Notes Calc in Masters Sergio Spitting Mad

By Associated PressMarch 25, 2007, 4:00 pm
2007 WGC CA ChampionshipMIAMI -- Mark Calcavecchia's final hole of the CA Championship was a complete disaster.
He hooked his second shot into the water, putted another ball into the drink later on, and wound up taking a quadruple-bogey 8 on the par-4 hole to finish a round of 5-over 77 at Doral.
Somehow, he could laugh about it afterward.
'You know what? This is the best I've ever felt after an 8 in my life,' Calcavecchia said. 'I just checked the purse breakdown. It was only like a $12,000 dump for a quad. ... I'm ready to celebrate.'
With good reason, too -- because he's headed back to the Masters.
Calcavecchia, the PODS Championship winner two weeks ago, earned $63,000 this week, pushing his season winnings to $1,417,408 -- good for ninth on the money list, earning him a trip to Augusta National. He needed to be among the top 10 to get back there for the 17th time, and made it with $174,811 to spare.
'It's everybody's goal,' Calcavecchia said. 'So I'm happy.'
He was planning to spend Masters week at home in Arizona with the kids, being 'Superdad,' he said. Now the family will be driving to Augusta, even bringing their dogs along for the journey.
'Last time I was there I shot about 80-79 or something,' Calcavecchia said. 'I'll be happy when I get there. I always say it's my favorite place to get to and my favorite place to leave. That's about the best I can say for that joint, especially now.'
Mark Wilson, meanwhile, saw his Masters hopes dashed for another year.
Wilson won the Honda Classic earlier this season, creating a chance that he could qualify for his first trip to Augusta. But he shot a 1-under 71 on Sunday, finished the tournament at 1 over, and missed the top-10 money earner's club by $127,756.
'I came out wanting to play well today and I did,' Wilson said. 'And this isn't the last Masters that's ever going to be played. I'm off to a good start for next year.'
He made a run at getting there Sunday. When Wilson was through 16 holes, Geoff Ogilvy was through seven, and based on where they would finish at that point the projected gap between them for 10th on the money list had narrowed to $9,839.
But Wilson -- who has already surpassed his best single-season earnings total on TOUR -- got no closer.
Sergio Garcia bristled Sunday when asked about his spitting incident that made headlines during the third round.
Garcia spit into the cup after three-putting the 13th hole on Saturday, a breach of golf etiquette that he acknowledged after the round. And on Sunday, he still didn't want to say much about it.
'I apologized already,' Garcia snapped after his final round, when asked if he was embarrassed about the incident. 'Are you embarrassed that I didn't spit today, that you didn't have anything better to ask me? That's fine. Next, then. I apologized to everybody on TV yesterday. I said it was a stupid thing and you know, there's no excuse. Obviously you weren't watching that.'
Garcia may be facing a fine from the PGA TOUR, which traditionally does not comment on such sanctions.
TOUR commissioner Tim Finchem told NBC Sports during their broadcast Sunday that he had not talked to Garcia about the incident, but intends to.
'I won't comment on the specifics here,' Finchem said. 'I will say that, you know, we try to avoid conduct that creates a distraction. It's a negative for the fans. That's a distraction for the media. And we try hard to avoid it. And thankfully, in golf, on the PGA TOUR, we don't have too much of it, frankly.'
When Robert Allenby sped up, he quickly rose up the leaderboard.
After shooting his second straight round of 2-over 74 on Saturday, Allenby spent some extra time on the practice green and realized his pre-putt routine was too long. So he spent less time over the ball Sunday, and the result was a 5-under 67 with 27 putts -- four less than he took in the second and third rounds.
'As soon as that club goes back behind the ball, I'm ready to go,' Allenby said. 'I just felt like I free-wheeled the putter all day.'
Allenby, who also shot 67 in the opening round, tied for third with Geoff Ogilvy and Sergio Garcia.
Doral's famed 'Blue Monster' lived up to its billing, especially so for one-quarter of the CA Championship field.
Out of 72 finishers, 18 didn't finish under par in any round -- a list including major championship winners David Toms, Mike Weir and Michael Campbell, the 2005 U.S. Open champion who placed next-to-last this week at 18 over, two strokes better than Shingo Katayama.
Not surprisingly, the list of players who shot every round under par at Doral was considerably shorter: Only Sergio Garcia shot 71 or better in all four rounds.
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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.

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    Cook leads by one entering final round at CareerBuilder

    By Associated PressJanuary 21, 2018, 12:51 am

    LA QUINTA, Calif. – Austin Cook hit a hybrid into the fairway bunker on the par-4 18th on a breezy Saturday afternoon at La Quinta Country Club, then chunked a wedge and raced a chip 20 feet past the hole.

