Notes Beem Hits Baker-Finch in Face

By Associated PressAugust 26, 2007, 4:00 pm
the Barclays Logo 2007HARRISON, N.Y. -- Rich Beem's second shot on No. 18 deflected into CBS analyst Ian Baker-Finch's face after hitting a rail behind the green, dropping him to the ground. Baker-Finch was back on his feet a little later and appeared to be OK.
'I took one for the U.S. Presidents Cup team,' Beem joked, noting that Baker-Finch will assist International captain Gary Player at the Presidents Cup.
'I think he'll be all right. Luckily, I didn't catch him on the fly. But still, to get hit by a golf ball coming that hard can't feel any good.'
The ball just missed the tournament trophy before striking the rail below the grandstand.
Beem tied for seventh Sunday in The Barclays to jump from 134th to 113th in the FedExCup standings, making him eligible for the Deutsche Bank Championship at TPC Boston.
'I got to go next week and play just as well to get to Chicago,' said Beem, who closed with a 72 to finish at 11 under -- five strokes behind winner Steve Stricker. 'You know if you don't play well you're going to get eliminated.'
The top 144 in the points race were eligible for The Barclays, and the top 120 advance to the Deutsche Bank. The field will be cut to 70 for the BMW Championship in Lemont, Ill., and to 30 for the TOUR Championship at East Lake in Atlanta.
Doug LaBelle II was the only other player to move into the top 120, birdieing the final hole to avoid elimination. He tied for 41st to move up one spot to 120th.
Brett Quigley was sweating it, too, especially when he saw a scoreboard behind the 17th green that incorrectly projected him to finish 121st. He rolled in a 20-foot birdie putt, then birdied 18 for a 67 to make it with room to spare at 115th.
'More drama than I needed,' Quigley said. 'I never felt that nervous trying to win a tournament.'
Steve Allan and Mathew Goggin dropped out of the top 120 after missing the cut. Allan began the week 119th, while Goggin was 120th.
The playoff winner will get a $10 million deferred prize.
With groupings for the first two rounds of FedExCup events set by the standings, Westchester winner Steve Stricker will tee it up with No. 2 K.J. Choi and No. 3 Rory Sabbatini in the Deutsche Bank Championship.
Tiger Woods, fourth in the standings after skipping The Barclays, will play alongside No. 5 Phil Mickelson and No. 6 Vijay Singh.
'I think it makes it very interesting for the spectators,' Sabbatini said. 'You can definitely keep your eye on the people close to you.'
Mickelson likes the system.
'I thought that was really neat,' Mickelson said. 'I played with Vijay and Jim Furyk this week and that adds some excitement to the start of the week.'
No. 7 Furyk will play with Zach Johnson and Adam Scott.
Mark Calcavecchia closed with consecutive 65s to tie for fourth at 12 under. He opened with a 67, but had a 75 Friday to make the cut by a stroke.
'I just lost it on Friday,' Calcavecchia said. 'Bogeyed six of the last 12 and was lucky to make the cut.'
He settled for par Sunday on the par-5 18th after driving into the right rough.
'I can't believe I missed the fairway on 18. I hope that doesn't come back to haunt me,' he said after finishing about an hour before the other leaders.
The 13-time tour winner used two putters this week, a belly model for short putts and a conventional putter from long distances. He dropped his 5-wood from the bag to make room for the extra putter.
'The belly's tough on the long ones. Those 40- and 50-footers, it comes out of your belly sometimes and gets hung up in your shirt. It's a disaster,' Calcavecchia said. 'You can't get away with carrying two putters all the time. It depends on the course.'
He jumped from 20th to 11th in the FedExCup standings, almost certainly securing a spot in the TOUR Championship -- the series-ending event limited to the top 30.
'You always want to get in the TOUR Championship,' he said.
Nathan Green had a 9 on the drivable par-4 seventh hole.
After his second shot from a sand-filled divot finished in the fringe about 30 feet above the pin on the 352-yard dogleg left, Green's third shot rolled by the cup -- on the middle tier of the three-level green -- and off the putting surface.
His fourth and fifth shots also rolled back down the hill. He then hit his sixth to 4 1/2 feet and three-putted, using a wedge instead of his putter.
'I just kept the wedge in hand,' said Green, 54th in the FedExCup standings.
'It was squash there for a few shots. I don't know why they putt the pin there, but I guess they like it.'
The Australian followed the pentuple bogey with three straight birdies and also birdied Nos. 17 and 18 for a 1-under 70. He tied for 69th at 2-over 286.
Hunter Mahan once again failed to break 70 the day after shooting a 62.
Mahan matched the Westchester Country Club record with his 62 on Saturday, then finished with a 76 to tie for 17th at 7 under.
The Presidents Cup captain's pick also shot 62s this summer in the Travelers Championship and Canadian Open, both in the first round. In the Travelers, he followed with rounds of 71, 67 and 65 and went on to beat Jay Williamson in a playoff for his first PGA Tour title. In Canada, the former Oklahoma State star added rounds of 74, 67 and 69 to tie for fifth.
Retief Goosen followed opening 68s with two 74s to tie for 60th at even-par 284. At No. 86 in the FedExCup standings, the two-time U.S. Open winner is in danger of dropping out of the playoffs after the Deutsche Bank. ... Winner Steve Stricker and Geoff Ogilvy were the only players with four rounds in the 60s. ... The 72-hole scoring average of 70.9 was the lowest at Westchester Country Club since the tour started tracking that stat in 1983. The field averaged 70.573 Sunday.
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    Rahm (62) fires career low round

