JERSEY CITY, N.J. -- K.J. Choi and Greg Chalmers made the cut on the number but they've certainly made the third round memorable with aces at the 14th hole.
The two, who started on the back nine, were playing in consecutive groups. Chalmers made his first, using a pitching wedge on the 135-yard par 3. Minutes later Choi used the same club for his ace.
Chalmers, who had drained a 25-footer for birdie at the 12th hole, is now 3 under for the tournament while Choi's ace got him back to even par.
Gary Woodland made seven birdies and no bogeys Thursday. (Fiume/Getty Images)
By Sean Martin, PGATOUR.COM
Two players trying to clinch their spots in the FedExCup Playoffs are the early leaders at the Reno-Tahoe Open. Gary Woodland shot a bogey-free 65 Thursday at Montreux Golf & Country Club to earn 14 points in this modified Stableford format and take a one-point lead over Greg Chalmers.
Birdies are worth two points, pars are worth zero and bogeys are worth -1 in this format, where the player with the most points wins. Woodland made five birdies and no bogeys on his front nine, then made seven consecutive pars before birdies on his final two holes. Reno's altitude makes Woodland -- No. 2 on TOUR in driving distance (305.6 yards per measured tee shot) -- even longer. He can reach Montreux's par-5s with mid-irons. He birdied three of the four par-5s Thursday, reaching the 18th green with a 6-iron second shot.
"My goal is just keep playing well and everything will take care of itself," said Woodland, who qualified for the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola in 2011. "Obviously you play well you get into the Playoffs; you play well in the Playoffs, you can do anything."
Woodland, 29, entered the week at No. 116 in the FedexCup, while Chalmers is 118th. Three weeks remain before the start of the FedExCup Playoffs. Players also have next week’s PGA Championship and the following week’s Wyndham Championship to clinch their spot among the top 125 in the FedExCup standings. The top 125 in the FedExCup (and money list) also retain their full playing privileges for the 2013-14 season.
"There is a lot of pressure right now," Chalmers said. "Last week there was a lot of pressure. Every week feels like a mini exam, a mini Q‑School kind of thing. There is a lot of pressure on a lot of shots."
Woodland was among the top 50 players in the Official World Golf Ranking after winning the 2011 Tampa Bay Championship presented by Everbank. He’s made the cut in 16 of 20 starts this year, but also has no top-10s. He’s finished T-16 three times this year, his best finishes of the season.
Chalmers, 40, has just two top-10s in 21 starts this season, a T-10 at the Northern Trust Open in February and T-4 at the Tampa Bay Championship presented by Everbank in March. He’s made just six cuts in his past 15 starts, finishing no better than T-37 in that span.
After teeing off at No. 10, Chalmers made birdie on his first five holes, then birdied the par-5 18th to make the turn in 6-under 30. He made one birdie and one bogey on his back nine to shoot 66, which was worth 13 points.
Neither Woodland nor Chalmers are in next week’s PGA Championship. The Reno-Tahoe Open champion earns a spot in the field.
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2013 PREVIEW: A year that featured seven top-25 finishes but just one top 10 brought Greg Chalmers within five spots of making the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola for the first time. If the Aussie veteran is to pick up his first PGA TOUR victory, though, he'll need to put himself in the hunt more often next season.
2012 DEFINING MOMENT: Chalmers' lone top-10 was well-timed as the tie for ninth at The Barclays boosted the veteran to 38th in the FedExCup standings. He was only able to move up three spots in the next two events, though, so East Lake remains an elusive goal. – Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM
ALBERS’ QUICK TAKE: Chalmers had a great winter in Australia in 2011 and used that as a springboard to a good spring on the PGA TOUR. He is a very good putter and bunker player. Chalmers’ nickname is “snake.” I asked him why and he replied, “You know, it’s like snake charmer … Snake Chalmers.” -- Fred Albers, SiriusXM PGA TOUR Radio
BOLTON’S FANTASY OUTLOOK: Standard-issue 2012 for the lefty. While he climbed to 81st on the money list -- his best finish in 11 years -- the difference from his usual spot around No. 100 was due to starts in all three World Golf Championships. In fact, if you remove the earnings from those guaranteed paydays he clinched thanks to two wins in Australia late in 2011, he'd have ranked exactly 100th on the money list. He'll turn 40 just after the 2013 Presidents Cup. -- Rob Bolton, PGATOUR.COM Fantasy expert
2012 QUICK REVIEW
|Regular Season ranking
|Final Playoffs ranking
|Best finishes||9th||The Barclays|
|By the Numbers
Cuts made: 20
Rounds played: 87
Top-10 finishes: 1
Money List rank: 81st
Driving distance: 163rd
Driving accuracy: 80th
Greens in regulation: 181st
Strokes gained-putting: 17th
Scoring average: 46th
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By Mike McAllister, PGATOUR.COM
FARMINGDALE, N.Y. -- Greg Chalmers hit all but one fairway in the first round. He missed just two fairways in the second round. As a result, he ended the first 36 holes at The Barclays as the tournament leader in driving accuracy.
