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Mickelson ranks US Ryder Cup defeat at Medinah one of ‘lows’ of his career

SHENZHEN, China — Phil Mickelson has spent the past month trying to get over the Americans’ shocking defeat in the Ryder Cup, calling it ”one of the biggest lows of my career.”

Playing for the first time since the Ryder Cup in the WGC-HSBC Champions starting Thursday at Mission Hills, Mickelson says it will take him awhile longer to forget what happened in Medinah.

HSBC CHAMPIONS

The $7 million HSBC Championship is the final World Golf Championship of the season, and the only one held outside the United States.

What’s in the winner’s bagsGolf on TVGarcia has eye surgery, will return to close out seasonLowry challenges Harrington’s reign as top-ranked IrishmanHanson trying to overtake McIlroy in European money raceMickelson ranks Ryder Cup defeat as one of his career lowsStrong field at HSBC Champions despite Woods and McIlroy missingThursday recapFriday recapSaturday recapSunday recapHSBC Champions to becoe official PGA Tour event in 2013

”I think the first two weeks following the Ryder Cup was a really tough low, one of the biggest lows of my career,” he says. ”It was one of the biggest disappointments that I’ve had to deal with.

”That disappointment will last a lot longer than a month. I still feel disappointment from it. I still feel that over the next two years, we’ll still have the same disappointment from not winning this year’s Ryder Cup.”

Mickelson lost to Justin Rose in the turning point of the competition on the last day, as the United States blew a six-point lead and lost by one.

Tired of Europe’s ongoing celebrating, Keegan Bradley, whose exceptional play in the Ryder Cup was the one bright spot for the Americans, thinks a victory for one of his countrymen this weekend would be a big morale boost.

”I saw some guys in the airport yesterday and it made me happy just to see the guys,” he said. ”I think it would be great — a win here anytime is amazing, and I think that it would help all of the Americans and especially myself.”

Mickelson is also trying to look on the bright side — his partnership with Bradley at the Ryder Cup has at least given him new motivation to work on his game.

”I had a great couple of days playing with Keegan as a partner,” he said. ”And I saw some things where I can improve my game and I have this new kind of excitement and energy that Keegan has, and it’s rubbed off on me and I am excited to play and work and practice.”

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Notes: Lowry challenges Harrington’s lengthy run as top-ranked Irishman

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Padraig Harrington lost a 54-hole lead and was runner-up in the Italian Open on May 2, 1999, moving him up to No. 83 in the world ranking. He replaced Paul McGinley as the highest-ranked player from the Republic of Ireland, and that didn’t change for more than 13 years.

Shane Lowry won the Portugal Masters, and his fifth-place finish in the BMW Masters moved him to No. 57, making him Ireland’s highest-ranked player.

HSBC CHAMPIONS

The $7 million HSBC Championship is the final World Golf Championship of the season, and the only one held outside the United States.

What’s in the winner’s bagsGolf on TVGarcia has eye surgery, will return to close out seasonLowry challenges Harrington’s reign as top-ranked IrishmanHanson trying to overtake McIlroy in European money raceMickelson ranks Ryder Cup defeat as one of his career lowsStrong field at HSBC Champions despite Woods and McIlroy missingThursday recapFriday recapSaturday recapSunday recapHSBC Champions to becoe official PGA Tour event in 2013

Harrington skipped the BMW Masters to play as an alternate in the PGA Grand Slam of Golf, which he won to earn $600,000 (but no ranking points). Harrington is at No. 59.

Harrington has finished the season as Ireland’s top golfer in the world ranking every year since 1997.

‘SENATOR’ FRITSCH: Brad Fritsch of Canada finally made it to the PGA Tour, and he’s bringing his favorite NHL team with him.

The Ottawa Senators have announced a partnership with the 34-year-old Fritsch, who earned his card by finishing 18th on the Web.com Tour money list. The Senators will provide financial support, and Fritsch will wear their logo on his shirt and golf bag.

”I am overjoyed to partner with and represent the NHL team that I’ve grown up with the last 20 years,” Fritsch said. ”It is an honor and a pleasure to be associated with the Senators and my hope is that this is a partnership that will last for many, many years.”

Fritsch starts his season in January, and he can only hope the NHL is playing by then.

