Kims Birdie Barrage Grabs Lead

By Associated PressMay 24, 2007, 4:00 pm
Crowne Plaza Invitational at ColonialFORT WORTH, Texas -- Whatever Anthony Kim said to himself made quite an impact.
 
After walking off the 12th green with a bogey, Kim birdied the last six holes -- the PGA Tour's longest birdie streak this season -- for a 7-under 63 and a one-stroke lead Thursday in the suspended first round of the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial.
 
'I gave myself quite a talking to, probably stuff I shouldn't be saying,' said Kim, a 21-year-old tour rookie.
 
Kim was among 57 players -- exactly half of the 114-player field -- to finish play Thursday before an afternoon thunderstorm flooded the course. Play never resumed after the second weather delay of the day, and the round was suspended until Friday.
 
Ted Purdy, at 7 under before a bogey on his 16th hole, and Jeff Maggert completed rounds of 64. Nathan Green and Jeff Quinney were together in the first group and shot 65s, as did Peter Lonard.
 
Frank Lickliter was 5 under through eight holes -- with six birdies and a bogey -- when play was suspended the second time. Kevin Na, paired with Lickliter, was 4 under with five birdies and a bogey.
 
Jim Furyk, No. 3 in the world ranking and the only one of the top 12 at Colonial, was 1 under through five holes.
 
Kim was 1 under after his bogey at the 417-yard 12th hole. He missed the fairway with his drive, came up short of the green on his approach and pushed a 7-foot par putt past the hole.
 
After Kim finished talking to himself, he hit his tee shot at the 171-yard 13th hole inside 4 feet. His birdie putt at the 448-yard 14th hole was even shorter before the first suspension of play because of weather.
 
There was a delay of 1 hour, 22 minutes before Kim went out and finished his round with four more birdies -- all ranging from 9 to 17 feet -- then tried to explain the round-ending surge that gave him his lowest score since turning pro late last year.
 
'There really wasn't one thing. Usually when something turns around during a round you can tell. I don't know what it was,' he said. 'Maybe it was taking the head cover off finally and putting it, or opening my eyes. Something changed, and I don't really know what it was.'
 
Only Patrick Sheehan, who shot a 62 in 2005, has had a better opening round at Colonial.
 
Kim, who lives in Dallas, took off last week after his miserable performance at The Players Championship, where he had rounds of 78 and 83. That followed a three-week stretch in which he tied for third at New Orleans and fifth at Wachovia.
 
'I forgot about that Players Championship round until you told me about it,' Kim quipped when asked if Thursday was a revenge round. 'This is obviously my rookie season.'
 
Defending champion Tim Herron, who before a two-hole playoff victory last year hadn't won since 1999, shot a 67 -- his best opening round in his 14 tournaments this season. He hasn't had a top-10 finish since winning at Colonial, where he had a first-round 67 last year.
 
Herron was among 30 players who completed rounds under par. Others included Fort Worth resident Mark Brooks (67), Trevor Immelman (69) and Davis Love III (69).
 
Purdy began his round with a three-putt bogey at the 407-yard 10th hole, then had five birdies in a seven-hole stretch. He was 7 under after his 10-foot birdie putt at No. 6, but missed the fairway and the green at No. 7 -- a straight 432-yard hole.
 
Two nights before the Colonial, Purdy cast about 100 votes for 'American Idol' champion Jordin Sparks, the 17-year-old daughter of retired NFL player Phillippi Sparks, one of his golfing buddies and a fellow board member at the Phoenix country club where they are both members.
 
'Her family is just a real positive family. I'm trying to bring that to my golf game,' Purdy said. 'She inspired me today.'
 
Green and Quinney were on the 17th green when play was stopped for the first time. They had traded the lead a hole earlier, when Quinney made a birdie to go to 5 under, a stroke better than Green after his tee shot at the par 3 plugged into the sand and he made a double bogey.
 
During the delay, Green pondered the 10-foot birdie putt he would make on his first shot after play resumed. That got him back even with Quinney, who it 17 of 18 greens.
 
DIVOTS
There have been 13 players this season who had five straight birdies. ... When play ended Thursday, the group of Keith Clearwater, Andrew Buckle and amateur Richie Ramsay had completed only one hole. ... Maggert's 64 was his best score in 43 rounds at Colonial.
 
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    Fleetwood rallies to defend Abu Dhabi title

    By Will GrayJanuary 21, 2018, 12:48 pm

    The 2018 European Tour season has begun just as the 2017 one ended: with Tommy Fleetwood's name atop the standings.

    Facing the most difficult conditions of the week, Fleetwood charged down the stretch to shoot a 7-under 65 in the final round of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship, good enough for a two-shot win and a successful title defense.

    Abu Dhabi was the start of Fleetwood's resurgence a year ago, the first of two European Tour victories en route to the season-long Race to Dubai title. This time around the Englishman started the final round two shots off the lead but rallied with six birdies over his final nine holes to reclaim the trophy.

    Fleetwood was five shots behind countryman Ross Fisher when he made the turn, but he birdied the par-5 10th and then added four birdies in a five-hole stretch from Nos. 12-16. The decisive shot came on the final hole, when his pitch from the left rough nestled within a few feet of the hole for a closing birdie.

