Saturday, February 27, 2010

Waste Management Phoenix Open Round 3

Mark Wilson birdied his last four holes to move into a share of the 36-hole lead.

Today Wilson played with Villegas and Anthony Kim in the final group of the day -- and he's well aware that his fairways-and-greens game doesn't exactly fit the mold. He just knows he has a job to do. Wilson said "I'm not a flashy player -- my game is more like a Jim Furyk style -- and I'll just go about my business. I enjoy watching these young kids. ... I did see Anthony and Rickie and Camilo up there and they're all very flamboyant characters, and it's fun to watch them.

Global warming has totally affected golf at the Waste Management Phoenix Open. The weather during this event has been poor at best. To state the obvious, wind affects golf. The weather report for the fourth and final round of the Phoenix suggests clear skies and little to no wind.

Brandt Snedeker claimed sole possession of the lead with a round of 66 Saturday that brought him to 14 under for the tournament thus far. Piercy is another shot back after a 65 while Every had a 68.

In the last blog post I spoke about the vast age difference between the oldest and the youngest golfer playing in this tournament. Interestingly enough, Sunday morning Mark Calcavecchia, who turns 50 this June will be playing with 28-year-old Camilo Villegas and 21-year-old Rickie Fowler.

Again, to reference a one one, Rickie Fowler (21 years, 2 months, 15 days) would be the youngest player to win on TOUR since Tiger Woods won his first in 1996 at the age of 20 years, 9 months, and 6 days. Sergio Garcia was 21 years, 4 month, and 11 days when he won the 2001 Colonial. Fowler had this to say, “I feel really good going into tomorrow. I left a bit out there the last five or so holes. I got off rough to a rough start, played well in the middle, and like I said, left a few out there. Hopefully we can go out tomorrow and get those back.”

Brandt Snedeker shot an impressive 66 yesterday to claim sole possession of the lead at 14 under after three rounds of the Waste Management Phoenix Open. Snedeker pitched to 9 feet at the 17th hole for his sixth and final birdie, breaking out of a tie with Scott Piercy in the process. Rickie Fowler and Matt Every are two strokes behind Snedeker. Camilo Villegas, who shared the overnight lead with Mark Wilson, birdied his last two holes to finish with an even-par 71 that left him alone in fifth at 11 under. Wilson shot a 72 that left him in a nine-way tie for sixth.

Leaderboard from day/round 3 of the Waste Management Phoenix Open:

Pos Player Name Score

1 Snedeker, Brandt------66
2 Piercy, Scott-----------65
3 Every Matt------------68
3 Fowler, Rickie---------69
5 Villegas, Camilo--------71
6 Allenby, Robert--------69
6 Calcavecchia, Mark----67
6 Couch, Chris-----------70
6 Goggin, Matthew------70
6 Howell III, Charles----68

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