Saturday, August 13, 2005

Thomas Bjorn shoots record 63 at the PGA Championship

Thomas Bjorn shot a record 7 under par 63, and vaulted himself into contention.

A 63 gave Thomas Bjorn a great reason to enjoy his golf again.

Sweet 63
The following players shot 63 in a major championship:

PGA Championship (9)
Bruce Crampton 1975 (2nd rnd)
Raymond Floyd 1982 (1st rnd)
Gary Player 1984 (2nd rnd)
Vijay Singh 1993 (1st rnd)
Michael Bradley 1995 (1st rnd)
Brad Faxon 1995 (4th rnd)
Jose Maria Olazabal 2000 (3rd rnd)
Mark O'Meara 2001 (2nd rnd)
Thomas Bjorn 2005 (3rd rnd)

The Masters (2)
Nick Price 1986 (3rd rnd)
Greg Norman 1996 (1st rnd)

U.S. Open (4)
Johnny Miller 1973 (4th rnd)
Jack Nicklaus 1980 (1st rnd)
Tom Weiskopf 1980 (1st rnd)
Vijay Singh 2003 (2nd rnd)

British Open (7)
Mark Hayes 1977 (2nd rnd)
Isao Aoki 1980 (3rd rnd)
Greg Norman 1986 (2nd rnd)
Paul Broadhurst 1990 (3rd rnd)
Jodie Mudd 1991 (4th rnd)
Nick Faldo 1993 (2nd rnd)
Payne Stewart 1993 (4th rnd)

Phil Mickelson's lost two strokes and fell to -6, tied with the rising Davis Love III.

After struggling Saturday, Phil Mickelson faces more of an uphill journey to the PGA Championship title.

Tiger Woods shot 4 under par 66 and put himself at even par. By all accounts, this wsa something he should have been happy about, but he refused to talk to reporters after the round. Still, he was 12 strokes behind Phil Mickelson and is now 6 back.

From CNN SI:

"He again tried to reach the 650-yard 17th hole in two, but his 3-wood was so far left that it went beyond a bunker and settled under a fan's portable chair. He chipped weakly to 35 feet and made par. On the 18th, Woods hammered another tee shot down the middle and hit a towering 7-iron that settled 30 feet behind the hole. He gunned his eagle putt some 12 feet by, then missed that coming back."

John Daly's pitching wedge had to do double duty on Saturday.


"John Daly has so much power, he could probably drive with a putter. At the PGA Championship on Saturday, he proved he could putt with a wedge.

Daly made the unorthodox move after the head of his putter came loose on the back nine of his third round, and he putted with his wedge on holes 11 through 18.

"I rolled it pretty good. I couldn't get it to the hole, but the other putter was knocking it 10 feet by," Daly said with a laugh.

He did manage to birdie the 650-yard 17th, becoming the only player to reach the green in two shots for the second time in two majors at Baltusrol. He missed his eagle chance and had a tap-in birdie with his wedge.

Daly was the only player to reach the green in two shots during the 1993 U.S. Open."

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