Notes Future Bright for Harding Monty Makes Move

By Associated PressOctober 9, 2005, 4:00 pm
SAN FRANCISCO -- Given the overwhelming praise of Harding Park, it won't be long before San Francisco's fabled municipal golf course gets another premier tournament.
 
Still to be determined is whether that means men, women or seniors.
 
``We know the USGA was already interested in Harding after we got it rebuilt,'' PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem said Sunday. ``Looking at some of their different championships, I've got to believe the PGA of America would have some interest after this week. We want to sit down with all the interested parties and talk about the best possible schedule.''
 
Harding Park brought out that rare phenomenon on the PGA Tour: Hardly any complaints.
 
The 7,060-yard course more than held its own, although the 18th hole was questionable. There was enough room for hospitality and some 20,000 fans who were shuttled in from spots around Lake Merced.
 
As for the scoring?
 
Tiger Woods and John Daly finished at 10-under 270.
 
``These are the best players in the world, and we can barely crack double digits under par,'' Woods said.
 
Finchem said the key was to stage tournaments that would raise money for The First Tee and to continue repaying the city for the $16 million renovation. A steady diet of championships would mean Harding Park stays in pristine shape, although residents would not be able to play as much in the weeks leading up to a tournament.
 
``If I owned this place -- if this is my baby, but it was not for profit -- I would want some texture to the communication of this place,'' Finchem said. ``That would be being interested in having the best women play, the best seniors, and being interested in getting these guys back. That would round out the field.''
 
The wild card is how much Harding could handle.
 
The American Express Championship was a 71-man field, and it is unclear if the municipal course could handle a 156 players for a U.S. Women's Open, for example. The practice range is limited.
 
Either way, Harding Park is on the map.
 
``The way the golf course has played and the way the players reacted to it, I've got to believe if you're an organization putting on a tournament, you're going to be interested in taking a look,'' Finchem said.
 
AWOL DRIVE:
John Daly's tee shot on No. 6 went AWOL for a few minutes, puzzling marshals as to where it had landed. The gallery finally pitched in and pointed out Daly's ball was plainly near the fairway -- just the wrong fairway.
 
Daly's ball had landed near on adjacent No. 2. He went on to bogey No. 6,
 
MONTY MAKES HIS MOVE:
Colin Montgomerie had his chances to win on U.S. soil for the first time until he missed birdie putts of 15 feet on the 14th hole, 6 feet on the 15th and 10 feet on the 16th.
 
With a bogey on the final hole, he wound up two shots behind.
 
The consolation prize was more progress.
 
Montgomerie surpassed Michael Campbell atop the European Order of Merit, and collected enough Ryder Cup points that he likely won't have to be a captain's pick like he was in 2004.
 
``I had a goal at the start of the week, and I had to try and overtake Michael Campbell, and also get some more Ryder Cup points, which I achieved,'' Montgomerie said.
 
His main goal was to win, and he was pleased with his effort.
 
``I played great on the back nine, got nothing out of it,'' he said. ``Disappointing, really, but never mind. I'd have taken third before we came, so that's OK. I'm coming away very positive, and I can take it on next week to Madrid.''
 
DIVOTS:
Tiger Woods won for the ninth time in California, and his third in the northern part of the state. He won twice at Pebble Beach (one of those a U.S. Open). The last victory in the Bay Area? ``Probably the (NCAA) regionals my sophomore year, and I won the Stanford Collegiate,'' he said. This one paid $1.3 million. ... Woods, John Daly and Sergio Garcia were the only players to break par all four days at Harding Park. ... One attraction for fans in attendance was a charity putting strip mocked up to look like San Francisco's twisting Lombard Street, often referred to as the most crooked street in the world. Proceeds for ``The Lombard Longshot'' went to the Tiger Woods Foundation.
 
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    Kelly, Sauers co-lead in Hawaii; Monty, Couples in mix

    By Associated PressJanuary 19, 2018, 3:52 am

    KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii - Fresh off a solid performance on Oahu, Jerry Kelly shot an 8-under 64 on the Big Island on Thursday to share the first-round lead at the Mitsubishi Electric Championship, the season opener on the PGA Tour Champions.

    The 51-year-old Kelly, who tied for 14th at the PGA Tour's Sony Open last week in Honolulu, birdied five of his final seven holes to shoot 30 on the back nine at Hualalai. He won twice last season, his first on the over-50 tour.

    Gene Sauers also shot 64, going bogey-free amid calm conditions. Thirty-two of the 44 players broke par in the limited-field event, which includes winners from last season, past champions of the event, major champions and Hall of Famers.

    Rocco Mediate and Colin Montgomerie were one shot back, and Fred Couples, Kevin Sutherland and Kirk Triplett were another shot behind.

    Bernhard Langer, defending the first of his seven 2017 titles, was in the middle of the pack after a 69.

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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 Web.com 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.