Pam­pling in hunt at Las Ve­gas, Glover grabs lead

Kuwait Times - - SPORTS -

LOS AN­GE­LES: Lucas Glover, the 2009 US Open cham­pion who hasn’t won a ti­tle in five years, fired Satur­day a sec­ond con­sec­u­tive six-un­der par 65 to seize a one-stroke lead en­ter­ing the fi­nal round of the US PGA Shriners Hos­pi­tals for Chil­dren Open.

The 36-year-old Amer­i­can, who has not won since tak­ing the 2011 Quail Hol­low crown, led on 15-un­der 198 af­ter 54 holes with Aus­tralia’s Rod Pam­pling and Amer­i­can Brooks Koepka shar­ing sec­ond on 199.

Glover sank a 17-foot birdie putt on the open­ing hole, took his lone bo­gey at the third af­ter find­ing a fair­way bunker, then sank a 43-foot birdie putt at the par-3 eighth that sparked the rest of his round.

“I made a nice one. It was great to see that go in,” Glover said. “I made that long one and ev­ery­thing started to flow. I got the speed right on that long one. I got a lit­tle more ag­gres­sive and kept that go­ing.”

Glover fol­lowed by mak­ing an eight-foot ea­gle putt at the par-5 ninth, ad­ding birdie putts from seven feet at 11 and six feet at 15 and fi­nally mak­ing a tap-in birdie at the par-5 16th.

Pam­pling, whose only US PGA tri­umphs came at the 2004 In­ter­na­tional and in 2006 at Bay Hill, fired a par 71. The 47-year-old from Bris­bane made bo­geys at the par-3 fifth and eighth but be­tween them sand­wiched birdies at six and seven, the first from 25 feet. He be­gan the back nine with a bo­gey but birdied the par-5 13th and parred in from there.

Koepka made bo­geys on three of the first six holes, birdied the sev­enth from 11 feet and then birdied four of seven to open the back nine. But he found water off the tee on the way to a dou­ble bo­gey at the par-3 17th and not even a clos­ing birdie could put him on top.

Aus­tralia’s Ge­off Ogilvy, the 2006 US Open cham­pion, and Amer­i­can Rus­sell Henley shared fourth on 200.

Ogilvy fired a 66, run­ning off four birdies in a row start­ing at the 14th hole, the most spec­tac­u­lar of them from 25 feet at the par5 16th.

“You’ve got quite a few birdies at the end and I was able to make a few,” Ogilvy said. “I haven’t made ev­ery­thing but I have had a lot of putts. I’m feel­ing pretty good about it. Driv­ing it well and if you’re driv­ing it well you have got a good chance around here.” Henley fired a bo­gey-free 63, in­clud­ing a 21-foot birdie putt at the par-4 fourth.

“It was fun,” Henley said. “I hung in there and made some pars when I got my­self a lit­tle out of po­si­tion and I made some birdie putts.”

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