DONALD AND DISNEY: Luke Donald won’t be defending his title next week at Disney, a decision he doesn’t take lightly. One of his daughters has a scheduled medical procedure at home north of Chicago, and Donald doesn’t want to miss it.

Donald can be excused for not playing even if there was nothing going on at home. The only reason he played last year was for a chance to win the PGA Tour title, and thus become the first player to win the money list on the PGA Tour and European Tour in the same year.

It was the first time in six years that Disney had the No. 1 player in the world. Donald, who had not played Disney since 2003, was five shots behind until running off six straight birdies on the back nine for a 64.

Considering what was at stake, and the fact Donald might not get another chance at such a milestone, his win was one of the top performances of the year.

Instead of explaining why he couldn’t return, Donald went an extra step. He has pledged a ”significant donation” to Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago, part of the Children’s Miracle Network of hospitals.

Children’s Miracle Network is the title sponsor at Disney.

ASIA-PACIFIC AMATEUR: It took more than 100 years of the U.S. Amateur before a player — Tiger Woods — won it three straight times. Hideki Matsuyama will be going after his third straight Asia-Pacific Amateur title this week in Thailand.

The championship is only in its fourth year.

At stake for the winner is a spot in the Masters, and being exempt into International Final Qualifying for the British Open. Matsuyama has made the cut twice in the Masters, and he won on the Japan Golf Tour.

”I was able to win twice so that I was able to go to the Masters twice,” he said. ”So I am really looking forward to winning again this time in Thailand.”

The tournament will be played at Amata Spring, where Matsuyama played for British Open qualifying.

DIVOTS: Rory McIlroy and Sergio Garcia are the only players from Europe’s winning Ryder Cup team who are not playing in the HSBC Champions. The U.S. team is missing Tiger Woods, Steve Stricker, Matt Kuchar, Zach Johnson, Webb Simpson and Jim Furyk. … Three PGA Tour events will have new tournament directors next year. Coachella Valley business executive is taking over the Humana Challenge for Larry Thiel, who is retiring. Joe Mazzeo has been promoted to tournament director of the Mayakoba Golf Classic following the departure of Larson Segerdahl, who will be the new tournament director of the Texas Open. … The Australian Masters found a title sponsor in Talisker, a single-malt Scotch whisky. It will be played at Kingston Heath and five hours of live television coverage each round. Ian Poulter is the defending champion.

STAT OF THE WEEK: Tiger Woods matched a career-best with 28 birdies in Malaysia. He also had 28 birdies in the 2006 Buick Open, which he won by three shots, and the 2007 Tour Championship, which he won by eight shots. In Malaysia, he tied for fourth.

FINAL WORD: ”Piling up the cash. Just need to get a win.” — Robert Garrigus, after his fourth runner-up finish this year at the CIMB Classic.

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Several European Ryder Cup stars to play Volvo Golf Champions in 2013

JOHANNESBURG — Ryder Cup-winning captain Jose Maria Olazabal and Europe team members Nicolas Colsaerts, Paul Lawrie, Francesco Molinari and Peter Hanson will all play at the Volvo Golf Champions in South Africa in January.

Olazabal and 2010 Ryder Cup Captain Colin Montgomerie have qualified for the event by winning 10 or more career tournaments on the European Tour.

Organizers also said Tuesday that the Volvo Golf Champions, which will be held in South Africa for the second straight year, will have total prize money of $2.6 million in 2013.

Thomas Bjorn and 2011 Volvo Golf Champions winner Paul Casey will add to a strong European contingent at the Durban Country Club from Jan. 10-13. Hanson, the Swede who won the BMW Masters in Shanghai last weekend, also was one of the early entrants.

”The Volvo Golf Champions should make for a terrific start to 2013 and already, with this list of European Tour champions, the field is shaping up well,” European Tour chief executive George O’Grady said.

The first Volvo Golf Champions was held in Bahrain in 2011, but was moved to South Africa this year because of security concerns in the Gulf state following anti-government demonstrations. Branden Grace of South Africa, who has won four times on the European Tour this season, is the defending champion.

He will be joined by home contenders Louis Oosthuizen, the former British Open champion, and two-time major winner Retief Goosen.

