Saturday, October 14, 2017

Monty two off the pace with a 69 in US 

seniors' tournament 

CARY, North Carolina — Jerry Smith, David McKenzie and Gibby Gilbert III shared the first-round lead at 5-under 67 on Friday in the US PGA Seniors Tour SAS Championship.
Jerry Kelly, Bart Bryant and Fran Quinn were a stroke back at Prestonwood Country Club in the 50-and-over tour’s regular-season finale.
Colin Montgomerie shot a four-birdie, one-bogey 69 to be sharing seven th place with 11 other players.
Smith closed with a bogey on the par-4 ninth.
“A tough hole, especially with the wind blowing,” Smith said. “I tried to be aggressive with the driver and hit a natural kind of cut for me down there, but I didn’t pull it off and hit it in the fairway bunker and just had to pitch it out. That’s really the only option I had.”
Making his fifth start on the tour, McKenzie entered the week 64th in the Charles Schwab Cup standings. The top 72 will advance to the playoff opener next week in Richmond, Virginia.
The Australian qualified for the event on Monday, shooting a three-under 69 and winning a three-man playoff for the fourth and final spot.
“Ultimately golf takes care of itself,” McKenzie. “If you play good golf, you don’t worry about all those other things. I can’t control what everyone else does. All I can do is try and play as well as I can.”
Kelly has two victories in his last four starts, taking the Boeing Classic in Washington state and the Pacific Links Bear Mountain Championship in British Columbia for his first senior titles. He also has a tie for sixth and a second-place finish in the four-event run.
“The thing about this tour, is just not stepping on your foot on the first day,” Kelly said. “You get off to a good start. If you don’t, you can still shoot a 10 under and come back, but the odds are not quite as good. So, you get a decent start, you’re within shouting distance and a really good round can put you up.”
Charles Schwab Cup points leader Bernhard Langer birdied the last two holes for a 72 and a share of 41st place. The 60-year-old Florida-based German star is coming off his fifth victory of the season three weeks ago at Pebble Beach. He won in 2012 at Prestonwood. Also on the 72 mark is Nick Faldo

par 72. players from USA unless stated otherwise
67 Jerry Smith, David McKenzie (Australia), Gibby Gilbert.
68 Bart Bryant, Fran Quinn, Jerry Kelly.
69 Corey Pavin, Todd Hamilton, Glen Day, Scott Verplank, Fred Funk, Olin Browne, Vijay Singh (Fiji), Doug Garwood, Colin Montgomerie (Scotland), Scott Dunlap, Scott Parel, Phillip Price (Wales).

72 Nick Faldo (England), Bernhard Langer (Germany) (T41)
73 Paul Broadhurst (England) (T56)
74 Hale Irwin, John Daly (T61)



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