Three tied for lead in Bahamas
Tony Finau had a 5-under 67 that turned out to be good enough for a threeway tie for the lead Saturday in the Hero World Challenge. Tiger Woods is overdoing his role as gracious tournament host. He had a 72 and was in last place in the 18-man field.
Tony Finau had a 5-under 67 that turned out to be good enough for a threeway tie for the lead Saturday in the Hero World Challenge.
Tiger Woods is overdoing his role as gracious tournament host. He shot evenpar 72 to be 18th in the 18-man field.
Henrik Stenson and Jon Rahm each had a 69 on another day of warms and mild breeze at Albany Golf Club. They joined Finau at 13-under 203.
But the tournament is wide open, and more than one player referenced Rickie Fowler’s 61 last year to win. Gary Woodland had a 67 and, after being over par midway through the opening round, suddenly was just two shots behind.
As for Fowler, he had a 67 to pull within three shots.
BUSH LEAVES LEGACY OF PASSION FOR GOLF
As much as former President George H.W. Bush loved golf, he was never on the course very long.
For all his passion and heritage in golf — his grandfather and father were USGA presidents — the 41st president was mainly known for being the best example of the Rule 6-7: “Play without undue delay.”
Davis Love III discovered this during one outing at Cape Arundel Golf Club in Kennebunkport, Maine.
“We were playing and one of the Secret Service guys, his phone starts ringing,” Love said. “He said, ‘Mr. President, it’s President Clinton.’ And President Bush says, ‘Well, I’m hitting.’ He hands me the phone and says, ‘Talk to him for a second.’ So I’m there talking to President Clinton while President Bush is hitting his shot. You just never knew what was going to happen next.”
Bush died Friday night at his home in Houston at age 94.
He was one of two presidents to be inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame, in 2011, two years after President Dwight D. Eisenhower, and his involvement went well beyond the golf he played so quickly.
He was honorary chairman of The First Tee, the program that began in 1997 to bring golf ’s core values to kids. He was chairman of the Presidents Cup, and stayed involved by rarely missing the biennial match, whether it was in Australia or South Africa.
Former PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem said at Bush’s induction ceremony that The First Tee had reached 4.7 million youngsters and “but for President Bush, that would not have happened.”
“He attended openings of facilities. He wrote letters to people that gave money. He traveled, he spoke, he got on the telephone,” Finchem said. “He wasn’t a chairman in name only. He worked at it.”
Instead of ribbons, which are hard to find on short notice in the Bahamas, some players at the Hero World Challenge wrote “41” on their caps.
Love was among the regulars whom Bush would invite to Kennebunkport for golf; Love said they were treated like family.
“He was so excited about Fred Couples or me or Brad Faxon trying to beat the course record at Cape Arundel,” Love said. “We wanted to go fishing or play horseshoes, and he wanted to play golf. But it only took us three hours. He just loved being out there.”
Tony Finau putts on the 16th green during round three of the Hero World Challenge Saturday in the Bahamas.