One of them includes a journeyman – Steve Wheatcroft – who had to qualify Monday just to get a tee time at Redstone Golf Club.
In a tournament loaded with so many possibilities, one of the big surprises is a major champion.
Stewart Cink has not been heard from very much since that summer day at Turnberry in 2009 when he beat Tom Watson to win the British Open.His highest finish since then was third, and that was in the four-man field at the PGA Grand Slam of Golf. In 81 starts since becoming a major champion, he has missed the cut 30 percent of the time.
Cink finished off another solid round Saturday by saving par form the bunker on the 18th hole for 4-under-par 68, giving him a share of the lead with Bill Haas (67).
“Tomorrow is a great learning opportunity for me to get out there and be nervous and perform and try to stay in the moment and let it happen,” Cink said. “I can’t wait.”
EUROPEAN TOUR: In Agadir, Morroco, Marcel Siem shot 3-under-par 69 to extend his lead to four shots after the third round of the Hassan II Trophy.
Mikko Ilonen (70 on Saturday), David Horsey (70), and Pablo Larrazabal (69) were all tied for second place.
Siem needs to enter the top 50 after this tournament to earn his first invitation to the Masters, which starts April 11.
ASIAN TOUR: In Chiangmai, Thailand, Prayad Marksaeng shot 6-under-par 66 to take a five-stroke lead after the third round of the Chiangmai Classic.
Thongchai Jaidee and Matthew Stieger were tied for second.
Four-time major champion Ernie Els was eight strokes back after 66.