Notes Vijays Deep Cut Elimination Time

By Associated PressAugust 24, 2007, 4:00 pm
the Barclays Logo 2007HARRISON, N.Y. -- Vijay Singh missed the cut Friday in The Barclays, squandering a good opportunity to pass Tiger Woods in the FedEx Cup standings.
 
Singh, No. 2 behind the absent Woods in the playoff standings, followed his opening 75 with a 71 to finish at 4 over -- four strokes off the cut line.
 
Seeking his second straight Westchester Country Club victory and fourth overall, the 44-year-old Fijian also missed the cut two weeks ago in the PGA Championship. He last missed consecutive cuts at the end of the 2005 season.
 
'In one way I'm disappointed, but in another I'd rather be out there working on my game than just trying to play here and playing poorly,' Singh said. 'So, I'm looking forward to the next few days, because I can go home and practice and fix my game.
 
'It's close, but it needs to be closer. I'm going to be ready come next week.'
 
Singh finished the regular season 11,445 points behind Woods, but that margin was cut to 1,000 when the points were re-set entering The Barclays.
 
Two other players in the top 10 in the standings -- No. 8 Charles Howell III and No. 9 Brandt Snedeker -- also missed the cut. Howell shot two 75s. Snedeker, coming off his first PGA Tour victory Sunday in the Wyndham Championship, had rounds of 72 and 73.
 
ELIMINATED
Ten players were eliminated from the playoffs Friday, leaving 130 in the running for the $10 million deferred prize.
 
The top 120 after The Barclays will be eligible for the Deutsche Bank Championship next week in Norton, Mass. The field will then be cut to 70 for the BMW Championship in Lemont, Ill., and to 30 for the Tour Championship at East Lake in Atlanta.
 
No. 122 Alex Cejka missed the cut along with No. 124 John Merrick, No. 136 Billy Andrade, No. 137 Anders Hansen, No. 138 Jesper Parnevik, No. 140 Shigeki Maruyama, No. 141 Michael Putnam, No. 142 Bob Tway and No. 144 Jeff Gove, while No. 135 Tripp Isenhour withdrew because of back pain after nine holes Friday.
 
No. 126 Jason Bohn (rib injury) and No. 133 Ryan Palmer (family illness) dropped out of the playoffs before the tournament started. No. 130 Gavin Coles withdrew during the first round because of back pain. No. 59 Bernhard Langer is skipping the series.
 
Four players -- No. 121 Doug LaBelle II, No. 127 Johnson Wagner, No. 128 Jason Dufner and No. 132 Bob Heintz -- made the cut by a stroke to avoid elimination.
 
HAPPY BIRTHDAY
Rich Beem opened his entertaining media session with a round of 'Happy Birthday' -- to himself on his 37th birthday.
 
The 2002 PGA Championship winner, two strokes behind leader K.J. Choi after rounds of 64 and 68, is 134th in the FedEx Cup standings, with only the top 120 advancing to the Deutsche Bank Championship.
 
'I know that unless I play well, I'm going home. And I don't want to go home,' Beem said. 'No offense to my wife or kids or anything, but when you're playing well, you want to stay on the road.'
 
And what about tweaking the FedEx Cup format?
 
'I'm going to have to sit down and order a few beers and think about it, because that's when I really get smart,' Beem said.
 
SUPER GRIP
Second-round leader K.J. Choi was watching TV a few months ago when an informercial for an oversized putting grip caught his attention.
 
After initially hesitating to use the 'Super Stroke' grip in competition, he used it last month in his AT&T National victory and has kept it in play.
 
'Because the grip is thick, it's fat, it naturally makes you use the shoulders,' Choi said. 'I thought it made sense, so I picked up the phone and I ordered it. It did look ridiculously big, but I practiced with it and I felt like it was working for me. I still hesitated to take it out to a tournament because of how big it was.
 
'The week before the AT&T National, I decided to take it and practice with it on the greens there and I still felt the same consistent feeling, the positive feeling. So, I made a big decision to use it during the tournament, and it just worked very well and exactly as I thought.'
 
Jim Furyk used one for the first time in competition Thursday, but went back to a normal-sized grip Friday.
 
STRICKER RETURNS
Steve Stricker, four strokes behind after consecutive 67s, tied for 60th at 8 over in 1995 in his only previous Westchester Country Club start.
 
'I told my wife, 'Take a picture. We're not coming back,'' Stricker said.
 
'I'm here because this is one of the playoff events. If it wasn't one of the playoff events, I don't know if I would be here. I just have bad memories about when I played here back in '95, I guess. Obviously, if you ask me now, I want to come back. I'm in good position and I like this style of course.
 
'Maybe I just wasn't hitting it that well in '95 and it just kind of left a bad taste in my mouth. I do like it. It's a great old-style course.'
 
ROAD RAGE
The fourth green was damaged during the night when someone drove a golf cart across the back right portion of the putting surface.
 
Tour officials planned to place the pin in that area, but were forced to move it to the middle of the green. Tire marks also were visible in the mud on a steep slope on the side of the adjacent fifth tee.
 
DIVOTS
Rich Beem leads the field in putting average per green reached in regulation at 1.5 after entering the week tied for 136th at 1.803. He's tied for third in overall putts per round at 27. ... In the 40 previous tournaments at Westchester, only 12 players who held at least a share of the 36-hole lead have gone on to win. ... Vijay Singh is the ninth defending champion to miss a cut this year.
 
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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.

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    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.

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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.

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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.

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