Kaye-Oh Local Boy Wins FBR Open

By Associated PressFebruary 1, 2004, 5:00 pm
04 FBR OpenSCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Jonathan Kaye carried one of the lightest resumes among the contenders at the FBR Open, and still got to hoist the heaviest hardware. Kaye, who earned his first PGA Tour title last year in Westchester after 194 starts without a victory, shot a 4-under-par 67 Sunday and won by two strokes over Chris DiMarco.
This time, Kaye went only 12 tournaments between wins. He finished at 18-under 266 and earned $936,000 -- more than he had in all but three of his nine previous years on tour -- to take the top spot on the money list for the first time at $1,292,944.
'This one feels a little better than the first one,' Kaye said.
He handled the pressure of playing alongside previous Phoenix winners Phil Mickelson and DiMarco, getting a firsthand view of his partners' struggles.
DiMarco bogeyed the 16th and 17th holes, and Mickelson bogeyed his last three, leaving Kaye smiling as he approached the 18th green.
He parred out, rolling a 28-foot first putt within tap-in distance.
'I was still worried about Chris pouring that putt in and me potentially three-putting it,' Kaye said. 'I was pretty focused and trying not to get too far ahead of myself, but it was a good feeling -- goose bumps on top of goose bumps.'
DiMarco, the 2002 winner, finished with a 69.
Steve Flesch and defending champion Vijay Singh shot 66s to tie for third.
It was Singh's 11th consecutive top-10 finish, the longest run since Greg Norman had six straight in 1993 and five more starting 1994. Jack Nicklaus set the record with 14 in 1977.
Duffy Waldorf (65) and Masters champion Mike Weir (69) finished at 271, with first-round leader Scott Verplank (69) and Mickelson (72) at 272.
'It's dejecting when you have a chance to win and you don't but I'd rather be in that situation,' said Mickelson, who ended an 18-month victory drought by winning the Bob Hope last week. 'Last year, I didn't have those chances.'
Mickelson started a stroke behind Kaye and DiMarco but had a two-shot lead at 15 under after a birdie on the fifth hole. Then he bogeyed the par-3 seventh when he drove into the rough on the right side of the green, chipped on and two-putted from 4 feet.
The left-hander got his last solo lead with another birdie on No. 10. But DiMarco caught up with the first three of his six straight birdies on the back nine, and, when Kaye birdied No. 12, the three were tied at 15 under.
All three birdied the 13th hole to go 16 under. Then Kaye and DiMarco kept up the pressure while Mickelson faltered.
Both birdied No. 14, and Mickelson fell two shots back with a bogey.
On the par-5 15th hole, Kaye laid up short of the water for an 85-yard wedge to the island green, then sank the last of his five birdies with a 10-foot putt. DiMarco also laid up and birdied from 11 feet.
That's when DiMarco's close game went south. On No. 16, a par-3 with the loudest gallery in golf, he pulled his tee shot into a bunker on the left side, blasted out and saw the ball run to the far side of the green 32 feet from the cup and two-putted for bogey.
'It was fun,' DiMarco said. 'We were kind of drawing on each other. He had the benefit of watching me hit what I did on No. 16. I think that helped him out a lot, because he hit 9-iron too, and I don't think he would have hit it that hard if my ball had gotten there or if he was up.
'Who knows? The tables could have turned on that hole.'
DiMarco nearly drove the green on the 17th hole, a 332-yard par-4, but his chip from the rough on the right side again failed to hold and rolled onto the back fringe.
After another chip, he missed a 7-foot putt to save par and could only watch Kaye par out.
Divots:@ Final-round attendance was 90,768 - a record for a Super Bowl Sunday - and the weeklong gate was announced at 503,564. PGA commissioner Tim Finchem said the huge galleries, although difficult to control, are good for the game. 'This event says to the national television audience that it is popular, it's exciting, it attracts lots of different people, it's a big sporting event. ... This year's purse was $5.2 million - up by $1.2 million, with an extra $216,000 for the winner - after adding Friedman, Billings, Ramsey Group, its first title sponsor. Sixty-seven previous tournaments went by Arizona or Phoenix Open. ... DiMarco's birdie string tied a tournament record matched Friday by Justin Leonard.
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    Golf's Olympic format, qualifying process remain the same

    By Rex HoggardMarch 19, 2018, 6:25 pm

    AUSTIN, Texas – Potential Olympic golfers for the 2020 Games in Tokyo were informed on Monday that the qualification process for both the men’s and women’s competitions will remain unchanged.

