Bridgestone Senior Players Championship R3

Scott Parel takes lead

July 11-14
Firestone CC, Akron, Ohio
$2,800,000
Round 1. Round 2, Round 4

Scott Parel took advantage of Retief Goosen’s problems Saturday to take the third-round lead in the Bridgestone Senior Players Championship, the fourth of the PGA Tour Champions’ five major tournaments.


Seven strokes behind Goosen at the start of the day, Parel birdied two of the last three holes – holing a 30-footer on the par-4 18th – for 3-under 67 and a one-stroke lead over Goosen at Firestone Country Club.

”I had quite few short ones on the front nine that I didn’t make,” Parel said. ”I guess it all evens out.”

Goosen followed his opening rounds of 69 and 62 with a 75. The South African played the first four holes in 4 over, making a bogey on No. 1, a double bogey on No. 3 and another bogey on No. 4. He had two more bogeys in the back nine and made only one birdie in the round.

”I started off pretty scruffy, let me put it that way,” Goosen said. ”It was a tough day out there for me. Everything seemed to go wrong. Get the wrong lies in the bunkers and all that kind of stuff. But I just kept fighting. I kept telling myself, ‘Stay in this thing, we still have another 18 tomorrow. It’s not the end of the world.”’


Parel had a 5-under 205 total. He won twice last year on the 50-and-over tour.

”It’s only Saturday,” Parel said. ”It would be great if that happened tomorrow, but today is only Saturday, so the lead means nothing today.”

He was surprised that Goosen and the second-round leaders struggled.

”I thought it was pretty soft. The greens I felt were a little softer than what I thought they would be, so I was kind of surprised,” Parel said. ”I thought scoring behind me would be pretty good, so I don’t know what happened. But this golf course, it will get your attention. You start hitting some wayward tee shots and you can get in some bad spots out here.”

Steve Stricker (73), Kent Jones (70) and Brandt Jobe (73) were 3 under. Stricker is coming off a victory two weeks ago in the U.S. Senior Open at Norte Dame, and also won the major Regions Tradition in May.

Firestone is a longtime PGA Tour venue, hosting the World Golf Championships event and previously the World Series of Golf.

”It’s just a good golf course,” Stricker said ”If you don’t hit it in the fairway, it’s a struggle. Sometimes you do hit it in the fairway and you’ve still got to maneuver a ball around a tree or overhanging limbs or branches. But the wind came up a little bit at times today, made things a little bit more difficult. A different direction as well, three different days really wind-wise. But it’s a course you need to be on, and if you’re not, it exposes some things and you’ve got to fight your way around.”


Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
R3
Total
1
Scott Parel
-5
66
72
67
205
2
Retief Goosen
-4
69
62
75
206
T3
Steve Stricker
-3
64
70
73
207
T3
Kent Jones
-3
70
67
70
207
T3
Brandt Jobe
-3
69
65
73
207
6
Tim Petrovic
-2
71
68
69
208
7
Jay Haas
-1
69
68
72
209
T8
Vijay Singh
E
70
70
70
210
T8
Ken Duke
E
69
71
70
210
T8
Colin Montgomerie
E
71
68
71
210
T8
Steve Flesch
E
71
67
72
210
T12
Miguel Angel Jiménez
1
73
70
68
211
T12
Wes Short, Jr.
1
71
70
70
211
T12
Kevin Sutherland
1
70
70
71
211
T15
Michael Bradley
2
77
68
67
212
T15
Doug Garwood
2
72
72
68
212
T15
Tom Lehman
2
72
71
69
212
T15
John Daly
2
70
73
69
212
T15
Woody Austin
2
71
71
70
212
T15
Scott McCarron
2
74
67
71
212
T15
Bob Estes
2
71
69
72
212
T22
Kenny Perry
3
71
71
71
213
T22
Billy Andrade
3
73
69
71
213
T22
Jerry Kelly
3
69
72
72
213
T22
Duffy Waldorf
3
70
70
73
213
T22
Olin Browne
3
70
70
73
213
T22
Tommy Tolles
3
70
67
76
213
28
Shaun Micheel
4
70
75
69
214
29
Scott Dunlap
5
73
68
74
215
T30
Fred Couples
6
75
72
69
216
T30
Steve Jones
6
71
75
70
216
T32
Stephen Ames
7
76
71
70
217
T32
David McKenzie
7
70
74
73
217
T32
Joe Durant
7
75
69
73
217
T32
Paul Broadhurst
7
73
70
74
217
T36
Billy Mayfair
8
77
71
70
218
T36
Gene Sauers
8
76
71
71
218
T36
Corey Pavin
8
75
70
73
218
T36
Marco Dawson
8
72
69
77
218
T40
Jeff Sluman
9
76
70
73
219
T40
Mark Calcavecchia
9
72
75
72
219
T40
Glen Day
9
72
73
74
219
T40
Dan Forsman
9
76
68
75
219
T40
Scott Verplank
9
68
76
75
219
T40
Tom Byrum
9
74
70
75
219
T40
Paul Goydos
9
70
71
78
219
T47
Bernhard Langer
10
76
72
72
220
T47
Bart Bryant
10
72
75
73
220
T47
Jeff Maggert
10
71
74
75
220
T50
Tom Gillis
11
74
75
72
221
T50
David Frost
11
78
71
72
221
T50
Loren Roberts
11
76
72
73
221
T50
Kirk Triplett
11
75
73
73
221
T50
Tom Pernice Jr.
11
71
73
77
221
T55
John Cook
12
77
73
72
222
T55
John Huston
12
73
76
73
222
T55
Lee Janzen
12
71
77
74
222
T58
Larry Mize
13
76
75
72
223
T58
David Toms
13
73
75
75
223
T60
Esteban Toledo
14
76
77
71
224
T60
Russ Cochran
14
76
76
72
224
T62
Michael Allen
15
75
80
70
225
T62
Sandy Lyle
15
72
78
75
225
64
Rocco Mediate
16
76
73
77
226
T65
Joey Sindelar
17
73
78
76
227
T65
Willie Wood
17
74
75
78
227
T67
Ken Tanigawa
18
78
76
74
228
T67
Carlos Franco
18
75
77
76
228
T67
Jerry Smith
18
75
74
79
228
70
Chris DiMarco
21
76
74
81
231
71
Mark Brooks
24
74
83
77
234
72
Robert Gamez
27
81
77
79
237
73
Bob Gilder
28
75
84
79
238
74
Bobby Wadkins
29
81
82
76
239
75
Scott Simpson
33
82
80
81
243
76
Danny Edwards
37
88
81
78
247
WD
Mark O’Meara
36
36
WD
Tommy Armour III
74
29
103