Without top two, Funai tightens up

first_imgRich Beem and Mark Calcavecchia are soul mates of streaky golf, never knowing when their best golf will show up or how long it will last. It got them to the top of the leaderboard Saturday afternoon in the Funai Classic at Walt Disney World in Florida. And at this rate, it better be there in the final round if they expect a chance to win. “It pretty much can’t get any simpler,” Beem said after his 9-under 63 to take the lead when the third round was suspended by storms. “Fairway. Green. Putt. Pretty good formula for me.” Even with Tiger Woods and Vijay Singh missing the cut, Disney was as wild as ever on a steamy, sticky afternoon filled with so many birdies that 10 players were separated by two shots, some of them with a few holes remaining when the third round resumes today. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Beem birdied four straight holes late in his third round, the cup starting to look so big that a 25-footer on the 17th hole felt like a tap-in. He wound up atop the leaderboard at 19-under 197, leaving himself a chance to win for the first time since beating Woods at Hazeltine in the 2002 PGA Championship. Calcavecchia shot 31 on the front nine, including a 35-foot eagle on the fourth hole, and was tied for the lead until his only bad swing of the round on the 18th hole, leading to a bogey and a 65. “It’s going to take something pretty low again,” Calcavecchia said. “There’s so many guys right there. You know somebody is going to shoot 6 or 7 under, for sure. Hopefully, it’s me.” A year ago, Ryan Palmer shot 62 in the final round to come from six shots behind. Woods won’t have that chance. He needed two birdies Saturday morning to avoid missing the cut for the second time this year, and instead went bogey-par for a 1-over 73 to miss by three shots and join Singh on the sidelines. center_img “I played terrible this week,” Woods said. “I hit it all over the map irons, woods, everything. I had a two-way miss. Granted, these fairways are about 300 yards wide, but when you’re missing it both ways, you can’t aim it.” They left the birdies to everyone else, and those came in bunches until the storms moved in. The 25 players who didn’t finish will resume the third round today. More bad weather is in the forecast for the final round, which bodes well for Beem. Champions Tour Dana Quigley shot a 7-under 64 to take a one-stroke lead after three rounds of the SBC Championship at Oak Hills Country Club in San Antonio. Quigley moved to 11-under 131, ahead of former European Ryder Cup member Mark James, who had a 5-under 66. European Tour Jose Maria Olazabal shot an even-par 70 and held a one-stroke lead after three rounds of the Mallorca Classic in Son Servera. Olazabal birdied the 17th hole and moved ahead when Paul Broadhurst bogeyed the 18th. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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