The Volvo Golf Champions falls in the middle of a busy period for South African golf. The country hosts seven European Tour events between November and February and also has the big-money Nedbank Golf Challenge at Sun City on the first weekend of December.

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Golf-Hanson holds slender advantage in Shanghai

SHANGHAI, Oct 27 (Reuters) – Swede Peter Hanson‘s lead was trimmed to a single shot by world number one Rory McIlroy in the third round of the BMW Masters golf on Saturday.

Northern Ireland’s McIlroy hit a three-under-par 69 to move within one stroke of fellow-Ryder Cup winner Hanson, who shot a third round 70 to hold the lead at 16-under.

Hanson started the day two shots clear, but watched his lead evaporate after bogeys at the fourth, fifth and eighth.

He was joined for a time at the top of the leaderboard by Belgium’s Nicolas Colsaerts, who carded eight birdies in his first 15 holes, before double bogeys on holes 16 and 17 on the Lake Malaren course.

McIlroy, who is looking to add the European money list title to the U.S PGA Tour title he has already secured, had the chance to draw level at the top on the 17th, but the ball hit the lip and did not go in.

World number 25 Hanson opened the tournament with rounds of 66 and 64, and was looking for a similar effort on Sunday to secure top spot at the $7 million event.

“The wind was blowing from opposite direction today which made it a little bit trickier, and some of the pins were tucked away,” he said.

“It’s great to play with Rory. Every time you get the chance to play against the world number one it’s a fantastic thing to do.

“Hopefully I can stay ahead of him but I think it’s going to be a tough one tomorrow and I need to play a little bit better than I did today.

“Winning on the European Tour is always massive and this is the start of a big stretch for us. If I can get it back to the first two rounds I think I’ve got a good chance.”

South Africa’s George Coetzee holds third spot, two strokes behind McIlroy, while another six players including Britain’s Justin Rose and Luke Donald are a further stroke back.

(Editing by Josh Reich)

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Defending champ Van Pelt fires 62 to lead after third round of CIMB Classic

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — Bo Van Pelt missed a chance at a rare 59 on Saturday after a double-bogey on the 18th at the CIMB Classic on the PGA Tour.

Van Pelt, the defending champion, had four birdies in the first six holes, then five in a row from the eighth. After turning in 29 on the par-71 Mines Resort and Golf Club course, he had five birdies on the back nine and only needed one more birdie to join an elite club. But he hit his approach into the greenside bunker and needed three putts, finishing with a 9-under 62 for a share of the third-round lead with Robert Garrigus at 16 under.

CIMB CLASSIC

The PGA Tour-sanctioned CIMB Classic features a 48-player field competing in four rounds of stroke play with no cut.

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“Obviously disappointed to finish with a double” bogey, Van Pelt said, “but I’m really proud of the 17 1/2 holes I played, and hopefully that’ll carry on tomorrow, and not the last one.”

Garrigus, who led by two strokes coming into the weekend, opened with a pair of bogeys but finished with three consecutive birdies for 69 on Saturday and a 54-hole total of 197. His fellow American Chris Kirk carded a 63 to move to 15 under, one clear of Zimbabwe’s Brendon de Jonge and South Africa’s Jbe Kruger.

Tiger Woods started aggressively with five birdies in the first eight holes, but had three bogeys and a double bogey on the back nine and finished at 69 to be in a group of five players tied at 11 under.

Only five players have shot 59 in official PGA Tour events, the latest being Stuart Appleby at the 2010 Greenbrier Classic — although it wouldn’t have counted on Van Pelt’s official statistics because the CIMB Classic, which is co-sanctioned by the Asian Tour, doesn’t become a full-fledged PGA Tour event until next year. It wouldn’t have counted on the Asian Tour, either, because preferred lies were allowed for the second consecutive round, where players could pick up, clean and replace their balls due to the soggy conditions caused by heavy overnight rain.

The 37-year-old American said his chance for a 59 vanished in the bunker.

“From there, I pretty much had nothing,” he said, claiming that it wasn’t nerves that got to him.

“Surprisingly, I wasn’t really nervous at all. I’ve never had that good a chance to shoot a 59 before and, to be honest, I’ll probably look back on it and think about the third hole,” he said. “I had a 5-iron from the middle of the fairway and didn’t make birdie. I’ll look back at 15, I’m 30 yards from the green with an easy pitch and don’t make it. Those are the holes that cost me more than 18.”