    By Will GrayJanuary 19, 2018, 12:03 am

    The scores were predictably low during the opening round of the CareerBuilder Challenge, where the top-ranked player in the field currently sits atop the standings. Here's how things look after the first day in Palm Springs as Jon Rahm is out to an early advantage:

    Leaderboard: Jon Rahm (-10), Austin Cook (-9), Andrew Landry (-9), Jason Kokrak (-9), Brandon Harkins (-8), Martin Piller (-8), Aaron Wise (-8), Beau Hossler (-8)

    What it means: Rahm is coming off a runner-up finish two weeks ago at Kapalua, and he picked up right where he left off with a 10-under 62 at La Quinta Country Club. It marked his lowest career round on the PGA Tour, and it gave him a one-shot lead heading to the Nicklaus Tournament Course. Cook is the only player within two shots of Rahm who has won already on Tour.

    Round of the day: Rahm got off to a fast start, playing his first seven holes in 6 under, and he made it around La Quinta without dropping a shot. The 62 bettered his previous career low on Tour by two shots and it included an eagle on the par-5 fifth hole to go along with eight birdies.

    Best of the rest: Cook was a winner earlier this season at the RSM Classic, and he's now in the mix for trophy No. 2 following a 9-under 63 on the Nicklaus Tournament Course. Like Rahm, he opened with a seven-hole stretch at 6 under and turned in a scorecard without a bogey. He'll now head to the more difficult Stadium Course for his second round.

    Biggest disappointment: Patrick Reed blitzed the three-course rotation in Palm Springs en route to his first career Tour title back in 2014, but he's unlikely to repeat that feat after opening with a 2-over 74 on the Nicklaus Tournament course. Reed made only one birdie against three bogeys and was one of only 32 players in the 156-man field who failed to break par in the opening round.

    Main storyline heading into Friday: Rahm deserves the spotlight, as he entered the week as one of the event's headliners and did nothing to lose that billing in the opening round. But the pack of contenders is sure to keep pace, while players like Phil Mickelson (-2) will look to put up a low score in order to build some momentum heading into the weekend.

