Sunday, May 13, 2007

O'Hair Grabs Players Lead...

Sean O'Hair birdied eight holes en route to a six under par 66 and a nine under par total for a one stroke lead over Phil Mickelson in the Players Championship. Mickelson struggled all day with his driver, but he birdied two of the final three holes to shoot a 69. Sergio Garcia played very well for 17 holes, posting a seven under par total (and 5 under for the torunament) up to that point. An ill-advised second shot on the 18th hole found the greenside water as he posted a double bogey, falling to three under and all but out of contention. None of the other really big names is in contention. Vijay Singh shot a 71 and is eight strokes back, Jim Furyk shot a 74 to fall 10 strokes off the pace, while Tiger Woods shot his second straight 73 to start Sunday 14 days behind the leader... One player I would definitely keep my eye on is Chris DiMarco. At five under par, he's only four back of the leader, and as a lot of you know, there are few players on the tour with more heart than him. I just know that one of these days he's going to win the big one. Will today be that day??? Final round coverage of the tournament is on NBC beginning at 2pm ET/11am PT... You can check on the progress of the tourament here:

The Players Championship Leaderboard


Time to shift gears and give the cars some time. Qualifying for the Indianapolis 500 began yesterday and not too surprisingly, Helio Castroneves won the pole with a four lap average speed of 225.817 MPH. Tony Kanaan and Dario Franchiti also made the front row... Danica Patrick had another good qualifying session, as her 224.076 speed placed her 8th. Only the first 11 spots were determined on Saturday. The remainder of the field for the race will be determined today and then on next Saturday, with a "bumping session" to follow next Sunday where the slowest drivers in the field of 33 can be bumped from the field if someone posts a higher speed.

In the meantime, another Saturday night NASCAR race got postponed by rain... The Darlington 500 will be run today instead beginning at 1pm ET/10am PT. Clint Bowyer secured his first ever pole, and leads the 43 driver field... Points leader Jeff Gordon starts 10th. Watch your local Fix affiliate for live coverage of the race.

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