Japan’s Ryo Ishikawa has the lowest round on a major tour, shooting a 12-under 58 to win the 2010 Crowns on the Japan Tour. Tommy Gainey missed a putt for a 59 at the McGladrey Classic and finished with a 60 in the last round to win the title last weekend, when Van Pelt was in Australia where he won the ISPS Handa Perth International on the European Tour.

Woods knows he’s going to need a score like that to have any chance of winning the $6.1 million title at the Mines Resort, where he won the individual and team World Cup titles in 1999 on his last visit to Malaysia.

Thousands of people followed Woods and 2010 champion Ben Crane around the course, with the whir of camera shutters forcing Woods to stop his backswing on the fourth hole and the crowd causing him to pause at other times.

He’d promised to be aggressive and attack the course on the weekend, and he started with a birdie at the par-4 first hole. He got down to 14 under with four more birdies on the front nine to turn in 30, but then had a bogey at the 12th, a double bogey at the 14th where he had to drop a shot after hitting his tee shot in a water hazard beside the green, and another bogey at 17 after missing a birdie putt. He got progressively more frustrated on the back nine and clearly unimpressed with his round in brief interviews.

“I’m going to have to shoot a low one tomorrow, something similar to what Bo did today,” he said. “The problem with being this far back is I’m going to need help. A great round tomorrow might not win it, that’s the only problem, but I’m going to put up a great round anyways.”

Woods said he just made too many mistakes on Saturday.

“I was right there. I had plenty of easy holes to go, but I didn’t capitalize on that at all,” he said. “I made a couple of bad decisions, bad swings on top of that.

“On a golf course that’s playing this benign, you just can’t afford to do that. It can be had out there — I had it after eight holes, just didn’t keep it going.”

Jason Dufner got back into contention with an ace at the par-3 seventh hole — his first in a competitive round. He had six birdies and a bogey in a 64 that moved him into a share of 19th at 9 under. Johnson Wagner started well and surged up the leaderboard as he went out in 29. He had seven birdies in the first 11 holes but then had bogeys at the 12th, 16th and 18th holes to finish with a 67.

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Hanson leads McIlroy by one shot after third round of BMW Masters

SHANGHAI — Peter Hanson shot a 2-under 70 Saturday to lead Ryder Cup teammate Rory McIlroy by one stroke after the third round of the BMW Masters on the European Tour.

Hanson, who won the the KLM Open in Holland last month, is on 15-under 200 at the Lake Malaren Course, and is wary of the threat of McIlroy.

BMW MASTERS

This is the second year of the BMW Masters in Shanghai, and the first in which it is an official event on the European Tour.

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“I feel myself very lucky to be in this position and hopefully I can stay ahead of him because it is going to be a tough one considering the way he is playing, so I need to play a little bit better than I did tomorrow to have a chance of beating him,” Hanson said. “But if I were to win this event, it would be massive and this is the start of a big stretch coming up now, so it’s just nice to find a bit of form and see yourself up there, and having a bit of a chance of winning the title come Sunday.

“But I do need to step up a bit more, because if I don’t I am going to have the world No. 1 snapping right at my heels, and if I’m not careful he could be going past me.”

McIlroy shot a 69 and is chasing a fifth title this season. He won this event, an exhibition called the Shanghai Masters, on the same course last year.

“It would mean a lot if I could successfully defend here at Lake Malaren, even though this year’s event is now on the European Tour, so it would be nice to win for a second time,” he said. “What also would be most pleasing is that I will come into these last few weeks of my year trying to wrap-up the Race to Dubai No. 1 title.

“I’ve put myself into contention this week and I’m to finish this one off that would give me a nice lead going into my last three events,” he added. “So that would more pleasing than anything else as it would extend my lead over Justin (Rose) and Branden (Grace), so that when I do get to Dubai later next month I won’t have to do much.”

George Coetzee of South Africa (66) is three shots back in third place.

Alexander Noren of Sweden (69), Michael Hoey of Northern Ireland (68), South Africa’s Charl Schwartzel (68), Shane Lowry of Ireland (69) and the England pair of Justin Rose (69) and Luke Donald (68) are tied for fourth place at 11 under.