    Shot of the day: Wesley Bryan's 7-under 65 on the Nicklaus Tournament course was helped in large part by an eagle on the par-4 10th, where he holed a 54-degree wedge from 112 yards away. Bryan went on to birdie the next hole amid a five-hole stretch of 5 under play.

    Quote of the day: "Shot 10 under par. There's not much more I can ask for." - Rahm

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    Recent winner Cook contending at CareerBuilder

    By Will GrayJanuary 18, 2018, 11:45 pm

    Patton Kizzire is currently the only two-time PGA Tour winner this season, but Austin Cook hopes to join him this week at the CareerBuilder Challenge.

    Cook won for the first time in November at the RSM Classic, a victory that catapaulted him from the Tour graduate category into an entirely new echelon. Cook notched a pair of top-25 finishes over the last two weeks in Hawaii, and he's again in the mix after an opening 63 on the Nicklaus Tournament Course left him one shot behind Jon Rahm.

    "Today was great," Cook told reporters. "The conditions were perfect, but I always loved desert golf and I was just hitting the ball well and seeing good lines on the greens and hitting good putts."

    Cook got off to a fast start, playing his first seven holes in 6 under highlighted by an eagle on the par-5 fourth hole. He briefly entertained the notion of a sub-60 round after birdies on Nos. 10 and 11 before closing with six pars and a birdie.

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    Cook was a relative unknown before his victory at Sea Island earlier this season, but now with the flexibility and confidence afforded by a win he hopes to build on his burgeoning momentum this week in California.

    "That was a big, proud moment for myself, knowing that I can finish a tournament," Cook said. "I think it was one of those things that I've proven to myself that now I can do it, and it just meant the world to me."

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    Photo: Fleetwood's phone cover is picture of Bjorn

    By Jason CrookJanuary 18, 2018, 11:40 pm

    There's phone covers and then there are Phone Covers.

    Paul Casey has himself a Phone Cover, showing off the protective case that features a picture of his wife at last year's U.S. Open.

    Now, it appears, Tommy Fleetwood has joined the movement.

    Fleetwood, last year's season-long Race to Dubai winner, has a phone cover with a picture of Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn on it. And not even a current Thomas Bjorn. This is a young Bjorn. A hair-having Bjorn.


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    The 26-year-old is a virtual lock for this year's European Ryder Cup team, but just in case, he's carrying around a phone with a picture of the team captain attached to the back of it.

    It's a bold strategy, Cotton. Let's see if it pays off for him.

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    Mickelson starts fast, fades to 70 at La Quinta

    By Will GrayJanuary 18, 2018, 11:07 pm

    Phil Mickelson got off to a fast start in his first competitive round of 2018 - for six holes, at least.

    The 47-year-old is making his first start since the WGC-HSBC Champions this week at the CareerBuilder Challenge, and only his third competitive appearance since the BMW Championship in September. Four birdies over his first six holes indicated that a strong opener might be in the cards, but Mickelson played his subsequent holes in 2 over.

    It added up to a 2-under 70 at La Quinta Country Club, typically the easiest of the three courses in rotation this week, and left Mickelson eight shots behind Jon Rahm.

    "It was fun to get back out and be competitive," Mickelson told reporters. "I for some reason am stuck on 70 here at La Quinta, whether I get off to a good start or a bad one, I end up shooting the same score."

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    Mickelson stunted his momentum with a tee shot out of bounds on the par-4 eighth hole, but he managed to save bogey and otherwise drove the ball relatively well. Instead, he pointed to his normally reliable iron play as the culprit for his back-nine backslide on a day when more than 120 players in the 156-man field broke par.

    Mickelson will now head to the Nicklaus Tournament Course with the Stadium Course on tap for Saturday's third round. While there were several low scores Thursday at La Quinta, Mickelson remains bullish about the birdie opportunities that still lie ahead.

    "This isn't the course where I go low on," Mickelson said. "I feel more comfortable on Stadium and Nicklaus. Neither of them are nearly as tight and I tend to score a lot lower on those other two than I do here, historically."