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Monday finish at crowded Ginn sur Mer

By TIM REYNOLDS
Associated Press

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. – Just when it looked as if Daniel Chopra would roll to his first PGA Tour win, things began to fall apart.

Shiegki Maruyama and Fredrik Jacobsen were thrilled to take advantage.

Maruyama holed out from the sand for eagle at the par-5 16th to get into a three-way tie for the lead, Jacobsen moved steadily up the leaderboard all day, and Chopra simply unraveled on the back nine Sunday at the Ginn sur Mer Classic – setting the stage for a potentially wild finish Monday morning at Tesoro Club.

Play was suspended for the day by darkness with Maruyama, Jacobsen and Chopra all at 18 under, two shots ahead of clubhouse leader Dicky Pride.

“They’re never easy. They’re never supposed to be easy,” Chopra said. “And if I do come out on top, I’m glad it was this way. You obviously treasure it so much more when you’ve got to really fight for it and work for it, and I’ll have to do that tomorrow morning.”

Momentum-wise, it’s advantage Maruyama and Jacobsen, who were on the rise.

Logistically, it’s clearly advantage Chopra. When final-round play resumes at 8 a.m. Monday, he’ll start on the par-5 16th hole – the easiest on the course and one he’s birdied three times already.

“I don’t want to worry about what anyone else is doing,” said Jacobsen, who, like Maruyama, will start on the par-3 17th.

Chopra had a four-shot lead when he made the turn Sunday afternoon, having just tapped in a 2-footer for a birdie that pushed him to 20 under. But two bogeys in his first four holes on the back side gave his closest pursuers a chance.

Sean O’Hair was alone in fifth at 14 under with two holes remaining, while Ken Duke, Cameron Beckman and Charlie Wi were all knotted in sixth place another shot back.

Bob Estes and Briny Baird, tied for second behind Chopra when the third round ended Sunday morning, were both 3 over through 15 holes of the final round and fell six shots off the lead.

It’s already been a long week, for a variety of factors: Players aren’t yet familiar with the course, there’s been a lift-clean-and-place allowance because of the spongy conditions, and long hikes between many greens and tees.

Simply put, this was as much of a mental test as it was a physical one.

“I don’t know if I can say it much better than that,” said Pride, who matched the low round of a week with a 64 that got him to 16 under – capped by four straight birdies.

Chopra’s threesome needed nearly 3 hours to play the front nine Sunday.

They would have gotten there, too, if it wasn’t for Chopra’s 98-yard pitch to within 2 feet. He tapped in for birdie – and a four-shot lead – to reach the midpoint of his round 2 hours, 59 minutes after teeing off.

But as the day wore on, Chopra’s lead simply vanished.

“Brutal,” Chopra said.

Baird’s chances took a hit on his first final-round hole; his tee ball sailed out-of-bounds and he made double bogey. Estes, who led after 18 and 36 holes, also fizzled with three early bogeys.

Meanwhile, Maruyama – who came into the week at No. 137 on the money list and needed a big finish – started moving. His final round opened with three straight birdies.

“The golf course got a lot longer and I struggled a little bit,” said Maruyama, who hasn’t won on tour since 2003.

Those struggles didn’t show, and he’ll be in the top 125 on the money list – in position to earn full playing privileges in 2008 – after finishing Monday.

The third round didn’t end until 10:39 a.m., and the fourth round wasn’t started until noon so workers could try to make some waterlogged holes playable.

No, Tesoro Club was not fit for man, beast or John Daly.

He withdrew for the sixth time this season after a 6-over 79 in the third round, without citing a reason. Daly was 4 over, comfortably in last place, and bogeyed three of the four holes he played.

Notes: This will be the third unscheduled Monday finish of the year, joining the Honda Classic and Verizon Heritage. The Deutsche Bank Championship had a scheduled Monday finish. … Pride was listed on the tour’s stat-tracking system as hitting all 18 greens in his final round. But he only reached the fringe on the par-3 17th, making a 60-footer for birdie – one of 23 he had this week, tying the third-best total in his tour career. … Michael Putnam parred the par-5 16th, significant because he eagled it in each of the first three rounds.