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Park moves two ahead of Pettersen in third round of Sunrise Taiwan C’ship

YANG MEI, Taiwan — Inbee Park of South Korea shot an 8-under 64 Saturday to lead by two strokes after the third round of the Sunrise Taiwan Championship on the LPGA Tour.

Park had two eagles and five birdies and was at 18-under 198 at the Sunrise Golf and Country Club.

SUNRISE TAIWAN CHAMPIONSHIP

This is the second annual playing of the Sunrise Taiwan Championship, the first LPGA Tour event to be staged in Taiwan.

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Suzann Pettersen of Norway had six birdies in a round of 66 to sit in second place, two shots ahead of local favorite Yani Tseng (66).

Catriona Matthew had a 68 and was in fourth, another two shots back at 12-under 204.

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Oct 27 (Infostrada Sports) – Scores from the European Tour BMW Masters at the par-72 course on Saturday in Shanghai

200 Peter Hanson (Sweden) 66 64 70

201 Rory McIlroy (Britain) 67 65 69

203 George Coetzee (South Africa) 69 68 66

205 Michael Hoey (Britain) 67 70 68

Charl Schwartzel (South Africa) 69 68 68

Luke Donald (Britain) 70 67 68

Justin Rose (Britain) 68 68 69

Alexander Noren (Sweden) 68 68 69

Shane Lowry (Ireland) 72 64 69

206 Graeme McDowell (Britain) 69 71 66

Ross Fisher (Britain) 69 69 68

Paul Casey (Britain) 70 68 68

Martin Kaymer (Germany) 68 69 69

Louis Oosthuizen (South Africa) 68 69 69

Nicolas Colsaerts (Belgium) 69 68 69

207 Thongchai Jaidee (Thailand) 70 72 65

Ian Poulter (Britain) 70 69 68

208 Edoardo Molinari (Italy) 68 71 69

Soren Kjeldsen (Denmark) 72 66 70

Jamie Donaldson (Britain) 62 74 72

209 Anders Hansen (Denmark) 72 70 67

David Horsey (Britain) 68 71 70

David Lynn (Britain) 69 68 72

210 Wu Ashun (China) 71 70 69

Lee Westwood (Britain) 70 69 71

Paul Lawrie (Britain) 69 69 72

Liang Wenchong (China) 69 69 72

Robert Karlsson (Sweden) 71 64 75

211 Danny Willett (Britain) 72 70 69

Miguel Angel Jimenez (Spain) 70 71 70

Oliver Fisher (Britain) 74 67 70

Henrik Stenson (Sweden) 72 69 70

Richard Johnson (Sweden) 70 70 71

Thomas Aiken (South Africa) 71 68 72

212 Bae Sang-Moon (South Korea) 70 73 69

Michael Campbell (New Zealand) 71 71 70

Richard Green (Australia) 70 71 71

Simon Dyson (Britain) 71 70 71

Jose Maria Olazabal (Spain) 67 72 73

213 Joost Luiten (Netherlands) 73 73 67

Marcel Siem (Germany) 75 70 68

John Daly (U.S.) 70 74 69

Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano (Spain) 70 71 72

Francesco Molinari (Italy) 66 74 73

214 S.S.P. Chowrasia (India) 73 72 69

Rafael Cabrera-Bello (Spain) 70 75 69

Yang Yong-Eun (South Korea) 74 70 70

Alvaro Quiros (Spain) 70 69 75

215 Park Sang-Hyun (South Korea) 72 72 71

Bernd Wiesberger (Austria) 69 74 72

Matteo Manassero (Italy) 70 73 72

Simon Khan (Britain) 71 71 73

Huang Wenyi (China) 72 70 73

Jeev Milkha Singh (India) 72 69 74

216 Robert Rock (Britain) 74 72 70

Tom Lewis (Britain) 71 72 73

Branden Grace (South Africa) 70 72 74

218 Hu Mu (China) 72 74 72

Pablo Larrazabal (Spain) 77 69 72

Zhang Lianwei (China) 76 68 74

219 Rich Beem (U.S.) 74 70 75

220 Darren Clarke (Britain) 73 76 71

Richie Ramsay (Britain) 75 74 71

Zhang Xinjun (China) 70 73 77

Su Dong (China) 70 71 79

222 Jin Daxing (China) 73 75 74

Thorbjorn Olesen (Denmark) 71 76 75

Todd Hamilton (U.S.) 73 74 75

Li Haotong (China) 71 73 78

223 Tsai Chi-Huang (Taiwan) 75 76 72

Paul McGinley (Ireland) 74 75 74

Mike Weir (Canada) 73 75 75

Shaun Micheel (U.S.) 76 72 75

228 Wu Weihuang (China) 75 73 80

230 Yuan Hao (China) 76 76 78

231 Huang Yongle (China) 78 77 76

Thomas Levet (France) 75 77 79

235 Andres Romero (Argentina) 73 80 82

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Woods loses ground in Malaysia, Van Pelt flirts with 59

