Jimison Breaks Record to Lead Pub Links
Along with the stroke-play medal, the California native will be the top-seeded player in the match-play portion of the event, which begins Wednesday at The Orchards Golf Club.
The original field of 156 was cut to the top 64 based on the two rounds of stroke play. The cut was at 2-over at 146.
''Winning the medal is nice, but it doesn't mean anything from here on in,'' Jimison said. ''I'm in the tournament, but if you are No. 1 or No. 64, you still have to beat all the good players to win the trophy.''
Michigan State senior Eric Jorgensen shot his second consecutive 68 to finish at 136.
First-round leader Hunter Mahan, who tied the course record Monday with a 66, shot a 1-under 71 in the second round -- including a triple-bogey 7 on the 18th -- to finish in a four-way tie for third at 137.
Defending champion Chez Reavie, who struggled to a first-round 73, shot 68 Tuesday to easily qualify for match play. The runner-up last year, Danny Green, tied for 11th after shooting 69-70.
Jimison and J.J. Jakovac (138), representing Sacramento, Calif., won the team championship with a record-tying 271.
The tournament, in Macomb County, about 20 miles north of Detroit, is open to amateur golfers who do not have regular playing privileges on a private course.
The winner of the 36-hole final Saturday will receive an invitation to the 2003 Masters, providing he remains an amateur.
Second Round Scores:
Isaac Jimison, Orangevale, Calif.68-65--133 11-under
Eric Jorgensen, Grandville, Mich.68-68--136 8-under
Alan Hill, Spring Branch, Texas68-69--137 7-under
Lee Williamson, Crawfordsville, Ind.71-66--137
Hunter Mahan, McKinney, Texas66-71--137
Derek Tolan, Highands Ranch, Colo.68-69--137
Brent Wanner, Mashpee, Mass.69-69--138 6-under
J.J. Jakovac, Napa, Calif.69-69--138
Brady Stockton, San Ramon, Calif.72-66--138
Jay Choi, Cerritos, Calif.67-71--138
Danny Green, Jackson, Tenn.69-70--139 5-under
Burke Spensky, Huntington, W.Va.68-71--139
Jim Spagnolo, Fort Worth, Texas73-67--140 4-under
John Finnin, Crete, Ill.68-72--140
Michael Letzig, Richmond, Mo.73-67--140
Jon Lindstrom, Denver73-67--140
Justin Smith, Franklin, Pa.74-66--140
Billy Zihala, Little Rock, Ark.70-70--140
Henry Liaw, Rowland Heights, Calif.71-70--141 3-under
Chez Reavie, Phoenix73-68--141
Haymes Snedeker, Oxford, Miss.71-70--141
Casey Lubahn, East Lansing, Mich.70-71--141
Jason Harris, Clemmons, N.C.72-70--142 2-under
Chris Stroud, Groves, Texas73-69--142
Ryan Moore, Puyallup, Wash.72-70--142
Wren Fowler, Thomson, Ga.72-70--142
Justin Walters, Raleigh, N.C.73-69--142
Geoff Lound, Australia74-68--142
Bjorn Widerstedt, Sweden69-73--142
John Lieber, San Diego72-70--142
Keith Hendrickson, Syosset, N.Y.72-70--142
Kevin Tassistro, Rosemont, Ill.69-74--143 1-under
Chase Baldwin, Plant City, Fla.75-68--143
Timothy Kane, Simsbury, Conn.71-72--143
Crispin Fuentes, El Paso, Texas74-69--143
Neal Grusczynski, West Allis, Wis.71-72--143
Garrett Clegg, Bountiful, Utah72-71--143
Greg Kopf, Bay Harbor Island, Fla.75-68--143
Kevin Warrick, Valrico, Fla.72-71--143
Corey Huss, Woodstock, Ga.70-73--143
Gabe Alcala, Bastrop, Texas73-70--143
Luke Stephan, Hoffman Estates, Ill.71-72--143
Matt Anderson, Minneapolis72-72--144 Even
Drew Scott, Henderson, Nev.74-70--144
Brian Atkinson, Buffalo Grove, Ill.71-73--144
Richard Dukelow, Chicago72-72--144
John Cassidy, Yelm, Wash.71-73--144
Greg Uberuaga, San Diego76-68--144
Fernando Mechereffe, Brazil72-72--144
Russ Cunningham, Dewitt, Mich.74-70--144
Brett Jones, Paducah, Ky.69-76--145 1-over
John Schones II, Tucson, Ariz.72-73--145
Mike Miller, Knoxville, Tenn.76-69--145
Brian Hughes, Portland, Ore.74-71--145
J.J. Wall, San Antonio69-76--145
Steve Lohmeyer, Dayton, Ohio72-73--145
Josh Green, Toms River, N.J.78-67--145
Jake Grodzinsky, Cornville, Ariz.75-70--145
Kurt Watkins, Chandler, Ariz.73-72--145
Justin Jennings, Lunenburg, Mass.77-68--145
What's in the bag: CareerBuilder winner Rahm
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
Strange irked by Rahm-Landry friendly playoff
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.
Watching Andrew Landry and Jon Rahm in playoff. Walking off tee talking to each other. Are you kidding me ? Talking at all. ?— Curtis Strange (@golf_strange) January 22, 2018
The two-time U.S. Open champ then engaged with some followers to explain his point a little more in depth.
0 words— Curtis Strange (@golf_strange) January 22, 2018
The issue is I don’t want to make you a bit relaxed or comfortable. High pressure, good.— Curtis Strange (@golf_strange) January 22, 2018
Did you watch the end of the NFL games yesterday ? Enough said.— Curtis Strange (@golf_strange) January 22, 2018
I didn’t say you couldn’t be friends and competitive. But in a playoff, 1 tiny mistake and you lose, and that devastated me. Friends before and after, competitors during play.— Curtis Strange (@golf_strange) January 22, 2018
Did you win ? It’s all about surviving the competition to test yourself.— Curtis Strange (@golf_strange) January 22, 2018
So, yeah ... don't think he's changing his perspective on this topic anytime soon ever.
Randall's Rant: The Euros won't just roll over
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.
Quail Hollow officials promise players easier conditions
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.