Jimmy Burch has covered professional golf for the Star-Telegram since 1991. He’s received state and national honors for his writing but fills his own scorecard with more bogeys than birdies when he hits the local links.
I'll say this about Steve Stricker: The guy is grateful for where he is. Stricker talked about some of his tough career moments and about how great the last four years have been. At the end of his post-victory press conference someone asked him about the exemption he received a few years back just to get into this Crowne Plaza Invitational. Now he's in for life. And that got Stricker choked up.
"I got that exemption when I needed it," said Stricker, who had to stop talking briefly to compose himself. "It's funny how things come back in a circle."
I'm looking at the gigantic scoreboard on #18. Know what's on it? NOT the playoff!
Now maybe there's some licensing deal involved where colonial can't tap into the CBS feed and put it on the big board. But if they can, they should.
-- tracey myers
Well, all three missed their birdie putts, but Clark had the closest shot at it. It looked like he had a little jerk in his motion right at the end (nerves?). Clark buried his head in his hat after missing it.
So they play on.
-- Tracey Myers
Tim Clark hit a 23-foot putt for birdie on No. 13 (and it was a beauty), and he moves to 19-under, two strokes ahead of Marino (who just parred the hole). Steve Stricker just missed his birdie chance at No. 14.
He just found his putting touch again, taking the birdie at No. 12 to move to 17-under and into a second-place tie with Steve Marino. Tim Clark is still in the lead at 18-under and I think Marino just missed his birdie opportunity at 11.