Notes Other Guy Scott Happy with his Round

By Associated PressJune 12, 2008, 4:00 pm
2008 U.S. OpenSAN DIEGO -- The other guy in the marquee threesome was happy with his opening round in the U.S. Open, considering hes playing with a broken bone near his right pinkie.
 
Australian Adam Scott, ranked No. 3 in the world, shot a 2-over 73 at Torrey Pines South Course on Thursday. His playing partners were Tiger Woods, who shot a 72, and Phil Mickelson, who had a 71. Woods and Mickelson are ranked 1-2.
 
Scotts injury was the top topic after his round in front of a huge gallery at the clifftop course overlooking the Pacific Ocean.
 
Well, its broken, he said. Its not my finger anyway; its my hand. It doesnt really affect my golf swing, so Im pretty lucky to be playing.
 
Scott, a six-time winner on the PGA TOUR, said he broke the bone when a friend slammed his hand in a car door in London in mid-May.
 
Its pretty miserable, he said.
 
Scott had to balance resting the hand and doing exercises to keep his strength.
 
Obviously it hasnt healed yet. Its only been a couple weeks since I broke it. But its strong enough to where I can play and its improved a lot in the last five days since I got here. So its been no problem.
 
His grip is one reason hes able to play.
 
I overlap, fortunately, because I wouldnt have been able to play if I interlock. It would have been too much stress on it.
 
Scott enjoyed being part of the featured threesome, which will play together again on Friday afternoon.
 
I played with Phil a lot in majors, Scott said. It seems like I get drawn with him a lot. But I enjoy playing with Tiger as well. I find it a lot easier to focus because I think Ive got to be a little more disciplined. And I felt like I played really well out there today and I really didnt make any putts.
 
OH NO, ANGEL: Angel Cabrera opened the defense of his Open title with a thud. He was 9-over through 12 and didnt make his first birdie until the par-5 13th.
 
REMEMBERING DUPLANTIS:
When he reached the part of Torrey Pines South Course that is closest to the Pacific Ocean, Eric Axley couldnt help but think of his former caddie, Steve Duplantis.
 
Axley was playing Torrey Pines for the first time since Duplantis was killed when he was hit by a car in nearby Del Mar just before the Buick Invitational in January.
 
Kind of walking along the water there and looking out, I did think about him some, Axley said.
 
Axley also shot his best round in his four U.S. Open appearances, a 2-under 69 highlighted by an eagle.
 
Duplantis, a free spirit who was a popular PGA Tour caddie, was killed early on Jan. 23 when he stepped off a center median and into the path of a taxi a day before the Buick started.
 
Anyone thats lost someone thats close to them knows what its like. He was a good friend and good person and had a huge heart, Axley said. It was tough out there today when I started thinking about it, but I also have to play golf. He was with me out there.
 
After missing the cut in his previous four Opens, Axley shot a 34-35 Thursday.
 
I think its more Im just playing a little better now. In previous Opens, I think I would say I got a little jittery and a little out of my game a little bit, but I feel really comfortable over the ball right now. I think it was just more Im swinging better.
 
Axley eagled the par-5 18th, the hole known for Devlins Billabong, the big pond that fronts the green.
 
JUNIOR CHARITY: The San Diego County Junior Golf Association, which helped develop players such as Phil Mickelson, Scott Simpson, Craig Stadler and Pat Perez, hopes to get a bit of financial relief from the Scoresheets for Charities Program at the U.S. Open.
 
The group had hoped to raise up to $500,000 from a gala Saturday night that was to be hosted by Jay Leno on the USS Midway, which is anchored in San Diego Bay as a museum. But the group canceled it a few weeks ago due to lack of ticket sales.
 
Casey Dillabaugh, the SDJGAs charity programs coordinator, said the group would be happy if it can make between $25,000 and $30,000 by auctioning off the scoresheets and round-by-round summary sheets that are posted on the public scoreboard and on a scoreboard in the media center.
 
It will help alleviate the pain of that a little bit, but were still going to take a hit, Dillabaugh said Thursday.
 
The SDJGA had already been chosen for the Scoresheets for Charities Program before the gala was canceled. The scoresheets and summary sheets, done in an artistic rendering, are coveted souvenirs.
 
Bidding via silent auction opened Thursday morning and will close 30 minutes after play concludes on Sunday. Bidding can be done at the public scoreboard at Torrey Pines or by printing a sheet from the groups Web site, www.sdjga.org, and faxing it in.
 
YANI SIGHTING:
As if the massive gallery following Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson didnt have enough to cheer, another major champion joined the 18-hole walk at Torrey Pines'Yani Tseng, the 19-year-old rookie from Taiwan who won the LPGA Championship on Sunday and found plenty of friends.
 
A dozen fans called out her name as she walked by, and Tseng politely smiled and waved.
 
She was tagging along with Dottie Pepper, a former LPGA player who now works for NBC Sports. Tseng is a friend of an assistant pro at Torrey Pines, and she won the Junior World in San Diego during her polished junior career.
 
Tseng said Woods was one of her golfing idols when she was growing up, but Pepper said the rookie found another player to cheer.
 
She loves Adam Scott, Pepper said. She couldnt stop talking about him.
 
Tseng had to leave after the opening round to return to practice. She is playing next week on the LPGA Tour, then goes to Minnesota for the U.S. Womens Open.
 
OW:
Brett Wetterich withdrew from the Open with a wrist injury and was replaced by alternate Andrew Svoboda of New Rochelle, N.Y., playing in his second Open. Brett Quigley has shin splints but wasnt using them as an excuse for his 2-over 73. Its the U.S. Open, he said. Theres no way I wasnt going to play. Probably any other tournament, I wouldnt have played. But the U.S. Open theres no way.
 
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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.