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Jim Furyk takes 1-shot lead into the final round at Bridgestone
And then there was Rafa Cabrera-Bello, who played in the final group Saturday and started two shots behind.
That didn’t last long.
He hit a bunker shot fat and just got onto the thick collar around the first green. For his fourth shot, he shanked a chip that went at a 90-degree angle away from the flag. His fifth shot with the putter came up 12 feet short and he did well to make double bogey. On the next tee shot, he hit a duck hook into the gallery. On the ninth hole, his drive landed square behind a tree, forcing him to pitch to the 10th fairway, only it didn’t go far enough, and his wedge clipped yet another tree.
The Spaniard wound up with a 77.
Worse yet, his plastic bottle of water crinkled at the top of Furyk’s back swing on the par-3 seventh. Furyk had not missed a shot to that point, and this one sailed well right of the green. He glared in the direction of the bottle, figured it was a harmless mistake and holed a 15-foot putt for par.
Those were the putts that kept Furyk in the game.
Lee Westwood would have taken some of those pars. He played alongside Rickie Fowler on Friday when the American shot 80. Westwood got off to about the same start and finished with an 81. He declined comment after his round, but had some fun with Fowler on Twitter.
“You would have beaten me 1up in match play,” Fowler tweeted.
“I’d have offered a half after 9 and gone in for a cold one!” Westwood replied.
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