    Fleetwood's 22-under total left him two shots ahead of Fisher and four shots clear of Rory McIlroy and Matthew Fitzpatrick. After entering the week ranked No. 18, Fleetwood is expected to move to at least No. 12 in the world when the new rankings are published.

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    Garcia cruises to five-shot win in Singapore

    By Associated PressJanuary 21, 2018, 12:10 pm

    SINGAPORE - Sergio Garcia played 27 holes on the last day without dropping a shot to win the Singapore Open by five strokes Sunday in an ominous display of his newfound self-belief as he prepares to defend his Masters title.

    Still brimming with confidence after claiming his first major title at Augusta National last year, Garcia started his new season with a runaway victory at the Sentosa Golf Club, finishing at 14-under 270.

    Returning to the course just after dawn to complete his third round after play was suspended on Saturday because of lightning strikes, Garcia finished his last nine holes in 4 under for a round of 66 to take a one-shot lead into the final round.

    With organizers desperate to avert the constant threat of more bad weather and finish the tournament on time, Garcia promptly returned to the first tee shortly after and fired a flawless 3-under 68, cruising to victory with 10 straight pars as his rivals floundered in the stifling humidity.

    ''It may have looked easy, but it wasn't easy. You still have to hit a lot of good shots out there,'' Garcia said. ''It's always great to start with a win, to do it here at this golf course against a good field in Asia on conditions that weren't easy. Hopefully I can ride on this momentum.''

    Garcia's closest rivals at the end were Japan's Satoshi Kodaira (71) and South African Shaun Norris (70). Both birdied the last hole to share second spot but neither was ever close enough on the last day to challenge the leader.


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    ''I could not reach Sergio. I was thinking, 12 or 13 under for the win, but he went beyond that,'' Kodaira said.

    Jazz Janewattananond (71) and his fellow Thai Danthai Bonnma (73) finished equal fourth at 8 under, earning themselves a spot in this year's British Open, while American Sean Crocker, who was given an invitation to the event after turning pro late last year, also won a place at Carnoustie by finishing in a tie for sixth.

    Garcia made just three bogeys in 72 holes and his victory provided the 38-year-old with the 33rd title of his professional career and his sixth on the Asian Tour.

    He has also won three titles in the last 12 months, including the Masters, and his game looks to be in better shape now than it was a year ago.

    He credits the Singapore Open as having played a part in toughening him up for Augusta National because of the steamy conditions and the testing stop-start nature of the tournament, which is regularly stopped because of inclement weather.

    Although he finished tied for 11th in Singapore a year ago, Garcia won the Dubai Desert Classic the next week and was in peak form when he won the Masters two months later.

    "I'm extremely happy with how the week went. It was a tough day and a tough week, with the stopping and going. Fortunately, the weather held on. Still, it was hard to play 27 holes under this heat and I can't wait to get a cold shower,'' Garcia said. ''I came with some good confidence and wishing that I will play well. I hit the ball solid the whole week and didn't miss many shots.''

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    Kelly beats Monty with two-shot swing on final hole

    By Associated PressJanuary 21, 2018, 3:21 am

    KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii – Jerry Kelly made an 18-foot birdie putt on the final hole, Colin Montgomerie missed a 6-footer for par and Kelly turned a one-shot deficit into a victory Saturday in the Mitsubishi Electric Championship, the season opener on the PGA Tour Champions.

    After Kelly drove it well right into lava rocks on the par-4 16th, leading to bogey and giving Montgomerie the lead, Montgomerie made a mistake with his tee shot on the last, finding a fairway bunker. Montgomerie's approach went over the green and after Kelly converted his birdie, the 54-year-old Scot jammed his par putt well past the hole.


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    It was the third win on the over-50 tour for the 51-year-old Kelly, who finished tied for 14th last week at the PGA Tour's Sony Open in Honolulu. That gave him confidence as he hopped over to the Big Island for his tournament debut at Hualalai. The limited-field event includes winners from last season, past champions of the event, major champions and Hall of Famers.

    Kelly closed with a 6-under 66 for a three-day total of 18-under 198. Montgomerie shot 69. David Toms shot 67 and finished two shots back, and Miguel Angel Jimenez was another stroke behind after a 66.

    Bernhard Langer, defending the first of his seven 2017 titles, closed with a 70 to finish at 10 under.

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    Rahm manages frustration, two back at CareerBuilder

    By Randall MellJanuary 21, 2018, 1:21 am

    Jon Rahm managed the winds and his frustrations Saturday at the CareerBuilder Challenge to give himself a chance to win his fourth worldwide title in the last year.

    Rahm’s 2-under-par 70 on the PGA West Stadium Course left him two shots off the lead going into the final round.

    “I wasn’t really dealing with the wind that much,” Rahm said of his frustrations. “I was dealing with not being as fluid as I was the last two days.”


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    The world’s No. 3 ranked player opened with a 62 at La Quinta Country Club on Thursday and followed it up with a 67 on Friday at PGA West. He made six birdies and four bogeys on the Stadium Course on Saturday.

    “The first day, everything was outstanding,” Rahm said. “Yesterday, my driver was a little shaky but my irons shots were perfect. Today, my driver was shaky and my irons shots were shaky. On a course like this, it’s punishing, but luckily on the holes where I found the fairway I was able to make birdies.”

    Rahm is projected to move to No. 2 in the world rankings with a finish of sixth or better on Sunday.