    According to a memo sent to PGA Tour players, the qualification process begins on July 1, 2018, and will end on June 22, 2020, for the men, with the top 59 players from the Olympic Golf Rankings, which is drawn from the Official World Golf Ranking, earning a spot in Tokyo (the host country is assured a spot in the 60-player field). The women’s qualification process begins on July 8, 2018, and ends on June 29, 2020.

    The format, 72-holes of individual stroke play, for the ’20 Games will also remain unchanged.

    The ’20 Olympics will be held July 24 through Aug. 9, and the men’s competition will be played the week before the women’s event at Kasumigaseki Country Club.

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    Notah: Driver is Tiger's No. 1 pre-Masters concern

    By Golf Channel DigitalMarch 19, 2018, 5:49 pm

    Tiger Woods mounted a Sunday charge at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, sending shockwaves through Bay Hill when it looked as though he might finally claim PGA Tour victory No. 80.

    But the charge came to an end at the par-5 16th, where Woods had missed wide-right three days in a row before going OB-left on Sunday en route to bogey.

    Woods’ API performance featured just a handful of drivers each day, as firm and fast conditions allowed him to make frequent use of a 2-iron off the tee.

    That strategy led to a second top-5 finish in as many weeks, but if Woods wants to win again, if he wants claim another major, he is going to sort out his issues with the big stick.

    A guest Monday morning on the Dan Patrick Show, Golf Channel’s Notah Begay believes the driver will be a focus for Woods in his pre-Masters preparation.

    “Project No. 1 over the next two weeks is going to be the driver. … Any time he has to turn a shot right to left with trouble on the left, he struggles a little bit,” Begay said.

    “Off the sixth tee, off the ninth tee, there was some errant shots. And then we saw the really horrible tee shot yesterday at 16. He talked about in the post-round comments. He just didn’t commit to a shot, and the worst thing that a professional athlete can do to themselves to compromise performance is not commit.

    “And so he made a terrible swing, and that’s the miss that is really difficult for him to recover from, because the majority of his misses are out to the right. So, when you eliminate one half of the golf course, you can really make your way around … a lot easier. When you have a two-way miss going, which sometimes creeps into his driver, it really makes it difficult to take out some of the trouble that you’re looking at when you’re standing on the tee box.

    “So he has to focus in on trying to find some way to navigate Augusta National with the driver, because it’s a course that’s going to force you to hit driver.”

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    McIlroy trails only Woods in Masters betting odds

    By Will GrayMarch 19, 2018, 5:47 pm

    After rallying for victory at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, Rory McIlroy is once again among the betting favorites for the upcoming Masters.

    McIlroy was available at 16/1 at the Westage Las Vegas SuperBook last week, listed behind six other players. But after his three-shot win at Bay Hill, his odds were trimmed to 10/1 leaving him behind only betting favorite Tiger Woods.

