Saturday, July 25

9 Straight: Mark Calcavecchia Sets Birdie Record


Calc at the British Open.
(Newton/Flickr)


YOU’VE GOT YOUR KID on the bag and you reel off nine straight birdies to set a new PGA Tour record. How cool is that?

That’s what Mark Calcavecchia did on Saturday at the RBC Canadian Open, carding a seven-under-par 65. Calc’s 15-year-old son was looping. What did he think?

“Pretty cool. It’s exciting,” Eric said, after joining his dad in the media center.

Noting that “records are made to be broken,” Calc said he believes someone could notch 10 straight birdies. In fact, with the soggy conditions at Glen Abbey Golf Club, he thinks it could happen this weekend.

Following are the former record holders, all with eight consecutive birdies:

• Bob Goalby, 1961 St. Petersburg Open
• Fuzzy Zoeller, 1976 Quad Cities Open
• Dewey Arnette, 1987 Buick Open
• Edward Fryatt, 2000 Doral-Ryder Open
• J.P. Hayes, 2002 Bob Hope Classic
• Jerry Kelly, 2003 Las Vegas Invitational

Shark Leads Senior British Open


Greg Norman fired a 64 at the Senior British Open in Sunningdale, England, and will take a one-stroke lead into the final round. Loren Roberts and Fred Funk are nipping at Norman’s heels. Tom Watson is six back.

Three-Way Tie at Evian Masters


Sophie Gustafson, In-Kyun Kim and Becky Brewerton share the 54-hole lead at the Evian Masters in France. Cristie Kerr is one back.

−The Armchair Golfer

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