Despite a bogey on the 18th hole for the third-consecutive day, Keegan Bradley carded a 2-under 68 on Sunday to cling to a one-stroke lead with 18 holes to play at the HP Byron Nelson Championship.
This marks the second time Bradley has entered the final round with at least a share of the lead. The first came at the 2012 Northern Trust Open where he entered the final round tied with Phil Mickelson. A final-round even-par 71 led to a three-way playoff with Bill Haas defeating both third-round leaders.
Bradley sits at 13-under 197 through three rounds.
Only two players have won the tournament in wire-to-wire fashion – Mark Hayes in 1976 and Tom Watson in 1980.
Sang-Moon Bae carded a third-consecutive 4-under 66 to play his way into the final pairing with Keegan Bradley. By comparison, his best position entering the final round during his PGA TOUR career was T3 at the 2012 Tampa Bay Championship. He followed with a 3-under 68 to finish T2, losing in a playoff.
Bae is making his first start at the HP Byron Nelson Championship. Two of the last three champions of the HP Byron Nelson Championship won in their first start (Jason Day/2010, Keegan Bradley/2011).
FORT WORTH - Texas avoided the series sweep with a 3-0 win over TCU Saturday afternoon at Lupton Stadium. The Longhorns scored three times in the first three innings and held on for the victory.
The Frogs found themselves down 1-0 two batters into the game. Brooks Marlow led off the game with a double and scored on a base hit by C.J. Hinojosa. A one-out walk to Erich Weiss followed by a stolen base had the Longhorns in business again. With two outs, Jacob Felts lined a single up the middle to extend the lead.
TCU had a golden opportunity to get back in the ballgame in the second inning. Kevin Cron singled with one out and moved to second on a base hit from Keaton Jones. Texas pitcher Nathan Thornhill battled back to retire the next two batters, stranding the tying runs on base.
Texas extended its lead in the third. The duo of Marlow and Hinojosa teamed up again to provide the insurance run. Marlow opened the inning with a double and scored on a Hinojosa base hit. With a runner in scoring position, the Horned Frogs went to the bullpen and called on Stefan Crichton. He needed just three pitches to get out of the inning without anymore runs scoring.
Twice TCU got the lead-off batter on, but each time Thornhill made the necessary
PULLMAN, Wash – Rodolfo Cazaubon's goal of reaching the NCAA Championship is now a reality. The North Texas senior scorched the Palouse Ridge Golf Course in the final round with a 4-under par and he will play for the national championship in Atlanta in 10 days. Cazaubon advanced by virtue of being the lowest individual player on a team not advancing to the finals.
He is the first individual player from North Texas to play for the national title in golf in the modern era. North Texas as a team finished in 12th place after shooting a final round of even-par 288 to end at 1-over par for the regional.
Cazaubon had the second lowest score of the day at 4-under par 68. He finished in a tie for sixth place at 7-under par 209. His final round started on hole 10 and he took advantage of the back nine holes. He had four birdies on the back nine and was 4-under. Cazaubon pushed it to 5-under before dropping back to 4-under with his only bogey on the day, but it wasn't enough to stop him from qualifying for the national title.
Senior Carlos Ortiz closed out his sensational career at North Texas with a final round of 2-over par 74. He finished in a tie for 49th place. Ortiz ends his run with the Mean Green as one of the most decorated players in school history. He, along
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (SMU) - SMU senior Mario Clemens tallied 10 birdies over three days at the NCAA Regionals, and he needed all 10. Clemens birdied his 18th hole on Saturday to finish the tournament at three-under, winning the NCAA Regional by one stroke at the Blessings Golf Club in Fayetteville, Ark. With the win, Clemens advances to the NCAA Championships.
SMU placed sixth as a team, missing the fifth and final qualifying position for the NCAA Championships by three strokes.
Clemens becomes the first Mustang to compete at the NCAA Championships since the team qualified in 2005. The highest-finishing individual for SMU that year was Will Dodson, who tied for 43rd. The victory is also the first for a Mustang this season, and the first since Max Buckley won the Robert Kepler Intercollegiate on April 15, 2012.
"I'm so proud of Mario, it's an incredible win for him," Head Coach Josh Gregory said. "Now, he gets a chance to play for a national championship."
