:20 a.m.: Harold Varner III, Robert Streb, Kyle Jones
10:30 a.m.: Lucas Glover, Patton Kizzire, Richy Werenski
10:40 a.m.: J.J. Spaun, Chase Wright, Derek Fathauer
10:50 a.m.: Kevin Kisner, Graeme McDowell, Matt Every
11:00 a.m.: David Hearn, Dominic Bozzelli, Anders Albertson
11:10 a.m.: Zach Johnson, Brian Gay, Patrick Rodgers
11:20 a.m.: Webb Simpson, Ryan Blaum, Luke List
11:30 a.m.: Charles Howell III, Jason Gore, Cameron Champ

10th Tee

9:30 a.m.: Ben Silverman, Nick Watney, Nate Lashley
9:40 a.m.: Roberto Castro, Ben Crane, Fabian Gomez
9:50 a.m.: Hank Lebioda, Martin Piller, Chris Kirk
10:00 a.m.: Troy Merritt, Sam Saunders, Harris English
10:10 a.m.: Brendon Todd, Sean O’Hair, Corey Conners
10:20 a.m.: Sam Burns, Ted Potter Jr., Garrett Barber
10:30 a.m.: Sangmoon Bae, Jamie Lovemark, Brian Harman
10:40 a.m.: D.A. Points, Lee Hodges, Davis Love III
10:50 a.m.: Joaquin Niemann, Cody Gribble, Ernie Els
11:00 a.m.: Hudson Swafford, Denny McCarthy, Brice Garnett
11:10 a.m.: Seth Reeves, Andrew Landry, Wyndham Clark
11:20 a.m.: Henrik Norlander, Brendon de Jonge, Roger Sloan
11:30 a.m.: Ollie Schniederjans, Trey Mullinax, Tyler Duncan

TV Info

Sunday: 1:30-4:30 p.m. (Golf Channel)

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Here’s a recap of the third round of the RSM Classic at Sea Island Golf Club in St. Simons Island, Ga.

LEADING: Charles Howell III finally proved human Saturday, and yet his position didn’t change.

After going bogey-free over the opening 36 holes, Howell made three bogeys Saturday at the Seaside Course but still fashioned a 2-under 68. That was enough to keep him in front, as he sits at 16 under overall, one shot ahead and in position for a wire-to-wire win.

The 39-year-old began the day strong with a pair of birdies in his first three holes to build his overnight three-shot lead to five. Howell then bogeyed the fourth, but two more birdies had him out in 3-under 32 and 17 under overall to retain a sizable cushion.

But he could only muster a closing 1-over 36 and challengers grew closer, meaning a tight leaderboard heading into Sunday.

Howell will go into the final day looking to end a long victory drought.

He is a two-time PGA Tour winner but hasn’t captured a title since 2007. Howell has posted six runners-up on the PGA Tour since that last win.

CHASING: Jason Gore didn’t back down Saturday. He only went out in 1-over 36, but three birdies and an eagle on his back nine allowed for a 4-under 66. That cut his overnight deficit from three to one. The 44-year-old has not played a full PGA Tour season since 2016 and he hasn’t had a top 10 on the circuit since 2015. His sole PGA Tour win came in 2005. Cameron Champ, the rookie wunderkind, also fired a 66 to stay in a tie for second with Gore at 15 under.

SHOT OF THE DAY: A hole-out eagle on a strong day for Webb Simpson (more on that below)…

SHORT SHOTS: Simpson fires a bogey-free 63 with the help of that hole-out to move to T-4 at 13 under. … Zach Johnson is 11 under and T-7. … Past champion Kevin Kisner matches Simpson’s 63 to rocket 38 spots to T-11 at 10 under. … Austin Cook, the defending champion, is 8 under and T-22. … Garrett Barber, an LSU player competing as an amateur, is tied for 56th at 5 under. … Host Davis Love III is T-61 at 4 under.

UP NEXT: The final round will be aired by Golf Channel from 1:30-4:30 p.m. Follow all the action live on Golfweek.com and our Facebook and Twitter feeds.

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In the third round of The RSM Classic 2018, Zach Johnson sinks a 27-foot putt to make eagle at the par-5 15th hole.

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