Sunday, May 21, 2017

Monty seven under par but T14 in US

Senior Tour event

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama  -- Fred Funk shot a 2-under 70 on Saturday to hold onto the third-round lead at the Regions Tradition.
The 60-year-old Funk has a 14-under 202 tally and maintains a one-stroke edge over Scott Parel in the first of the US PGA Tour's Senior Champions' five majors.
Defending champion Bernhard Langer, who shot a 66, and Scott McCarron (69) are two shots back.
Funk was even over the final nine holes at Greystone and is seeking his first Champions individual title since 2012. Langer is bidding to match Jack Nicklaus' record of eight major victories on the 50-and-over circuit
"I'm used to Bernhard being on the top," said Funk. "I've got to go out and I've got to take care of my business and wherever it ends up, it ends up. I can't worry about it. If I worry about it, I won't play well."
Funk had a 67 and 65 heading into the weekend. He is 2-for-2 in winning after holding the 54-hole lead at Champions Tour majors. He added two strokes for a three-shot win in the 2008 Regions Tradition and turned a one-shot advantage into a six-stroke victory at the 2009 U.S. Senior Open.

Players had a two-tee start early Saturday because of expected bad weather, and will do the same in the final round.
Parel gained entry after Fred Couples withdrew late last week and had a 70. He opened with three straight birdies, but dropped four strokes from holes 5-7, starting with a double bogey.
Parel rebounded from those troubles to start a four-birdie stretch on No. 9, followed by a bogey and a finishing string of pars.
David Toms (66), two-time winner Tom Lehman (69) and Jeff Sluman (70) are 10 under.
Langer has been in the 60s all three rounds after staying in that range all four days last year.
He birdied the first three holes and four of five. He made a long birdie putt on No. 17, raising his arms in the air and pumping his fist.
"Just drove it well, hit a lot of greens, hit it pretty close," Langer said. "Made one bad shot really all day and that was the bogey on the par 3 (No. 14) that I missed, but otherwise it was a very solid and encouraging round of golf."
Colin Montgomerie dropped down to a share of 14th place with rounds of 69, 69 and 71 for seven-under-par 209. He birdied the eighth, 10th, 12th and 15th but had bogeys at the third, sixth and 16th in his third round.
On the Champions Tour, unless you score in the 60s, you go backwards on the leaderboard.

par 216 (3x72) players from USA unless stated otherwise
202 Fred Funk 67 65 70
203 Scott Parel 67 66 70
204 Bernhard Langer (Germany) 69 69 66, Scott McCarron 65 70 69
206 David Toms 70 70 66, Tom Lehman 69 68 69, Jeff Sluman 65 71 70.

209 Colin Montgomerie (Scotland) 69 69 71 (T14).
210 Miguel Angel Jimenez (Spain) 65 71 74 (T20).
216 Paul Broadhurst (England) 71 73 72 (T44)
218 John Daly 71 71 76 (T50).
220 Sandy Lyle (Scotland) 75 69 76 (T58)
224 Roger Chapman (England) 69 80 75 (T64)





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