Scores with relation to par from the final round of the Ginn surMer Classic, played Oct. 28 at the par-73, 7,381-yard Tesoro Club(Arnold Palmer) in Port St. Lucie, Fla. (Note: a-amateur; playsuspended due to darkness):

1. Shigeki Maruyama 69-68-68-0–205

-18 thru 16 1. Fredrik Jacobson 71-67-67-0–205

-18 thru 16 1. Daniel Chopra 67-66-69-0–202

-18 thru 15 4. Dicky Pride 73-70-69-64–276

-16 5. Sean O'Hair 68-68-69-0–205

-14 thru 16 6. Ken Duke 72-67-70-70–279

-13 6. Cameron Beckman 70-70-67-72–279

-13 6. Charlie Wi 69-71-68-71–279

-13 9. Robert Gamez 72-71-71-66–280

-12 9. Michael Sim 69-67-72-72–280

-12 9. Robert Garrigus 72-70-67-71–280

-12 9. Briny Baird 69-70-65-0–204

-12 thru 15 9. Bob Estes 64-68-72-0–204

-12 thru 15 14. Jerry Kelly 72-72-68-69–281

-11 14. Parker McLachlin 71-68-70-72–281

-11 14. Chris Stroud 70-69-70-72–281

-11 17. Kent Jones 69-71-73-69–282

-10 17. Tommy Armour III 64-68-78-72–282

-10 17. Jeff Quinney 73-64-72-73–282

-10 17. Daisuke Maruyama 71-66-71-74–282

-10 21. Bryce Molder 67-71-72-73–283

-9 21. Greg Owen 70-71-68-74–283

-9 23. Rich Beem 71-72-71-70–284

-8 23. Lucas Glover 71-68-73-72–284

-8 23. Cliff Kresge 74-70-70-70–284

-8 26. Russ Cochran 73-69-72-71–285

-7 26. Brendon de Jonge 74-70-68-73–285

-7 26. Frank Lickliter II 68-72-74-71–285

-7 26. Mark Brooks 69-72-71-73–285

-7 26. Matt Kuchar 72-70-69-74–285

-7 26. Kevin Na 68-70-73-74–285

-7 26. Paul Gow 70-70-70-75–285

-7 26. Justin Leonard 73-69-68-75–285

-7 34. Garrett Willis 73-71-70-72–286

-6 34. Brian Gay 70-70-75-71–286

-6 34. John Huston 70-69-76-71–286

-6 34. Andrew Buckle 72-72-71-71–286

-6 34. Ryan Armour 72-72-72-70–286

-6 39. Michael Boyd 73-68-72-74–287

-5 39. Craig Kanada 67-71-76-73–287

-5 39. Craig Bowden 71-70-70-76–287

-5 39. Johnson Wagner 73-71-71-72–287

-5 39. Lee Janzen 75-68-73-71–287

-5 39. Joe Durant 71-71-75-70–287

-5 45. Ryan Palmer 71-71-71-75–288

-4 45. Jason Dufner 71-70-72-75–288

-4 45. Ben Curtis 75-66-73-74–288

-4 45. Michael Putnam 68-70-73-77–288

-4 45. Rich Barcelo 74-68-73-73–288

-4 45. Ryuji Imada 68-71-70-79–288

-4 51. Steve Lowery 70-66-76-77–289

-3 51. Steve Flesch 68-73-71-77–289

-3 51. Ted Purdy 69-68-77-75–289

-3 51. Steve Wheatcroft 72-72-72-73–289

-3 55. Bob Tway 70-70-73-77–290

-2 55. Jeff Gove 73-70-73-74–290

-2 55. Duffy Waldorf 71-72-74-73–290

-2 55. Brian Davis 73-71-73-73–290

-2 59. Kyle Reifers 73-68-73-77–291

