Davis tripped up by Dubsdread bunkers

Brian Davis

Brian Davis

LEMONT, Ill. – There are 98 bunkers on the Dubsdread Course here at Cog Hill Golf & Country Club. Brian Davis might suggest there are 980 after his third-round appointment alongside Tiger Woods.

In his round of 6-over 77, Davis had to play out of eight different bunkers. That included his miserable time at the par-4 17th, where he hit his approach onto the upslope of a greenside bunker. He then bladed that shot into the steep downslope of a back bunker. Davis’ only play was to wedge his ball a few feet so that he had a flat lie, still in the sand.

For the day, Davis played nine shots out of sand in a round during which he fell into 63rd place out of 70.

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No, they won’t be in the final pairing, so that takes away some of the drama, but Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson will be together in the final round for the first time since the 2009 Masters.

Woods birdied the par-5 ninth, his 18th hole, to shoot 3-under 68, while Mickelson came home in 70. At even-par 213, they are eight shots behind Ryan Moore and will start more than 90 minutes earlier than the leaders.

It’s the 25th time Mickelson and Woods have been paired together, but just the eighth time in Round 4.

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It’s a true sign that the seasons have changed, because Dustin Johnson wasn’t very quick to come out and meet reporters after signing his card.

No, he wasn’t steamed, because with a 68 he had moved within a shot of the lead. Instead, what kept him sequestered in the scoring trailer was the final minutes of a college football game between Johnson’s pride and joy, the University of South Carolina, and Georgia.

When the game started dragging, Johnson couldn’t wait any longer.  He came out, proceeded with his interviews, then got the good news: the Gamecocks had upset the Bulldogs.

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