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – Tiger Woods found lakes, bunkers and cart paths to stall his third round charge up the CIMB Classic leaderboard on Saturday, as Bo Van Pelt grabbed a share of the lead after flirting with golf’s magical 59.

Defending champion Van Pelt double-bogeyed the last to sign for a nine-under-par 62 and sit at the top of the leaderboard on 16-under 197 alongside overnight front-runner Robert Garrigus (69), with Woods (69) a further five shots back in joint 10th.

Heavy rain in Malaysia led to a second day of preferred lies at the soggy Mines Golf Course, leaving the course exposed to supreme scoring with only five of the 48 players in the field going over par in their third round.

Woods had raced to the turn in 30 after five birdies and four pars but his round unravelled on the back nine as he dropped five shots to offset two more birdies on another stifling day in Kuala Lumpur.

“I made a couple of bad decisions, bad swings on top of that, just all-in-all made too many mistakes and on a golf course that is playing this benign, you cant afford to do that,” Woods told reporters.

“I’m going to have to shoot a low one tomorrow, something similar like Bo did today, but probably being this far back, I’m going to need some help, a great round tomorrow might not win that’s the only problem.”

Starting the day five behind Garrigus, Woods roared out of the blocks, holing a 12 foot birdie putt from the fringe on the short par-four first as he finally found some form with the short stick after two days of struggles.

Four further birdies came by the eighth as he raced to 14-under and held the lead on his own in the PGA and Asian Tour co-sanctioned event, which will become an official tournament on the American circuit next year.

However, the rest of the field were also taking advantage of the ideal conditions and Woods was joined at the top by four others at one stage, including Van Pelt, who had started the day seven back but turned in 29 to make up the gap.

Van Pelt added further birdies at 10, 11 and 12 to make it five in a row as he moved two ahead of Woods and set up the chance of joining the likes of David Duval, Chip Beck and Stuart Appleby in the 59-club.

BACK-NINE TROUBLES

While Van Pelt charged, Woods was enduring a difficult start to the back nine as he lost his second shot to the par-five 11th way right, the ball bouncing off the cart path and finishing up with an awkward lie on a bank.

Standing on the path, Woods chipped down to 20 foot but missed his birdie effort and he also failed to get up-and-down from the edge of the green on the next hole, missing a slippery downhill four-footer for par to drop his first shot of the day.

After rolling in a straight 15 foot effort for birdie on the par-four 13th, Woods’ approach to the par-three 14th came up short and rolled down the bank into the lake, leading to a double bogey after a duffed chip.

Woods rattled in a 20 footer for birdie on 15 but he dropped another at the par-three 16th after failing to get up and down from the bunker and then three-putted 17 for bogey after missing a short putt.

Van Pelt had few such worries on 16 as he rolled in his 10th birdie putt of the day on the hole, before narrowly missing a lengthy eagle putt at 17, when his curling effort across the green at the par-five just brushed the edge of the hole.

Needing a birdie at the last for the magical but unofficial 59 due to the preferred lie rule, Van Pelt drove through the fairway to the left of the tee before plonking his approach to the par-four in the bunker right of the green.

A poor, escape and heavy chip shot left a six-foot bogey effort which lipped out to end his sparkling round in disappointing fashion.

“Obviously disappointing to finish with a double, but I look back on the 17-and-a-half holes I played well, and you know, hopefully that will carry over into tomorrow – not the last half,” Van Pelt told reporters.

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