Sauers runs gamut of emotions
Not the blistering Oklahoma heat on a very difficult Oak Tree National course, nor slipping from a 54-hole lead of three strokes with a final 18 over par by two strokes on the final day. Not even the disappointing loss to Colin Montgomerie in the three-hole playoff.
None of these dismayed 51-year-old Gene Craig Sauers Sunday as he wore the runner-up medal for the U.S. Senior Open and accepted his runner-up check.
He’s suffered through a lot worse.
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Montgomerie, Oak Tree National both put on a good show
On the way out of the interview room Sunday afternoon at Oak Tree National, Gene Sauers said he wouldn’t be at Royal Porthcawl for the Senior Open Championship.
Maybe the guy who followed him behind the microphone can talk him into a trip across the pond.
Confidence building for Sauers
At one point Saturday in the U.S. Senior Open at Oak Tree National, the leader going in Colin Montgomerie built up a 5-shot lead.
But that didn’t even faze Gene Sauers.
Sauers, who shot 69 in the first two rounds, fired up his engine despite bogeying the first hole.
On the par 5 12th, he zeroed in an approach shot and with a smooth putting stroke, dropped in a 12-footer for birdie.
At the par 3 13th, he missed the green right but nearly chipped in and tapped in for a par.
On 14, he hit the fairway bunker right, then went into the rough left before going into a greenside bunker, where, he chipped up and down for par.
The confidence was built.
Stillwater’s Glasson finds Oak Tree National arduous
Stillwater resident Bill Glasson was no exception on Saturday’s grueling third round of the 2014 U.S. Senior Open.
With only three golfers finishing the round under par, Glasson was among the majority to feel the brunt of Oak Tree National — shooting a 5-over 76 to drop to 9-over for the tournament.
Mad dash to Sunday’s championship top spot
Tee times for the final round of the 2014 U.S. Senior Open at Oak Tree National begin Sunday at 7:20 a.m. with Billy Andrade and Philip Golding kicking things off.
Edmond’s Willie Wood is paired with Damon Green at 8:10 and Bob Tway of Oak Tree will tee it up at 8:50 alongside John Riegger. Gil Morgan will tee off at 9:20 with 2013 U.S. Senior Open defending champion Kenny Perry.
Charlie is in charge
If you’ve got a problem at the U.S. Senior Open Championship, odds are Charlie Pierce will know.
Tway gets to minus-3 in round before last 4 holes
After shooting a 3-over-par 74 Thursday in the opening round of the U.S. Senior Open, Edmond’s Bob Tway began Friday in a much higher gear at Oak Tree National.
Starting his round on 10, Tway birdied 12, 15 and 18 with one bogey. On his last 9 holes, he made up for the bogey with a birdie on 5 to get to minus-3 for the day but the wheels came off beginning with No. 6. The former Oklahoma State standout went bogey, bogey, bogey and then missed his tee shot left in the trees on 9. He punched out over the fairway into the right rough. The rough then caused his third shot to fall short, thus getting up and down for a double-bogey and a 2-over-par 73.
Saturday’s assignments set for U.S. Senior Open
Saturday’s tee times begin at 7:25 a.m. for the U.S. Senior Open at Oak Tree National with the pair of Sam Randolph and Lonnie Nielson.
Oak Tree’s Gil Morgan is paired with Billy Andrade and will go off at 8:55. Edmond’s Bob Tway and Willie Wood will go off back-to-back at 9:25 and 9:35 respectively, with Tway playing with Steen Tinning and Wood along with amateur Jeff Wilson on the No. 1 tee.
Scott Verplank of Oak Tree was cut from the field.
Vijay Singh at 2-under-par will tee off at 12:05 ensued by Mark Brooks (12:25), Bernhard Langer (12:35) and leader at 6-under-par Colin Montgomerie (12:45).
Morgan’s Mug a delicious memory for Edmond pro
As one of Oklahoma’s favorite sons playing in the U. S. Senior Open Championship at Oak Tree National this week, the scorching heat reminded Dr. Gil Morgan, of Edmond, of earlier and more pleasant days in the Sooner State.
After carding a 1-over 72 to lead the “Oak Tree Gang” after the first day of the tourney Thursday, he got into bogey trouble on the back 9 and came in with a 5-over 76 with an excellent chance to make the cut.
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