Hometown underdog Lennie Clements fell off his record pace yet retained his lead after three rounds of the Buick Invitational, using two birdies in the last five holes to salvage a par-72 at Torrey Pines in San Diego.
Clements, seeking his first victory in 16 seasons on the PGA Tour, had a 54-hole total of 15-under 201 to lead another non-winner, former Pullman resident Kirk Triplett, by one shot going into today’s final round.
Triplett was 5-under par for a three-stroke lead after the par-three 11th, where playing partner Clements took his second bogey. But Triplett bogeyed two of the final five holes to finish with a 3-under 69.
The greatest streak in the history of professional golf and one of the most imposing in any sport - Jack Nicklaus’ string of consecutive major championship appearances, which now stands at 136 - will come to an end this year.
Two people close to the golfer said Nicklaus, 56, will announce on Monday this year’s United States Open will be his last and that he will, in all likelihood, skip the British Open - ending what would then be a streak of 138 major championship appearances - and play in his final PGA Championship.
At Gold Coast, Australia, Tom Watson and John Daly were the big money winners on the first nine holes at the Australian Skins Game.
Watson won two skins to finish with $21,000. John Daly made a birdie on the ninth hole to move into second place with $12,000.
At Naples, Fla., Al Geiberger, the first man to shoot 59 in a PGA Tour event, couldn’t match that number in the Greater Naples IntelliNet Challenge. All he could manage was a course-record 63.
Geiberger’s sensational round put him at 13-under after two rounds and gave him a three-stroke lead over Raymond Floyd in the Senior Tour event.
At Sun City, South Africa, Zimbabwean Mark McNulty’s four-stroke lead dwindled to one when he shot a 1-over-par 73 in the third round of the Dimension Data Pro-Am.
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