Ogilvy ends McIlroys runs advances to semis

By Associated PressFebruary 28, 2009, 5:00 pm
2007- WGC-AccentureMARANA, Ariz. ' Geoff Ogilvy played his best golf of the week Saturday, making five birdies on the back nine to hold off teenager Rory McIlroy, 2 and 1, and advance to the semifinals in the Accenture Match Play Championship.
Ogilvy, who reached the semifinals for the third time in four years, faced Stewart Cink in the afternoon.
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Rory McIlroy reacts to a missed birdie putt Saturday. (Getty Images)
Cink played his shortest match of the week in beating Ernie Els, 2 and 1. The American went to extra holes the first two rounds, and defeated Phil Mickelson in 18 holes Friday.
I keep playing less and less, Cink said. Thats either a good thing or a bad thing.
Paul Casey didnt have to break much of a sweat in taking advantage of poor play from Sean OHair, who shot a 40 on the front nine and fell hopelessly behind. Casey, who won the World Match Play Championship in England in 2006, won 4 and 3.
In an all-England semifinal, Casey will take on Ross Fisher, who beat Justin Leonard, 2 and 1. That guarantees England a spot in the championship match for the first time in the 11-year history of this event.
McIlroy, the 19-year-old from Northern Ireland who won last month in Dubai, had hopes of becoming the youngest champion in American professional golf history. Johnny McDermott was about three weeks older when he won the 1911 U.S. Open.
But he ran into one of the toughest players in this format.
Ogilvy, who won in 2006 and lost in the championship match a year later, was 7 under when the match ended on the 17th hole with another clutch putt, this one from 12 feet.
McIlroy was at times 50 yards or more longer than Ogilvy off the tee, but the Australian was the one who applied constant pressure. Ogilvy never trailed after the fifth hole, when he hit his approach from 200 yards into 15 feet.
The match really came down to one bad swing.
Tied standing on the 11th tee, McIlroy was uncomfortable with a tee box moved some 100 yards forward, making the par 5 play only 556 yards in the high desert air. He hooked his tee shot into a desert bush, the ball dangling 6 inches off the ground. McIlroy took a penalty drop and missed a 12-foot par putt, giving Ogilvy the hole.
On the par-3 12th, he knocked in a 15-foot birdie to seize control of the match. Still, it was hard work.
I birdied the last three holes and only won one of them, Ogilvy said. I had to play well today. Hes the real deal. Hes going to be around for a while.
McIlroy now heads to the Honda Classic with his confidence growing.
I can take a lot out of this, he said. It was a great week under pressure. I couldnt have done much more against Geoff.
Cink was blown out in the championship match last year by Tiger Woods, 8 and 7, but he wont have to worry about the worlds No. 1 player this week. Woods lost in the second round to Tim Clark, making it a brief return from being eight months away after knee surgery.
The American squared the match with a great up-and-down birdie on the second hole, took the lead on the fourth with a bunker shot from 90 yards that he skipped up a steep slope, and he was in control the rest of the way.
Casey never had to putt a 6-foot birdie on the first hole or his 8-foot eagle on the second hole as OHair struggled. The Englishman won three more holes with pars on the front nine, and when OHair finally got his game turned around, it was too late.
Fisher beat a U.S. Ryder Cup player for the second straight day ' Jim Furyk on Friday, then Leonard. The match turned on the 14th hole when Fisher went bunker-to-bunker and saved par, while Leonard missed an 8-foot par.
Leonard, who reached the semifinals last year, birdied the next two holes to stay in the match until missing a 5-foot birdie on the 17th. Fisher made his short birdie to close out the match.
Along with being an all-England match, Casey and Fisher have played the fewest holes of anyone this week. Through four rounds, Fisher has played only 63 holes, and Casey has played 65.
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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.