    Kip Henley, the longtime PGA Tour caddie who guided Cook to a breakthrough victory at Sea Island in November, stepped in to give the 26-year-old former Arkansas star a quick pep talk.

    ''Kip said, 'Let's finish this like we did on the first day at the Nicklaus Course.' We made a big par putt on 18 there and he said, 'Let's just do the same thing. Let's get this line right and if you get the line right it's going in.'''

    It did, giving Cook an 8-under 64 and a one-stroke lead in the CareerBuilder Challenge going into the final round on the Stadium Course at PGA West. Fellow former Razorback Andrew Landry and Martin Piller were tied for second, and Jon Rahm and Scott Piercy were a another stroke back after a tricky day in wind that didn't get close to the predicted gusts of 40 mph.

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    ''I know that I wouldn't have wanted to play the Stadium today,'' Cook said. ''I think we got a great draw with the courses that we got to play on the days that we got to play them.''

    Cook played the final six holes on the front nine in 6 under with an eagle and four birdies.

    ''Starting on my fourth hole, I was able to make a birdie and kind of get the ball rolling and it never really stopped rolling,'' Cook said. ''Kip and I were doing really good at seeing the line on the greens.''

    After a bogey on 10, he birdied 11, 12 and 15 and parred the final three to get to 19-under 197.

    ''I think that tonight the nerves, the butterflies, all that will kind of be a little less,'' Cook said. ''I've been in the situation before and I was able to finish the job on Sunday. I think it would be a little different if I didn't play like I did on Sunday at Sea Island.''

    He's making his first start in the event.

    ''I came in from Hawaii on Monday, so I only had two days to prepare for three courses,'' Cook said.

    Landry, the second-round leader, had a 70 at the Stadium. Piller, the husband of LPGA tour player Gerina Piller, shot a 67 at La Quinta. Winless on the PGA Tour, they will join Cook in the final threesome.

    ''Piller's a good guy and we have played a lot together and same with Cookie,'' said Landry, the only player without a bogey after 54 holes. ''Hope the Hogs are going to come out on top.''

    Rahm had a 70 at the Stadium to reach 17 under. The third-ranked Rahm beat up the par 5s again, but had four bogeys – three on par 3s. He has played the 12 par 5s in 13 under with an eagle and 11 birdies.

    ''A little bit of a survival day,'' Rahm said.

    The wind was more of a factor on the more exposed and tighter Stadium Course.

    ''The course is firming up,'' Rahm said. ''I know if we have similar wind to today, if we shoot something under par, you'll be way up there contesting it over the last few holes.''

    Piercy had a 66 at the Stadium.

    ''I controlled my ball really well today,'' he said.

    Adam Hadwin had a 67 at La Quinta a year after shooting a third-round 59 on the course. The Canadian was 16 under along with Grayson Murray and Brandon Harkins. Murray had a 67 on the Nicklaus Course, and Harkins shot 68 at the Stadium.

    Phil Mickelson missed the cut in his first tournament of the year for the second time in his career, shooting a 74 on the Stadium to finish at 4 under – four strokes from a Sunday tee time. The 47-year-old Hall of Famer was playing for the first time since late October. He also missed the cut in the Phoenix Open in his 2009 opener.

    Charlie Reiter, the Palm Desert High School senior playing on the first sponsor exemption the event has given to an amateur, also missed the cut. He had three early straight double bogeys in a 77 on the Stadium that left him 1 over.

    John Daly had an 80 at La Quinta. He opened with a triple bogey and had six bogeys – four in a row to start his second nine - and only one birdie. The 51-year-old Daly opened with a 69 on the Nicklaus layout and had a 71 on Friday at the Stadium.

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    Phil misses CareerBuilder cut for first time in 24 years

    By Randall MellJanuary 21, 2018, 12:48 am

    Phil Mickelson missed the cut Saturday at the CareerBuilder Challenge. It’s a rare occurrence in his Hall of Fame career.

    He has played the event 15 times, going back to when it was known as the Bob Hope Classic. He has won it twice.

    How rare is his missing the cut there?

    The last time he did so, there was no such thing as a DVD, Wi-Fi, iPods, Xbox, DVR capability or YouTube.

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    The PGA Tour’s Jon Rahm didn’t exist, either.

    The last time Mickelson missed a cut in this event was 1994, nine months before Rahm was born.

    Mickelson struggled to a 2-over-par 74 in the heavy winds Saturday on the PGA West Stadium Course, missing the 54-hole cut by four shots. He hit just four of 14 fairways, just nine of 18 greens. He took a double bogey at the 15th after requiring two shots to escape the steep-walled bunker on the left side of the green.

    Mickelson won’t have to wait long to try to get back in the hunt. He’s scheduled to play the Farmers Insurance Open next week at Torrey Pines in La Jolla, Calif.