-1 59. Craig Lile 73-70-71-77–291

-1 59. Greg Kraft 72-70-73-76–291

-1 59. Harrison Frazar 75-68-73-75–291

-1 59. Jay Williamson 69-75-72-75–291

-1 59. Jim Gallagher, Jr. 70-74-72-75–291

-1 59. Steve Marino 73-71-74-73–291

-1 66. Dan Forsman 70-72-73-77–292

E 66. Doug LaBelle II 75-69-73-75–292

E 68. Jesper Parnevik 72-72-70-79–293
+ 1 68. Grant Waite 72-72-72-77–293
+ 1 70. John Merrick 72-70-73-79–294
+ 2 70. Bart Bryant 72-72-73-77–294
+ 2 72. Chris Riley 70-74-72-82–298
+ 6 • • •

Missed the cut

74. Brent Geiberger 71-74–145

-1 74. Mathias Gronberg 76-69–145

-1 74. Glen Day 73-72–145

-1 74. Heath Slocum 72-73–145

-1 74. Jay Delsing 71-74–145

-1 74. Bubba Dickerson 72-73–145

-1 74. Jeff Overton 75-70–145

-1 74. Chris Tidland 71-74–145

-1 74. Tripp Isenhour 75-70–145

-1 74. Jeff Maggert 74-71–145

-1 74. Eric Axley 77-68–145

-1 74. Bob Heintz 74-71–145

-1 86. Carl Pettersson 71-75–146

E 86. Jeff Brehaut 75-71–146

E 86. Gavin Coles 74-72–146

E 86. Jim Rutledge 71-75–146

E 86. Jarrod Lyle 76-70–146

E 86. Chris Couch 72-74–146

E 86. J.P. Hayes 72-74–146

E 86. Jaco Van Zyl 73-73–146

E 94. Tom Byrum 74-73–147
+ 1 94. Bob May 76-71–147
+ 1 94. Darron Stiles 77-70–147
+ 1 94. a-Derek Fathauer 72-75–147
+ 1 94. Len Mattiace 72-75–147
+ 1 94. David Peoples 73-74–147
+ 1 94. David Branshaw 75-72–147
+ 1 94. Stephen Leaney 73-74–147
+ 1 94. Joey Sindelar 75-72–147
+ 1 94. Matt Hendrix 73-74–147
+ 1 104. Larry Mize 76-72–148
+ 2 104. Shaun Micheel 75-73–148
+ 2 104. Brian Bateman 73-75–148
+ 2 104. Scott Gutschewski 75-73–148
+ 2 104. Tom Johnson 74-74–148
+ 2 109. Ryan Garrity 71-78–149
+ 3 109. Spike McRoy 74-75–149
+ 3 109. Gabriel Hjertstedt 77-72–149
+ 3 109. Jerry Smith 77-72–149
+ 3 109. Robert Allenby 75-74–149
+ 3 109. Jason Schultz 76-73–149
+ 3 115. Gary Hallberg 78-73–151
+ 5 115. Dave Rummells 74-77–151
+ 5 115. a-Daryl Fathauer 76-75–151
+ 5 118. Neal Lancaster 73-79–152
+ 6 118. Marco Dawson 78-74–152
+ 6 120. D.J. Brigman 76-77–153
+ 7 121. Kirk Triplett 80-74–154
+ 8 121. Kevin Stadler 83-71–154
+ 8 121. Scott Gump 78-76–154
+ 8 124. Joel Edwards 77-78–155
+ 9 WD. John Daly 79-WD

WD. Richard S. Johnson 75-WD

WD. Jose Coceres 76-WD

WD. Mark Calcavecchia 78-WD

WD. Will MacKenzie 79-WD

WD. Michael Bradley 75-WD

WD. Robert Damron 78-WD

DQ. Carlos Franco DQ

DQ. J.B. Holmes 79-WD

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