Notes Kims Big Fade The Grueling 18th

By Associated PressMay 10, 2008, 4:00 pm
2007 THE PLAYERSPONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- Anthony Kim was just glad to leave TPC Sawgrass with all his clubs.
 
Kim, who started the day two strokes behind leader Kenny Perry, shot a 7-over 79 in the third round Saturday and fell well out of contention at The Players Championship.
 
It was the kind of round that would have frustrated Kim in the past. But the 22-year-old Kim has learned to control his emotions'one reason he has four top-20 finishes this year, including a victory last week at the Wachovia Championship.
 
How would Kim have reacted to this kind of score in his two previous years on the PGA TOUR?
 
That bag may be in the water, said Kim, tied for 34th heading into the final round. Im just glad I have all my clubs and Im standing here. You know, I dont know if I would have been able to eat dinner last year. I feel fine. Its not the end of the world.
 
No, but shooting 8 over in the final eight holes ended any legitimate shot he had at winning consecutive events.
 
Kim was in the second-to-last group Saturday, and starting with consecutive bogeys gave him a pretty good indication he was going to struggle in wind gusting around 25 mph on the menacing Stadium Course.
 
He kept grinding through it and even managed to get to 5 under after a birdie at the par-4 10th. But little else went right the rest of the round.
 
He he bogeyed the next four holes, hitting three approach shots over greens and unable to get up and down for pars. He stopped the bleeding with a par, then a birdie at the par-5 16th. But everything unraveled during the two closing holes, and he had a triple-double finish.
 
It was very disappointing, said Kim, who shot 78-83 at THE PLAYERS last year and missed the cut. At least I can go to sleep tonight and say I didnt give up on one shot. I tried my hardest on every shot, and thats more than I could have said for last years rounds.
 
I hit some quality shots that didnt hold the green and ended up going 2 yards over the green and made a couple of bogeys from there. But I grinded it out. Forty-three is pretty embarrassing, but thats all I had today.
 
Kims tee shot at the famed 17th got caught up in a gust of wind, landed just on the fringe and bounced back into the murky water.
 
His third shot from the drop area settled on the greens upper tier, then he blew his first putt 12 feet past the hole and ended up with a three-putt 6.
 
Just when Kim didnt think it could get any worse, he pulled his tee shot on 18 into the water and carded a double bogey.
 
Ive learned a lot from today, especially from the string of bogeys I made, Kim said. Im making great swings. I know if I tone it back a little bit, Ill be fine.
 
TOUGH FINISH
The par-4 18th has been called one of the toughest finishing holes on tour. It looked every bit the part Saturday.
 
The 462-yard hole with water running along the entire left side yielded just one birdie in the third round. And that came when Fred Couples chipped in from 41 feet.
 
The thing is almost a par 5, even though its short, defending champion Phil Mickelson said. Its more difficult than 16, and 16 is an actual par 5.
 
No one hit got an approach inside 12 feet, and the holes scoring average jumped to 4.622 Saturday'just shy of the 4.649 average on No. 16.
 
The final hole had 41 pars, 19 bogeys, 11 double bogeys and two triples. Still, it wasnt the toughest hole Saturday. That distinction went to the 481-yard, par-4 14th. Leader Kenny Perry was the only one to birdie that hole after knocking his approach shot to 8 feet.
 
DIVOTS
Chris DiMarco (78), Nick OHern (75) and Heath Slocum (78) were the only players without a birdie in the third round. Kim was the only player to go four consecutive holes without making par or better. J.B. Holmes and Jeff Quinney each birdied No. 17, the only group to do that Saturday. Kenny Perry played the first 45 holes without a three-putt, ending his streak with one on No. 10. Charlie Wi shot 3 under to get to even par for the tournament and would be in much better shape without six three-putts in the first two 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.