"Never done that before," said the Australian, who now lives in Texas.
"I've been driving the ball beautifully all week," said Chalmers, who entered this week ranked 86th in driving accuracy on the PGA TOUR this year.
Chalmers is making his 308th career TOUR start this week, and he's still searching for his first win. He's been a runner-up twice, most recently at the 2009 Buick Open.
Known for his prowess with the putter, Chalmers is happy with the rest of his game and his chances in Sunday's final round.
"I'm thrilled with the position I'm in right now and I have to go out and play well tomorrow," Chalmers said. "I'm really excited about where things are going at the moment."
By Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM
MARANA, Ariz. -- Martin Kaymer didn't win the World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship last year but he came away with a pretty nice consolation prize.
Kaymer, who was on the losing end of a 3-and-2 decision to Luke Donald in the finals, still managed to ascend to No. 1 in the world thanks to the strong run through the elite field of 64. The 27-year-old German held the spot for eight weeks -- five more than his countryman Bernhard Langer had done.
Turns out, though, that lofty position was something of a double-edged sword. While Kaymer still managed to post seven more top-10s, including a win at the World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions, last year he admits his focus sometimes waned and the swing adjustments he made are still kicking in.
"I still think I play good golf," Kaymer said. "But overall, I understand the last year has been a little different for myself. I obviously was No. 1 in the world. It was not only a big thing for me but Germany as well and German golf. So a lot has happened and my focus has gotten a little bit away from golf, but then in the middle of the season I could focus back on golf.
"I was changing a few things. … I feel very good about my game. It is just a matter of time that it will happen that I have a good long time of good tournaments. I'm not too concerned. I still play good golf and I know I need to be on my top form in order to win.
“You need to keep working and improving. That is what at the moment I enjoy the most. I have a lot of things that I can work on and I see I can benefit from it. It will become better and better every month."
Kaymer, who has been called in some quarters "The Germanator," is now ranked No. 4 in the world and top-seeded in the Ben Hogan bracket. He plays Australia's Greg Chalmers in the first round at 1:25 p.m. ET.
Kaymer knows Chalmers is left-handed and a good putter but "that's pretty much it," the German said. Chalmer's two wins in a three-week stretch Down Under weren't lost on Kaymer, either.
"Geoff Ogilvy and me were at dinner yesterday," Kaymer said. "I asked him if he knows him. He said yeah, he is very good in short game, so you should be careful, never give up on anything, or think, okay, that's my hole, Which you should not do in match play anyways, especially with him. That's what I heard.
"At the end of the day, if I shoot one stroke better than him, I will be fine. I'm not Googling him or trying to look up things."
Tiger Woods shot a final-round 5-under 67, but it was PGA TOUR veteran Greg Chalmers who won his country’s national championship for the second title, claiming the Emirates Australian Open on Sunday.
Chalmers shot a final-round 69 to beat fellow Australian John Senden by one stroke and Woods by two.
Woods said two bad tee shots on his back nine cost him a shot at forcing a playoff with Chalmers. But the fact that he was in contention bodes well for Woods, who will compete with his fellow United States teammates against the International team in The Presidents Cup this week in Melbourne.
NORTON, Mass. – Roughly 33 minutes after Brandt Snedeker aced the 16th hole Saturday, Greg Chalmers followed with another ace using a 9-iron. It was the third ace of Chalmers’ PGA TOUR career.
“Holes-in-one quite often are surprising, and that one surprised me because it didn’t look from where I was standing that it was far enough to go in,” said Chalmers, who is known more for his putting; he currently ranks tied for fifth on TOUR in Strokes Gained-Putting.
“I thought it was going to be four or five feet short. It was a surprise.”
Snedeker joked after his round that Chalmers’ ace prevented him from winning a skin there.
Replied Chalmers: “Well, I’m sure he’ll survive when he’s one shot behind on the lead.”
Chalmers’ previous aces came in the 2004 John Deere Classic and the 2009 Puerto Rico Open.
Chalmers shot a 6-under 65 on Saturday and is 5 under for the tournament. Snedeker is at 9 under, one stroke behind leader Bubba Watson.