    Next month will mark McIlroy's fourth opportunity to close out the final leg of the career Grand Slam by slipping into a green jacket. Here's a look at the current betting odds, with the first round only 17 days away:

    8/1: Tiger Woods

    10/1: Rory McIlroy, Dustin Johnson, Justin Thomas

    14/1: Jordan Spieth, Justin Rose

    16/1: Jason Day, Jon Rahm

    18/1: Rickie Fowler, Phil Mickelson

    25/1: Paul Casey, Bubba Watson

    30/1: Sergio Garcia, Tommy Fleetwood, Hideki Matsuyama

    40/1: Henrik Stenson, Marc Leishman

    50/1: Alex Noren

    60/1: Matt Kuchar, Louis Oosthuizen, Adam Scott, Tyrrell Hatton, Thomas Pieters

    80/1: Branden Grace, Brian Harman, Tony Finau, Charley Hoffman, Brooks Koepka, Patrick Cantlay

    100/1: Zach Johnson, Rafael Cabrera-Bello, Matthew Fitzpatrick, Webb Simpson, Bryson DeChambeau, Xander Schauffele, Charl Schwartzel, Daniel Berger, Kevin Kisner

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    NBC Sports' Final Round Coverage of Arnold Palmer Invitational Presented by Mastercard Scores Highest-Rated Overnight at Event in Six Years

    By Golf Channel Public RelationsMarch 19, 2018, 5:42 pm

    Arnold Palmer Invitational and Valspar Championship Post Two Highest-Rated Final Round PGA TOUR Telecasts (Non-Majors) on Any Broadcast Network since the 2015 Wyndham Championship

    ORLANDO, Fla., March 19, 2018 – Record viewership of the PGA TOUR continued this weekend for NBC Sports Group at the Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by Mastercard. Sunday’s final round coverage on NBC (2-6:45 p.m. ET) delivered a 3.6 overnight rating, +136% vs. 2017 and the highest-rated final round at this event in six years. Combined with last week’s final round viewership at the Valspar Championship (5.1 overnight rating) these rank as the two highest-rated final round PGA TOUR telecasts (non-majors) on any broadcast network since the 2015 Wyndham Championship. Golf Channel’s Sunday final-round lead-in coverage earned a .97 overnight rating, the highest at this event in five years. Across NBC and Golf Channel’s coverage, more than 12 million minutes were streamed, +683% vs. 2017.


    • Sunday’s final round coverage on NBC peaked to a 4.89 from 5:15-5:30 p.m. ET.
    • Golf Channel’s lead-in coverage peaked to a 1.24 from 1:30-2 p.m. ET.


    Saturday’s third round coverage earned a 2.29 overnight rating on NBC (2:30-6 p.m. ET), +92% vs. 2017 and the highest-rated at this event in five years. Golf Channel’s lead-in coverage (Noon-2:30 p.m. ET) earned a .95 overnight rating, +126% vs. 2017. Nearly 5.3 million minutes were streamed, +511% vs. 2017.


    Friday’s second-round coverage on Golf Channel generated a .81 overnight rating, +153% vs. 2017 and the second highest-rated early round at this event on Golf Channel (2007-2018), just slightly behind the 2012 second round (.84). More the 4.2 million minutes were streamed on Golf Channel Digital, +682% vs. 2017.


    Final numbers from Golf Channel’s opening round coverage on Thursday: .42 U.S. HH rating and 593,000 viewers, +56% vs. 2017 and the most-watched opening round at this event since 2011. More than 1.4 million minutes were streamed, +163% vs. 2017.


    Four of the top-20 players in the world, Jon Rahm (No. 3), Tommy Fleetwood (No. 11), Tyrrell Hatton (No. 16) and Pat Perez (No. 19) are scheduled to join the live World Golf Championships-Dell Technologies Match Play Bracket Special tonight at 7:30 p.m. ET on Golf Channel. The 90-minute live primetime special will originate from Kimpton Hotel Van Zandt in Austin, Texas, and feature golf’s own version of a March bracket-style tournament selection format under the guidance of PGA TOUR competition officials.


    NBC Sports Group will feature nearly 35 live hours of tournament coverage from the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play. Golf Channel will carry live coverage of round robin matches Wednesday-Friday, March 21-23. On Saturday, March 24, Golf Channel will provide coverage of the Round of 16, followed by the Quarterfinals matches airing on NBC. On Sunday, March 25, Golf Channel will showcase the Semifinals matches, followed by the Championship and Consolation matches airing on NBC.


    -NBC Sports Group-