Robert Garrigus began the third round of the Valspar Championship in Palm Harbor, FL with a two-shot lead and birdied three of his first five holes to stretch the lead to as much as four at one point in the afternoon. His lead never shrunk to less than two for most of the day, but a bogey on number 18 left him at eight-under par and just one stroke ahead of Kevin Na heading into the final day at the Copperhead course at Innisbrook Resort.
It was a day wrought with pressure for both Garrigus and Na. Playing together in the final pairing, each received warnings for slow play from PGA officials during their rounds. Taking too long on any particular shot could have resulted in a penalty stroke for as long as it took them to catch the rest of the field. The twosome managed to keep up their pace the rest of the way and no penalties were assessed. Those same two golfers will make up the final group in the fourth round on Sunday, but there are some interesting names lurking just a few shots off the lead.
John Senden and Retief Goosen had the best rounds of the day and the tournament, finishing their third rounds before the leaders teed off on Saturday. Each of them posted a 7-under par 64 to move into serious contention for Sunday’s final round. Senden is two shots off the lead at minus-6, and will play in the next-to-last pairing with Justin Rose who is three strokes off of the lead at five-under. Goosen moved all the way up to a tie for fourth with Charley Hoffman and Scott Langley at minus-4 and within four shots of Garrigus’ lead at the Valspar Championship.
Tiger Woods is taking this week off from the PGA Tour but still getting headlines—for a different reason. It seem Woods’ company, ETW, was sued for breach of contract in 2001 by a company by the name of Gotta Have It Golf. According to the company’s president Bruce Matthews, ETW failed to provide the full amount of autographs and photographs agreed to by contract. Tiger reportedly testified for 45 minutes during the trial in front of a six-member jury, which were all women. When it was over, the jury had awarded $668,000 to Gotta Have It Golf, which will increase to around $1.3 million with interest. ETW is expected to appeal the decision.
And while Robert Garrigus will concentrate on protecting his lead at the Valspar Championship, a young woman is learning how to protect her behind. Liz Dickson, a 28-year old model, is suing Playboy Enterprises and a radio host over an incident that happened in 2012 at the Playboy Golf Finals in Industry Hills, CA. According to the lawsuit, Dickson complied with a request from Playboy to lie on her stomach, her buttocks partially bared, for a photograph with Kevin Klein, a co-host of the Playboy Morning Show. A golf tee was placed between her cheeks and a ball was placed on the tee, and Dickson contends that she was led to believe that Klein would only pretend to be taking a swing at the ball. As it turned out, Klein actually did take a swing at the ball. Let’s just say he took a little more turf than he intended. The lawsuit goes on to claim that Dickson sustained severe injuries, and that some of those injuries are permanent. Dickson’s lawyers are citing severe “emotional and physical trauma.”
Commentary by Chuck Podhaisky
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