May 8, 2009

Birdies And Bogeys

An unscientific breakdown of the day's highs and lows

In new girlfriend Ana Ivanovic, Adam Scott may be preoccupied with more than golf.

In new girlfriend Ana Ivanovic, Adam Scott may be preoccupied with more than golf.

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- The third round of the Players Championship is in the books. Who flourished? Who faltered? Let's take a closer look with another breakdown of birdies and bogeys.

Birdie: To Adam Scott, for his new romance with Serbian tennis star Ana Ivanovic.

Bogey: To Scott, for still missing the cut by one stroke at the Players Championship.

__Birdie:__To Tiger Woods, for holing a 47-foot birdie putt on the sixth green Saturday. The putt was twice as long as any he made in the first two rounds, and propelled him to a third-round 70.

Birdie: To Alex Cejka, for not cowering when Woods' name appeared on the leader board. Even with a stretch of consecutive bogeys, the 36-hole leader still played the back nine in one-under par to take a five-shot lead into Sunday.

How bold is Cejka? Even playing alongside Woods, he said his plan for Sunday is to wear a red shirt and black pants.

Bogey: To the PGA Tour, for asking NBC not to mention world rankings or money earnings -- just FedEx Cup points -- during their telecasts.

Birdie: To NBC, which saw a fairly uneventful tournament take on greater relevance with Woods' gradual climb up the leader board.

Bogey: To Henrik Stenson, who saw a promising weekend turn sour when he bogeyed three of his final five holes.

Birdie: To Jim Mackay, long-time caddie of Phil Mickelson, who turned 44 on Friday. Mackay's 5-year-old son, Oliver, picked out the birthday cake --Spiderman -- and they celebrated at a hotel swimming pool with the Mickelson family.

Bogey: To Stuart Appleby. He missed his second-straight cut after shooting 71-76 at the Players Championship and has only one Top 10 finish this year.

Birdie: To Corey Pavin, who plans to consult with clothing designer Massimo about helping him pick uniforms for the U.S. Ryder Cup team.

"I'll talk to him," Pavin said this week at the Players Championship. "I want a combination of something old -- from the 60s and 70s -- with a new twist on it. Nothing crazy."

Birdie: To Jim Furyk, for summing up the crowds at Bethpage: "Obviously they're very proud of their golf course. It was loud and boisterous. It probably made it a little tough for Sergio (Garcia) -- counting his pumps (waggles). If you end up growling at them, they'll eventually wind up getting under your skin."

-- Compiled by Mark Soltau and Sam Weinman