Sunday's roundup: Casey closes strong at Deutsche Championship
Norton, Mass. — Paul Casey looked at the leaderboard late in the third round Sunday and saw a lot more names in the mix than he realized. He took care of that with a 3-iron into 30 inches on the final hole for an eagle and a three-shot lead at the Deutsche Bank Championship.
Then he looked at the forecast, and realized his work was just starting.
Casey made birdie and eagle over his last three holes for a 5-under 66, giving him a three-shot lead over Brian Harman going into the Labor Day finish as he tries to win on the PGA Tour for the first time in seven years.
Only five players were within five shots of Casey, who was at 15-under 198.
Rory McIlroy (66) and Louis Oosthuizen (64), who staged a duel at the TPC Boston four years ago, were six shots behind. It was difficult to count out anyone with a forecast for 35-mph wind and burst of showers from the remnants of Hermine due in New England.
Starting times have been moved forward to give the event the best chance of finishing.
“I don’t think anyone’s completely prepared for tomorrow,” Harman said after his 66. “It’s more about survival and just doing the best you can.”
Harman will be in the final group with Casey and Smylie Kaufman (68), who was in the group at 11-under 202 along with PGA champion Jimmy Walker (70) and Kevin Chappell, who had the lead going into the back nine until hitting a tee shot into a divot that led to double bogey on No. 12. Chappell shot 71.
“To be sitting here at 66, I’m obviously over the moon,” Casey said.
“Even with the great ball-striking, I found it difficult at the beginning, but to turn it around and have a lot of looks for birdies and make a few to come in, it’s been great.”
Chappell, still looking for his first PGA Tour victory, made a birdie at the 10th to get to 13 under until he went at the flag from the divot in the 12th fairway. He came up short in the hazard, tried to play out of the native scrub and went over the green and wound up with a double-bogey.
Brian Stuard (Jackson/Oakland) started the day in seventh place, but bogeyed three of the final four holes and shot 75. He is tied for 42nd place at 3-under.
Dustin Johnson wasn’t among those in the mix. He was a birdie away from tying for the 36-hole lead on Saturday. Starting the third round just three shots behind, Johnson stumbled to a 75 and was 11 shots back. Jordan Spieth didn’t fare much better. He was five shots behind and had to rally with two late birdies for a 72. He is 10 behind.
The top 70 in the FedEx Cup advance to the BMW Championship, which starts Thursday at Crooked Stick in Indiana. Casey was at No. 59 going into the Deutsche Bank.
PGA Tour Champions
Paraguay’s Carlos Franco rallied to win the Shaw Charity Classic at chilly Canyon Meadows in Calgary, Alberta, for his first PGA Tour Champions victory.
Three strokes behind defending champion Jeff Maggert entering the round, the 51-year-old Franco shot his second straight 7-under 63 to beat Bernhard Langer and Michael Allen by two strokes.
Caroline Masson broke out of a star-filled pack to win the LPGA Manulife Classic in Cambridge, Ontario, for her first tour title.
The 27-year-old German player rebounded from an opening double bogey to make nine birdies in a 5-under 67. She beat third-round leader Mi Hyang Lee, Minjee Lee and Solheim Cup teammate Karine Icher by a stroke, finishing at 16-under 272.
Alex Noren of Sweden sank a 20-foot birdie putt on the first extra hole to beat Scott Hend of Australia in a playoff for the European Masters title in Crans-Sur-Sierre, Switzerland.