The Mustangs are disappointed that they did not qualify as a team. SMU struggled on the front nine for the third straight day, but rebounded over the final nine to nearly reach their goal of a top-five finish. Gregory was frustrated that his team did not achieved what they hoped, but knows that with four of the five players from these NCAA Regionals returning next season, there is plenty to be excited about.
"It's truly disappointing end to a good year for such a young team," Gregory stated. "We should be playing at the NCAAs, but we just didn't get it done. Fortunately, we are a young team and there is a very bright future."
David Lee, one of the three freshmen representing SMU at the Regionals, carded his best round of the weekend on Saturday, shooting a one-over 73.
The NCAA Championships will take place May 28-June 2 in Atlanta, Ga. and is hosted by Georgia Tech at the Capital City Club - Crabapple Course.
CONCORD, N.C.— Winless in his last seven starts in NASCAR's Camping World Truck Series, Kyle Busch broke what was for him a major drought with a victory in Friday night's North Carolina Education Lottery 200 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Busch, who owns his own truck, charged from the back of the field after a pit road penalty to win in the series for the first time since Sept. 24, 2011 at New Hampshire. The victory was Busch's fifth at Charlotte and the 31st of his career in 107 starts.
Brendan Gaughan ran second, .468 seconds behind Busch, with the race decided in an eight-lap green-flag run to the finish after the eighth caution of the night. Max Gresham finished a career-best third, followed by series leader Matt Crafton and Ty Dillon.
"It was an eternity—the starts were spread over a year and half," Busch said of his seven-race winless streak. "It certainly was frustrating last year that (crew chief) Eric (Phillips) and I weren't able to get to Victory Lane. We only ran three starts, and in all of those three starts, we were a really good truck and had a shot to win in all three of those...
"We've been fast. These guys do a good job, (crew chief) Rudy (Fugle) here, taking over for
Keegan Bradley kept the lead after Friday's second round of the HP Byron Nelson Championship. Bradley came down to earth after shooting a course record 60 on Thursday, but he still finished with a respectable 1-under for his round on Friday. He's 11-under for the tournament.
Two foreign players who are making their first appearances at the Nelson are within striking distance. Sang-Moon Bae of South Korea is tied for second with Tom Gillis at 8-under. Charl Schwartzel from South Africa is tied with John Huh and Ryan Palmer for fourth place at 7-under entering Saturday's third round.
Bae shot matching rounds of 66 to move into a tie for second. The second year player has made 11 of 13 cuts this season, with his only top 10 coming at the Northern Trust Open (T8).
Bae is making his first start at the HP Byron Nelson Championship. His best finish on TOUR is a playoff loss to Luke Donald at the 2012 Tampa Bay Championship.
Coming into this week, Gillis had only made three of 11 cuts on TOUR with a best finish of T25 at The Honda Classic.
83 players made the cut at even-par 140 from a field of 155 professionals and one amateur. Since more than 78 professionals advanced, a 54-hole cut will reduce the field to low-70 and ties.
Angel Cabrera (T7, 6-under) is making his first career start at the HP Byron Nelson Championship. Cabrera has made nine of 11 cuts on TOUR this season. He has two wins on TOUR, both coming in major championships (2007 U.S. Open and 2009 Masters).
Written by Michael Eldridge for The Sports Xchange
Saturday, 18 May 2013 08:03
ARLINGTON - Miguel Cabrera's three-hit game helped push the Detroit Tigers to a 2-1 win over the Texas Rangers on Friday night at Rangers Ballpark.
All of the night's scoring came in the fifth inning.
Cabrera, having singled in his first two plate appearances, followed up a single by Andy Dirks with a double off of the left-field wall to break a scoreless tie. Detroit added another run in the inning on a sacrifice fly by Alex Avila to send Cabrera across the plate for what would be the decisive run.
"You don't expect a 2-1 game in this ballpark too many times," Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland said. "Both teams have power, so you don't expect that. It was a tough game. We got just enough to squeak one out."
Cabrera's three hits led the Tigers on the night while Dirks joined in with a pair of hits to go along with his run.
A night after Justin Verlander gave up seven runs in an inning for the first time in his career, Tigers starter Rick Porcello (2-2) went toe-to-toe with Rangers starter Nick Tepesch.
Porcello threw 5 2/3 innings and struck out six, allowing just