Cal Bears Grabs Lead at NCAA Championship

By Associated PressJune 1, 2004, 4:00 pm
College CentralHOT SPRINGS, Va. -- California's Jeff Hood shot a 5-under 65 to help the Golden Bears take a one-stroke lead after the first round of the NCAA Golf Championships on Tuesday.
The Golden Bears shot a 1-under 279 on the 6,679-yard Cascades Golf Course. Brigham Young (280) was second, a stroke ahead of TCU (281). Auburn and Kentucky (283) rounded out the top five.
Southern California (284), defending national champion Clemson, Florida and Georgia (285) and Oklahoma (286) rounded out the top 10.
In addition to Hood, the Golden Bears got solid performances from Scott Carlyle and J.R. Ruda, who both finished at 1-over 71, and Peter Tomasulo (72).
'We've been a slow starting team all year,' California coach Steve Desimone said. 'These guys can get it going.
'I'm not going to tell you I would have predicted this, but this is not a great surprise.'
This is the first time in the NCAA championships for both California and BYU since 2000.
Todd Miller, the son of former golf great Johnny Miller, led BYU, shooting a 69. Oscar Alvarez and Jake Ellison finished at 70 for the Cougars and Ron Harvey shot a 71.
'These guys think they're capable of playing with these teams, so we're excited about the opportunity,' BYU coach Bruce Brockbank said. 'This was a great day and there's a lot of golf left to be played.'
Hood, ranked 85th in the nation, had birdies at Nos. 1, 3, 6 and 13 and an eagle on the par-5, 527-yard 16th.
'It's out there, if you can hit the shots,' Hood said.
Hood holds a one-stroke lead over Georgia's Kevin Kisner and TCU's Adam Meyer on the individual leaderboard. Indiana's Jeff Overton and UNLV's Ryan Moore were two back at 67.
Wake Forest's Bill Haas, the son of PGA golfer Jay Haas, shot a 70.
Rd.1 Team Scores
California 279
Brigham Young 280
TCU 281
Auburn 283
Kentucky 283
Southern Cal 284
Clemson 285
Florida 285
Georgia 285
Oklahoma 286
Texas 288
Penn State 289
UCLA 289
Washington 289
Georgia Tech 289
Texas A&M 291
New Mexico 291
Georgia State 292
Arizona State 292
Purdue 292
Arizona 292
Oklahoma State 292
North Carolina 294
Kent State 294
Toledo 294
Vanderbilt 294
Pepperdine 295
SMU 297
Wichita State 298
Rhode Island 299

Rd.1 Individual Leaders
Jeff Hood, California 65
Kevin Kisner, Georgia 66
Adam Meyer, TCU 66
Ryan Moore, UNLV 67
Jeff Overton, Indiana 67
Jonathan Dismuke, Auburn 68
A.J. Elgert, Kansas St. 68
Matt Wells, Kentucky 68
Jack Ferguson, Clemson 69
Ben Hayes, Southern Cal 69
Travis Johnson, UCLA 69
Kasper Jorgensen, Georgia St. 69
Mark Leon, Penn St. 69
Todd Miller, Brigham Young 69
Jessie Mudd, Florida 69
Chris Nallen, Arizona 69
Stephen Polanski, TCU 69
Matthew Rosenfeld, Texas 69
Joshua Wooding, Southern Cal 69
Oscar Alvarez, Brigham Young 70
Alejandro Canizares, Arizona St. 70
Jake Ellison, Brigham Young 70
Bill Haas, Wake Forest 70
Jason Hartwick, Texas 70
Tyler Leon, Oklahoma St. 70
Blake Martin, Oklahoma 70
Madalitso Muthiya, New Mexico 70
Nicholas Thompson, Georgia Tech 70
Chan Wongluekiet, Georgia Tech 70
Mark Blakefield, Kentucky 71
Scott Carlyle, California 71
Carlos Del Moral, Oklahoma 71
Ron Harvey, Jr., Brigham Young 71
Brad Heaven, Toledo 71
Matt Hendrix, Clemson 71
John Holmes, Kentucky 71
Gregg Jones, Clemson 71
Brock Mackenzie, Washington 71
Andrew Medley, Auburn 71
John Merrick, UCLA 71
Roy Moon, UCLA 71
Stuart Moore, Auburn 71
Jesse Mueller, Arizona St. 71
Alex Prugh, Washington 71
J.R. Ruda, California 71
David Schultz, Texas A&M 71
Kevin Silva, North Carolina 71
Brett Stegmaier, Florida 71
Taylor Wood, Southern Cal 71
Ryan Yip, Kent St. 71
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What's in the bag: CareerBuilder winner Rahm

By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 22, 2018, 10:37 pm

Jon Rahm defeated Andrew Landry in a playoff to earn his second PGA Tour title at the CareerBuilder Challenge. Here's what's in his bag:

Driver: TaylorMade M4 (9.5 degrees), with Aldila Tour Green 75 TX shaft

Fairway wood: TaylorMade M3 (19 degrees), with Aldila Tour Green 75 TX shaft

Irons: TaylorMade P790 (3), P750 (4-PW), with Project X 6.5 shafts

Wedges: TaylorMade Milled Grind (52, 56 degrees), Milled Grind Hi-Toe (60 degrees), with Project X 6.5 shafts

Putter: TaylorMade Spider Tour Red

Ball: TaylorMade TP5x

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Strange irked by Rahm-Landry friendly playoff

By Jason CrookJanuary 22, 2018, 9:45 pm

Curtis Strange knows a thing or two about winning golf tournaments, and based on his reaction to the CareerBuilder Challenge playoff on Sunday, it’s safe to say he did things a little differently while picking up 17 PGA Tour victories in his Hall-of-Fame career.

