While Tiger Woods supplied an electric moment with a hole-in-one in the Phoenix Open, Steve Jones played better once again Saturday.
Jones birdied the first three holes and three of the last four for a 6-under-par 65 and set a tournament-record with a 22-under 191 after the third round.
Woods, thrust into the background by his relatively poor showing (12 shots back at 210), sent the ball into the cup on two bounces at No. 16.
Many in a crowd estimated at 121,500 were seated on the hillside behind the green, adjacent to a hospitality area. A roar audible hundreds of yards away broke out when Woods’ 9-iron shot from the tee 155 yards away took one big bounce, one tiny one and dropped in.
Jones, playing in the final twosome with David Duval, heard the noise but shook it off in the middle of a string of birdies on the 15th, 16th and 17th holes.
At Kohala Coast, Hawaii, three-time defending champion Raymond Floyd earned $40,000 and Hale Irwin and Jack Nicklaus also won skins on the first day of the Senior Skins, but most of the money was left on the table.
Setting up a bonanza for today, $440,000 of the $540,000 purse will remain up for grabs on the final nine holes of the two-day event.
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