Saturday, October 25, 2008

Sutherland Leads After 3rd Round of Open - Go Low or Go Home.

The top eight players after the third round of the Open have posted 24 rounds between them. 23 are in the 60s. Par is irrelevant at Grayhawk Golf Club as "bubble pros" and old favorites compete for their playing rights in 2009. Near perfect playing conditions and a relatively easy set up have brought on this weekend's annihilation of par.

Kevin Sutherland's scorching 63 today left him at -14 for the tournament and with a one stroke cushion over George McNeill. The trio of Steve Allan, Paul Goydos, and John Mallinger were two back at -12. Woody Austin and Cameron Beckman were an additional stroke back at -11.

Defender Mike Weir is the proud owner of three rounds in the sixties, 66, 68, 69. That and $4.50 will get him a latte at Starbucks. He's tied for 24th spot. Davis Love III is Weir's suite mate 1n room #24th spot. That should be enough though to get him off the infamous bubble, spot #125 on the money list, and give him a little breathing room in the battle for tour status. It's true Love has career achievement status, but I'm sure he'd rather play his way back after an injury wracked recent past.

Get out your red pencils! There's no reason to believe the assault on par will stop tomorrow.

Til' next,

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