The Edmond Sun

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July 12, 2014

Morgan sees improvement at Senior Open

Wood, Tway battle inconsistency in 3rd round at Oak Tree National

EDMOND — Oak Tree National proved challenging again Saturday at at U.S. Senior Open. And it certainly didn’t cut any slack for three hometown golfers.

All three of the remaining Edmond golfers finished above par in round three. Gil Morgan led the way with a 2-over-73, Bob Tway shot 4-over-75 and Willie Wood double-bogeyed No. 18 to finish 6-over for the day.

“I think it’s known to be a difficult golf course and I know my friends who have seen it now agree — you know, that it’s very challenging,” Wood said about Oak Tree National. “The golf course is in great shape. That’s the way it should be for a major championship.”

Wood got off to a rocky start with five bogeys on the front nine. The highlight of his morning was an impressive birdie on the par-4 5th hole. Wood reached the green in two shots. He then finished the hole with a long uphill putt, triggering loud cheers from the gallery.

Things started looking up for Wood on the back 9. He shot par or better on six of the holes, including No. 14 — the longest one of the course. Wood played even the next three holes before ending with a double-bogey on No. 18.

“I thought I was going to be just fine and I birdied my fifth hole to get back to 1-over and then made bogeys on three out of the next four,” Wood said. “Then I hung in and made a bunch of pars on the next 9 and doubled my last hole to really kind of turn an okay round into a pretty poor round. So it’s disappointing, to say the least.”

Wood is currently tied for 53rd place with 224.

Tway looked to make noise early. He reached the green in two shots on each of his first three holes. But each time, he narrowly missed a birdie putt.

The Edmond resident then got into trouble on the par-3 4th. His tee shot landed just to the right of the green but he needed three more strokes to reach the pin, finishing with a double-bogey.

“I hit the little bunker, the only place you can’t hit it,” Tway said.

He gained some ground with an eagle on No. 7, finishing 1-over on the front nine.

It was a different story on the back 9. Tway bogeyed 10, 11 and 13 before shooting a birdie on 14. He tackled the long No. 14 fairway with three swings and sank a long putt for birdie.

Tway played even on three of the final three holes for a round of 75. He is tied for 44th place with a 222 total.

“I played terrible. The golf course is playing difficult, but I’m making it play much more difficult than it should be,” Tway said.

Morgan enjoyed a more even outing. He shot par or better on all but four holes, including birdies on 11 and 17.

On his first birdie, Morgan hit his tee shot into a bunker 115 yards from the pin. He then placed the ball about 15 feet from the hole and putted it in for a birdie. Then on No. 17, Morgan used a 6-iron to reach the green and putt for birdie on the par 3 hole.

“I got it just past the hole and it was up that little left plateau, which is really hard to get to with the left wind and the bunker and water and all that stuff,” Morgan said about his shot on No. 17. “But, I just happened to hit a decent putt there and went right in the middle.”

Gene Saunders took the lead after three rounds at the U.S. Senior Open. He shot a 3-under 68 on Saturday and leads Bernhard Langer and Scott Dunlap by three strokes heading into the final round. Colin Montgomerie, the leader after two rounds, dropped to fourth after shooting a 3-over-par 74.

Wood, Tway and Morgan will have early tee times Sunday. Wood and Damon Green tee off at 8:10 a.m. Tway and John Riegger tee off at 8:50 a.m., with Morgan and Kenny Perry at 9:20 a.m.

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