While Jon Rahm and Andrew Landry were “battling” through four extra holes, Strange, 62, tweeted his issues with the duo’s constant chit-chat and friendly banter down the stretch at La Quinta Country Club, where Rahm eventually came out on top.

The two-time U.S. Open champ then engaged with some followers to explain his point a little more in depth.

So, yeah ... don't think he's changing his perspective on this topic anytime soon ever.

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Randall's Rant: The Euros won't just roll over

By Randall MellJanuary 22, 2018, 9:36 pm

The Ryder Cup may not be the King Kong of golf events yet, but you can hear the biennial international team event thumping its chest a full eight months out.

As anticipation for this year’s big events goes, there is more buzz about Europe’s bid to hold off a rejuvenated American effort in Paris in September than there is about the Masters coming up in April.

Thank Europe’s phenomenal success last weekend for that.

And Rory McIlroy’s impassioned remarks in Abu Dhabi.

And the provocative bulletin board material a certain Sports Illustrated writer provided the Europeans a couple months ago, with a stinging assault on the Euro chances that read like an obituary.

McIlroy was asked in a news conference before his 2018 debut last week what he was most excited about this year.

The Ryder Cup topped his list.

Though McIlroy will be trying to complete the career Grand Slam at Augusta National come April, he talked more about the Ryder Cup than he did any of the game’s major championships.

When asked a follow-up about the American team’s resurgence after a task-force overhaul and the injection of young, new star power, McIlroy nearly started breaking down the matchup. He talked about the young Americans and how good they are.

“Yeah, the Americans have been, obviously, very buoyant about their chances and whatever, but it’s never as easy as that. ... The Ryder Cup’s always close,” McIlroy said. “I think we’ll have a great team, and it definitely won’t be as easy as they think it’s going to be.”

McIlroy may have been talking about Alan Shipnuck’s bold prediction after the American Presidents Cup rout last fall.

Or similar assertions from TV analysts.

“The Ryder Cup is dead – you just don’t know it yet,” Shipnuck wrote. “One of the greatest events in sport is on the verge of irrelevancy. The young, talented, hungry golfers from the United States, benefitting from the cohesive leadership of the Task Force era, are going to roll to victory in 2018 in Paris.”

European Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn won’t find words that will motivate the Euros more than that as he watches his prospective players jockey to make the team.

And, boy, did they jockey last weekend.

The Euros dominated across the planet, not that they did it with the Ryder Cup as some rallying cry, because they didn’t. But it was a heck of an encouraging start to the year for Bjorn to witness.

Spain’s Jon Rahm won the CareerBuilder Challenge on the PGA Tour, England’s Tommy Fleetwood started the week at Abu Dhabi paired with American and world No. 1 Dustin Johnson and won the European Tour event, and Spain’s Sergio Garcia won the Singapore Open in a rout on the Asian Tour.

And McIlroy looked close to being in midseason form, tying for third in his first start in three months.

Yes, it’s only January, and the Ryder Cup is still a long way off, with so much still to unfold, but you got an early sense from McIlroy how much defending European turf will mean to him and the Euros in Paris in September.

The Masters is great theater, the U.S. Open a rigorous test, The Open and the PGA Championship historically important, too, but the Ryder Cup touches a nerve none of those do.

The Ryder Cup stokes more fervor, provokes more passion and incites more vitriol than any other event in golf.

More bulletin board material, too.

Yeah, it’s a long way off, but you can already hear the Ryder Cup’s King Kong like footsteps in its distant approach. Watching how the American and European teams come together will be an ongoing drama through spring and summer.

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Quail Hollow officials promise players easier conditions

By Rex HoggardJanuary 22, 2018, 9:14 pm

Quail Hollow Club - a staple on the PGA Tour since 2003 - debuted as a longer, tougher version of itself at last year’s PGA Championship, receiving mixed reviews from players.

The course played to a lengthened 7,600 yards at last year’s PGA and a 73.46 stroke average, the toughest course in relation to par on Tour in 2017. As a result, it left some players less than excited to return to the Charlotte, N.C.-area layout later this spring for the Wells Fargo Championship.

It’s that lack of enthusiasm that led officials at Quail Hollow to send a video to players saying, essentially, that the course players have lauded for years will be back in May.

The video, which includes Quail Hollow president Johnny Harris and runs nearly five minutes, begins with an explanation of how the first hole, which played as a 524-yard par 4 at the PGA, will play much shorter at the Wells Fargo Championship.

“I had a number of my friends who were playing in the tournament tell me that tee was better suited as a lemonade stand,” Harris joked of the new tee box on the fourth hole. “I doubt we’ll ever see that tee used again in competition.”

Harris also explained that the greens, which became too fast for some, will be “softer” for this year’s Wells Fargo Championship.